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Chief Justice Garman urges increased bar association involvement in public education about the legal system

Posted on December 12, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Chief Justice Rita B. GarmanIllinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman outlined several priorities for her three-year term, and urged the organized bar to become more involved in educating the public about legal principles and procedures.

She also called on Illinois lawyers, through their bar associations, to participate more in the administrative rule-making and other activities of the Supreme Court and its committees.

Chief Justice Garman became the second woman to head Illinois' third branch of government when she was installed as Chief on October 28. She said that during her tenure as Chief Justice she will continue the Supreme Court's emphasis on civility and professionalism in the legal profession; will work to ensure "prompt judicial decision-making" at all levels of the court system; tailor judicial education programs to include the complexities of today's litigation; and support increased use of technology in courthouses and courtrooms to make the system more efficient and more transparent.

Best Practice: Getting partners and associates to develop business

Posted on December 12, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Asked and Answered

By John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

Q. We are a 16-attorney insurance defense firm in Nashville, Tenn. We have 3 equity partners, 4 non-equity partners and nine associates. The three equity partners (who bring in all the business) are nearing retirement and the remainder of the attorneys have completely failed to develop rainmaking skills and develop business. We hired lawyers to "bill hours" and failed to consider the long-range implications of hiring lawyers without business-getting skills. Do you have any suggestions?

Do you put spring in your POAs?

Posted on December 11, 2013 by Mark S. Mathewson

Some weeks back, Patricia L. Dennis of Edwardsville posed the following questions to several ISBA discussion groups: "For those of you who do POAs for healthcare and financial, do you usually put in a springing clause? If so, what is usually the [triggering] event?"

That inspired a long thread of replies that revealed varying approaches, though most choose not to add springing clauses to POAs for health care. Check out the December IBJ for some representative responses.

Assembly meeting agenda available online

Posted on December 10, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

The Assembly meeting agenda has been posted at This page is password protected and available only to ISBA members. The Assembly will next meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14 during the Midyear Meeting at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

Illinois Lawyer Finder results for November 2013

Posted on December 10, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of November 2013 ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

Here are the results for November 2013:

  • 472 phone referrals made by Lawyer Finder staff
  • Most requested areas of law: Family (97), Personal Injury (67), Criminal Law (59), Employment Law (44), Real Estate (34) and Civil Disputes (22)
  • 19,127 visits to (17,131 unique visitors)

Want to be part of the ISBA Lawyer Finder Service? Call (800) 252-8908 and ask for the Legal Department, or visit

Clients should call (800) 922-8757.