Articles From 2018

Bicentennially speaking… By Hon. Barbara Crowder Bench and Bar, February 2018 Suggested websites and resources to help you learn more about Illinois' bicentennial.
Big bank versus little client: How to deal with unreasonable requests and demands By Michael J. Fleck Trusts and Estates, August 2018 It is commonplace for larger multi-state banks to give their customer the runaround when engaging in transactions involving powers of attorney, trust certifications, and small estate affidavits. As attorneys, we want these transactions to go as smoothly as possible without additional and unnecessary steps, forms, and costs.
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Billing practices that keep clients happy By Kerry M. Lavelle Law Office Management and Economics, Standing Committee on, May 2018 With the right approach to billing, most clients will appreciate your hard work, advocacy, and passion as their lawyer.
Blessing or curse: Having an eclectic ADR practice By Hon. Michael S. Jordan, (ret.) Bench and Bar, July 2018 The pros and cons of affiliating your alternative dispute resolution practice with an entity that requires an exclusive relationship.
Blessing or curse: Having an eclectic ADR practice By Hon. Michael S. Jordan, (ret.) Alternative Dispute Resolution, June 2018 The pros and cons of affiliating your alternative dispute resolution practice with an entity that requires an exclusive relationship.
Blood suppression requires proof of blood draw in Brooks By Lisa L. Dunn Traffic Laws and Courts, March 2018 This article reviews the Brooks case and offers tips for prosecutors and defense lawyers about how to successfully present their case.
A book review of Hero of the Empire By Gary T. Rafool Senior Lawyers, June 2018 A review of Hero of the Empire, which focuses on the life of Winston Churchill.
Book review: Being Mortal By Gary T. Rafool Senior Lawyers, November 2018 A summary of the 2014 book Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End.
Book review: Testimony By Gary T. Rafool Senior Lawyers, February 2018 Unlike most of the Scott Turow's novels, Testimony does not take place so much in the court room, but it develops around an investigation during 2015 into the disappearance of some 400 gypsy refugees in Bosnia in 2004.
Book review: The Woman Behind the New Deal by Kristin Downey By Cindy G. Buys Women and the Law, December 2018 A review of The Woman Behind the New Deal, a book about the life of Frances Perkins, the first female member of the U.S. Cabinet.
Brexit: Exiting the European Union, entering jurisdictional questions By Mark J. Collins, Jr. International and Immigration Law, January 2018 One of the UK’s concerns moving forward and out of the EU is the level of control which the European Court of Justice will exercise over it as a practical matter.
Briefing lessons from the Fourth Circuit’s decision to vacate award in withdrawal liability dispute By Douglas A. Darch & Alexis Hawley Employee Benefits, April 2018 Corporations that plan to acquire—or make a practice of acquiring—other entities with the intent of retaining part of the target and selling the remainder should heed the lessons of Penske Logistics LLC v. Teamsters Local 557.
Busted with brownies? Illinois law turns chocolate into weed By Paul C. Meyers Criminal Justice, June 2018 The legal interpretation of the weight of cannabis in edibles varies by state. However, most states equate the total weight of the pot-laced edibles with the weight they can legally charge someone with possessing cannabis.
“But, they didn’t give me my Miranda rights!” By Michael J. Maslanka General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, December 2018 In Johnson v. Winstead, the seventh circuit gave an overview of rights and consequences for violations of rights regarding constitutional law and privileges.
Buyer beware: The 7th Circuit clarifies a buyer’s obligations to pay real property transfer taxes when a seller is federally exempt By Adam J. Wilde Real Estate Law, February 2018 In Federal National Mortgage Association, et.al. v. City of Chicago, the 7th Circuit held that the Government Sponsored Enterprises' exempt status does not extend to third-party purchasers.
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Buyer’s premiums and bankruptcy auctions By Jeffrey A. Mollet Agricultural Law, December 2018 In re THR & Associates, Inc. and In re Ruffolo deal with the use of buyer's premiums in auctions held in Chapter 7 bankruptcies.
Bye bye love—No more heart balm (aka: heartburn) actions By Hon. Martin J. Mengarelli Tort Law, February 2018 Causes of action for being left at the altar or for your spouse running off with someone else are gone. So what's a jilted person to do?
California passes sweeping new internet privacy legislation By Ari Scharg Business Advice and Financial Planning, October 2018 California recently passed a sweeping new privacy law that could dramatically change the way tech giants collect and monetize consumers’ personal data.
California passes sweeping new internet privacy legislation By Ari Scharg Privacy and Information Security Law, September 2018 California recently passed a sweeping new privacy law that could dramatically change the way tech giants collect and monetize consumers’ personal data.
A call for written admonishments in criminal cases By Evan Bruno Bench and Bar, February 2018 The typical practice of orally delivering admonishments to a lay defendant ignores the glaring reality that virtually no human being—whether lay person or lawyer—is capable of retaining and recalling detailed information after hearing it only once. So why do the criminal courts indulge in this fantasy when such important rights are at stake?
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A call to end routine shackling of custodial defendants By Evan Bruno Bench and Bar, September 2018 The routine shackling of all custodial inmates at all court appearances reflects a constitutionally imbalanced approach, one that cuts away far too much liberty in the pursuit of absolute safety.       
Can a court grant a new trial based on proof that racial bias affected jury deliberations? SCOTUS says YES. By Khara Coleman Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, February 2018 While there are a number of articles and published analyses concerning the Peña-Rodriguez opinion, it clearly does not come with a recipe or cure for the “pernicious” influence of racial bias in a jury pool.
Can taxes change one’s behavior? An editorial opinion By Hon. Julie-April Montgomery, (ret.) Employee Benefits, April 2018 Taxes are a vehicle for change for both the taxpayer and the government, but author Julie-April Montgomery argues that the changes are neither what government really anticipates or desires.
Canada looks to foster innovation, business growth with new IP strategy By Anthony Turco International and Immigration Law, July 2018 The Canadian government recently unveiled its long-awaited intellectual property strategy, which is designed to increase intellectual property awareness and foster an ecosystem that supports business growth, innovation, and competition.
Canada looks to foster innovation, business growth with new IP strategy By Anthony Turco Intellectual Property, June 2018 The Canadian government recently unveiled its long-awaited intellectual property strategy, which is designed to increase intellectual property awareness and foster an ecosystem that supports business growth, innovation, and competition.
The career of Lois Wood By Erin Hodgson Women and the Law, March 2018 Ms. Lois Wood has recently retired from practice, but her years of dedication to The Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation has created a lasting impact for the elderly and low-income residents of Illinois.
Carlson v. Jerousek: Second District finds right to privacy outweighs needs of civil discovery By Laura Castagna & Amelia S. Buragas Tort Law, February 2018 Carlson provides a good reminder to practitioners that while discovery reaches information that is relevant or reasonably calculated to lead to the discovery of relevant information, there are indeed limits imposed by a party’s right to privacy.
Case briefs By Hannah Friedle Alternative Dispute Resolution, December 2018 Recent cases of interest to ADR practitioners.
Case briefs By Hannah Friedle, Madeline Derango, Raine Odom, Samantha Hasiewicz, & Reagan Quynn Alternative Dispute Resolution, November 2018 Recent cases of interest to ADR practitioners.
Case briefs Alternative Dispute Resolution, June 2018 Recent cases of interest to ADR practitioners.

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