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ISBA futures committee addresses tectonic shifts in legal practice

Posted on December 21, 2016 by Mark S. Mathewson

The litany of challenges to the legal profession posed by technological and economic "disruption" is all too familiar to those feeling the impact. It includes stagnant or falling incomes among those with consumer-facing practices, reluctance of consumers to retain counsel, and new tech-empowered players reshaping legal services delivery. It has created an urgent need for law schools to better train students in non-legal concepts like marketing and for the profession to better understand its clientele.

The changes are so ubiquitous and far-reaching that lawyers are struggling to understand them, let alone to adapt. "There's kind of a broad unease in the profession based on the idea that change is happening, there are new economic strains, there are new threats from technology and new market entrants, and following all those trends is a time-consuming activity," says Mark Marquardt, executive director of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois.

With that in mind, the ISBA Task Force on the Future of Legal Services has released a report detailing the field's challenges and remedies that should be brought to bear, as well as the role the bar association itself can play in doing so. "The report was designed to take a look at the broad range of threats and opportunities facing the profession and provide a broad summary, and help people put their concerns into context," says Marquardt, a task force member.

Quick Takes for Your Practice: The Benefits of Mentorship

Posted on December 21, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Illinois attorney Elizabeth Garlovsky of Robbins, Salomon & Patt, Ltd. shares the benefits of mentorship.

Best Practice: Law Firm Succession Planning - Selling My Stock to Several Associates

Posted on December 21, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Asked and Answered

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

Q. I am the sole owner of a five attorney personal injury plaintiff firm in the Dallas suburbs. Over the years I have built a sustainable brand through advertising. I have helped my associates develop their reputations, handle substantial cases, and be involved in various areas of firm management. I am planning on retiring in five years and I would like to begin the transition early next year by selling some stock (minority interests) to deserving associates with the remainder of my shares to be purchased upon my retirement. Originally, I had through about selling shares to two associates that have been with the firm for over fifteen years - now I am thinking about selling shares to all four associates. I think it would be easier for the four to come up with the required money. I welcome your thoughts.

CLE: ISBA Basic Skills Live – For Newly Admitted Attorneys

Posted on December 20, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Complimentary Program for ISBA Members in the first 5 years of practice!

New attorneys....did you know that your first year of membership with ISBA is free and automatic? Jump start your new Illinois legal career by attending this outstanding Basic Skills professional responsibility course in Chicago on January 20, 2017 that’s designed to equip you with the information you need as a new Illinois attorney, as well as help you begin to fulfill your Illinois Supreme Court Newly Admitted Attorney requirement (S. Ct. Rule 793). Our faculty of high-profile attorneys and judges offers insights, tips, and advice on the issues you face in your practice. The program closes with an in-depth look at the questions you need answered and issues you need help with as a new attorney. Attire is business casual.

Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke announces vacancy in second subcircuit of Cook County

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke has begun an application process for a judicial vacancy in the Second Subcircuit of Cook County.

The vacancy was created by the resignation of Circuit Judge James L. Rhodes. Judge Rhodes had served as a judge since 1996. His resignation took effect December 6, 2016.

Justice Kilbride announces upcoming vacancy in Twelfth Judicial Circuit

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride has announced an application process for appointment to an at large circuit judge vacancy in the Twelfth Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy will be created by Circuit Judge Daniel J. Rozak's retirement, effective at noon on January 16, 2017. The term of office is until December 3, 2018, when the position will be filled by the November 2018 election.

ISBA offices closing during holidays

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holidays beginning Thursday, December 22 at 3 p.m. The offices will reopen on January 3, 2017.

On behalf of the ISBA staff, we wish you all happy holidays and best wishes in the new year.

Career opportunity: Marine Corps Judge Advocate

Posted on December 19, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Full-time opportunities exist to pursue a career as a Marine Corps Judge Advocate. Marine Corps Judge Advocates are immediately given the responsibilities of maintaining their own caseloads and advising Marines on legal issues. Additionally, they are trained as Marine officers.

Supreme Court Justice Garman announces vacancy in Sixth Judicial Circuit

Posted on December 15, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Justice Rita B. Garman of the Supreme Court of Illinois has begun an application process for a Resident Circuit Court vacancy in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Chief Judge Dan L. Flannell on January 13, 2017. Judge Flannell has been a Resident Circuit Judge since 1988.

Quick Takes on Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions

Posted on December 15, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Thursdays's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the criminal case People v. McDonald and the civil cases Schweihs v. Chase Home Finance, LLC and In re M.I. 


People v. McDonald

By Kerry J. Bryson, Office of the State Appellate Defender

Defendant Stanley McDonald stabbed his partner, Larry Gladney, resulting in Gladney’s death.  A paramedic who had responded to the scene testified that Gladney was very combative as they tried to treat him.  Gladney smelled of alcohol and had needle track marks indicative of drug use.  Later testing showed a BAC of .19 and cocaine in Gladney’s system.  Gladney died two days later, with the cause being a stroke resulting from a stab wound to his right cheek which had damaged his carotid artery and caused a blood clot.