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2019 Articles

Are You Paying Too Much for Your Client’s Medical Records? By Michael K. Muldoon November 2019 The HITECH Act encourages the use of electronic records by health care providers and makes it easier for patients to obtain their health care records.
Burned Out? Overwhelmed? Meet Dr. Diana Uchiyama and the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program By Mary F. Petruchius September 2019 An interview with Dr. Diana Uchiyama, the executive director of the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program.
Chair’s Column By Dominic ’Nick’ Kujawa September 2019 A note from the chair, Dominic Kujawa.
Court Supervision May Be a Conviction (and a Horse With a Feathered Saddle May Be a Small Bird)! By Michael J. Maslanka September 2019 It is important to be precise when advising clients that court supervision is a conviction for some purposes but not for others.
Editor’s column By John T. Phipps April 2019 An introduction to the issue by John T. Phipps, co-editor of the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm newsletter.
Evidentiary Admissions and Judicial Admissions: A Quick Refresher By Michael J. Maslanka November 2019 Armstead v. National Freight, Inc. provides a good explanation of the differences between evidentiary admissions and judicial admissions.
HIPAA-compliant court orders in personal injury cases By Robert D. Fink, Sofia Zneimer, & Cynthia S. Kisser April 2019 This article discusses the conflicts with federal and state law and the Illinois Constitution inherent in 2018 Cook County G.O. 18-1 and identifies the requirements necessary to make any such order both HIPAA-compliant and constitutionally sound.
The Illinois Appellate Court Affirmed the Trial Court’s Dismissal of a Verified Complaint for Failure to Allege Adequate Consideration for a Noncompete Agreement By Mary Anne Gerstner November 2019 The appellate court affirmed the trial court’s dismissal of a verified complaint for failure to allege adequate consideration for a noncompete agreement where the verified complaint alleged continued employment as the only consideration for the noncompete covenant and the employee resigned in less than two years.