The Illinois State Bar Association and Chicago Bar Association co-hosted the Annual Supreme Court Dinner and Reception on Dec. 9, 2016 at the Sheraton Grand Chicago. Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier served as the keynote speaker.
The Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation honored Ann Hatch with the 2016 Distinguished Service to Law & Society Award, and former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald with the 2016 Honorary Fellow Award during their annual Fellows Breakfast on December 9, 2016.
The Unity Award Dinner & 14th Swearing-In of Bar Presidents Ceremony was held on December 1, 2016 at the Chicago Hilton. The event was presented by the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP and The John Marshall Law School. Secretary of State, Jesse White was honored with the Unity Award Recipient.
The largest group, 1,121, was admitted in the First Judicial District during two ceremonies at Arie Crown Theater in Chicago. Justice Anne M. Burke presided over the 9:45 a.m. ceremony and Justice Mary Jane Theis presided over the 12:45 p.m. ceremony. ISBA President Vincent F. Cornelius addressed the class.
Appellate Court Justice Michael J. Burke presided over the Second Judicial District ceremony at the Hemmens Memorial Building in Elgin. ISBA President-elect Hon. Russell W. Hartigan addressed the class.