online learning

Embracing the New Frontier of Online Learning

Imagine you’ve been asked to dip your toe into online learning by delivering a CLE course virtually. Congratulations, you will soon be a vILT (virtual instructor-led training) instructor. Sure, you’re excited about the opportunity, but with all the other work…
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bar exam

Will the Bar Exam Survive the Coronavirus?

The bar exam is a rite of passage for lawyers. It is a proctored, in-person examination administered across all U.S. jurisdictions on the same two days each February and July. This year, the February exam took place as planned. But…
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virtual mentoring

5 Virtual Mentoring Tips to Stay Engaged

For most Illinois attorneys, day-to-day work patterns have been upended since the coronavirus pandemic hit. In fact, our entire workforce has been challenged to find new avenues for delivering their goods and services. As the “how” is redefined along the…
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lawyer well-being week

Recognizing Lawyer Well-Being Week with CoLAP

Today, the National Taskforce on Lawyer Well-Being kicks off its first annual Lawyer Well-Being Week. From May 4-8, the Taskforce, the American Bar Association, and other participating organizations will sponsor activities, CLEs, and events around the five dimensions of well-being:…
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Learning Design

Learning Design for the New Normal

When writing a blog, I’ll often start with an anecdote. It’s usually something personal, with a connection to the topic that is best described as tenuous. But I’m not going to do that. Right now, each of us are living…
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Defining Incivility in a Pandemic

We are re-examining litigation practices through the prism of a global pandemic. Courts are issuing orders designed to keep the public and court personnel safe while still delivering essential court services. Lawyers are representing clients and trying to make a…
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remote notary

Remote Notaries and Witnesses: Where Are We in Illinois?

My late father practiced law in Illinois for 53 years as a self-described “small town [Champaign] lawyer.” While Champaign-Urbana may be a micro-urban area and he litigated many complex cases for high-profile clients, he prided himself most for his work…
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supporting women lawyers

Supporting Women Lawyers So They Can Lead

Social distancing is becoming the new normal. Yet, it was only two weeks ago that I attended an excellent program on women in the law where the common theme was supporting women lawyers so they can lead in the workplace….
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