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Illinois attorneys with last names beginning A–M, your time is almost up! Submit your compliance with CLE requirements to the MCLE Board by 11:59 p.m. CDT on June 30 to avoid late fees.
The MCLE requirements for the 2020-2022 reporting period are 30 hours of approved Illinois MCLE credit, including at least six professional responsibility (PR) hours.
At least one hour in diversity and inclusion CLE and one hour in mental health and substance abuse CLE must be included within those six hours.
Newly admitted attorneys have separate requirements.
Reporting compliance to the MCLE Board
Attorneys can report “complied” by
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Where does the time go? Lawyers often aren’t productive as they want to be thanks to unexpected distractions that interrupt time planned for client service.

For years, Clio’s Legal Trends Report has analyzed low utilization rates in the legal profession, i.e., how much time attorneys devote to billable work, measured on a per-lawyer basis. In 2020, the report found that the average lawyer billed just 2.5 hours (31%) of an 8-hour workday.

But before attempting to address inefficiencies and eliminate interruptions that might be distracting you from billable work, consider this: the report also presents us with the dilemma that
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Once you miss a payment on your mortgage, your servicer will provide a grace period of a certain period of days. Every month you are late, the servicer can charge late fees. This amount will be in your loan documents and mortgage statements. | O’Flaherty Law – Learn About Law Legal Articles, Videos & Podcasts with O’Flaherty Law
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The first goal of foster care is to bring the family safely back together. However, before a child or children can be reunited with their parents, a “permanency plan” must be in place. This is often referred to as “reunification | O’Flaherty Law – Learn About Law Legal Articles, Videos & Podcasts with O’Flaherty Law
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The ABA is giving the public 90 days to weigh in on whether standardized tests like the LSAT and GRE should be required for admission to law school. The Council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar voted last week to request public comment on proposed amendments that would make law school admission policies “test optional.”
Currently, Standard 503 requires a “valid and reliable admission test” to assist law schools in determining an applicant’s potential to succeed. The proposed change would not remove the use of admission tests but rather make them discretionary as part
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The ABA is giving the public 90 days to weigh in on whether standardized tests like the LSAT and GRE should be required for admission to law school. The Council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar voted last week to request public comment on proposed amendments that would make law school admission policies “test optional.”
Currently, Standard 503 requires a “valid and reliable admission test” to assist law schools in determining an applicant’s potential to succeed. The proposed change would not remove the use of admission tests but rather make them discretionary as part
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The ABA is giving the public 90 days to weigh in on whether standardized tests like the LSAT and GRE should be required for admission to law school. The Council of the ABA’s Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the Bar voted last week to request public comment on proposed amendments that would make law school admission policies “test optional.”
Currently, Standard 503 requires a “valid and reliable admission test” to assist law schools in determining an applicant’s potential to succeed. The proposed change would not remove the use of admission tests but rather make them discretionary as part
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Courts can issue No-contact orders in Iowa among two parties for two sets of circumstances. Those two circumstances are that a criminal charge occurred between the two parties, or one party sought a civil no-contact order against the other party. | O’Flaherty Law – Learn About Law Legal Articles, Videos & Podcasts with O’Flaherty Law
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Two grants with the goal of improving court processes for self-represented litigants (SRLs) are now open for applications. The grants are available through the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission) and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts.
Applications for both grants are open now through June 21, 2022.
Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) program
The first of the two available grants will fund the development of an ODR program, which uses technology to facilitate disputes for self-represented litigants (SRLs). These disputes may include consumer, traffic, marital, or familial type relationships, and small claims.
ODR
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The amendments to the Guidelines do not constitute good cause for modification of an existing parenting time order; however, a court or parties to a proceeding may refer to these guidelines when determining whether to modify a parenting time order after January 1, 2022. | O’Flaherty Law – Learn About Law Legal Articles, Videos & Podcasts with O’Flaherty Law
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