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  • August 25, 2020 6:02 PM | Anonymous member

    From: Cook County Judges

    The Chancery Division posted a new Order today, 8/25. Pursuant to Chief Judge Evans’ General Administrative Order 2020-02, all mortgage foreclosure matters are stayed until after September 21, 2020, and new case procedures will also start 9/21. If you need a copy of the Order, please check the Resource Center!

  • August 24, 2020 12:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: Cook County Record

    A state appeals court has been asked to step in and decide whether Illinois Gov. JB Pritzker has the power to indefinitely continue issuing executive orders, prohibiting landlords, many of whom say they are approaching financial ruin, from forcing apartment and rental house tenants to either pay their rent or face eviction.

  • August 24, 2020 9:00 AM | Anonymous member

    From: Cook County Chief Judge Evans

    This morning, the Zoom Cloud Videoconferencing Platform experienced a system wide outage that has impacted the Court’s ability to begin its virtual court calls on time.   Most virtual courts are now up and running.

    If you are having any trouble connecting to a virtual courtroom, it is recommended that you first download the Zoom Desktop Application (or Zoom App for you Smartphone) and try to connect again.  As an alternative, you may dial-in by calling 312-626-6799 and then enter the Zoom Meeting ID and Password for the virtual courtroom you are appearing in.

  • August 19, 2020 2:10 PM | Anonymous

    Via Eat Your Career:

    As a career coach, I often work with people when they’re dealing with an expected job loss. They’ve either been terminated for cause, laid off, or asked to resign. In any case, it’s never an easy situation.

    Most people tell me they were blindsided—they had no idea! Yet, after some time spent reflecting, almost everyone realizes there were signs along the way, and they simply missed them or ignored them.

    At the time of this writing, we’re in the midst of a global pandemic. If 2020 has taught us anything, it’s that nothing is certain. At this point, we should all be prepared for anything—literally anything—to happen.

    But really, this is true even in “normal” times. Too often, we get lulled into a feeling of security at work. When that happens, we miss important signs that things might not be as stable as we think they are. We have to keep an ever-watchful eye on our surroundings, and recognize when danger may be on the horizon.

    In the spirit of being proactive, I wanted to share a few of the commons signs to take note of. The following is a list of things that suggest your job might be in danger.  Don’t let this scare you though! My goal is to simply increase your awareness, so you can take some important steps now to make life easier in the future—no matter what happens.  

    Regardless of your circumstances, I recommend that everyone should be prepared for an unexpected job loss at any time. You just never know what might happen. That means, have your resume up-to-date and ready to go at all times; make sure your LinkedIn profile is robust; and be an active, generous networker even when you’re not job searching. 

    If you read the items on this list and having a sneaking suspicion that your job is not as secure as you once thought, it’s time to kick things into high-gear. Don’t wait for circumstances to force you into action.

    Business is Slower than Normal for Longer than Normal

    Look, this is an unusual time. Many organizations have been profoundly impacted. Some are experiencing unprecedented growth and demand! Others are struggling to make ends meet. Most organizations are used to the normal ebbs and flows of business. They can weather a slow-down for a bit. But at a certain point, something has to give.

    If your organization has lost key accounts or clients, experienced multiple months of dramatically reduced revenues or increased costs, or had a major delay in their ability to deliver products or services, trouble may be brewing. Even if YOU are still busy, the company still needs money to pay you. Don’t get so focused on your own work that you forget the bigger picture.

    That being said, in slow times when resources are scarce, employees who are contributing greater value are much more likely to be kept. Make sure that the cost of employing you is a no-brainer when compared to the value you’re delivering. 

    You’re on a Performance Improvement Plan

    If your performance is struggling, your job is in danger—even if your organization is thriving. To be clear, I’m not saying you’re destined to lose your job. Just because you’re on some kind of a Performance Improvement Plan (whether formal or informal) doesn’t mean you can’t improve. I’ve seen many people overcome performance issues by taking the right steps.

    But you should see it for what it is: a dire warning. You were hired to do a job. If you’re not meeting expectations, that job may not be yours for long. This is especially true in difficult times. Employees who are not already peak performers are almost always the first to be let go.

    In some cases, turbulent situations (like, say, a global pandemic) are convenient excuses for organizations to “clean house.” Even if it’s not financially required, they take it as a welcome opportunity to set poor performers free.

    Downsizing has Already Started

    If other areas of your organization are downsizing, your job may also be on the line. Even if your department is thriving, it can still happen. When cuts need to be made, leaders often want to share the burden, instead of forcing a small handful of groups to suffer disproportionately. Don’t convince yourself that you (or your team) are untouchable.

    In fact, many organizations conduct “rolling” layoffs as a way of distributing the disruption. Instead of letting a large chunk of the workforce go all at once, they let smaller groups go incrementally over a longer period of time. It’s horrible for morale—and it really ups the ante on the fear factor for those who remain—but it’s a common practice.

    Again, DON’T FREAK OUT.

    As you’re reading this, I know your anxiety is rising. Breathe deep.

    In. Out. In. Out.

    Okay? You’re fine. And no matter what happens, YOU WILL BE FINE.

    I believe in confronting reality, even when it’s hard. Now that you’re seeing the possible danger, the most important question is this: What are you going to do about it?

    Don’t just sit around worrying. Make your plan. Get prepared. Start dipping your toe in the job search waters. You don’t need to jump in head first at this point. But if you start now, it will be a much less stressful and overwhelming process if/when something happens.

    Lastly, you should know that (at the time of this writing) all states in the US are “at-will” employment states, which means that employees and employers can part ways at any time, for any (legal) reason, without notice, and the decision can be made by either side. (NOTE: I am not am employment attorney and there are some exceptions to this law, so do your own research.)

    My point is this: You never know when your job may be disrupted. It could be for any reason or for no reason. Much of the time, there are clear signs of danger you can see if you’re looking. But not always. So, even if none of these things are happening, it’s still always a good idea to be prepared for ANYTHING.

  • August 17, 2020 7:00 AM | Anonymous member


    With so many lawyers focused on COVID-19, it would be easy to overlook the significant case law developments on electronic discovery that have transpired so far in 2020. Courts have issued any number of instructive orders on e-discovery issues ranging from metadata production and technology-assisted review to cost shifting and sanctions.

  • August 14, 2020 8:42 AM | Anonymous

    From the ABA Standing Committee on Paralegals:

    As Chair of the American Bar Association's Standing Committee on Paralegals, in honor of the 45th anniversary of the ABA Approval Process for Paralegal Education Programs (August 2020), I'm excited that we're receiving graduate's success stories to showcase on our site. You may submit a story (limited to 500 words or less) as well as a high-resolution photograph of the graduate electronically. Submissions must be received by September 16, 2020 . If you have any questions, please contact Jessica Watson.

  • August 10, 2020 8:00 AM | Anonymous member

    From: Cook County Courts

    All Cook County Courts closed today 8/10, except bond courts

    Due to restricted access to Chicago’s downtown area resulting from public safety activities and limits on public transportation, Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy Evans on Monday ordered the closing of all courts, with the exception of bond courts.

    Bond courts at the Leighton Criminal Court House, the Domestic Violence Courthouse at 555 W. Harrison Street, the Juvenile Justice Division and all six Municipal Districts will remain open.

    Except for bond court, all cases scheduled for Monday will be continued for 30 days and parties will be notified by the clerk of new court dates.

  • July 10, 2020 5:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: Cook County Chief Judge Evans

    Persons with a traffic case at the First Municipal District in the Daley Center are reminded that all Traffic Section cases will be scheduled for videoconference on Zoom. Please look for the time, date and room number on the citation so you will know the correct Zoom information, and do not come to court if you are not set for an in-person hearing. 

    For more information, check out the Litigation Section discussion board.

  • July 06, 2020 6:00 PM | Anonymous member

    The Cook County State's Attorney's Office is going paperless!  The ASA's at the Bridgeview courthouse have already started the process and are sending discovery electronically to members of the defense bar for criminal cases. 

    Be sure to log in and view the discussion in the Litigation section for more information.

  • July 01, 2020 6:00 PM | Anonymous member

    From: KNKX radio 

    An innovative program that allows non-lawyers to be licensed to give limited legal advice has been touted as a national model. As reported by KNKX in 2016, it was created as a way to provide inexpensive legal help for people without a lot of money.

    But now, with no official warning, the Washington Supreme Court has voted to kill the LLLT program, as it’s known.

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