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Reflections On Becoming a Real Lawyer

On November 6th, Illinois welcomed nearly 1,900 new lawyers to the ranks. I had the opportunity to attend the 1st Judicial District ceremonies, held in the Arie Crown Theater, where my own swearing-in took place more years ago than I…
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Connecting Through Lawyer Mentoring

Nothing speaks more strongly to the success of a program than the positive feedback of those who have participated in it. The Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program created by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism has just completed its third full…
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Lawyers at the Polls on Election Day

How do you feel about Election Day? For those working to elect a particular candidate, it is a big day, full of hard work and roller coaster emotions. For many others, especially when it is not a presidential election or…
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Measuring Progress in Professionalism

Over the next few weeks, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism will be reaching out to 15,000 randomly selected lawyers around the state, asking them to complete a short survey designed to measure perceptions of professionalism and civility in…
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Approaches to Mentoring in the Legal Profession

All lawyers, and most law students, are familiar with the practice of mentoring, in which a law student or young attorney is paired with a more senior attorney who provides advice and helps his or her mentee/protégé avoid the potholes….
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Beyond On-Campus Interviews

For rising second-year law students throughout the country, August is On-Campus Interview month. OCI is a complex process through which law firms select students they will invite back for job interviews for summer associate positions. Many of those firms then…
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Life After On Campus Job Interviews

For rising second-year law students throughout the country, August is On-Campus Interview month. OCI is a complex process through which law firms select students they will invite back for job interviews for summer associate positions. Many of those firms then…
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Lawyer Advertising and Solicitation 2.0

One of our favorite topics here at the Commission is the effect of technology on our profession and on professionalism. Many of the blog posts at the Commission share a common theme: The rewards of using technology greatly outweigh the…
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The Lawyers’ Toolkit: LinkedIn

 Lawyers aren’t generally known as early adopters of technology, but even those not at the cutting edge are learning what LinkedIn can do to expand their professional reach.  From business development to case research, from seeking local counsel to seeking…
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The Other Generational Issue: Aging Lawyers

Drowned out by the frequent complaints about Millennials is a more pressing generational problem facing the legal profession: how to handle the increasing number of Baby Boomer lawyers staying on the job beyond the traditional retirement age. The legal community…
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As The Law Changes Mentoring Does Too

Lawyers generally agree that mentoring for new lawyers is more important than ever.  Today’s challenging job market, the ever-increasing complexity of every practice area, and the greater speed with which we are asked to get things done, all contribute to…
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