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More Than Half of US Jurisdictions Have Adopted the UBE

Over the last two years, I have reported countless instances of US jurisdictions adopting the uniform bar exam (UBE). In fact, the last tally I took on behalf of the Commission in 2016 was 24 out of all 56 US jurisdictions.  Today, that number is 30 – meaning more…
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Commission on Professionalism and LAP Team Up For Wellness CLE

Each month, Hon. Lynn Egan of the Circuit Court in Cook County hosts a free lunchtime seminar for all Illinois lawyers. Every monthly CLE program spotlights a different subject-matter or issue impacting the profession.   As the holidays are approaching, stress levels rocket — in and…
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Committee on Equality Uncovers Implicit Bias in Illinois Courts

As humans, we all fall victim to implicit bias. Our life experiences affect our beliefs, and those beliefs often play into our decision-making, whether we are aware of them or not.   Unfortunately, these unconscious biases can become increasingly problematic, especially when they begin to dictate our deliberate choices and reasonings. Luckily though, implicit bias does not have…
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The State Bar of California Finalizes Plan for Split

It’s official. The State Bar of California is splitting. Last May, the Commission reported early rumors of the split, but this October, California Governor Jerry Brown made it official when he signed SB 36 – “the state bar act” –…
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CBA Launches Limited Scope Referral Program for SRLs

The dawn of the internet era has transformed the do-it-yourself mentality. DIY is no longer just a possibility. It’s the reality. Consumers are gleaning insights from their smart devices, tackling all of their problems before turning to “subject-matter experts” for answers.  Even…
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2017 Pro Bono Week Opportunities in Illinois

Pro bono service is a core element of the legal profession, one that attorneys, judges, and other legal professionals revere. To reinforce that tie to service, the profession hosts annual Pro Bono Week programming for lawyers and the public to attend.  For…
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Champaign County Circuit Clerk Hosts Expungement Summit

After the success of last year’s Expungement and Record Sealing Summit, the Champaign County Circuit Clerk’s Office is hosting its now annual event again, this October.  On Saturday, October 21st, volunteer attorneys will provide free legal assistance to those individuals wishing to expunge, clear, or seal past criminal records. The…
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LTF Creates E-Filing Guide for Illinois Lawyers

E-filing is coming. As many of you know, lawyers in Illinois will be required to file electronically in Illinois state court civil cases starting January 1, 2018. Therefore, case documents must be filed electronically through the newly developed centralized manager, eFileIL, and all filing fees must be paid electronically as well.   In light of…
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The CRFC Needs Chicago Lawyers in the Classroom

For more than 25 years, Chicago lawyers have been giving back — and not just by taking pro bono cases. They’re serving elementary and middle school classrooms throughout the Chicago metropolitan area. The Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago (CRFC) introduced its “Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers in the Classroom” program to help students learn about…
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CASA Annual Conference Advocates for Youth Mental Illness

Health and wellness isn’t just an issue tied to the legal profession. It’s also a rising epidemic impacting children across the country. That’s why CASA, the Court Appointed Special Advocates of Kane County, a nonprofit volunteer organization that advocates for children in the juvenile court system, is hosting its annual fall…
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Should Employment Be Considered in Law School Accreditation?

You’ve seen the headlines in your news-feed. “Bar passage rates are dropping.” “Law graduate employment is down, while law school debt continues to climb.” There is a crisis in legal education, and one member of the ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education believes he has a…
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