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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legal services

A “Jobs to be Done” Theory of Legal Services

There’s been a disturbing justice gap in the U.S. for decades. The legal profession has responded by encouraging pro bono legal services to low-income Americans, allowing the “unbundling” of legal services into smaller pieces, utilizing technology to reach more people…
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deadline

Have You Met the Impending MCLE Deadline?

Deadlines rule lawyers’ schedules whether they like it or not. For Illinois lawyers (last name N-Z) there is an important deadline coming up on June 30, 2019. The upcoming deadline is to complete the requirements for the 2017-2019 MCLE reporting…
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Legal Innovation

Embrace Legal Innovation or Die?

Legal innovation is all the rage in our profession. In fact, innovation has been a hot topic in many industries for a while now. Law’s stock in trade has been analyzing and applying specialized legal knowledge to solving clients’ problems….
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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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