lawyers speak up

What Happens When Lawyers Speak Up

A recent Chicago Tribune op-ed exhorting corporate leaders to speak up got me thinking.  It was by Ravin Gandhi, the CEO of GMM Non-stick Coatings, a company that produces non-stick cookware.  He talked about writing an op-ed critical of President…
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Challenging Illinois Attorneys To Think Differently

At the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, we are charged to connect lawyers and inspire change. Through our weekly blog posts and news items, our monthly e-newsletter, various video projects, and even our educational programming – like the Future is Now Conference or any of our in-person and online CLEs –…
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Judge Williams

The Impossible Dream of Judge Williams

I remember the first time I met United States 7th Circuit Judge Ann Claire Williams. I was a third year law student interviewing for post-graduation clerkships. I traveled to Chicago from Ann Arbor to interview with her. I walked into…
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legal profession

Forward Looking Legal Profession: Reality or Oxymoron?

“The future may be unknowable, but it’s not unthinkable.” That line from the introduction to Bruce MacEwen’s book Tomorrowland: Scenarios for law firms beyond the horizon really stuck with me. As lawyers, we should think about what is coming around…
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lawyers with disabilities

5 Things to Know About Lawyers With Disabilities

Quick. Think of diversity in the legal profession. What comes to your mind? Women, racial and ethnic minorities, and LGBTQ people might be your immediate thoughts. You might think of diversity discussions that you’ve had at your law firm, or…
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20 Legal News Sources for Illinois Lawyers

Last month, I focused this blog on the great online tool Google Alerts and how it offers a variety of ways to keep tabs on your business, your clients, and yourself. It is all about working smarter, not harder. Okay,…
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law student wellness

Become A Happy, Healthy Lawyer: 3 Wellness Tips For Law Students

With August coming to a close, law schools are officially back in session. In Illinois, the Commission on Professionalism welcomed 1Ls at seven of the nine local law schools. At each Professionalism Orientation, Justices, Judges, Deans, facilitators, Commissioners, and even our very own…
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Bouncing Back: the Value of Resilience

In reading about lawyers’ mental health, I keep running across the word “resilience.” What is resilience and why is it important to lawyers? Resilience is Important to Everyone The definition of resilience is the capacity to recover quickly from difficulties. …
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pulling for feedback

Pulling for Feedback the Right Way

As I was pushing my suitcase out of the hotel elevator this morning, the wheels caught in the gap between the lift and the floor. The handle held its ground as I attempted to lurch forward with my body weight, only…
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