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A Fourth of July Message: Looking Back, Lasting Legacies

June 24, 2019

Since my election to the court in 2004, I have been fortunate to witness a number of significant milestones in the history of the country, the state and the Supreme Court. This past year we marked the bicentennial of Illinois’ admission into the Union and the creation of our state’s judicial branch....

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Illinois Supreme Court Appoints Walton as Circuit Judge in the First Subcircuit of Cook County

June 26, 2019

Justice Anne M. Burke and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced the appointment of Tyria B. Walton as a Cook County Circuit Judge in the First Judicial Subcircuit.

The appointment is effective June 25, 2019, and will conclude on December 7, 2020, following the November 2020 general election.

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Supreme Court Rules Committee Holds Public Hearing on Proposals

June 24, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee heard comments from over a dozen speakers on June 19 at a public hearing in Chicago. The six proposals include,18-01, which would establish a protective order for the release of medical information. Eight speakers presented comments on 18-01.

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Illinois Supreme Court History: Sunday Laws

June 24, 2019

Sunday laws in America date back to Puritan Massachusetts. The idea of working on the “Lord’s Day” was anathema to the comfort and welfare of society. In early Connecticut, for example, it was even illegal to travel on Sundays...

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Illinois Supreme Court Pretrial Practices Commission Hosts Public Hearings in Chicago, Freeport

June 24, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices is hosting a series of public hearings as it works towards its final report and recommendations. The Commission would like to gather input from Illinois stakeholders regarding pretrial reform, and recently hosted hearings in Chicago and Freeport...

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When the Past and Present Diverge: A Brief Discussion of Former Client Conflicts of Interest Under Rule 1.9(a)

June 24, 2019

Under Illinois Rule of Professional Conduct 1.9(a), an attorney is prohibited from representing a party whose interests are materially adverse to the interests of a former client if the matters involved in both representations are the same or substantially related, unless the former client gives informed consent. 

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The Future Is Now: Legal Innovation and the Rule of Law

June 24, 2019

Earlier this month, hundreds of legal professionals gathered in Chicago to attend the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.019 conference. This year’s speakers explored topics including evolving alternative legal landscapes, novel access to justice solutions, legal innovation through technology, blueprints for change and more...

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JusticeCorps Fellows Honored for Improving Access to Justice

June 24, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (Commission) is pleased to recognize the awards achieved by the 2018-2019 Illinois JusticeCorps (ILJC) Fellows...

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Administrative Director Announces Results of Associate Judges

June 24, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (Commission) is pleased to recognize the awards achieved by the 2018-2019 Illinois JusticeCorps (ILJC) Fellows...

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An Update on the Judicial College – Dedicated Leadership Necessary to Advance Mission

May 23, 2019

For years, Illinois has been a national leader in judicial education.  In 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court further raised the bar when it announced the creation of a Judicial College to provide competency-based comprehensive continuing education programs and professional development training to the state's judges and justice partners...

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Hylla Receives Shonkwiler Award, Kramer Named new Chair of Conference of Chief Judges

May 23, 2019

Third Circuit Chief Judge David Hylla received the John P. Shonkwiler Distinguished Service Award for his work on the Conference of Chief Judges at a meeting May 17 in Chicago...

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Justice Corner

May 23, 2019

Dear Justice Corner,
I am hoping to make the physical space of my courtroom more accommodating for self-represented litigants. What steps can I take?
- Judge EagerForEnvironment

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Over 300 New Attorneys Admitted to Practice in Illinois

May 23, 2019

Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court administered the attorney’s oath to 335 new attorneys on Thursday, May 9 at ceremonies across the state...

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Illinois Judges Receive Recognition and Awards

May 23, 2019

Illinois judges are increasingly being recognized for their dedicated work in courtrooms throughout the state. Here are some of the recent honors received by Illinois judges...

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Attorney Discipline: Powers of Attorney

May 23, 2019

To whom does a lawyer owe duties when the lawyer drafts a power of attorney? The precedent in Illinois might not be as clear as you think. Let’s take a look at the relevant cases.

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Supreme Court Rules Committee Sets Public Hearing on Proposals

May 23, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee will hear comments June 19 at a public hearing in Chicago on six proposals, including a proposal to establish a protective order for the release of medical information and a proposal involving the use of deposition testimony by a party...

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Illinois Supreme Court Amends Rules 68, 472, 558, 767 and 773

May 23, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court recently announced amendments to Rules 68, 472, and 558 and those changes are effective immediately. Amendments to Rules 767 and 773 were announced on May 23 and take effect on July 1.

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Illinois Supreme Court History: Supreme Court’s Office Supplies

May 23, 2019

Today, we may have the Staples Easy Button or Office Depot to obtain office supplies, but how did the Supreme Court of Illinois get office supplies in 1851? What supplies did the Court even need? A recently uncovered page from an account book from a Springfield store shows exactly what the Supreme Court used and how much it paid for those supplies...

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Dr. Diana Uchiyama named Executive Director of Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP)

April 19, 2019

The Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) has announced that Diana Uchiyama, JD, PsyD has been named Executive Director by the Board of Directors. Diana possesses impressive experience as both a practicing attorney and a Clinical Psychologist. LAP is most fortunate to have Diana at the helm.

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Law Day 2019: “Free Speech, Free Press, Free Society”

April 19, 2019

Next week, judges throughout the state will be participating in the organized bar’s annual Law Day activities. Perhaps you will be one of them. If so, I hope you will find it as meaningful as I do....

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Probation Characteristics and General Trends of the last 37 Years

April 19, 2019

For its 2014 Annual Report, the ARDC analyzed a total of 324 cases from 1981 through the end of 2014 in which an attorney was placed on probation, meaning those cases in which an attorney’s suspension was stayed in part or in its entirety subject to certain conditions....

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Illinois Supreme Court Consolidation: Was Springfield Chosen to Counter “Hotbed of Iniquity”?

April 19, 2019

For its 2014 Annual Report, the ARDC analyzed a total of 324 cases from 1981 through the end of 2014 in which an attorney was placed on probation, meaning those cases in which an attorney’s suspension was stayed in part or in its entirety subject to certain conditions....

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Civil Appellate Resource Program Update

April 19, 2019

In response to the growing number of cases involving litigants who cannot afford to hire an attorney at the appellate level, the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts Access to Justice Division (AOIC) and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (Commission) recently launched two initiatives to assist self-represented litigants (SRLs) in civil appeals.

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Illinois Judges Receive Recognition and Awards

April 19, 2019

Illinois judges are increasingly being recognized for their dedicated work in courtrooms throughout the state. Here are some of the recent honors received by Illinois judges...

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Supreme Court Approves New Rule Regarding Use of Restraints in Mental Health and Disability Cases

March 26, 2019

Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier and the Illinois Supreme Court announced on March 21 the approval of Supreme Court Rule 296, which requires that trial courts not use restraints on individuals involved in Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code...

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Criminal Justice Reforms Taking Center Stage in Illinois

March 26, 2019

The U.S. Supreme Court’s position on admission to bail was stated in Stack v. Boyle: The practice of admission to bail, as it has evolved in Anglo-American law, is not a device for keeping persons in jail upon mere accusation until it is found convenient to give them a trial...

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Increasing Access to Justice Through Limited Scope Representation

March 26, 2019

An overwhelming number of civil litigants in our Illinois courtrooms today are self-represented. This is a cause for concern for both judges and lawyers. For judges, it takes more time to handle cases when litigants do not know legal procedures or how to state a claim or a defense...

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Cook County Chief Judge Evans Implements Sexual Harassment Training at New Judges School

March 26, 2019

In the fall of 2017, I wrote an article for the ISBA’s Bench & Bar newsletter about being sexually harassed by a judge when I was a young attorney. I closed the article by stating: “With the Illinois Legislature beginning to undergo sexual harassment training and apparently adopting legislation that would require all elected officials to be so educated, will this apply to the third branch of government? Sign me up as an educator for my colleagues!”...

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Inaugural Law Student Leaders Access to Justice Summit

March 26, 2019

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission) hosted an inaugural Law Student Leaders Access to Justice Summit on February 22, 2019 at the Michael A. Bilandic Building....

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Illinois Supreme Court History: Women and Juries

March 26, 2019

Illinois passed a limited women’s suffrage law in 1913, which was then rendered moot by the passage of the 19th amendment to the U.S. Constitution in 1920, giving women the right to vote in all elections. In Illinois, the right to vote, which is one of several requirements for jury service, did not necessarily mean women could serve on juries. ...

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Attorney Discipline: Recidivism

March 26, 2019

A lawyer who has been disciplined for ethical misconduct more than once is generally referred to as a recidivist. Recidivism is well established as an aggravating factor in disciplinary proceedings,...

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Justice Corner

March 26, 2019

Dear Justice Corner: 

What do I do if a self-represented litigant asks for an accommodation to have a note taker be able to step up to the bench with him or her due to a memory disability?...

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Illinois Judges Receive Recognition and Awards

March 26, 2019

Illinois judges are increasingly being recognized for their dedicated work in courtrooms throughout the state. Here are some of the recent honors received by Illinois judges...

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Overcoming the Chronic Challenge of Correcting Sentencing Errors: Help is on the Way

February 25, 2019

Over the past year, the Supreme Court has repeatedly been asked to address the issue of how to handle the correction of sentencing errors in criminal cases where more than thirty days have elapsed since imposition of sentence and the circuit court no longer has jurisdiction...

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Update on the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Pretrial Practices

February 25, 2019

Illinois has a long history of pretrial reform and was the first to abolish bail bondsmen in 1963. It implemented the Pretrial Services Act in 1987 and the Bail Reform Act of 2017. These initiatives have brought about positive change, but have not enacted comprehensive, statewide pretrial reform...

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Illinois Judges Receive Recognition and Awards

February 25, 2019

Illinois judges are increasingly being recognized for their dedicated work in courtrooms throughout the state. Here are some of the recent honors received by Illinois judges...

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Keeping the Light on Topics in Technology: E-mail Tracking Software

February 25, 2019

Imagine the following scenarios:

A lawyer, after several attempts to serve a defendant at a last known address, seeks to serve the defendant via e-mail and needs to demonstrate that e-mail service is proper...

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Update to E-filing Rule and Safe Harbor Policy

February 25, 2019

One year into the e-filing mandate has led to a couple of updates in court rules and policies pertaining to e-filing. First, Illinois Supreme Court Rule 9 was amended and then the Illinois Supreme Court Policy on Assistance to Court Patrons by Circuit Clerks, Court Staff, Law Librarians, and Court Volunteers (Safe Harbor Policy) was updated...

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Supreme Court Announces Changes to Make Court Costs More Manageable

February 25, 2019

Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier and the Illinois Supreme Court announced on February 13 multiple changes to the assessment system by which fees, fines, and other court costs are paid by civil and criminal case litigants..

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Illinois Supreme Court History: Illinois’s First Case

February 25, 2019

Illinoisans approved the first state Constitution in August 1818, and the first General Assembly met in October 1818.  These two pre-statehood events set up the structure for the how the state would operate. In 1819, the new state of Illinois finally implemented the workings of a new government.

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Use Communication to De-Escalate Tense Situations

February 25, 2019

I recently spoke with a group of lawyers about the “soft skills” we wished we learned in law school. We discussed things like managing people, technology best practices, and project management skills. Yet, the skill mentioned most was communication...

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Responsive Court Governance During Challenging Times

January 28, 2019

As we emerge from the grip of the “polar vortex” that froze our state and much of the Midwest for the last 48 hours, there is good reason to reflect on what this means for the third branch of government and how we can be best prepared for operation of court functions in the 21st Century...

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Martin Sinclair Named Chair of the Commission on Professionalism

January 28, 2019

The Supreme Court of Illinois has appointed Martin Sinclair as Chair of the Commission on Professionalism, effective January 1, 2019...

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Illinois Judges Receive Recognition and Awards

January 28, 2019

Illinois judges are increasingly being recognized for their dedicated work in courtrooms throughout the state. Here are some of the recent honors received by Illinois judges...

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Justice Corner

January 28, 2019

Dear Justice Corner: 

I keep seeing more and more litigants in my courtroom without a lawyer. Where can I get information about dealing with self-represented litigants (SRLs) in my courtroom?...

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Revisiting Clayter: Do Not Commingle, Keep Records, and Do Not Steal

January 28, 2019

In 1994, the Hearing Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission found it troubling that, fourteen years after the Illinois Supreme Court’s opinion admonishing attorneys to safeguard money or other property belonging to clients and third parties...

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Illinois Supreme Court History: Abraham Lincoln and Bar Associations

January 28, 2019

In January 2019, the Illinois Supreme Court held ceremonies to install a portrait of Abraham Lincoln in the second floor hallway of the Supreme Court Building.

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