Events

Annual Meeting - Schedule of Events

 Redone #MORECLEMOREFUN140th Annual Meeting
Illinois State Bar Association
The Westin O'Hare
Rosemont, Illinois
June 16 – 18, 2016

The 2016-17 standing committees and section councils will hold their organizational business meetings at various times during the Annual Meeting. A schedule of business meetings being conducted may be viewed closer to the date.

ISBA's own professional liability insurance company, ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, will be an important participant in the Annual Meeting. Be sure to learn about the company, loss prevention, and programs from senior executives at their exhibit. A complete list of Sponsors and Exhibitors will be online closer to the meeting. If you are interested in becoming a sponsor or exhibitor, please download our form.

Thursday, June 16

Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series: A Closer Look: Transforming Your Practice with Technology – Spring 2016 (continues on Friday)
Solo, Small Firm Institute Series12:30 – 4:45 pm
Sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company

In today's modern world, technology is a central component to running a law practice. Knowing which technologies can help you, which costs more than they're worth, and how to stay out of ethical trouble when using them is a different matter. Join us in Rosemont for this two day in-depth look at how technology can help you transform your practice, run your law office efficiently, and make a profit along the way. Requires separate registraton.

ISBAMutual - Lawyers' Malpractice InsuranceOpening Reception
5:00 - 7:00 p.m.
Reception sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company
Activities for children sponsored by the ISBA

Friday, June 17

Breakfast Symposium: "Build Your Best Firm: Legal and Practical Tips on When and How to Hire and Fire Employees"
7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Sponsored by ISBA Standing Committee on Law Office Management & Economics

Don't miss this opportunity to hear from our distinguished panel of guests, which includes employment law attorneys, law firm owners, and an HR consultant. Learn how to identify when it's time to hire or fire employees, as well as the legal, professional, and practical ways for doing so. Our speakers draw on personal experiences to give you the tips and strategies you need to build your firm with only the best employees possible, and offers you the opportunity to ask specific questions at the end of the program.

Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series: A Closer Look: Transforming Your Practice with Technology – Spring 2016 (continued from Thursday)
Solo, Small Firm Institute Series8:15 am – 5:00 pm
Sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company

In today's modern world, technology is a central component to running a law practice. Knowing which technologies can help you, which costs more than they're worth, and how to stay out of ethical trouble when using them is a different matter. Join us in Rosemont for this two day in-depth look at how technology can help you transform your practice, run your law office efficiently, and make a profit along the way. Requires separate registraton.

Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series: Establishing Your New Solo/Small Firm Practice - Spring 2016
Solo, Small Firm Institute Series8:15 am – 5:00 pm
Sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company

Regardless of why you have decided to start your own solo/small firm practice, knowing how to begin is most important. This full-day seminar gives you the information you need to establish your new solo/small firm practice in an ethical, efficient, and profitable way. Requires separate registraton.

Networking Luncheon & Plenary Session (Sold out)
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. (Lunch)
1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. (Plenary Session)

Whether you're a new attorney, new to ISBA, or a longstanding section or committee member, you won't want to miss this opportunity to connect with your colleagues and hear from President-Elect Vincent Cornelius, as he shares his vision and goals for the Association in 2016-2017. Unlike in years past, the luncheon will be served buffet-style and available for your leisure from 11:30 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Immediately following lunch, Irving Miller, from the CBS award-winning hit series The Good Wife, will discuss his perspectives as the show's technical legal advisor. Discover what the show gets legally correct, which legal aspects are in the gray areas, why the producers choose different areas of the law throughout the various episodes, how the show deals with various ethical issues that arise, and how attorneys are faced with (and handle) these same types of issues in real life practice.

Think Fast: Improving Your Communication Skills Through Improv
5:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Sponsored by Simmons Hanley Conroy and hosted by the ISBA Young Lawyers Division

Improve your communication, listening, and quick reaction skills with this one-hour program that’s designed for all attorneys who use these skills in the courtroom to respond to questions from the judge and arguments from opposing counsel. The seminar engages attendees in a number of interactive activities that are used by improvisational actors to help you strengthen your quick-thinking and story-telling abilities. Pre-registration not required; walk-in registration only.

Celebrating the Profession (Sold out)
6:00 - 7:30 p.m. Reception
7:30 - 8:30 p.m. Installation Ceremony
8:30 p.m. - 1:00 a.m. Party

The black tie optional evening will begin with cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, before moving on to the installation ceremony, where Officers will be installed and Vincent F. Cornelius will be installed as the 140th president of the Illinois State Bar Association. A celebration will follow, featuring music by the Chicago Catz Band. The evening will continue well into the night with a DJ, dancing, food, cocktails, pool tables and more.

Saturday, June 18

21st Annual Networking Breakfast
8:00 - 9:30 a.m.

The Standing Committees on Women and the Law, Racial and Ethnic Minorities & the Law, and the Diversity Leadership Council invite you to attend this popular annual event for a chance to network with your peers.  The Diversity Leadership Council has graciously agreed to sponsor this event, and as a result, we are able to discount the actual cost by $10 a ticket.

ISBA Assembly Meeting
9:00 a.m.

The 203-member Assembly policy making body of the Association meets.  Open to members and the public. A continental breakfast will be available.