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In the age of COVID-19, video has become a dominant and ubiquitous form of communication (see TikTok). Videos are entertaining, engaging, and more expressive than photos. According to Statista, when it comes to YouTube, people upload 500 hours of video every minute and watch around 1 billion hours of content each day. At the Commission, we’ve seen our viewership on YouTube grow immensely over the past year. In fact, from September 2020 to September 2021, our channel received 43% more views than the year before. (If you haven’t checked out our YouTube content yet, you’re missing out.) Organizations are increasingly…
Over the past several weeks, Illinois justices, judges, and attorneys have blanketed the state in person and virtually to spread a message of professionalism to incoming 1L law students. The program is part of the annual professionalism orientation at Illinois’ nine law schools. 2021 marks the 15th year the Commission on Professionalism has collaborated with the state’s law schools to produce the orientations. University of Chicago Law School 1Ls recite the Pledge of Professionalism. “As an attorney, your reputation is being formed the minute you step into law school,” said Martin Sinclair, Chair of the Commission on Professionalism. “To continue…
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission) has rolled out more updates to the state’s court forms. This time they’ve amended several forms in the Eviction suite. The revised forms include: Getting Started Different Types of Orders in Eviction Cases How to Use Different Types of Orders in Eviction Cases Agreed Dismissal Order (Case May Be Reinstated if Defendants Violate Agreement) Agreed Settlement Order with Status Date (Defendants Will Move) Agreed Settlement Order with Status Date (Defendants Will Pay & Stay) Eviction Summons The six updated forms can be found here and should be…
If you’ve arrived at this article then you are probably wondering, “what is a Wisconsin advance directive?” Simply put, it is a legally operative method of informing your healthcare provider and your family of your wishes should you become incapacitated in regard to feeding tubes and lifesaving medical intervention. | O’Flaherty Law – Learn About Law Legal Articles, Videos & Podcasts with O’Flaherty Law…
As of August, 2021, a review of the Indiana 2021 legislative session doesn’t show any major changes to Indiana divorce law. This article will help you learn about some changes to related laws that have occurred in the past two years, however, and about how to get divorced in Indiana in 2021. | O’Flaherty Law – Learn About Law Legal Articles, Videos & Podcasts with O’Flaherty Law…
Termination of parental rights in Indiana can happen in two main ways. Parental rights may be relinquished by the parent(s) when they consent to adoption of a child or they can be voluntarily or involuntarily terminated when the Indiana Department of Child Services (“DCS”) institutes a Termination of Parental Rights action. | O’Flaherty Law – Learn About Law Legal Articles, Videos & Podcasts with O’Flaherty Law…
The effects of the pandemic on women lawyers, especially mothers, have been documented by many surveys and articles over the last year. However, a recent American Bar Association report “Practicing Law in the Pandemic and Moving Forward” is valuable because it includes action items for employers and lawyers to cope with the challenges brought on or revealed by the pandemic. “New Normal” survey of lawyers In September and October of 2020, the ABA surveyed more than 4,200 lawyers across the U.S. about their expectations, concerns, and goals, reflecting the context of the pandemic. At that time, more than…
The Illinois Supreme Court took another step forward in prioritizing mental and behavioral health in the state’s courts with the hiring of a Statewide Behavioral Health Administrator. Scott Block will serve as a mental health voice and resource for the Illinois Judicial Branch, furthering local, state, and national behavioral health and justice initiatives that impact the courts. This includes providing guidance to the Illinois Courts’ on the intersection of behavioral health and justice and serving as project director for the Illinois Supreme Court Mental Health Task Force, according to a press release. “We welcome Scott and look forward to his…
While no longer residing together does sometimes carry weight with the court, it is important to understand that while you are physically apart you are still legally bound, unless you file for and are granted a legal separation or a divorce. This article will provide you with a basic outline of the two very similar (but not the same) legal processes. | O’Flaherty Law – Learn About Law Legal Articles, Videos & Podcasts with O’Flaherty Law…
The Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act provides in section 513, that a court has the authority to enter an order requiring a divorced parent or parent of a child out of wedlock to help pay for the college expenses. | O’Flaherty Law – Learn About Law Legal Articles, Videos & Podcasts with O’Flaherty Law…
Fathers have rights that a paternity lawyer in Indiana can assist you in protecting. Some of the questions that you might ask a father’s rights attorney in Indiana, and that the attorney might ask you in order to determine what your rights are appear below. | O’Flaherty Law – Learn About Law Legal Articles, Videos & Podcasts with O’Flaherty Law…
Stephanie and her Chicago-based teacher Jim Bennitt. Twenty years ago this fall, I stepped on a yoga mat for the first time. Let me set the scene. It was my second year of law school and the rumor of the overwhelming 2L year had started to become my reality. It all felt like too much and law school wasn’t what I thought it would be. Then yoga entered my life. Little did I know that it would be one of the reasons I stayed in law school and would enable me to sustain a legal career. September is National Yoga
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that the Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Kathleen L. Pine to the Commission on Professionalism. Pine is an attorney based in Carbondale, Ill. Her term as a Commissioner was effective August 20, 2021. Pine replaces former Commissioner Cynthia L. Fountaine, previously of Carbondale, Ill., who was named Associate Dean for Academic Affairs at the University of North Texas at Dallas College of Law. “I am delighted to welcome Kathy to the Commission and look forward to working with her to promote among lawyers and judges in Illinois greater integrity,…