Articles on Young Lawyers

How and When to Say No to a Client or Potential Client By Christine Hunt Young Lawyers Division, September 2021 Attorneys, especially new attorneys, can be afraid to say no to a client or a potential client, but it’s an essential skill to learn.
How to Manage Client Expectations By Judith Conway Young Lawyers Division, September 2021 Advice for managing client expectations.
Eight Common Mistakes to Avoid When Writing Your Next Appellate Brief By Phillip G. Palmer, Jr. Young Lawyers Division, April 2021 Common mistakes to avoid when drafting appellate court briefs.
An Introverted Look By Trent Cameron Young Lawyers Division, April 2021 Reflections from an introvert after a year of COVID-19.
Preparing for Adverse Fact Witness Depositions By Bruno R. Marasso Young Lawyers Division, April 2021 A four-step framework to help new attorneys prepare for depositions.
Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Forms Racial Justice Coalition By Azar Alexander, Chastidy Burns, & Kenny Matuszewski Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, September 2020 A look at the Racial Justice Coalition formed by the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section in response to the devastating loss of so many lives at the hands of law enforcement.
Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section Forms Racial Justice Coalition By Azar Alexander, Chastidy Burns, & Kenny Matuszewski Young Lawyers Division, September 2020 A look at the Racial Justice Coalition formed by the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers Section in response to the devastating loss of so many lives at the hands of law enforcement.
Words of Wisdom From a Not So ‘Young Lawyer’ By John Bathke Young Lawyers Division, September 2020 Three mantras to live by in your career as a lawyer.
Cranberry Scones: From Ingredients in Your Pantry By Hannah R. Lamore Young Lawyers Division, April 2020 A recipe for scones using pantry staples.
So You Got a Railroad Worker Case? By Susannah Price Young Lawyers Division, April 2020 The distinction between a workers’ compensation case and a Federal Employer's Liability Act case highlight why it is so important to research and ask questions from your supervisors or consult with other practitioners when you get a new case and you are unfamiliar with the area of law.
5 Reasons Face-to-Face Networking Is Critical Now More Than Ever for Young Lawyers By Genevieve E. Niemann Young Lawyers Division, February 2020 Although electronic networking can save you time, it is no replacement for face-to-face communication to build your network.
ISBA YLD Member Marie Sarantakis Interviews Leading Author and Acclaimed McHenry County Family Law Practitioner Gunnar Gitlin By Marie Sarantakis Young Lawyers Division, February 2020 Marie Sarantakis sat down with renowned author and family law practitioner Gunnar Gitlin to discuss his experiences as a divorce attorney and tips for new lawyers.
Tips on Courtroom Etiquette in a Criminal Courtroom By Edward Wasilewski Young Lawyers Division, February 2020 Three practical courtroom etiquette tips for young lawyers.
5 Things Every Lawyer Should Know About Intellectual Property By Kenneth Matuszewski Young Lawyers Division, January 2020 A primer on intellectual property law for young lawyers.
Career Services Offices and the Young Practitioner By Matthew V. Chimienti Young Lawyers Division, January 2020 Law school career services offices are an often-overlooked resource for young lawyers hoping to change jobs, transition into a different area of practice, or hang their own shingle.
FICO DROPUF: An Acronym for Deposing Doctors By Bruno R. Marasso Young Lawyers Division, January 2020 An outline of the important topics to explore when deposing a doctor, which can often present interesting power dynamics.
Teamwork Makes the Dream Work By Rutherford P. Dinkelridge, IV Young Lawyers Division, January 2020 Tips and tricks for effective teamwork.
Navigating Your Domestic Relations Court Appearance in Cook County By Karen VanderMeer Young Lawyers Division, November 2019 Practical tips to help new attorneys navigate domestic relations court appearances in Cook County.
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When Form Construction Contracts Are Not Enough: Top 5 Construction Contract Drafting Tips By Mallory P. Sanzeri Young Lawyers Division, November 2019 An overview of the common clauses in form construction contracts that can leave contractors exposed to unnecessary litigation.
Speaking to my newly-admitted self By Jennifer A. Haase Young Lawyers Division, June 2019 Words of advice for new attorneys who may be feeling overwhelmed entering the practice of law.
Trying your first case: A primer on getting to opening statements By Bruno R. Marasso Young Lawyers Division, June 2019 An outline of what needs to be done to prepare to try your first case.
Young lawyer buying out a law practice with a retiring senior partner and the issues related thereto By Leonard F. Amari & Trent West Senior Lawyers, March 2019 A look at the issues any young lawyer must consider before deciding whether to buy out a retiring lawyer's firm.
This is when you know you are fully engaged in the practice of law By Mark D. Hassakis Young Lawyers Division, February 2019 After 42 years of practicing law, ISBA Past President Mark Hassakis shares observations about the practice of law.
The importance of networking By Evan W. Schanerberger Young Lawyers Division, August 2018 Networking is an important skill to cultivate in order to build your book of business and make your job easier.
What to do (and not do) when something goes wrong as a new lawyer By Kate Conway Young Lawyers Division, August 2018 Tips for what to do—and what to avoid doing—when you realize you have made a mistake at work. 
Young lawyer buying out a law practice with a retiring senior partner and the issues related thereto By Leonard F. Amari & Trent West Young Lawyers Division, August 2018 A look at the issues any young lawyer must consider before deciding whether to buy out a retiring lawyer's firm.
Chicago lawyer receives Young Lawyer of the Year Award from ISBA International and Immigration Law, September 2015 International & Immigration Law Section Chair Tejas Shah was recently awarded the prestigious Young Lawyer of the Year Award.
Our own Gary Zhao named one of Chicago Magazine’s ‘40 under 40’ Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, December 2011 Learn more about Gary Zhao, a member of this Committee and a recent Chicago Magazine honoree.
Persuading jurors, judges and arbitrators with trial exhibits By Rodney R. Nordstrom Young Lawyers Division, December 2002 The most common error with trial exhibits is probably the easiest to correct: Getting the trial attorney to pay attention to the importance of his or her trial exhibits.

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