Two Great ISBA Member Benefits Sponsored by
A Value of $1,344, Included with Membership


Need tips for marketing your practice or building a firm website on a limited budget? Want how-to’s for embracing the latest technology to boost your practice? Join us in Naperville for these take-aways and more, including: how to advertise cheaply; how to take advantage of keyword searches in Google; how to produce documents economically and securely without incurring liability or risking client confidentiality; knowing your billing software options; how to use Microsoft Outlook to its fullest potential; cybersecurity issues; using social media in your practice; and much more!

The program takes place on Friday, June 2, 2017 in Naperville, Illinois. It qualifies for 6.25 hours MCLE credit, including 6.25 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.



In light of the WannaCry ransomware attack over the weekend — which affected more than 200K computers in 150 countries — today's challenge is especially timely. (Read this if you were attacked by WannaCry and need help knowing what to do next.)

Today Tim and Brandt, ISBA's tech gurus, talk about how to protect your computer and data as best as you can from malware, ransomeware, and other cyber attacks.

13 Best Practices for Keeping Your Windows PC and Mac Secure

(In Italy, 13 is good luck!)

1. Backup your data. Back it up again somewhere else. If everything else fails, you'll be really glad you have all your data saved elsewhere. Check out this previous D4S post that was all about redundant backup.

2. Disable the remote desktop in Windows and only use secure remote software (like TeamViewer). See this document for instructions.



We're providing you with five more free tech resources today — all part of our Timesaving Tech Tips week. If you've found any other great free (or cheap) tech resources that have helped you at work, we're eager to hear from you. Share your tips with us and others by commenting below. 

Google Translate: This free service instantly translates words, phrases, and web pages between English and over 100 other languages. Use while browsing the web. Available for Chrome (by the Google Translate team), Firefox (a third-party add-on), and Opera (a third-party add-on).

f.lux: This cross-platform computer program is designed to reduce eye strain during nighttime use and reduce disruption of sleep patterns (circadian rhythm). It automatically adjusts your display's color temperature according to location and time of day. Stay tuned for more on this coming next week during D4S's Office Wellness Week!




Update your profile now to enter! Giveaway ends May 26!


IllinoisLawyerFinder – the ISBA's new online public member directory – is now live.

We've just rolled out a new member benefit to help you* enhance your online presence and attract potential clients. Now it's your turn to go online and expand upon your FREE profile listing.

Update your profile and accept the User Agreement by May 26 for a chance to win our Grand Prize – 12.9" iPad Pro with 128GB or 1 of 3 $100 Amazon Gift Cards.

Expand your profile by doing any of the following...


IllinoisLawyerFinder, the ISBA’s new online public member directory, is now live!  All members (except judges and government attorneys*) now have a unique profile in the directory. To make the most of your profile, enhance your online presence, and attract potential clients, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Access your profile, choose your basic settings via the “profile wizard” that will automatically launch on your first visit, and accept the directory’s user agreement.
  • Upload a professional photo of yourself.
  • Indicate whether or not you are accepting clients.
  • Unhide your contact information (i.e., phone numbers, business address, and email address).
  • Select your practice areas.

For detailed instructions (and a video!) on how to access and edit your new directory profile, please go here. If you do not want to participate in the directory, you can find instructions for removing your profile here.

* ISBA members who are either judges or government attorneys can “opt-in” to the directory by following the instructions here.



Welcome to Week 3 – Timesaving Tech Tips. ISBA's tech gurus,Tim and Brandt, are back on the clock providing you with five free tech tools today and five more tomorrow.

Lazarus (Chrome | Firefox): Never lose anything you type into a web form again! Lazarus autosaves everything you type so you can easily recover from form-killing timeouts, crashes and network errors.

Google Dictionary for Chrome: View definitions easily as you browse the web. Just highlight a word in chrome to see the definition in a balloon tip pop-up.

AdBlock: Blocks ads all over the web. There is a version for every major web browser (Chrome, Safari, Edge, Opera & Firefox).

AdBlock for YouTube (Chrome | Firefox): Removes the video ads from YouTube.



Do you have the skills you need to handle evidence issues in a litigation case? Don’t miss this half-day seminar in Chicago on May 25, 2017 that examines a myriad of litigation matters, including the latest developments from the appellate courts. Experienced trial attorneys involved primarily in litigation who attend this seminar will better understand: how to draft, present, and argue motions in limine; how to successfully object during a deposition, jury selection and/or opening statement; laying foundations for medical records/bills, tape recordings, photographs, and more; how to use and introduce medical literature and exclude evidence of informed consent as a defense; the standard objections that are frequently raised during trial; how to preserve the record for appeal, including voir dire examination of witnesses; how to handle lien issues; the controversy regarding applicability of Medicare Set-Asides; and the ethical issues to consider when submitting evidence.

The program is presented by the ISBA Tort Law Section and qualifies for 4.25 hours MCLE credit, including 0.50 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.



Please enjoy this gift from our malpractice insurance partner, ISBA Mutual!

Despite our staid reputation, change has long been occurring in the legal profession.

  • Technology continues to expand and evolve across law firms
  • Internet technologies have empowered consumers, and are changing how legal services are delivered
  • Hourly rates are giving way to flat fees in some practice areas
  • Mobile devices and pervasive connectivity are changing clients' expectations of communication with their lawyers
  • Non-lawyers are providing some legal services online, even across state lines that traditionally limit lawyers
  • State bars and courts are exploring the licensing of non-lawyer alternatives to provide legal services

At ISBA Mutual - your success is ours - and we're recognizing that fact throughout ISBA Member Appreciation Month. To help you build upon your present success and flourish in an uncertain future, we are providing this complimentary download of our e-book normally available exclusively to lawyers and law firms insured by ISBA Mutual.



We're ending our D4S Week 2 — Polish Your Professional Presence — in style. Literally. Your challenge is to evaluate the image you're projecting with your wardrobe and if it's working for you.

You never get a second chance to make a first impression. - Will Rogers

You are more than your clothes. You are more than your job. But there's also no harm in wanting to make a great impression on clients and colleagues, and having a good sense of style will help you do that. Whether you're into creating a capsule wardrobe or have a closet that Carrie Bradshaw would envy, there's a style for every lawyer that will make you feel both comfortable and commanding.  

We contacted a few ISBA members who are well-known for their stylish ensembles to get their advice and insight on power dressing for lawyers. 

Meet Our Style Mavens. All four interviewees are active members in the ISBA — which is how we knew they were so stylish! — and come from a variety of backgrounds and practices. Meet Natali, Rory, Carol and Cory (kind of has a jingle to it, no?)...


Jonathan Chatham, with consulting firm Network It Easy, Inc., talks about Microsoft Office 365, the collaboration and productivity software suite from Microsoft.