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Newsletter Articles From 2019

Another unfair Chicago enforcement practice By Michael J. Maslanka April 2019 A summary of Kooperman v. City of Chicago, et al.
Before you run, know the rules and prepare yourself … it may be a bumpy ride! By Judge April G. Troemper and Peter L. Rotskoff June 2019 For decades, scholars, professors, members of the judiciary, and the legal community have questioned whether judges should be elected by the public or be appointed based on merit.
Bench & Bar addresses attacks on the rule of law By David W. Inlander January 2019 A note from the chair of the Bench & Bar Section Council, David W. Inlander.
Bench & Bar Section Council year in review 2018-19: Reflections from the chair By David W. Inlander June 2019 A note from the outgoing chair, David W. Inlander.
Blown out of proportion By Michael G. Cortina May 2019 Crystal Lake Limited Partnership v. Baird & Warner Residential Sales, Inc. provides an interesting reminder regarding fee-shifting clauses and how courts should enforce them.
Burned out? Overwhelmed? Meet Dr. Diana Uchiyama and the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program By Mary F. Petruchius May 2019 An interview with Dr. Diana Uchiyama, the executive director of the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program.
Crisis? National emergency? For Illinois lawyers, it’s time to address a serious issue By David W. Inlander March 2019 A note from the chair, David W. Inlander.
Efficiency, economy, and consistency: 2018-2019 amendments to the Federal Rules By Erin Gasparka January 2019 The 2018-2019 amendments to the Federal Rules of Civil Procedure communicate a steady resolve to have the Rules evolve with the times through principles of efficiency, economy, and consistency.  
Evidentiary admissions and judicial admissions: A quick refresher By Michael J. Maslanka February 2019 Armstead v. National Freight, Inc. provides a good explanation of the differences between evidentiary admissions and judicial admissions.
Hello Dubai By Hon. Patrick J. Leston, (ret.) March 2019 Hon. Patrick J. Leston's account of his recent trip to Dubai.
Help is on the way By E. Kenneth Wright, Jr. May 2019 A look at Judge John Pavich's life and unique path from CIA officer to judge.
An inappropriate mediator By Hon. Michael S. Jordan, (ret.) May 2019 Judge Michael Jordan (ret.) reflects on his his experience during a mediation he attended for one of his relatives.
The Intermediary Program – A 40-year uncompleted project of the Illinois State Bar Association By Michael S. Jordan February 2019 An overview of The Intermediary Program.
Recent appointments and retirements June 2019 Recent changes to Illinois' judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements May 2019 Recent changes to Illinois' judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements April 2019 Recent changes to Illinois' judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements March 2019 Recent changes to Illinois' judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements February 2019 Recent changes to Illinois' judiciary.
Recent appointments and retirements January 2019 Recent changes to Illinois' judiciary.
Restorative justice: An overview By Janna M. Miller Midura and Elizabeth Bleakley June 2019 What is restorative justice? Does it work, and is it a helpful tool for society?
Thoughts on human nature and attorney discipline By Hon. Steve Pacey, (ret.) January 2019 Hon. Steve Pacey (ret.) reflects on the disciplinary process.
Top 10 tips for an effective settlement conference By Hon. Anna M. Benjamin February 2019 While there are few guidelines for conducting settlement conferences with the judge in civil cases, there are ways to make a settlement conference more effective.
Understanding the requirements for adult guardianships By Hon. Anna M. Benjamin February 2019 Effective January 1, 2019, the Probate Act gives spouses, adult grandchildren, parents, and adult siblings the right to petition for visitation with adults over whom guardianship has been established.