Abolish Illinois Supreme Court Rule 23 Opinions

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I agree with Attorney Morris Lane Harvey who recently advocated in the ISBA Journal to eliminate Rule 23 orders in appellate opinions. See https://www.isba.org/ibj/2017/01/letsgetridofrule23orders. I, like the author, have often been frustrated to find the on-point authority I discovered during the course of my legal research is contained in an unpublished opinion that cannot be cited […]

North Shore Law Hosts Free Events for College Student POAs

Parents/Guardians of adult children: Your child may be leaving the nest, but he/she may still need you. Julie is a member of North Shore Law, an association of women lawyers, that is providing a free service to learn about and complete Illinois Powers of Attorney for Health Care that include permission to access private medical information so you may be involved in and execute medical decisions on your child’s behalf after they turn 18 years old. You and your child are welcome […]

Attorneys Should Not Minimize the Importance of Compliance With Supreme Court Rule 12

The Illinois Appellate Court recently issued a sober reminder of the consequences of ignoring technical compliance with the service requirements dictated by Illinois Supreme Court Rule 12. In In Re Marriage of Sheth, 2015 IL App (1st) 132611 (February 13, 2015), the First District found that it had no jurisdiction over an appeal due to […]

Julie Bordo to Moderate IICLE Ethics Seminar in June

Julie will be the moderator/facilitator of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Ethics Institute in Chicago at the UBS Tower on June 25, 2015. She and esteemed members of the Illinois legal community such as the Honorable Michael B. Hyman and Ruta K. Stropus of the Illinois Attorney General’s Office will work in a dynamic interactive […]

Illinois Supreme Court Holds Innocent Insured Doctrine Can’t Save Law Partner

One of two partners in a law firm was disbarred on consent. That attorney had completed and signed a renewal application for legal malpractice coverage on behalf of the firm two years previously. Without his partner’s knowledge he answered “no” to the question of whether any member of the firm was aware of circumstances that […]

Heads Up for Attorneys on Properly Handling a Client’s Personal Information

The Personal Information Protection Act (PIPA) was enacted in Illinois in 2012 to protect personal information from being wrongfully disclosed by businesses and vendors. However, the security of personal information is not simply an issue of concern for companies processing credit card information or corporations recording their employees’ social security numbers. Lawyers, too, must take […]

IICLE®Press salutes Julie M. Bordo as an outstanding volunteer

April 2013 Author Spotlight Julie M. Bordo IICLE®Press salutes Evanston attorney Julie M. Bordo as an outstanding volunteer in the April Author Spotlight. An IICLE®Press contributing author since 2003, Bordo has written for the RESIDENTIAL REAL ESTATE and STARTING POINTS practice handbooks. Her most recent work was on THE ILLINOIS LAWYER’S OVERVIEW: A GUIDE TO […]


Mechanics Lien Act Amendment Overturns Illinois Supreme Court Decision in Cypress Creek. Effective February 11, 2013, Section 16 of the Mechanics Lien Act was amended to “redistribute the wealth” of those having a claim concerning property through its definition of a “lien creditor”. Prior incumbrances, i.e. mortgages, will have priority over lien creditors, i.e. mechanics […]

Illinois Supreme Court Updates Pattern Criminal Jury Instructions

On January 13, 2013, the Court approved long-awaited changes to the IPI Criminal concerning modern technology and regarding the care and custody of children in marital dissolution and custody matters and sex offenses. IPI Criminal 4.27, 4.32, 4.38, 4.8 and 4.69 add definitions for technological terms such as “computer”, “access”, “online”, “wireless device” and “internet”. […]

Illinois Senate Bill Seeks Swift Payment for Settling Plaintiffs

On February 15, 2013, State Senator Kwame Raoul from Chicago introduced a bill requiring defendants to tender releases to plaintiffs within 14 days of an agreement to settle the case. Payment is then due within 21 days of tender of the fully executed release. Failure to pay on this schedule would result in the accrual […]

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