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    Will the Bar Exam Survive the Coronavirus?

    The bar exam is a rite of passage for lawyers. It is a proctored, in-person examination administered across all U.S. jurisdictions on the same two days each February and July. This year, the February exam took place as planned. But the coronavirus and social distancing requirements have caused uncertainty for 2020’s second bar exam, which has bee...
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    5 Virtual Mentoring Tips to Stay Engaged

    For most Illinois attorneys, day-to-day work patterns have been upended since the coronavirus pandemic hit. In fact, our entire workforce has been challenged to find new avenues for delivering their goods and services. As the “how” is redefined along the way, hopefully the “why” can be reimagined and improved. Nevertheless, our remote wo...
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    Recognizing Lawyer Well-Being Week with CoLAP

    Today, the National Taskforce on Lawyer Well-Being kicks off its first annual Lawyer Well-Being Week. From May 4-8, the Taskforce, the American Bar Association, and other participating organizations will sponsor activities, CLEs, and events around the five dimensions of well-being: physical, spiritual, occupational & intellectual, social, and e...
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    Professionalism in a Pandemic with the Illinois Inns of Court

    The American Inns of Court celebrated Professionalism Month in April. However, the professionalism challenges its members are facing in 2020 are a bit different than in years past. The American Inns of Court is a nationwide professional association consisting of more than 30,000 members across the legal community, including federal and state jud...
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Illinois Supreme Court Issues Reopening Guidelines

On May 20, the Illinois Supreme Court issued guidelines for resuming judicial branch operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective June 1, the state’s circuit courts may conduct in-person or remote hearings according to a schedule developed by the chief circuit judge. Court Order M.R. 30370 modifies the Court’s March 17 order, which direc...
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AOIC Launches New Courts, Children and Families Division

The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) has launched a new Courts, Children and Families Division. The Division, which succeeds the Courts, Children and Families Unit (CCFU), became effective on May 1, 2020. Former CCFU Court Services Manager Heather Dorsey will serve as its Assistant Director. The Division will allow the AOIC to...
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Commission on Professionalism Launches “Reimagining Law” Video Series

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce the launch of a new video series. Reimagining Law will explore how legal and judicial professionals are adapting the delivery of services to meet the unique needs of today’s consumers. The first episodes will focus on the ways that attorneys and judges are contin...
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