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Hotel registration now open for 2014 Midyear Meeting

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The 2014 ISBA Midyear Meeting and Joint Meeting with the Illinois Judges Association will be held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois from Dec. 11– 13. Take advantage of this opportunity to make your reservations for lodging early. Reservations at the Sheraton may either be made online at www.starwoodmeeting.com/Book/isba2014 or by calling 800.325.3535. Please be sure to advise that you are attending the ISBA/IJA Meeting when making your reservation. Rates for 2014 are $149 for single or double occupancy, plus tax. Check-in after 3:00 p.m. and check-out before 12:00 p.m.

The deadline for making reservations for lodging is on or before November 17. Reservations received after this date will be subject to availability. The deposit will be forfeited for all no-shows, early departures and cancellations less than 72 hours prior to arrival.

Watch in the coming months for additional details, schedule of events and registration information on our website www.isba.org and Illinois Lawyer Now.

Ethics Question of the Week: Do I violate Rule 4.2 if I give another lawyer’s client a “second opinion”?

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Q. Do I violate Rule 4.2 if I give another lawyer’s client a “second opinion” on a pending legal matter in which I am not involved?

A. Rule 4.2 provides that “[I]n representing a client, a lawyer shall not communicate about the subject of the representation with a person the lawyer knows to be represented by another lawyer in the matter” without that lawyer’s consent.

However, Comment [4] to the Rule makes it clear that it does not “preclude communication with a represented person who is seeking advice from a lawyer who is not otherwise representing a client in the matter.”

ISBA members can browse past ISBA Ethics Opinions, access our Ethics Hotline, and other resources on the ISBA Ethics Page.

[DisclaimerThese questions are representative of calls received on the ISBA’s ethics hotline.  The information provided is meant as an educational tool to highlight potentially applicable Illinois RPC or other ethics resources that might help the lawyer answer the question posed.  The information provided isn’t legal advice.  Because every situation is different, often complex, and the law is constantly evolving, you shouldn’t rely upon this general information without conducting your own research.]

Best Practice: Law Firm Staffing and Growth Models - Lateral Partners & Of Counsel

Posted on September 10, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Asked and Answered

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

Two weeks ago I was asked by the managing partner of a 16 attorney insurance defense firm about staffing and growth models for an insurance defense firm and I listed the following models and discussed the first model – Grow Your Own Associate Staffing. Last week I discussed the second and third models - Lateral Associate Staffing and Contract - Staff Associate Staffing.

Attorney staffing/growth models include:

Illinois Lawyer Finder makes over 800 referrals in August

Posted on September 8, 2014 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 August 2014, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

Here are the results for August 2014:

  • 819 phone referrals made by Lawyer Finder staff
  • Most requested areas of law: Family (174), Personal Injury (107), Civil Disputes (83), Criminal Law (80), Real Estate (64), Employment Law (61) and Civil Rights (39).
  • 22,173 visits to IllinoisLawyerFinder.com (19,840 unique visitors)

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

Clients should call (800) 922-8757.

CLE: After Shelby County v. Holder: The Impact on Voting Access

Posted on September 8, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

In Shelby County v. Holder, the U.S. Supreme Court found that the pre-clearance requirements and the coverage formula of the Voting Rights Act of 1964 are no longer applicable to the States. As a result, numerous state legislatures and Governors passed (or are seeking to pass) voter restrictions that will effectively prevent persons from minority groups, including the poor, elderly, and disabled, from exercising their constitutional right to vote. In response, the ACLU, the League of Women Voters, and other civil rights organizations have created voting rights projects to monitor government restrictions, educate voters on how to protect their rights, develop strategies to challenge restrictive laws, and lobby Congress to reauthorize the set of pre-clearance requirements and the coverage formula it has approved in previous years. Don't miss this informative seminar on Wednesday, September 24th that offers an in-depth look at how Shelby County v. Holder has impacted citizen’s voting rights.

The program takes place in Chicago; however, it is also available as a live webcast for those unable to attend the onsite program. It qualifies for 1.25 hours MCLE credit and is presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law.

Click here for more information and to register.

Illinois Supreme Court annouces judicial vacancy in 6th District

Posted on September 8, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

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

The DeWitt County resident circuit vacancy is created by the death of Judge Garry W. Bryan. Judge Bryan had served as a resident circuit judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit since 2008.

Under the Illinois Constitution, the Supreme Court holds the authority to fill interim judicial vacancies until the next General Election. The application process will lead to final Court approval. The applicants will undergo an evaluation and screening process.

Notice of the vacancy has been posted in courthouses throughout the Circuit. The application form and instructions may be obtained by visiting the Supreme Court’s website at www.illinoiscourts.gov and following the instructions in the “Latest News” scroller announcing the Sixth Judicial Circuit vacancy. Applications must be submitted by mail to:

Best Practice: Law Firm Staffing and Growth Models - Lateral & Contract Associates

Posted on September 3, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Asked and Answered

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

Last week I was asked by the managing partner of a 16 attorney insurance defense firm about staffing and growth models for an insurance defense firm and I listed the following models and discussed the first model - grow your own associate staffing.

Attorney staffing/growth models include:

ISBA Member Benefit: Sign up for LawPay credit card processing and get 3 months free

Posted on September 2, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Special offer through Sept. 30

Join at no cost! LawPay will waive the $150 virtual terminal fee and your program fee for 3 months through the end of September!*

Handling transactions between trust and operating accounts correctly is critical to your practice. With LawPay, you can accept credit cards with confidence knowing your transactions are handled correctly.

LawPay meets the requirements for the ABA trust account guidelines as well as the Attorney’s Professional Code of Conduct. As a result, LawPay is approved and recommended exclusively by 39 state and 50 local bar associations.

As an ISBA member, you receive reduced processing rates, multiple features for the client-attorney transaction and a level of personalized service not easily found elsewhere.

With discounted member fees, law firms save up to 20 – 25% off standard credit and debit card fees. If you are currently accepting credit and debit cards, we encourage you to compare your current processor with the ISBA's LawPay Member Discount Program.

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP merges with Los Angeles-based Barger & Wolen LLP

Posted on September 2, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, a national law firm with 460 lawyers in 22 offices around the country and Barger & Wolen LLP, a California-based law firm with 45 attorneys in six offices, announced today they will join forces. The merger creates one of the largest insurance law practices in the United States with 120 full-time attorneys dedicated to providing legal counsel to companies that shape the insurance and financial services industries.

The partner votes took place on August 28, 2014, and the merger will become effective on October 1, 2014. The combined firm will keep the name Hinshaw & Culbertson and have over 500 attorneys in 11 states as well as London.

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