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Articles on Attorneys

Can lawyers patent their legal techniques? By Helen W. Gunnarsson July 2007 LawPulse, Page 342 A patent issued on an estate-planning technique has that bar buzzing.
Taking (Back) Your Vacation By Karen Erger June 2007 Column, Page 322 When was the last time you left the BlackBerry at home and took a real vacation?
The trouble with hourly billing By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2007 LawPulse, Page 286 Does the tradition of billing by the hour push lawyers to pad bills and thus engage in the kind of "dishonest" behavior forbidden by the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct?
What’s Your Duty Under Himmel? By Helen W. Gunnarsson June 2007 Article, Page 296 What kind of misconduct by your fellow lawyers should be reported to ARDC? What if you make the wrong call?
Asked and Answered May 2007 Column, Page 266 Can a disbarred lawyer be a paralegal?
Attorney Independence? Remember the Alamo! By Hon. Ron Spears May 2007 Column, Page 272 Let's stand up for lawyers who represent unpopular clients.
Ethical Challenges When Lawyers Sell Non-Legal Services By Jennifer E. Smiley and Michael L. Shakman May 2007 Article, Page 258 A review of the ethical rules that apply when lawyers seek to broaden their practices by offering non-legal services.
Hire Laterally, Think Ethically By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2007 Article, Page 240 Some things Illinois lawyers and law firms should think about before making a lateral move or hire.
Celebrating Women in the Profession By Irene F. Bahr April 2007 Column, Page 168 The third woman president of the ISBA celebrates the growing prominence of women lawyers
Choosing the Right Retirement Plan for Your Law Firm By Michael R. Maryn April 2007 Article, Page 198 A summary of leading tax-favored retirement plans, along with advice for selecting the best one for you and your firm.
Attorney’s defamatory statement privilege applies to preliminary letter to employer March 2007 Illinois Law Update, Page 124 On December 22, 2006, the Illinois Appellate Court, First District, affirmed the Circuit Court of Cook County's dismissal of the claims against the defendant attorney because his allegedly defamatory statements were privileged and made in good faith. 
The Dream and the Dreamkeeper(s) By Irene F. Bahr March 2007 Column, Page 116 Lawyers stand at the gates to challenge tyranny and abuse of power.
IOLTA change allows trust accounts to earn highest rate By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2007 LawPulse, Page 118 Amended RPC 1.15, effective June 1, requires lawyers to place nominal or short-term client funds with banks that pay the same return on IOLTA as on non-IOLTA accounts.
Please, Mr. Postman, Don’t Bring Me a Letter from the ARDC By Helen W. Gunnarsson March 2007 Article, Page 128 Odds are you'll be on the receiving end of an ARDC complaint. How should you respond?
A Little Dabbling’ll Do Ya In By Karen Erger February 2007 Column, Page 106 Ignorance of the law is no excuse, especially for lawyers.
Accepting Payment by Credit Card: Priceless? By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2007 Article, Page 18 Setting yourself up to accept credit card payments has its advantages - and its risks. 
A Second Season of Service - Master Attorneys By Irene F. Bahr December 2006 Column, Page 640 A special ISBA committee will help retired lawyers serve those who need counsel.
Correspondence from Our Readers November 2006 Column, Page 574 Beyond "deed and green";CDL/DUI update.
Impaired Lawyers: Helping Before the Bell Tolls By Hon. Ron Spears November 2006 Column, Page 626 Don't take advantage of impaired judges and adversaries; help them
Should You Store Your Client’s Will? By Helen W. Gunnarsson October 2006 Article, Page 532 More and more lawyers say it's a bad idea. But what do you do instead? Is a central will repository the answer?
The Vanishing Attorney/ Client Privilege By Irene F. Bahr October 2006 Column, Page 516 The ISBA must fight to protect this longstanding principle against federal encroachment.
Beyond deed and green September 2006 Column, Page 454 Getting beyond deed and green?
The New Pro Bono Reporting Requirement By Helen W. Gunnarsson September 2006 Article, Page 468 What is a client of "limited means" for reporting purposes? What kinds of services count as "pro bono"? Justice Kilbride and others talk about pro bono reporting.
Asked and Answered August 2006 Column, Page 431 Should You Sign Documents As Your Client's Agent?
Beyond “Deed and Green”: the Strange Truth About Lawyers’ Roles in Illinois Real Estate Sales By Helen W. Gunnarsson August 2006 Article, Page 408 When it comes to residential real estate deals, why are lawyers welcome in some parts of the state and not others?
Appointed Attorneys for Indigent Civil Litigants in Federal Court: the Illinois Experience By John Rearden, Jr. July 2006 Article, Page 369 A look at how Illinois-based federal district courts appoint counsel for indigent civil litigants, including standby counsel for pro se claimants.
The Safer Sharer By Karen Erger June 2006 Column, Page 322 Office sharers must keep their practices separate and their confidences secret.
Blogging and legal ethics By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2006 LawPulse, Page 222 Go forth and blog, experts say, but not without educating yourself about relevant ethical issues. 
Do We Blawg and How? By Helen W. Gunnarsson May 2006 Article, Page 236 Blogs are sprouting like mushrooms these days, it seems. Why do lawyers blog? Should you join them?
Is There Life After (and During) Law School? By Pamela Daley and Arla Lisa McMillan May 2006 Article, Page 256 Should law schools do more to help students cope with the demands of legal education and practice?