A commitment to truthBy Hon. Michael B. HymanBench and Bar, August 2017Author Michael Hyman suggests that the recent assault on the concept of truth is also an assault on our legal system.
No Pudd’nheadBy Hon. Michael B. HymanBench and Bar, July 2017The author imagines conversing with Mark Twain using his own words.
Broadening our horizonsBy Hon. Michael B. HymanBench and Bar, April 2017While 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.
Chair’s columnBy Hon. Michael B. HymanBench and Bar, October 2016Just 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.
Courthouse professionalism: Not just for judges and lawyersBy Hon. Debra B. Walker & Jayne ReardonBench and Bar, July 2016The Courthouse Cross-Disciplinary Training program brings together representatives from every type of person who works in the courthouse, challenging them to consider ways they can increase their professionalism and service to those who access our judicial system.
Building a working wardrobeBy Priscilla SingerYoung Lawyers Division, April 2016Your work wardrobe should make you feel confident, comfortable, professional, and ready to take on the day. Here are a few tips for the young attorney’s closet.
E-mail etiquette at workBy Kathy XiahouYoung Lawyers Division, February 2016Some helpful tips for those who communicate electronically.
Communication etiquette as a young lawyer—ResponsivenessBy Vincent A. OppedisanoYoung Lawyers Division, October 2015Developing a good sense of how to best reply to different communications will help you in your practice in a number of ways. Here are a few rules and general guidelines that should help.
Pennsylvania judge takes a bold stand against unprofessional conductBy David W. Inlander & Ronald D. Menna, Jr.Civil Practice and Procedure, October 2015Recently Judge Paul Panepinto, presiding over a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, medical malpractice action, imposed a sanction of almost $1 million upon an attorney due to her expert witness’ violation of an agreed order in limine. Could such a sanction be imposed in Illinois to promote attorney professionalism?
Pennsylvania judge takes a bold stand against unprofessional conductBy David W. Inlander & Ronald D. Menna, Jr.Bench and Bar, September 2015Recently Judge Paul Panepinto, presiding over a Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, medical malpractice action, imposed a sanction of almost $1 million upon an attorney due to her expert witness’ violation of an agreed order in limine. Could such a sanction be imposed in Illinois to promote attorney professionalism?
A primer on professionalismBy Lyndsay MarkleyTort Law, September 2015The author shares several of the lessons she's learned about maintaining professionalism in the law.
Professionalism on tap on April 18By Hon. Michael J. ChmielBench and Bar, March 2013On April 18, 2013, the Bench and Bar Section of the Illinois State Bar Association will provide members of the Illinois bar with a unique opportunity to obtain the six hours of professionalism credit they need through Civility and Professionalism in 2013.
Don’t!By Hon. Michael B. HymanGovernment Lawyers, October 2012Author 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. HymanBench and Bar, September 2012Author and Judge Michael Hyman provides his list of DOs and DONTs that apply equally to proceedings in court and everyday life at the office.
Chair’s column: Developing “practice-ready” lawyersBy Timothy J. StormGeneral Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, October 2011Section Chair Timothy Storm poses the questions, Are new law graduates 'practice ready'? Who is responsible for assuring that they are? and Should established lawyers care?
Letter to the EditorBy Bob MarkoffCommercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy, June 2010A call for "attorney pride."
Lessons from a life in the lawBy Hon. Warren D. WolfsonBench and Bar, December 2009Editor’s note: Judge Wolfson gave this talk as he accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Jewish Judges Association at its annual dinner on November 15, 2009. Justice Anne Burke received the Association’s Seymour Simon Justice Award.
Guard your reputationBy Jamie L. BasYoung Lawyers Division, October 2009 A lawyer’s word, contrary to numerous bad lawyer jokes, is one of his most valuable assets.
Win with civilityBy Sandra BlakeWomen and the Law, September 2009In 2005, the Illinois Supreme Court established the Illinois Commission on Professionalism, making Illinois one of only 14 states that have a formal body working to promote professionalism and civility.
Editor’s column: Being a lawyer means somethingBy John T. PhippsGeneral Practice, Solo, and Small Firm, March 2009Lincoln-the-Lawyer is still the model for Illinois lawyers to aspire to. Lincoln is ranked as one of the U.S.’ best presidents, but his Illinois legal career is no less exceptional.
Professional service as an in-house attorneyBy Peter S. TrotterCorporate Law Departments, July 2008Professionalism and civility are considered to be important characteristics of an attorney. In order for in-house counsel to act with professionalism and civility in the performance of their duties, certain challenges and special circumstances must be addressed.
Lawyers as peacemakers—An opportunity to learn and exploreBy Sandra CrawfordWomen and the Law, March 2008Are you a warrior? Are you a peacemaker? Or, are you something other? Through answering these threshold questions we may be able to open broader dialogues which will lead us to answering the ultimate question of “what’s the better public image for our profession?”