Remembering Judge Eugene Pincham
On April 3, 2008, Justice R. Eugene Pincham passed. The following are two remembrances of Justice Pincham’s life and contributions to the legal community.
Requisite consent: Just consent or something more?
The May 2008 decision in Mercado v. Mt. Sinai, et al., 889 N.E.2d 730 (1st Dist. 2008), was the first decision to define the term “requisite consent” as it is used in section 2.2 of the Wrongful Death Act.
Supreme Court analyzes retainer agreements
The Supreme Court of Illinois has examined and clarified two kinds of retainer payments to lawyers.Dowling v. Chicago Options Associates, Inc., 226 Ill.2d 277, 875 N.E.2d 1012 (2007).
Supreme Court arguments on the Web
The Illinois Supreme Court has begun publishing video and audio recordings of oral arguments on its Web site (http://www.state.il.us/court/).
Two Slices from Life
Recently, my father gave me a thin volume of poetry published in 1935 that belonged to my grandfather, a lawyer, law professor and referee in bankruptcy.
Use of 735 ILCS 5/2-1401 in criminal cases
The first time I had an attorney present me with a 2-1401 petition in a criminal case, I was certain I was dealing with someone who was either inexperienced or desperate after missing a 30-day deadline for filing a post-judgment motion.