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Membership Mondays

Posted on August 24, 2009 by Chris Bonjean

What Your Dues Dollars Bring You

Reminder: Dues payments are due by Monday, August 31. If you have already paid your dues, THANK YOU!   If you have not yet paid, you can do so online or by phone (call Ann at 800-252-8908); Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express are all accepted.  Members can also pay through our flexible automatic dues installment program, Membership Made Easy, which allows payments to be broken up into easily affordable increments. As our membership renewal campaign comes to a close, we'd like to remind you of all the exciting programs and services the ISBA provides its members.  By renewing your membership you can: Practice more affordably. The ISBA provides members with free online legal research through Fastcase, which contains a comprehensive 50-state and federal caselaw database, including IL statutes and IL-based federal district court cases.

$100 off ISBA Mutual for Solo and Small Firm attendees

Posted on August 24, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Receive a $100 premium credit on your next policy renewal with ISBA Mutual for every member of your firm who attends the ISBA's 5th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. Click here to register for the conference, Oct. 22-24, 2009. There is an early bird discount for those who register by August 28, 2009. There are no separate forms to fill out or submit to obtain your premium credit. All you have to do is attend the conference and your premium credit will automatically be applied on your next renewal. We believe that the ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference offers useful up to date practice information that may help those attending avoid malpractice pitfalls. The premium credit for the Solo and Small Firm Conference applies to the 2009 conference only and may not be applicable to conferences in future years. Please note that this is a premium credit on the renewal of your professional liability insurance policy with ISBA Mutual, not a discount on the registration fee. You will be receiving the brochure to register for the 13th Annual Risk Management Conference in early September. As usual, you will also qualify for a $100 premium credit on your next renewal by attending this conference. Attend both the ISBA 5th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference and the 13th Annual ISBA Mutual Risk Management Conference and you will receive $200 in premium credit on your next renewal. The dates for the Risk Management Conference this year are:
  • October 6, Collinsville
  • October 7, Bloomington
  • October 8, Oak Brook
  • October 9, Chicago

Illinois Lawyer Finder results

Posted on August 19, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
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 July 2009, the ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:
  • Administrative Law       8
  • Animal Law                  3
  • Bankruptcy                   19
  • Business Law               7
  • Civil Disputes               89
  • Civil Rights                   22
  • Collection                      22
  • Consumer Protection     21
  • Contracts                      8
  • Criminal Law                74
  • Education Law              10
  • Elder law                      2
  • Employment Law          99
  • Estate/Probate Law       26
  • Family                          111
  • Government Benefits     4
  • Health Law                   2
  • Immigration                   2
  • Insurance Disputes        9
  • Intellectual Property      10
  • Miscellaneous               2
  • Municipal Law              4
  • Personal Injury              92
  • Real Estate                   67
  • Social Security              12
  • Tax                              7
  • Workers Compensation  6
These numbers do not include additional referrals made through the online Lawyer Finder service. Want to be part of the ISBA Lawyer Finder Service?  Call (800) 525-8908 and ask for the Legal Department, or visit Clients should call (800) 922.8757.

Share your success story: Practicing law in a challenging economy

Posted on August 11, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
We've heard all the negatives, but now we want to hear the success stories and share them with ISBA members. For the premiere print issue of Illinois Lawyer Now Quarterly in September, we would like to feature how ISBA members are adapting their practices in light of the challenging economic climate.
  • Have you succeeded in attracting new clients or growing your practice despite the downturn?
  • Have you been able to cut your overhead while still maintaining the same level of service?
  • Have you been successful in finding a new job despite the current economy?
If so, we want to hear how you did it! Please send your story (as long or as short as you feel necessary) to Alexa Giacomini, ISBA Director of Marketing & Membership at

Membership Mondays

Posted on August 10, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
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Looking for Lucky No. 500 ...

ISBA members and member firms have been eagerly signing up for the ISBA's Member MarkSM and Member Firm MarkSM program.  We've now almost reached our "500" participant milestone! Sign up today -- our 500th member or member firm to do so will be profiled on Illinois Lawyer Now! Click here to learn more and join Member Mark.

Membership Mondays

Posted on August 3, 2009 by Chris Bonjean

Are you covered?

ISBA members are invited to participate in a members-only malpractice insurance plan provided by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company.  ISBA Mutual, formed 19 years ago through the efforts of Illinois lawyers, specializes in professional liability insurance written specifically and exclusively for the needs of Illinois attorneys. Visit the ISBA Mutual website to learn more.

Membership Mondays

Posted on July 27, 2009 by Chris Bonjean

Take the 2009 ISBA Membership Survey and Enter our Prize Giveaway

Last Thursday we sent an e-mail to all lawyer members asking them to complete our online 2009 Membership Survey.  By completing the Survey, you will help us access member satisfaction with the ISBA and the services we provide, and help guide our Association's future direction and services. After you have completed the survey, we will enter your name in a drawing for one of the following prizes if you choose to provide your contact information* at the end of the survey:
  • Four (4) members will win an iPod Nano loaded with up to six (6) MCLE/PMCLE hours of FastCLE programs of their choosing. (Valued at up to $330)
  • One (1) member will win the grand prize, including one (1) free year of membership in the ISBA plus an iPod Nano loaded with up to six (6) MCLE/PMCLE hours of FastCLE programs of their choosing. (Valued at up to $650, depending on membership category)
The 2009 ISBA Membership Survey will close on August 31st so we ask that you complete the survey at your convenience prior to that date. To take the survey, please open up the e-mail sent to you last Thursday and click on the link provided within the e-mail.  If you have questions about the survey, or need assistance accessing the survey, please contact Ann Boucher (Membership Coordinator) at (800) 252.8908. ---------------------------------- *Contact information will be kept separately from survey responses. All survey responses will remain anonymous. Important Disclosures: This drawing is sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Bar Center, 424 S. Second St., Springfield, IL 62701.

Membership Mondays

Posted on July 20, 2009 by Chris Bonjean

Ethics help is just a phone call or click away

Illinois State Bar Association members can review our online database of ethics opinions, searchable by subject or opinion number, or get personal guidance from a qualified ISBA attorney by calling the Ethics InfoLine (800) 252-8908. Click here to review the ISBA's online database of ethics opinions.

Expungements: don't dawdle

Posted on July 15, 2009 by Mark S. Mathewson
Judging by the traffic on ISBA's criminal-law listserver, few topics are more important to day-to-day criminal defense practice than expungements. And on that topic, Coles County lawyer Jeremy J. Richey has some advice for his peers -- don't put them off. In a recent post to his excellent East Central Illinois Criminal Law & DUI Weblog, he says this: "Since expungement is a slow process, a person should seek expungement the first day he is eligible for it and not when he needs it later down the road." Read the whole thing. And if you're an ISBA member, sign up for the criminal-DUI-traffic listserver and other e-mail discussion groups here.

Membership Mondays

Posted on July 13, 2009 by Chris Bonjean

A Glimpse at Illinois Lawyer Finder Referrals

The ISBA's Illinois Lawyer Finder phone service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays and in a number of areas of law.  For the month of May 2009, ISBA helped 588* people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:
  • administrative law (5)
  • animal law (3)
  • bankruptcy (18)
  • business law (11)
  • civil disputes (67)
  • civil rights (12)
  • collection (15)
  • consumer protection (12)
  • contracts (6)
  • criminal law (50)
  • education law (12)
  • elder law (2)
  • employment law (73)
  • estate/probate law (18)
  • family (103)
  • government benefits (4)
  • health law (2)
  • immigration (1)
  • insurance disputes (5)
  • intellectual property (6)
  • miscellaneous (1)
  • municipal law (12)
  • personal injury (78)
  • real estate (47)
  • social security (3)
  • tax (10)
  • workers compensation (12)
Want to be listed in the ISBA's Illinois Lawyer Finder service?  ISBA members are entitled to a free or a premium (paid) listing, which helps market and build your practice. Call 800.525.8908 and ask for the Legal Department, or click here to sign up today! (Looking for a lawyer through Illinois Lawyer Finder?  Call 800.922.8757 or click here)