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How Long Must Illinois Lawyers Retain Case Files?

By Anton F. Mikel
February
2004
Article
Page 76
A look at Illinois' murkey law dealing with who owns the contents of client files and how long lawyers have to keep them.

Increasing Your Civility Quotient

By Karen Erger
February
2004
Column
Page 103
Civility isn't just a nice thing; it is a hallmark of professionalism and a key component of malpractice prevention.

Is your firm registered with the supreme court?

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
February
2004
LawPulse
Page 62
News flash: many law firms, not just lawyers, must register, and those who don't could see their fee awards invalidated.

Birth of a Career: The Class of 2003

By Terrence J. Lavin
January
2004
Column
Page 8
One of the plums of this position as the president of your Illinois State Bar Association is the opportunity to speak to newly admitted attorneys at the swearing-in ceremony conducted by the Illinois Supreme Court.

How to Increase Your Personal Income

By Paul Sullivan
January
2004
Column
Page 45
The key: make sure you're recognized as an "expert," especially by prospective clients.

Communicating Your Authority

By Maureen B. Collins
December
2003
Column
Page 637
Sorry, but proper citation format really does matter. Here's why.

Being Right Versus Saying it Right

By Maureen B. Collins
November
2003
Column
Page 577
As this cautionary tale illustrates, sometimes what you say to a client is less important than how you say it.

Beyond Eat-What-You-Kill: Determining Partner Compensation

By John W. Olmstead
November
2003
Column
Page 575
Make sure your partner-compensation system encourages behavior that advances, not undermines, your firm's strategic goals.

To Speak or Not to Speak?

By Maureen B. Collins
October
2003
Column
Page 525
Sometimes 'tis nobler in the mind to keep thy mouth shut...

What’s So Funny About Peace, Love, and Understanding?

By Terrence J. Lavin
October
2003
Column
Page 484
The need for civility is one of those constant issues that seem to plague the legal profession. 

Hospitals potentially liable even if doctor takes the blame

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2003
LawPulse
Page 430
The supreme court recently affirmed a med-mal plaintiff's right to proceed against a hospital even where the physician falls on his sword.

MJP: it’s not just a large-firm issue

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
September
2003
LawPulse
Page 430
Do any of your clients winter in Florida? Do you do legal work with your laptop and cell phone while on vacation out of state? Find out what ISBA has done to promote clearer rules defining the dos and don'ts of multijurisdictional practice.

What I Learned from Television

By Maureen B. Collins
September
2003
Column
Page 471
The observant couch-potato can actually learn a lesson or two from the tube about effective communication.

Limited Liability Practice: What Lawyers Should Consider, What Firms Should Do

By Steven G. Frost, Terence T. O’Meara, and Sheldon I. Banoff
August
2003
Article
Page 388
Is limited liability practice right for you? Here's a review of the new legal landscape.

Murphy’s Law: A judge says “no” to UPL

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
July
2003
LawPulse
Page 326
An Illinois-based federal district judge takes a bold stand against UPL, and the seventh circuit affirms.

Leaving with clients in tow

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
June
2003
LawPulse
Page 274
If you're leaving your law firm and hope to take business with you, consider these ethical and legal issues.

Sale of a Law Practice: Out of the Shadows and into the Rules

By John H. Maville
June
2003
Article
Page 292
A look at the ISBA's proposed transfer-of-practice rule.

Meeting the press

By Helen W. Gunnarsson
May
2003
LawPulse
Page 220
Why should lawyers talk to reporters? Because it can be good for you and your client, journalists say.

Use Financial, Management Reports to Increase Your Profitability

By Paul Sullivan
May
2003
Column
Page 257
Your accounting program can produce reports that help you measure productivity and improve your bottom line. Are you using them to full advantage?

Calculated Overhead to Determine Profitability

By Paul Sullivan
March
2003
Column
Page 143
Can you truly measure how much each lawyer costs your firm and how much profit he or she generates? Here's a guide to getting an accurate cost/revenue picture.

The “Problem Lawyer”

By Karen Erger
February
2003
Column
Page 93
The damage that drug, alcohol, or otherwise impaired "problem lawyers" do to your firm lingers long after they leave. Here's how to nip problems in the bud, and maybe salvage a career in the bargain.

Illinois Legal Ethics 101

By Thomas More Donnelly
January
2003
Article
Page 18
Answers to some of the most common legal ethics questions.

A Day in the Life of Future Lawyer

By Todd Flaming
December
2002
Column
Page 665
A technolegal tale from the future. And the future is good.

File Retention: Preventing Brownfields in Your Storage Room

By Karen Dilibert
December
2002
Column
Page 667
How can you avoid a massive, Superfund-style client-file cleanup down the road? Here are some pointers.

Arguments That Work: Rhetorical Strategies for Argumentation

By Maureen B. Collins
November
2002
Column
Page 611
After evaluating the strengths and weaknesses of your facts and evidence, use one of the rhetorical strategies described here to argue your case.

Communicating with Colleagues

By Maureen B. Collins
October
2002
Column
Page 555
Attorney-client relationships aren't the only important ones in your professional life. Learn how to talk to your partners, associates and other lawyer-coworkers.

Legislation creates Lawyers’ Assistance Program Act P. A. 92-0747

October
2002
Illinois Law Update
Page 512
On July 31, 2002, Gov. George H. Ryan signed into law House Bill 4078, which creates the Lawyers' Assistance Program Act and amends the state Finance Act.

Ten Easy Things New Lawyers Can Do to Mess up Their Careers

By Karen J. Dilibert
October
2002
Column
Page 557
A career is a terrible thing to waste; but if you insist, here's how to do it.

The Leak-Free Office: Preventing Accidental Breaches of Confidentiality

By Paul Sullivan
July
2002
Column
Page 377
Are you doing all you should to make sure confidential client information stays that way in your office?

Document-Retention Policies in the Wake of Enron

By David F. Barlett
June
2002
Article
Page 317
Find out how a uniform and consistent document-retention policy can protect your clients.

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