pro bono

Our Responsibility to Pro Bono and Where It All Fits

There is a recent movement in charitable giving known as “effective altruism” which strives to maximize the good from donations of one’s time, skills (e.g. pro bono work), and, particularly, money. In other words, it is “combining the head and…
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competency-based CLE

Competency-Based CLE: Has the Time Come?

“Time is a very poor proxy for learning.” That statement at our Futures Conference a couple months back by Darth Vaughn, a California lawyer and principal of technology assessment and learning company Procertas, really resonated with me. Darth was advocating…
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Lawyers and Judges Engage in Education for Change

We are having a tenth anniversary this autumn. Ten years of inspiring and engaging the legal profession with a goal of better serving the people of Illinois.  How are we doing this? Primarily through education, educating for change. Civility Focus:…
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veterans legal services

A JAG Officer’s Service and Veterans Legal Services

The term “officer of the court” refers any person who has an obligation to promote justice and effective operation of the judicial system, including judges, the attorneys who appear in court, bailiffs, clerks and other personnel. Attorneys specifically are guided…
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Carnegie Report

Carnegie Report 10 Years Later: Live Like A Lawyer

Every fall, judges from across Illinois issue a “live like a lawyer” challenge to incoming law students as part of the Commission on Professionalism’s orientation program. Each student starting law school in Illinois has a chance to ask themselves that crucial…
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Banning Harassment in the Legal Profession

As a profession, we lawyers are notorious for thinking of worst-case scenarios. We are the most risk-adverse profession (possibly other than accountants). It’s what leads to our love of the “slippery slope argument.” Upholding Sub-Clause X to Schedule Y of…
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bar exam participant evaluation form

Should We End The Bar Exam?

Congratulations to our 2Civility interns, Julia Brook from the University of Illinois and Jessica Saitel from Loyola for passing the Illinois bar exam this past week. Jessica and Julia joined tens of thousands of recent law school graduates around the…
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Noncitizen Law Licenses

States Grapple with Undocumented Immigrant Law Licenses

Who can get law licenses? And who gets to decide? State supreme courts typically determine the qualifications of lawyers, issue law licenses and regulate attorney conduct. However, the legislative branches also have a say. Under federal law, public benefits, including professional licenses, cannot be extended to…
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Lawyer Millennials

Stop Complaining About Millennials

Over the past several years, I have heard many older workers complain about young people in the workplace. They leave work early, don’t complete their assignments on time, are not dressed professionally, request constant feedback, speak to their superiors as…
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