Bench & Bar Section Council seeks input
The Section Council has undertaken study of a proposal advanced by one of its members to amend statutory provisions for the number of jurors to serve on jury trials in civil cases where the claim for damages does not exceed $50,000, which is the upper limit for cases that are referred to arbitration.
Blueprint for civility
John was a brand new lawyer. His client was pursuing a worker's disability claim. A prominent trial attorney, Joel Boyden, was defending the employer.
Brown v. Board of Education event
Lawyers and Judges working together is the benchmark of the Bench and Bar Section Council. Great examples of such enterprises have been occurring around the state in honor of the 50th anniversary of Brown v. Board of Education, the landmark school decision holding that racial segregation is not equal and violates the U.S. Constitution.
In Feltmeier v. Feltmeier, 207 Ill.2d 263, 798 N.E.2d 75 (2003), the Supreme Court recognized a cause of action for intentional infliction of emotional distress in a marital setting.
Following a bench trial, defendant was found guilty of first degree murder, and sentenced to 60 years imprisonment.
Cases of note
Appeal from the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, Eastern Division. No. 01 C 6329-Joan Humphrey Lefkow, Judge.
On June 30, 1961, about the time of the enactment of the "new" criminal code in Illinois, the Supreme Court of Illinois entered an Order stating "that the administration of justice will be served by a comprehensive study of jury instructions in criminal cases."
This is just a short note to express publicly my thanks and appreciation to the members of the Bench and Bar Section Council for their good work on behalf of the Council this past year.
Civil orders for uncivil behavior
The Civil No Contact Order Act went into effect on January 1, 2004, and allows for entries of protective orders on behalf of any petitioner who is the victim of a non-consensual sexual conduct or penetration.
Court annexed mediation in Cook County
Mediation is a process whereby the parties are empowered by principled negotiation aided by the involvement of an impartial and non-decisional neutral who enhances communication and encourages collaborative problem solving that results in a voluntary settlement with improved relationships.
A Court That Shaped America
A Court That Shaped America is a "must read " history of the U.S. District Court for Illinois and later the Northern District of Illinois. Northwestern University Press is the publisher.
First District rule changes benefit both bench and bar
With the number of appellate cases filed in 2003 in the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, exceeding 3,700, it became apparent to the judges of this District that there was a need to consider methods to make the ever-burgeoning case load more manageable.
The hardline approach to Rule 216
As the result of recent case law, courts and attorneys alike are taking a closer look at the requirements of Supreme Court Rule 216.
Judge Karmeier elected to Supreme Court
Judge Lloyd Karmeier, the immediate past chair of this Section Council, was sworn in as a Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court on Monday, December 6, 2004.
An old judge’s thoughts
Mixed feelings" have been described in a number of different ways, some taking the form of ancient (and hence occasionally politically incorrect) jokes.