Robert T. Park Is Quoted in Two Articles in the March 2016 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal


The authors of two articles in the March 2016 issue of the Illinois Bar Journal (a magazine written by and for Illinois lawyers and published by the Illinois State Bar Association) have quoted Robert T. Park extensively regarding his experience and opinions concerning the following two topics: (1) a recent Illinois Supreme Court case in which a divided court struck down the common law "public duty rule" (a rule providing that local governmental entities owed no duty of care to individual members of the public to provide governmental services, such as police and fire protection, which rule had been upheld by Illinois courts for over 100 years),1 and (2) a new Illinois Supreme Court rule which requires all 102 counties in Illinois to implement a mandatory system for electronic filing of court documents by January 1, 2018.2

Besides the extensive citation to Bob Parkís statements, each of the two articles concluded with a quote from Bob. Regarding the striking down of the "public duty rule", the first article closed with Bobís statement that he would be "surprised if there were not a concerted effort by politicians of both parties to enact legislation" (to bring back the "public duty rule"). See the Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 104 March 2016 at page 21. Regarding the mandatory electronic filing, the second article closed with Bob's statement, "I just think thatís going to be the wave of the future, and pretty soon everything is going to be online, and I donít see why the court is going to be different. I remember when we went to 8Ĺ by 11 [paper] instead of quote 'legal size.' Iím sure there were a lot of people upset by that, too." See the Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 104 March 2016 at page 57.


1 Matthew Hector, "High court abandons the 'public duty rule'", Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 104 March 2016, pp. 20-21

2 Ed Finkel, "Mandatory E-Filing is Coming", Illinois Bar Journal, Vol. 104 March 2016, pp. 30-33, 57.