Thanks to Hilary Gowins of Shawmedia for giving me the idea.
Imagine a website where consumers could type in the name of an attorney and learn everything they needed to know before making an appointment: an attorney's educational background, certification of specialties (there are only two recognized...patent law and admiralty law), any publications written, and in what States and courts they have privileges to practice their profession.
What if they also could view any disciplinary actions, including convictions of felony crimes or misdemeanors and judgements or settlements in malpractice cases?
Unfortunately Illinois residents don't have such a tool at their disposal.
I would hope that Governor Pat Quinn would sign legislation of a similar nature regarding the legal profession in the near future; but don't hold your breath since many of our legislators are attorneys.
Just think what an advantage this would be to a client and his/her family would have in selecting an attorney skilled in the area of law they are seeking.
I just have one question: if it is such a good idea to have such a list available for patients seeking physicians seeking specialty trained individuals why is it not just as good an idea to have a list of attorneys for clients seeking attorneys that have experience, if not specialty training, in certain areas of law. An individual would not go to see a dermatologist if they had a broken bone...would they?
Thanks again Ms. Hilary Gowins of Shawmedia for giving me the idea for this blog.
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