Social media and legal ethicsBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2009Lawpulse, Page 438May an Illinois lawyer list his or her "Specialties" on LinkedIn without running afoul of Illinois RPC 7.4?
Tech tools for solosBy Helen W. GunnarssonSeptember 2009Lawpulse, Page 438Every sole practitioner needs a smart phone, a laptop, a scanner, and a good backup system. Here's why.
Are you ready for the Red Flags Rule?By Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2009Lawpulse, Page 386The FTC's Red Flags Rule, effective August 1, requires lawyers to develop an identity theft prevention program to help protect clients. Are you in compliance?
Coming January 1: New Rules of Professional ConductBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2009Lawpulse, Page 386Among other things, the new rules clarify that flat fees do not constitute frowned-upon "advance payment retainers," which is good news for most lawyers.
Handling sartorial emergenciesBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2009Lawpulse, Page 386You show up for work dressed in business casual and discover you've miscalendared a hearing for the day. What do you do?
Memory MasteryBy Helen W. GunnarssonAugust 2009Lawpulse, Page 386A presenter at the upcoming ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference helps lawyers improve their memories and thereby enhance their practices.
CTA notice requirement eliminatedBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009Lawpulse, Page 330Plaintiff’s lawyers are cheering the removal of a notice requirement they say functioned “as a shield against unsuspecting plaintiffs” with legitimate claims against the CTA.
How to represent juvenilesBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009Lawpulse, Page 330Representing a juvenile in a delinquency proceeding means walking “a fine line between defender and ‘best-interest advocate,’” an ISBA author observes.
Illinois’ new will repository lawBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009Lawpulse, Page 330Legislation headed to the governor will give lawyers a place to deposit wills for long-lost clients.
Juveniles can be required to register as sex offendersBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009Lawpulse, Page 330The supreme court held that registration is not punishment and that juveniles can be required to register even though they aren’t entitled to a jury trial on the charges.
New open government legislationBy Helen W. GunnarssonJuly 2009Lawpulse, Page 330A bill awaiting the governor’s signature would make the promise of open records real for more people, supporters say.
Making evidence meaningfulBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2009Lawpulse, Page 278A veteran lawyer and trial judge tells litigators how to present evidence in a way that engages and wins over jurors.
Sexual harassment and the chain of commandBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2009Lawpulse, Page 278Under state law, employers are liable for sexual harassment by supervisors whether or not the employer knew about it and even though the employee-victim doesn't work under the supervisor.
Social networking 1.0By Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2009Lawpulse, Page 278Despite the newfangled options, blogs and e-mail discussion groups are still excellent ways to connect with other lawyers.
Victory for defendants in asbestos caseBy Helen W. GunnarssonJune 2009Lawpulse, Page 278The Illinois Supreme Court allows defendants in asbestos cases to introduce evidence that someone else's negligence was the sole proximate cause of a plaintiff's injuries.
Making a Graceful ExitBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2009Lawpulse, Page 220Remember, the Former Employer From Hell still holds the power of a reference.
No right to expungement for pardon recipientsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2009Lawpulse, Page 220Just because the the governor pardons you doesn't mean you're entitled to have your conviction expunged, the illinois Supreme Court held.
“Rape Shield” for Civil LawsuitsBy Helen W. GunnarssonMay 2009Lawpulse, Page 220An Illinois House bill would extend the prohibition against admitting evidence of an alleged victim's sexual history to sexual harassment charges.
Court’s failure to grant continuance plain errorBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2009Lawpulse, Page 116The high court rules that a judge’s failure to grant defense counsel’s request for a continuance in a murder trial was plain error requiring a new trial.
Creative ways to fend off foreclosureBy Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2009Lawpulse, Page 116Two lawyers think outside the box to help clients hang on to their homes, one by negotiating with lenders, the other by leveraging the power of Chapter 13.
Did Pat Fitzgerald say too much?By Helen W. GunnarssonMarch 2009Lawpulse, Page 116Lawyers disagree about whether prosecutor Fitzgerald crossed the line when he said Rod Blagojevich’s conduct “would make Lincoln roll over in his grave.”