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
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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
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The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Becky Harris has joined the organization as its Instructional Design Manager.
In this role, Harris will expand the Commission’s role as a thought leader in professional responsibility legal education, including engaging with Illinois CLE providers to promote educational best practices and collaborating with Commission stakeholders to advance the
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The rapid evolution of voice cloning and deepfake technologies has introduced new risks and vulnerabilities for the legal profession. Unscrupulous individuals may seek to exploit these tools to impersonate clients or lawyers, gain unauthorized access to privileged information, or even attempt to mislead courts and legal proceedings.
To uphold the integrity of the attorney-client relationship and the legal process, prudent
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The National Center for State Courts (NCSC) has released three new resources to help judges and court leaders identify and address barriers that lead to missed court hearings, which can have significant negative consequences on courts, opposing parties, and those who miss their hearings.
To dig deep into the causes of missed appearances, the NCSC’s resources are focused on three
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The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce the newest edition in its Profiles in Professionalism series, featuring a conversation with Judge Edmond E. Chang of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.
Our Profiles in Professionalism series provides in-depth conversations with Illinois lawyers and judges who are shaping the culture of the legal
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At the 2024 Future Is Now: Legal Services conference, Patrick Krill and Bree Buchanan, leading researchers and strategists in lawyer behavioral health, discussed the elusiveness of well-being in the legal profession.
Startling data reveals how stress and anxiety, which can lead to maladaptive coping mechanisms, can be woven into the fabric of the profession. However, addressing these realities and advancing
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The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that Chief Counsel Mark C. Palmer has been selected to receive a 2024 Outstanding Alumni Award from the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign Department of Sociology.
Palmer, a 1999 graduate, was selected among all alums of the Department of Sociology’s Bachelor of Arts program. He will be honored alongside the
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Our Professionalism Spotlight series highlights Illinois legal professionals who demonstrate the ideals of professionalism as they work to advance equitable, efficient, and effective justice in Illinois.
In this Professionalism Spotlight, we spoke with Kristen Sonday, the Co-Founder and CEO of Paladin, a legal technology platform that is dedicated to increasing access to justice by helping legal teams run more efficient
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Law Day, celebrated each year on May 1, was first recognized by President Dwight D. Eisenhower in 1958 to mark the nation’s commitment to the rule of law. Since then, every president has issued an honorary Law Day proclamation.
The theme of the 2024 Law Day celebration, selected by the American Bar Association (ABA), is “Voices of Democracy.” This theme
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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).
In
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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
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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
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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
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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
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