Articles From Marie K. Sarantakis

Pet custody is coming to Illinois: Who will get Fido in the divorce? By Marie K. Sarantakis Family Law, March 2018 Effective January 1, 2018, the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act nows require state courts to award custody of a marital companion pet after considering what is in the animal’s best interests.
Pet custody is coming to Illinois: Who will get Fido in the divorce? By Marie K. Sarantakis Animal Law, February 2018 Six out of every 10 U.S. households own a pet. Almost five out of 10 of married couples file for divorce. Consequently, it should be no surprise that a significant percentage of our population faces legal difficulties as to who will keep the family’s furry child when spouses move in to separate residences.
Five tips for new lawyers starting their own practice By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, June 2017 Want to go out on your own? Consider these suggestions.
What family law practitioners need to know about cyberstalking By Marie K. Sarantakis Family Law, May 2017 Today’s family law attorney must have a cursory understanding of the legal framework concerning privacy issues in order to adequately instruct their clients about actions for which they may be found civilly and/or criminally liable.
Five traits of a successful family law attorney By Umberto S. Davi & Marie K. Sarantakis Family Law, April 2017 The following traits have been found to be especially helpful to attorneys who deal with sensitive and emotionally-laden matters such as divorce and child custody.
An interview with celebrity divorce attorney Randall Kessler By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, February 2017 During Kessler’s latest visit to Chicago, he met with ISBA Young Lawyers Division member Marie Sarantakis for the following one-on-one interview.
Five ways to enhance your credentials as a new family law practitioner By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, December 2016 Stuck in a rut? Improve your resume and become more qualified by following these simple tips.
Announcing the ISBA Website for New Lawyers By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, October 2016 The new site is an extension of the ISBA original website, but is specifically tailored to cater to new lawyers’ needs. It lists a plethora of benefits connected with ISBA membership that are especially meaningful to a new attorney, including complimentary access to FastCase legal research, a listing in the Illinois Lawyer Finder referral database, daily case digests, and continuing legal education credits.
Letter from the Editor By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, October 2016 An introduction and call for articles from YLD Newsletter Editor Marie Sarantakis.
A new option for new lawyers: Your first downtown office By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, August 2016 Have you checked out ISBA Mutual's FREE office space for Illinois lawyers yet?
Remembering Justice Thomas Fitzgerald By Marie K. Sarantakis Bench and Bar, June 2016 On May 11, 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court hosted a memorial tribute to another legal legend, recognizing the late Justice Thomas Fitzgerald’s continued impact on the legal community.
Are young lawyers less civilized? By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, April 2016 Numerous jurisdictions are recognizing and lamenting the deterioration of civility in the legal profession. However, incivility is not a new problem nor is it unique to professionals under the age of 35. This article addresses some of the reasons a young lawyer might be perceived as being less than civil.
ISBA YLD hosts Second Annual Wine Tasting in Chicago By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, April 2016 On February 27, 2016, the ISBA's YLD hosted their second annual Wine Tasting event at the ISBA Chicago Regional Office.
YLD members gather at the 18th Annual YLD Holiday Party By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, February 2016 A recap of the YLD's December fundraiser.
Eight tips for law students taking the MPRE By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, December 2015 A few tips to keep in mind when preparing to take the Multistate Professional Responsibility Examination.
How to use LinkedIn to its maximum potential By Erin Wilson & Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, December 2015 Some insider tips for maximizing your professional profile.
Ten changes in family law that practitioners need to know in 2016: A brief summary of modifications to the IMDMA By Marie K. Sarantakis Family Law, December 2015 While minor revisions to the IMDMA have been adopted addressing civil unions in 2011, same-sex marriage in 2013, and maintenance provisions in 2014, we are about to see a transformative and major overhaul of the statute in its entirety.
Exploring the viability of expanding 711 licenses to law students working for private law firms By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, October 2015 711 limited law licenses are currently allowed for law students working under the supervision of a legal aid organization, office of the public defender, or law office of the State. But what about the students externing for private practitioners who are performing similar work? 
Five methods to transcend from zealous to zen By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, August 2015 A few ideas to empower you to become more resilient and centered in an ever-connected and fast-paced world.
ISBA YLD members gather at the Annual Meeting in Lake Geneva By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, August 2015 An insider's look at the YLD's activities at the ISBA's June meeting.
Your law review submission was rejected. Now what? By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, August 2015 The author provides three simple avenues to publish your research after receiving a rejection letter.
ISBA YLD and JMLS ADR Society co-host career panel at The John Marshall Law School By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, June 2015 On April 6, 2015, the ISBA Young Lawyers Division, in conjunction with the JMLS ADR Society, hosted a panel called “Career Paths in Alternative Dispute Resolution” at The John Marsh
ISBA YLD members volunteer on live television By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, April 2015 On March 9th, law students and young attorneys gathered at WTTW Studios in Chicago to raise funds for public television.
ISBA YLD co-sponsors a real estate closing workshop at The John Marshall Law School By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, December 2014 Read more about this recent event.
John Marshall ISBA representatives host election law panel By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, December 2014 On October 7, the ISBA Student Representatives for the John Marshall Law School hosted an Election Law Panel event to provide students with education about the electoral process and an opportunity to expand their professional networks.
Is law school worth the investment? By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, August 2014 Is it worth going to law school when the degree no longer guarantees a job in the current market?
Five things I wish I’d known as a first-year law student By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, February 2014 Some tips for law students.
Do law students need a business card? By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, October 2013 Some say it’s tacky, unnecessary, impractical and environmentally unfriendly—The author says it’s essential.
Five simple rules to protect your reputation as a law student By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, August 2013 The legal community, while expansive, is particularly close-knit. The people sitting next to you in class, attorneys you meet at events, and judges you appear before on the bench are all people that you will run into again and again throughout your career.
Flexible volunteer opportunity available to law students By Marie K. Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, August 2013 Illinois Legal Aid Online makes it possible for those with busy schedules to volunteer by setting their own hours while working from home.

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