The Kilbride Court After 2 Years: Pragmatic And Collegial

Law360, New York (January 24, 2013, 11:18 AM EST) -- Reviewing the videotape of every civil oral argument at the Illinois Supreme Court, as I do for my firm's blog The Appellate Strategist, I can't help but be impressed by the collegiality of the Illinois Supreme Court. At many courts of last resort, counsel is never entirely sure whether some of the more pointed questions are intended for counsel him- or herself, or instead directed at one of the other justices, either as an attempt to persuade or to challenge. None of that is evident watching the Illinois Supreme Court's arguments.

To be sure, the court is nearly always a "hot...

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