Events

Schedule: 2013 Joint Meeting/Midyear Meeting

ISBA Midyear Meeting (Joint meeting with the Illinois Judges Association)
December 12 - 14, 2013
The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago, Illinois

Celebrating Fellowship!

Thursday, December 12th

Joint Meeting Opening Reception

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
All registered attendees are invited to this official opening event. Enjoy refreshments and hors d'oeuvres while you meet and mingle with members of the bench and bar.

Sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association
Complimentary to registered attendees

"Pathways to the Academy: Becoming a Law Professor or Administrator"

6:00 – 8:00 p.m.
Discover why becoming a law professor might be the next stop in your legal career! Join us for this group presentation in which Dean Cynthia Fountaine of Southern Illinois University School of Law discusses the hiring process, encourages diversity among professors, provides informational handouts, and allows for one-on-one questions to be answered.

Presented by Southern Illinois University School of Law
Complimentary to registered attendees

Friday, December 13th

IBF Fellows Breakfast

7:30 – 9:00 a.m.
Join the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation for breakfast on Friday, December 13, 2013 as they honor Judge Roger G. Fein with the Distinguished Service to Law and Society Award and Judge Ruben Castillo with Honorary Fellows Award.

This reception is generously sponsored by title sponsor ISBA Mutual Insurance Company and by benefactor sponsor Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. (ATG).
$40.00 per ticket

Exhibits – Member Benefits and Services

8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Attendees have the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from each of the following exhibitors and have their questions answered.

  • ISBA Mutual Insurance Company
  • Illinois Bar Foundation
  • ISBA Publications/Membership

CLE Master Series Program – "Speaking to Win: Building Effective Communication Skills"

8:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Steve SparksLearn how to capture your audience's attention, exude confidence in front of a crowd, convey the right message as a lawyer, master your personal delivery style, and handle hostile questions without hesitation! Speaker Steve Stark is the author of four books and one e-book. He has been a commentator for CNN, National Public Radio, and the Voice of America, as well as a columnist for the Boston Globe and Montreal Gazette.

(3.0 hours MCLE credit, including 3.0 hours approved PMCLE credit.)
Separate registration is required

IJA/ISBA Joint Program – "The Intersection of Technology and Law: The Impact of Social Media, Mobile Devices, the Internet and More"

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.

9:00 – 9:30 a.m. – Technology in Pre-Trial Preparations and in Court
New technologies and their far-reaching tentacles are touching all aspects of the legal practice, including trial preparation and the courtroom. Learn how to incorporate technology and social media into your next case preparation and trial. Topics include how to use social media during pre-trial investigations, during voir dire of jurors, and more. Financial considerations regarding the use of technology are also addressed. Speaker is Elizabeth A. Kaveny, Burke, Wise, Morrissey & Kaveny, Chicago

9:30 – 10:15 a.m. – Professionalism and Technology Update
Equip yourself with the information you need to effectively and ethically use technology in your practice. Technology provides great benefits for attorneys and judges, including efficiency in case preparation and presentation, unprecedented access to information, and rapid, cost-effective communications. Most, however, do not consider the risks that technology creates. This session identifies those risks and shows you how to address them as you launch into the latest and greatest in technology. Speaker is Wendy Muchman, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago

(1.25 hours MCLE credit, including 1.25 PMCLE credit. PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Complimentary to registered attendees

IJA/ISBA Joint Program – "The Pitfalls of Running for Judicial Office"

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Don't miss this panel discussion on the ethical considerations for a judge running for higher offices, as well as an attorney seeking judicial office. The ethical considerations which arise for practicing lawyers who may become involved in a judicial campaign from a supporter to donor to Campaign Chairman are also examined. Speakers are Honorable Mathias W. Delort, Justice of the Appellate Court 1st District, and former practitioner in Election Law and Honorable Raymond J. McKoski, Circuit Judge 19th Judicial Circuit (ret) and co Chair of the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee, Steven F. Pflaum, Chair of the Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee, Neal Gerber & Eisenberg LLp, Chicago, and Mary T. Robinson, Former Administrator of the ARDC, RobinsonNiro LLC, Chicago.

(1.25 hours MCLE credit, including 1.25 PMCLE credit. PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Complimentary to registered attendees

IJA Joint Meeting Luncheon

12:00 p.m.

Keynote speaker: Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel (Sold out)

$85.00 per ticket

CLE Master Series Program – "Legal Writing in the Smartphone Age"

1:00 – 4:15 p.m.
Refine your writing skills with this informative session that teaches you how to draft concise language, avoid ambiguous wording, and identify which information is essential for inclusion in your writing. Get the tips and advice you need to excel at technical writing, contract drafting, arguments, letters, e-mail, memos and more! Speaker, Steve Stark is the author of four books and one e-book. He has been a commentator for CNN, National Public Radio, and the Voice of America, as well as a columnist for the Boston Globe and Montreal Gazette.

(3.0 hours MCLE credit, including 3.0 hours approved PMCLE credit.)
Separate registration is required

ISBA Diversity Reception - "Count Me In"

4:30 – 6:00 p.m.
A premier networking reception celebrating diversity in the legal profession. There will be a group photo with ISBA President Paula Hudson Holderman at 5:13 PM. Refreshments are complimentary. Please bring your business cards.

Reception hosted by the ISBA Diversity Leadership Council

Law School Alumni Receptions

4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
Alumni and friends of the following law schools are welcome to attend: John Marshall Law School, Loyola University Chicago, Northern Illinois University, Saint Louis University, Southern Illinois University, and University of Illinois.

Complimentary to registered attendees

Reception and Dinner in Honor of the Supreme Court of Illinois

Reception 6:00 p.m.

Dinner 7:00 p.m.
Chief Justice Rita B. GarmanPlease join Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court at this special evening. Events include a presentation by the featured speaker Chief Justice Rita Garman, a sumptuous dinner, and entertainment by the Chicago Bar Association's very own Barristers Big Band. All seating, tables of 10, is assigned in advance. Special seating requests will be honored if received by the registration deadline. Black tie optional.

Reception hosted by the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company. Dinner sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Association, presided over by ISBA President Paula H. Holderman and CBA President J. Timothy Eaton.

$125.00 per ticket

Saturday, December 14th

ISBA Assembly Meeting

9:00 a.m.
The 203 member policy-making body of the Association meets to conduct the business of the Association. Open to members and the public.