• lawyer regulation

    Re-regulating Lawyers for the 21st Century

    Do lawyer ethics rules prohibit innovation in the delivery of legal services and contribute to the access to justice gap? Yes, according to a task force on lawyer regulation formed last summer by the California State Bar's Board of Trustees. The task force has recommended changing some key lawyer ethics rules. California isn’t alone in explori...
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  • social capital

    Building Your Law Firm’s Social Capital From the Inside Out

    What channels of trust have you built lately? Put another way, what social capital tracks have you put down to promote and maintain the delivery of your firm’s services? Whether you’re the managing partner at a large firm or a solo practitioner, part of your job as a professional is being attentive to your social capital networks. This could...
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  • Nancy Katz: Advocating for Chicago’s Underserved Communities

    In recognition of Pride Month, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism will feature biographies of LGBTQ+ legal professionals who have promoted a culture of civility and inclusion within the Illinois legal community. This week we profile Judge Nancy Katz, the first openly lesbian judge in Illinois. Earlier this month, we featured ...
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  • legal services

    A “Jobs to be Done” Theory of Legal Services

    There’s been a disturbing justice gap in the U.S. for decades. The legal profession has responded by encouraging pro bono legal services to low-income Americans, allowing the “unbundling” of legal services into smaller pieces, utilizing technology to reach more people and exploring efficiencies in the delivery of legal services. Most of these...
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OP form

New OP Form Suite Aims to Improve Access to Justice

Earlier this week, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice approved a new Order of Protection (OP) form suite. The forms, which are intended to simplify and standardize the OP filing process for pro se litigants statewide, are available on the Court’s website. We spoke to three people who were instrumental in the development...
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Fee splitting

ABA Issues Opinion on Fee Splitting in Contingency Cases

A client has the right to terminate a lawyer in favor of another at any time. However, the division of fees can get tricky, especially in contingency cases. The American Bar Association provided clarity on fee splitting last month, by releasing new guidelines for contingency cases when a lawyer is replaced by another at a different firm. Form...
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Fastcase 50

Commission on Professionalism Executive Director Jayne Reardon Named to Fastcase 50

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Executive Director Jayne Reardon has been named to the 2019 Fastcase 50. Each year since 2011, the legal publisher Fastcase has recognized 50 industry innovators, techies and leaders who’ve made a significant impact on the profession. Past honorees include leg...
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