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Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program Seeks Project and Event Manager

Posted on August 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP) is seeking a project and event manager. 

Qualifications:

  • Masters, or JD preferred.
  • Proficient in Microsoft Excel, Microsoft PowerPoint, Outlook (mail merges).
  • Knowledge of management platforms (Eventbrite, MailChimp).

Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program Seeks Bookkeeper/Administrative Assistant

Posted on August 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP) is seeking a bookkeeper/administrative assistant position. 

This part-time position reports to the executive director and provides support to the organization and staff in an effort to advance the organization’s mission of providing assistance to the Illinois legal community in the areas of substance use and mental health impairment.  

ARDC Names New Public Information Officer

Posted on August 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), the administrative agency that regulates all licensed Illinois lawyers, has named Steven R. Splitt to serve as that organization’s next public information officer.

He will begin working in that capacity on Aug. 29.

California Temblors

Posted on August 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The State Bar of California is considering a proposal that would allow legal technicians to offer legal advice and nonlawyers to share fees with attorneys. Similar proposals have drawn criticism from Illinois State Bar Association leaders, who claim they would fundamentally shift the legal landscape.

 “It has been the consistent position of the Illinois State Bar Association that the practice of law is a privilege reserved for licensed lawyers,” said ISBA President David B. Sosin. “The sharing of fees with hedge funds, multi-national corporations, and nonlawyers has been a disaster in other countries. Most importantly, nothing in the California proposal, or similar proposals and plans, address the preeminent issue, which is the protection of the public.”

Quick Takes for Your Practice: How to Determine Venue in a Workers' Compensation Case

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Attorney Howard Ankin discusses how to determine venue in a workers’ compensation case.

CLE: Litigating in an E-World—E-Discovery, Forensics, and Open Source Intelligence in Research

Posted on August 13, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Join us online from 1 until 3:30 p.m. Tuesday, Sept. 17 for an intermediate to advanced look at how to use technology to find electronic discovery and produce electronically stored information for your next case.

Practice HQ Resource: Starting a Law Firm Checklist

Posted on August 12, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Starting a new law firm can be an incredibly exciting endeavor, but it can also be daunting to navigate the process and face the unknown.

After all, attorneys must consider everything from software to practice management to client services.

Cracking Open the Corporate Coffers

Posted on August 12, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Unclear Seventh Circuit precedent and conflicting district court opinions have left unresolved whether corporate financial information is discoverable in relation to a punitive-damages claim in federal court. In his August 2019 Illinois Bar Journal article, “Cracking Open the Corporate Coffers,” Thomas A. Drysdale, a chambers law clerk to the Hon. Eric I. Long of the Central District of Illinois, argues that corporate wealth is discoverable, analyzes its admissibility, and proposes a solution to resolve the tension between the relevancy and admissibility questions.

Illinois Department of Central Management Services Seeks Public Service Administrator

Posted on August 8, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Department of Central Management Services is seeking a public service administrator in Springfield.

Responsibilities of the position include performing technical and legal work in the areas of labor agreements and arbitration as a representative of the department; representing the state in arbitration hearings and before the Illinois Labor Relations Board; reviewing resolutions and disciplinary actions and recommending approval or denial; writing memoranda of law and legal opinions; researching issues pertaining to labor relations; representing the department regarding union petitions of classifications into the bargaining unit; and performing a variety of special projects as assigned.

Using Another State’s Laws to Your Advantage

Posted on August 5, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

It should go without saying that most attorneys will apply Illinois law to personal injury lawsuits filed in Illinois courts. But if you could rely on another state’s laws that favor your client on a substantive legal issue, why wouldn’t you? What if it would mean the difference between a multi-million-dollar verdict and a statutory cap on damages? Or, maintaining a valid cause of action versus facing a motion to dismiss for failure to state a claim? In his August 2019 Illinois Bar Journal article, “Using Another State’s Laws to Your Advantage,” civil litigation defense attorney Dustin Karrison examines how Illinois courts make choice-of-law determinations in personal injury cases when Illinois’ laws conflict with laws from another state.

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