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Newsletter articles from 2005
Avoid being blindsided by Federal Rule Civil Practice 30(a)(2)(B)
Most lawyers are well aware that all depositions taken pursuant to Federal Rules are evidentiary in nature, yet many allow the opposing party to take the federal depositions of their client's treating or tendered medical professionals, economists, engineers and etc., as if the deposition is being taken for discovery purposes only.
The Illinois accountant privilege in federal court
In actions based upon federal laws brought in federal court, the accountant's privilege set forth in the Illinois statute has no force and effect. But what happens if a complaint contains both state and federal law claims?
The current rules are, indeed, broke and need fixing.
Summary judgment is a powerful tool in civil litigation.
Ten tips on taking a deposition
Although depositions typically come to a judge's attention only when rulings are needed or the deposition transcript is presented at trial, here are some practical thoughts I have developed from my years of practicing law and presiding on the bench that I believe all lawyers should consider in taking depositions.
U.S. Magistrate Donald G. Wilkerson
This early spring, Donald G. Wilkerson, of Glen Carbon, Illinois, age 53, continued his career as a public servant now serving as the newest federal magistrate judge within the Southern District of Illinois, filling the position formerly held by Magistrate Gerald B. Cohn.