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Reimagining Law: Simple Ways Lawyers Can Work Smarter

In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Melanie Leonard, Esq., founder of, and Bryan Sims, an attorney at Sims Law Firm, Ltd. Melanie and Bryan discuss how COVID-19 has changed the way attorneys work, simple ways lawyers can…
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Five Ways to Address the Eviction Crisis in Illinois

Evictions were prevalent before COVID-19, but the situation has reached a crisis level. The national unemployment rate hit an all-time high of 14.7% in April 2020 and was still at 8.4% in August. The high unemployment rate has resulted in…
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Reimagining Law: We Want to Hear From You

As courts, law firms, and legal organizations across the country reopen, now is the time to reimagine what our new normal looks like. In April, the Commission launched a Reimagining Law video series. Reimagining Law explores how legal and judicial…
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A Sharpened Call for Attorney Regulatory Reform

Last week I provided a roundup of actions by task forces across the U.S. that are exploring reforms to the regulation of legal services. This week I look at the issue of modernizing attorney regulations through the prism of historic…
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July 31 MCLE Reporting Deadline Approaching

The deadline is approaching to file for a free extension to earn MCLE credits for the 2018-2020 reporting period. Attorneys with last names beginning A-M must report that they “complied” or have “not yet complied” to the MCLE Board by…
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Attorney Regulatory Reform: Where Do We Stand?

The legal profession is under pressure. A growing number of Americans who experience legal problems receive no or inadequate legal help. Increasingly, people are representing themselves in court rather than engaging a lawyer. At the same time, lawyers, especially those…
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