Need Legal Help? Check Out the Technological Marvel That is Illinois Legal Aid Online – Part 2

One of the speakers at the “The Future is Now” town-hall meeting that I referenced in my April 1, 2016 post was Ronald Staudt. He is the Director of the Center for Access to Justice and Technology at ITT Chicago-Kent College of Law. Mr. Staudt began by explaining that almost 80% of the civil legal […]


Great Litigators Doing What They Do Best at The Goodman Theater

Remember back in the day, when Michael Jordan defied gravity on a regular basis? Watching him at his best was a thrill like no other. He brought countless smiles and of course, multiple championship rings to the Windy City. On April 13, 2016, I felt that thrill. No, I wasn’t watching an old taped basketball […]


The Future Is Now for the Legal Profession – Part 1

On April 6, 2016, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism along with the American Bar Association Commission on the Future of Legal Services, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, sponsored an event “The Future Is Now”, to bring together lawyers and thought leaders to […]


Create one new habit to improve your law practice in 2015

This is the time of year where there are countless articles helping us to identify resolutions for the New Year that will make us better, thinner, healthier, sexier or more organized. There are also countless articles telling us that by the end of January, in spite of our best intentions, we will go back to our same old habits. There is, however, one person I read about […]


Driving social media responsibly can help grow your practice

Imagine you just won a million-dollar verdict for your client. All that time you spent researching, writing, negotiating and advocating; neglecting family and friends; laser focused on achieving a good result for your client really paid off. You and your client (and your partners) are popping Champagne corks. In your excitement, you write a post to your LinkedIn page that reads: “Won a million dollar verdict […]


Plan for the future of your practice

If you become ill, who will handle your cases? What would happen to your practice if you became disabled? How long do you intend to practice law? Who will be your successor? For many of us, these are really tough questions that we worry about but have yet to fully address. “These are the fundamental business issues involving management and business planning that should be ideally considered before […]

Insurance Policy

No excuses for not having malpractice insurance

A hypothetical prospective client, Diane, receives two referrals for lawyers who can handle her case. She decides to search for these lawyers on the Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission’s website to learn more about them. One reported he had malpractice insurance, and the other lawyer reported he did not. All things considered equally, which lawyer do you think Diane would choose to work with? Lawyers who don’t […]