11 N. Ill. U. L. Rev. [iii] (1990-1991)
Table of Contents - Issue 1

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Law Review
Volume 11                            1990                          Number 1
Articles
Settlement Week: Measuring The Promise
James G. Woodward .................................................
Consistent with a growing trend in urban trial courts, the Circuit
Court of Cook County, Illinois has experimented with an alternative
dispute resolution technique known as Settlement Week. This article
examines the experience courts around the nation have had with
Settlement Week and reports the findings of an empirical assessment
designed to measure Settlement Week's performance as an alternative
dispute resolution program in the Circuit Court of Cook County,
Illinois.
Waiver of Constitutional Issues in Criminal Cases: Confusion
in the Illinois Supreme Court
Tim  othy  P. O 'N eill ...................................................  55
For years, a serious problem has faced an Illinois criminal defendant
who challenged the consitutionality of the statute supporting his
conviction for the first time on appeal. Two contradictory lines of
Illinois Supreme Court authority came to opposite conclusions on
whether the issue had been waived. This article examines the failure
of the Illinois Supreme Court squarely to confront this issue.
Comment and Casenotes
When Self Abuse Becomes Child Abuse: The Need for Coercive
Prenatal Government Action in Response to the Cocaine Baby
Problem
Kevin  D rendel ..........................................................  73
This Commentary identifies prenatal drug exposure of infants as a
problem with which our society must come to terms. The judicial
system is capable of providing solutions, but a void of appropriate
legislation hampers that ability. Among the legal vehicles available are
criminal laws, child abuse and neglect laws, civil and criminal injunc-
tions, and involuntary commitment laws. A balancing of the maternal,
societal, and fetal interests involved can be accomplished on a case
by case basis in the absence of enabling and guiding legislation.
However, legislation in this highly sensitive area is a better way. This
commentary explores the problem, the possible solution, and suggests
an appropriate balancing of interests.

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