Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

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As I was contemplating a blog post dedicated to Women’s History Month, events unfolding in Washington captured my attention. On March 17, 2021, the U.S. House of Representatives approved a joint resolution that would remove the expiration deadline set for three-fourths of the states to ratify the Equal Rights Amendment, or the ERA. Women have been pushing for the ERA for about 100 years. The road has been winding and full of potholes, but like…
Do you want to develop the skills necessary to build a successful law practice? Are you interested in making a positive impact on your community as a social entrepreneur? If the answer is yes, then consider applying to the Chicago Bar Foundation’s Justice Entrepreneurs Project. What is the Justice Entrepreneurs Project? The Justice Entrepreneurs Project is a small business incubator that helps lawyers start innovative, socially conscious law practices serving low-and middle-income Chicagoans. The…
Much has been written about the exodus of women from the workforce as a result of COVID-19. The December 2020 jobs report, which described 156,000 jobs lost by women and 16,000 gained by men, painted a dismal picture of the impact that schools closing and businesses downsizing has had on the female workforce, said Kate Conway, President of the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI). However, the pandemic has also presented an opportunity for…
The Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce the speaker lineup for The Future Is Now: Legal Services conference. The virtual event will be held Tuesday, April 27 – Thursday, April 29 on The Future Is Now website thefutureisnow.2civility.org. The three-day conference will feature talks from legal industry experts and interactive townhall sessions that will provide attorneys with a roadmap for success in the changing legal profession. Each day will explore a specific area…
What were you doing 20 years ago? I was in the middle of law school trying to keep my head above water. Luckily, there was a group of forward-thinking Illinoisians who saw that too many people lacked access to justice because they didn’t qualify for legal aid or have enough money to pay for a private attorney. Instead of throwing their hands in the air, this innovative group created a solution. This solution, which is…
In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Judge Robbin J. Stuckert of the 23rd Judicial Circuit Court and Keith Grant, Chief, Special Defense at the Lake County Public Defender’s Office and President of the Illinois Public Defender Association. Judge Stuckert and Keith discuss their work on the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Pretrial Practices, the status of cash bail in Illinois, and the recently signed criminal justice reform bill. Subscribe to our YouTube
Last year, the Chicago Bar Association Young Lawyers’ Section (CBA YLS) established the Racial Justice Coalition (RJC) to bring together leading voices in the Chicago legal community to act against racial injustice. Since then, more than 31 bar association and legal advocacy organizations have joined the RJC to combat systemic and institutional racism through pro bono opportunities, community engagement, and educational opportunities, including trainings and seminars that champion diversity and inclusion in the legal community.…
Late last week, the Illinois Supreme Court and Chief Justice Anne M. Burke announced the formation of a Supreme Court Statutory Court Fees Task Force. The Task Force will conduct a thorough review of the Criminal and Traffic Assessment Act (CTAA), including the statutory fees imposed or assessed on criminal defendants and civil litigants and the fiscal impact of the new civil and criminal fee schedules. Additionally, the Task Force will review any implementation issues…
It’s been a year since the World Health Organization declared the novel coronavirus outbreak a pandemic, turning home spaces into workplaces for attorneys across the globe. While the ABA Model Rules of Professional Conduct haven’t required that lawyers have a brick-and-mortar office, virtual law practice has accelerated recently, due to the enhanced use of technology by lawyers and clients and social distancing guidelines. The ABA released a formal opinion this week further defining best practices…
Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives. This month, in honor of Women’s History Month, we’re highlighting inspiring women attorneys who are teaching us how to adapt and thrive in the changing legal environment. Clarissa Gaff has been the Executive Director of Land of Lincoln Legal Aid in St. Louis since August 2018. Prior to becoming Executive Director, she served four years as the…