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IICLE Business Development Director Patrick Nugent enjoyed seeing so many familiar faces and IICLE volunteers at the Tuesday night Annual Jewish United Fund Dinner at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.  An inspirational keynote speech on effecting transformational change by the Honorable Cory Booker, Mayor of Newark, New Jersey highlighted the fantastic event.

"It was wonderful to be in attendance with so many friends and volunteers of IICLE," said Patrick.  "This is community of lawyers who ‘give back’ with their intellect and generosity in the highest regard."

Pictured above: Top: Rob Held, Katarinna McBride, Lou Harrison of Harrison & Held, LLP in Chicago.

Middle: Rob Romanoff, James Brusslan, and Russell Shapiro of Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC in Chicago.

Bottom: Adam Garber also of Levenfeld Pearlstein LLC in Chicago and his wife.

Did you know?  IICLE®Press Now Offers e-books!
You asked for e-books, and IICLE®Press is delivering.  Now you can read your trusted practice handbook anytime, anywhere, with the new digital versions now available from IICLE®.  Available in the three major e-book formats (compatible with iPad, Kindle, Nook and other e-readers and tablets), you can download, view, and store your IICLE® e-book title on up to three devices, including your PC or laptop.  
Currently 16 titles are available as e-books including 
Construction Dispute Litigation 2013 Edition,
Illinois Land Use Law 2010 Edition, 2013 Supplement, and
Illinois Condominium Law 2010 Edition, 2013 Supplement.
Popular titles will be added frequently, so if your choice isn’t currently available, be sure to check back with us.

Did you know?  IICLE®Press Now Offers e-books!

You asked for e-books, and IICLE®Press is delivering.  Now you can read your trusted practice handbook anytime, anywhere, with the new digital versions now available from IICLE®.  Available in the three major e-book formats (compatible with iPad, Kindle, Nook and other e-readers and tablets), you can download, view, and store your IICLE® e-book title on up to three devices, including your PC or laptop. 

Currently 16 titles are available as e-books including

Popular titles will be added frequently, so if your choice isn’t currently available, be sure to check back with us.

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Join us for one of the live programs being presented in the PEC at IICLE HQ in Springfield in the next two weeks.

Friday, May 31, 9 am to 12:15 pm Channel Surfing: Legal Ethics on TV featuring Mary K. Foster.  Test your knowledge of legal ethics through the use of entertaining clips from your favorite past and present television shows.

Thursday, June 6, 9 am to 4:45 pm (Livecast) - Child Support & Maintenance with Gunnar GitlinObtain a comprehensive and intricate understanding of the law affecting child support and maintenance issues with a fast-paced approach to the latest developments in caselaw and statutes.

IICLE Applauds New Home of JMLS Veterans Legal Support Center

Executive Director Mike Rooney was impressed as he toured the new offices of the John Marshall Law School Veterans Legal Support Center & Clinic (VLSC) on May 9 at the Open House event.  ”The facility itself is beyond excellent,” he said.  Located on 19 W. Jackson Blvd. in downtown Chicago, the new VLSC home boasts an open floor plan with plenty of seating, natural light, and a soothing color palette to ensure that veterans feel secure.  Mike noted that the design incorporates “careful attention to the kinds of details that will be crucially important to returning veterans who served in combat zones.”

With the mission, “Serving Those Who Serve,” the VLSC assists more than 400 veterans a year with their benefit appeals and other legal needs. The VLSC is one of the first clinics of its kind in the U.S. and has helped to shape numerous other veterans clinics throughout the country. Mike applauded “the spirit of service and dedication displayed by all the JMLS leadership, faculty, staff and students in making the Center and Clinic a reality. Kudos to you all!”

May also marks the release of the 2013 Update to the Military Service & The Law 2009 Edition anticipated later this month from IICLE®Press. 

IICLE Impresses Parasec, New Sponsor of the Estate Planning Short Course

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IICLE®Press announced last week that they have completed 5 book projects for the month of April.  Ordinarily, IICLE®Press publishes between 3-4 handbooks (new editions, supplements, or QuickGuides) each month.  Hard work and teamwork paid off in April. Readers have 5 new publications from which to choose in the wide selection available from IICLE®Press:

April and early May are always busy times for the Programming Department when they coordinate the biggest IICLE event of the year, the Annual Estate Planning Short Course.  Last week’s program in Chicago on April 23-24 at the Chicago Hilton had a record number of registrants, 376, which exceeds the registrations for this event in Chicago for the past two years.  Now everyone is on the road again to host the event in Champaign. For the second year in a row, IICLE Programming and IT staff will be managing the event in three locations at once on May 2-3: at the Hilton Garden Inn-Champaign Urbana, at IICLE Headquarters in the PEC, and online with the webcast. Another 321 registrants between the three locations will be participating in Thursday and Friday’s event.  We’re looking forward to another blockbuster program!

 

Program Production Coordinator Stephanie stands in the IICLE® Employee Spotlight for the month of May.  Stephanie has a number of roles that ensure that IICLE programs run smoothly including overseeing webcast functionality online, executing requests for continuing education accreditation for related professions, and coordinating staffing at seminars.
We asked Stephanie to share a little about herself and why she likes working at IICLE.
Favorite IICLE program: The first sold-out program we had once we moved our Springfield office and started hosting programs is very memorable.  We were all really nervous because it was something new, but it turned out great.  The opportunity to host live programs from the IICLE Springfield offices, and even to webcast from this location, has turned out to be a really good thing.

In her free time: I love to go hiking with my family, especially in the mountains, although I don’t get to do much of that in Central Illinois.  Around here any old hiking trail will do!
What she likes most about her job: I especially like the great people I work with, not just in my department, but in the entire company.  I also enjoy working on live events, and especially webcasts, because something new and exciting is always happening.
What she shares about her job:  I get to work with great people on a wide range of topics and I have really learned a lot about of interesting facts about the law.
What’s the best thing about working at IICLE: This place puts on the best birthday spread for each employee of any office I’ve ever worked in!
How she impacts the legal profession for the better: I do my best to help our volunteers share their expertise and knowledge with their colleagues at our live programs, our webcasts, and through our audio visual products.
Life goal: Someday I would like to live close enough to the mountains to hike them regularly instead of just once every year or two.

Program Production Coordinator Stephanie stands in the IICLE® Employee Spotlight for the month of May.  Stephanie has a number of roles that ensure that IICLE programs run smoothly including overseeing webcast functionality online, executing requests for continuing education accreditation for related professions, and coordinating staffing at seminars.

We asked Stephanie to share a little about herself and why she likes working at IICLE.

Favorite IICLE program: The first sold-out program we had once we moved our Springfield office and started hosting programs is very memorable.  We were all really nervous because it was something new, but it turned out great.  The opportunity to host live programs from the IICLE Springfield offices, and even to webcast from this location, has turned out to be a really good thing.

In her free time: I love to go hiking with my family, especially in the mountains, although I don’t get to do much of that in Central Illinois.  Around here any old hiking trail will do!

What she likes most about her job: I especially like the great people I work with, not just in my department, but in the entire company.  I also enjoy working on live events, and especially webcasts, because something new and exciting is always happening.

What she shares about her job:  I get to work with great people on a wide range of topics and I have really learned a lot about of interesting facts about the law.

What’s the best thing about working at IICLE: This place puts on the best birthday spread for each employee of any office I’ve ever worked in!

How she impacts the legal profession for the better: I do my best to help our volunteers share their expertise and knowledge with their colleagues at our live programs, our webcasts, and through our audio visual products.

Life goal: Someday I would like to live close enough to the mountains to hike them regularly instead of just once every year or two.

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The recent release of a 2013 Supplement to the 2010 Edition of ILLINOIS MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE PRACTICE coincided with the addition of three new Supreme Court Rules pertaining to Illinois mortgage foreclosures this spring. The following excerpt from Chapter 3, Commercial Mortgage Foreclosure Actions, by William J. McKenna, Robert C Feldmeier, and Thomas C. Hardy provides a sample of what the volume has to offer:

[3.23] IMFL Standard Concerning Possession of Commercial Properties During Foreclosure

The Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law provides that, in cases involving properties that are not “residential,” mortgage lenders shall, upon request, be placed in possession of mortgaged properties after the filing of a foreclosure complaint if (1) “the mortgagee is so authorized by the terms of the mortgage or other written instrument,” and (2) the court is “satisfied that there is a reasonable probability that the mortgagee will prevail on a final hearing of the cause.” 735 ILCS 5/15-1701(b)(2). If the lender can satisfy these elements, the mortgagor must object and show “good cause” if it is to remain in possession of the mortgaged property during the course of the foreclosure proceeding. Id.

Adoption of the IMFL provisions regarding a lender’s right to possession in commercial foreclosure cases brought about a change in Illinois law concerning the rights of mortgage lenders to prejudgment possession. Under pre-IMFL law, the mortgagor was “entitled … to retain possession of the property and the income” collected therefrom prior to judgment, and a receiver would be appointed only if the property’s value was not adequate to secure the mortgage debt and if the court, in its discretion, determined that receivership was appropriate. Frank C. Bernard and Gregory A. Thorpe, Recent Illinois Mortgage Law Changes Affecting Commercial Mortgage Lending, 76 Ill.B.J. 606, 612 (July 1988). The IMFL changed this standard and “improve[d] the position of the mortgagee by making the appointment of a receiver or the placing of the mortgagee in possession mandatory (with certain exceptions) instead of discretionary.” Id.

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Excerpted from LAYING FOUNDATIONS FOR INTRODUCING EVIDENCE, 2013 Edition

Chapter VII. Establish Foundations for Specific Types of Physical Evidence

SECTION 7.1. PHOTOGRAPHS

STANDARD FOR AUTHENTICATION: A photograph must be an accurate and faithful representation of the person or place it purports to portray. Chicago & E.I.R. Co. v. Crose, 214 Ill. 602, 73 N.E. 865 (1905). The witness need not be the photographer for the photograph to be admitted. People v. Holman, 103 Ill.2d 133, 469 N.E.2d 119, 82 Ill.Dec. 585 (1984). It must also be material and relevant. Barth v. International Harvester Co.,160 Ill.App.3d 1072, 513 N.E.2d 1088, 112 Ill.Dec. 479 (1st Dist. 1987).

PHOTOGRAPHS: For the purpose of the rules applicable to the admission into evidence of “photographs,” that term includes “still photographs, X-ray films, video tapes, motion pictures and similar or other products or processes which produce recorded images.” Ill.R.Evid. 1001(2).

ORIGINAL REQUIRED: Ill.R.Evid. 1002 requires the use of an original except as otherwise providedby rule or statute. (See Ill.R.Evid. 1003, which provides for the admission of a duplicate unless “(1) a genuine question is raised as to the authenticity of the original or (2) in the circumstances it would be unfair to admit the duplicate.”). Ill.R.Evid. 1004 dispenses with the need for an original when the original is lost, destroyed, unavailable, or in possession of the opponent or if the photograph is merely collateral to the issue.

DISCRETIONARY: The admission of photographs into evidence rests within the discretion of the court. Bullard v. Barnes, 102 Ill.2d 505, 468 N.E.2d 1228, 1235, 82 Ill.Dec. 448 (1984).

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Rave Reviews for the DUI - Beyond the Courtroom Program this Spring.  Attendees could not say enough about how interesting the field sobriety testing demonstrations were. Many commented on how engaging J. Brick Van Der Snick of Van Der Snick Law Firm, LTD. in Geneva was, pictured above performing a field sobriety test. “The use of visual aids,” noted one participant, like the breathalyzer pictured above, “was well done.” 

Here’s what other attendees had to say:

"The class was one of the, if not THE best, DUI training I have ever taken."

"Very useful and practical information to help with practice of law.  Good program." 

I learned far more about PBTs and ESTs than I ever hoped to learn.  Kept the program moving.

"Absolutely exceeded expectations.  Excellent line-up of presenters. Excellent materials."

"I learned many things I did not know.  The breadth of topics regarding DUIs was great."

"Probably the best and most informative DUI education course I have ever taken.” 

Missed it? You can still watch the program online on-demand or order the DVD, Podcast, or Audio CD.  Earn 5.0 General Credits with this highly rated program.