ABA Issues New Ethics Guidance on Blogging, Social Commentary


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With more than two decades of experience in the legal field, attorney Cynthia Ann Miller specializes in real estate law in her Hinsdale, IL, practice. Outside of her work in her Hinsdale, IL, office, Cynthia Miller engages with her peers and stays up to date on new legal trends through membership in the American Bar Association (ABA). The ABA routinely offers guidance on issues of ethics and other matters.

Attorneys who keep a blog or appear regularly on news programs to offer analysis may be tempted to draw upon their own case experience when talking about certain legal issues, but according to new ABA guidance, doing so may run afoul of ethical concerns as related to confidentiality. The ABA Standing Committee on Ethics and Professional Responsibility recently issued a new opinion about appropriate content for blogs and other avenues of social commentary.

The opinion specifically covers the use of hypothetical scenarios in these types of commentaries. Many times attorneys pull certain details from their own cases when constructing these scenarios, but sometimes those details are enough to determine a client’s identity. If the client has not given express permission to talk about their case, this would be a violation of ethics rules.


An Overview of Quiet Title Actions


Cynthia Miller, Hinsdale, IL
Cynthia Miller, Hinsdale, IL

Cynthia Ann Miller is an attorney and the owner of her own law firm in Hinsdale, IL. Focusing on real estate litigation, Cynthia Miller of Hinsdale, IL, has handled a variety of matters, including foreclosures, easement enforcement, and quiet title actions.

A quiet title action clarifies who owns a property and is often used when two or more people claim ownership of a property or when the chain of title has gaps. Quiet title actions are also used when one party claims priority in competing encumbrances or liens. This action clears titles of any claims of ownership and allows the property to be sold without the risk of disputes.

In some cases, an owner may want to resolve, or quiet, old title issues. These issues may include recording errors or title disputes.

When any document is recorded against a property, the property is denoted by its legal description and permanent index number (PIN). Since these PINs are unique, documents filed against a property can stay on record for several years unless the property owner quiets them through a quiet title action.

Property owners can file quiet title actions regardless of whether there is an active dispute. When there is an active dispute, all named parties must demonstrate the strength of their claims before a court. The court then decides who has the strongest claim and grants ownership to that party. In the event there is no active dispute, the action encompasses all past and present parties who can claim ownership.

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Lewis & Clark Law School – JD Program Admission Criteria

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Prior to opening her own legal practice as the Law Offices of Cynthia A. Miller in Hinsdale, IL, Cynthia Miller attended the University of Denver where she earned a bachelor of arts degree in political science. Cynthia Miller also attended the Lewis & Clark School of Law in Portland, OR, where she earned a Juris Doctor (JD).

As one of the top law schools in the Pacific Northwest, the Lewis & Clark Law School offers several programs for students pursuing careers in the legal field. The law school includes specialty courses including intellectual property law, international law, criminal law, and environmental law.

Students who wish to pursue a JD at Lewis & Clark Law School are required to complete the LSAT (Law School Admissions Test) and must include all university-level transcripts and a resume with complete work experience and community service involvement. Students are also required to include at least two letters of recommendation.

Illinois State Bar Association Sponsors Annual Conference

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Illinois State Bar Association
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An attorney at her own law office in Hinsdale, IL, Cynthia Ann Miller represents buyers and sellers working in commercial and residential real estate. Establishing her practice in1992, she oversees offices located in Downers Grove, Naperville, and Hinsdale, all in IL. To help her stay compliant, Cynthia Miller maintains membership with numerous professional organizations, one of which includes the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).

Founded in 1877, the ISBA is a voluntary organization that helps Illinois lawyers by proposing legislation, educating the public, and supporting the courts. Since its inception, the organization has amassed more than 30,000 members.

Each year the ISBA hosts a conference where members convene, share ideas, and listen to keynote speakers. The 2016 event, scheduled for June 16 through 18 at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont, Illinois, is entitled Annual: Redone. This annual meeting is the organization’s 140th. Typically the event includes an awards luncheon, day camps for kids, and a networking breakfast. In addition, attendees have an opportunity to partake in a dinner and president’s installation. The 2015 meeting included a breakfast symposium conducted by J. Brick Van Der Snick who discussed how to identify and prevent employee theft.