Got Legal Woes? Talk To A CBA Attorney Saturday By Phone For Free

CHICAGO — Do you have legal woes? Not sure if you need an attorney or just need a little advice? Attorneys with the Chicago Bar Association’s Call-A-Lawyer Program are ready and available to take calls from the public and offer brief legal advice on Saturday, April 15. The CBA is here to help as part of an ongoing legal public service program.

Calls will be accepted on April 15 from 9 a.m. to noon at 312-554-2001.

Residents can call in and briefly explain their situation to an attorney, who will then work to suggest self-help strategies or provide advice to help resolve their issues. If callers need further legal services or have questions beyond the scope of the attorney’s practice area, they will be advised to contact the CBA Lawyer Referral Service during the week for a referral to an attorney in the appropriate area of law.

The CBA’s Lawyer Referral Service has more than 200 prescreened, qualified lawyers experienced in almost every area of law that offers their services to the public. When contacting the LRS during normal business hours, Monday through Friday, callers can be referred to attorneys practicing in numerous areas of law, including:

  • Domestic Relations – including divorce, custody, support, and other family law matters.
  • Personal Injury – including auto accidents, slip and falls, product liability, wrongful death, malpractice, and other types of injury cases.
  • Estate Planning – including will and trust drafting, probate, and will contest.
  • Real Estate – including buying or selling real estate, foreclosure defense and landlord/tenant issues.
  • Employment Law – including wrongful termination, harassment, and discrimination.

To reach a lawyer after normal business hours, the CBA offers an On-Call service that provides callers access to attorneys in three different areas of law. You can reach a lawyer 24/7 for

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Will AI replace lawyers? Two legal experts weigh in

Professor Eric Talley of Columbia Law School, who recently taught a course on Machine Learning and the Law, says AI won’t replace lawyers but will instead complement their skills, ultimately saving them time, money and making them more effective.

Professor Lawrence Solum, who teaches Law and Artificial Intelligence at the University of Virginia School of Law, explained to FOX Business that “Artificial intelligence has already had a profound influence on the way that lawyers work.” 

They explained to FOX Business the benefits that AI will bring lawyers, the dangers that AI poses to lawyers who don’t understand its power, and how they’re addressing this new technology in the classroom.

Professor Eric Talley of Columbia Law School, left, and professor Lawrence Solum of University of Virginia School of Law (Columbia Law School | UVA Law School)



Legal research has seen the benefits of machine-learning tools for decades. Westlaw and LexisNexis, the two major case law databases that lawyers use for legal research, “have been using more primitive versions of machine learning for case retrieval since the late 1980s and early 1990s,” says Talley.

AI could substantially level the playing field, according to Solum. Mountains of paperwork that used to take an army of junior associates or paralegals hours to classify and read – or months or years in the biggest cases to make it through each page – will soon be done in mere seconds or minutes by AI, which will be able to competently summarize the documents and answer specific research questions.

Neither Lexis nor Westlaw have this capability yet,

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How to Find Legal Help When You Can’t Afford a Lawyer

Whether you need help drawing up a will or a contract – or you’re facing some sort of legal jeopardy or dilemma – hiring an attorney can be expensive.

According to and related websites, most lawyers charge between $100 and $300 an hour. That can feel prohibitive if you need a lawyer to get you out of a legal jam or protect your assets, but you don’t feel like you have any money to spare. Here are some reasons you may need a lawyer:

  • Family law issues, like a contentious divorce.
  • Estate planning.
  • Personal injury.
  • Criminal charges.
  • A restraining order.
  • Your business needs to be restructured or dissolved.
  • You are facing bankruptcy.

In a criminal proceeding, if you can’t afford legal assistance, a court will appoint an attorney for you. In a civil case, generally described as a dispute between two private parties, to get legal representation, you have to get creative.

How to Find Free Legal Help

If you can’t afford an attorney, here are some strategies to try:

  • Contact the city courthouse.
  • Seek free lawyer consultations.
  • Look to legal aid societies.
  • Visit a law school.
  • Contact your county or state bar association.
  • Go to small claims court.

Depending on your situation, you can employ a variety of strategies to get free legal advice or cheap legal assistance. Read on for more information on each option.

Contact the City Courthouse

Andrea Vacca, a collaborative divorce attorney in New York City and the owner of Vacca Family Law Group, says at least with divorces, “some courts offer free assistance to parties who want to fill out their own uncontested divorce paperwork.”

Still, whether it’s a divorce or something else bringing you to court, if you don’t have a lawyer, a logical move is to call the courthouse and ask

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The Jailhouse Lawyer Initiative | NYU School of Law

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The Jailhouse Lawyer Initiative (JLI) was founded by Jhody Polk, a formerly incarcerated jailhouse lawyer from Florida and 2018 Soros Justice fellow. The JLI invests in jailhouse lawyers – incarcerated justice advocates – as a core strategy in ending the cycle of incarceration and is housed at NYU School of Law’s Bernstein Institute for Human Rights. 

Who are Jailhouse Lawyers

Jailhouse lawyers are incarcerated individuals who generally have no formal legal training, but teach themselves the law to advocate for themselves and the rights of their peers. They conduct legal writing, research, and analysis on a host of legal issues from civil rights actions to habeas corpus petitions, administrative grievances, parole/probation, and family law matters, among others. Because of their justice work, these advocates are often retaliated against and silenced by the very institutions they attempt to hold to account. They continue to toil without recognition of their personal growth and rehabilitation, without their names being attached to the legal victories they fought for, and without connection to others doing the work or those standing in solidarity with them on the outside. We believe that breaking the cycle of incarceration requires building bridges between inside and out communities.  Jailhouse lawyers are an essential part of reforming and abolishing the broken carceral system. We see jailhouse lawyers as incarcerated advocates who are THE bridge builders.

What do we do

The JLI fuses legal education, movement building, participatory research, and advocacy to bring visibility to jailhouse lawyers and ensure they have the resources to know, use, and shape law. The JLI works under the framework of legal empowerment—shifting power, knowledge, and resources to directly affected communities so they can activate systems, lead justice struggles, and become the authors of their own liberation.

The JLI advances three main goals:

  1. build and
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Female Lawyers Face Widespread Gender Bias, According To New Study

It’s not just less pay and fewer promotions. According to a recent survey of 2,827 lawyers, female lawyers, and especially women of color, are more likely than their male counterparts to be interrupted, to be mistaken for non-lawyers, to do more office housework, and to have less access to prime job assignments. The research was recently completed by the American Bar Association’s Commission on Women in the Profession and the Minority Corporate Counsel Association. Here are some of the depressing results of the study along with suggestions provided by the study’s authors on how to get the bias out of your organization.

Female Lawyers Mistaken For Janitors, Administrators Or Court Personnel

Female lawyers of color were eight times more likely than white men to report that they had been mistaken for custodial staff, administrative staff, or court personnel, with 57% reporting mistaken identity. Over 50% of white women had also experienced this type of bias, while only 7% of white male lawyers were mistaken for non-lawyers. One female lawyer reported, “I have frequently been assumed to be a court reporter. In my own firm, I’ve been asked if I am a legal administrative assistant on multiple occasions, even after making partner.”

Female Lawyers Relegated To Do Office Housework           

Not only are female lawyers mistaken for non-lawyers, but female lawyers end up stuck with more of the non-legal office housework. Office housework is made up of tasks like scheduling meetings, planning parties, and doing actual housework like cleaning up the food after a meeting. And the present study finds female lawyers are far more likely than their male counterparts to bear the brunt of this office housework.

Why do women

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Insurance Law & Risk Management

For visitors looking for insurance coverage laws, litigation, risk management, or compliance issues, the National Law Review has up-to-date content on insurance and reinsurance-related matters.

Insurance Coverage in a Variety of Situations

Coverage includes different types of insurance policies companies require when doing business with clients, or professionals in the medical/legal field require, to protect themselves (licenses) against lawsuits. Malpractice insurance for legal and medical professionals, professional liability insurance for a store-owner, environmental liability, business interruption insurance coverage for companies, and commercial general liability (CGL) insurance, for large corporations, are among the different cases and stories visitors to the National Law Review will find, when visiting the site. Additionally, following major catastrophic events, such as flooding, hurricanes, or other loss of income, which causes a business to shut its doors, property loss, and business interruption insurance coverage is available to businesses. Cyber insurance is another major area of insurance law today, given cyber-attacks, fraud, data breaches, and security issues online. The National Law Review covers the basics as it relates to these, and other forms of insurance, requirements for businesses, and how it will protect them from lawsuits in their niche industry.  We also report on coverage/lack of coverage as it relates to insurance agreements involved in construction defects. This can be a major issue, especially in dealing with government contracts, and we provide detailed information about procedures, risks, and what companies should do, in the event they don’t have a policy (lapse), when working on certain contracts.

Insurance Litigation

Visitors to NLR can also read about insurance disputes as they relate to bad-faith claims, extra-contractual liability, or fiduciary arrangements between companies/clients. Insurance fraud, toxic torts, class actions, and other premium situations are frequently covered online. Additionally, insurance litigation at the district court and state court level is analyzed by

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Side Hustles for Lawyers | Airtasker AU

You may already be leading a busy life as a legal professional. Still, if you’re seeking ways to earn some extra income, you can choose from various secondary or side jobs that you can take up in your spare time. Thanks to the gig economy, it’s easier to find quick jobs that let you use your experience. 

Are you looking to pay off law student debt or simply want to support your expenses? These ideas for the best side hustles for lawyers may come in handy.

1. Take up legal writing jobs

If you’re skilled in writing, you might want to consider taking up legal content writing for legal publications, firms, websites, government institutions, and companies. You can use your knowledge in the legal industry to research, draft, and edit content—whether it’s briefs, pleadings, reports, opinions, letters, or contracts. 

2. Try grant writing

Another writing-related gig for lawyers to make extra money is grant writing. Provide your services to companies or organisations needing legal expertise—this may entail looking for new sources of funding, research, documentation, and drafting the grant application. 

3. Offer freelance notary services

notary stamp on a table

Get appointed to become a notary public and start practising on the side. To be eligible, you need to hold a current unrestricted practising certificate and be competent and of good character. Check the Australian Business Licence and Information Service (ABLIS) for more information.

4. Do transcription

Legal transcription is one side job for lawyers that can be done remotely. With your familiarity in writing legal documents, you’ll be able to successfully convert audio or video recordings of pleadings, depositions, or other court materials into text documentation.

5. Work as a legal editor/proofreader

As a lawyer, you’re well-equipped to navigate the nuances of legal documents. In

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Pretoria Attorneys | Pretoria Lawyers

Adele van der Walt Medical Law & Attorneys
Brooklyn | Business | Business & Finance | Business Services | Legal
Adele van der Walt Incorporated is an authority on personal injury and medical law and serves clients on a national and international base.

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Location: 337 Brooklyn Road, Brooklyn, Pretoria (Tshwane), 0181 | Brooklyn | Pretoria
Tel: +27(0)124603668

AK Nkhumise Attorneys
Business | Business & Finance | Business Services | Ga-Rankuwa | Legal
All Aspects of commercial law, company registration, estate planning, commercial and general litigation, debt collections, human resources and more.

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Location: 1393 Kgware Road, Ga Rankuwa, Pretoria (Tshwane) | Ga-Rankuwa | Pretoria
Tel: +27(0)127003720

Akeme Ivan Wallace
Business | Business & Finance | Business Services | Legal
We are global-owned company which specialize with law- attorney.

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Location: | | Pretoria
Tel: +27(0)719505836 Mobile: +27(0)719505836

Alan Kissoon Attorneys
Business | Business & Finance | Business Services | Hatfield | Legal

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Location: 1002 Pretorius Street, Hatfield, Pretoria (Tshwane), 0083 | Hatfield | Pretoria
Tel: +27(0)123427383 Mobile: +27(0)848806270

Alex May Attorneys
Business | Business & Finance | Business Services | Legal
AMI developed a niche specialty in commercial law and litigation over the past 17 years and is known for resolving complex commercial issues.

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Location: 109 Lynnwood Street, Brooklyn, Pretoria, 0181 | Brooklyn | Pretoria
Tel: +27(0)120040145

Anders Inc
Business | Business & Finance | Business Services | Legal | Menlo Park
Legal services.

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Location: 304 Brooklyn Road, Menlo Park, Pretoria (Tshwane), 0081 | Menlo Park | Pretoria
Tel: +27(0)124607626

Andre De Klerk Attorneys
Business | Business & Finance | Business Services | Legal | Lynnwood
I am an admitted Attorney, Conveyancer and Notary.

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Location: 341 The Rand Street, Lynnwood,

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A.I. Is Coming for Lawyers, Again

More than a decade ago, lawyers were singled out as an endangered occupational species, their livelihoods at risk from advances in artificial intelligence.

But the doomsayers got ahead of themselves. While clever software has taken over some of the toil of legal work — searching, reviewing and mining mountains of legal documents for nuggets of useful information — employment in the legal profession has grown faster than the American work force as a whole.

Today, a new A.I. threat looms, and lawyers may feel a bit of déjà vu. There are warnings that ChatGPT-style software, with its humanlike language fluency, could take over much of legal work. The new A.I. has its flaws, notably its proclivity to make things up, including fake legal citations. But proponents insist those are teething defects in a nascent technology — and fixable.

Will the pessimists finally be right?

Law is seen as the lucrative profession perhaps most at risk from the recent advances in A.I. because lawyers are essentially word merchants. And the new technology can recognize and analyze words and generate text in an instant. It seems ready and able to perform tasks that are the bread and butter of lawyers.

“That is really, really powerful,” said Robert Plotkin, an intellectual property lawyer in Cambridge, Mass. “My work and my career has been mostly writing text.”

But unless the past isn’t a guide, the impact of the new technology is more likely to be a steadily rising tide than a sudden tidal wave. New A.I. technology will change the practice of law, and some jobs will be eliminated, but it also promises to make lawyers and paralegals more productive, and to create new roles. That is what happened after the introduction of other work-altering technologies like the personal computer and the internet.

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Legal Aid Family Law Staff Attorney

Community Legal Aid (CLA) is the non-profit legal services program providing free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of central and western Massachusetts. CLA has over 150 dedicated, talented staff working across multiple offices. Our core work includes effective client-centered advocacy and robust outreach to and partnerships with our client communities.

CLA seeks an attorney to join its Family Law Unit. The attorney will be based in CLA’s Northampton office and will assist clients with cases involving family law matters including divorce, child support, visitation, and custody. It is anticipated that most of the attorney‘s clients will be survivors of domestic violence. The attorney will have significant client contact and will assume an active caseload while continuing to accept new cases. The attorney will also engage in community outreach and education and will work closely with community partners including domestic violence service providers. Some grant-reporting activities are required.

QUALIFICATIONS: Law students currently in their third year of law school, recent law school graduates, and more experienced attorneys are eligible to apply. Prior family law experience, particularly with survivors of domestic violence, preferred. Excellent oral and written communication skills. A demonstrated dedication to social justice and commitment to working with low-income communities.

COMPENSATION: The starting salary for this position is $65,500, which is based on a union scale and adjusted upward depending on experience. CLA offers a very generous benefits package that includes 401(k) with employer-paid contribution; low-cost health insurance (medical, dental, and vision) for employees and their dependents; malpractice insurance; paid leave (4 weeks vacation, 3 personal days, 12 sick days, and 13 holidays); and relocation stipend.

APPLICATION PROCESS: Please apply online. Alternatively, you can submit your cover letter and resume to [email protected] or mail to Alicia Vaughan, Human Resources Director, Community Legal Aid, 370 Main Street, Worcester, MA

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