The sting of IOLTA overdraft alertsBy Matthew HectorMarch 2015LawPulse, Page 14Since 2011, banks have been required to report IOLTA-account overdrafts to the Illinois ARDC. The resulting investigations often uncover bookkeeping mistakes that get lawyers into trouble.
The Ratings GameBy Janan HannaMarch 2014Article, Page 124Sites like Avvo that rate lawyers and encourage consumer reviews are evoking reaction positive and negative in the legal community – and posing interesting ethical challenges.
Implicit Bias in the CourtsBy Justice Michael B. HymanJanuary 2014Article, Page 40Implicit bias and stereotypes can affect the fairness of legal proceedings. It's important for lawyers and judges to examine unconscious attitudes and their hidden dangers.
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.
Ethics and Email Discussion GroupsBy Christina J. OlesonSeptember 2013Article, Page 464Email discussion groups let you get quick answers from fellow lawyers, but they pose ethical pitfalls. Here's how to avoid trouble.
Ethics and the Unsolicited EmailBy Charles J. NorthrupJuly 2013Column, Page 370You don't have to respond to unsolicited email, but there's a right way if you do.
AVVO launches controversial lawyer bidding serviceBy Adam W. LaskerFebruary 2013LawPulse, Page 66AVVO.com's new online service allowing lawyers to quote fees for prospective traffic-ticket clients sends the public the wrong message, ISBA-member critics complain.
Lincoln on the WallBy Hon. Ron SpearsFebruary 2013Column, Page 104Lincoln was an exemplary but not perfect lawyer - which makes his example all the more inspiring.
Ethics Hotspots in Client RelationsBy Bonnie BoothMay 2012Article, Page 244Returning phone calls, carefully defining your scope of representation - such client-friendly behavior isn't just good business practice, it can keep the ARDC from your door.
Ethics Puzzlers: Facebook, Fees, and MoreBy Peter L. Rotskoff and Melinda J. BentleyFebruary 2012Article, Page 84What if opposing counsel wins a continuance to go to a funeral but takes an island vacation instead (and posts photos on Facebook)? Ethics authorities explore these and other hypotheticals.
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.