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The mortgage regulatory landscape can feel like a minefield. Is your CRM system a safeguard or a liability? Let’s find out. Compliance in the mortgage industry is notoriously tough.  The price of non-compliance often amounts to millions of dollars in penalties. With legal risks (not to mention fees) on the rise, it’s no wonder the cost of loan servicing has increased at least four times since 2008.  But what does any of this have to do with your mortgage CRM? Simply put: A CRM built with compliance in mind can potentially save you multiple thousands of dollars in fines and…
Amidst all the reports of downturns in the legal business with firms cutting pay and furloughing staff, there are bright spots. I recently talked with Kristin Tyler, one of the founders of LAWCLERK, and one of the more astute observers of the innovation and legal tech scene. She had lots of good news about LAWCLERK. She also had some interesting observations of where legal may be going–a subject that seems to be on many pundits’ minds these days. It’s always good to hear, though, from someone actually in the business.     LAWCLERK connects its stable of freelance…
This week on the In Seclusion Podcast, the discussion began a pivot away from how are we adjusting to working remotely, to how are we planning the slow progress toward reopening some offices. Let’s be honest, it is very possible that some legal professionals never go back to the office full time ever again. But, for some, getting back to the office is seen as essential for both their job, and maybe even their sanity. Take a listen to the five episodes from this week from a diverse group of legal professionals around the globe. Monday, May 18th – Navigating
Proud to report that a book to which I contributed has been selected by the American Association of Law Libraries for its 2020 Joseph L. Andrews Legal Literature Award. Ellyssa Kroski, director of information technology and marketing at The New York Law Institute, won the award as author and editor for the book, Law Librarianship in the Age of AI, published by the American Library Association. It was one of two books selected this year for the award, along with Business and Legal Aspects of Sports and Entertainment (BLASE), edited by Ed Edmonds, professor emeritus of law…
It’s Friday. Well, not when I’m writing this but … anyway. I’ve had a couple of things rattling around in my head that didn’t really fit anywhere else. One is an idea I’m starting to rough out a little bit for our law library. Another is something that other libraries have done that I want to emulate in spirit. One is just a “how would that work” idea. Thinking Outside the Physical Box This is an easy one. Amplify your in-building wireless when your physical access is closed. Google “wireless parking lots ‘public library’” for plenty of results. I like…
The bar exam is a rite of passage for lawyers. It is a proctored, in-person examination administered across all U.S. jurisdictions on the same two days each February and July. This year, the February exam took place as planned. But the coronavirus and social distancing requirements have caused uncertainty for 2020’s second bar exam, which has been scheduled for July 28-29. Graduated law students who intend to sit for the upcoming bar exam face three potential scenarios. Depending on the location of the exam, (1) the in-person portion may take place as scheduled in July, (2) the in-person portion may…
While most of us in the legal industry were still finding their sea legs when it came to working from home, today’s guests were planning a moon shot experiment of creating a virtual legal conference completely from scratch. Haley Altman and Alma Asay from Litera Microsystems talk with us about their experiences in creating and producing The Changing Lawyer LIVE! virtual conference back in April. There were some victories, and some challenges along the way, but the end result was pretty impressive. As we enter the Summer, many other organizations are looking to do some type of online/virtual conference to…
Traditionally our Lawyer Spotlight series has highlighted Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. However, in light of COVID-19, legal professionals are facing new challenges that are impacting their work and home lives in a way that we’ve never experienced. In a special Lawyer Spotlight series, we will explore how attorneys are adapting professionally and personally to the coronavirus pandemic. Miguel Keberlein is the Executive Director of the Legal Aid Society of Metropolitan Family Services. Miguel has worked as a poverty law attorney his entire career with a primary practice area of employment, immigration,…
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Nancy L. Vincent, Director of Administration at the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar. Nancy discusses the Supreme Court’s decision to postpone the July bar exam, other options that were explored, what is happening nationally, and what special arrangements are being planned for September’s bar. Subscribe to our channel to stay up to date on new episodes of Reimagining Law! Timestamps 0:35 – Nancy discusses the Illinois Supreme Court’s decision to postpone the July bar exam to September. 3:02 – How is bar exam registration being handled and how…
Somewhere in the rafters of legal blogging, someone needs to retire the jersey of legal blogger number one, Walter Olson. After 21 years of blogging at Overlawyered, a blog dedicated to chronicling the high cost of the legal system, Olson announced today that he will cease publishing May 31. Back in 2007, curious to identify the first legal blogger, I rummaged through the archives of the longest-running legal blogs that I could identify. Olson came up as oldest, having launched Overlawyer on July 1, 1999, two-to-three years before a steady trickle of other legal blogs began appearing. (I…
On May 20, the Illinois Supreme Court issued guidelines for resuming judicial branch operations amid the COVID-19 pandemic. Effective June 1, the state’s circuit courts may conduct in-person or remote hearings according to a schedule developed by the chief circuit judge. Court Order M.R. 30370 modifies the Court’s March 17 order, which directed Illinois courts to hear essential court matters and proceedings – if feasible and subject to constitutional limitations – and nonessential matters and proceedings remotely, subject to limitations. Illinois’ courts have been operating under these precautionary measures since March 17 in order to minimize the spread of…
Earlier this year, the National Center for State Courts (NCSC) published Unifying Juvenile and Family Matters in Marion County, a set of recommendations for the redesign of the Marion Superior Court in Indianapolis, Indiana. This redesign is “a timely opportunity for the implementation of best practices that can better serve families facing legal challenges through the court.” The comprehensive report, which was presented to Marion County circuit and superior court judges and administrators, covers numerous areas of court operations, including: Operational model and structure Caseflow management and triage Family court services and functions Alternative dispute resolution Self-help Judicial roles,…
It is one of the most-common email scams targeting law firms. An email arrives from an overseas company asking to hire you for a quick-and-easy matter, often collection of a debt or sale of equipment. If the attorney agrees, a check arrives from the purported debtor or purchaser. The attorney deposits it in trust and then disburses the funds to the supposed client’s overseas bank account. By the time the check is discovered to be fraudulent, the funds are lost. In 2015, a prominent Boston law firm, Sarrouf Law LLP, fell victim to this scam, losing $311,500 after depositing a…