Illinois Bar Journal

Articles on Attorneys

So You Want to Be a Personal Injury Lawyer?

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

Retired, inactive, in-house lawyers can now represent clients pro bono

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2008
LawPulse
Page 334
Effective July 1, new supreme court rules let retired, inactive, and in-house lawyers working through legal-aid providers or other approved groups represent clients pro bono.

Cover Me: Documentation Is More Than CYA

By Karen Erger
June
2008
Column
Page 316
Thoughtful domumentation promotes good communication and good decisions.

Law-Firm Compensation Systems Explained

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2008
Cover Story
Page 288
Wondering whether your firm's compensation scheme needs an overhaul? Here's a look at what others are doing.

Are Civility and Zealous Advocacy Compatible?

By Hon. Ron Spears
May
2008
Column
Page 260
Reason can change minds when rudeness won't.

The “Lawyer” Who Shot Liberty Valance

By Joseph G. Bisceglia
May
2008
Column
Page 228
A lesson on the rule of law from the old West.

Rescuing Colleagues in Crisis

By G. M. Filisko
May
2008
Cover Story
Page 240
Learn the warning signs of addiction and what you can do to help a colleague - or yourself.

Correspondence from Our Readers

April
2008
Column
Page 170
The Kotecki gap; the perils of forms; the conscience of a lawyer. 

Five Secrets Not to Keep from Your Insurer

By Karen Erger
April
2008
Column
Page 216
Don't risk losing valuable coverage by being less than forthcoming with your insurer.

Professionalism and Civility in an Adversary System

By Joseph G. Bisceglia
April
2008
Column
Page 172
 Incivility tarnishes our image and makes practice less rewarding.

Ethics and the Attorney / Title Agent

By Michael J. Rooney
March
2008
Article
Page 132
This author argues that attorneys can serve as title agents, provided they make necessary disclosures and get corresponding consents.

A Proposed Makeover for the Rules of Professional Conduct

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2008
Cover Story
Page 128
A joint ISBA-CBA proposal seeks to bring the RPC up to date and align them more closely with the ABA Model Rules.

Remedy for the unauthorized practice of law amended. PA 95-0410

March
2008
Illinois Law Update
Page 124
Section 1 of the Attorney Act has been amended. 705 ILCS 205/1. 

A solo’s advice on going solo

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
March
2008
LawPulse
Page 118
 A young sole practitioner's take on the perils and pleasures of hanging out your shingle.

Are e-mail disclaimers really necessary?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2008
LawPulse
Page 66
They really are, some lawyers say. In fact, you should put them at the beginning, not the end, of your messages, other lawyers say.

Get it One Piece at a Time

By Karen Erger
February
2008
Column
Page 100
If you take away one small skill from the workplace every day, you can build a useful, satisfying career.

Helping Clients Who Face Foreclosure

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2008
Cover Story
Page 76
Notice of foreclosure creates a personal crisis for your home-borrower clients. Here's how to counsel them.

The perils for employers of hiring private investigators

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2008
LawPulse
Page 66
Employers who retain companies to investigate employee malingering or misconduct need to hire carefully and monitor appropriately.

ADR and the Image of Lawyers

By Joseph G. Bisceglia
January
2008
Column
Page 8
“Lawyer-peacemaker” is the right image for our profession.

Law Firm Marketing 101

By G. M. Filisko
January
2008
Cover Story
Page 20
You didn’t go to law school to be a salesperson, but you still have to sell yourself to prospective clients. Here’s how.

Ain’t Wastin’ Time No More

By Karen Erger
December
2007
Column
Page 660
Ten time wasters that can cause your time “inventory” to shrink.

From Here to Retainer Fees

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2007
Cover Story
Page 636
Learn how to craft retainer agreements to define and clarify the scope of your engagement, why it’s important to collect fees up front, and more.

It’s A (Wonderful) Lawyer’s Life

By Joseph G. Bisceglia
December
2007
Column
Page 620
Your community would be a poorer place without you. 

New Consumer Remedies for UPL

By Melinda J. Bentley
December
2007
Column
Page 631
A new law allows clients to sue for UPL damages under the Illinois Attorney Act.

Disciplining Attorneys and Other FLSA-Exempt Employees for Attendance Problems

By Jon D. McLaughlin
November
2007
Article
Page 600
Suppose your associate or paralegal shows up late for work. Can you dock her pay without transforming her fram an exempt to a nonexempt employee under the Fair Labor Standards Act?

No conflict of interest in representing codefendant

November
2007
Illinois Law Update
Page 576
On September 12, 2007, the Illinois Appellate Court, Third District, affirmed the theft conviction of Janet Turner in the Circuit Court of Knox County. 

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