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We all have our attention on what’s next, including better ways of working as we emerge from COVID-19. Many of us have developed new methods for boosting our efficiency and productivity while working from the confines of our homes. Now, as we determine which road to take back to a new way of doing business, we should also reevaluate our workplace setup and if it’s improving or impeding our ability to stay focused on the task at hand. As you fine-tune your remote office or maybe readjust your in-office workspace, don’t skip on the computer peripherals as a way to…
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Kendra L. Abercrombie has joined the organization as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Manager. In this role, Abercrombie will lead the Commission’s educational and advocacy initiatives aimed at promoting DEI in the legal and justice systems. “On behalf of the Commission, I am delighted to welcome Kendra as our DEI Manager,” said Martin Sinclair, Chair of the Commission on Professionalism. “Under Kendra’s leadership, the Commission will be positioned to expand our educational programming and partnerships focused on advancing the principles of diversity, equity, and inclusion in the profession.”…
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The Illinois Supreme Court is reallocating attorney registration fees to support organizations dedicated to attorney well-being and access to justice. Last week, the Court amended Rule 756 and Rule 751 to provide $10 from Illinois attorney registration fees to the Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) and an additional $10 to the Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission). The $10 allocation to LAP will expand its programming that provides confidential mental health and substance abuse support to Illinois lawyers, judges, law students, and their families. The $10 allocation to the ATJ Commission will provide long-term funding for Illinois
The first time I mentored a colleague, I think I got more out of it than they did, which is never a good way to start a blog about learning. One of the biggest challenges I faced was staying intentional and focused with a mentoring curriculum. I had big ideas about what I wanted to cover (issue number one: “what I wanted to cover”) but often got distracted by addressing questions that came up in daily work. (Fortunately, this isn’t an issue in the Commission’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program. We’ve already put together a guided mentoring plan that provides a…
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we hear from Patrick Krill, an attorney, researcher, and advocate for improved mental health in the legal profession. Patrick discusses his groundbreaking research on attorney well-being, why the employees who employers sent home aren’t the ones who will be returning, and how employers can meet these changing needs. He also asks us to examine our thinking around returning to the office: are we catastrophizing the worse-possible scenario? Subscribe to our YouTube channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law! Timestamps 0:35 – You have a big study that just came out on attorney…
Budding lawyers should be prepared to take the bar exam in person beginning next year, according to recently announced plans from the National Conference of Bar Examiners (NCBE). The NCBE said in early June that February 2022 bar exam materials will be made available to jurisdictions for in-person testing only unless public health restrictions prohibit such plans. If this occurs, the NCBE will work with jurisdictions on another solution that will enable candidates to take the exam. Due to COVID-19, the NCBE, which develops the bar exam used in most U.S. jurisdictions, has made testing materials available for both in-person…