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Supreme Court Rules Committee To Hold Public Hearing in March

Earlier this month, the Illinois Supreme Court Rule Committee announced it will hold a public hearing this March to present eight different proposals that will make significant changes to our state’s Supreme Court Rules.   Proposals offer to create and amend rules surrounding consumer…
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Commissioner Spotlight: Hon. Jorge Alonso

I wasn’t one of those kids who always knew they wanted to get into the legal profession. I didn’t grow up knowing I wanted to be a lawyer. In fact, I don’t remember the exact moment when it happened, but…
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ABA Lawyer Advertising Rules Open for Public Comment

Since 2015, various individuals and organizations have been working to streamline the lawyer advertising rules. However, significant process has not been made.  The ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct govern how lawyers are permitted to market their services to clients, dictating the do’s and don’ts of how…
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Can A Law School Social Media Campaign Boost Enrollment?

As more and more lawyers are embracing social media, so are the law schools. This month, the Law School Admission Council (LSAC) and Association of American Law Schools announced a joint effort to create a social media campaign to attract more qualified law school applicants much sooner in their academic…
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Commission Develops Free Implicit Bias Online CLE

Over the last several years, women and minority groups have given voice to the myriad of daily injustices they have suffered on account of their race, gender, ethnicity, religion, and other forms of identity. Industries around the country have looked…
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Commissioner Spotlight: Judge Debra Walker

I had an early interest in the law from my childhood. It was wholly inspired by reading. I remember reading Nancy Drew novels. Her father was a lawyer. Having read every one of those mystery novels cover-to-cover, I was exposed to what a lawyer’s…
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Commission Helps Honor Newton Minow Through Video 

Last summer, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism joined forces with the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library (ALPL) and the Northwestern Pritzker School of Law to document the life of Newton Minow on film. A man known for his work in the law and the field…
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Commission Welcomes Judge Diane Shelley

Commission on Professionalism Welcomes Judge Diane Shelley

A new year calls for a new commissioner here at the Commission on Professionalism. Last November, the Illinois Supreme Court entered an order appointing a new commissioner to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Hon. Diane Shelley, a judge within the Law…
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Fight Through The Noise Using Civil Communication

Communication is crucial to a lawyer’s success. Whether you are engaging with a client, colleague, or the judiciary, it is imperative that your message is clear. However, as we are exposed to new forms of technology, we continue to complicate the traditional model of communication.  …
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Illinois Supreme Court Makes E-Filing Exemption for SRLs

It’s official. The Illinois Supreme Court announced major changes to the mandatory e-filing requirement set for the start of 2018. Last week, the Court amended Rule 9(c)(4), allowing an e-filing exemption for certain self-represented litigants (SRLs).  According to the newly-amended rule, first-time court goers can opt out of filing…
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