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  World Archeology. Aztec Culture. Sociology of Deviance. These are just some of the undergraduate classes I was excited to signup for on the advice of my friend’s dad, who happened to be the dean of the business school at the time. Let me explain. The Wide Road I was an incoming freshman with an interest in finance. I figured who better to give me the inside track on the best classes than the business school dean. His answer surprised me, and rightfully changed my view of education going forward. I’m paraphrasing, but it was essentially, “Mark, you’re fortunate to…
Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. Chirag H. Patel is Senior Counsel in the Gordon Rees Scully Mansukhani LLP Chicago office. Chirag represents clients in litigation matters throughout the United States and focuses on commercial litigation, e-commerce & data privacy, and class action defense. How is your firm adapting to the changing work environment? Fortunately, our firm had a great infrastructure in place that allowed for an easy transition to a work-from-home environment during the pandemic. Our office culture emphasizes “get your work done and do good work”…
Businesses owned by nonlawyers can now deliver legal services in Arizona. This spring, the Arizona Supreme Court approved three organizations to be licensed as alternative business structures, a new type of entity defined in an August 27, 2020, court order that overhauled rules regulating the practice of law in the state. According to LawSites, in March and April 2021, the Supreme Court approved the applications of: Trajan Estate, LLC, a legal service provider focused on estate planning. The two principles are Kent Phelps, an Arizona lawyer since 1996, and Jeffery B. Junior, CEO of Trajan Wealth, a company…
To quote Oscar Wilde – “Education is an admirable thing, but it is well to remember from time to time that nothing that is worth knowing can be taught.” As a former teacher, I particularly like this quote because the thing that impresses me most about people, whether a stranger, colleague, or friend, isn’t the breadth of their education, but how they use the education they have. This blog, which is directed at CLE providers, is a call for us to work smarter when it comes to developing learning pathways for lawyers. If Wilde was correct that learning, not education,…
The Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) is looking to disrupt the status quo with two new guides that target legal education and employment. “The status quo has been a cycle of tradition: teaching classes the way they always have been taught and hiring lawyers based on where they went to law school and their class rank,” according to the IAALS press release. IAALS’ recommendations are based on interactive workshops with employers and law schools and a survey of 24,000 lawyers to identify the characteristics, competencies, and skills needed to succeed in law. For example,…
Late last month, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission) released an updated Eviction Order. The Eviction Order was revised as part of the ATJ Commission’s annual review process, which provides an opportunity to incorporate feedback from judges, lawyers, and other court stakeholders. “The revised Eviction Order has completed a thorough annual review process and been improved through public comments and the suggestions of numerous court stakeholders,” said Alison Spanner, Assistant Director of the Access to Justice Division and Director of Strategic Planning at the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts. “While it has expanded in…
  Improving well-being in the legal profession can be simple. This was one of my takeaways from last week’s The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference, which is the Commission on Professionalism’s annual future law event. This was music to my ears. I don’t know about you, but I crave simplicity right now amid a global pandemic and constant violence and unrest in the world. As Confucius said, “Life is really simple, but we insist on making it complicated. This week we’ve been celebrating Well-Being in Law Week. The aim is to raise awareness about mental health and encourage…
Should lawyers use legal terms of art that may be considered offensive? A provocative series of posts recently lit up a listserv I’m on, bringing this issue into sharp focus. Some comments articulated a historically neutral explanation for a term, another sought evidence that a receiver took offense, another dismissed the kerfuffle with a pithy “Micro-Aggressions warrant no more than a Micro-Concern.” Another comment that said acceptable language, like people, changes and evolves over time. Given that “effective communicator” is part of a lawyer’s job description, we should be sensitive to how listeners may interpret our language. Metaphors May Offend…
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that judicial education credit is available to Illinois judges attending the annual The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference. The conference will be held virtually April 27-29, from 12 – 2 p.m. CDT on The Future Is Now website at thefutureisnow.2civility.org. The Future Is Now has been approved for up to 4.5 hours of external professional responsibility judicial education credit, per the Comprehensive Education Plan for Illinois Judges. These hours include: 1.5 hours of diversity and inclusion credit 1.5 hours of judicial wellness credit 1.5 hours of professionalism…
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. Daniel M. Kotin is a shareholder and trial lawyer in the Chicago law firm of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman. Prior to founding this firm, Dan was a partner with the prominent firm Corboy & Demetrio. How is your firm adapting to the changing work environment? Although our office is open and most of us are at our desks, interaction with the outside world has been almost entirely…
Have you registered for The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference yet? If not, what are you waiting for?!  Join hundreds of legal professionals from across the U.S. on April 27-29 to discuss tipping points in the legal profession in the areas of future law, legal tech, well-being, and diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI).   In this video, Commission staff and conference moderators Jayne Reardon, Stephanie Villinski, and Mark Palmer dive deep into the topics that will be covered by our speaker lineup of industry experts and share what attendees can expect to learn at The Future Is Now.  Conference details:  When: April 27 – 29, 2021 I 12 – 2 p.m. CDT    Where: The virtual conference will be hosted on thefutureisnow.2civility.org   What: Speakers will deliver 15-minute TED-like talks and…
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce the launch of a Train the Trainer toolkit, which is designed to support legal professionals in the development and delivery of CLEs. “Presenting legal education courses can be very rewarding and, when done well, can have a real impact on the challenges facing the legal profession,” said Dan Davies, Education Manager at the Commission on Professionalism. “However, agreeing to present a CLE can be daunting, especially for less experienced presenters. This toolkit is an easy-to-follow course development guide that prepares presenters to deliver a meaningful and engaging course.” The…
  Courts and legal organizations across Illinois are preparing for the tsunami of eviction proceedings that will hit once the eviction moratorium is lifted. Currently, the moratorium on eviction cases in Illinois runs through May 1, 2021. Earlier this week, the Illinois Supreme Court amended Order M.R. 30370 to better clarify the standard for residential eviction impacted by the Governor’s Executive Orders. The amendments are aimed at making clear that landlords maintain the burden of proving why the eviction moratorium doesn’t apply to a tenant at all times and state that the motion may be set for by hearing only…
The regular readers of my blogs (Bob, Lynda, and that guy on LinkedIn that wants to help me exceed my sales goals), will know that I promote the idea that traditional CLE as we understand it (i.e., a formalized learning event) is just one way to gain expertise on a topic. Traditional CLE often serves as a great starting point, but what comes next? How do you move from student to adopter to subject matter expert? That’s where non-traditional methods of learning, such as research or teaching, come in. These non-traditional activities can take you to the next level of…
Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. Syed Ahmad is an attorney at SA Law and Consulting LLC (SALC Firm). An experienced trial attorney, Syed has successfully represented the interests of individuals, governmental entities, and corporations. Syed was previously counsel at the largest firm in Central Illinois where he rapidly gained a reputation for diligently advocating for the interests of his clients. How is your firm adapting to the changing work environment? SALC Firm started operations in February 2020. From the very beginning, the goal was to provide legal…
A team of researchers wants to know how COVID-19 has impacted your experience with the judicial system. The COVID-19 and the Courts Survey will examine how the pandemic has affected access to justice and the operation of the courts for attorneys, judges, litigants, court staff, and other members of the community. The survey, which is being conducted by researchers from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and the University of South Carolina, is evaluating two major time periods: March – August 2020 and September 2020 – the present. The National Center for State Courts and the Institute of Government and…