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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Rule of law

Civility Inspires Confidence in the Rule of Law

Lawyers have a duty to represent their clients. At the same, they have a responsibility to the legal system and the quality of justice administered. These three sets of obligations are laid out in the Preamble to the Rules of…
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Technology and access to justice

Where Does Technology Fit in Access to Justice?

Many people don’t seek legal assistance because they simply don’t know that they need legal help. They don’t realize they have a legal problem that has a legal solution. This education gap is where the access to justice issue begins,…
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legal aid lawyers

A Thank You to Legal Aid Lawyers

It’s time to thank legal aid lawyers. The annual national Pro Bono Week (October 22nd-26th) has started. You probably think this blog is going to delve into why lawyers should do pro bono work. Think again. There is already plenty…
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Justice Gap

You Are the Answer to the Access to Justice Gap

“Stop asking what the answer is, be the answer.” Toussaint Romain, former Assistant Public Defender of the Charlotte Mecklenburg Public Defender’s Office, challenged all attendees with this statement at the end of the third annual Illinois Supreme Court Commission on…
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Constitution

Does the Constitution Protect All Americans?

This weekend, an appointed committee of ABA members will meet to vote on the Silver Gavel Awards. We’ve written about them here before. The “Oscars of the legal profession,” the Silver Gavel Awards recognize the best work in media and the…
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Justice

Miranda Turns 50: Justice Begins With A Warning

In 2016, the nation marks the 50th anniversary of perhaps the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. This year’s May 1st Law Day 2016 theme is based on the case and celebrating its anniversary – Miranda: More Than…
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Justice for All

Who Can Work Toward Justice For All?

I am currently recovering from foot surgery. My surgeon’s Physician Assistant handled my pre-operative visit and my first post-operative visit. Although I would have preferred to see my surgeon, I understand that his expertise was not necessary to review lab…
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