Section Newsletter Articles on Career Advice

5 tips for practicing as a downstate attorney By Samantha Dudzinski Young Lawyers Division, August 2017 Is practicing downstate really any different from practicing in Cook or collar counties? Well, yes and no.
Book review: Getting Started as a Real Estate Attorney, by Joseph R. Fortunato By Leonard F. Amari Senior Lawyers, June 2017 This 130-page volume contains “everything-one-could-possibly-want-to-know” about practicing in the real estate transaction field, written by a recognized authority.
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.
Embracing change: Why is it so difficult? By Rich Sheehy Young Lawyers Division, April 2017 Change is hard, it’s messy, and it’s frightening, but it can also be exhilarating, liberating, and lead you to possibilities you never imagined! By approaching change, whether in a legal career or in one’s personal life, as a process with distinct stages, you can manage the anxiety and overcome the inertia that holds us back from reaching your goals.
Five traits of a successful family law attorney By Umberto S. Davi and 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.
ISBA-sponsored navigating your legal career event By Sherry H. Joseph and Colleen E. Mulligan Young Lawyers Division, February 2017 This past fall, attorney, author and career coach Anne Marie Segal gave a presentation to a class full of law students at DePaul University College of Law.
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.
Advice to young attorneys: How to grow your career By Amanda M. Oliver Young Lawyers Division, June 2016 The author shares her tips on how to stand out and get ahead in your career.
Best legal advice given—From a colleague, senior lawyer or layperson By Arlette Porter Family Law, April 2016 On February 23 and 24, 2016, another set of hopefuls” will sit for the Illinois Bar Exam. If all goes well, their registration number will be listed on April 1, 2016. I recall having checked the website and seeing my number appear. My next thought was—NOW WHAT?
How to put your most professional-self forward on voice-mail By Ann Marie Sabath Young Lawyers Division, June 2015 The author shares her voicemail etiquette tips.
DePaul alumni share secrets of success with current law students By Sherry H. Joseph Young Lawyers Division, April 2015 On the Evening of March 19, 2015, five alumni of the University of DePaul College of Law engaged in honest and practical conversations with current law students on the realities of practicing law.
Five things I learned about practicing law, and life in general, after law school By Priscilla Singer Young Lawyers Division, April 2015 The author shares five of the life lessons she's learned so far.
How to be an asset to your firm By Poonam K. Lakhani Young Lawyers Division, April 2015 With a volatile economy where clients are quick to take their business to a competing firm, there are certain steps you can take to make yourself invaluable and irreplaceable.
Save the Date— “Because You’re Worth It! Achieving Advancement and Fair Compensation in the Legal Profession” Women and the Law, April 2015 Save the date-- May 7, 2015-- for this exciting program.
Are you a business person or business professional? By Ann Marie Sabath Young Lawyers Division, February 2015 Seventeen scenarios to help you determine whether you're on the right track to climbing the career ladder.
Should I file a lawsuit or hire a lawyer? By Hon. Joseph D. Panarese Young Lawyers Division, February 2015 A helpful litigation primer to help you avoid some common pitfalls.
There is no such thing as a stupid question By Zachary L. Sorman Young Lawyers Division, February 2015 The author provides a few strategies that might help you decide whether or not your question is worth asking.
What makes an exceptional family law attorney? By Jeanne M. Reynolds Family Law, January 2015 How does a new attorney navigate family law and impress the judge? The author provides her top ten tips, observations, and suggestions.
The importance of being able to sometimes say, “I don’t know” By Tania Richard Young Lawyers Division, October 2014 In a competitive field, admitting you don't have the answer can be perceived as a sign of weakness. But in reality, being honest and willing to find the answer is actually a sign of strength.
Career development and job security: Making yourself an asset to your firm as a new lawyer By Lisa M. Giese Young Lawyers Division, April 2014 Some suggestions on how to distinguish yourself from the masses and advance your legal career.
Good advice on being a lawyer—From someone else By Brion Doherty Young Lawyers Division, December 2013 The author passes along advice he's received from other people over the years.
Adding value to your firm By Bryan J. Wilson Young Lawyers Division, June 2013 Some suggestions to help you become an integral part of your firm.
More things you never learned in law school By Bradford L. Bennett Young Lawyers Division, April 2013 The following are some suggestions a new attorney may find helpful that are not unique to any particular area of law, but those that the author wishes he had known before starting his career.
Things judges love and things they don’t about lawyers By Hon. Robert J. Anderson Family Law, March 2013 A judge's perspective on the things lawyers do well and maybe not quite as well.
Things judges love and things they don’t about lawyers By Hon. Robert J. Anderson Trusts and Estates, March 2013 A judge's perspective on the things lawyers do well and maybe not quite as well.
Navigating a case assigned to the municipal department By Amy Kelly Young Lawyers Division, August 2012 A general outline of the procedures regarding municipal cases in the First Municipal District in which a jury demand has been filed.
Reflections of President John E. Thies By John E. Thies Young Lawyers Division, August 2012 A message from ISBA President John E. Thies to the members of the YLD.
Tips for new associates By Erin Wilson Young Lawyers Division, June 2012 A few guidelines for those just starting out.
Pay it forward By Meghan O’Brien Young Lawyers Division, February 2012 Pay it forward. Do something good for someone now, and in the future, when you need assistance, someone will help you.
Mother, wife, lawyer: A balancing act By Ashley Kwasneski Young Lawyers Division, December 2010 Juggling the demands of parenthood with a successful career.