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Practice HQ Resource: Six-Step Ransomware Defense

Posted on July 30, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Law firms often make easy targets for ransomware attacks.

The primary reason is that firms are late to the security game. Criminals target firms with ransomware because they have low security, very sensitive data, and will pay to keep it.

Quick Takes for Your Practice: How to Write an Enforceable Judgment Order

Posted on July 30, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Attorney Robert Markoff discusses how to write an enforceable judgment order.

CLE: Third Annual Abraham Lincoln's Legacy—Lessons for Today's Lawyers

Posted on July 29, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

In 1857, Abraham Lincoln was the defense attorney for Melissa Goings, who was charged with the murder of her husband, Roswell Goingsa 77-year-old man with a reputation for heavy drinking and spousal abuse. The abuse led to a tragic ending when, according to Melissa, Roswell tried to strangle her and she defended herself by striking him with a piece of firewood. Roswell died of the resulting skull fracture four days later. On the first day of trial, Lincoln conferred with Melissa during a break, but when court resumed, Melissa was nowhere to be foundand was never seen again in Metamora. When asked if he knew anything about her absence, Lincoln allegedly quipped that “she wanted to know where she could get a good drink of water and I told her there was mighty good water in Tennessee!” Don’t miss this full-day seminar from 8:45 a.m. until 4 p.m. Friday, Sept. 6 that examines the Melissa Goings case in the very courthouse where Lincoln was present.

Extending Your Digital Reach

Posted on July 29, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

In its August issue, the Illinois Bar Journal provides an extensive sneak preview of the ISBA's upcoming Solo & Small Firm Conference by providing lots of easy-to-apply tips on improving your digital marketing efforts. Read the article, “Extending Your Reach,” for getting more out of your website, social media, blogs, and overall internet presence.

Illinois Supreme Court Appoints Molina as At-Large Cook County Circuit Judge

Posted on July 25, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Teresa Molina has been appointed as an at-large Cook County circuit judge.

The appointment is effective July 24 and will conclude on Dec. 7, 2020, following the November 2020 general election.

ISBA Launches New Food Law Section

Posted on July 25, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA has created a new section council to address food law, an increasingly specialized practice area that shows signs of surging.

The practice of food law includes legal issues affecting agriculture and farmers, health and the environment, sustainability, intellectual property and licensing, the regulation of food trends and innovation, and laws and regulations protecting consumers, says Molly Wiltshire, a Chicago-based attorney who was instrumental in drafting a proposal to create the new section.

Spotlight on Pro Bono: Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII) Brings Collaborative Process to Modest Means Illinoisans

Posted on July 25, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

By Sandra Crawford, JD

In 2018, Illinois formally recognized the collaborative law model of dispute resolution with the enactment of legislation and the adoption of Supreme Court Rule – 750 ILSC 5/90 and Rule 294, respectively. The history of this model of limited scope representation or unbundled legal services starts back in 1990 in Minnesota. 

In 1990, a Minnesota litigator, Stu Webb, the “godfather” of the collaborative model, wrote in his journal, “what if I just announce on January 1, 1990, I will no longer take any cases to court?

ISBA Mutual Giving Circle

Posted on July 24, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA Mutual Insurance Company has partnered with the Illinois Bar Foundation to create the ISBA Mutual Giving Circle. This program allows ISBA Mutual policyholders to donate all or part of their dividend to support the mission of the IBF. For more information on joining the ISBA Mutual Giving Circle, contact the Illinois Bar Foundation at (312) 726-6072 or visit the IBF online.

Aurora Police Officer Receives Law Enforcement Award from Illinois State Bar Association

Posted on July 24, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Aurora Police Officer Douglas Rashkow received a Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) on July 23 during an Aurora City Council meeting. ISBA 3rd Vice President Rory Weiler presented the award.

The Law Enforcement Award recognizes sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system. 

Illinois Bar Foundation Distributes ‘Access to Justice' Grants to Illinois Legal Aid Nonprofits

Posted on July 23, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) has announced the recipients of its “Access to Justice” grants, which will be distributed to nonprofit legal aid organizations statewide.

The 2019 Illinois Bar Foundation grant recipients are as follows: