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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Client Service: The Legal Profession’s Top Priority

Year after year, we continue to see major advancements in technology. However, as we progress, our patience becomes thinner and thinner. We live in a world of immediacy, demanding instant gratification. When we want something, we want it now –…
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Court Patrons

Court Patrons Need to Be Heard

All Sally Smith wants is to be heard by the judge and the bank. Sally received court papers this month that the bank filed a foreclosure case against her. She lost her job six months ago and has not been…
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6 Things to Consider When Leaving Your Law Firm

If we’re going to do this, let’s do it right! Whether it is washing your car or making a big career move, planning and preparation are essential to execution. As attorneys, we serve as officers of the court and members…
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Can We Avoid the Feedback Loop of Social Media?

A few recent news items involving Facebook got me thinking about the effects of social media on professionalism. Perhaps some of these problems are related to social-validation or dopamine-driven “feedback loops.” Social Media Exploits Weakness in Human Psyche Last month,…
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Reflecting on the Importance of Pro Bono Service

At the Commission on Professionalism, we are charged to connect lawyers and inspire change. Each October, Illinois lawyers reflect on the importance of pro bono service. In fact, many attorneys across the country deliberately set time aside to give back to those…
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Challenging Illinois Attorneys To Think Differently

At the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, we are charged to connect lawyers and inspire change. Through our weekly blog posts and news items, our monthly e-newsletter, various video projects, and even our educational programming – like the Future is Now Conference or any of our in-person and online CLEs –…
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Pulling for Feedback the Right Way

As I was pushing my suitcase out of the hotel elevator this morning, the wheels caught in the gap between the lift and the floor. The handle held its ground as I attempted to lurch forward with my body weight, only…
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Maintaining Competence: The Education Must Continue

As the legal profession continues to evolve, lawyers are tasked with staying ahead of the curve. According to the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct, lawyers must adhere to a certain standard of competence. This requires the knowledge, skills, and…
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