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When Can You Defend Both a Corporation and Its Officers?

By Richard L. Miller II and Joshua E. Liebman
December
2009
Article
Page 618
When they're sued, corporations and their officers often turn to the corporation's lawyer. But look out for conflicts of interest before you undertake joint representation.

Blogs for Dummies Immigrants

By Karen Erger
October
2009
Column
Page 526
What's a blog, you ask? Read on.

Correspondence from Our Readers

October
2009
Column
Page 486
Dressing for distress - nylons and sandals;  Settlement agreements: do the release first.

Get Ready for Illinois’ New Rules of Professional Conduct

By Robert A. Creamer
October
2009
Article
Page 500
The new rules, which take effect January 1, align Illinois legal-ethics regulation with the national norm. Learn about th emajor changes.

How-to advice for rookie associates

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2009
LawPulse
Page 490
Make sure you’re taking the steps that will help you thrive as a new member of the firm.

Inactive Client Relationships May Create Per Se Conflicts for Criminal Defense Lawyers

By Isaac J. Colunga
October
2009
Article
Page 522
A per se conflict of interest may arise because of a past client relationship, regardless of whether criminal defense attorneys have spoken with their former clients in years.

From Sheepskin to Shingle

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2009
Article
Page 448
Can you really go straight from law school into solo practice? What are the surest ways to succeed — or stumble?

Coming January 1: New Rules of Professional Conduct

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
Among other things, the new rules clarify that flat fees do not constitute frowned-upon "advance payment retainers," which is good news for most lawyers.

Dress for Courtroom Success, Not Distress

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
Article
Page 402
Q. Whats the best way to dress for court?
A. The way the judge says you should.

Handling sartorial emergencies

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
You show up for work dressed in business casual and discover you've miscalendared a hearing for the day. What do you do?

Memory Mastery

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2009
LawPulse
Page 386
A presenter at the upcoming ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference helps lawyers improve their memories and thereby enhance their practices.

How to represent juveniles

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2009
LawPulse
Page 330
Representing a juvenile in a delinquency proceeding means walking “a fine line between defender and ‘best-interest advocate,’” an ISBA author observes.

New open government legislation

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2009
LawPulse
Page 330
A bill awaiting the governor’s signature would make the promise of open records real for more people, supporters say.

Making a Graceful Exit

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2009
LawPulse
Page 220
Remember, the Former Employer From Hell still holds the power of a reference.

When Does an Insured Have a Right to Independent Counsel?

By Robert P. Vogt
March
2009
Article
Page 142
A look at the kinds of conflict of interest with insurers and others that trigger an insured’s right to independent counsel.

Lawyer Lincoln

By Daniel W. Stowell and John A. Lupton
February
2009
Article
Page 74
A look at Abraham Lincoln's legal practice in antebellum Illinois.

Lincoln’s Teams of Legal Rivals

By Hon. Ron Spears
February
2009
Column
Page 100
Before he was President, Lawyer Lincoln drew on the strength of rivals.

There’s no day like today to pay your ARDC registration fee

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2009
LawPulse
Page 64
 The cost of bringing yourself into compliance goes up the longer you wait.

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.

Real estate lawyers fear “law related services” definition

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2009
LawPulse
Page 10
 Defining "law related services" in Illinois' ethics rules could encourage UPL, pose malpractice risks, and cause other problems, real estate lawyers tell the supreme court.

Taking Down Your Shingle

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2009
Article
Page 20
Selling or otherwise closing your private practice? Don't forget to take care of important business before you do.

“Borrowing” from legal forms - do you need permission?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2008
LawPulse
Page 606
Lifting language from legal documents - everyone does it, right? But does it constitute copyright infringement?

Talking About You

By Karen Erger
December
2008
Column
Page 644
Make sure your ads and other communications to the public don't violate ethics rules.

Bacon-Saving Support Staff

By Karen Erger
October
2008
Column
Page 536
Don't think your support staff can make or break you? Think again.

Representation by unlicensed law student without consent or knowledge not deprivation of counsel

October
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 504
On August 5, 2008, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the judgment of the Circuit Court of Cook County denying defendant's motion to quash arrest and suppress evidence. 

So You Want to Be a Personal Injury Lawyer?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2008
Article
Page 508
How do you break into p.i. practice? Successful practitioners offer advice.

Professional Responsibility in Illinois: Rules, and MCLE

By Tom Gaylord
September
2008
Column
Page 474
There's a wealth of legal-ethics information online if you know where to look.

Asked and Answered

August
2008
Column
Page 417
Changing your name on the master roll of attorneys.

In the Wake of the Flood: A Reminder about Disaster Readiness

By Karen Erger
August
2008
Column
Page 422
Plan for disasters natural and manmade now, while the river is in its banks.

My Mother, My Client

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2008
Article
Page 344
Should you do legal work for family and close friends? Probably not, ethics experts and seasoned lawyers say.

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