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“Sub cash register,” Franck Blais CC-BY-SA 2.0 I’ve blogged before about the ethical implications of practicing law without having registered with the Supreme Court – and the way the ARDC deals with that situation. Today I’ll address a related question: if it happens during litigation, what happens in the case? The Illinois Supreme Court has considered the issue several times, with outcomes that may surprise you. No Constitutional Violation Whether lawyer non-registration affected a substantive…
RSMD’s Stephanie Stewart will participate in addressing the Chicago Bar Association’s Business Divorce and Complex Ownership Disputes Committee on March 9, 2021, from 12:15-1:30 p.m. She and her co-presenter, ARDC Director of Education Melissa Smart, will address conflicts, confidentiality, and virtual client counseling in our current era. To register, click here. The post RSMD’s Stephanie Stewart to Speak to CBA Committee appeared first on Robinson, Stewart, Montgomery & Doppke, LLC..…
One product of the pandemic that lawyers and related professionals may have experienced, or may be experiencing, is a kind of stasis, a difficulty in moving beyond the tasks of the day toward a broader goal or better vision. How do I know? Well – personal experience. Stuck Hence the drop-off in blogging, among other things. I’m most fortunate and grateful to have been able to take steps to keep my family and me…
RSMD’s Stephanie Stewart is part of the distinguished faculty for PLI’s October 6 webcast Illinois Basic Skills for Newly Admitted Attorneys 2020. Along with other practitioners, Stephanie will present her insights on the disciplinary system, educating new lawyers on the nuts-and-bolts of professionalism in Illinois. Click here for more information! The post Stephanie Stewart: Faculty for Basic Skills Course for New Lawyers appeared first on Robinson, Stewart, Montgomery & Doppke, LLC..…
“Tea Leaves,” Manu Sankerms (CC-BY-SA 2.0) The ARDC recently released its 2019 Annual Report. The tale it tells is a familiar one – declines in investigations and prosecutions, the latter down to 44. (For some reason, my search of the ARDC’s website only brings up 42.) The Illinois Supreme Court entered 96 sanctions limiting or removing Illinois lawyers’ right to practice. That number is higher than the complaints filed partly because the…
RSMD’s Stephanie Stewart will participate in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Ethics 2020 conference on June 11. The COVID-19 lockdown is making social media a more necessary tool for lawyers than ever. With her co-panelists, Stephanie will give her unique and practical perspective on the day-to-day social media issues lawyers face. Stephanie joins many other distinguished speakers at this year’s PMCLE-accredited conference, which will be held online. To register or for more information, click here
“Basel Train,” Masakazu Matsumoto (CC-by- 2.0) It’s been a hard and confusing time for so many, in so many ways, that it almost seems like folly to write a blog post sorting out the ethics of the difficulties of practicing law. We’re all trying to survive out here, not really thinking about Rule 3.2. Not even ethics lawyers; your correspondent has been quite honestly grappling with a kind of analysis paralysis, trying…
“Closed,” Steve Snodgrass (CC-BY-2.0) by Jim Doppke Sometimes when I read about ever-accelerating innovations in legal tech, I come across articles about apps and programs dating from a few years ago. Not every one of them took off, of course, or even got up and running. I recently came across an article about an app that would have connected lawyers to other lawyers. The creators said that they would determine whether the lawyers…
RSMD’s Sari Montgomery will moderate a panel at next week’s Mid-Year meeting of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers (APRL). The meeting will be in Austin, TX on Friday, Feb. 14. The panel, “Social Media Issues: Addressing Negative Online Reviews, Geo-Fencing, And More, Including What Is Permitted Versus Practical, And The Malpractice Carrier’s Perspective,” will feature Steven Puiszis, Hinshaw’s General Counsel – Privacy, Security & Compliance, and Ignatius Grande of Berkeley Research Group, LLC. Sari…