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Subjective Law Firm Partner Compensation Systems

Posted on April 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Asked and Answered

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

Q. I am a partner in a 12-attorney commercial litigation law firm in Palm Beach, Florida. There are five partners in the firm. We are contemplating merging with another firm in the area of similar size. We have done our due diligence and have come across a possible non-starter—our compensation system. Our compensation system is an objective, formula-based system. The other firm has operated under a subjective system and they are pushing for the firm to operate similarly. We would appreciate your thoughts on this method of compensation.

Last Day to Vote in ISBA Election Is Monday, April 30

Posted on April 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Voting is now underway in the 2018 ISBA election. Voting closes at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, April 30.

ISBA's election provider Election America e-mailed ballots to members with valid e-mail addresses and mailed paper ballots to members without valid e-mail addresses two weeks ago, on Monday, March 26. The deadline to request paper ballots was last Friday, April 13.

CLE: What’s New in Mental Health Law: Mental Health Issues and Legal Professionalism

Posted on April 13, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Get the updates you need regarding a number of important mental health topics with this half-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on May 16, 2018. Practitioners with all levels of legal experience who are interested in the current regulations surrounding attorneys facing substance abuse or mental health issues (and how to assist them) will benefit from attending and learn: how to help attorneys and law students facing mental illness and/or substance abuse issues; the recent legislative changes and appellate opinions in mental health; the mission of the Lawyer’s Assistance Program to help attorneys facing substance abuse and/or mental health issues through mentoring and other tools; and how disciplinary authorities handle attorney mental health and substance abuse cases.

Board of Governors Under-Represented Vacancy to Be Filled

Posted on April 12, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The ISBA president-elect will appoint a member to one of the under-represented seats of the Board of Governors at the May 2018 Board of Governors meeting. The member appointed to this position will serve with full Board member privileges for a three-year term beginning the first day of the 2018 Annual Meeting in Fontana, WI. 

Pursuant to the Association Bylaws, eligible candidates for the under-represented seat include members of the Association with a status of, but not limited to, age, race, gender, ethnicity, sexual orientation, disability, geography, areas and types of practice, and years of practice. 

The Diversity Leadership Council is responsible for recommending candidates for consideration by the president-elect. All interested members should submit a written self-nomination by email to mburkholder@isba.org no later than April 27, 2018. 

Limited Scope Representation in Transactions - Put it in Writing

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Mark S. Mathewson

Limited scope representation has been ethically permissible in Illinois since at least 2010 and probably even before then. Initially conceived to make it easier to serve clients of modest means, it might be more important today as a way to accommodate changing consumer preferences about legal services.

IBF to Honor DeKalb County Attorney

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Richard Turner

The Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) will honor Richard L. Turner, Jr., partner at Turner & Sackett, LLC, for his leadership and dedication to the law at a DeKalb County Fellows reception on Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Kishwaukee Country Club, 1901 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. 

Tickets are $35 per person. To purchase tickets or sponsorships visit https://www.illinoisbarfoundation.org/dekalb-county-fellows-reception

Created in 1983, the Fellows Program consists of a special group of lawyers and Foundation supporters who have committed, by direct payment or pledge over ten years, sums of money ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to support the mission of the IBF.

Law Firm Practice Groups

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Asked and Answered

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

Q. I am a partner and a member of our three-member executive committee. Our firm is a 25-attorney litigation defense firm in Kansas City, Missouri. We handle matters such as personal injury, medical malpractice, professional malpractice, products liability, and health care law. Each attorney handles and manages his or her own cases and operates in isolation of the other partners in the firm. Other than attending a quarterly partnership meeting there is little interaction among the partners. We have been discussing whether we should form practice groups. We would appreciate your thoughts.

Spotlight on Pro Bono: Another Alternative For Free Legal Services In Southern Illinois

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Sara Anderson

By Beverly A. Allen 

The Neighborhood Law Office, is just that — a law office that serves the legal needs of its neighbors. The Neighborhood Law Office (NLO) provides free legal services to low income residents in St. Clair County and its surrounding counties. Implemented in 1996, Kathleen O’Keefe, a former staff attorney at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., was its first director. NLO falls under the auspices of Catholic Urban Programs (CUP). CUP was founded in 1973 as a department of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville and has provided charity services throughout Southern Illinois for over 40 years. The mission of CUP and NLO is to advance the dignity of the human person through compassionate responses to human needs, advocacy for justice, and to empower individuals and families to reach their full potential by ensuring access to justice for their clients. 

Deadline to Request Paper Ballot in ISBA Election Is Friday

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Voting is now underway in the 2018 ISBA election, and the last day to request a paper ballot is this Friday, April 13.

ISBA's election provider Election America e-mailed ballots to members with valid e-mail addresses and mailed paper ballots to members without valid e-mail addresses two weeks ago, on Monday, March 26.

Only attorney members who have paid their dues by March 1, 2018 are eligible to vote. Voting ends at 4:30 p.m. CT on April 30.

CLE: The Anatomy of Mechanics Lien Claim

Posted on April 10, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Join your fellow colleagues and local judges in Chicago on May 9, 2018 for an in-depth look at the nuts and bolts of a mechanics lien claim! Learn what it takes to prosecute liens on private and public projects and avoid common pitfalls encountered with claims under the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act.

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