Publications

Section Newsletter Articles on Professionalism

Ten rules for being human while practicing law By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, May 2013 10 guidelines worth remembering.
Professionalism on tap on April 18 By Hon. Michael J. Chmiel Bench and Bar, March 2013 On April 18, 2013, the Bench and Bar Section of the Illinois State Bar Association will provide members of the Illinois bar with a unique opportunity to obtain the six hours of professionalism credit they need through Civility and Professionalism in 2013.
Professionalism: The spirit of the 17th Judicial Circuit By Jayne Reardon Bench and Bar, January 2013 The American Bar Association’s Committee on Professionalism awarded the 17th Judicial Circuit the prestigious Gambrell Professionalism Award at the ABA’s 2012 Annual Meeting.
Don’t! By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Government Lawyers, October 2012 Author and Judge Michael Hyman provides his list of DOs and DONTs that apply equally to proceedings in court and everyday life at the office.
Don’t! By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, September 2012 Author and Judge Michael Hyman provides his list of DOs and DONTs that apply equally to proceedings in court and everyday life at the office.
Chair’s column: Developing “practice-ready” lawyers By Timothy J. Storm General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, October 2011 Section Chair Timothy Storm poses the questions, Are new law graduates 'practice ready'? Who is responsible for assuring that they are? and Should established lawyers care?
Editor’s column: Developing “practice-ready” lawyers By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, October 2011 Newsletter Editor John Phipps shares his thoughts in response to the Chair's column.
Letter to the Editor By Bob Markoff International and Immigration Law, August 2010 A call for "attorney pride."
Carrying on Lincoln’s legacy: Lawyers who are making a difference today Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 Four distinguished Illinois attorneys shared their stories as part of the ISBA’s Midyear Meeting program, “Lincoln’s Legacy: Lawyers Protecting Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.”
Letter to the Editor By Bob Markoff Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, June 2010 A call for "attorney pride."
Lessons from a life in the law By Hon. Warren D. Wolfson Bench and Bar, December 2009 Editor’s note: Judge Wolfson gave this talk as he accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jewish Judges Association at its annual dinner on November 15, 2009. Justice Anne Burke received the Association’s Seymour Simon Justice Award.
Guard your reputation By Jamie L. Bas Young Lawyers Division, October 2009  A lawyer’s word, contrary to numerous bad lawyer jokes, is one of his most valuable assets.
The DOs and DON’Ts on how to treat your law clerk By Crystal Sava Women and the Law, September 2009 The author has created a short, practical list of the DOs and DON’Ts on how a law clerk should be treated.
Win with civility By Sandra Blake Women and the Law, September 2009 In 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court established the Illinois Commission on Professionalism, making Illinois one of only 14 states that have a formal body working to promote professionalism and civility.
Editor’s column: Being a lawyer means something By John T. Phipps General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, March 2009 Lincoln-the-Lawyer is still the model for Illinois lawyers to aspire to. Lincoln is ranked as one of the U.S.’ best presidents, but his Illinois legal career is no less exceptional.
Professional service as an in-house attorney By Peter S. Trotter Corporate Law Departments, July 2008 Professionalism and civility are considered to be important characteristics of an attorney. In order for in-house counsel to act with professionalism and civility in the performance of their duties, certain challenges and special circumstances must be addressed.
Lawyers as peacemakers—An opportunity to learn and explore By Sandra Crawford Women and the Law, March 2008 Are you a warrior? Are you a peacemaker? Or, are you something other? Through answering these threshold questions we may be able to open broader dialogues which will lead us to answering the ultimate question of “what’s the better public image for our profession?”
Two Slices from Life By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, February 2008 Recently, my father gave me a thin volume of poetry published in 1935 that belonged to my grandfather, a lawyer, law professor and referee in bankruptcy.
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and its mission By Cheryl Niro Diversity Leadership Council, June 2007 The Illinois Supreme Court took a dramatic step forward by creating the Commission on Professionalism.
Chair’s column By Laura Kern Family Law, December 2003 If we speak, act and talk with pride of our profession, it follows that our actions with our clients will reflect we, as Family Law practitioners, have earned and deserve the respect of the public and the Bar.
Civility in daily life: Give ‘em the finger By Michael W. Raridon Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, December 2003 I was driving back to my office, loudly grooving on my Three Dog Night's Greatest Hits CD, when this guy in a pickup truck gave me the finger.
Gossip: The good, the bad, and the ugly By Gloria Petersen Young Lawyers Division, August 2003 Physical wounds heal; damaging information can last a lifetime.
Unity and integrity in the workplace By Gloria Petersen Young Lawyers Division, June 2003 Your reputation is the essence of you and should be guarded as your most precious commodity.
People do notice: Professional passing By Terrence M. Madsen General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, December 2002 I recently attended the funeral of a former circuit clerk in a small rural county. This clerk had, as often is the case, served actively in his political party and had even once managed a campaign of a now-retired circuit judge.