The Illinois Two-Step: The Forbidden Dance?
When there is a dispute as to the validity of a mortgage and the mortgagee wants to foreclose, some lawyers may consider filing declaratory judgment actions that seek a declaration that the mortgage is valid so that they can later file another action to foreclose the judicially-declared valid mortgage—but this is against the spirit of Illinois mortgage foreclosure law and may violate the tenets of res judicata.
Lessons From Facebook’s Record $550 Million Biometric Settlement
On January 29, 2020, Facebook, Inc. agreed to pay over half a billion dollars to settle claims that it violated the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act by using facial recognition software to help users “tag” their friends in photographs.
The Other Pandemic
Lawyers are perfectly suited to find ways to dismantle systemic barriers, to promote inclusivity and diversity, to combat overt or explicit bias, to advocate for a legal system accessible to all, and to illuminate the nature of unconscious bias and address its root causes.
The Right of Confrontation: A Concept for the Ages
With non-traditional avenues of providing justice on the rise, the question then becomes: Can trials be constitutionally conducted over remote video conferencing platforms where the participants will not be face-to-face?
Virtual Courtrooms Since 2014
A look at how the judiciary can think outside the box in providing access to justice through virtual proceedings.