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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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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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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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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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The Access To Justice Gap Continues To Expand In US

Last month, the Legal Services Corporation (LSC) released its 2017 Justice Gap Report. Each year the organization surveys low-income Americans across the country to uncover how much access those living at and beneath the Federal Poverty Line (FPL) truly have…
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The State of the Legal Profession For Illinois Lawyers

Each year, the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), the administrative agency that regulates licensed Illinois lawyers, releases data that paints a picture of the legal profession in the state. Earlier this month, the ARDC released its 2016 report that…
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Changes to the LSAT Continue to Roll In.

This month, the Law School Admission Council announced more changes to the LSAT test-taking process. Effective September 1, 2017, the law school admissions test will now be offered six times a year. Prior to this, the exam was administered quarterly,…
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Director of AOIC Michael Tardy Announces Retirement

After serving the Illinois Courts for over forty years, Michael Tardy, current director of the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts (AOIC) is retiring. On August 1st, Marcia Meis, active Deputy Director of the AOIC will take over Hardy’s role with…
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