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Articles on Attorneys

Ten Tips for the Newly Admitted

By Anne E. Thar
February
2000
Column
Page 105
Sage advice for the freshly minted.

Creating a Document to Meet Your Client’s Needs

By Maureen B. Collins
January
2000
Column
Page 47
Drafting a seaworthy document requires more than pasting form provisions into place; you have to learn the facts and the law.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
January
2000
Column
Page 10
Losing the right to a jury trial — is it malpractice?

Are You Representing the Wrong Clients?

By Anne E. Thar
December
1999
Column
Page 671
Learn how to screen prospective cases and clients to reduce your risk of being sued.

Healing Victims, Offenders and Communities: Restorative Justice

By Cheryl Niro
November
1999
Column
Page 568
One of the memories of my childhood is the day I had a fight with my best friend. Funny, I don't remember what caused the argument.

How to Read a Writing Sample

By Maureen Beth Beazley
November
1999
Column
Page 615
You don't have to read every word of a writing sample to assess its quality. Here's what to look for.

Treaties and Selected Foreign Law Research: A Primer for Illinois Attorneys

By James E. Duggan
November
1999
Column
Page 613
When confronted with those occasional (but inevitable) questions about foreign law, where do you turn? Read on and find out.

Getting the Legal Writing Sample You Need

By Mary Beth Beazley
October
1999
Column
Page 557
Last month's column urged employers to assess the writing skills of prospective hires; this month, learn how to get the writing sample you need.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
October
1999
Column
Page 514
Insurance policies and the discovery rule; read the fine print.

Hiring Good Writers

By Maureen B. Collins
September
1999
Column
Page 499
Here's how to screen prospective hires for good legal writing skills.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
September
1999
Column
Page 454
"Same part of the body'' rule update.

Learn to Be a Lawyer-Entrepreneur

By Paul Sullivan
September
1999
Column
Page 497
Competition is more fierce than ever, clients are more demanding; but you can rise to the challenge if you think like an entrepreneur, not a ``technician.''

Correspondence from Our Readers

August
1999
Column
Page 398
The case for attorney-notaries

Five Steps to Improving Client Relations and Reducing Legal Malpractice Claims

By Anne E. Thar
August
1999
Column
Page 437
How not to get on your client's bad side — and the wrong side of a malpractice suit.

The Law in Film: Images of the Literary Lawyer

By Mark Sanders
August
1999
Column
Page 441
If you don't have time to read as much as you'd like, consider viewing a movie based on a good book about the law.

Is Your Office Scam Resistant?

By Paul Sullivan
July
1999
Column
Page 383
Think no one would try to scam a lawyer? Think again.

A Lawyer’s Guide to Eavesdropping in Illinois

By Celia Guzaldo Gamrath
July
1999
Article
Page 362
Your client comes to you, Linda-Tripp style, with a tape-recorded conversation: What do you do? Read and find out.

Training Associates: The Write Stuff

By Lisa J. Freedman
July
1999
Column
Page 385
Taking time to help associates to write better will pay in the long run.

Conflicts of Interest in Document Authentication by Attorney-Notaries in Illinois

By Michael L. Closen and Thomas W. Mulcahy
June
1999
Article
Page 320
The authors argue that it's a conflict of interest for lawyer-notaries to notarize documents they have prepared.

Politically Correct Speech: Readers Respond

By Maureen B. Collins
June
1999
Column
Page 335
Professor Collins touched a nerve with last month's column. Here are some of your responses and her reactions to them.

An attorney may be disbarred for a substantial record of misconduct despite a lack of experience and a promise to cease practicing law.

May
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 244
On March 18, 1999, the Illinois Supreme Court granted the request of the administrator of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and ordered Chase Ingersoll, the respondent, disbarred.

ISBA Will Honor Members Admitted to Bar for 50 Years

May
1999
Column
Page 249
Association records indicate that the following members, most of whom were admitted to the bar in 1949.

The Lawyer As Public Citizen

By Timothy L. Bertschy
May
1999
Column
Page 236
Lawyers have a unique heritage as public citizens.

Writing with Your Audience in Mind

By Maureen B. Collins
May
1999
Column
Page 285
Give your audience what it wants; first, though, figure out who your audience is.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
April
1999
Column
Page 186
Offer, acceptance, consideration, and criminal law.

Politically Correct Speech: A Call for Common Sense

By Maureen B. Collins
April
1999
Column
Page 223
When does a word mean what it means rather than what people hear it to mean?

Representing Workers Under the Fair Labor Standards Act and Illinois Minimum Wage Law

By Peter S. Rukin
April
1999
Article
Page 208
A primer on these important worker protection laws.

An attorney discharged by his law firm employer has no remedy of an action for retaliatory discharge

March
1999
Illinois Law Update
Page 130
On December 31, 1998, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the appellate court and circuit court, and answered a certified question by the circuit court, holding that a licensed attorney employed by a law firm cannot maintain a cause of action for retaliatory discharge.

Law Firm Marketing: Does Your Practice Mean Business?

By Paul Sullivan
March
1999
Column
Page 169
Attorneys are not above the laws of good marketing; ignore them at your peril.

The Lawyer’s Journal

By Bonnie McGrath
March
1999
Column
Page 126
The "Frye plus reliability'' standard.

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