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ISBA Files Complaint to Enjoin IDFPR Prosecution of Lawyers

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Mark S. Mathewson

On July 11, 2017, the Illinois State Bar Association filed a complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County to enjoin the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (“IDFPR”) from prosecuting Illinois licensed lawyers for submitting information about property values in advocating on behalf of clients in real estate tax assessment proceedings.

In April, the IDFPR initiated administrative prosecutions of two Illinois licensed lawyers, alleging that in separate proceedings each had engaged in the unlicensed practice of real estate appraisal. The lawyers had filed briefs with the Property Tax Appeals Board and the DuPage County Board of Review, respectively, advocating a reduction in the assessed value of their clients’ property. Neither lawyer purported to submit an appraisal or act as an appraiser. The IDFPR’s administrative complaints sought “cease and desist” orders against the two lawyers as well as civil penalties not to exceed $25,000 per violation. 

"Arguments based on property valuation are common in many legal fields and have long been typical of real estate tax assessment practice," said Thomas McNulty of Neal, Gerber & Eisenberg LLP, who along with Steven Pflaum is representing the ISBA in this case. "The ISBA believes that making such arguments on behalf of clients clearly constitutes the practice of law, does not entail the submission of an appraisal, and is well beyond the authority of the IDFPR to regulate."

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Seeks Staff Attorneys

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to senior and low-income individuals in central and souther Illinois, seeks two staff attorneys at its Northern Regional office.

Senior staff attorney responsibilities will include representation of senior citizens in civil cases and transactional matters involving critical legal needs in 12-county service area. Position includes travel to senior centers on a regular basis and participation in community legal education and outreach.

Staff attorney responsibilities will include representation of low-income in routine and complex family law litigation, particularly for victims of domestic violence and representation of low-income clients in other litigation involving critical legal needs.

To qualify, applicants must be admitted to the Illinois Bar and demonstrate commitment to the representation of low-income individuals. Prior legal services or clinical work experience strongly preferred. 

Salary is approximately $45,000 with license, depending on experience, and includes excellent benefits, including medical, dental, and vision.

Interested applicants should send a resume, cover letter, and writing sample to:

Lauren J. Pashayan
Managing Attorney
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.
3085 Stevenson Drive St. 202
Springfield, IL 62703
(217) 529-8400
lpashayan@lollaf.org

Don’t Miss These Upcoming Fastcase Training Webinars!

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Complimentary Training and CLE Credit for ISBA Members Only

Thursday, August 3, 2017: Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase

Take advantage of this opportunity to familiarize yourself with Fastcase (including the all new Fastcase 7!) through this introductory legal research training seminar. With unlimited free access to a comprehensive 50-state and federal case law database, this is one benefit ISBA members should learn how to use!

Thursday, August 10, 2017: Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research on Fastcase

Take your Fastcase knowledge and knowhow to a new level with this advanced legal research training seminar (which also includes a look at the advanced features of Fastcase 7). Get the most out of this member benefit learning how to use the advanced features of this free online legal research tool.

Thursday, August 17, 2017: Fastcase Boolean (Keyword) Search for Lawyers

Join us for a brief overview that discusses how using the right keyword throughout your Fastcase search can produce better search results, as well as how to use the keyword search in Fastcase 7! The program is designed for attorneys who are already familiar with the basics of Fastcase, but are new to Boolean (keyword) searches and want to learn how to be more efficient using Boolean logic on any legal search engine.

Open a Firm with Practice HQ

Posted on July 11, 2017 by Sara Anderson

We recently launched our new member benefit, Practice HQ. Organized by the lifecycle of a law practice, this one-stop microsite houses together high-quality practice information in one place. 

Starting a new law firm can be one of the most exciting endeavors you will ever undertake, but it can also be scary as you navigate the process and face the unknown. After all, you must take into consideration everything from software to practice management to client services. For members at the beginning of a firm's lifecycle, Practice HQ offers valuable tools on how to get your firm up and running.

Lawyer Referral Service Makes Over 1,000 Referrals in June

Posted on July 7, 2017 by Sara Anderson

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 June 2017, there were a total of 1,015 calls.  ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in 33 areas of law. 

Here are the results for June 2017:

Boost Your Practice IQ at Practice HQ

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Our new member benefit, Practice HQ, is now live! In partnership with Affinity Consulting, we've developed this "one-stop microsite" for practice management and technology information. This wealth of resources was designed to help you practice smarter by housing high-quality practice information in one place. Within Practice HQ you'll find:

July Savings from Tickets at Work

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Sara Anderson

July is for Theme Parks
Summer is officially here and that means it's time to explore the nation's best theme parks. So much is happening at Walt Disney World, like the new Pandora - The World of Avatar, and TicketsatWork.com is offering an extra day free! This month, when you buy a 4-Day Magic Your Way Ticket with Park Hopper Option you'll get an extra day free. And, calling all LEGO lovers: Experience all things LEGO, including the explosive LEGOLAND Knight Lights this July, with 30% savings on LEGOLAND Florida tickets. If you're heading out west, stop by Knott's Berry Farm for more theme park fun — and save over 45 percent on tickets!

Best Practice Tips: Law Firm Merger Agreement

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Asked and Answered 

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

Q. Our firm, a 14-attorney litigation firm in Sacramento, California, is planning on merging/acquiring a three-attorney firm in the area. We have completed our due diligence and both firms have agreed on the terms of the merger. What type of agreement and legal documents do we need to effect and implement the merger?

The Checklist Manifesto for Lawyers

Posted on July 6, 2017 by Mark S. Mathewson

In his bestselling book The Checklist Manifesto: How to Get Things Right, physician and New Yorker writer Atul Gawande argues that checklists are essential to reducing errors and increasing efficiency. He points to the airline industry's reliance on flight-related checklists - and its remarkable safety record - as evidence of the power of checklists to make processes work, and argues that the medical profession should expand the use of checklists to save lives and improve outcomes.

"The natural extension to the legal field is that lawyers must use checklists as much as possible," writes Kerry Lavelle in the June issue of The Bottom Line, newsletter of the ISBA Standing Committee on Law Office Management and Economics. "For example, why not have a definitive checklist for a residential real estate closing? A commercial real estate closing? An asset purchase agreement? Stock purchase agreement? Commercial lease review?"

Nor is the value of checklists limited to transactional processes, Lavelle writes. "Imagine having a compelling and detailed checklist, or litigation handbook, specific to your firm's [litigation] 'process' encompassing the local rules where every new attorney and attorney thereafter would need to understand in the process for litigation," he writes. Find out more in the July Illinois Bar Journal.

CLE: 40 Hour Mediation/Arbitration Training

Posted on June 30, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mediation is designed to resolve differences both in and out of the courts. It requires a very different mindset than courtroom litigation. This week-long Master Series program, which runs from October 16, 2017 – October 20, 2017 in Chicago, trains practitioners to resolve conflicts in a non-adversarial, non-confrontational manner, allowing peaceful resolutions between parties.

The program is taught by Richard Calkins and Fred Lane—two nationally recognized mediators, authors and educators. Until 20 years ago, both Mr. Calkins and Mr. Lane were well-known and highly regarded litigators. Since then, however, they have successfully mediated over 5,000 cases. They are co-authors of the “Lane & Calkins Mediation Practice Guide.” [The “Lane & Calkins Mediation Practice Guide” is included with the purchase of this program.] They are co-founders of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution, which was established in 2001. The academy offers courses in mediation methods and techniques, and also conducts national and international mediation competitions for students in undergraduate school and law school. For more information about the academy, visit www.inadr.org

Click here for more information and to register.

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