Well GroundedBy Ed FinkelDecember 2016Article, Page 20Lloyd A. Karmeier grew up on a southern Illinois dairy farm and was the first in his family to practice law. A few weeks ago, he completed the journey from one-room schoolhouse to Illinois Supreme Court chief justice.
Are You Getting File Retention Right?By Ed FinkelNovember 2016Article, Page 22Ethics rules and opinions provide a (mostly) clear picture of file retention best practices if you read them carefully. But cheap electronic storage is making discarding files a thing of the past.
Top BillingBy Ed FinkelOctober 2016Article, Page 22Law firm billing is full of economic, ethical, and legal stumbling blocks for those who aren't systematic and conscientious about it - and opportunities for those who are, according to practitioners and billing consultants.
The Lowdown on Law Firm TransfersBy Ed FinkelSeptember 2016Article, Page 22The market for law firms is still maturing several years after transferring a practice became legal in Illinois. A recent buyer discusses the legal, financial, and ethical considerations.
Mapping the Relentlessly Efficient Law FirmBy Ed FinkelAugust 2016Article, Page 22In today's competitive legal market, relentlessly efficient firms will succeed where others fail. And the proponents of "process mapping" insist that's just as true for solos as for megafirms.
Stepping to Center CourtBy Ed FinkelJuly 2016Article, Page 22Joliet and Wheaton trial lawyer Vincent F. Cornelius, the first African American to lead the ISBA, will focus his year on new lawyers, diversity and inclusion, and high-quality CLE for small-firm lawyers.
Preventive RegulationBy Ed FinkelJune 2016Article, Page 22Illinois attorney regulators are taking a hard look at "proactive management-based regulation," which would encourage - and perhaps someday require - lawyers to put systems in place that help prevent ethical missteps before they happen.
The Perils of Witness PrepBy Ed FinkelMay 2016Article, Page 20Lawyers owe it to clients to thoroughly prepare witnesses to testify. On the other hand, they have a duty not to present false evidence. Here are best practices for ethical-yet-effective witness preparation.
Mandatory E-Filing Is ComingBy Ed FinkelMarch 2016Article, Page 30Effective January 1, 2018, electronic filing will be mandatory in all 102 counties in Illinois. How will it work? Attorneys and judges share their hopes and concerns.
Lincoln and Herndon 2016By Ed FinkelFebruary 2016Article, Page 22If Abraham Lincoln were practicing today, what management techniques and tech tools should he use? LPM experts offer advice.
Supercharged Social Media MarketingBy Ed FinkelJanuary 2016Article, Page 24Are you using Google Plus? Blogging? Using video? Describing yourself consistently across social media and the web? Find out what social media power users are doing to market their practices.
Limited Scope Representation: Tales from the TrenchesBy Ed FinkelDecember 2015Article, Page 24The limited scope rules have been in place for a few years now, and savvy, forward-thinking lawyers are using them to serve clients who would otherwise be lost to online document services.
Creating a Client-Centered PracticeBy Ed FinkelNovember 2015Article, Page 26In a tough legal marketplace, putting clients first and providing excellent service is a must. It starts with putting yourself in the client's place.
Keeping the Road Safe and the Law SaneBy Ed FinkelOctober 2015Article, Page 24The ISBA Traffic Law Section had one of its best years ever this legislative session, helping advance laws that remove harsh and counterproductive DUI restrictions while keeping (and sometimes boosting) appropriate punishments.
The ABCs of LLLTsBy Ed FinkelSeptember 2015Article, Page 20Proponents say limited license legal technicians provide legal representation to people who couldn't otherwise afford it. Critics argue they'll compete with underemployed lawyers and lower the quality of legal services.
Making the AskBy Ed FinkelAugust 2015Article, Page 20What can female attorneys - and firms that want to hire and keep them - do to ensure that their compensation and opportunities keep pace with their talent and commitment?
An Immigrant’s TaleBy Ed FinkelJuly 2015Article, Page 22ISBA President Umberto Davi arrived as a 14-year-old from Sicily and rose to success in law and life.
The Two Faces of EavesdroppingBy Ed FinkelJune 2015Article, Page 20The new Illinois eavesdropping law makes it easier to record police in public settings - but it also gives police more power to eavesdrop on citizens' conversations.
Client Confidentiality in the Digital AgeBy Ed FinkelMay 2015Article, Page 20The pathways for breaching client confidentiality - whether due to simple carelessness or inadequate security - continue to multiply as technology advances.
Estate Planners Adopt and Adapt the New HCPOA FormBy Ed FinkelApril 2015Article, Page 20Illinois has a new, plain-language statutory health care power of attorney, and lawyers are getting used to it – and, in some cases, tweaking it to suit their practices.
Plan to GrowBy Ed FinkelMarch 2015Article, Page 24Lawyers and practice advisers explain the importance of strategic planning to long-term success.
Feeling Secure in the CloudBy Ed FinkelJanuary 2015Article, Page 20You're probably already using the Internet to access remote servers - aka cloud computing - whether you know it or not. And you should be. But make sure you understand the risks.
The Rise of the Freelance LawyerBy Ed FinkelDecember 2014Article, Page 576More solos and small-firm lawyers are hiring stay-at-home moms and others on a project-by-project basis as the need arises. The lawyers they hire are trading full-time employment for freedom.
Alternative Billing Comes to Main StreetBy Ed FinkelOctober 2014Article, Page 476Firms that serve corporate clients are no strangers to non-hourly billing strategies. But other attorneys are finding that consumer-friendly pricing can be lawyer-friendly as well.
Make Your Personal Style Work for YouBy Ed FinkelAugust 2014Article, Page 380Afraid you're too shy to get up and do what needs to be done to market your practice? Fear not. Good marketing is more about listening than talking.
A Practice-Focused PresidencyBy Ed FinkelJuly 2014Article, Page 324Promoting civics education, reshaping ISBA's solo and small firm conference, and helping debt burdened law students and new admittees tops new ISBA President Rick Felice's agenda.
Building Your Case with Social Media EvidenceBy Ed FinkelJune 2014Article, Page 276Can you get the other side's damaging Facebook posts into evidence? How do you make sure they don't vanish? Here's a look at emerging principles and best practices.
Medical Marijuana Comes to IllinoisBy Ed FinkelApril 2014Article, Page 172What will the Medical Cannabis Act mean for patients? For employers? Others? Prepare to advise clients about what some are calling the most restrictive medical marijuana law in the country.