Announcing the ISBA Website for New Lawyers
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.
Are young lawyers less civilized?
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.
Avoiding legal malpractice claims
A look at the common (and easily correctable!) mistakes that young lawyers make that could result in a malpractice claim.
Billing—The health of your firm
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The ISBA has published numerous articles on billing and other common concerns topics in our Practice Resource Center-- go to <https://www.isba.org/practiceresourcecenter> to read more on:
• Job hunting
• Hanging out a shingle
• Marketing and attracting clients
Building a working wardrobe
Your 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.
Job hunting tips
Some pointers to help you land a job or career in the legal profession.
Join us for the Annual Bean Bag Tournament
Please join us at the YLD’s Annual Bean Bag Tournament on Saturday, April 16 to show off your bean bag tossing skills while supporting the ISBA/YLD Children’s Assistance Fund.
Legal issues with technology
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Fascinated by the intersection of law and technology? The ISBA's Standing Committee on Legal Technology may be just the ticket. Go to https://www.isba.org/sections/legaltechnology to learn more about the Committee and their work.
Legal volunteering—How and why you should lend a hand
Especially for young lawyers and law students, the ability to provide volunteer legal services is an opportunity to not only create a positive impact on your community but also to gain valuable experience working with real-life clients.
Letter from the Editor
An introduction and call for articles from YLD Newsletter Editor Marie Sarantakis.
Marketing yourself as a young lawyer without breaking the rules
As lawyers trying to provide value to our firms by generating new business, there are special limits placed on us by the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, particularly by Rule 7. Young lawyers should study this entire Rule in detail, but here are some key takeaways.
Mentoring in Law: Necessity & Opportunity
Often, and contrary to many employers' concerns, new lawyers do in fact possess the skills needed to hit the ground running-- they simply lack the confidence and sense of direction that come largely through experience. Fortunately there are resources that can help.