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Illinois Bar Journal
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Ten Tips for the Newly Admitted By Anne E. Thar February 2000 Column, Page 105 Sage advice for the freshly minted.
Creating a Document to Meet Your Client’s Needs By Maureen B. Collins January 2000 Column, Page 47 Drafting a seaworthy document requires more than pasting form provisions into place; you have to learn the facts and the law.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath January 2000 Column, Page 10 Losing the right to a jury trial — is it malpractice?
Are You Representing the Wrong Clients? By Anne E. Thar December 1999 Column, Page 671 Learn how to screen prospective cases and clients to reduce your risk of being sued.
Healing Victims, Offenders and Communities: Restorative Justice By Cheryl Niro November 1999 Column, Page 568 One of the memories of my childhood is the day I had a fight with my best friend. Funny, I don't remember what caused the argument.
How to Read a Writing Sample By Maureen Beth Beazley November 1999 Column, Page 615 You don't have to read every word of a writing sample to assess its quality. Here's what to look for.
Treaties and Selected Foreign Law Research: A Primer for Illinois Attorneys By James E. Duggan November 1999 Column, Page 613 When confronted with those occasional (but inevitable) questions about foreign law, where do you turn? Read on and find out.
Getting the Legal Writing Sample You Need By Mary Beth Beazley October 1999 Column, Page 557 Last month's column urged employers to assess the writing skills of prospective hires; this month, learn how to get the writing sample you need.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath October 1999 Column, Page 514 Insurance policies and the discovery rule; read the fine print.
Hiring Good Writers By Maureen B. Collins September 1999 Column, Page 499 Here's how to screen prospective hires for good legal writing skills.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath September 1999 Column, Page 454 "Same part of the body'' rule update.
Learn to Be a Lawyer-Entrepreneur By Paul Sullivan September 1999 Column, Page 497 Competition is more fierce than ever, clients are more demanding; but you can rise to the challenge if you think like an entrepreneur, not a ``technician.''
Correspondence from Our Readers August 1999 Column, Page 398 The case for attorney-notaries
Five Steps to Improving Client Relations and Reducing Legal Malpractice Claims By Anne E. Thar August 1999 Column, Page 437 How not to get on your client's bad side — and the wrong side of a malpractice suit.
The Law in Film: Images of the Literary Lawyer By Mark Sanders August 1999 Column, Page 441 If you don't have time to read as much as you'd like, consider viewing a movie based on a good book about the law.
Is Your Office Scam Resistant? By Paul Sullivan July 1999 Column, Page 383 Think no one would try to scam a lawyer? Think again.
A Lawyer’s Guide to Eavesdropping in Illinois By Celia Guzaldo Gamrath July 1999 Article, Page 362 Your client comes to you, Linda-Tripp style, with a tape-recorded conversation: What do you do? Read and find out.
Training Associates: The Write Stuff By Lisa J. Freedman July 1999 Column, Page 385 Taking time to help associates to write better will pay in the long run.
Conflicts of Interest in Document Authentication by Attorney-Notaries in Illinois By Michael L. Closen and Thomas W. Mulcahy June 1999 Article, Page 320 The authors argue that it's a conflict of interest for lawyer-notaries to notarize documents they have prepared.
Politically Correct Speech: Readers Respond By Maureen B. Collins June 1999 Column, Page 335 Professor Collins touched a nerve with last month's column. Here are some of your responses and her reactions to them.
An attorney may be disbarred for a substantial record of misconduct despite a lack of experience and a promise to cease practicing law. May 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 244 On March 18, 1999, the Illinois Supreme Court granted the request of the administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and ordered Chase Ingersoll, the respondent, disbarred.
ISBA Will Honor Members Admitted to Bar for 50 Years May 1999 Column, Page 249 Association records indicate that the following members, most of whom were admitted to the bar in 1949.
The Lawyer As Public Citizen By Timothy L. Bertschy May 1999 Column, Page 236 Lawyers have a unique heritage as public citizens.
Writing with Your Audience in Mind By Maureen B. Collins May 1999 Column, Page 285 Give your audience what it wants; first, though, figure out who your audience is.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath April 1999 Column, Page 186 Offer, acceptance, consideration, and criminal law.
Politically Correct Speech: A Call for Common Sense By Maureen B. Collins April 1999 Column, Page 223 When does a word mean what it means rather than what people hear it to mean?
Representing Workers Under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois Minimum Wage Law By Peter S. Rukin April 1999 Article, Page 208 A primer on these important worker protection laws.
An attorney discharged by his law firm employer has no remedy of an action for retaliatory discharge March 1999 Illinois Law Update, Page 130 On December 31, 1998, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court and circuit court, and answered a certified question by the circuit court, holding that a licensed attorney employed by a law firm cannot maintain a cause of action for retaliatory discharge.
Law Firm Marketing: Does Your Practice Mean Business? By Paul Sullivan March 1999 Column, Page 169 Attorneys are not above the laws of good marketing; ignore them at your peril.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie McGrath March 1999 Column, Page 126 The "Frye plus reliability'' standard.