• Harassment

    Banning Harassment in the Legal Profession

    As a profession, we lawyers are notorious for thinking of worst-case scenarios. We are the most risk-adverse profession (possibly other than accountants). It’s what leads to our love of the “slippery slope argument.” Upholding Sub-Clause X to Schedule Y of…
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  • Future of Legal Services

    ABA Commission’s Future of Legal Services Report: A Clarion Call for Action

    Last Saturday at the American Bar Association Annual meeting in San Francisco, the ABA Commission on Future of Legal Services revealed its final report.  There were about 125 people in attendance.  Past and future ABA presidents spoke: William Hubbard who…
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  • The Evolution of Law School Orientation

    Law School Orientation: A Win-Win For The Profession

    Ten years ago, I started the Commission on Professionalism, alongside only one other employee, the former Executive Director, Cheryl Niro. We were working out of our homes. It would be several more months before we opened the office doors.  Our…
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  • Civility Education

    Making Civility Education A Law School Standard

    The measurement of one’s ability to foster respect for fellow citizens, the law, and the legal profession – to have civility – is a requirement for admission into the practice of law. In Illinois, a future lawyer’s character and fitness…
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The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.016

A conference co-sponsored by the American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Services, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism was held…
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law grads job market

Jobs May Be Down, But Salaries Go Up For Law Grads

In June, we reported on the ABA’s 2015 Employment Report for Law Grads. To recap, we found that the employment rate remained nearly the same between the Class of 2014 and 2015. Despite the decline in enrollment, the unemployment rate…
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Posted by on August 24, 2016

Innovation Center in Chicago

ABA Center For Innovation To Open its Doors in Chicago

Here at the Commission on Professionalism, we firmly believe in the need for innovation in the legal profession. Consequently, we frequently write and speak about the challenges that lie ahead in future law. In fact, just last week, our Executive Director…
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Posted by on August 22, 2016