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CLE: Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

You negotiate every day. In fact, your ability to effectively negotiate may be the most critical skill you possess, yet most negotiate instinctively or intuitively. Don’t miss this Master Series seminar on June 7 in Chicago or via live webcast that trains you to approach negotiations with a strategic mindset, allowing you to become a more effective lawyer. And make no mistake—no matter how much you’ve negotiated, you can still learn. Adding that one new tactic may be the difference between winning and walking away empty-handed. Topics include: the golden rules of negotiation; gaining leverage with alternatives; using objective criteria and timing to your advantage; techniques for gathering information; generating creative solutions; dealing with “negotiation games”; and ethical considerations.

Spotlight on Pro Bono: The Public Interest Law Initiative’s Statewide Pro Bono Programs

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Spotlight on Pro Bono: The Public Interest Law Initiative’s Statewide Pro Bono Programs

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) is a nonprofit organization based in Chicago, with offices in Peoria and Champaign. PILI’s mission is to engage, inspire, and empower those advancing equal access to justice. PILI envisions making equal access to justice a reality through a legal community with a deeply rooted culture of service, where pro bono and public interest law engagement is optimized to best serve people, families, and communities in need. 

Enter to Win a Free Business Portrait

Posted on May 13, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA is once again offering one day of free business portrait sittings for a limited number of members on May 24 in Chicago.

You can enter to win a free sitting by completing the online form by 4:30 p.m. on May 16. 

Winners will be assigned a five-minute photo session. Post-session, winners will receive a high-resolution, downloadable copy of their business portrait.

Branching Out

Posted on May 13, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

A survey of more than 40,000 people in 22 countries conducted jointly by the University of Southern California, the London Business School, and PwC (PricewaterhouseCoopers) found that 80 percent of millennials and members of Generation X prefer face-to-face meetings with colleagues. Also, 80 percent said in-person interactions, more than any other individual form of communication, are critically important to maintaining relationships and 96 percent preferred face-to-face meetings with their supervisors regarding professional growth. In “Branching Out,” the cover story for the May 2019 Illinois Bar Journal, we note that while traditional face-to-face interactions at bar association events (e.g., golf outings) remain part of the culture, social media and online interactions have become increasingly important and have altered expectations and preferences for networking in general. Granted that networking preferences may differ across generations, the IBJ asks whether meaningfully connecting with colleagues in person remains a high priority for attorneys of all ages.

Enter the Practice HQ Scavenger Hunt

Posted on May 13, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

As part of May Member Appreciation Month, the ISBA for the first time is offering a Practice HQ Scavenger Hunt for a chance to win exciting prizes.

Practice HQ is the ISBA’s one-stop microsite for practice management and technology information. Organized by the life cycle of a law practice, Practice HQ provides free resources related to starting a firm, building it, managing it, protecting it, and winding it down.

May 2019 Bar Admission Ceremony Highlights

Posted on May 9, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Illinois Supreme Court justices welcomed 335 new attorneys to the legal profession on May 9 during admissions ceremonies held at four different locations across the state. 

ISBA staff members were in attendance at all five ceremonies to welcome the state's newest attorneys to the profession, take photos, and talk about the benefits of ISBA membership, which is free for one year for new admittees. Member benefits can be activated by filling out the New Admittee Membership Form

All of those who were sworn in have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. They bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 96,300.

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