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2011 Press Releases

December 1, 2011
CHICAGO, IL – Former Iowa Supreme Court Justice Michael Streit, who along with two other justices lost a bid for retention after a bruising campaign funded by well-financed organizations opposing the court’s marriage equality ruling in 2009, will speak about his experience and the impact on judicial independence at a luncheon during the Midyear Meeting of the Illinois Judges Association (IJA) and Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers on Friday, December 9, at 12 noon.
November 14, 2011
The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) will host its 14th Annual Holiday Party at Cubby Bear Lounge in Wrigleyville, 1059 W. Addison, in Chicago, on Friday, December 2, 2011, from 6 to 10 p.m.
October 28, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Mark Mathewson, of Springfield, Director of Publications for the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), received the E.A. “Wally” Richter Leadership Award from the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) at the organization’s annual workshop of bar association communicators on October 21 in Nashville, Tenn.
October 14, 2011
The Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) 7th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference will be held Thursday through Saturday, October 27-29, 2011, at the Hilton Springfield, 700 E. Adams St., in Springfield. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. on Thursday; for a complete schedule, visit http://www.isba.org/soloconference.
August 26, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Urbana attorney John E. Thies has moved up the organizational ladder of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), becoming president-elect of the organization.
August 19, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Attorney Paula Hudson Holderman, of LaGrange, has moved up the organizational ladder of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), becoming second vice president of the organization. Previously, she served as third vice president and will be installed as president in June 2013.
August 12, 2011
CHICAGO, IL – Russell K. Scott, a Senior Litigation Officer with Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. in Belleville, and Co-Manager of the firm’s Southern Illinois Practice Group, has been elected secretary of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).
August 12, 2011
CHICAGO, IL – Karen Enright, a resident of Elmhurst, a founding partner of the Chicago law firm of Winters Enright Salzeta & O’Brien, LLC, has been elected treasurer of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).
August 11, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Two JAG officers will be on hand to answer general legal questions of service members and their families at the Illinois State Fair on Sunday, August 14, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., courtesy of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).
July 15, 2011
CHICAGO, IL – Attorney Jessica Arong O’Brien, of Chicago’s South Loop, a special assistant attorney general at the Illinois Department of Revenue and acting chief counsel of the Illinois Lottery, has been appointed to a new, at-large Board of Governors seat of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).  The board directs the operations and activities of the bar association.
June 30, 2011
CHICAGO, IL -- The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) has released the 2010 Guide to Illinois Statutes for Attorneys’ Fees, a handy book that lists provisions in the Illinois Compiled Statutes which authorize the court to order one party to pay the attorney fees of another.  The book lists recoverable fees from the current month through March 2010.
June 17, 2011
CHICAGO, IL – Chicago attorney John G. Locallo, a partner in the real estate tax assessment law firm of Amari & Locallo located here, will be installed today as the 135th president of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at the organization’s annual meeting at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin.
June 16, 2011

The Illinois State Bar Association will present awards in several categories at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 17 during the organization’s 135th Annual Meeting at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin.

May 23, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – All associate circuit judges in Illinois outside Cook County have been evaluated in a poll of lawyers conducted by the Illinois State Bar Association(ISBA).
 
Associate judges are subject to reappointment every four years by vote of the full circuit judges in each circuit. An associate judge must receive the votes of 60 percent of the circuit judges in order to be reappointed. Voting will be concluded prior to the beginning of new associate judge terms on July 1.
May 16, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Stephen M. Komie, a principal in the Chicago law firm of Komie and Associates, has been elected to a fifth three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).
 
The 25-member Board directs the activities of the state’s largest bar association with 33,000 members.
May 16, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Jennifer Walsh Hammer, an associate attorney at the Springfield law firm of Giffin, Winning, Cohen & Bodewes, P.C., has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).
 
The 25-member Board directs the activities of the state’s largest bar association with 33,000 members.
May 16, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Christopher T. Hurley, a principal in the Chicago law firm of Hurley McKenna & Mertz, has been elected to a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).
 
The 25-member Board directs the activities of the state’s largest bar association with 33,000 members.
May 16, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Umberto Davi, a principal in the Western Springs law firm of Davi and Associates, has been re-elected to a three-year term on the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).
 
The 25-member Board directs the activities of the state’s largest bar association with 33,000 members.
May 16, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – John L. Nisivaco, a partner in the Chicago personal injury firm of Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC, has been elected to a three-year term on the board of governors of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).
 
The 25-member Board directs the activities of the state’s largest bar association with 33,000 members.
May 9, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – If you should become the victim of a federally-declared natural disaster from flooding or tornadoes, you may have many legal questions ranging from housing matters and compensation for property destruction to consumer protection issues such as home repair fraud scams.
May 6, 2011
 
Dear Editor:
 
Should children who commit low-level offenses be incarcerated, or is there a more productive use of scarce state resources? This is one of the issues posed in House Bill 83, now pending in the Illinois General Assembly.
April 25, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Anyone in Illinois with a question about a legal matter can call and talk to a lawyer – at no cost – on Ask A Lawyer Day, Saturday, April 30.
April 1, 2011
The Young Lawyers Division (YLD) of the Illinois State Bar Association will host its 3rd Annual Summer Soiree on Friday, May 6, from 7 to 10 p.m.,at the Hard Rock Hotel, 230 N. Michigan Avenue, in Chicago.
March 30, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) is offering a free booklet on its website to help citizens learn how to reduce juvenile delinquency in their community and provide alternatives to youth imprisonment.
March 29, 2011
CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) Academy of Illinois Lawyers will induct its eleventh class of Laureates during a luncheon on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court, in Chicago.
March 9, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – As part of its Lawyers Care program, 10 members of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) have been recognized for their service on behalf of members of the military and their families.
March 9, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) applauds Governor Quinn for signing the bill to abolish the death penalty in Illinois.
March 7, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Chatham Glenwood High School, in Chatham, placed first in the 29th annual Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) High School Mock Trial Invitational held at the University of Illinois at Springfield on Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, 2011.
February 25, 2011
CHICAGO, IL – Richard D. Felice, a lawyer in private practice in Wheaton, will lead the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) as its president in 2014-15.
February 22, 2011
Dear Editor:
 
Black History Month in February receives a lot of attention in the media, and rightly so. It is a time to honor the achievements and accomplishments of African-Americans and also consider how to encourage greater support for minorities interested in advancing their careers.
February 16, 2011
SPRINGFIELD, IL – Teams from 48 high schools statewide will participate in the 29th annual Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) High School Mock Trial Invitational Friday and Saturday, March 4 and 5, 2011, at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Public Affairs Center – Lower Level.
January 13, 2011
Dear Editor:
 
The Illinois State Bar Association applauds the Illinois General Assembly's action to end the death penalty in Illinois.
January 11, 2011
CHICAGO, IL – The Illinois State Bar Association’s (ISBA) pocket-size edition of the new Illinois Rules of Evidence is now available to ISBA members for $12.74 and to non-members for $17.74. The price includes shipping and sales tax.