crisis

Professionalism Tips for Responding to a Crisis

There’s a lot going on in the world right now. For many, COVID-19 has abruptly disrupted the familiar pattern of personal and professional lives, leaving many organizational leaders at a loss for how to manage the situation.   However, there’s no need to…
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equal justice

Commit Now to Equal Justice

The term equal justice gets thrown around a lot. It’s often heard in the context of a lack of equal justice under law. But what is equal justice? What does it look like? And, what doesn’t it look like? If…
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rural lawyer

The Disappearing Rural Lawyer, Part II

Last year, I wrote about the disappearing rural lawyer. In Illinois, more lawyers are hanging their law firm shingle in urban areas. This isn’t just an Illinois trend, it’s happening across the U.S. For instance, in Illinois, roughly 7,000 lawyers…
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goals for lawyers in 2020

Three Goals for Lawyers in 2020

Happy 2020! A new year and a new decade have arrived. Have you set any resolutions for the year ahead? If so, I have some bad news. Eighty percent of New Year’s resolutions fail by February. However, all hope isn’t…
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attorney regulation

Could Re-Regulation Benefit Lawyers?

Modifying the Model Rules of Professional Conduct that prescribe the business of lawyers could help lawyers as well as consumers. That’s a premise of work being done by task forces across the U.S. As I’ve written before, task forces in…
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lawyer regulation

ABA Resolution Encourages Innovation in Lawyer Regulation

A new American Bar Association resolution encourages U.S. jurisdictions to consider innovative approaches to lawyer regulation to increase access to affordable and quality legal services. If approved by the ABA House of Delegates, the resolution would support the revision of…
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Legal Acts of Kindness

Let’s Talk About Legal Acts of Kindness

To my fellow attorneys, a “legal acts of kindness” pep talk is long overdue. Just like Kid President’s famous pep talk, attorneys also need to find ways to make the world more awesome. And, since we celebrated World Kindness Day…
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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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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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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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