Be careful what you file with the Court
Below (with omissions not noted) is an order the Hon. Leif M. Clark, United States Bankruptcy Judge for the Western District of Texas, entered recently in an adversary proceeding before him: Order denying motion for incomprehensibility.
When a lawyer is chosen to become a judge, whether the choice was made by the voters after an election or by appointment from other judges, the new judge swears to uphold the laws of the State of Illinois and the Constitution.
“Please empty your pockets and let me look in your purse or briefcase.”
What an honor it is to be the Chair of the Bench and Bar Section Council during this year of changes in the court system in the State of Illinois.
Living with the death penalty
The judges who preside over death penalty cases are learned men and women dedicated to carrying out the law. They are also human beings with feelings and emotions who at times make the most difficult decisions in American jurisprudence.
New court security restrictions in 9th Circuit
Jodi Pospeschil, reporter for Peoria Journal Star (pjstar.com), recently reported that, beginning September 1, 2006, the chief judge of the 9th Judicial Circuit has banned from the six western Illinois courthouses all cellular telephones, cameras, and video and audio recording devices.
The new MCLE rules: An overview
After several years of discussion and debate, the Illinois Supreme Court, on September 29, 2005, adopted new and amended rules requiring all active practitioners licensed in Illinois to comply with a “Minimum Continuing Legal Education” (MCLE) requirement.
The pressures of large caseloads, the duties of running the courtroom day-to-day and all the other juggling of priorities that goes into the judicial business sometimes causes us to lose patience, to be less than kind.
The taming of the rude
Lack of civility concerns every judge and lawyer who takes pride in our profession.