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CLE: The Cyborgs are Coming! Ethical Concerns from Technology Disruptions

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Many speakers warn about run-of-the-mill ethical concerns with technology, but only a select few understand the cutting-edge concerns that are shifting the practice of law and causing ethical headaches for sophisticated lawyers. Join Stuart Teicher in Chicago or via live webcast on April 20, 2018 as he explains both the expanding ethical pitfalls and the evolving ethical duties that lawyers face when using new technology. Attendees will learn about:

  • The Dangers that Don’t Get Discussed. Learn about the paradigm shift that’s being caused by Wikileaks and Snowden, as well as the pitfalls from the LinkedIn/Microsoft merger;
  •  Using Artificial Intelligence Safely…in Plain English. Every tech guru tells you that you need to understand artificial intelligence, but not a single one of them knows how it fits into the attorney ethics rules. Gain a better understanding of the ethical issues you may face with data mining, machine learning, automated tasks, and more (Rules 8.4, 5.3, 1.1)
  • Phish-Hooked: The Ethical Implications of Getting Scammed Online. Whether it’s ransomware, bogus escrow agent arrangements, or fake disciplinary notices, lawyers need to be aware of the hustles being used to scam lawyers. This section helps clarify an attorney’s obligation when becoming a target of online trickery. (Bar Opinions from Alaska #2016-1, Ohio #2016-8, D.C. Bar #371).
  • Twitter Traps You Didn’t Consider. The pressure to tweet is immense, even if you want to resist…and the ethical concerns with using the medium are growing. Don’t miss this discussion on the ethical implications of retweeting (Rule 4.1), the pending terrorism criminal case that could have ethics implications for lawyers, the triggering concerns of Rule 3.6; and more.

CLE: 5th Annual Elder Law Bootcamp: Basics and Beyond

Posted on March 30, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Back by Popular Demand! Don’t miss ISBA’s two-day elder law bootcamp in Chicago on April 26-27, 2018 that gives you the guidance and information you need to effectively represent your aging clients.

2018 High School Mock Trial Invitational

Posted on March 29, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Hon. Michael J. Chmiel, Standing Committee on Law Related Education for the Public Chair Kateah McMasters, and President Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.)

The 2018 ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational, which is co-administered by the ISBA and the Illinois Trial Team of the University of Illinois, took place on March 24-25 at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign. First place went to the St. Charles North Mock Trial Team from St. Charles North High School. They will be competing at the National High School Mock Trials in Reno, Nevada in May.

Pictured from left to right are Hon. Michael J. Chmiel, Standing Committee on Law Related Education for the Public Chair Kateah McMasters, and President Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.).

Volunteer for Ask A Lawyer Day

Posted on March 29, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Not all heroes wear capes. You can make a difference in your community by volunteering for Ask A Lawyer Day, our annual event that recognizes and celebrates Law Day, on April 28 from 9 a.m. to noon. As a volunteer, you will answer calls and field general legal questions from Illinois residents. This is a state-wide public relations effort that helps enhance the image of the profession and receives considerable attention from the public and the media.

Volunteers are needed to answer calls at the Illinois Bar Center offices in Springfield*. There are also opportunities to volunteer remotely by answering questions by email. Breakfast and training will be provided for volunteers.

To sign up, complete the Ask A Lawyer Day Sign Up form online. Questions may be sent directly to Sara Anderson

Law Firm Growth Planning

Posted on March 28, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Asked and Answered

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

Q. I am a partner in a six-lawyer insurance defense litigation firm in Jackson, Mississippi. There are three partners and three associates in the firm. Our firm has been at its present size for many years, revenues have been flat, and profits have been shrinking. The partners have been discussing the pros and cons of growth and we would like to significantly grow the practice. A couple of our insurance company clients have asked us to open offices in other states and we are giving this consideration. Initially, we would open two other offices and we anticipate that this would require us to hire six additional attorneys. We appreciate any thoughts that you have.

ARDC Reports Positive Early Reaction to Lawyer Self-Assessment

Posted on March 28, 2018 by Mark S. Mathewson

The Illinois ARDC has implemented a new, first-in-the-nation self-assessment program for practicing attorneys that do not carry malpractice insurance.

Historically, Illinois has not required lawyers to carry malpractice insurance. While that's still the case, effective January 1, 2018, lawyers that do not carry malpractice insurance are required to take a free, four-hour online self-assessment course about law firm operations before they register for 2019.

CLE: Interns, Externs, and Clerks - Training, Supervision, and Professionalism Issues

Posted on March 27, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Get a better understanding of how to achieve the maximum benefit from employing interns, externs, and clerks! Supervising law students is challenging in today’s diverse and fast-paced legal market. Different learning styles, level of competencies, and workplace expectations require supervising attorneys and law firms to develop effective supervision techniques to ensure a productive experience for all involved.

Voting Underway in ISBA Election

Posted on March 26, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Voting is now underway in the 2018 ISBA Election.

ISBA's election provider Election America emailed e-ballots to members with valid email addresses and mailed paper ballots to members without valid email addresses today, Monday, March 26. The last day to request a paper ballot will be Friday, April 13. 

Only attorney members who have paid their dues by March 1, 2018 are eligible to vote. 

There are three contested seats this year: third vice president, Board of Governors, First Judicial District — Cook County, and Board of Governors, Area 8 — Judicial Circuits 3 and 20. All members may vote for third vice president. Members may also vote for any office that falls in the geographical area of their ISBA address.

Candidate biographies are available in the March Illinois Bar Journal.

Third Vice President 1 to be elected (3 candidates)

  • Anna Krolikowska, Northbrook
  • Stephen M. Komie, Chicago
  • John Nisivaco, Chicago