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Articles on Attorneys

Life, Lawyering, and the Bar

By Robert K. Downs
May
2006
Column
Page 220
We must continue to promote the ideals that drew us to the profession.

Throwing Stones at Cyclops

By Hon. Ron Spears
May
2006
Column
Page 260
Lawyers, who do battle with words, should strive to be warrior poets.

Mono-Mania: The Case Against “Multitasking”

By Karen Erger
April
2006
Column
Page 206
Doing too many things at once makes Jack or Jill a dimwitted lawyer.

Trial Lawyers’ Top Opinions of 2005

By Hon. James P. Flannery Jr.
March
2006
Article
Page 122
From pre-trial notice requirements to spoliation of evidence, 2005 produced an array of Illinois cases of special interest to the trial bar.

Attorney’s fees are not recoverable absent express statutory or contractual language

February
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 68
On December 1, 2005, the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, reversed the decision of the Circuit Court of Menard County, which held that a contract provision stipulating that the defendant management company would be responsible for "all collection costs" allowed recovery for attorney's fees.

Expectations in an Envelope

By Karen Erger
February
2006
Column
Page 96
So why do lawyers use those self-serving engagement letters? Oh, the many reasons.

Filing System Basics for Solo and Small-Firm Lawyers

By Carl R. Draper
February
2006
Article
Page 84
Is your filing system - paper and electronic - up to snuff?

Serving a Litigation Banquet

By Hon. Ron Spears
February
2006
Column
Page 92
Make sure your preparation and presentation are first rate for your juror guests.

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January
2006
Illinois Law Update
Page 16
Effective January 1, 2006, the Illinois general Assembly amended the Attorney Act, 705 ILCS 205/1 et seq, by changing section 1. 

Bench-bar ombudsmen

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2006
LawPulse
Page 10
Bar association programs are helping lawyers and judges resolve minor conflicts while they're still minor.

Judges’ Pet Peeves: Peevish Practitioners, Poor Preparation and More

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
January
2006
Article
Page 20
From needless discovery squabbles and poor preparation among the bar to high-handedness on the bench, judges tell what bugs them.

Are You a “Rules Lawyer”?

By Karen Erger
December
2005
Column
Page 650
You'd better be. Test your knowledge of the Rules of Professional Conduct and stay on the ARDC's good side.

Legal malpractice claims are not valid unless plaintiff suffered actual monetary damages

December
2005
Illinois Law Update
Page 622
On September 22, 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court reversed the judgment of the Illinois Appellate Court, First District.

MCLE: Ready or Not, Here it Comes

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
December
2005
Article
Page 626
A lawyer's-eye view of the new MCLE rules.

Correspondence from Our Readers

November
2005
Column
Page 554
Poor lawyer image - incivility not the culprit? Mediator as peacemaker.

Get ready for MCLE

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2005
LawPulse
Page 558
Did you know that programs offered as early as January 2006 can be counted toward the MCLE requirement? Here are highlights of the new rules.

Preaching to the Converted

By Robert K. Downs
November
2005
Column
Page 556
Solo and small firm lawyers are in touch with the core values of the profession.

Putting Your Firm on the Web

By Mary Katherine Danna
November
2005
Article
Page 572
Should you build a Web site? Buy a listing in an online directory? Here's an introduction to Web-based marketing.

(Unrepresented) buyer (and seller, and opposing lawyer) beware

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
November
2005
LawPulse
Page 558
What do you do when the other side in a real-estate transaction doesn't have a lawyer? ISBA members offer pointers.

Rebuilding Our Credibility by Restoring Our Professionalism

By Robert K. Downs
October
2005
Column
Page 496
Let's improve our public image by promoting civility and punishing misconduct.

Teach Your Newbies Well

By Karen Erger
October
2005
Column
Page 542
You teach by example – is your example worth emulating?

The Truth About Going Solo

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
October
2005
Article
Page 510
Three ISBA members speak from experience about the joys and challenges of solo practice.

A Chat with the Chief

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2005
Article
Page 450
New Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas shares his views on civility, mandatory CLE, and more.

Circular logic

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2005
LawPulse
Page 382
Revised IRS Circular 230 requires lawyers and others who offer tax advice to take extra care and additional steps. Some lawyers think it goes too far.

Handling High-Maintenance Clients

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
August
2005
Article
Page 398
Angry clients, irrational clients, obsessive clients – how do you handle them? ISBA lawyers share their strategies.

More than the Blues

By Karen Erger
August
2005
Column
Page 422
Know a lawyer who suffers from depression? Here's how to help.  

Illinois law practices: removing the “not for sale” sign

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2005
LawPulse
Page 330
The Illinois Supreme Court adopts a rule – long sought by ISBA – allowing lawyers to sell their practices.

New reg requires law firms to “properly dispose” of consumer info

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2005
LawPulse
Page 330
Effective June 1, a Federal Trade Commission regulation requires businesses – including law firms – to destroy sensitive information derived from consumer credit reports.

The supreme court latest UPL case: a mixed blessing

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2005
LawPulse
Page 274
The supreme court allows nonlawyer lenders to charge for preparing mortgages but reaffirms that drafting and filling out real estate documents is the practice of law.

Losing streak

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2005
LawPulse
Page 226
Compulsive gambling is like other pathological behavior that leads lawyers astray, with a big difference – it's not treated as a mitigating factor by the ARDC.

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