lawyer regulation

Re-regulating Lawyers for the 21st Century

Do lawyer ethics rules prohibit innovation in the delivery of legal services and contribute to the access to justice gap? Yes, according to a task force on lawyer regulation formed last summer by the California State Bar’s Board of Trustees….
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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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Thomas Chiola

Thomas Chiola: A Historic First for Illinois Public Office

In recognition of Pride month, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (Commission) will feature biographies of LGBTQ+ legal professionals who have promoted a culture of civility and inclusion within the Illinois legal community. Our first biography, featuring Pearl Hart, came…
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Pearl Hart: A Life Dedicated to Protecting Civil Liberties

In recognition of Pride month, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (Commission) will feature biographies of LGBTQ+ legal professionals who promoted a culture of civility and inclusion within the Illinois legal community. Keep an eye out for additional biographies…
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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

The Future Is Now: Legal Innovation and the Rule of Law

Earlier this month, hundreds of legal professionals gathered in Chicago to attend the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.019 conference. This year’s speakers explored topics including evolving alternative legal landscapes, novel access to justice…
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lawyer ethics rules

Are Lawyer Ethics Rules Effective?

One thing that defines the legal profession is that it’s “self-governing.” Lawyers have ethical regulations that bind them together in service to others. But do lawyer ethics rules effectively serve the profession? Do these regulations serve the public? Not as…
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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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