Illinois Bar Journal

Articles From Ed Finkel

8 Things Killing Your Firm

By Ed Finkel
November
2019
Cover Story
Page 22
Defeating unproductive work habits one tweak at a time.

Order in the Court

By Ed Finkel
November
2019
LawPulse
Page 10
The Illinois Judicial Conference outlines its first-ever formal strategic plan, including goals, strategies, a mission statement, vision, and set of core values.

A Path to Leadership

By Ed Finkel
September
2019
Cover Story
Page 20
New ISBA Leadership Academy will train the next generation of attorneys.

Extending Your Digital Reach

By Ed Finkel
August
2019
Cover Story
Page 28
Marketing your firm and establishing your online presence. A sneak preview of the ISBA’s 2019 Solo & Small Firm Conference.

Boundless Energy

By Ed Finkel
July
2019
Cover Story
Page 22
Meet new ISBA President David Sosin, if you can keep up with him.

Practice Checkup

By Ed Finkel
June
2019
Cover Story
Page 22
How lean and clean is your business routine?

Branching Out

By Ed Finkel
May
2019
Cover Story
Page 22
Some people love to network; others, not so much. But connecting face-to-face has never been more important.

Defusing the Courtroom

By Ed Finkel
April
2019
Cover Story
Page 22
We asked judges whether we're all doing enough to keep calm.

Manage Your Time, or It Will Manage You

By Ed Finkel
March
2019
Cover Story
Page 26
Why do lawyers struggle with getting things done?

18 Quick and Easy Tech Tips for 2019

By Ed Finkel
February
2019
Cover Story
Page 20
A sneak preview of Affinity Consulting partner Barron Henley's ISBA Free On-Demand CLE program, "60 Legal Tech Tips, Tricks, Gadgets, and Websites in 60 Minutes."

Gear Up

By Ed Finkel
January
2019
Cover Story
Page 20
A Carbondale attorney's tips for using your own courtroom presentation technology.

Out on a Limb?

By Ed Finkel
December
2018
Cover Story
Page 22
More attorneys are sharing their stories about mental illness and substance abuse. Are we ready to listen?

The Feared 14-Day Letter

By Ed Finkel
November
2018
Cover Story
Page 22
What to do and not do when the ARDC comes knocking.

Safe, Secure, and on the Go

By Ed Finkel
October
2018
Cover Story
Page 22
Lawyers must lock down devices whether working from the office, home, a hotel room, or a coffee shop.

More Bang for Your Buck

By Ed Finkel
September
2018
Cover Story
Page 20
You've just renewed your ISBA membership—or are about to. Either way, it's time to consider all the benefits that come with ISBA membership, especially since the association has launched several new and improved benefits.

Playing to Win

By Ed Finkel
August
2018
Article
Page 26
Attorneys now have to compete with online legal services, but maybe there's a silver lining to what some consider a dark cloud.

A Leader’s Leader

By Ed Finkel
July
2018
Cover Story
Page 20
James F. McCluskey says the ISBA will prove its worth to members in 2018-2019 and will support attorneys who struggle with emotional, financial, and mental health issues.

Sleuthing on the ‘Net

By Ed Finkel
June
2018
Cover Story
Page 20
Social media and the internet generally hold a trove of mission-critical information for lawyers about adversaries, businesses, and more - and most of it is free. Do you know how to find it?

Women Flying Solo

By Ed Finkel
May
2018
Cover Story
Page 22
Seasoned female lawyers talk about the special challenges women face when they hang out their solo shingles.

5 Technologies That Can Transform Your Practice

By Ed Finkel
April
2018
Cover Story
Page 20
Five key law practice technologies can reduce the time you spend on nonbillable management chores and lower your risk of malpractice and disciplinary trouble. Find out what they are and how to decide which are right for your firm.

The Mindful Lawyer

By Ed Finkel
March
2018
Cover Story
Page 28
Mindfulness and meditation - even a few minutes daily - can reduce stress, help you connect with clients, and enable you to concentrate better. And now you can earn MCLE credit as you learn meditation techniques.

How to Be Sure You’re Cybersecure

By Ed Finkel
February
2018
Cover Story
Page 22
Law firms and their trove of sensitive data are prime targets for hackers. Are you doing enough to protect yourself from cyber attacks?

Referring with Style

By Ed Finkel
January
2018
Cover Story
Page 22
Referring a case can be good for all concerned - referring lawyer, recipient, and client. But make sure you understand referral ethics and follow best practices.

Illinois Law 2017: The Year in Review

By Ed Finkel
December
2017
Cover Story
Page 20
The year saw the advent of electronic filing, major federal and state Supreme Court cases, a new method for calculating child support, the release of the ISBA "futures report," and other noteworthy developments. Here's a look back.

Choosing an E-Filing Service Provider

By Ed Finkel
November
2017
Cover Story
Page 24
At the top of every lawyer's to-do list before mandatory e-filing takes effect is choosing an e-filing service provider. Early adopters discuss the various options and why you might choose one over another.

The Pro Se Revolution

By Ed Finkel
October
2017
Cover Story
Page 22
Cases involving at least one self-represented litigant make up most of the civil docket outside Cook County. What does the mean for courts and lawyers in Illinois?

Partnering with Online DIY Services: The Plusses and Perils

By Ed Finkel
September
2017
Cover Story
Page 22
Chicago-based Road to Status provides immigrants with a DIY application process and attorney referrals. What are the pros and cons for lawyers in joining forces with online legal-service providers?

Mapping Your Client’s Journey

By Ed Finkel
August
2017
Cover Story
Page 26
What's the experience like at your law firm for the people who matter most - your clients? Isn't it time you asked them?

From Bar to Bench and Back

By Ed Finkel
July
2017
Cover Story
Page 22
Retired circuit judge, mediator/arbitrator, veteran trial lawyer, football referee, and longtime ISBA champion Russell Hartigan begins his term as ISBA president.

Countdown to Mandatory E-Filing

By Ed Finkel
June
2017
Cover Story
Page 26
Illinois attorneys soon will have to file civil cases electronically. Here's how you can be ready on day one.

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