Publications

Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Attorneys

You Kids Are Alright: A GenY Guide to the (ahem) Older Lawyer By Karen Erger October 2010 Column, Page 538 What makes the oldsters tick? Here's a handy guide.
Lessons for lawyers from the Blago trial By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2010 Lawpulse, Page 446 Post-verdict takeaways
So You Want to Be a Judge? By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2010 Article, Page 456 High status, great money, no practice-management headaches - what lawyer wouldn't want to be a judge? What lawyer indeed, which is why it's a hard gig to get.
Market yourself to existing clients By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2010 Lawpulse, Page 394 Don't hide your lamp under a bushel, experts warn, or your clients may head for lawyers with better self-promotional skills.
Uncivil Action By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2010 Article, Page 408 Despite all the energy devoted to collegiality and professionalism, lawyers too often confront rudeness, even hostility, in opponents. Here's what to do.
Bankruptcy lawyers are “debt relief agencies,” high court rules By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2010 Lawpulse, Page 342 As such, they may not advise clients to incur additional debt and must label themselves "debt relief agencies" in ads.
Does Your Practice Need Practice Management Software? By Helen Gunnarsson July 2010 Article, Page 352 It can help you save time, make money, even avoid malpractice claims, according to legal technologists. Find out whether it's right for you.
ISBA Lawyers Do Care By Mark D. Hassakis July 2010 Column, Page 340 They care about strengthening communities, helping children, and more.
Labor and Employment Lawyers and the New Rules By Michael R. Lied July 2010 Column, Page 376 New rules affect lawyers who represent organizations and clients who appear before agencies.
Juror Number 10, Attorney at Law By Phillip H. Hamilton June 2010 Article, Page 296 An ISBA member explains how his jury service changed - forever - his perspective on trial practice.
Taking the Cake By Karen Erger June 2010 Column, Page 322 How to put your temptation-resisting rational brain in charge.
Yes, “nice” can work for you By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2010 Lawpulse, Page 286 An ISBA lawyer makes the case that niceness can pay professional dividends.
Avoiding Withdrawal Pains By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2010 Article, Page 240 You've had enough of the Client from Hell and you need to withdraw from the representation. The good news - you almost certainly can. Just make sure you do it properly.
Controlling Case Expenses: Lawyers’ Duty to Clients By Robert L. Fogel, Michael S. Young, and Katie M. King May 2010 Article, Page 244 A look at the trial lawyer's fiduciary and ethical responsibility to disclose, monitor, and control reimbursable case expenses incurred on behalf of clients.
Government Lawyers and the ISBA By John G. O’Brien May 2010 Column, Page 228 Lawyer public servants explain why they belong.
The Mediation Option for Attorney Discipline Cases By Mary Patricia Benz May 2010 Article, Page 262 Are some disciplinary cases good candidates for mediation? This lawyer-mediator says "yes."
Recipe or Disaster? Checklists Can Help By Hon. Ron Spears May 2010 Column, Page 268 Checklists can help us reduce avoidable errors.
Defense Lawyers - You Can’t Afford Not to Be ISBA Members By John G. O’Brien April 2010 Column, Page 172 If you're a civil defense lawyer, you owe it to yourself and your clients to belong.
“[M]ortal combat”: Carr v Tillery By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2010 Lawpulse, Page 122 A legendary Metro-East trial lawyer and his former partners go head to head.
Organization as Client - a Continuing Dilemma for Business Lawyers By Stephen Proctor March 2010 Column, Page 160 It's an ethics problem under the old and new rules alike.
You’re the Boss - Now What? By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2010 Article, Page 132 Supervising employees, meeting a payroll - more things they didn't teach you in law school. Find out some of what you need to know.
Helping Women in the Profession and Beyond By John G. O’Brien February 2010 Column, Page 64 A look at the work of ISBA's Committee on Women in the Law
Is Your Metadata Showing? Avoiding Document-Sharing Disasters By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2010 Article, Page 76 Here's how to ensure that your documents' metadata, including comments and proposed changes, are viewed only as intended.
Neither the Day nor the Hour By Karen Erger February 2010 Column, Page 104 Nothing puts life in perspective like glimpsing your mortality.
UPL: Nonlawyers may represent employers before the IDES, appellate court holds By Helen W. Gunnarsson February 2010 Lawpulse, Page 66 The Illinois Appellate Court held that nonlawyers who represent employers before the Illinois Department of Employment security in unemployment benefits hearings aren't engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.
Ethical Issues for Family Lawyers Under the New Rules of Professional Conduct By Paulette M. Gray January 2010 Article, Page 36 A look at some hypothetical but all-too-common family-law scenarios and how to approach them under the 2010 Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.
Ethics-rule amendment clarifies role of lawyer-lobbyists By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2010 Lawpulse, Page 10 An amendment to new RPC 3.9 removes a cross-reference that lawyer-lobbyists feared might forbid heretofore accepted forms of one-on-one lobbying.
The new-lawyer Q&A January 2010 Column, Page 47 How can I trace a former client?
So You Want to Be a Business Lawyer By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2010 Article, Page 20 You've thought about expanding into business counseling - what's the next step? Here's advice from experienced business-law practitioners, plus some business-law basics.
So you want to be house counsel By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2010 Lawpulse, Page 10 Be sure to give your prospective employer a thorough going-over before you say "yes".