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Section Newsletter Articles From Justice Michael B. Hyman

The picture window By Justice Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, August 2018 Being present in the community and looking out for those we should be helping is part of our calling as lawyers.
A commitment to truth By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, August 2017 Author Michael Hyman suggests that the recent assault on the concept of truth is also an assault on our legal system.
No Pudd’nhead By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, July 2017 The author imagines conversing with Mark Twain using his own words.
What traits make for a good lawyer? What about a good judge? By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, June 2017 It turns out that good lawyers and good judges share what it takes to distinguish themselves and stand out among their peers. Their “good” traits are not so different from one another and are interchangeable, reciprocal, and mutual. That is, traits befitting a good lawyer apply with equal force to a good judge.
Broadening our horizons By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, April 2017 While the legal systems of other countries may differ, the way people react to the legal system and lawyers is often similar to our own. By considering how our peers from around the world have dealt with some common issues we may learn something about ourselves.
Lawyer Lincoln: A lesson in character By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, March 2017 For Lincoln, the cultivation of a good moral character was the standard by which he practiced law. It should be our ultimate standard as well.
A few words on why lawyers still admire an Illinois lawyer named Abraham By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, February 2017 No lawyer remains as popular with Illinois lawyers as Abraham Lincoln, even though Lincoln last appeared in a courtroom nearly 160 years ago.
Chair’s column: A bias-free profession By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, January 2017 A bias-free profession is the goal. While it is essentially an impossible goal, justice demands that each of us try.
Willis R. Tribler By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, December 2016 Remembering Bill, who passed away earlier this month at age 82.
Read any good books lately? By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, November 2016 Author and Bench & Bar Chair Michael Hyman asked members of this Section to choose one book with a legal bent that they would recommend every lawyer read. Here are the responses.
Chair’s column By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, October 2016 Just because 'weasels'-- habitually confrontational and mean-spirited attorneys-- abandon professionalism is no excuse for your joining their herd.  Here are three ways to respond when you encounter one.
Chair’s column: On honesty By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, July 2016 Hon. Michael Hyman urges lawyers to use Gandhi's and Lincoln's examples of nobility and honor as a personal guide.
Abraham Lincoln’s prayer for judges By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, June 2016 The final sentence in an otherwise unremarkable letter written by Lincoln identifies the gravity inherent in all judges' work.
Judge Abraham Lincoln: A short account of a short ‘judicial’ career  By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, June 2016 During his circuit riding days, Abraham Lincoln occasionally would sit as a judge pro tem.
Justice Laura Liu: A life lived with grace and gratitude By Hon. Celia G. Gamrath and Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, May 2016 The local legal community has lost another legend-in-the-making.  
A person with a disability is not a disabled person By Hon. Michael B. Hyman and Brian O’Donnell Bench and Bar, September 2015 A Q and A between Appellate Justice Michael B. Hyman and Brian O'Donnell, a second-year student at IIT CHicago-Kent College of Law.
The Chiefs’ DOs and DON’Ts By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, July 2014 What advice would chief judges around the State offer to judges?
Why judges should embrace limited scope representation By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, April 2014 Judges owe it to themselves—and the litigants and counsel appearing before them—to fully understand and follow the rules which the Supreme Court established principally as a response to the growing needs of self-represented parties.
The uncommon courage of Operation Greylord’s unsung heroes By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, September 2013 Thirty years have passed since Operation Greylord first made headlines as the sobriquet for the federal investigation of bribery, influence peddling, and other egregious abuses of the public trust.
Advice for judges based on six ancient sayings By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, August 2013 The author has selected six Chinese sayings that are concise yet chock-full of lessons for judges to absorb and practice.
Ten rules for being human while practicing law By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, May 2013 10 guidelines worth remembering.
Taking a bite out of justice By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, February 2013 A recent study shows that in order to keep mentally fresh and sharp on the bench, a judge should eat a healthy breakfast, never skip lunch, and take a break whenever not feeling his or her most productive.
Start spreading the news By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, December 2012 Unless addressed, ignorance of what occurs in our courthouses and courtrooms will imperil not only the public’s general perception of justice, but also, in time, the overall stability and even role of the justice system itself.
The Constitution’s 225th anniversary: An opportunity lost By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Administrative Law, October 2012 The 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution should be a time to raise public awareness of constitutional rights, promote participatory democracy, and foster better appreciation of the document's key elements.
The Constitution’s 225th anniversary: An opportunity lost By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, October 2012 The 225th anniversary of the signing of the U.S. Constitution should be a time to raise public awareness of constitutional rights, promote participatory democracy, and foster better appreciation of the document's key elements.
Don’t! By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Government Lawyers, October 2012 Author and Judge Michael Hyman provides his list of DOs and DONTs that apply equally to proceedings in court and everyday life at the office.
Don’t! By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, September 2012 Author and Judge Michael Hyman provides his list of DOs and DONTs that apply equally to proceedings in court and everyday life at the office.
Fulfilling the promise of equal access for all Illinoisans: The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, July 2012 The Illinois Supreme Court, through its Commission on Access to Justice, has committed the legal profession to ensure that justice is never beyond anyone’s reach.
Not all majority opinion assignment systems are equal By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, June 2012 The Illinois Supreme Court has long followed a rotation system in assigning majority opinions, which a recent study called “most effective in promoting race and gender equality in opinion-writing assignments.”
No need to fear anyone playing to courtroom cameras By Hon. Michael B. Hyman Bench and Bar, May 2012 One fear opponents of courtroom cameras frequently raise is that judges and lawyers will play to the cameras. But studies do not find this happening in states that already allow cameras.

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