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(Why) I Object!

Posted on May 6, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Trial practice is a fast-moving endeavor; practitioners must make frequent decisions, often without access to all the facts. At the end of all that preparation and hard work, a judge or jury inevitably anoints a winner and a loser. But the trial outcome need not be the final word on the matter. In her May 2019 Illinois Bar Journal article, “(Why) I Object!,” Ruth Masters, who has practiced appellate law for the past 20 years and is the principle attorney at MastersLaw, provides 10 tips to preserve some commonly occurring issues for appeal in Illinois courts. One takeaway: Parties often get into trouble on appeal because they didn't specify the basis of an objection during trial or they raise new arguments for exclusion on appeal.

Enter the ISBA's 2019 Member Appreciation Month Instagram Contest

Posted on May 6, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Show us how you reduce stress and stay healthy by entering the ISBA's 2019 Member Appreciation Month Instagram Contest for a chance to win a S'well bottle set or a $100 Visa gift card.

The winning Instagram post and account will be featured on the ISBA's social media channels and in The Bar News. 

Lawyer Referral Service Makes More than 1,000 Referrals in April

Posted on May 3, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of April 2019 there were more than 1,000 referrals given.

Here are the results for April 2019:

Public Interest Law Initiative Seeks Managing Attorney

Posted on May 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

PILI seeks a managing attorney, who will serve as a member of PILI’s Programs Team, with primary responsibility for overseeing PILI’s statewide efforts to expand and enhance pro bono outside of the Chicago metropolitan area. This is a dynamic position that requires both the ability to organize and manage at a high level, while also being actively engaged in administration and implementation. The ability to do regular and significant statewide travel, and limited national travel, is required.  

ISBA Launches Legal Blog Aggregation Site

Posted on May 1, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Revamped “Illinois Lawyer Now” to highlight member blogs, ISBA content

The ISBA is excited to announce the launch of a new blog aggregation site, the newly minted Illinois Lawyer Now. Powered by LexBlog, the site hosts original ISBA substantive legal news, as well as content from members’ legal blogs. By aggregating ISBA and members’ legal blogs, Illinois Lawyer Now will be the preeminent site for up-to-date, Illinois-specific legal content.

Free Live CLE Webinar for Member Appreciation Month

Posted on May 1, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

This May, we're celebrating you during Member Appreciation Month. To help you meet your MCLE requirements, we're offering a free live CLE webinar for the first 600 member registrants on May 14 from noon to 1:00 p.m.

The business of law isn't what it used to be. Competition is up and margins are down. Clients demand value from their lawyers and are willing to shop around to find it. Lawyers face increasing competition from customary rivals as well as emerging online DIY companies that have commoditized many legal services. These pressures are forcing lawyers to re-examine their practices and processes. Lean Six Sigma is a managerial approach that relies on a collaborative team effort to improve performance by eliminating the waste of physical resources, time, effort, and talent while assuring that the work is done right the first time. Waste is defined as anything that doesn't add value in your client's eyes (your perception is irrelevant). In this seminar, you'll learn how to identify and remove the eight most common types of waste from your practice.

ARDC Releases 2018 Annual Report

Posted on May 1, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC), the administrative agency that regulates licensed Illinois lawyers, has filed its year 2018 Annual Report with the Supreme Court of Illinois. The report was released to the public this morning when a copy was posted on the ARDC website.

A summary of the annual report is available at Highlights of the 2018 Annual Report 

The ARDC annually evaluates the effectiveness of the disciplinary system.  Complete and comprehensive statistics concerning the disciplinary caseload are submitted to the Illinois Supreme Court and are published in the Annual Report. Few professions account for their regulatory activity in such detail.

ISBA Election Results to Be Available May 7

Posted on May 1, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The polls for the ISBA election closed on April 30 at 4:30 p.m. Results will be made available on May 7.

The six contested seats this year are: Board of Governors, 1st Judicial District (Cook County); Board of Governors, Area 2 (Circuits 17, 19 and 22); Board of Governors, Area 7 (Circuits 1, 2 and 4); Board of Governors, Under Age 37 – Outside Cook County (Circuits 1-23); Assembly, 3rd Judicial Circuit; and Assembly, 4th Judicial Circuit. Members were also able to vote for any office that falls in the geographical area of their ISBA address.

Save 25% on ISBA Books During Member Appreciation Month

Posted on May 1, 2019 by Rhys Saunders


This May, we're celebrating you during Member Appreciation Month. Today through Sunday, May 12, members can save 25 percent on ISBA books and Fastbooks from our store. To take advantage of this promotion, visit the ISBA store and use the coupon code MMAM19 at checkout

May is Member Appreciation Month

Posted on May 1, 2019 by Rhys Saunders


This May, we're celebrating you during Member Appreciation Month. We have a full calendar of prizes, discounts and giveaways, so stay tuned to ISBA communications for detailed announcements with instructions for how you can get in on the fun. You can look forward to a bookstore sale, a free live CLE webcast, member renewal incentives, a social media contest, and more. View our Member Appreciation Month page for additional details.