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Last month, Washington became the latest state to allow those seeking a law license in the state to pursue alternatives to the traditional uniform bar exam (UBE).
Washington’s new pathway will include experiential learning alternatives for law-school graduates, law-school students, and Admission and Practice Rule (APR) 6 law clerks (who are enrolled in a non-law school course of study).
Continue Reading Washington Becomes Latest State to Allow Alternatives to the Bar Exam

Currently, well-being is not part of the legal profession’s DNA like the billable hour, high workloads, professional advancement, and profits are.
But what if it did not have to be an all-or-nothing proposition? What if lawyers did not have to sacrifice their well-being at the cost of being an effective attorney?
I will ask Patrick Krill and Bree Buchanan of
Continue Reading Well-Being Needs to Be Part of the Legal Profession’s DNA

As organizations like the Legal Services Corporation and the World Justice Project are quantifying the United States’ significant justice gap, attorney Jazz Hampton has co-founded a company that seeks to bridge that gap by using technology to increase people’s access to lawyers.
Indeed, as its slogan declares, TurnSignl enables users of its app to virtually “put an attorney in the
Continue Reading TurnSignl Enables Access to an On-Demand Attorney During Traffic Incidents

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Executive Director Erika Harold will be a 2024 recipient of the Vanguard Award from the Chicago Bar Association (CBA). Harold was selected to receive the award by the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI).
Harold will be presented with the award at the 2024 Vanguard Awards Luncheon on
Continue Reading Executive Director Erika Harold to be Honored by Women’s Bar Association of Illinois with CBA Vanguard Award

Did you know that more than 100 legal organizations across Illinois use the Commission on Professionalism’s Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Curriculum to support the professional development of their attorneys?
This includes big and small law firms, bar associations, government offices, court districts, corporations, and law schools.
We spoke to Ingrid Galindo, Professional Development Coordinator, and Veronica Neely, Attorney Development Specialist, at Perkins
Continue Reading How Perkins Coie Uses Lawyer Mentoring in a BigLaw Setting

Imagine you and your colleague are attending a meeting to discuss a significant and complex case for your law firm. You are joined by your colleague, Maya, a highly skilled and young Latina attorney, as well as other attorneys in the firm.
As the meeting progresses, Maya offers insightful analysis and proposes innovative solutions to the client’s legal challenges.
Continue Reading Transition Your ‘Good Intentions’ Into Attorney Allyship at the Future Is Now

In January, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, the Illinois State Bar Association’s Women and the Law Committee, and the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women launched an informal mentoring program for law students and attorneys early in their careers.
During the Mentoring Circles program, law students and new lawyer mentees gather in a circle to ask questions and seek
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The legal profession is undergoing a seismic shift as generative artificial intelligence (generative AI) tools like ChatGPT go mainstream. From analyzing contracts to outlining trial strategies, generative AI is rapidly changing how lawyers service their clients. But what practical applications and ethical pitfalls should lawyers be prepared for?
At our upcoming Future Is Now: Legal Services conference, which will be
Continue Reading Learn to Use Generative AI *Ethically* in Your Practice at Future Is Now Conference

State court caseloads are slowly increasing toward pre-pandemic levels, according to a recent analysis of 2022 data from the Court Statistics Project (CSP).
The study found that state courts managed 64.6 million incoming cases in 2022, two percent more than in 2021. In comparison, state courts managed 83.2 million cases in 2019.
While case types increased in the number of
Continue Reading Study Finds State Court Caseloads Are Trending Toward Pre-Pandemic Levels, After COVID-19 Dip

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce the speaker lineup for its annual Future Is Now: Legal Services conference, which will be held virtually from 12 – 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 18.
Conference attendees will learn to innovate and thrive in their legal practice while creating a culture of civility and professionalism. Four hours of
Continue Reading Commission Announces Speaker Lineup for April 18 Future Is Now: Legal Services Conference

While most access to justice initiatives connect low-income individuals to legal help, the new Above the Line Network (ATLN) from the Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) and the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (IAALS) is focused on the “vastly underserved market” of more than 100 million middle-class Americans.
The CBF and IAALS define this population as individuals
Continue Reading New Chicago Bar Foundation, IAALS Network Aims to Help Middle-Class Find Affordable Legal Help  

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Access to Justice (ATJ Commission) is requesting public comment on six Illinois Supreme Court form sets.
The following draft forms are available to review on the Illinois Supreme Court website:

  • Petition for Leave to Appeal
  • Answer to Petition for Leave to Appeal
  • Notice of Election
  • Appellant’s Brief
  • Appellee’s Brief
  • Appellant’s Reply Brief
  • Each form
    Continue Reading ATJ Commission Requests Public Comment on Six Illinois Standardized Form Sets

    The number of women lawyers in the legal profession is growing, albeit slowly. Women currently make up 39% of attorneys in the U.S., up just 5% in 10 years, according to the ABA. However, that may be changing. In 2023, for the first time, women associates outnumbered men at U.S. law firms (50.3%).
    While more women are entering the
    Continue Reading What Women Lawyers in Illinois Really Want in a Legal Workplace

    An American Bar Association council recently voted that an alternative law school admissions test called JD-Next will not be granted “test parity” with the LSAT or GRE, citing the need for more data to determine its reliability in predicting success in law school.
    The vote by the ABA Council of the Section of Legal Education and Admissions to the
    Continue Reading What is the JD-Next Admissions Test? ABA Votes on How LSAT Alternative Will Be Used in College Admissions

    Our Professionalism Spotlight series highlights Illinois legal professionals who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives.
    These lawyers, paralegals, court clerks, legal assistants, trial court administrators, law school personnel, and other legal and court professionals are essential in the delivery of equitable, efficient, and effective justice in Illinois.
    In this Professionalism Spotlight, we spoke to Nicole “Nikki”
    Continue Reading Professionalism Spotlight: Nikki Ticknor, Deputy Court Administrator, 17th Judicial Circuit