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Illinois First State to Abandon Cash Bail

In a 5-to-2 decision, the Illinois Supreme Court recently concluded monetary bail as a condition of pretrial release for criminal defendants in all courts of the state would end. The special action that sparked this decision was brought to the Court by the Illinois Attorney General and the State’s Attorney of Kankakee County challenging Public Acts 101-652 and 102-1104, adopted a few years ago by the legislature, which eliminated cash bail effective January 1, 2023. The Supreme Court subsequently concluded the Acts did not violate the Illinois Constitution nor damage the separation of powers doctrine and ordered trial courts to cease ordering monetary bail as of September 18.

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Why We Need to Learn to Fail Better

For most people, failure is pretty simple: it’s bad, even shameful. Life is going well if you’re not experiencing failures, and we think that avoiding failure is obviously the right goal. We worry about what it says about us when we get something wrong (we’re not good enough!). The social stigma of failure exacerbates that spontaneous reaction. The instinct is so strong that we can find ourselves upset about the smallest missteps – the comment that falls flat in a meeting, the stumble on an uneven sidewalk that has us furtively glancing around to see if anyone noticed.

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How to Get the Most out of Mentoring

Workplace mentoring has long been an informal affair, disguised as a chat by the coffee machine or a trip to a bar with a longer-serving and more senior colleague. Even the most successful find having a receptive ear a useful addition to the organization armory. For over 30 years Bill Gates has turned to another billionaire, Warren Buffett, for advice. Mark Zuckerberg, another tech baron, credits Steve Jobs, an American business magnet, inventor, and digital pioneer as one of his greatest inspirations.

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Sentencing Summit to be held in October

NAPCO members have been invited to attend a special two-day summit entitled Rewriting the Sentence II summit presented by the Center for Justice and Human Dignity (CJHD) in collaboration with George Washington University Law School in Washington, DC. The event will be held October 16-17, 2023, from 9 AM to 6 PM each day in the Dorothy Betts Marvin Theatre on the GW campus and will feature a stellar lineup of speakers, sessions, interactive roundtables, and discussions.

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New Tier of Legal Professionals Created by National Framework

IAALS, the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System at the University of Denver, announced the release of its new report, Allied Legal Professionals: A National Framework for Program Growth, as part of Institutes’ Allied Legal Professionals project. The report offers multiple research-informed recommendations to help standardize a new tier of legal professionals across states, with the goal of increasing options for accessible and affordable legal help in civil matters involving self-representative litigants and the public in general.

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