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Illinois Bar Journal
Articles on Attorneys

Life, Lawyering, and the Bar By Robert K. Downs May 2006 Column, Page 220 We must continue to promote the ideals that drew us to the profession.
Throwing Stones at Cyclops By Hon. Ron Spears May 2006 Column, Page 260 Lawyers, who do battle with words, should strive to be warrior poets.
Mono-Mania: The Case Against “Multitasking” By Karen Erger April 2006 Column, Page 206 Doing too many things at once makes Jack or Jill a dimwitted lawyer.
Trial Lawyers’ Top Opinions of 2005 By Hon. James P. Flannery, Jr. March 2006 Article, Page 122 From pre-trial notice requirements to spoliation of evidence, 2005 produced an array of Illinois cases of special interest to the trial bar.
Attorney’s fees are not recoverable absent express statutory or contractual language February 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 68 On December 1, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, reversed the decision of the Circuit Court of Menard County, which held that a contract provision stipulating that the defendant management company would be responsible for "all collection costs" allowed recovery for attorney's fees.
Expectations in an Envelope By Karen Erger February 2006 Column, Page 96 So why do lawyers use those self-serving engagement letters? Oh, the many reasons.
Filing System Basics for Solo and Small-Firm Lawyers By Carl R. Draper February 2006 Article, Page 84 Is your filing system - paper and electronic - up to snuff?
Serving a Litigation Banquet By Hon. Ron Spears February 2006 Column, Page 92 Make sure your preparation and presentation are first rate for your juror guests.
Advertising legal services limited - Pa 09 -0659 January 2006 Illinois Law Update, Page 16 Effective January 1, 2006, the Illinois general Assembly amended the Attorney Act, 705 ILCS 205/1 et seq, by changing section 1. 
Bench-bar ombudsmen By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2006 Lawpulse, Page 10 Bar association programs are helping lawyers and judges resolve minor conflicts while they're still minor.
Judges’ Pet Peeves: Peevish Practitioners, Poor Preparation and More By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2006 Article, Page 20 From needless discovery squabbles and poor preparation among the bar to high-handedness on the bench, judges tell what bugs them.
Are You a “Rules Lawyer”? By Karen Erger December 2005 Column, Page 650 You'd better be. Test your knowledge of the Rules of Professional Conduct and stay on the ARDC's good side.
Legal malpractice claims are not valid unless plaintiff suffered actual monetary damages December 2005 Illinois Law Update, Page 622 On September 22, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District.
MCLE: Ready or Not, Here it Comes By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2005 Article, Page 626 A lawyer's-eye view of the new MCLE rules.
Correspondence from Our Readers November 2005 Column, Page 554 Poor lawyer image - incivility not the culprit? Mediator as peacemaker.
Get ready for MCLE By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2005 Lawpulse, Page 558 Did you know that programs offered as early as January 2006 can be counted toward the MCLE requirement? Here are highlights of the new rules.
Preaching to the Converted By Robert K. Downs November 2005 Column, Page 556 Solo and small firm lawyers are in touch with the core values of the profession.
Putting Your Firm on the Web By Mary Katherine Danna November 2005 Article, Page 572 Should you build a Web site? Buy a listing in an online directory? Here's an introduction to Web-based marketing.
(Unrepresented) buyer (and seller, and opposing lawyer) beware By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2005 Lawpulse, Page 558 What do you do when the other side in a real-estate transaction doesn't have a lawyer? ISBA members offer pointers.
Rebuilding Our Credibility by Restoring Our Professionalism By Robert K. Downs October 2005 Column, Page 496 Let's improve our public image by promoting civility and punishing misconduct.
Teach Your Newbies Well By Karen Erger October 2005 Column, Page 542 You teach by example – is your example worth emulating?  
The Truth About Going Solo By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2005 Article, Page 510 Three ISBA members speak from experience about the joys and challenges of solo practice.
A Chat with the Chief By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2005 Article, Page 450 New Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas shares his views on civility, mandatory CLE, and more.
Circular logic By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2005 Lawpulse, Page 382 Revised IRS Circular 230 requires lawyers and others who offer tax advice to take extra care and additional steps. Some lawyers think it goes too far.
Handling High-Maintenance Clients By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2005 Article, Page 398 Angry clients, irrational clients, obsessive clients – how do you handle them? ISBA lawyers share their strategies.
More than the Blues By Karen Erger August 2005 Column, Page 422 Know a lawyer who suffers from depression? Here's how to help.  
Illinois law practices: removing the “not for sale” sign By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2005 Lawpulse, Page 330 The Illinois Supreme Court adopts a rule – long sought by ISBA – allowing lawyers to sell their practices.
New reg requires law firms to “properly dispose” of consumer info By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2005 Lawpulse, Page 330 Effective June 1, a Federal Trade Commission regulation requires businesses – including law firms – to destroy sensitive information derived from consumer credit reports.
The supreme court latest UPL case: a mixed blessing By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2005 Lawpulse, Page 274 The supreme court allows nonlawyer lenders to charge for preparing mortgages but reaffirms that drafting and filling out real estate documents is the practice of law.
Losing streak By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2005 Lawpulse, Page 226 Compulsive gambling is like other pathological behavior that leads lawyers astray, with a big difference – it's not treated as a mitigating factor by the ARDC.