Ethics & Professional Responsibility

RSMD’s Stephanie Stewart was recently elected the Vice-Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Committee on Professional Fees. The Committee concerns itself with problems and disputes about legal fees, and it arbitrates such disputes when the parties agree to submit to arbitration. Stephanie looks forward to helping to lead the Committee, and to assisting in resolving what can become contentious issues between lawyers and clients.…
In recognition of Pride month, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (Commission) will feature biographies of LGBTQ+ legal professionals who have promoted a culture of civility and inclusion within the Illinois legal community. Our first biography, featuring Pearl Hart, came out last week. Keep an eye out for more later this month. Thomas Chiola Thomas Chiola, 67, grew up in Springfield, Ill. As a self-described “all-American boy,” Chiola was the Springfield High…
The Financial Times has published an article with this title (£). It’s a bit of a strange piece, and a number of the commenters agree. The gist of the piece is that unless big law firms change their ways of working–long hours, lack of promotion prospects, especially for women–they are doomed. Their hegemony is no longer assured because upstarts can overcome barriers to entry and poach white shoe work. The example given is Kirkland & Ellis…
The New Jersey Appellate Division recently confirmed how important it is to comply with procedural court rules, especially when the Court has given guidance as to how to comply with them.  In Cuomo v. TSI Ridgewood, Docket No A-4898-17T4, Defendant’s attorneys failed to comply with the requirements of electronic filing, as well as the submission of a filing fee. While Defendants claimed inadvertent error (their lawyer tried to pay the $200 fee by check) and…
Adrian McCullagh and I have put up a new paper on SSRN, titled, Blockchain’s Future: Can the Decentralised Blockchain Community Succeed in Creating Standards?  The abstract reads: Nakamoto proposed a new solution to transact value via the internet. And since 2009 blockchain technology has expanded and diversified. It has, however, proven to be inefficient in the way it achieves its outcomes, especially through the proof of work protocol. Other developers are promoting alternative methods…
Last month, I was fortunate enough to be involved in the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s (Commission) Future is Now: Legal Services 2.019 conference in Chicago (shameless plug – save the date for April 2020). The conference got me thinking about the nature of conferences, talks, the legal learning space and how they interact with the theories of learning architecture. Attorneys are some of the most adept people when it comes to absorbing…
Bottom line: To maximize your odds of media attendance at a press conference, you must schedule your press conference at the right time. Thinking about holding a press conference to help tell your client’s side of the story of a legal dispute that he or she is involved in?  You’re going to want to pick the right time of day for the press conference to help maximize media attendance. When talking about the timing of press…
by Jim Doppke In this post, we’ll take a look at two orders recently entered by the Supreme Court that affect the ARDC and its operations. One of the orders also affects lawyers who are being or have already been prosecuted, and the other affects lawyers who may be at risk of becoming the subject of an investigation. Amendments to Supreme Court Rules 767 and 773 In its May 23, 2019 order, the Court…
In recognition of Pride month, the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (Commission) will feature biographies of LGBTQ+ legal professionals who promoted a culture of civility and inclusion within the Illinois legal community. Keep an eye out for additional biographies during June. Pearl Hart Pearl Hart was born in Traverse City, Michigan in 1890 as the fifth and only American born daughter in a family of Russian Jewish Immigrants. Shortly after her birth, Hart’s…
The Appellate Division recently permitted a law firm to proceed with litigation against a former expert who had been poised to provide expert testimony on behalf of the law firm’s clients in a medical malpractice proceeding.  Prior to trial, the expert declined to participate, and the court denied the clients’ request for leave to seek another expert.  Thereafter, the action was dismissed.  Following the dismissal, the law firm filed an action against the expert on…