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ISBA Environmental Law Section Council to host networking luncheon

Posted on October 11, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

The ISBA Environmental Law Section Council is pleased to invite all Springfield-area attorneys practicing in the area of Environmental Law to a FREE networking lunch for ISBA members and non-members alike.

When: October 21, 2011; Noon – 1:00 p.m.

Where: Illinois Attorney General Office, Helen Radigan Hall, 500 South Second Street, Springfield, IL 62706

John Kim, Chief Legal Counsel for the Illinois EPA, will present on the new Section 31 process, including compliance agreement (“CCA”) administrative enforcement.

Kyle Rominger, Deputy Chief Counsel for the Illinois EPA will be speaking on permit streamlining and clean construction demolition debris (“CCDD”).

Please join us for these brief informative presentations, a light lunch and the opportunity to visit with fellow practitioners in a relaxed setting.

Please RSVP with Jane McBride, by Oct. 18.

Illinois Lawyer Finder makes 700 referrals in September

Posted on October 11, 2011 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 September 2011, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

  • Administrative Law – 15
  • Animal Law - 1
  • Bankruptcy - 14
  • Business Law -     16        
  • Civil Disputes - 53        
  • Civil Rights - 27   
  • Collection - 28
  • Consumer Protection - 16
  • Contracts - 14
  • Criminal Law -     54
  • Education Law -13
  • Elder law - 4
  • Employment Law - 64
  • Estate/Probate Law - 18
  • Family - 112        
  • Government Benefits -14
  • Health Law - 12
  • Immigration - 5
  • Insurance Disputes - 7
  • Intellectual Property - 7
  • Miscellaneous - 2    
  • Municipal Law - 7        
  • Personal Injury - 88        
  • Real Estate - 73
  • Social Security - 25            
  • Tax - 3
  • Workers Compensation - 8

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) 252-8908 and ask for the Legal Department, or visit
Clients should call (800) 922-8757.

Quick takes from Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions

Posted on October 6, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the civil case City of Chicago v. StubHub and criminal case People v. Taylor.


City of Chicago v. StubHub

By Karen Kies DeGrand, Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC

Citing the state’s long history of protecting consumers, including the regulation of ticket resellers and “internet auctioneers,” the Illinois Supreme Court found that the City of Chicago overstepped its home rule authority in trying to collect “amusement taxes” on StubHub resales.  StubHub, a state-registered “internet auction listing service,” describes itself as “the world’s largest online ticket marketplace”; there, for a service fee, a user can buy and sell tickets to events throughout the country.  

The city notified StubHub that it might be a “reseller’s agent” subject to a local tax, and asked StubHub for information regarding its sales for Chicago events.  When StubHub refused, the city sued to obtain that information and for back taxes and penalties.  A federal district judge dismissed the case, and the city appealed.  Under Supreme Court Rule 20, the Illinois Supreme Court agreed to answer a question posed by the Seventh Circuit:  “[W]hether municipalities may require electronic intermediators to collect and remit amusement taxes on resold tickets.”  The answer is no.

Land of Lincoln Joseph R. Bartylak Pro Bono Award presented to Brent Holmes

Posted on October 6, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Attorney Brent Holmes was presented with the Land of Lincoln Joseph R. Bartylak Pro Bono Award.  This Award was created in 2011 in memory of Joseph R. Bartylak who was Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation's Executive Director from 1976 to 2003.  It honors a volunteer attorney who has directly achieved outstanding results for low income clients or who has supported Land of Lincoln staff in their delivery of high quality legal services to the poor and elderly.

The Honorable Matt Sullivan presented the award to Mr. Holmes during a meeting of the Coles-Cumberland Bar Association. Mr. Holmes is a long-time volunteer through the Coles-Cumberland Bar Association who has consistently accepted referrals for eligible clients for over fifteen years.  He has devoted over 55 hours for the three cases he has closed in just the past two years, and he has donated more than 215 hours since he joined the pro bono panel after its formation in 1996.  He accepts contested family law cases in Cumberland County and Coles County.  He obtains divorce judgments, child custody orders, child support orders, QDROs, and other appropriate relief for clients who are unable to afford to hire attorneys.

“Brent is a model of what the term pro bono lawyer means,” states Clare McCulla, Senior Supervisory Attorney with the Charleston satellite office.  “These are deserving people with meritorious cases who might not have been able to resolve their problems without his help.”

The bloody truth about DUI testing

Posted on October 6, 2011 by Mark S. Mathewson

Got a DUI client with blood test results that seem to prove intoxication? Don't be intimidated, and don't assume the state has a slam-dunk case, assistant public defender Erica Nichols of Cook County says. Find out more in the October Illinois Bar Journal.

Kathryn D. Karayannis appointed associate judge in 16th Circuit

Posted on October 6, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced tthat Kathryn D. Karayannis has been appointed to the office of associate judge in the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Karayannis received her undergraduate degree in 1982 from the Valparaiso University, and her Juris Doctor in 1988 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Ms. Karayannis is currently affiliated with the Kane County State's Attorney's Office in St. Charles.

Best Practice: Managing law firm cash flow

Posted on October 5, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

By John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC   

Q. Our five lawyer firm has had a very successful past couple of years. We have been growing in terms of clients, billings and revenues. However, we are getting deeper into our credit line and we simply don't have adequate cash to pay our bills. I would appreciate your thoughts on this matter.

A. Sounds like you are caught in the growth-cash flow trap. Growth puts strain on cash and increases demand for additional working capital. There have been many law firms and small businesses that were profitable - but failed due to simply running out of cash. While you cannot escape this paradox - by actively managing your cash flow (timing of the intake of cash against the outflow of expenses) you can minimize the impact of the following traps:

1.     Lack of Attention Paid to Financial Management. Many law firms, especially solos, often give this task a low priority on their to do list. Servicing clients and new client development are given higher priorities. There is often a lack of understanding of financial reports and statements. Understanding financial reports such as income statements v.s. cash flow statements are important is providing early detection of potential cash problems requiring corrective actions. Law firms should develop reasonable monthly, quarterly, and annual cash flow projections as well as income and expense projections.

Register now for YLD Holiday Party

Posted on October 5, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

Please join us in supporting the 14th Annual Holiday Party to benefit the Illinois Bar Foundation/ISBA Young Lawyers Division’s Children’s Assistance Fund. Over the past decade, we raised over $400,000 and collected countless toys and books that were donated to children’s waiting rooms throughout the State of Illinois. Please continue this worthy tradition by joining us this year in person or support our event with your generous contribution:

WHEN: Friday, December 2, 2011, 6:00-10:00 p.m.

WHERE: Cubby Bear Lounge, 1059 W. Addison, Chicago, IL (see map)

WHAT: Open Bar, Warm Appetizers, Live Music by Rod Tuffcurls & The Bench Press, and FUN!


  • $35.00 per person, for tickets purchased by November 21, 2011
  • $30.00 per law student, per tickets purchased by November 21, 2011
  • $40.00 per person, for tickets purchased after November 21, 2011

Click here to register

The YLD Children's Assistance Fund is a fund of the Illinois Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable entity.