Given the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct’s strict rules governing lawyers’ ability to advertise, legal referral and matching sites have emerged as a way to connect clients with counsel. As attorneys test whether these platforms can bring in more clients and equal justice advocates look to them as a way for low-income people to find representation they can afford, state regulators and bar associations are determining how to use these sites ethically.
Last October, the Library of Congress and the U.S. Copyright Office expanded exemptions to the act that lets consumers and independent repair experts “jailbreak” their electronic devices to repair or maintain them. These exemptions to copyright law — which will apply to smartphones, tractors, cars and smart home appliances — enables owners to hack the software embedded on their devices without getting into legal trouble.
Sharone Mitchell’s 6½ years as an assistant public defender for the Cook County Public Defender’s Office helped inform him — both in his heart and soul — as to what would come next in his career. Mitchell is the deputy director of the Illinois Justice Project, a criminal justice policy organization designed to reform the justice system and reduce recidivism.
Aside from being the co-chair of Eimer Stahl’s environmental, product liability and toxic torts practice group, Lisa Meyer also represents clients in a variety of pro bono matters, including international human rights cases and hate crime. She is also the president of the Civil Rights Under Law Chicago Lawyers’ Committee Board of Directors.
There’s virtually no bad view from the top floor of Reed Smith’s office. That the 10 S. Wacker Drive building hugs the Chicago River means minimal site blockage for a good part of the office space. The top floor on 40 offers one of the best views to the north of Lake Michigan that you’ll find in a building that far west downtown.
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