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Sixth Annual DePaul Business & Commercial Law Journal Symposium



  • Lawyers in a Fee Quandry: Must the Billable Hour Die?
    In a recent ABA Journal article, Scott Turow proclaimed that "the billable hour must die." Our panel will debate the merits of Turow's assertion, discussing the results of a new fee study of bankruptcy professionals' compensation as well as the pros and cons of alternative billing arrangements.
    Speakers: Claude R. "Chip" Bowles, Jr., Greenebaum, Doll & McDonald PLLC, Louisville, Kentucky; William Hornsby, American Bar Association, Chicago, Illinois; and Professor Forrest Mosten, UCLA School of Law, Los Angeles, California.
  • Luncheon: Sponsored by Development Specialists, Inc.
  • Lawyers in Transition: Ghosts from the Old Firm Haunting the New Firm
    Attorneys are more mobile than ever and recent years have seen an unprecedented level of law firm mergers and failures. Unlike other professionals, however, attorneys face unique issues when making transitions, especially in terms of conflicts and potential liability that result from the move. Explore these issues in this program and learn what to know—and what to avoid—when you or your firm is in transition.
    Speakers: Janet S. Baer, Kirkland & Ellis, LLP, Chicago, Illinois; Robert S. Bernstein, Bernstein Law Firm, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania; Faye B. Feinstein, Quarles & Brady, LLP, Chicago, Illinois; and Thomas P. McGarry, Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, Chicago, Illinois.
  • Lawyers in the Hot Seat: The State of Ethics & Professionalism
    Attorneys and the legal profession do not fare well in the eyes of the general public, which sees the profession and the individuals that comprise it as lacking trustworthiness and prestige. Our panelists will discuss issues that affect this perception, including the latest decisions on individual attorneys' misbehavior and attorneys' collective behavior viewed in light of the standards of professionalism.
    Speakers: Honorable Jeffery P. Hopkins, United States Bankruptcy Court, Southern District of Ohio, Cincinnati, Ohio; Ronald R. Peterson, Jenner & Block, LLP, Chicago, Illinois; Catherine E. Vance, Development Specialists, Inc., Columbus, Ohio; and Professor Mark D. Yochum, Duquesne University School of Law, Pittsburg, Pennsylvania.

Attend and receive CLE credit. Registration includes written materials and lunch. Price: $75.00 if registered on or before April 1, 2008; $90.00 after April 1, 2008; Judges & Students: Free

Visit the CLLA website Events Section/Chicago meeting, to register:

For more information contact Don Carrillo at the DePaul Business and Commercial Law Journal at 312.362.6178.


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