maintaining competence

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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Why Every Lawyer Needs to Use Google Alerts

Wouldn’t you just love to have a full-time research assistant tasked with keeping up on the latest news and information regarding you, your firm or organization, and your clients? Someone who can constantly monitor what is being said online about…
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Competency-Based CLE: Has the Time Come?

“Time is a very poor proxy for learning.” That statement at our Futures Conference a couple months back by Darth Vaughn, a California lawyer and principal of technology assessment and learning company Procertas, really resonated with me. Darth was advocating…
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Legal Technology Has A Home In Law School Education

Ever since the American Bar Association modified “Competence” Model Rule 1.1, comment 8 in 2012 requiring lawyers to “keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology,” legal technology focused articles and commentary have flourished (just see #legaltech). And…
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30 Things to Know About E-Filing Changes in Illinois

As the state court system in Illinois continues to migrate into an electronic filing (e-filing) based platform, the Supreme Court has rolled out Rule updates to improve the definitions, standards, and processes for which these technological changes have had an…
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Millennial Lawyers Are Fast Adapters, Not Digital Natives

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism held The Future Is Now 2.017 conference on Thursday, May 18, at the Art Institute in Chicago. The conference was dedicated to understanding the changes millennial lawyers, like myself, will have to make…
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Diversity Program

Time to Rethink Your Diversity Program?

Has your legal organization put on a diversity program recently? What did you think about it? We at the Commission have reviewed thousands of courses offered for diversity and inclusion CLE credit over the years. In that time, we’ve come…
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Lawyer Diversity: The Future is Now

This is the last in my Future is Now: Legal Services 2.017 conference wrap-up posts. I am incredibly grateful to all of the speakers who shared their perspectives with a packed audience last month. Another theme that emerged from the…
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Unlocking Untapped Value: The Future is Now

This is the second in a three-part blog series on last month’s conference The Future is Now: Legal Services 2.017 that took place in Chicago. A dominant theme that emerged from many of the speakers’ TED-like talks was the evolving…
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Super Chickens: A Lesson in Competition

Dr. William Muir has dedicated his research to group behavior and measuring productivity. That is, productivity of a more fowl persuasion. Professor Muir is an evolutionary biologist at Purdue University. In the 1990s, Muir researched and advocated a group-selection theory…
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