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CLE: Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers

Posted on May 23, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

You negotiate every day. In fact, your ability to effectively negotiate may be the most critical skill you possess, yet most negotiate instinctively or intuitively. This Master Series seminar trains you to approach negotiations with a strategic mindset, allowing you to become a more effective lawyer. And make no mistake – no matter how much you’ve negotiated, you can still learn. Adding that one new tactic may be the difference between winning and walking away empty-handed. Topics include: the golden rules of negotiation; gaining leverage with alternatives; using objective criteria and timing to your advantage; techniques for gathering information; generating creative solutions; dealing with "negotiation games;" and ethical considerations.

Law Firm Financial Management: Using Credit Line to Purchase Equipment

Posted on May 23, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Asked and Answered 

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

Q. I am the financial partner with our 16-attorney firm in Indianapolis. The firm has had a rough couple of years. We had several partners leave the firm and they took several corporate clients with them. Unfortunately, this was consistent retainer and time bill work. While we still have some retainer and time bill corporate work, a much larger mix of our work is now contingency fee work. As a result, we have had some cash flow challenges and for the first three months of this year there was no money to pay partner draws. We have a credit line with the bank of $125,000 that we have not used. We only use our credit line for long-term equipment purchases. We would appreciate any suggestions that you have.

Sixteen New Associate Judges Appointed in Cook County

Posted on May 21, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The names of 16 new associate judges, selected in a vote of Cook County Circuit Court judges, were announced today by Marcia M. Meis, director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. With respect to the 17th vacancy, a tie prevents a winner from being declared. As such, a runoff is necessary.

Pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 39, "[where] a tie prevents a winner from being declared, reballoting shall proceed in the manner provided above for the first balloting except that ballots shall include only the names of those candidates whose tied voted prevented a winner from being declared." Consistent with the rule, the following candidates will be placed on the runoff ballot:

  • Levander Smith Jr. 
  • James Adolph Wright

Ballots listing the names of 34 finalists, chosen from 272 candidates, were distributed to 252 circuit judges. Ballots were due May 16, 2018.

CLE: Tips of the Trade: A Federal Civil Practice Seminar

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Back by popular demand! Join us June 29 in O’Fallon for this unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of federal civil practice from seven federal judges and several experienced attorneys on topics ranging from important pleading requirements to trial preparation and settlement negotiations. Attorneys with all levels of experience practicing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois who attend this seminar will gain a better understanding of: recent developments in federal jurisdiction; pitfalls to avoid and procedures to follow; how to manage the costs and burdens of discovery while uncovering key evidence; the bench’s perspective on federal civil practice; jury instructions and pre-trial orders; settlement conferences and the procedures for a successful mediation; and much more.

Justice Charles E. Freeman Announces Retirement

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Justice Charles Freeman
Justice Charles Freeman
Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr.
Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr.

Justice Charles E. Freeman, the first African-American to serve on the Illinois Supreme Court and as Chief Justice, will retire June 14.

Justice Freeman, 84, is the fifth-longest serving justice in Illinois Supreme Court history at 27 years, six months.

The Supreme Court has constitutional authority to fill interim judicial vacancies and has appointed Appellate Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr., to fill Justice Freeman's seat, effective June 15 through Dec. 7, 2020. Justice Neville has been a member of the First District Appellate Court since 2004, and a judge since 2000. Cook County Circuit Court Judge Carl Anthony Walker has been assigned to the First District Appellate Court until further order of the Court. Appellate Court Justice Michael B. Hyman was also reassigned to an Appellate Court seat effective until Dec. 7, 2020.

Born in Richmond, Va., Justice Freeman descended from slaves freed by Quakers before the American Civil War. He earned a bachelor’s degree from Virginia Union University in 1954 and a law degree from the John Marshall Law School in 1962. 

He also served as an Illinois assistant attorney general, Cook County assistant state's attorney, and assistant attorney for the County Board of Election Commissioners. He was an arbitrator with the Illinois Industrial Commission and he later served on the Illinois Commerce Commission.

John Horeled 1951-2018

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
John Horeled

John J. Horeled, 66, of Crystal Lake and a lifelong resident of McHenry County, died Thursday, May 3, 2018. He was born November 1, 1951, in Harvard to Joseph and Helen (nee Keeley) Horeled. 

John graduated from Marion Central High School in 1969. He later graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a degree in economics in 1973. John then graduated from Valparaiso University School of Law in 1976. John practiced law in McHenry County for over 42 years. He was involved in the Illinois State Bar Association for 40 years and was also involved in several section councils and task forces. 

Law Firm Client Surveys: How to Collect and Report the Data

Posted on May 16, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Asked and Answered 

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

Q. We have a 16-attorney firm in Chicago. Our marketing committee has been discussing implementing a client survey program. We are not sure where to start or how best to collect and report the data. Your thoughts would be appreciated.

Famous Lincoln Portrait Unveiled at St. Clair County Courthouse

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Anna Krolikowska

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was unveiled May 15 at a ceremony at the St. Clair County Courthouse.

The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. It is considered to be one of the best taken of Lincoln during his pre-presidential years.

The permanent installation is made possible by donations from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and their respective foundations – the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation.