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Spotlight on Pro Bono: Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII) Brings Collaborative Process to Modest Means Illinoisans

Posted on July 25, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

By Sandra Crawford, JD

In 2018, Illinois formally recognized the collaborative law model of dispute resolution with the enactment of legislation and the adoption of Supreme Court Rule – 750 ILSC 5/90 and Rule 294, respectively. The history of this model of limited scope representation or unbundled legal services starts back in 1990 in Minnesota. 

In 1990, a Minnesota litigator, Stu Webb, the “godfather” of the collaborative model, wrote in his journal, “what if I just announce on January 1, 1990, I will no longer take any cases to court?

ISBA Mutual Giving Circle

Posted on July 24, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA Mutual Insurance Company has partnered with the Illinois Bar Foundation to create the ISBA Mutual Giving Circle. This program allows ISBA Mutual policyholders to donate all or part of their dividend to support the mission of the IBF. For more information on joining the ISBA Mutual Giving Circle, contact the Illinois Bar Foundation at (312) 726-6072 or visit the IBF online.

Aurora Police Officer Receives Law Enforcement Award from Illinois State Bar Association

Posted on July 24, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Aurora Police Officer Douglas Rashkow received a Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) on July 23 during an Aurora City Council meeting. ISBA 3rd Vice President Rory Weiler presented the award.

The Law Enforcement Award recognizes sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system. 

Illinois Bar Foundation Distributes ‘Access to Justice' Grants to Illinois Legal Aid Nonprofits

Posted on July 23, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) has announced the recipients of its “Access to Justice” grants, which will be distributed to nonprofit legal aid organizations statewide.

The 2019 Illinois Bar Foundation grant recipients are as follows:

Ending on a High Note

Posted on July 22, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Ashley Brandt, a partner with Goldstein & McClintock LLLP and a member of the Illinois Bar Journal Editorial Board, provides an overview of the Cannabis Regulation and Tax Act (HB 1438-SFA 2), which made Illinois the 11th state to legalize recreational cannabis and the first to do so without a public referendum. The Act provides for the state’s oversight and control of cannabis production, sale, regulation, testing, decriminalization, and taxation. It also includes social equity and criminal justice reforms.

Illinois Supreme Court Amends Rule 280.2

Posted on July 22, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court on July 19 entered an order amending Rule 280.2, which updates the requirements for complaints in credit card or debt buyer collection actions.

The amendment is effective immediately. Additionally, the court amended the accompanying affidavit form for actions under the Rule.

ISBA Board Vacancies Filled at Board of Governors Meeting

Posted on July 19, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA Board of Governors met on Friday, July 19. At the meeting, the Board filled the Area III (Circuits 12, 13, 16, and 21) and Area IV (Circuits 10, 14, and 15) seats on the Board of Governors. The results of the elections to fill these leadership positions are below.

Board of Governors

Practice HQ Resource: Merging Law Firms Checklist

Posted on July 17, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The owners of law firms may consider merger options as part of their succession planning.

While periodically reviewing merger options can be an effective part of long-range strategic plans, it’s important that firms do not rely on mergers as a life raft. Instead, mergers should incorporate a well-thought business strategy and create greater client value.

ISBA President David Sosin Speaks to Media about Chicago Mayor’s Proposal for Tax on Professional Services

Posted on July 17, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

ISBA President David Sosin has spoken publicly to media outlets during the past three weeks regarding Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot’s proposal for the city to implement a tax on professional services.

Lightfoot has said she would like to get state approval for Chicago to impose a service tax on professions such as accounting and legal services. Although there are no details about the proposal, the ISBA is opposed to such a tax.

IBF, ILAO & PILI Announce Changes to Illinois Free Legal Answers

Posted on July 16, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), Illinois Legal Aid Online (ILAO) and Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) have announced their combined efforts to further the impact of Free Legal Answers in Illinois. After establishing this project in Illinois in 2017 and building a solid foundation for its future, ILAO will transition the state administrator role for the site to PILI as of Aug. 1, 2019.

At that time, PILI will take over the day-to-day operations of the site including volunteer recruitment, management and training with the help of funding from the IBF. ILAO will continue to contribute support through by providing client referrals and being a resource for pro bono volunteers answering questions through the site.