Limited Scope Representation: Tales from the TrenchesBy Ed FinkelDecember 2015Article, Page 24The limited scope rules have been in place for a few years now, and savvy, forward-thinking lawyers are using them to serve clients who would otherwise be lost to online document services.
Creating a Client-Centered PracticeBy Ed FinkelNovember 2015Article, Page 26In a tough legal marketplace, putting clients first and providing excellent service is a must. It starts with putting yourself in the client's place.
Keeping the Road Safe and the Law SaneBy Ed FinkelOctober 2015Article, Page 24The ISBA Traffic Law Section had one of its best years ever this legislative session, helping advance laws that remove harsh and counterproductive DUI restrictions while keeping (and sometimes boosting) appropriate punishments.
The ABCs of LLLTsBy Ed FinkelSeptember 2015Article, Page 20Proponents say limited license legal technicians provide legal representation to people who couldn't otherwise afford it. Critics argue they'll compete with underemployed lawyers and lower the quality of legal services.
Making the AskBy Ed FinkelAugust 2015Article, Page 20What can female attorneys - and firms that want to hire and keep them - do to ensure that their compensation and opportunities keep pace with their talent and commitment?
An Immigrant’s TaleBy Ed FinkelJuly 2015Article, Page 22ISBA President Umberto Davi arrived as a 14-year-old from Sicily and rose to success in law and life.
The Two Faces of EavesdroppingBy Ed FinkelJune 2015Article, Page 20The new Illinois eavesdropping law makes it easier to record police in public settings - but it also gives police more power to eavesdrop on citizens' conversations.
Client Confidentiality in the Digital AgeBy Ed FinkelMay 2015Article, Page 20The pathways for breaching client confidentiality - whether due to simple carelessness or inadequate security - continue to multiply as technology advances.
Estate Planners Adopt and Adapt the New HCPOA FormBy Ed FinkelApril 2015Article, Page 20Illinois has a new, plain-language statutory health care power of attorney, and lawyers are getting used to it – and, in some cases, tweaking it to suit their practices.
Plan to GrowBy Ed FinkelMarch 2015Article, Page 24Lawyers and practice advisers explain the importance of strategic planning to long-term success.
Feeling Secure in the CloudBy Ed FinkelJanuary 2015Article, Page 20You're probably already using the Internet to access remote servers - aka cloud computing - whether you know it or not. And you should be. But make sure you understand the risks.
The Rise of the Freelance LawyerBy Ed FinkelDecember 2014Article, Page 576More solos and small-firm lawyers are hiring stay-at-home moms and others on a project-by-project basis as the need arises. The lawyers they hire are trading full-time employment for freedom.
Alternative Billing Comes to Main StreetBy Ed FinkelOctober 2014Article, Page 476Firms that serve corporate clients are no strangers to non-hourly billing strategies. But other attorneys are finding that consumer-friendly pricing can be lawyer-friendly as well.
Make Your Personal Style Work for YouBy Ed FinkelAugust 2014Article, Page 380Afraid you're too shy to get up and do what needs to be done to market your practice? Fear not. Good marketing is more about listening than talking.
A Practice-Focused PresidencyBy Ed FinkelJuly 2014Article, Page 324Promoting civics education, reshaping ISBA's solo and small firm conference, and helping debt burdened law students and new admittees tops new ISBA President Rick Felice's agenda.
Building Your Case with Social Media EvidenceBy Ed FinkelJune 2014Article, Page 276Can you get the other side's damaging Facebook posts into evidence? How do you make sure they don't vanish? Here's a look at emerging principles and best practices.
Medical Marijuana Comes to IllinoisBy Ed FinkelApril 2014Article, Page 172What will the Medical Cannabis Act mean for patients? For employers? Others? Prepare to advise clients about what some are calling the most restrictive medical marijuana law in the country.
Practice-Launching Tips for Solos and Small FirmsBy Ed FinkelFebruary 2014Article, Page 72Time to strike out on your own? Veteran practitioners help you get off to a good start - and avoid common missteps - with tips on marketing, billing, retainers, client management, and more.
Low Cost Technology for Highly Productive LawyersBy Ed FinkelJanuary 2014Article, Page 20Now more than ever, great technology tools - many especially designed for lawyers - are amazingly affordable if not free. But don't forget the crucial difference between "frugal" and "cheap."
‘Aim for the Top’By Ed FinkelNovember 2013Article, Page 564After a four-decade ascent through all levels of the Illinois court system, Rita Garman becomes Illinois's second female chief justice.
Limited Scope, Expanded OpportunityBy Ed FinkelOctober 2013Article, Page 508Recent Illinois Supreme Court rule changes enable lawyers to represent clients in litigation for only a portion of a case. Proponents say that's good for lawyers, clients, and judges.
Reaching Out to Generation NextBy Ed FinkelAugust 2013Article, Page 400Young lawyers have different needs than their more senior colleagues. New President Paula Holderman wants to make sure the ISBA speaks their language.
Rainmaking in Dry TimesBy Ed FinkelJune 2013Article, Page 288How do you attract new clients and retain existing ones in this economy? Consultants and Illinois lawyers offer battle-tested tips.