Law firm diversity

GCs Demand Law Firm Diversity

More than 170 general counsel and corporate legal officers demand big law firms commit to diversity or they’ll take their business elsewhere. The open letter comes on the heels of dismal law firm diversity numbers from the National Association for Law…
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Lawyer diversity

Lawyer Diversity: “Good News / Bad News Story,” says NALP

As the legal community celebrates Black History Month, the National Association for Law Placement (NALP) reports mixed lawyer diversity numbers. Law firms have historically struggled with lawyer diversity. However, the industry appears to be prioritizing a diverse workforce. Seventy-five percent…
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Steven Elrod

#CivilityChat with CBA President Steven Elrod

When Steven Elrod assumed the role of president of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) in June 2018, he set his agenda to focus on the three C’s: civics, collegiality and civility. Since then, he has instilled civility throughout the CBA’s…
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Registration Opens for The Future Is Now Conference

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that early bird registration is open for The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.019. The Commission will host the annual conference on Thursday, May 16 at Venue SIX10 in Chicago….
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Lawyer mentoring orientation

2Civility Launches Online Lawyer Mentoring Orientation

As National Mentoring Month winds down, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (2Civility) is thrilled to announce the launch of an online lawyer mentoring orientation. The online presentation can be used year-round by sponsoring organizations to launch mentoring relationships. This…
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NALP recruitment principles

NALP Updates Law School Recruitment Principles

The National Association for Law Placement (NALP) has released new Principles for a Fair and Ethical Recruitment Process (Recruitment Principles). The NALP Board of Directors voted to make significant changes in its law school recruitment standards to meet the diverse…
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Martin Sinclair

Martin Sinclair Named Chair of Commission on Professionalism

James DeAno designated Vice-Chair John Kim appointed Commissioner Jeffrey Jackson retires from Commission The Supreme Court of Illinois has appointed Martin Sinclair as Chair of the Commission on Professionalism, effective January 1, 2019. Mr. Sinclair, an attorney at Sperling &…
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Illinois Judicial Conference

AOIC Requests Input on Illinois Judicial Conference

Want a say in the future of the Illinois judicial branch? The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC) requests feedback from the Illinois legal and judicial communities on priorities for the Illinois Judicial Conference (IJC). The input will be…
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Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot

Illinois District Amends Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot

Judges in the Northern District of Illinois have amended the mandatory disclosure requirements for its Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot (MIDP) program. The three-year Federal Judicial Center (FJC)-sponsored pilot requires exchanges of discovery in participating courts before the commencement of discovery…
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Trisha Rich

Commissioner Trisha Rich Named to Crain’s 40 Under 40

Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism Commissioner Trisha M. Rich has been named to the annual Crain’s Chicago Business “40 Under 40” list. Ms. Rich is a Chicago-based Partner at Holland & Knight where she practices complex commercial litigation, legal…
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Legal industry

Catching Up With the Evolving Legal Industry

At this celebratory time of year, it’s important to reflect on our future, both personally and professionally. It’s easy to feel overwhelmed by the pressure of family and client needs; not to mention staying on top of the continuously evolving…
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ABA Rule 483

ABA Opinion 483: Navigating Electronic Data Breaches

Last month, the American Bar Association issued Formal Opinion 483 addressing a lawyer’s obligation after an electronic data breach or a cyberattack. Under the opinion, a data breach “involves the misappropriation, destruction or compromise of client confidential information, or a…
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