• Painting of Ruth Bader Ginsburg

    Lessons in Professionalism from RBG

    Last Friday, Ruth Bader Ginsburg died at the age of 87. Ginsburg, affectionately known as RBG, was a trailblazing jurist who spent her career fighting for equal justice for women and other marginalized communities. She occupied the roles of U.S. Supreme Court justice, gender equality pioneer, and pop culture icon with decorum and humility, striv...
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    Cultivating Corporate Culture During COVID-19

    When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March, I thought we would be working from home for a couple of weeks to help flatten the curve. As Executive Director of the Commission on Professionalism, I didn’t make any long-term plans for my staff to work remotely for months on end. Nor did I consider how I would maintain our corporate culture while m...
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    Prioritize Professional Development with Virtual Mentoring  

    Roughly six months into the COVID-19 pandemic, a partner at a BigLaw firm in Chicago shared an exciting revelation with me. “While I’ve become more physically distanced from my coworkers, I’ve actually become more personally connected to them,” he said. “We’ve stepped into each other’s homes and lives much more while working remotely....
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  • Eviction crisis in Illinois

    Five Ways to Address the Eviction Crisis in Illinois

    Evictions were prevalent before COVID-19, but the situation has reached a crisis level. The national unemployment rate hit an all-time high of 14.7% in April 2020 and was still at 8.4% in August. The high unemployment rate has resulted in fewer people being able to pay their rent or mortgages. In the first three months of 2020, landlords collected ...
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Opportunities for Small Law Firms Willing to Innovate, According to Thomson Reuters Survey

Small law firms continue to struggle with administrative tasks and new business, but few are taking meaningful action to address these challenges, according to the Thomson Reuters 2020 State of U.S. Small Law Firms survey. This inaction creates opportunities for small firms willing to take the lead in innovating their service delivery models. I...
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September 30 MCLE Reporting Deadline Approaching

Illinois attorneys A-M who received the MCLE reporting extension for the 2018-2020 cycle: September 30 is your deadline to complete your MCLE credits and submit your online report. Newly-admitted attorneys have separate requirements. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the Illinois Supreme Court, in consultation with the MCLE Board, provided attorney...
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Illinois 1Ls Pledge to Uphold Professionalism in Virtual Orientations

Over the next couple of months, hundreds of law students across Illinois will commit to upholding the highest ideals of the legal profession through annual professionalism orientations. Professionalism orientations are designed to introduce first-year law students to the core concepts of attorney professionalism. The programs are held in conjunc...
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