• attorney regulation

    A Sharpened Call for Attorney Regulatory Reform

    Last week I provided a roundup of actions by task forces across the U.S. that are exploring reforms to the regulation of legal services. This week I look at the issue of modernizing attorney regulations through the prism of historic events that are reshaping our lives in 2020. COVID-19 and the ongoing social unrest following the death of George ...
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    Attorney Regulatory Reform: Where Do We Stand?

    The legal profession is under pressure. A growing number of Americans who experience legal problems receive no or inadequate legal help. Increasingly, people are representing themselves in court rather than engaging a lawyer. At the same time, lawyers, especially those who represent individuals and small businesses, are struggling financially. This...
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    Reimagining Law and Life

    Let’s face it, it’s hard to accept the reality of the world today. This may be why we are focusing on reimagining how things could be better. For me, taking an honest look at the cracks in society’s systems has been one of the greatest impacts of COVID-19 so far. Back in April, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism launc...
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  • legal chatbot

    4 Ethical Tips When Adding Chat to Your Law Firm Website

    The last time you stepped into a retail store (remember those days?!) you may have been met with a friendly greeting and an offer to help. Now, as successful attorneys turn to new methods to engage potential clients, it’s not uncommon to find an integrated legal chatbot on their website, ready and able to have a similar engagement with customers ...
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Profile of the Legal Profession

ABA Profile of the Legal Profession: Legal Deserts and Law School Debt

Forty percent of counties and county-equivalents in the U.S. have less than one lawyer per 1,000 residents, according to the American Bar Association’s 2020 Profile of the Legal Profession. The second edition of the profile also reported continuing racial equity and law school debt challenges, which have the potential to be exacerbated by COVID-...
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Illinois Supreme Court Approves New Rule for Eviction Proceedings

Earlier this month, the Illinois Supreme Court announced the approval of Rule 139 regarding the practice and procedure in eviction proceedings. The new rule, which went into effect immediately, requires eviction complaints to include a copy of the written eviction notice or demand and, where applicable, the relevant portions of the lease. The ne...
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Stephanie Villinski

Stephanie Villinski Appointed to ABA’s Standing Committee on Professionalism

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Stephanie Villinski, Deputy Director of the Commission, has been appointed to the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism. Villinski’s three-year term on the national, nine-person committee will commence with the adjournment of the ABA...
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