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    Shining a Light on Lawyers’ Substance Abuse and Mental Health

    Perhaps the issue of lawyers drinking too much and abusing drugs is finally getting serious attention from those in the profession who build and sustain the culture.  It’s been swept under the rug, whispered about, laughed off and/or ignored for…
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    Maintaining Competence: The Education Must Continue

    As the legal profession continues to evolve, lawyers are tasked with staying ahead of the curve. According to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, lawyers must adhere to a certain standard of competence. This requires the knowledge, skills, and…
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    Why Every Lawyer Needs to Use Google Alerts

    Wouldn’t you just love to have a full-time research assistant tasked with keeping up on the latest news and information regarding you, your firm or organization, and your clients? Someone who can constantly monitor what is being said online about…
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    Embracing Diversity is Vital to Success in the Legal Workplace

    As Judge Debra B. Walker’s summer extern, I had the opportunity to attend The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.017 conference, hosted by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, on Thursday, May 18th. After the conference, I came away…
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SCOTUS Requires E-Filing Starting November 2017

E-filing isn’t just mandatory in Illinois. In fact, many courts have implemented electronic filing to some extent. This month, however, that list of courts now includes the Supreme Court of the United States.   Beginning November 13, 2017, the United States Supreme Court will require e-filing of…
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Posted by on August 14, 2017

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Starting Law School Orientation with Professionalism 

For the last eleven years, Illinois law schools have started the school year with professionalism. Since its inception, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism has partnered with the Illinois Supreme Court, Illinois judges and justices, and law school faculty and staff to put on a professionalism…
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Posted by on August 9, 2017

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Ed Walsh To Retire From Commission on Professionalism

Long-time Commissioner and current Vice Chair of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Edward J. Walsh, is retiring from the Commission.  Although Ed, the founding partner of Walsh, Knippen & Cetina, Chartered, continues to selectively represent clients who have…
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Posted by on August 7, 2017