2017 Articles

5 tips for practicing as a downstate attorney By Samantha Dudzinski 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 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.
Bored, stuck, want to do something new? By Evan W. Schanerberger August 2017 The ISBA's State & Local Taxation Section and the ISBA's Young Lawyers Division have partnered to create the first ever “ISBA State & Local Taxation New Member Happy Hour” event at the Godfrey Hotel IO Roof Deck on September 21st, 2017 at 6pm.
Chair’s column By George L. Schoenbeck June 2017 The farewell message from YLD Chair George Schoenbeck.
The Committees on Character and Fitness By Jennifer E. Bae February 2017 A detailed look at the law license admission process for new attorneys.
Court orders and detective Sergeant Joe Friday By Michael J. Maslanka April 2017 When drafting court orders, attorneys must add facts that otherwise might seem unimportant.
Embracing change: Why is it so difficult? By Rich Sheehy 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.
Finding the perfect pro bono opportunity By Stephanie L. Tang October 2017 A brief look at the types of pro bono opportunities available.
Five tips for new lawyers starting their own practice By Marie K. Sarantakis June 2017 Want to go out on your own? Consider these suggestions.
How the “Millennial lawyer” can advance their career By Stephanie Garces December 2017 A look at the ways the millennial lawyer can take their career to the next level.
How to make a great first impression By Jenna DiJohn October 2017 A first impression can make or break whether you land that dream job, reel in that new client’s business, or win the jury trial you have been preparing for-- here's what you need to know.
How to prepare for your first deposition By Jennifer Haase June 2017 With the right preparation, even your first deposition can go smoothly.
How young lawyers can make the most of ISBA membership By Kate Conway December 2017 Here are the top five ways to get the most out of your ISBA membership as a young attorney.
Illinois Supreme Court weighs adoption of Uniform Bar Examination By Daniel Thies April 2017 The Illinois Supreme Court is considering whether to make Illinois the 28th jurisdiction in the country to adopt the Uniform Bar Examination (“UBE”), a single test that allows candidates for the bar to transfer their scores to multiple jurisdictions while still taking only one test.
An interview with celebrity divorce attorney Randall Kessler By Marie K. Sarantakis February 2017 During Kessler’s latest visit to Chicago, he met with ISBA Young Lawyers Division member Marie Sarantakis for the following one-on-one interview.
Is there a ‘crisis’ of law schools in America? By Leonard F. Amari April 2017 Is a true crisis of law schools in America? And if so, to what degree and why?
ISBA-sponsored navigating your legal career event By Sherry H. Joseph & Colleen E. Mulligan 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.
Minimum wage rises—Do you know how your city voted? By Carmelo Chimera August 2017 On July 1, Cook County Ordinance No. 16-5768 raised the minimum wage to $13 an hour by 2019, and required mandatory paid sick leave.
Note from the Chair By George L. Schoebeck February 2017 Find out what the ISBA YLD has accomplished so far and what's still ahead for this year.
Photos from the YLD Holiday Party February 2017 The ISBA YLD enjoyed a holiday fundraiser in Chicago on December 8, 2016.
Social media and the prospective client: Avoiding the pitfalls By John Bathke February 2017 While having a presence on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube can help you attract new clients, remember the Rules of Professional Conduct and take the necessary precautions.
Tips for new lawyer advertising By Hannah R. Lamore December 2017 After practicing law for a year, author Hannah Lamore offers the tips she's found useful when it comes to ethical and effective advertising.
Using your voice By Erin Wilson April 2017 As lawyers, we have a unique ability to use our education, voice, and reputation for the better.
What I learned about being a lawyer from being a client By Karen Vandermeer December 2017 Despite having spent years providing advice and counsel to clients, the author was recently on the client end of the attorney-client relationship and the experience affirmed and reshaped her understanding of client management.
What is Avvo & is it worth my time? By Vincent A. Oppedisano October 2017 Founded in 2006, Avvo has become one of the most popular tools used by the public to research lawyers and legal services.