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Take Pride in Your Profession By Tim Eaton June 2002 Column, Page 280 Justice Felix Frankfurter once said in receiving an award: "Gratitude is one of the least articulate emotions, especially when it is deep.
Emergency Preparedness Pointers for Lawyers By Paul Sullivan May 2002 Column, Page 265 Let's face it; sometimes you can't prevent fires, floods, violent attacks and the like from wreaking havoc in the workplace. But you can prepare for the worst.
Putting Family First By Tim Eaton May 2002 Column, Page 224 Jane, Brian, Brent and Amanda; my wife and three children; my family. I have not mentioned them this year in my column.
Appellate Judges and Lawyers: Building the Edifice of Law By Tim Eaton April 2002 Column, Page 166 When we were in law school we learned the basic principles of constitutional, criminal, contract, and tort law by studying opinions written in our state and federal reviewing courts.
You Can’t Take It with You (and You Can’t Sell It, Either) By Karen J. Dilibert April 2002 Column, Page 213 Given that Illinois sole practitioners can't sell their practices, how can they prepare for death or retirement? This article discusses the problem and outlines a few steps solos can take on behalf of clients and family.
125 Years of Making a Difference By Tim Eaton March 2002 Column, Page 112 Eighty-eight lawyers from 37 counties met in the Sangamon County Courthouse in Springfield on January 4, 1877, to formalize the beginning of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Protecting Your Firm Against Loss of Key Employees By Paul Sullivan March 2002 Column, Page 147 Do you find yourself printing e-mail missives and saving the paper? Here's a better way to create an e-mail archive.
Reporting Your Partners and Associates to the ARDC By Michael L. Shakman, Arthur W. Friedman, and Thomas M. Staunton March 2002 Article, Page 143 What is a lawyer's Himmel obligation to report other lawyers in his or her firm?
Write for Success in Discovery By Maureen B. Collins March 2002 Column, Page 149 Don't underestimate the importance of interrogatories and other forms of written discovery as a way to glean information that can strengthen your case.
Getting Real-World Advice on Ethical Dilemmas By Karen J. Dilibert February 2002 Column, Page 99 Don't let your brainchildren be like the proverbial cobbler's shoeless kids; lawyer, protect your IP rights.
Managing E-Mail (Part 2): Storing Messages By Todd Flaming February 2002 Column, Page 95 Do you find yourself printing e-mail missives and saving the paper? Here's a better way to create an e-mail archive.
A Matter of Trust By Tim Eaton February 2002 Column, Page 60 When I was growing up in Decatur, I had an image of lawyers that has shaped my view of our profession later in life.
Can we talk (to the other side’s employees)? By Helen W. Gunnarsson January 2002 LawPulse, Page 10 If you're suing a company that's represented by counsel, when can you talk directly to its employees?
Incivility: The Exception, Not the Rule By Tim Eaton January 2002 Column, Page 8 A few years ago, as we finished closing arguments in a trial, my opposing counsel came over, shook my hand, and congratulated me on a job well done. I reciprocated with the same compliment.
Litigation Expenses; Should Attorneys Be Presumed Liable? By John D. Ingram January 2002 Article, Page 41 Professor Ingram argues that attorneys, not clients, should be liable for the fees of third-party providers unless they expressly disclaim.
Protecting Your Communications By Maureen B. Collins January 2002 Column, Page 47 Don't let your brainchildren be like the proverbial cobbler's shoeless kids; lawyer, protect your IP rights.
The Mysterious Case of the Missing Client By Karen J. Dilibert December 2001 Column, Page 663 That filing deadline looms and you can't find your client; now what do you do?
Communicating Condolences By Maureen B. Collins November 2001 Column, Page 601 Aching to "do something"? Every small act of courtesy and civility helps in the wake of September 11.
How to Spot the Client from Hell By Karen J. Dilibert November 2001 Article, Page 591 Learn how to identify the prospective clients you should turn away.
Joint ISBA-CBA mandatory CLE proposal likely By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2001 LawPulse, Page 564 The ISBA and CBA gear up to submit a joint mandatory CLE proposal to the supreme court.
Lawyers Give the Gift of Public Service By Tim Eaton November 2001 Column, Page 562 In August we lost a legend in our profession. William G. Clark was a lawyer, a former legislator and legislative leader, a former two-term attorney general and a justice and chief justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. Justice Clark's contributions to the legal profession and to all three branches of Illinois government are too numerous to mention.
Mandatory lawyer financial responsibility proposed By Helen W. Gunnarsson November 2001 LawPulse, Page 564 A special ISBA committee is recommending that lawyers be required to maintain malpractice insurance or some other form of compensation for malpractice victims.
The Letterhead Name Game By Karen J. Dilibert October 2001 Column, Page 545 What's in that name on your firm's letterhead? Trouble, if you don't mind your ps and qs.
How to Boost Office Morale without Spending a Dime By Paul Sullivan September 2001 Column, Page 491 The best motivator isn't money, it's recognition.
Attorney-client privilege waived when police reports, containing allegedly privileged statements, were given to testifying expert witnesses; Apprendi concerns are not implicated by court’s imposition of consecutive sentences August 2001 Illinois Law Update, Page 398 On June 1, 2001, the Illinois Supreme Court affirmed defendant Michael Wagener's convictions. Wagener appealed his convictions for murder and concealment of homicidal death on two grounds.
Closing Pandora’s Box for Workers’ Comp Lawyers By Karen J. Dilibert August 2001 Column, Page 435 The recently issued Keef decision seems to open a Pandora's Box of malpractice plagues for workers' comp attorneys. Or does it?
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath August 2001 Column, Page 394 Name-calling brief writers get a pass; Gramm-Leach-Bliley may require lawyers to send privacy notices; and more.
From Office Sharing to Letterhead: The Ethics of Holding Yourself Out to the Public By Deane Beth Brown July 2001 Article, Page 369 A review of the ethical issues facing lawyers as they communicate the nature of their practices.
Fifty Ways to Leave Your Law Firm By Karen J. Dilibert June 2001 Column, Page 323 Before you jump on the train, Jane, read about how tricky it can be to say farewell to your old firm and start or join a new one.
The Lawyer’s Journal By Bonnie C. McGrath June 2001 Column, Page 282 Knock-off alert for real estate contract; new Supreme Court Rule 99; time is money, and thus compensable; and more.