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Newsletter articles from 2014

16th Annual ISBA YLD Holiday Party February 2014 A big thank you to everyone who helped make this event a success!
The 2014 Young Lawyer of the Year and Public Service Awards February 2014 Know someone who does great work? Nominate them now for one of these two prestigious ISBA awards!
7th Annual YLD Bean Bag Tournament March 8 February 2014 Save the date for this fun annual fundraiser!
Ace your case: An overview of the rules governing mandatory arbitrations By Amy Kelly August 2014 In many ways, arbitration hearings are a dress rehearsal for trial and a great way for young lawyers to gain experience.
Advice from the bench By Christina N. Malecki June 2014 Some tips and advice from current judges from different counties throughout the State of Illinois to help newly admitted attorneys prepare for their courtroom appearances.
‘Be yourself’ is lousy advice By Tania Richard August 2014 We all play roles in life. The ability to know when to play a role and what role to play is a skill that enhances any interview and work relationship
Career development and job security: Making yourself an asset to your firm as a new lawyer By Lisa M. Giese April 2014 Some suggestions on how to distinguish yourself from the masses and advance your legal career.
Challenges facing cognitively impaired lawyers and their co-workers By Stephanie Tang August 2014 A look at the ethical guidelines presented by the ABA Model Rules and Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, the structure and standards of a legal malpractice claim, and a discussion of what other states have done to reduce exposure to malpractice risk.
Differentiating yourself in the legal marketplace: An alternative to “traditional” law school courses By Stephanie Tang June 2014 The University of Illinois College of Law introduced its “Fundamentals of Legal Practice” Program earlier this year to supplement the traditional legal courses students took in an effort to help them understand the issues important to hiring attorneys.
Estate planning of the rich and famous By Timothy Rtchey February 2014 A reminder that even young attorneys should have their estate planning documents in place.
Ethical considerations to run for judge By Jennifer A. Haase February 2014 A look at the process of running for election.
Five reasons to get involved with the ISBA YLD By Brion Doherty October 2014 Becoming involved with the YLD has its benefits!
Five things I wish I’d known as a first-year law student By Maria K. Sarantakis February 2014 Some tips for law students.
From the Chair By Christopher Niro October 2014 A message from YLD Chair Christopher Niro.
From the Chair By Christopher Niro August 2014 A message from YLD Chair Christopher Niro.
From the Chair By Jean A. Kenol June 2014 A final message from Outgoing Chair Jean Kenol.
From the Chair By Jean A. Kenol April 2014 As I write this article and reflect on this YLD year, I am so proud or what we have been able to accomplish so far and amazed at how quickly it is winding down. Last month we concluded our final installment of our Professional Development Series. We had three distinguished speakers discussing their journey of taking a non-traditional path in their legal careers.
From the Chair By Jean A. Kenol February 2014 A message from YLD Chair Jean Kenol.
Getting your financial house in order: Five financial tips for new lawyers By Priscilla Singer April 2014 The author recommends ways for new lawyers to manage debt and make the transition into the working world.
Illinois State Bar Association’s YLD Day at the Races 2014! By Anna P. Krolikowska October 2014 A big thank you to all our sponsors and participants, who helped make this year's event a great success!
The importance of being able to sometimes say, “I don’t know” By Tania Richard October 2014 In a competitive field, admitting you don't have the answer can be perceived as a sign of weakness. But in reality, being honest and willing to find the answer is actually a sign of strength.
The inside scoop on dep prep to get you through your first deposition By Karoline Carstens August 2014 The author shares a few guidelines to consider when preparing for a deposition.
Interview with Arden K. Miner, President and Chief Executive Officer of ATG LegalServe By Kathy H. Xie February 2014 Learn more about Ms. Miner and the journey that has led her to her current position.
Is law school worth the investment? By Marie K. Sarantakis August 2014 Is it worth going to law school when the degree no longer guarantees a job in the current market?
ISBA unveils exciting new Member Directory! August 2014 Make sure the other members of the ISBA know what sets you apart and can find you easily by activating your member directory profile today.
Knowing your judge – Behind the black robe By Bradford L. Bennett April 2014 Becoming familiar with the specific courtroom procedure, the judge, and his or her staff is how young attorneys can become more effective and efficient in their practice.
Mark your calendars now for the 17th Annual Holiday Party! New location; same great cause! October 2014 Mark your calendar now for this important and fun annual fundraiser!
The new emphasis on basis in estate planning By George L. Schoenbeck June 2014 Since the passage of the American Taxpayer Relief Act of 2012 in early 2013, the vast majority of well-structured estate plans balance estate tax considerations, where relevant, with long-term income tax minimization goals and a variety of other estate planning considerations.
Participate to grow your business By Joshua Herman June 2014 How becoming involved in a local bar association, the ISBA, or a community organization can help you successfully grow your business as a young lawyer.
Regulation of legal education set to undergo paradigm shift By Daniel Thies June 2014 Various entities have called for reform regarding the way law school is funded, including most recently the ABA’s newly appointed Presidential Task Force on the Financing of Legal Education.