NextGen Lawyer Facebooking Opposing Party

It’s been a while since we checked in with Ali, our Millennial attorney.  Ali, you may recall, just graduated from law school and decided to start up her own law practice in her parents’ basement. Despite Ali’s belief that the Internet…
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Facebook Clean-up Costs

We’ve been watching the prevalence and influence of social media in the practice of law. Research shows the majority of lawyers are using social media both for networking and case investigation. The photos and posts on Facebook and other sites…
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Harry Potter Privilege of Silence

I first read Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone when I was a sixteen-year old summer student at Duke University. Harry, Hermione, Ron and the whole Hogwarts gang then joined me on an eight year trek across the globe. I…
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NextGen Lawyer Soliciting Facebook Friends

Ali’s decision to accept the judge’s friend request created some excellent commentary both on our blog page and on our Facebook page.  Keep the comments coming.  Ali’s new at this – she needs all the help she can get. Ali…
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NextGen Lawyer Judge’s Friend Request

Ali’s back.  Remember last time she decided to go networking (at her parents’ behest)?  Well, she hears that her bar association is having an awards reception.  She decides to check it out. Halfway through the event, Ali sees a parent…
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NextGen Lawyer In-Person Networking

Let’s return to Ali, our NextGen Attorney.  Ali, fresh out of law school, just decided to start up her own employment practice.  Ali’s been working out of her parents’ basement because, well, times are hard.  She tried Google AdWords and…
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NextGen Lawyer Internet Listings

Let’s return to Ali, our new attorney embarking on her solo practice career.  Ali, as you may recall, is doing all the things recommended by new business gurus – find your niche market, set up a website, and get some…
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NextGen Lawyer Google AdWords

We at the Commission recognize that lawyers need to use all the tools of technology to best serve our clients and society.  Although we encourage lawyers to embrace technological advances, we also want to make lawyers aware of certain professional and…
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From Lithuania with Awe

Despite the problems, we have a lot to be proud of in the American legal system.  This was brought home to me recently in a meeting with two law professors from Lithuania, Tomas Versinskas and Simona Ziziene.  Tomas and Simona…
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Herd Immunity

Yesterday, the Commission met with our CLE Advisory Group, a dozen or so representatives from various CLE providers in Illinois and Minnesota.  We discussed ways to make professional responsibility CLE offerings more effective for both participants and presenters.  For those…
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Foresight is 20/20

Lately I have been thinking about the effects of technology on the issues of civility in the legal profession. Because at the Commission on Professionalism we promote professionalism in a forward-looking manner, we can’t help but consider technology.  Technology has…
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