Articles From 2015

How to be an asset to your firm By Poonam K. Lakhani Young Lawyers Division, April 2015 With a volatile economy where clients are quick to take their business to a competing firm, there are certain steps you can take to make yourself invaluable and irreplaceable.
How to counsel your client so that you both survive a regulatory inspection By Lisa A. Funderburg Corporate Law Departments, September 2015 Some practical tips for helping your client prepare for a regulatory inspection, survive an inspection, and manage any follow-up that may come from an inspection.
How to counsel your client so that you both survive a regulatory inspection By Lisa A. Funderburg Environmental Law, August 2015 Some practical tips for helping your client prepare for a regulatory inspection, survive an inspection, and manage any follow-up that may come from an inspection.
How to get the best deal in mediation By Kyler Juckins Alternative Dispute Resolution, May 2015 A short summary of a very useful article published in a recent edition of the Wall Street Journal.
How to properly issue subpoenas for mental health records By Scott D. Hammer Mental Health Law, May 2015 Since attorneys can be successfully sued for failing to follow Section 10(d) of the Confidentiality Act, it would be in every attorney’s best interest to learn and comply with the necessary requirements before issuing a subpoena for mental health records.
How to put your most professional-self forward on voice-mail By Ann Marie Sabath Young Lawyers Division, June 2015 The author shares her voicemail etiquette tips.
How to successfully ask for a raise By Lyndsay A. Markley Young Lawyers Division, December 2015 Salary negotiations can be difficult for everyone involved if the process isn't handled professionally. Consult these tips before asking for a raise and you may be well on your way to achieving what you want.
How to use LinkedIn to its maximum potential By Erin Wilson & Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, December 2015 Some insider tips for maximizing your professional profile.
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The Howell decision and the future of estate planning for adult disabled clients By Sarah LeRose Trusts and Estates, October 2015 In light of Estate of Howell v. Howell, an estate guardian of a disabled adult may propose an estate plan which deviates from intestacy, provided the guardian believes that the proposed plan is in keeping with the ward’s wishes.
Human rights violations: The detention of immigrant children and families By Helen Harnett Human and Civil Rights, January 2015 Since 2011, the number of individuals seeking asylum in the United States from Mexico and three Central American countries has steadily increased. After an initial burst of media activity around the arrivals, the current plight of those children is not in the spotlight.
Identification of misclassified employees By David Krchak Labor and Employment Law, December 2015 A look at Administrator David Weil’s explanation of the six factors of the "economic realities" test to determine whether a worker is an independent contractor.
Illinois adopts new law to better implement consular notification and access By Cindy G. Buys International and Immigration Law, October 2015 Public Act 099-0190 clarifies who is responsible in the Illinois criminal justice system to provide consular notice to foreigners who are arrested or detained in Illinois, when such notice must be given, and what happens if notice is not given.
Illinois amends Equal Pay Act By Michael R. Lied Labor and Employment Law, September 2015 Effective January 1, 2016, the Act is amended to cover all Illinois employers, rather than only employers of four or more employees.
Illinois amends Equal Pay Act By Michael R. Lied Corporate Law Departments, September 2015 Effective January 1, 2016, the Act is amended to cover all Illinois employers, rather than only employers of four or more employees.
Illinois appellate court allows City of Chicago to expand tax jurisdiction to short-term rentals of vehicles outside its borders that involve Chicago residents By Stanley R. Kaminski State and Local Taxation, October 2015 Hertz and Enterprise Leasing v. City of Chicago is a landmark case since it is the first time in Illinois or nationally that a court has allowed a taxing body to extend its tax collection and regulatory powers to extraterritorial activities and transactions based solely on an administrative presumption that a taxable use would be presumed to occur in the future in the taxing jurisdiction, unless the lessor proves otherwise.
Illinois appellate court sustains summary judgment for broker C.H. Robinson on plaintiff negligence claims By William D. Brejcha Energy, Utilities, Telecommunications, and Transportation, January 2015 A discussion of the recent case of Hayward v. C. H. Robinson Company, Inc., et al.
Illinois appellate court takes position on special immigrant juvenile petition By Shannon M. Shepherd Human and Civil Rights, October 2015 In Estate of Nina L., the Illinois Appellate Court vacated the trial court’s refusal to make certain findings, which would allow a minor child to petition for immigration benefits as a Special Immigrant Juvenile.
Illinois blocks inheritance rights and social security benefits of posthumously conceived children By David Shayne Trusts and Estates, August 2015 Loss of survivor benefits may have severe consequences for infants whose parent predeceased them and who happened to choose the wrong state to be born in, especially if the law of that state is not settled.
Illinois EDGE credits By Keith Staats State and Local Taxation, November 2015 In light of the recent discussions regarding the EDGE credit, author Keith Staats reviews the statutory basis of the credit and how the credit has been utilized since the enactment of the credit in 1999.
Illinois Evidence Rule 406 and the admissibility of habit evidence for the individual plaintiff or defendant By Nicholas T. Motherway Bench and Bar, March 2015 Can the prior acts of an individual rise to the level of being a habit and be introduced as evidence under Illinois Evidence Rule 406?
Illinois Evidence Rule 406 and the admissibility of habit evidence for the individual plaintiff or defendant By Nicholas T. Motherway Tort Law, March 2015 Can the prior acts of an individual rise to the level of being a habit and be introduced as evidence under Illinois Evidence Rule 406?
Illinois Human Rights Commission decision summary By Laura D. Mruk Labor and Employment Law, September 2015 A summary of the recent decision in Christopher Cross and Cook County, d/b/a Oak Forest Hospital of Cook County, Corporate Business Cards, Ltd. v. Illinois Human Rights Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, and William Kosmeija.
Illinois Human Rights Commission decision summary By Laura D. Mruk Labor and Employment Law, March 2015 An update in the case of Corporate Business Cards, Ltd. v. Illinois Human Rights Commission, Illinois Department of Human Rights, and William Kosmieja.
Illinois Power of Attorney for Health Care By John J. Horeled Senior Lawyers, October 2015 Author John Horeled shares his opinions on the new form, which became effective at the start of this year.
Illinois Pregnancy Discrimination Law By Brian M. Dougherty Labor and Employment Law, February 2015 What employers need to know about this new law.
Illinois regulates payroll cards By Michael R. Lied Labor and Employment Law, March 2015 An overview of the amendments to the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act.
Illinois Supreme Court announces two changes to Extended Media Coverage Policy By Joseph R. Tybor & Hon. Alfred M. Swanson, Jr. (Ret.) Bench and Bar, April 2015 Click here to learn more about the new significant changes.
The Illinois Supreme Court bars a non-parent from raising the “equitable adoption” and “functional parent” theories to seek custody of a child By Michele M. Jochner Family Law, April 2015 The Illinois Supreme Court has delivered its long-awaited answer to a question which has been debated in the family law community for some time: Does the doctrine of “equitable adoption”—first recognized by our Supreme Court in its 2013 decision in DeHart v. DeHart—also apply in the context of child custody actions?
Illinois Supreme Court issues appeal bonds reminder By Tracy Douglas Administrative Law, July 2015 The Illinois Supreme Court recently reminded practitioners that appeal bonds must be filed when seeking judicial review of Workers’ Compensation Commission decisions.

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