Beyond the Billable HourBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2012Article, Page 80More clients - and lawyers for that matter - are looking for value-based alternatives to the billable hour. The good news? They can be a win-win for attorney and client.
Curbing abuse of arrest warrants for debtorsBy Helen W. GunnarssonFebruary 2012Lawpulse, Page 70The attorney general's office and a circuit court judge describe steps they're taking to help prevent debtors from being unfairly jailed for failure to pay.
The high court empowers the ARDC to go after UPLBy Helen W. GunnarssonJanuary 2012Lawpulse, Page 10New rules give the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission authority to prosecute actions for the unauthorized practice of law.
Client service 101By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2011Lawpulse, Page 604A seasoned family law practitioner explains how to avoid common mistakes lawyers make in working with clients.
The Ethical Office: Managing Nonlawyer StaffBy Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2011Article, Page 614The Rules of Professional Conduct make managing nonlawyer staff a high-stakes business. Find out which rules are most directly implicated and learn how to be a better boss.
What's the best way out of an ethical pickle?By Helen W. GunnarssonDecember 2011Lawpulse, Page 604Taking quick remedial action and preemptive self-reporting can be the best way to handle a disciplinable blunder, ethics authorities advise.
Meeting MCLE requirements just got a little easierBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2011Lawpulse, Page 550Among other welcome changes, rule revisions allow new admittees to meet their initial requirement by participating in mentoring and remove the fee for claiming credit for writing and teaching.
Planning to SucceedBy Helen W. GunnarssonNovember 2011Article, Page 560How many lawyers have a strategic plan, complete with a mission, goals, action points, and a system for measuring success? Here's why you should be one of them.
Absolute immunity for child repsBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2011Lawpulse, Page 490Immunity from liability is absolute for child representatives working within the scope of their court-appointed duties.
The bloody truth about DUI testingBy Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2011Lawpulse, Page 490Just because the state has blood test results to use against your DUI client doesn't mean the case is over, a defense lawyer argues.
Sex offender registration changes: not worth the cost?By Helen W. GunnarssonOctober 2011Lawpulse, Page 490Failing to implement legislation bringing Illinois into compliance with the federal Adam Walsh act is costing the state federal grant funds. But would enacting the law cost even more?
Adoption law pointersBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Lawpulse, Page 434The August Child Law Section newsletter includes an adoption law legislation roundup and helps lawyers help clients find birth parents and readopt after surrendering parental rights.
The Five Biggest Business Mistakes Lawyers MakeBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2011Article, Page 444Too many lawyers - especially new ones - undervalue their services. It's a short-sighted approach that can lead to big trouble, this lawyer argues.