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Stephanie Stewart: Faculty for Basic Skills Course for New Lawyers

Stephanie Stewart Ethics 2020

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! […]

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Reading the Tea Leaves: ARDC Annual Report

Reading the Tea Leaves 2019 ARDC Annual Report

“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 […]

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Closing the Books on 2019?

The new year is well underway, and lawyers are already looking ahead, planning and executing and looking to grow. One thing our firm always does at this time of year is look around at the regulatory environment. We analyze what we’ve seen and heard, what our experiences have been, and what data – especially the […]

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Stephanie Stewart to Address DuPage County Bar Association

On Wednesday, September 24, RSMD’s Stephanie Stewart will join the ARDC’s Melissa Smart in addressing the DuPage County Bar Association. The lunchtime (11:45-1:00) presentation will provide an insider’s view of the ARDC and professional responsibility issues from the perspective of both an ARDC prosecutor and an ARDC defense attorney. They will address ARDC processes, how […]

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Things to Try: Disciplinary Complaints, Closures, and Alternatives

The recent amendment to Supreme Court Rule 756 was the kickoff for the ARDC’s foray into proactive management-based regulation, which we know will require lawyers without malpractice insurance to undergo an online self-assessment. As the contours of that process continue to be determined, the profession can and should examine existing methods the ARDC can employ […]

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Funds of Other Lawyers: Separate to Divide

Recently, the American Bar Association promulgated Formal Opinion number 475, which addresses the obligations of lawyers who, having agreed to a fee split with another lawyer, come into possession of the settlement funds from which the fee will be drawn. Of course, we know what the lawyer’s obligations are to the client, and to third-party lienholders, with respect to the funds. […]

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