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10 things to know about social media By Kathryn Conway Tort Law, December 2016 Because of this social media explosion in popular culture, the law regarding discovery and admissibility of social media information is rapidly growing and evolving. Here are 10 things every litigation attorney should know about social media.
118 significant ($100 million+ in compliance expense or otherwise important) federal regulations pending By William A. Price Administrative Law, January 2016 A January 13, 2016 visit to showed 118 “significant” regulations in the course of agency adoption and Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs/Office of Management and Budget (OIRA) cost-benefit analysis and small business impact review.
2 tortfeasors, 1 accident = 2 under-insured motorist claims with 1 policy limit By Jason G. Schutte Civil Practice and Procedure, November 2016 Can an insurance carrier “stack” liability policy payments received by a claimant as a set off against the claimant’s underinsured motorist claim? The First Appellate Court says no, but limits insurance company exposure in Illinois Emcasco Insurance Company v. Tufano.
2-622 certificate of merit not necessary in simple medical battery claim By Jason G. Schutte Civil Practice and Procedure, February 2016 Attorneys, claims adjusters and risk management professionals should pay close attention to the facts of Fiala v. Bickford Senior Living Group, LLC and the allegations within the plaintiff’s complaint.
2014 Farm Bill: Election year By Kristine A. Tidgren Agricultural Law, April 2016 2015 saw the first signups for Price Loss Coverage and Agriculture Risk Coverage under the Agricultural Act of 2014.
2015 Affordable Care Act form 1094 and 1095 deadlines extended By Maria Hiltunen & Kal Goren Employee Benefits, May 2016 In Notice 2016-4, the Internal Revenue Service (IRS) delayed the deadlines for a number of Affordable Care Act reporting requirements under Internal Revenue Code Sections 6055 and 6056 for the 2015 tax year only. 
The 2015 RCRA Solid Waste Rule and the 2016 TSCA Reform (The Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety for the 21st Century Act) By William J. Anaya Environmental Law, August 2016 In the last 12 months, Congress and US EPA have made significant changes to waste and chemical regulation that deserve some analysis.
2015 tax legislation State and Local Taxation, April 2016 New Illinois laws of note.
2015 year in review—2015 tax organizer supplement By Paul A. Meints Trusts and Estates, February 2016 News and recent information to keep you up to date.
2015 year in review—2015 tax organizer supplement By Paul A. Meints Agricultural Law, February 2016 Tax information to take note of.
2015-16 court decisions State and Local Taxation, April 2016 Recent tax-related court decisions.
2016 amendments to the health care power of attorney By Lauren Evans DeJong General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, August 2016 The 2016 amendment addresses some of the concerns raised with the 2015 rewrite of the statutory short form power of attorney for health care. While some concerns have not yet been addressed, many see the new form and its amendments as a step in the right direction. If you haven’t done so already, now is a good time to update your office forms to comport to the amended statute.
2016 court decisions State and Local Taxation, November 2016 Recent cases of interest to tax practitioners.
2016 estate tax summary By Jeffrey R. Gottlieb Trusts and Estates, January 2016 An executive summary of the current Federal and Illinois estate, gift and generation skipping tax exemptions and rates for 2016.
2016 legislation By David Krchak Business Advice and Financial Planning, December 2016 There were two new statutes affecting Illinois employers and employees passed in the most recent session of the legislature and signed into law by Governor Rauner. There were also three acts which were amended during 2016.
2016 legislation By David Krchak Labor and Employment Law, December 2016 There were two new statutes affecting Illinois employers and employees passed in the most recent session of the legislature and signed into law by Governor Rauner. There were also three acts which were amended during 2016.
2016 legislative update State and Local Taxation, November 2016 Newly enacted laws.
2016 Mock Trial Senior Lawyers, February 2016 Mark your calendar and sign up to volunteer for these upcoming mock trial events!
2016 Roz Kaplan Government Service Award recipient Allen J. Spellberg By Marylou Lowder Kent Government Lawyers, December 2016 Allen J. Spellberg, the 2016 recipient of the ISBA Roz Kaplan Government Service Award, truly exemplifies the spirit of the award.
The 2016 technical corrections to the Parentage Act of 2015 By Margaret Bennett Family Law, September 2016 Public Act 99-769, which provides technical amendments to the Illinois Parentage Act, becomes law on January 1, 2017.
The 36th Annual State & Local Taxation Conference By Hon. Alexander P. White State and Local Taxation, December 2016 The 36th Annual State and Local Taxation Conference of the National Conference of State Tax Judges took place in Portland, OR on Thursday, September 8 through Saturday, September 10, 2016.
7 tips to avoid QDRO malpractice By Veronica A. Silva Family Law, January 2016 Seven of the most helpful tips for staying out of hot water when drafting QDROs.
7th Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program”: Mediation Program Government Lawyers, April 2016 The Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program has a new mediation program, free to litigants and specializing in e-discovery issues in small cases.
7th Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program”: Mediation Program Federal Civil Practice, April 2016 The Seventh Circuit E-Discovery Pilot Program has a new mediation program, free to litigants and specializing in e-discovery issues in small cases.
ABA President-elect Hilarie Bass wants us to embrace technology By Hon. Edward J. Schoenbaum, Jr. (Ret). Senior Lawyers, October 2016 Hilarie Bass, in her opening speech at the ABA Annual Meeting, said “Lawyers need to accept and embrace technological innovation, so it can be used to increase access to justice for all.”
Abood v. Detroit Bd. Of Education survives…for now? By Carlos Arevalo Labor and Employment Law, April 2016 Had the Supreme Court overturned Abood, it would have had a profound impact across the Country’s 25 states that permit compulsory “fair share” for teachers, firefighters, police and other public workers. 
Abraham Lincoln’s prayer for judges By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, June 2016 The final sentence in an otherwise unremarkable letter written by Lincoln identifies the gravity inherent in all judges' work.
Absolute immunity By Robert T. Park Civil Practice and Procedure, August 2016 A look at the court decisions that protect judges, public officers making statements in their official capacity, guardians ad litem, court-appointed experts and child representatives.
The ACLU’s Illinois Judicial Bypass Coordination Project By Mary F. Petruchius General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, July 2016 The ACLU’s Judicial Bypass Coordination Project provides minors with information about the state’s parental notice law for those seeking abortions and assistance in obtaining what is called a “judicial bypass.”
Acquisition of mineral interests by tax deed By John C. Robison, Jr. Mineral Law, December 2016 For the purpose of determining whether a mineral interest is conveyed by such a deed, the focus of this article is the character of the interest conveyed by a tax deed that purports to convey a royalty interest.

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