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Cultivating Corporate Culture During COVID-19

When the COVID-19 pandemic took hold in March, I thought we would be working from home for a couple of weeks to help flatten the curve. As Executive Director of the Commission on Professionalism, I didn’t make any long-term plans…
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Cancel Culture

Civility Suffers in Cancel Culture

Civility has a tough row to hoe these days. In our national discourse, on our social media platforms, and even in the legal profession, civility can be fleeting. Instead, pejorative criticism unfettered by courtesy or respect has become the norm….
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A Sharpened Call for Attorney Regulatory Reform

Last week I provided a roundup of actions by task forces across the U.S. that are exploring reforms to the regulation of legal services. This week I look at the issue of modernizing attorney regulations through the prism of historic…
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Attorney Regulatory Reform: Where Do We Stand?

The legal profession is under pressure. A growing number of Americans who experience legal problems receive no or inadequate legal help. Increasingly, people are representing themselves in court rather than engaging a lawyer. At the same time, lawyers, especially those…
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Bostock and Illinois’ LGBTQ+ Community

In a year that is not half complete and already full of unimaginable heartbreaks and disappointments, the U.S. Supreme Court delivered an opinion that is a cause for celebration. Fittingly handed down during Pride Month, as we recognize the 1969…
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Will the Bar Exam Survive the Coronavirus?

The bar exam is a rite of passage for lawyers. It is a proctored, in-person examination administered across all U.S. jurisdictions on the same two days each February and July. This year, the February exam took place as planned. But…
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Defining Incivility in a Pandemic

We are re-examining litigation practices through the prism of a global pandemic. Courts are issuing orders designed to keep the public and court personnel safe while still delivering essential court services. Lawyers are representing clients and trying to make a…
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ARDC Proposal

ARDC Proposal Aims to Address Legal Market Inefficiencies

The Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) has published for public comment an Intermediary Connecting Services Proposal (proposal). The ARDC proposal recognizes long-standing market inefficiencies, in which potential clients often don’t consider lawyer services for matters that could benefit…
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Could Re-Regulation Benefit Lawyers?

Modifying the Model Rules of Professional Conduct that prescribe the business of lawyers could help lawyers as well as consumers. That’s a premise of work being done by task forces across the U.S. As I’ve written before, task forces in…
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