Just because 'weasels'-- habitually confrontational and mean-spirited attorneys-- abandon professionalism is no excuse for your joining their herd. Here are three ways to respond when you encounter one.
A message from the Bench & Bar Section Chair, Hon. Jeanne Reynolds.
A message from the Chair, Judge Jeanne Reynolds.
Chair’s column: On honesty
Hon. Michael Hyman urges lawyers to use Gandhi's and Lincoln's examples of nobility and honor as a personal guide.
Courthouse professionalism: Not just for judges and lawyers
The Courthouse Cross-Disciplinary Training program brings together representatives from every type of person who works in the courthouse, challenging them to consider ways they can increase their professionalism and service to those who access our judicial system.
Criminal trials in Britain
Retired Judge Alfred Swanson recently observed a courtroom in Oxford, England and reports on how the proceedings differ from our own in Illinois.
Fee Petitions: Kaiser and beyond
Any attorney who has sought an award for attorney fees from the circuit court must be aware of the requirements of Kaiser v. MEPC Am. Properties, Inc. However, counsel should also be aware of Aliano v. Sears, Roebuck & Co.
I know it when I see it
Although Illinois has anti-sexual harassment legislation in place, due to society’s recent awareness of the transgender community there is a rising tide of sexual harassment issues that are becoming more prevalent and need to be addressed.
An interview with Justice Garman
Now that her term as Chief Justice has ended, Justice Garman feels “very good at how the Illinois courts have moved forward” on her goals.
An interview with the Chief Justice
When he started practicing law 52 years ago, Lloyd Karmeier never imagined being an appellate court judge, let alone a Supreme Court Justice.
Judges should not say “expert” in front of the jury
It’s impossible to say for certain whether a judge’s oral designation of a witness as an expert has ever tipped the scales in a jury trial. But more importantly, why does the jury even need to be informed of this evidentiary ruling?
Judge’s side of the bench
Judge Ilana Diamond Rovner shares her thoughts as she marks her 32nd year on the bench.
Justice on the move
A discussion of how we can work to make the courts more accessible to litigants.
Making the most of 1L summer
The author, a 2017 J.D. candidate, offers her insights as to the benefits of a judicial internship.
The Petrillo doctrine examined
In McChristian v. Brink, the Appellate Court for the First District, in a case of first impression, applied the Petrillo doctrine to a unique set of facts: where the defendant medical corporation designated a member of the corporation who was also one of plaintiff’s treating doctors as an expert witness on liability, damages and causation.
Read any good books lately?
Author and Bench & Bar Chair Michael Hyman asked members of this Section to choose one book with a legal bent that they would recommend every lawyer read. Here are the responses.