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    Don’t Underestimate the Power of Gratitude

    A simple thank you can have a big impact. I saw this firsthand at the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism recently. The Tuesday before Thanksgiving, the Commission sent a short gratitude e-newsletter to the lawyers on its mailing list…
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    Lawyers, Judges and Social Media: Can We Just Be (Online) Friends?

    An ethical conundrum exists for the bench and bar connecting through social media, let alone communicating on those platforms. Yet, these waters are still just as muddy as the various states’ opinions across the nation. Many judges have made the…
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    Sexual Harassment Reflections from a Judge

    With all of the sexual harassment allegations flying around the state and the nation, and with the continued drumroll of the #MeToo movement, I recently paused to reflect and celebrate. #MeToo Reflections My reflections took me back to my young…
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    Serving Yourself Better Serves the Legal Profession

    For many of us, the holidays are a time of rest and renewal. For others, a time of professional or personal stress. All of us should take the time to remind ourselves that serving our well-being should remain of highest priority.  Earlier this year,…
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More Than Half of US Jurisdictions Have Adopted the UBE

Over the last two years, I have reported countless instances of US jurisdictions adopting the uniform bar exam (UBE). In fact, the last tally I took on behalf of the Commission in 2016 was 24 out of all 56 US jurisdictions.  Today, that number is 30 – meaning more…
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Commission on Professionalism and LAP Team Up For Wellness CLE

Each month, Hon. Lynn Egan of the Circuit Court in Cook County hosts a free lunchtime seminar for all Illinois lawyers. Every monthly CLE program spotlights a different subject-matter or issue impacting the profession.   As the holidays are approaching, stress levels rocket — in and…
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Committee on Equality Uncovers Implicit Bias in Illinois Courts

As humans, we all fall victim to implicit bias. Our life experiences affect our beliefs, and those beliefs often play into our decision-making, whether we are aware of them or not.   Unfortunately, these unconscious biases can become increasingly problematic, especially when they begin to dictate our deliberate choices and reasonings. Luckily though, implicit bias does not have…
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