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A new episode of Chad Main’s Technically Legal podcast, featuring a conversation with RSMD’s Jim Doppke, is now live. Jim was a guest on Technically Legal’s first episode, when he and Chad discussed the general boundaries of the duty of competence as it applies to technology. He’s pleased to return to discuss still more ethics issues pertaining to legal tech, this time examining the ethical dimensions of artificial intelligence, predictive coding, and more.…
RSMD’s Sari Montgomery co-authored “A Cautionary Tale for In-House Counsel,” an article in the July 2019 ISBA Bar Journal, along with Scott Kozlov, director of unauthorized practice of law litigation and senior counsel at the ARDC, and Nancy Vincent, director of administration for the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar. The article examines limited licensure for in-house corporate counsel as provided for in Supreme Court Rule 716, and the risks to in-house counsel —…
“Inquiry,” Naotake Murayama, licensed under CC-BY-SA-2.0 by Jim Doppke Because many ARDC procedures are subject to the confidentiality requirements of Supreme Court Rule 766, the structures that support those procedures often seem opaque. Many Illinois lawyers don’t know exactly how a confidential investigation becomes a formal, and public, disciplinary complaint. This post will examine the body that authorizes the filing of formal cases: the Inquiry Board. Like a Grand Jury Supreme Court Rule 753(a),…
On June 27, the Lawyers Trust Fund honored Sari W. Montgomery with its pro bono service award. The award recognizes Sari’s pro bono work with LTF, and with the Lawyers’​ Committee for Better Housing, on a project geared toward increasing access to justice for Illinois tenants in our state. Sari’s work and dedication illuminates the ways in which legal ethics lawyers can contribute to the profession and to society, and RSMD is most proud…
Mary Robinson, Sari Montgomery, and Jim Doppke are featured authors in the recently-published IICLE® handbook Inside and Outside the Jury Box: Effective Trial Strategies, 2019 Edition. They were pleased to co-author the chapter entitled “Ethical Considerations in Jury Trials,” which covers such diverse issues as the use of social media in selecting juries; the pitfalls of contacting jurors during and after jury trials; and the ethics of mock juries. RSMD hopes that those discussions…
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.…
Sari Montgomery was a featured presenter at the ABA’s June 6, 2019 Young Professionals Event. She participated in a panel discussion on the professional responsibility implications of evolving technologies. Sari was pleased to be among other distinguished speakers, including Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and to help provide professional guidance to young practitioners.…
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…
by Jim Doppke As Rhys Saunders recently posted, the ARDC released its 2018 Annual Report a couple of weeks ago. I’m still digesting some of the information in it, but there are some observations about the Illinois disciplinary system that can be gleaned from the basic data. Number of Investigations Continues to Decline This year, the Administrator of the ARDC docketed 5,029 investigations. Last year, there were 5,199. The year before that: 5,401. The Report…
by Jim Doppke No. 6: What do you want?No. 2: Information.No. 6: Whose side are you on?No. 2: That would be telling. We want information…information… information!!!No. 6: You won’t get it!– Opening Sequence, The Prisoner Supreme Court Rule 766 provides that several phases and kinds of Illinois disciplinary proceedings “shall be private and confidential” – including the approximately 5,200 investigations the Administrator initiates per year. Seems simple enough: the investigations are confidential, and the formal…