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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.