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Chairing Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on CLE meeting in Utica

Today, I am chairing the Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education meeting. The committee is working on implementing the ISBA’s future offering of 15 hours of free CLE a year as well as continuing to work on long range planning. The committee is meeting in Utica, Illinois. Lori G. Levin Attorney […]

Long-range planning for ISBA’s CLE committee

This and tomorrow morning, I will chair the Illinois State Bar Association’s Continuing Legal Education committee’s long-range planning meeting. The ISBA is the premier provider for continuing legal education for lawyers in the State of Illinois. Lori G. Levin Attorney at Law 180 N. LaSalle, Suite 3700 Chicago, IL 60601

When a person may be accountable for someone else’s acts

Often, I am asked how a person can be held criminally responsible for the illegal acts of someone else. In Illinois, a person may be charged and convicted of a crime if he is accountable for the acts of another person. The statute that governs accountability is 720 ILCS 5/5-2. That statute states, in part, […]

American Bar Association Annual Meeting

The American Bar Association is holding its Annual Meeting in Chicago. As the former Assistant Secretary and Vice-Chair for Continuing Legal Education of its Criminal Justice Section, I am pleased that the convention is in my home town. Yesterday, I attended a continuing legal education program on the historic treason trial of Iva Toguri, Tokyo […]

Evaluation of the first year of CPD Crisis Intervention Training focused on delinquent youth who suffer from mental illness

Previously, I have written about the Chicago Police Department’s Crisis Intervention Training. /2/post/2011/07/chicago-police-departments-crisis-intervention-training.html. The CIT training model was originally developed by the Memphis, Tennessee police department in conjunction with the National Alliance on Mental Illness as well as consumers on mental health services. The Chicago Police Department adopted the CIT training in 2004. In 2009, […]

Illinois State Bar Association Annual Meeting

Yesterday and today, I participated in the Illinois State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin. I attended the Assembly, Women and the Law Committee and Criminal Justice Section meetings as a member. As Chair of the Continuing Legal Education Committee, I spoke at the Continuing Legal Education Coordinator Orientation, as well as the […]

Update on proposed legislation to allow expungement of some civil orders of protection

Previously, I posted regarding legislation which would have allowed expungement of emergency orders of protection under the Domestic Violence Statute which do not result in plenary orders. /2/post/2012/02/legislation-introduced-in-springfield-regarding-expungement-of-emergency-orders-of-protection-which-do-not-become-plenary-orders.html Currently, even if such cases are dismissed, information regarding the emergency order cannot be expunged. That means that such an order based on a ex parte proceeding […]

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Illinois’ new Street Gang and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Law

Yesterday, Illinois Governor Patrick Quinn signed into law the Illinois Street Gang and Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations Law, 720 ILCS 5/33G. The full text of the new law can be found at The legislative intent of the statute is stated, “The substantial harm inflicted on the people and economy of this State by […]

Federal Appellate Court Issues Preliminary Injunction Which Prohibits Enforcement of Controversial Illinois Eavesdropping Statute

Today, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, in ACLU v. Alvarez, No. 11-1286, ruled the the Illinois eavesdropping statute restricts a medium of expression commonly used for the preservation of communication and ideas in a manner that triggers First Amendment scrutiny. The Court issued a preliminary injunction for the prosecution of […]

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