• rural lawyers

    The Disappearing Rural Lawyer

    Illinois' rural lawyers are disappearing. The uneven distribution of practicing attorneys in the state is startling. Cook County represents 40% of the state’s population and over 70% of its lawyers. Cook County and its six collar counties account for 65% of the state’s population and 90% of its lawyers. That leaves 95 counties in Illinois with ...
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  • continuing legal education

    Leading from Behind in Continuing Legal Education

    I recently attended my first Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) conference right here in Chicago.   A recurring theme I heard was how to enhance legal education to change the hearts and minds of lawyers who view CLE as a time suck. If my two decades of teaching and facilitating has taught me anything, it’s that ...
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  • lawyer reviews

    Can Lawyers Ethically Solicit Online Client Reviews?

    Today’s attorneys have discovered the importance of online lawyer reviews. While one bad review has the potential to cripple a firm, a few good reviews can provide a ton of marketing power. Timely, effective management of your online reviews can be a strong tool for generating leads. Online platforms are putting your firm’s profile as th...
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  • regulatory sandboxes

    Regulatory Sandboxes for the Legal Industry

    Change doesn’t come rapidly in law. That’s a good thing. The rule of law is predicated on predictability and consistency with precedent. However, if the rapid pace of change in technology and globalization leaves law behind and out of the equation, that’s a problem. Here’s where the idea of regulatory sandboxes may help. What’s a regulat...
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US Justice Needs

IAALS and HiiL Launch First of Its Kind U.S. Justice Needs Survey

The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) and The Hague Institute for Innovation of Law (HiiL) are partnering on the novel U.S. Justice Needs survey to evaluate the legal needs of American people and businesses not typically studied. Historically, U.S. access to justice studies have been limited in geographic scope o...
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ISBA Leadership Academy

ISBA Leadership Academy Accepting Applications

The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) is accepting applications for attorneys to be part of its new Leadership Academy. Applications will be accepted from Sept. 23 to Oct. 18, 2019. The Leadership Academy is designed to “enhance the professional careers of young, diverse members of the Illinois Bar.” ISBA President David B. Sosin told th...
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University of Illinois College of Law

University of Illinois College of Law Joins Jumpstart

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is thrilled to announce that the University of Illinois College of Law has joined the Jumpstart law school preparation program. The University of Illinois is the first law school outside of Chicago to participate in Jumpstart. Retired U.S. Seventh Circuit Judge Ann Claire Williams launched...
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