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On Becoming a “Real” Lawyer

On November 6th, Illinois welcomed nearly 1,900 new lawyers to the ranks. I had the opportunity to attend the 1st Judicial District ceremonies, held in the Arie Crown Theater, where my own swearing-in took place more years ago than I…
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Connecting Through Lawyer Mentoring

Nothing speaks more strongly to the success of a program than the positive feedback of those who have participated in it. The Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program created by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism has just completed its third full…
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Approaches to Mentoring in the Legal Profession

All lawyers, and most law students, are familiar with the practice of mentoring, in which a law student or young attorney is paired with a more senior attorney who provides advice and helps his or her mentee/protégé avoid the potholes….
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Mad Men On Mentoring

“You know that she’s every bit as good as any woman in this business,” Pete Campbell excitedly said about Peggy Olson after convincing her to hand over her big presentation to her colleague and (sometimes) mentor Don Draper in a…
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Journey2Civility: New Partners Old Friends

This is the fourth installment of an on-going series looking back at the development of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism as we prepare to roll out our new online name and interactive website. Objectives In early 2010, after…
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Lawyer Mentoring on the Run

In my experience, most lawyers are good at juggling the disparate aspects of their lives, mostly because they have to in order to get it all done.  This pair of lawyers, both members of Winston & Strawn’s Labor & Employment…
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Why Mentoring Matters

Who was your mentor? Since joining the Commission earlier this year to head our statewide Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program, I’ve found that most lawyers can immediately name a person or two who gave them a real leg up early in their…
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Mind the Generation Gap

We’ve had three interns working at the Commission this summer, and gee, have they learned a lot!  At least I think they’ve learned a lot, because the rest of us have learned a lot.  Let me explain.  Our hard-working interns,…
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Winston & Strawn Honors Mentors

Thanks, Winston & Strawn!  What a gratifying experience to witness the mentor awards ceremony that took place on the lucky day of 12-12-12 at 12 noon at their office. Their Mentor of the Year award winners were selected for their…
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