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Newsletter articles from 2013

15th Annual ISBA YLD Holiday Party a success By Sarah Toney February 2013 Every year the Young Lawyers Division kicks off the holiday season with a not-to-be-missed fundraiser, and this year was no exception.
16th Annual ISBA YLD Holiday Party December 2013 Make sure to attend this important (and fun) fundraiser!
Adding value to your firm By Bryan J. Wilson June 2013 Some suggestions to help you become an integral part of your firm.
Bean Bag Tournament a fun time for all By Marron Mahoney June 2013 This year's Tournament drew more than 30 teams for competition.
Board of Governors accepts Law School Debt Report—Assembly to consider in June By John E. Thies April 2013 One of the ISBA’s top priorities this year concerns the problems newer lawyers are facing with their law school-related debt.
Book Review: Defending Jacob by William Landay By Jessica Durkin October 2013 The reviewer contends the twist-filled conclusion, professional ethical dilemmas, and the “murder gene” debate could ignite several lively book club discussions.
Character and fitness: Why young lawyers need to dedicate time to improving their physical health By Christopher Niro August 2013 The author advocates exercise and personal health as a way to actually improve your work and productivity.
Client first aid: Look, listen, and feel By Katherine A. Chamberlain October 2013 The author shares her own system for client intake and management.
Day at the Races—Consistently a great event By George L. Schoenbeck October 2013 A recap of this popular event, which took place on September 7th.
Do law students need a business card? By Marie K. Sarantakis October 2013 Some say it’s tacky, unnecessary, impractical and environmentally unfriendly—The author says it’s essential.
Does the American Taxpayer Relief Act eliminate the need for credit shelter trusts? By George L. Schoenbeck February 2013 Although it serves as a welcome addition to the Internal Revenue Code that will be of some use to estate planners, portability fails to address many of the issues handled by revocable credit shelter trusts.
Every will needs a paragraph allowing for a supplemental needs trust By Carl M. Webber and J. Amber Drew April 2013 A will should include a paragraph that allows the Executor to set up Supplemental Needs Trusts, if, at the time of the death of the testator, any beneficiaries qualify under the Social Security Administration’s definition of “disabled.”
Five simple rules to protect your reputation as a law student By Marie K. Sarantakis August 2013 The legal community, while expansive, is particularly close-knit. The people sitting next to you in class, attorneys you meet at events, and judges you appear before on the bench are all people that you will run into again and again throughout your career.
Flexible volunteer opportunity available to law students By Marie K. Sarantakis August 2013 Illinois Legal Aid Online makes it possible for those with busy schedules to volunteer by setting their own hours while working from home.
From the Chair By Jean A. Kenol December 2013 A message from YLD Chair Jean Kenol.
From the Chair By Jean A. Kenol October 2013 A message from YLD Chair Jean A. Kenol.
From the Chair By Jean A. Kenol August 2013 A message from YLD Chair Jean Kenol. 
From the Chair By Meghan O’Brien June 2013 The final column from out-going Chair Meghan O'Brien.
From the Chair By Meghan O’Brien February 2013 A message from YLD Chair Meghan O'Brien.
Good advice on being a lawyer—From someone else By Brion Doherty December 2013 The author passes along advice he's received from other people over the years.
An introduction to probate estates By Priscilla Singer June 2013 A primer for those who have yet to open a probate estate.
ISBA YLD grants provide assistance for children in need By Michael G. Bergmann and Leighanne Root December 2013 The ISBA YLD Children’s Assistance Fund, in concert with the Illinois Bar Foundation, seeks to provide grants to organizations across the state related to children and law.
ISBA/YLD PILI Internship Award recipient reflects on 2012 summer PILI Internship By Meryl Prochaska February 2013 During the summer of 2012, the author had the opportunity to serve as a Public Interest Law Initiative intern with the Chicago Medical-Legal Partnership for Children at Health and Disability Advocates.
Mark your calendars now! October 2013 Be sure to save the date for this year's Annual YLD Holiday Party, to be held on Friday, December 6, 2013.
Mark your calendars now! August 2013 Be sure to save the date for this year's Annual YLD Holiday Party, to be held on Friday, December 6, 2013.
More things you never learned in law school By Bradford L. Bennett April 2013 The following are some suggestions a new attorney may find helpful that are not unique to any particular area of law, but those that the author wishes he had known before starting his career.
New Supreme Court Rule on juror questions presents opportunities for trial lawyers By Daniel Thies April 2013 Juror questions are likely to become a standard part of the jury trial of the future. Every trial lawyer should be ready to take advantage of this unique window into the jury’s thought process.
Newsflash—Immigration legislation & caselaw update webinar October 2013 Mark your calendar now for this insightful program to be held on November 5, 2013!
An overview of the Federal CJA Panel By Anthony A. Bruno April 2013 Membership in the CJA panel could make you a better lawyer. Not only is it a great opportunity to meet a whole new courthouse of judges, clerks, probation officers and others, but it is an opportunity to practice an entirely separate system of law.
Photos August 2013 Put faces to names with these pictures of the YLD Section Council.