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Law has been named the most stressful and loneliest profession. Other research into lawyer well-being has found lawyers are prone to chronic stress, problem drinking and substance abuse, and mental health challenges.
In a profession where well-being seems rarely attainable, where can lawyers find practical and realistic strategies to support their mental health and well-being?
Continue Reading Experts Answer 5 Questions Lawyers Have About Well-Being

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee will hold a public hearing on Wednesday, July 17, to hear comments on proposed amendments to several Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct (IRPC) related to lawyers’ cognitive impairment as a result of alcohol or substance use or mental, cognitive, emotional, or psychological reasons.
The proposed amendments would make changes to the IRPC to “address situations
Continue Reading Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee to Hold Public Hearing on Proposed IRPC Amendments Related to Lawyer Cognitive Impairment

For decades, legal industry pundits have proclaimed the imminent demise of the billable hour. Yet despite numerous challenges and alternatives, it has stubbornly remained the dominant pricing model for most law firms. However, the rapid emergence of artificial intelligence (AI) and generative AI technologies is perhaps the most significant threat to the billable hour’s reign we have seen.
Continue Reading The AI Revolution in Legal and the Billable Hour: Is the End Near?

A new study of lawyers from Law360 Pulse found that, although the vast majority of lawyers report working long hours and experiencing stress, most are satisfied with their jobs and would still become a lawyer if they had to do it all over.
Almost 90% of the 1,247 U.S. lawyers who responded to the Lawyer Satisfaction Survey said they experienced
Continue Reading Lawyers Are Chronically Stressed But Satisfied, Survey Says

Consider this scenario: In work-related emails and in-office interactions, a colleague frequently shares memes and tells “jokes” that disrespect transgender people. You see this as problematic. Do you:
A. Respond to one of your colleague’s “jokes,” telling them that you are not comfortable with their disrespect of transgender people.
B. Approach your colleague privately and share your concerns about them
Continue Reading How to Be an Ally to LGBTQ+ Lawyers

Our Professionalism Spotlight series highlights Illinois legal professionals who demonstrate the ideals of professionalism and a commitment to equitable, efficient, and effective justice in Illinois.
In this Professionalism Spotlight, we spoke with Katherine (Kate) Shank, CEO and Executive Director of Legal Aid Chicago.
Kate joined Legal Aid Chicago after graduating from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law. She began her
Continue Reading Professionalism Spotlight: Katherine Shank, CEO/Executive Director of Legal Aid Chicago

The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that it is a 2024 recipient of the Honorable William D. Missouri Civility Award, which is presented by the American Bar Association Judicial Division.
The award honors judges and legal professionals who “exhibit exceptional qualities of civility, courtesy and professionalism toward colleagues, litigants and the public,” according to the ABA. It
Continue Reading Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism to Receive ABA Civility Award

Illinois attorneys with last names beginning A–M: do you still need CLE hours before the June 30 MCLE completion deadline? (Check your MCLE transcript here to see where you stand.)
The Commission on Professionalism currently offers 7.5 hours of free CLE through nine courses on our website.
Our CLEs are approved for professional responsibility (PR) CLE credit in Illinois
Continue Reading Where to Get Free Online CLE Before the 6/30 MCLE Completion Deadline (Including a New Commission Course)

Consider this scenario: You see opposing counsel’s name in your email inbox and, immediately, your blood pressure begins to rise. You have been attempting to confer with them regarding dates for the proposed case management order the judge instructed the parties to submit jointly. However, they have thus far been dismissive and ignored the multiple voicemails you left.
When you
Continue Reading Judges Share Three Strategies for Responding to Incivility in Litigation

A 2022 study from the American Bar Foundation and the National Asian Pacific American Bar Association notes that, while Asian American attorneys are the largest minority group at law firms, they have the lowest partner-to-associate ratio and the highest attrition rate.
“This is alarming,” said Sang Yup Lee, President of the Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago.
Continue Reading Asian American Attorneys Share What Has Made a Difference in Their Careers

Our Commissioner Spotlight series highlights the judges, lawyers, and educators from across Illinois who have been appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as our Commissioners.
These individuals are known for their commitment to professionalism and contributions to the bar and their communities.
This Commissioner Spotlight highlights our Chair, John Kim, who counsels on labor and employment matters as
Continue Reading Commissioner Spotlight: John Kim, Chair

This week, the Illinois Supreme Court and the Board of Admissions to the Bar announced that Illinois will adopt a new bar exam in 2028.
The exam, called the NextGen bar exam, will replace the currently administered Uniform Bar Exam (UBE), which has been administered since 2019.
It will place “a greater emphasis on testing the foundational skills required to
Continue Reading Illinois to Administer New Bar Exam in 2028

Summer is almost here! In addition to warmer weather, summer means opportunities for Illinois lawyers and judges to connect with other legal professionals and support their community at events hosted by local and affinity bar and judicial associations.
From a “Salute to Veterans in the Legal Profession” and the ISBA’s Annual Meeting, to golf and baseball outings, these events can
Continue Reading Events to Attend in the Illinois Legal Community This Summer

The Illinois Supreme Court Access to Justice Commission (ATJ Commission) and the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts Access to Justice Division (AOIC ATJ Division) are accepting applications for a grant initiative to support Illinois courts in improving access to justice (ATJ Improvement Grant).
Applications for the grants must be submitted by email to Jill Roberts, Deputy Director, Access to
Continue Reading Access to Justice Commission Accepting Applications from Illinois Courts for Grant Initiative

Our Professionalism Spotlight series highlights Illinois legal professionals who demonstrate the ideals of professionalism and a commitment to advancing equitable, efficient, and effective justice in Illinois.
In this Professionalism Spotlight, we spoke with Laura J. Lazarczyk, Chief Legal Officer for Zurich North America, a commercial property and casualty insurance carrier in the U.S. and Canada.
Laura previously worked in
Continue Reading Professionalism Spotlight: Laura Lazarczyk, Chief Legal Officer of Zurich North America