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Quick Take on Illinois Supreme Court Opinion Issued Thursday, April 4

Posted on April 4, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down one opinion on Thursday, April 4. In Piccioli v. The Board of Trustees of the Teachers’ Retirement System et al., the court ruled that a union lobbyist qualified for a public pension under a repealed law by spending one day as a substitute teacher.

Piccioli v. The Board of Trustees of the Teachers’ Retirement System et al.

By Michael T. Reagan, Law Offices of Michael T. Reagan

ISBA Presents The Bar News

Posted on April 4, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA is excited to announce the rebranding of our website blog, which will now be called The Bar News. Formerly known as Illinois Lawyer Now, the blog will continue to provide members with ISBA updates, photo galleries, ARDC rulings, breaking legal news, CLE offerings, member benefits, and more.

Lawyer Referral Service Makes More than 800 Referrals in March

Posted on April 4, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of March 2019 there were more than 800 referrals given.

Here are the results for March 2019:

Best Practice Tips: Valuing a Personal Injury Law Practice

Posted on April 3, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Asked and Answered 

By John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

Q. I am the owner of a three-attorney personal injury practice in Columbia, South Carolina, and I am contemplating retiring in seven years. I have an associate on board to whom I would like to sell my practice during the next seven years. How do I go about valuing my practice and determining how much I should ask for?

A. A few of the various methods used solely or in combination with other methods for valuing a law firm include:

CLE: Competence, Excellence, and Diversity in the Illinois Real Estate Practice 2019

Posted on April 3, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Competence, excellence, and diversity are not pejorative terms or concepts. Illinois lawyers practicing in the 21st century need to know how to communicate with a new generation of clients, lawyers, colleagues, and associates, while maintaining relevancy in the practice. Real estate attorneys and general practitioners with basic to intermediate practice experience who attend this full-day seminar on April 24 in Naperville will better understand: how to start or expand your practice to include residential or commercial real estate; how to work effectively with a broad scope of clients and staff; how to create a diverse and inclusive law firm; how to protect your client from future litigation; how to recognize and refer a colleague in need; and the essentials of both commercial and residential real estate practices.

New and Upgraded Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation

Posted on April 1, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation thank our latest new and upgraded Fellows for their commitment to supporting the mission of the Illinois Bar Foundation. Funds from the Fellows program make a direct impact on the lives of those in need, including our colleagues and their families during times of crisis and those who cannot otherwise afford legal representation. Fellows’ pledges are payable over 10 years and start at just $100 per year, or less than $9 per month. 

Illinois Supreme Court Amends Rule 274

Posted on April 1, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court on March 29 announced the amendment of Rule 274that pertains to multiple final orders and postjudgment motions.

The amended rule states: “A party may make only one postjudgment motion directed at a judgment order that is otherwise final and appealable. The motion must be filed either within 30 days of that judgment order or within the time allowed by any extensions.” (New language bolded.)

Two Cook County Circuit Court Judicial Vacancies Announced

Posted on April 1, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Applications are now being accepted for judicial vacancies in the Tenth and Eighth Subcircuits of Cook County, according to an announcement made by the Illinois Supreme Court.

The vacancy of the Tenth Subcircuit judicial position was created by the retirement of Judge Thomas Allen. The vacancy of the Eighth Subcircuit judicial position was created by the retirement of Judge John Fleming.

CLE: Make Every Day Law Day—Family Law Basics

Posted on March 28, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

You’ve been there: You mention you’re an attorney to a new acquaintance and suddenly you’re peppered with child custody and visitation questions. Don’t miss this live webinar on April 18 that’s designed to give attorneys who don’t practice in the family law arena a primer on parental responsibilities, parenting time, and child support. Learn the basics of family law and get a toolbox of go-to resources for help. Discover how you can put your newfound knowledge to immediate use—and for the greater good of the public—with pro bono opportunities.