Vested Interest May 2012
This column, my last President’s Thoughts, is written a week before Greg Shevlin replaces me as President of ITLA. For months, various people have said to me “aren’t you glad it’s about over?”. But for being able to concentrate again on my law practice, I cannot say I am glad my ITLA year is coming to an end.
Justice For All March 2012
From the Supreme Court – Supreme Court declines case of blogging juror – “The Illinois Supreme Court let stand a $4.75 million verdict awarded to the widow of a man killed by a Metra train despite the defendants’ protest that a juror committed misconduct by blogging during the trial. The 1st District Appellate Court upheld the verdict in October…The appellate panel ruled that nothing in the blog indicates that external influences tainted the jury’s verdict.” (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – January 25, 2012)
Justice For All February 2012
From the Supreme Court – Extended Media Coverage Pilot Project – 14th Judicial Circuit – Effective immediately and until further order, pursuant to the Court’s general administrative and supervisory authority over all court, it is hereby ordered that the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit is approved to permit extended media coverage on an experimental basis in accordance with the Court’s Policy for Extended Media Coverage in the Circuit Courts of Illinois. (January 31, 2012)
Justice for All January 2012
From the Supreme Court- Supreme court posts pattern jury instructions online -“The Illinois Supreme Court will offer for the first time the state’s uniform set of instructions for juries in both criminal and civil cases in electronic form…The high court released online complete set of Illinois Pattern Jury Instructions, the nearly 2,300 pages of documents that detail how criminal and civil juries should determine guilt or liability.” (Chicago Daily Law Bulletin – December 8, 2012).
Vested Interest November/December 2011
A week before I became President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, my former boss, Tom Demetrio, called to congratulate me and told me to “make sure you have fun.” I have heeded his advice, and am thoroughly enjoying working for ITLA and for what this organization stands: protecting the civil justice system in Illinois so that citizens have a level playing field in our courts.
Justice For All October 2011
“The University of Chicago Medical Center will receive a $42 million gift to create a teaching institute designed to improve communications between doctors and their patients. The new institute aims to improve patient care by improving communication between doctors and patients. In polls and studies, patients often complain that their physicians ignore their concerns.” (Chicago Tribune –September 22, 2011).
Vested Interest September 2011
The readers of Vested Interest are well aware that during the last decade or so, there have been fewer civil cases proceeding to jury trial. Various reasons for this have been propounded, including the progression of so-called alternative dispute resolution where mutually agreed upon mediators or arbitrators get the claims resolved before jury selection begins.
Vested Interest June 2011
In this, my first Vested Interest President’s page, I will mention a few of the matters addressed in my remarks at the ITLA Installation Dinner on June. 10
It truly is a privilege to help lead ITLA, now 58 years old, and a constant fighter for injury victims’ rights in Illinois. When ITLA was created by James Dooley (later Illinois Supreme Court Justice Dooley), his associate Philip Corboy and other plaintiffs’ attorneys, victims’ rights were far from what they are today. Imagine having a cap of $10,000 for a wrongful death action.