James Montgomery inspiring lawyers

James Montgomery Inspiring Lawyers To Serve

I was so honored to have had the opportunity to interview Chicago attorney James Montgomery.  In this video of our conversation, he reflects on what drew him to the law as a career, his work in both the public and…
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Judge William Bauer

William Bauer: More than Just a Decent Man

Judge Bauer of the 7th Circuit Court of Appeals shares his perspectives about mentoring and the source of his greatest hope about the future of the profession.  He talks about how the rule of law as the bedrock of our…
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gambrell professionalism awards

Gambrell Professionalism Award Nominations Open

Since 1991, the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Professionalism has honored legal organizations who showcase excellence and innovation in professionalism programming. The E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards were named after ABA and American Bar Foundation President E. Smythe Gambrell,…
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Thomas Fitzgeral Professionalism Champion

Remembering A Champion of Professionalism

This week the legal profession lost a man who was the epitome of professionalism. On November 1, 2015, former Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald passed away after his long battle with Parkinson’s disease. Justice Fitzgerald will be remembered in the…
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demonstrating professional ethics

Know Lawyers Demonstrating Professional Ethics?

The media rarely shines a light on lawyers demonstrating professional ethics, either inside or outside of the courtroom. The public image of lawyers, both fictional and real, is often far more negative than the experience many of us have with…
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Smyth Gambrell

E. Smyth Gambrell Professionalism Award

Every year the ABA’s Standing Committee on Professionalism spotlights law schools, bar associations, law firms, and other types of law-related organizations for their excellence in practicing and preaching the importance of professionalism. This year, the Standing Committee on Professionalism awarded…
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Jayne Reardon Professionalism as Survival Strategu

ABA E-News: Professionalism as Survival Strategy

One way to navigate this era of disruption in the legal world is by holding fast to professionalism. Jayne Reardon, executive director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, defines it, shares its importance and offers a ‘how to’: …
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Lawyer Millennials

Stop Complaining About Millennials

Over the past several years, I have heard many older workers complain about young people in the workplace. They leave work early, don’t complete their assignments on time, are not dressed professionally, request constant feedback, speak to their superiors as…
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