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Handling Confrontational Clients

By Maria Kantzavelos
December
2012
Cover Story
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
Cover Story
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
Cover Story
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.

Finding Your Way to in the Courthouse

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
April
2011
Cover Story
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

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
Cover Story
Page 512
Limited scope or discrete task legal representation - aka "unbundling"- is a client- and lawyer-friendly idea whose time has come, proponents say.

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