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2004 Tradition of Excellence Award
The General Practice, Solo and Small Firms Section Council's winner of the 2004 General Practice Tradition of Excellence Award is John H. Maville of Belvidere, Illinois.
Welcome to the 2004-2005 Section Council Year. It is an honor for me to be chairman of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council.
Welcome to the 12th and final edition of the General Practice Newsletter for the 2003-2004 bar year.
Welcome to the eleventh issue of the General Practice newsletter for the 2003-2004 bar year.
Welcome to the tenth issue of the General Practice newsletter for the 2003-2004 bar year. Special thanks to our newsletter co-editors, John Phipps of Champaign and Judge Edna Turkington-Viktora of Chicago, for another job very well done!
As our thoughts turn from the cold, dreary days of sinter to the promise of the sunnier and warmer days of spring, welcome to the ninth issue of the General Practice newsletter for the 2003-2004 bar year.
At its January meeting, the ISBA Board of Governors approved the implementation of a mentoring pilot program. As I have discussed in previous issues of this newsletter, ISBA President Terry Lavin's goal in establishing an association-wide mentoring program is to provide a much-needed resource for attorneys with questions regarding substantive law, office economics and management, and professional conduct.
Editor’s column-ABA Tech Show Report
The ABA Annual Tech Show was held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers on March 25-27, 2004. The Exhibits section included vendors of legal software and hardware.
Editor’s column: Trends that will affect your practice
GP Section Council member Matt Maloney raised some interesting issues at the last Section Council meeting about the trend that smaller counties are losing lawyers and the average age of the lawyers is rising because of the lack of young lawyers going to the smaller counties to practice.
The future of the profession: The affordable trial-fresh perspectives needed
I know "it's California," but reading in the newspaper that prospective jurors in the Robert Blake murder trial are expected to spend five months hearing evidence while reading at the same time stories about the ongoing Scott Peterson murder trial raises serious questions about the future of jury-are we going into overkill-trials.
Marshall, Greaney, Ireland, Spina, Cowin, Sosman & Cordy
What do these names mean? Is this the name of a boutique firm in Chicago or a large firm downstate? These names meant nothing to me until I read the opinion of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts filed on November 18, 2003 in Goodridge, et.al. v Department of Public Health, et.al.
Mentoring: It’s really important! “I just assumed that…”
Many participants in the "system" constantly complain about the lack of skills that they see in "young lawyers." I suppose that I've complained about the same thing. Broad-based, general practice requires a plethora of legal talents.
Your client states she is ready to end her relationship with her boyfriend. They purchased a home together 10 years ago as joint tenants. But now she wants out and he won't give her a "fair share." What is her "fair share" and how do you obtain it?
Sole custody judgment diminished
It is somewhat customary for attorneys representing fathers of minor children in custody disputes to advise them that the best they can hope for is liberal visitation.