Publications

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?

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