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2020 Articles

The Case for Civility: My Perspective By Robert Fioretti January 2020 Three lessons in civility that you can learn in the courtroom.
Chicken Dinner Warrants Recusal? Not So Fast! By David W. Inlander & Ronald D. Menna, Jr. March 2020 An analysis of judicial recusal.
The Development of Qualified Immunity, How It Has Shielded Unprecedented Police Misconduct, and What Lies Ahead By Valerie Brummel June 2020 The recent death of George Floyd has sparked renewed advocacy for changes to laws that hinder the ability of victims of police misconduct to recover damages in civil lawsuits—most notably, the doctrine of qualified immunity.
If Not Section 137 Pleadings, How About Incivility Toward a Party? By Hon. Steve Pacey, (ret.) June 2020 A look at whether there is a case to be made that some pleadings are not very civil even if they fo not rise to the Rule 137 level.
Illinois Supreme Court Clarifies Legal Standard in Asbestos Civil Conspiracy Litigation By Jeffrey Gordon January 2020 A summary of the Illinois Supreme Court ruling in John Jones v. Pneumo Abex LLC et al.
Illinois Supreme Court Sculpts the Edges of the Collateral Source Rule in Class Action Economic Loss Case By Edward Casmere June 2020 The Illinois Supreme Court recently solidified the boundaries of the economic loss doctrine and the collateral source rule in a class action case asserting a civil conspiracy claim.
The Illinois Two-Step: The Forbidden Dance? By Michael G. Cortina May 2020 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.
In Recognition of Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne Burke By Neil Hartigan January 2020 A spotlight on Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Anne Burke.
Lessons From Facebook’s Record $550 Million Biometric Settlement By Nick Kahlon & Eli Litoff March 2020 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 By Justice Michael B. Hyman June 2020 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.
Recent Appointments and Retirements June 2020 Recent changes to Illinois' judiciary.
Recent Appointments and Retirements May 2020 Recent changes to Illinois' judiciary.
Recent Appointments and Retirements March 2020 Recent changes to Illinois' judiciary.
Recent Appointments and Retirements January 2020 Recent changes to Illinois' judiciary.
Reflections on Ethics, Morality, and Codes of Personal Conduct By J.D. Jordan & Judge Michael S. Jordan, (ret.) March 2020 A reflection on morals and ethics.
The Right of Confrontation: A Concept for the Ages By Hon. Jesse G. Reyes June 2020 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?
Staying Active, Healthy, and Productive at Home By Michael B. Hyman, E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., & Erin Clifford June 2020 Suggestions to better manage working from home during COVID-19.
Take Care of the Best Machine You Own! By Robert Fioretti, Nicki Pecori Fioretti, & Mary Petruchius June 2020 A look at our realities during COVID-19 and advice on how to take care of yourself during this time.
Virtual Courtrooms Since 2014 By Judge Mike Chmiel May 2020 A look at how the judiciary can think outside the box in providing access to justice through virtual proceedings.