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In the digital age, technology is the cornerstone of any law firm. With a myriad of options on the table, it’s important to ensure that you don’t forget anything when opening a new practice. The ISBA’s New Firm Technology Checklist provides a comprehensive list of everything you’ll need to budget for, including hardware, software, security, and other technological services. The checklist is one of many member resources available at Practice HQ, the ISBA’s one-stop microsite for practice management and technology information. Organized by the life cycle of a law practice, Practice HQ can help you start a firm, build,…
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices will host a series of public hearings as it works toward its final report and recommendations in December. The commission recently released its preliminary report concerning pretrial reform in the Illinois criminal justice system. A final report with recommendations regarding the administration of pretrial justice in Illinois will be released in December. The commission would like to gather input from Illinois stakeholders regarding pretrial reform. Public hearings will take place in Springfield, Champaign/Urbana, and Chicago as follows: Springfield – Monday, April 22, at noon Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts 3101 Old…
The Illinois Supreme Court handed down one opinion on Thursday, April 4. In Piccioli v. The Board of Trustees of the Teachers’ Retirement System et al., the court ruled that a union lobbyist qualified for a public pension under a repealed law by spending one day as a substitute teacher. Piccioli v. The Board of Trustees of the Teachers’ Retirement System et al. By Michael T. Reagan, Law Offices of Michael T. Reagan This case, like Carmichael v. Laborers’ & Retirement Board, 2018 IL 122793, deals with pension issues which have arisen involving public union employees seeking pension benefits from…
With nearly 75 percent of consumers searching for an attorney online, it is important to make your website the hub of a successful legal marketing strategy. What makes the difference between a great website and an ineffective one? It starts with planning. The ISBA’s whitepaper on using a website as the heart of an online marketing strategy covers important topics such as search engine optimization, creating and promoting exciting content, creating an appealing website design, and more. The whitepaper is one of many member resources available at Practice HQ, the ISBA’s one-stop microsite for practice management and technology information.…
The Illinois Supreme Court on March 29 announced the amendment of Rule 274 that pertains to multiple final orders and postjudgment motions. The amended rule states: “A party may make only one postjudgment motion directed at a judgment order that is otherwise final and appealable. The motion must be filed either within 30 days of that judgment order or within the time allowed by any extensions.” (New language bolded.) The amended rule goes into effect July 1.…
Asked and Answered  By John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC Q. I am the owner of a criminal defense practice in Bloomington, Illinois. I have been practicing for 40 years and I have just turned 65. I have one associate who has been with me for two years and two staff members. I would like to retire by the end of this year, and I would like to receive some value from my practice. Would I be better off selling my practice to my associate or another firm? A. One year is a very short timeline for putting together an…