Publications

Articles on Attorneys

You Kids Are Alright: A GenY Guide to the (ahem) Older Lawyer

By Karen Erger
October
2010
Column
Page 538
What makes the oldsters tick? Here's a handy guide.

Lessons for lawyers from the Blago trial

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2010
LawPulse
Page 446
Post-verdict takeaways

So You Want to Be a Judge?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2010
Article
Page 456
High status, great money, no practice-management headaches - what lawyer wouldn't want to be a judge? What lawyer indeed, which is why it's a hard gig to get.

Market yourself to existing clients

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2010
LawPulse
Page 394
Don't hide your lamp under a bushel, experts warn, or your clients may head for lawyers with better self-promotional skills.

Uncivil Action

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2010
Article
Page 408
Despite all the energy devoted to collegiality and professionalism, lawyers too often confront rudeness, even hostility, in opponents. Here's what to do.

Bankruptcy lawyers are “debt relief agencies,” high court rules

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2010
LawPulse
Page 342
As such, they may not advise clients to incur additional debt and must label themselves "debt relief agencies" in ads.

Does Your Practice Need Practice Management Software?

By Helen Gunnarsson
July
2010
Article
Page 352
It can help you save time, make money, even avoid malpractice claims, according to legal technologists. Find out whether it's right for you.

ISBA Lawyers Do Care

By Mark D. Hassakis
July
2010
Column
Page 340
They care about strengthening communities, helping children, and more.

Labor and Employment Lawyers and the New Rules

By Michael R. Lied
July
2010
Column
Page 376
New rules affect lawyers who represent organizations and clients who appear before agencies.

Juror Number 10, Attorney at Law

By Phillip H. Hamilton
June
2010
Article
Page 296
An ISBA member explains how his jury service changed - forever - his perspective on trial practice.

Taking the Cake

By Karen Erger
June
2010
Column
Page 322
How to put your temptation-resisting rational brain in charge.

Yes, “nice” can work for you

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2010
LawPulse
Page 286
An ISBA lawyer makes the case that niceness can pay professional dividends.

Avoiding Withdrawal Pains

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2010
Article
Page 240
You've had enough of the Client from Hell and you need to withdraw from the representation. The good news - you almost certainly can. Just make sure you do it properly.

Controlling Case Expenses: Lawyers’ Duty to Clients

By Robert L. Fogel, Michael S. Young, and Katie M. King
May
2010
Article
Page 244
A look at the trial lawyer's fiduciary and ethical responsibility to disclose, monitor, and control reimbursable case expenses incurred on behalf of clients.

Government Lawyers and the ISBA

By John G. O’Brien
May
2010
Column
Page 228
Lawyer public servants explain why they belong.

The Mediation Option for Attorney Discipline Cases

By Mary Patricia Benz
May
2010
Article
Page 262
Are some disciplinary cases good candidates for mediation? This lawyer-mediator says "yes."

Recipe or Disaster? Checklists Can Help

By Hon. Ron Spears
May
2010
Column
Page 268
Checklists can help us reduce avoidable errors.

Defense Lawyers - You Can’t Afford Not to Be ISBA Members

By John G. O’Brien
April
2010
Column
Page 172
If you're a civil defense lawyer, you owe it to yourself and your clients to belong.

“[M]ortal combat”: Carr v Tillery

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2010
LawPulse
Page 122
A legendary Metro-East trial lawyer and his former partners go head to head.

Organization as Client - a Continuing Dilemma for Business Lawyers

By Stephen Proctor
March
2010
Column
Page 160
It's an ethics problem under the old and new rules alike.

You’re the Boss - Now What?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2010
Article
Page 132
Supervising employees, meeting a payroll - more things they didn't teach you in law school. Find out some of what you need to know.

Helping Women in the Profession and Beyond

By John G. O’Brien
February
2010
Column
Page 64
A look at the work of ISBA's Committee on Women in the Law

Is Your Metadata Showing? Avoiding Document-Sharing Disasters

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2010
Article
Page 76
Here's how to ensure that your documents' metadata, including comments and proposed changes, are viewed only as intended.

Neither the Day nor the Hour

By Karen Erger
February
2010
Column
Page 104
Nothing puts life in perspective like glimpsing your mortality.

UPL: Nonlawyers may represent employers before the IDES, appellate court holds

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2010
LawPulse
Page 66
The Illinois Appellate Court held that nonlawyers who represent employers before the Illinois Department of Employment security in unemployment benefits hearings aren't engaging in the unauthorized practice of law.

Ethical Issues for Family Lawyers Under the New Rules of Professional Conduct

By Paulette M. Gray
January
2010
Article
Page 36
A look at some hypothetical but all-too-common family-law scenarios and how to approach them under the 2010 Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.

Ethics-rule amendment clarifies role of lawyer-lobbyists

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2010
LawPulse
Page 10
An amendment to new RPC 3.9 removes a cross-reference that lawyer-lobbyists feared might forbid heretofore accepted forms of one-on-one lobbying.

The new-lawyer Q&A

January
2010
Column
Page 47
How can I trace a former client?

So You Want to Be a Business Lawyer

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2010
Article
Page 20
You've thought about expanding into business counseling - what's the next step? Here's advice from experienced business-law practitioners, plus some business-law basics.

So you want to be house counsel

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2010
LawPulse
Page 10
Be sure to give your prospective employer a thorough going-over before you say "yes".

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