Annual Meeting - Schedule of Events

2019 ISBA Annual Meeting

143rd Annual Meeting
Illinois State Bar Association
June 13 - 15, 2019
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

The 2019-20 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.


Thursday, June 13th

Opening Reception
4:30 - 6:30 p.m.
Reception sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company
Activities for children sponsored by the ISBA
Complimentary to registered attendees


Friday, June 14th

Breakfast Symposium
"The Digital Marketing Landscape for Lawyers"

7:30 - 9:00 a.m.
Presented by ISBA Standing Committee on Law Office Management & Economics
Long gone are the days where being a great lawyer was enough to be successful; now you have to know how to market yourself, too. Marketing is an important – and competitive – component to running a successful law firm with a growing list of clients. Don't miss this opportunity to learn from two marketing experts as they explain the digital marketing landscape facing attorneys today. Topics include: Google and its continued march towards pay-to-play; how to value digital assets when partners merge, separate, or sell; how to manage your online reputation; and understanding website domain names.
 $40.00 per ticket

1.0 MCLE hours, including 1.0* Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

Member Benefits and Services Exhibits
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
Attendees have the opportunity to speak directly with representatives from our Annual Meeting exhibitors and have their questions answered.

Kids Day Camp
8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Sponsored in part by ISBA
Kids love sign them up no later than Friday, June 7th.  Available to children ages 4 to 13.  Sorry, no exceptions for children under age 4.  There will be plenty of fun things to do and lunch is included.
$50.00 per child for full-day

CLE Program
60 Tips and Table Clinics

9:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Presented by ISBA Standing Committee on Legal Technology
Get the technology tips and advice you need with this half-day seminar that shows you how to keep your law practice in compliance, protect your client's information, and increase your productivity. Learn how technology can help you with litigation and enhance your mobility, while gaining a better understanding of why information security is so important. Requires separate registration.

Networking Luncheon
11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
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. To accommodate members attending organizational meetings for sections councils and committees or CLE programming, lunch will be served buffet-style and available for your leisure from 11:30 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
$40.00 per ticket

CLE Program
Lawyer Well-Being: Developing Emotional Intelligence

1:00 – 2:45 p.m.
Master Series presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
Lawyers are particularly vulnerable to stress and anxiety due to the competitive and demanding nature of the practice.  In this session our speaker will show how developing your emotional intelligence will help you cope with some of these anxieties and stresses. The speaker will explain the five domains of emotional intelligence: self-awareness, self-regulation, self-motivation, empathy, and social skills (or DiSC). This interactive seminar uses group discussion to explore each of these areas to help you better understand: knowing when emotions are guiding you, the difference between self-regulation and suppressing emotions, jumping to negative conclusions, how to listen empathically, and much more. Requires separate registration.

CLE Program
Legal Marketing: New Ideas You've Never Heard Before

3:00 – 4:30p.m.
Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
Are you looking for new ways to position yourself in the legal market?  Do you need new ideas for messaging your brand to current and prospective clients?  Innovative lawyer turned marketing specialist Drew Vaughn will share some of the cutting edge marketing ideas that will produce an ROI on your investment and help you grow your practice. Requires separate registration.

Kid's Night Out
6:00 - 10:30 p.m.
Sponsored in part by ISBA
An evening of entertainment for the kids ages 4 – 13.
$45.00 for first child and $40.00 for each additional child in family

Annual Installation of Officers
Installation Ceremony
6:00 – 6:45 p.m.
Cocktail Reception
6:45 – 7:30 p.m.
Annual Dinner
7:30 p.m.

Celebrate our profession with music, fun, and food during our Annual Installation of Officers event! The evening begins with a brief ceremony where we will recognize James F. McCluskey on his successful year as ISBA President, and welcome David B. Sosin as ISBA's 2019-2020 President. The festivities that follow include a cocktail reception, formal dinner, dessert and coffee bar, dancing and entertainment. Black tie requested.
$125 per ticket


Saturday, June 15th

Breakfast for Families
8:00 - 10:00 a.m.
Join other ISBA Families for a buffet-style breakfast.
$15.00 per adult; $10.00 per child

ISBA Assembly Meeting
9:00 a.m.
The Assembly, the policy making body of the Association meets.  Open to members and the public. A complimentary continental breakfast will be available to Assembly Meeting attendees.