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Joint Midyear Meeting to be held Dec. 8-10

Posted on September 20, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

The Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Judges Association are pleased to invite you to celebrate the profession and consider issues of mutual interest to the bench and bar during our annual Midyear Meeting (and joint meeting with the Illinois Judges Association). 

December 8-10, 2016

The Sheraton Grand Chicago
301 East North Water Street, Chicago, Illinois

Red Mass to be held on October 4

Posted on September 15, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago cordially invites you, your family and other guests to attend the 82nd Annual Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, traditionally known as the Red Mass.

  • Time/Date: 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016
  • Place: Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash, Chicago,
  • Principal Celebrant and Homilist: Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

A reception following the Red Mass will be held at Loyola University, 111 E. Pearson, 16th Floor. Judge Virginia M. Kendall will be honored as the 2016 Catholic Lawyer of the Year and James J. Convery will receive the Catholic Lawyers Guild Special Service Award. Cost for the reception is $75. RSVP at

SALT and John Marshall Law School to host Breaking In and Staying in Legal Academia

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Join the Society of American Law Teachers and the John Marshall Law School for Breaking In and Staying In Legal Academia. 

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 │ 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. │ Reception to Follow

The John Marshall Law School

315 S. Plymouth Court 

Chicago, Illinois 60604

Event: Room 409 | Reception: 3 East

Young Lawyers to host Day at the Races on Sept. 24

Posted on August 25, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA YLD Day at the RacesJoin your peers for an afternoon of socializing and horse racing at this annual event! 

When: Saturday, September 24, 2016, Noon – 6:00 p.m.

Tickets will be available for pick up at 11:15 a.m. on race day at the will call window, Grandstand Entrance (east side off of Wilke Road entrance).

Where: Arlington Park Racecourse, 2200 W Euclid Ave, Arlington Heights, IL 60005
ISBA will be at the Canopy Tables in the Winners Circle Section. (Map and Directions)

Cost: Cost: $9.00 per adult, $4.00 per youth age 4-17. Tickets are complimentary for children 3 and under. General Admission cost includes admission to the park, a daily racing guide, and a fabulous day of Thoroughbred racing!

Lunch is not included but our seating area is BYOB!

Please register by Wednesday, September 21, 2016

For information on permitted and prohibited items in the park, please visit:

Questions: Please email Blake Howard at

Attorney Mental Health and Substance Use: A Call to Action

Posted on August 17, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

On September 9, 2016, The Kennedy Forum and the Lawyers' Assistance Program will co-host a breakfast focused on the prevalence of depression, addiction, and anxiety in the legal profession. A landmark study conducted by the Hazelden Betty Ford Foundation and the American Bar Association Commission on Lawyer Assistance Programs revealed substantial and widespread levels of problem drinking and other behavioral health problems in the U.S. legal profession. The event will feature Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne BurkeBrian Cuban, ESPN legal writer/reporter Lester Munson, and the study authors for a panel discussion. 

ISBA to honor Class of 1966 Distinguished Counsellors on Oct. 13

Posted on August 10, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association will honor the Class of 1966 Distinguished Counsellors on Thursday, Oct. 13. This title is conferred annually upon those ISBA members who are completing their 50th year of practice.

The Board of Governors is pleased to announce the 2016 Class will be honored at a special luncheon on Thursday, October 13, 2016 at the Union League Club. A reception will begin at 11:15 a.m., and lunch is scheduled promptly at noon.

Tickets to the luncheon are available and may be purchased online at Any questions regarding the luncheon may be directed to Kim Weaver at

Congratulations to the 1966 Class of Distinguished Counsellors:

Join the ABA for "I Should Have Known Better - Construction & Design Defects & Project Delays"

Posted on August 10, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Join the American Bar Association for their Fall 2016 Meeting, I Should Have Known Better - Construction & Design Defects & Project Delays, October 5-7 at the Swissotel, 323 E Wacker Dr Chicago, IL 60601.

Whether you are a transactional lawyer or litigator, you face projects gone wrong.  Don't miss these valuable sessions:

  1. Cutting-edge "Consecutive" Plenaries that will explain how best to navigate and prevent a project facing delays and defects.
  2. Insurance: Learn about new developments in insurance products and coverage disputes.
  3. Technology: Navigating wearable technology, new FAA paperwork, and your client's document management system.
  4. A View from the Bench: Gain insights on how to best get your point across from a panel of distinguished judges.
  5. Getting Better with Delays: Sharpen your pencil and learn about the latest legal developments and best practices for presenting your delay claim.
  6. Beyond the Shades of Grey: Join a former Assistant U.S. Attorney and top Chicago litigator and learn the fine ethical line between preparing a witness and putting words in their mouth.

Join the IBF for the Leahy Memorial Happy Hour

Posted on August 5, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Tom LeahyJoin the Illinois Bar Foundation and the Friends of Tom Leahy for a Leahy Memorial Happy Hour on Thursday, September 8 in Chicago to celebrate the life of Tom Leahy. The proceeds from this event will support the Foundation's Legal Fellowships program at Tom's alma mater, Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Tickets are $100 and sponsorship opportunities are available. For tickets and sponsorship information, please call 312-726-6072 or click here. 

IBF/ISBA to host reception honoring Umberto S. Davi

Posted on July 5, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Umberto S. DaviJoin the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association and the Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation for a President’s Reception, honoring Umberto S. Davi, ISBA President from 2015 to 2016.

  • Thursday, July 28, 2016
  • 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm
  • Maggiano’s Little Italy
  • 1847 Freedom Drive, Naperville, IL, 60563

Illinois Bar Foundation to host Metro East Fellows Reception

Posted on June 24, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Lois WoodJ. William LuccoJoin the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation for the Metro East Fellows Reception on Thursday, July 21 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at the DoubleTree Hotel, 1000 Eastport Plaza Drive, Collinsville, IL 62234.

The event, presented by Russell K. Scott, Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., will honor attorneys J. William Lucco (Lucco, Brown, Threlkeld & Dawson, LLP) and Lois Wood (Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation) for their leadership and dedication to the law.