Tag Archives: Unauthorized practice of law

Divided Illinois Supreme Court Abolishes Nullity Rule for Non-Lawyers’ Pleadings

This morning, a sharply divided Illinois Supreme Court held that a pleading signed by a non-lawyer is not automatically null and void. The decision was in Downtown Disposal Services, Inc. v. The City of Chicago. We previewed the decision yesterday evening, here. The plaintiff was cited four times for violating City ordinances relating to dumpsters. When the plaintiff … Continue Reading

Do You Need an Attorney To Sign Your Fill-in-the-Blank Form Complaint?

Tomorrow morning, the Illinois Supreme Court will file its opinion in Downtown Disposal Services, Inc. v. The City of Chicago [pdf]. Tonight we’ll preview the case. Tomorrow we’ll bring you our summary and analysis of the Court’s opinion. Downtown Disposal began when the City Department of Transportation issued the company four administrative violation notices in connection with … Continue Reading