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Quick Takes for Your Practice: Due Diligence Before Writing Real Estate Attorney Reviews

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Erica Minchella, real estate attorney at Minchella & Associates, talks about the due diligence attorneys should be doing before writing attorney and inspection review letters in residential and commercial real estate transactions. 

Indecent Exposure

Posted on January 10, 2018 by Mark S. Mathewson

When people think about the jobs of public defenders, they may think about the immense workloads that some PDs take on. They may think about the risks of defending a dangerous individual - and losing.

One workplace hazard that most of us probably don't realize is that some inmates in Cook County Jail have been exposing themselves to, and sometimes masturbating in front of, female public defenders and correctional officers. The problem has led to six female public defenders filing an equal protection lawsuit late last year in the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Female correctional officers filed a similar lawsuit.

Best Practice Tips: Increasing Case Volume in a Personal Injury Law Firm

Posted on January 10, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Asked and Answered

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

Q. I am a partner in a two-partner personal injury firm in Tampa, Florida. We do not have any associate attorneys. Our firm only handles personal injury work. We have been in practice for 35 years and have been very successful over the years. However, the last few years have been terrible. Adjusters are not settling cases and the days of three-times specials is over. Our case volume is down, the quality of cases that we have in our inventory is far below what we had in previous years, and our revenues are down substantially. Cash flow is awful. We have had to live off of our credit line for the past year. Our main source of business over the years has been referrals from past clients and other lawyers, yellow pages, and our very basic website. We would appreciate any thoughts and suggestions that you may have.

Rock Out for Justice on March 8

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 8, to join the Illinois Bar Foundation at the hottest show around. Lawyer-led bands will be rocking out for justice at Illinois Lawyers Rock, a fundraiser event that raises money to ensure access to justice to support juvenile justice initiatives through the Foundation's M. Denny Hassakis Fund. Doors at Lincoln Hall in Chicago open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:00 p.m.

Visit the Illinois Bar Foundation website for tickets and sponsorship opportunities. 

ISBA Seeks Managing Editor

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) seeks a motivated professional to manage the production of the Illinois Bar Journal, the Association’s flagship publication. The Managing Editor will also oversee the production of ISBA section newsletters, the IBJ advertising program, and the Illinois Courts Bulletin. The Managing Editor position will preferably be based in the Springfield, Illinois headquarters of the ISBA, but candidates desiring to work in the ISBA’s Chicago Office are also invited to apply.

CLE: Business Divorce - Marital and Non-Marital Business Owner Separations

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Any lawyer or company advisor (with intermediate practice experience) who is involved in organizing entities, managing marital disputes where business interests are at issue, or negotiating/litigating non-marital separations and planned/unplanned changes of entity control won’t want to miss this half-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on January 18, 2018 that gives you the tools you need to handle business owner separation cases. Topics include: the standard clauses of mutual protection and planned or compelled owner exit; alternative dispute resolution options; recapitalization or internal case availability and valuation issues associated with same; the fragility of business enterprises; the difference between going concern valuation and distress sale asset disposition; asset concealment, cash demands, interpersonal disputes, and other issues likely to occur in marital and non-marital arguments among business owners; and the Illinois Rules of Professional Responsibility regarding client identification issues.

USAO Central District of Illinois Seeks Assistant U.S. Attorney

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The U.S. Attorneys Office Central District of Illinois seeks a criminal assistant U.S. attorney (AUSA) in Urbana to prosecute federal criminal cases in the district. Criminal AUSAs advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and may represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Circuit Court of Appeals.

Quick Takes for Your Practice: Evaluating Damages in a Personal Injury Claim

Posted on January 4, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Pamela L. Pierro, partner at Spyratos Davis, LLC, discusses how to evaluate damages in a personal injury claim.

Best Practice Tips: Law Firm 2018 Initiatives and Goals

Posted on January 4, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Asked and Answered

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

Q. Our firm is an 18-attorney insurance defense firm located in Los Angeles. We have six partners and 12 associates. We represent insurance companies in personal injury and property claims. Over the last five years, our growth and profitability have been flat. We feel that we have enough work to reach our goals, but we don’t think our people are energized. We have a billing requirement of 2,000 billable hours but few of our attorneys are hitting them. The partners met a few weeks ago to set goals for 2018. The firm does not have a business or strategic plan. Do you have any thoughts on 2018 goals and how best we can implement?

Lawyer Referral Service Makes Over 575 Referrals in December

Posted on January 4, 2018 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 December 2017 there were over 575 referrals given.

Here are the results for December 2017:

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