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Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Mary Jane Theis recently announced amendments to Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct 1.5, titled “Fees,” and 1.15, titled “General Duties Regarding Safekeeping Property.”
The amendments to the rule officially recognize the common types of fee agreements, with the notable additions of:

  • The engagement (or classic) retainer
  • The security retainer
  • The
  • The Commission on Professionalism recently delivered our Courthouse Professionalism Training for the Circuit Court of Cook County’s Sixth Municipal District in Markham Courthouse.
    The exercise allows courthouse personnel to experience their courthouse from the perspective of court users, encouraging them to discuss ways of enhancing professionalism in their protocols and procedures.
    The session involves interactive skits,

    In honor of Women’s History Month, this Lawyer Spotlight series highlights a remarkable woman who plays a significant leadership role in the administration of justice in Illinois.
    Marcia M. Meis serves as the State Court Administrator and Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts (AOIC). This is a constitutional position (Illinois Constitution, Article

    At a time when the legal profession is struggling to become more inclusive and innovative, four of Illinois’ nine law schools are led by Black women. Their dynamic paths and approaches to leadership demonstrate how legal organizations can better reflect and represent the communities they seek to serve and how leaders can shepherd and shape

    The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism is pleased to announce that the Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Azam Nizamuddin to serve as a Commissioner on the Commission on Professionalism.
    Additionally, Heather Kroencke, Kathleen Pine, and Trisha Rich have been reappointed as Commissioners for terms ending December 31, 2025.
    “I am excited to welcome Azam

    Professionalism issues were at the forefront of the American Bar Association’s 2023 (ABA) Midyear Meeting, which took place earlier this month in New Orleans.
    More than 30 resolutions were considered, covering a myriad of topics from condemning antisemitism to guidelines regarding the use of artificial intelligence in the legal profession.
    Notably, many of the resolutions

    Photo credit: Randy Belice for Northwestern University
    Our Lawyer Spotlight series highlights Illinois lawyers who are demonstrating the ideals of professionalism in their daily lives.
    Laurie Mikva is a clinical professor and the Director of the Tenant Advocacy Clinic at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
    Previously, she worked in Champaign County as a family

    The ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism is accepting nominations for its annual E. Smythe Gambrell Professionalism Awards.
    The awards are given to “exemplary, innovative, and on-going professionalism programs established by law schools, bar associations, courts and other not-for-profit legal organizations that help ensure the maintenance of the highest principles of integrity and dedication to the