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Future of the Profession

Future of the Profession

Focus of the Young Lawyes Section Bar Year 2013-2014


The focus of the 2013-2014 Young Lawyers Section bar year will be on the future of the legal profession. Events, special projects and articles developed through out the year will address what is no longer working for the legal profession as well as open discussions as to what alternatives exist to create a legal profession where job satisfaction and success are not at odds. The YLS hopes to start a conversation across all areas of the legal market on how this industry needs to change, and how we need to be planning for what it will be, not what it has been.


Upcoming Events:


Tomorrow's Law Firms Today: Alternative Business Structures  (1.5 IL PR, subject to approval)
April 17, 2014 / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
The traditional law firm structure is changing. Come learn from practitioners that are breaking the mold and exploring alternatives like virtual practice, referral networks, and "ad hoc" representation.


Steven Harper's The Lawyer Bubble
April 16, 2014 / 5:00-7:00 PM
As part of the YLS' Future of the Profession Series, join us for an interactive and thought provoking program as we welcome the author of The Lawyer Bubble: A Profession in Crisis, Steven J. Harper. Reception and book signing to follow. In The Lawyer Bubble, lawyer and law professor Steven J. Harper investigates how the legal profession arrived at this crisis. He indicts the widespread fixation on rankings, the bottomless greed of equity partners, and the abdication of responsibility by law-industry leaders. In this meticulously researched and passionately argued book, Harper exposes dirty secrets behind the legal profession's malaise and explains what steps can be taken to repair the damage before it's too late as well as what it means for new lawyers entering the profession and strategies for succeeding in this environment


Past Events:


Expand Your Practice with a la carte Legal Services - Part 2 
March 20, 2014 / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
In this Part 2 of 2 series on unbundling our speakers will discuss how lawyers are adding limited scope services to their practices, how to market and price these services, how to frame engagement agreements and withdrawal notices, essential forms and marketing new services.
View the On Demand Video (fee may apply) - 1.25 IL PR Credit

Expand Your Practice with a la carte Legal Services - Part 1
February 20, 2014 / 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Speakers will discuss the history of unbundled legal sevices, an explanation of recent amendments to the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, and the ethics issues associated with providing unbundled or "limited scope" representation.
View the On Demand Video (fee may apply) - 1.25 IL PR Credit

December 13, 2013:
The First and Next Levels of Success: How to Think Like a Future Lawyer
New lawyers can be particularly vulnerable to ethics violations as they build their law practices and begin to absorb practical implications of the attorney ethics rules. This program examined specific high-risk areas related to substantive competentence, and more.
View the On Demand (fee may apply) - 1 IL PR Credit

Thursday, November 21, 2013:
Goodbye Billable Hour, Hello Alternative/Flat Fees for Litigation Services
While transactional work may lend itself to a flat fee structure, it is much more difficult to figure out how to charge a flat fee for litigation. Patrick Lamb and Nicole Auerbach, two of the founders of Valorem Law Group, explained how Valorem meets client demand for flat fees for litigation matters, while still maintaining profitability.
View the On Demand Video (fee may apply) - 1.25 IL PR Credit

Thursday, September 19, 2013:
The Future of the Profession: How the Legal Profession Must Embrace Working Differently, Changing the Law Firm Model, and Innovation