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Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. These attorneys are teaching us how to adapt and thrive in the changing legal environment. Susan L. Zielke is a Managing Attorney in the Eastern Regional Office of Land of Lincoln Legal Aid. In her practice, Susan focuses on legal aid work, primarily criminal records and public benefits, in addition to housing/homeownership, domestic violence/family, and consumer debt. How is Land of Lincoln Legal Aid adapting to the changing work environment? Because we are a program spread over 65 counties with five regional…
Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. These attorneys are teaching us how to adapt and thrive in the changing legal environment. Ivy Lee is an attorney at Hlustik, Huizenga, Williams & Vander Woude Ltd. (HHWV) in Chicago, where she serves as outside general counsel to a variety of small and mid-size businesses. As a generalist, Ivy is experienced in various fields of law, including negotiating commercial transactions, drafting contracts, participating in merger & acquisition transactions and due diligence, advising on intellectual property strategies, reviewing insurance policies, responding to…
Evictions were prevalent before COVID-19, but the situation has reached a crisis level. The national unemployment rate hit an all-time high of 14.7% in April 2020 and was still at 8.4% in August. The high unemployment rate has resulted in fewer people being able to pay their rent or mortgages. In the first three months of 2020, landlords collected 80% of total rent due from tenants. In the first half of July, they collected just 37%. To help prevent the further spread of COVID-19 due to homelessness, laws have been created and amended to address the eviction crisis in…
Remote learning may not be the panacea we all hoped for, but we can learn from the new normal if we embrace our role in the experience. “Can you help me with this?” This question used to be asked of parents when inexplicable homework problems were served up alongside impenetrable instructions. “Wait, you don’t carry the 1 now? You have to add it to the second column on the right? When did basic math change?” Parents had a few options for responding: Be pleasantly surprised that you know how to solve the problem Ask some delaying questions while trying to…
Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. These attorneys are teaching us how to adapt and thrive in the changing legal environment. Carl R. Draper is a partner at FeldmanWasser in Springfield, Ill., where he practices employment and administrative law, focusing specifically on individuals who are having legal issues with state agencies. He has also practiced civil rights law, representing individuals on civil rights claims, matters involving state government regulation, and many types of administrative hearings. How is FeldmanWasser adapting to the changing work environment? Working through this period…
The supreme courts of Arizona and Utah have approved far-reaching modifications to court rules aimed at addressing the access to justice gap. On August 27, the Arizona Supreme Court announced that it will eliminate the rule prohibiting fee sharing and prohibiting nonlawyers from having economic interests in law firms. The announcement follows that of the Utah Supreme Court, which voted on August 13 to establish a regulatory sandbox that will allow lawyers and non-traditional legal providers and services to explore creative ways to practice law and promote their services, including entities with nonlawyer investment or ownership. Over the past couple
 In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Blake D. Morant, Distinguished Visiting Professor of Law at the University of California Irvine School of Law and Robert Kramer Research Professor of Law at the George Washington University Law School. Blake discusses how to reverse the trend toward incivility, why he establishes rules of engagement in his classroom, and cancel culture’s impact on the legal profession. Subscribe to our channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law! Timestamps 0:49 – You’ve been an advocate for civility for some time. Incivility in our society and specifically in our…
Civility has a tough row to hoe these days. In our national discourse, on our social media platforms, and even in the legal profession, civility can be fleeting. Instead, pejorative criticism unfettered by courtesy or respect has become the norm. Add to that heightened emotions and rhetoric around social justice issues and our national conversations have at times morphed into “cancel culture,” wielded as the weapon of choice against those espousing oppositional viewpoints. But shouldn’t we embrace civility even more tightly during these extraordinary times? Or has civil discourse been mortally wounded, slinking its way to the corner to die?…
Over the next couple of months, hundreds of law students across Illinois will commit to upholding the highest ideals of the legal profession through annual professionalism orientations. Professionalism orientations are designed to introduce first-year law students to the core concepts of attorney professionalism. The programs are held in conjunction with broader law school orientation activities. For the 14th year, the Commission on Professionalism is assisting with professionalism orientations at each of Illinois’s nine law schools. At many Illinois law schools, the typical in-person orientation has gone virtual, with video remarks from Illinois Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr., and…
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to report that 143 first-year Illinois law students participated in Jumpstart 2020, a preparatory program designed to provide historically underrepresented students with tools to succeed in law school. Student participation in 2020 more than doubled that of previous years. In 2019, 63 students participated in Jumpstart. The usual three-day, in-person program in Chicago was held virtually from August 11-14. Students from the University of Illinois College of Law, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago-Kent College of Law, UIC John Marshall Law School, Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Northwestern Pritzker School…
 In part two of our Reimagining Law series on attorney re-regulation, we resume our conversation with the Hon. Mary Anne Mason (Ret.), Co-Chair of the CBA/CBF Task Force on the Sustainable Practice of Law & Innovation, and Zack DeMeola, Director of Legal Education and the Legal Profession at IAALS. Justice Mason and Zack discuss how re-regulating the delivery of legal services may impact the access to justice gap, as well as what it means for solo and small firms and the character of the profession. Check out part one of this conversation here and subscribe to our channel to stay…
“The good news is you’re all so smart and so capable. The bad news is you’re all so smart and so capable.” Professor Rachael Andersen-Watts of Vanderbilt Law School shares this with her first-year legal writing law students each year. She does so to emphasize how the breath of student talent creates both an exciting and intimidating learning environment in law school. As a school year unlike any other kicks off, I wanted to share some tried and true tips for having a successful law school experience, be it remote or in-person. Tip 1: Be Ready   Law students must have…
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Hon. Mary Anne Mason (Ret.), Co-Chair of the CBA/CBF Task Force on the Sustainable Practice of Law & Innovation, and Zack DeMeola, Director of Legal Education and the Legal Profession at IAALS. Justice Mason and Zack discuss the national movement around attorney regulatory reform, why lawyers should care, and what’s happening in Illinois with the CBA/CBF Task Force. Subscribe to our channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law!   Timestamps 1:55 – Can you explain what the national movement around attorney regulatory reform is and why it’s being considered? 3:16 –…
While the number of lawyers nationally has grown faster than the U.S. population, this growth hasn’t been spread evenly across races and ethnicities, according to the American Bar Association’s 2020 Profile of the Legal Profession. The ABA Profile of the Legal Profession is a compilation of the latest statistics in the legal profession. Last week, we explored the impact of legal deserts and law school debt on lawyers and the communities they serve. This week, we discuss diversity in the legal profession and attitudes toward efforts to address attorney well-being. Diversity Lags Among Lawyers As of Jan. 1, 2020,…
Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. These attorneys are teaching us how to adapt and thrive in the changing legal environment. Catherine Cornell is an attorney at The Veterans Practice, Ltd., where she handles VA disability compensation appeals for veterans. She also helps survivors of veterans obtain benefits if they are denied. Catherine practices at the administrative levels of appeal up to the Court of Appeals for Veterans Claims. How is The Veterans Practice adapting to the changing work environment? It’s amazing how little has changed in my…
Forty percent of counties and county-equivalents in the U.S. have less than one lawyer per 1,000 residents, according to the American Bar Association’s 2020 Profile of the Legal Profession. The second edition of the profile also reported continuing racial equity and law school debt challenges, which have the potential to be exacerbated by COVID-19. The ABA’s Profile of the Legal Profession is a compilation of the latest statistics in the legal profession. Two new sections were created specifically for 2020: a statistical look at legal deserts and a survey of how law school debt is impacting the lives of…