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Thinking about “retirement”? Explaining the differences between inactive vs. retired status

Whether it’s hitting the “pause” button or considering leaving the practice of law altogether, the pandemic has likely caused more lawyers to consider “retirement”. According to the recently-released 2021 ABA Profile of the Legal Profession1, one- third of lawyers over the age of 62 have changed their retirement plans and among those lawyers, more than half (53%) said the pandemic delayed retirement.

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Illinois Supreme Court history: Battling for the Mississippi River

In the 1790s, a sandbar appeared in the Mississippi River between St. Louis and Illinois. It continued to grow until the 1830s, when it was about a mile long with large cottonwood trees. As it grew, Bloody Island began to alter the flow of the Mississippi River, pushing more and more of the main channel to the eastern side of the island and away from the St. Louis harbor. St. Louis had become one of the largest metropolitan areas in the west, thanks in part to settlements on the Illinois side of the river.

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Joint Conference of the Appellate Court held virtually

The 2021 Joint Conference of the Appellate Court was held on October 14-15 and 18-19 this year via Zoom. The annual Joint Conference provides a forum for the discussion and consideration of matters related to the administration of the appellate courts, which includes Clerks, Legal Research Directors, and additional staff as well as the Appellate Justices from the five appellate districts.

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