Illinois Joins Lawyer Re-regulation Debate

Yesterday, the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) and the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) launched a joint task force to respond to the market failure in consumer legal services. In addition to addressing the gap in access to legal services, the CBA/CBF…
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designing a cle

Designing a CLE: It Takes a Village

Designing a CLE can be a lonely process, but it doesn’t have to be. Ideally, it shouldn’t be. I was recently singing my own praises about a learning solution I developed at work. My friend listened, paused and then asked…
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ILTACON

Three Conversations Overheard at ILTACON

I’ve had a few weeks to reflect on ILTACON 2019 in Orlando. It was my first ILTACON so I knew little of what to expect outside of the scheduled content and vendor list. However, I knew for sure that it…
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act to improve diversity

Act to Improve Diversity in the Legal Profession

After being part of a law school diversity program this summer, I’ve been thinking a lot about actions to improve the state of diversity in the legal profession. Even with an increase in diversity and inclusion efforts, the racial makeup…
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rural lawyers

The Disappearing Rural Lawyer

Illinois’ rural lawyers are disappearing. The uneven distribution of practicing attorneys in the state is startling. Cook County represents 40% of the state’s population and over 70% of its lawyers. Cook County and its six collar counties account for 65%…
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continuing legal education

Leading from Behind in Continuing Legal Education

I recently attended my first Association for Continuing Legal Education (ACLEA) conference right here in Chicago.   A recurring theme I heard was how to enhance legal education to change the hearts and minds of lawyers who view CLE as a time suck. If my two decades of teaching and facilitating has taught me anything,…
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lawyer reviews

Can Lawyers Ethically Solicit Online Client Reviews?

Today’s attorneys have discovered the importance of online lawyer reviews. While one bad review has the potential to cripple a firm, a few good reviews can provide a ton of marketing power. Timely, effective management of your online reviews can…
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regulatory sandboxes

Regulatory Sandboxes for the Legal Industry

Change doesn’t come rapidly in law. That’s a good thing. The rule of law is predicated on predictability and consistency with precedent. However, if the rapid pace of change in technology and globalization leaves law behind and out of the…
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