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Handling Confrontational Clients By Maria Kantzavelos December 2012 Article, Page 636 Learn techniques to help you manage your relationship with confrontational clients.
The Discontented Lawyer: A Call for a New Professionalism By Cheryl Niro November 2012 Article, Page 604 Research indicates that much of our lawyerly unhappiness is wired into us. But that doesn't mean we should give up on greater professional and personal satisfaction.
Planning for Retirement: A Life Guide for Attorneys By Gary R. Gehlbach October 2012 Article, Page 530 As attorneys age and the practice of law becomes more challenging, retirement beckons for many. Planning for that day, however, should be an early-career project.
Why Do Senior Lawyers Continue to Practice? By H. Joseph Gitlin October 2012 Column, Page 558 A senior lawyer ruminates about why he is still at it.
Telephone scammers threaten consumers using names of Illinois law firms By Adam W. Lasker August 2012 LawPulse, Page 398 Scammers claiming to be Illinois lawyers called people around the country this summer demanding immediate payment of bogus debts and threatening them with arrest.
Compassionate Consultations: Winning Over Prospective Clients By Larry E. Lauterjung July 2012 Article, Page 364 You usually have an hour to sell yourself to prospective clients during the initial consultation. The key is to communicate your genuine understanding and concern.
Ethics Hotspots in Client Relations By Bonnie Booth May 2012 Article, Page 244 Returning phone calls, carefully defining your scope of representation - such client-friendly behavior isn't just good business practice, it can keep the ARDC from your door.
Slow Your Practice Down - Live Better and Longer By H. Joseph Gitlin April 2012 Column, Page 218 How a veteran lawyer balances happiness with financial success.
Family Law Practice-Management Tips By H. Joseph Gitlin January 2012 Column, Page 50 A veteran family lawyer offers rules for practice success.
Nominate Yourself for an ISBA Committee or Section By John E. Thies January 2012 Column, Page 7 Our ISBA Family Invites You to Join an ISBA Committee or Section
Client service 101 By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2011 LawPulse, Page 604 A seasoned family law practitioner explains how to avoid common mistakes lawyers make in working with clients.
Nominate Yourself for an ISBA Committee or Section By John E. Thies December 2011 Column, Page 600 Our ISBA Family Invites You to Join an ISBA Committee or Section
What’s the best way out of an ethical pickle? By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2011 LawPulse, Page 604 Taking quick remedial action and preemptive self-reporting can be the best way to handle a disciplinable blunder, ethics authorities advise.
Ethical Issues in Representing Elderly Clients with Diminished Capacity By Kerry R. Peck November 2011 Article, Page 572 When can - and must - you allow your diminished-capacity client to make a decision you advise against? This article explores this and other ethics issues that arise in serving elderly clients.
ABA ethics, Part 2: Proposed rules address admission on motion, MJP and more By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2011 LawPulse, Page 490 Proposed ABA model rules speak to admission on motion, multijurisdictional practice, disclosure of confidential information, and choice of law provisions in lawyer-client agreements.
Correspondence from Our Readers October 2011 Column, Page 486 Odds of success.
The Five Biggest Business Mistakes Lawyers Make By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2011 Article, Page 444 Too many lawyers - especially new ones - undervalue their services. It's a short-sighted approach that can lead to big trouble, this lawyer argues.
New IOLTA requirements effective September 1 By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2011 LawPulse, Page 434 The amended rule forbids non-interest bearing pooled accounts, imposes new recordkeeping requirements, and obliges banks to report trust-account overdrafts.
Don’t be an oddsmaker By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2011 LawPulse, Page 382 It's a bad idea - maybe even an ethics no-no - to tell clients what you think their chances of winning are, an ISBA lawyer opines.
Tweeting the law By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2011 LawPulse, Page 382 Lawyers, bar associations, courts, and others use Twitter to push out news, cases, job openings, and more.
“What happened?” How to talk to a found-guilty defendant By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2011 LawPulse, Page 382 What do you say to the criminal defendant who wonders why the judge or jury found him guilty? Two seasoned lawyers offer their thoughts.
Are cell phones “contraband”? And what’s a “penal institution”? By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2011 LawPulse, Page 222 A volunteer lawyer is charged with a felony for allegedly bringing "contraband" - her cell phone - into a police station interview room. Volunteering to represent indigents pro bono in an area of law with which you're unfamiliar? Your heart may be in the right place, but be careful.
Finding Your Way to in the Courthouse By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2011 Article, Page 184 How to learn those all-important unwritten rules of courthouse and courtroom practice that vary from circuit to circuit.
What judges want By Helen W. Gunnarsson April 2011 LawPulse, Page 174 You'll make your judge happy - or at least less unhappy - if you learn some of the unwritten rules that vary by type of case presented and by region.
Putting the “hearing” in public hearings By Helen W. Gunnarsson December 2010 LawPulse, Page 610 A lawyer's testimony in the supreme court committee hearing on the new evidence rules produces results.
ABCs for GALs By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2010 Article, Page 572 You'd like to serve as a GAL, child rep, or attorney for the child - how do you play this important but challenging role? Seasoned lawyers offer dos, don'ts, and tips.
The New, More Clear, More Compete Rules: the Example of Rule 3.7 By Donald E. Weihl November 2010 Column, Page 594 The new version of Rule 3.7 ("Lawyer as Witness") doesn't change the law, but it expresses it more clearly.
Notes from a Legal Assistant By Mark D. Hassakis November 2010 Column, Page 556 Not every law office VIP has a law license.
Business Lawyers and the New Ethics Rules By Markus May October 2010 Column, Page 540 It's now easier to represent multiple clients, and to practice in Illinois if you're from out of state.
Unbundling Explained By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2010 Article, Page 512 Limited scope or discrete task legal representation - aka "unbundling"- is a client- and lawyer-friendly idea whose time has come, proponents say.