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Articles on Attorneys

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.

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