(PRWEB) January 31, 2013
Professor and Associate Dean for Academic Affairs Ralph Ruebner of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, and Katarina Durcova, a staff attorney at the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, have written a definitive treatise that gives attorneys and judges the first comprehensive analysis of the new Illinois Rules of Evidence.
Ruebner served as the Reporter to the Special Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Illinois Evidence that drafted the first Illinois Evidence Code. The Illinois Supreme Court adopted it on Sept. 27, 2010 and made it effective Jan. 1, 2011.
An authoritative guide designed for Illinois criminal trial attorneys, appellate practitioners and judges, this book provides an in-depth review of the new Illinois Rules of Evidence along with the authors’ commentaries and a compilation of the most recent Illinois decisions, statues and Supreme Court Rules.
In addition to the new rules, the book addresses complementary Illinois common law evidence rules and provides a thorough constitutional analysis of Illinois evidence law. This comprehensive guide explains everything attorneys and judges need to know about the new Illinois Rules of Evidence and their impact on daily criminal litigation practice.
“We dedicated the book in honor of Illinois Supreme Court Chief Judge Thomas R. Fitzgerald (ret.). It was his vision and leadership that inspired the codification of the Illinois Rules of Evidence,” Ruebner said.
Justice Margaret O’Mara Frossard (ret.) who teaches Illinois Evidence as an adjunct professor at The John Marshall Law School uses this book as her class text. “This book is really a wonderful teaching tool. It is extremely well written and well organized,” she said.
Ruebner taught evidence and criminal procedure for many years. He previously authored “Illinois Criminal Trial Evidence;” was the editor/author of “Illinois Criminal Procedure;” and co-author of “Illinois Decisions on Search and Seizure.”
He is a graduate of The American University Washington College of Law. He served as the deputy state appellate defender in Elgin and Chicago before joining the John Marshall faculty in 1981.
Durcova is a 2011 graduate of The John Marshall Law School. Durcova served as a judicial extern for Justice Frossard before she retired from the Illinois Appellate Court. Durcova also was a summer law clerk in the Pre-Trial Chamber of the International Criminal Tribunal for the former Yugoslavia in the Hague, the Netherlands.
“Illinois Evidence: Illinois Rules of Evidence, Statutes, and Constitution. A Compendium for Criminal Litigation” is published by Vandeplas Publishing LLC. For additional information, visit http://vandeplaspublishing.com.