Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Attorney Discipline

We Come in Peace

By Pete Sherman
September
2019
LawPulse
, Page 10
ARDC pilots Intermediary Program that uses independent contractors to find attorneys not responding to the agency’s inquiries.

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.

No discipline for attorney misconduct absent a violation of professional conduct rules

February
2015
Illinois Law Update
, Page 18
On November 20, 2014, the Illinois Supreme Court suspended an attorney for 90 days for dishonesty, neglect, and commingling funds in violation of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.

The Ratings Game

By Janan Hanna
March
2014
Cover Story
, Page 124
Sites like Avvo that rate lawyers and encourage consumer reviews are evoking reaction positive and negative in the legal community – and posing interesting ethical challenges.
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Attacking Rule 137 Sanctions Motions as Pleadings

By Andrew R. Schwartz & Thomas J. Kanyock
April
2010
Article
, Page 196
Is a Rule 137 motion for sanctions a "pleading" that can be attacked as such under Illinois law? The authors argue yes.

Attorney censured for not disclosing “controlled business arrangement”

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2009
LawPulse
, Page 10
The ARDC Hearing Board found that a Mundelein lawyer/title agent didn't make disclosures to clients required by the Title Insurance Act.

Losing streak

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2005
LawPulse
, Page 226
Compulsive gambling is like other pathological behavior that leads lawyers astray, with a big difference – it's not treated as a mitigating factor by the ARDC.

A Practical Guide to Seeking – and Avoiding – Rule 137 Sanctions

By Aldo E. Botti & Carla Labunski
August
2004
Article
, Page 408
Your opponent has filed a pleading that you think is frivolous. Is it worth fighting? Read and find out.

Ten Tips for Responding to an ARDC Inquiry

By Karen J. Dilibert
April
2001
Column
, Page 213
Being the subject of an ARDC grievance is a lawyer's nightmare. Here's what to do; and what not to; if it happens to you.

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