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Umberto S. Davi

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

President Davi sworn-in by Wisconsin Supreme Court

Posted on September 2, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

In a continued effort to expand our legal network and better serve the ISBA, President Umberto S. Davi was sworn-in by Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and admitted to the Wisconsin Bar on a Motion made by State Bar of Wisconsin President Ralph Cagle. The ceremony took place on Friday, August 28, 2015, in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which is located in the Capitol Building, in Madison, Wisconsin. Pictured are (from left) Jan Davi, President Davi, Justice Roggensack, Wisconsin Bar Past President Michelle Behnke, President Cagle and Marie Sarantakis.

ISBA Rule 711 Committee meets

Posted on September 1, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

The ISBA Rule 711 Committee, an initiative of President Umberto S. Davi, met on Thursday, Aug. 27 at the Chicago Office. Members of the committee included (front row, from left) Michelle Dahlquist, President Davi and Jessica Durkin; (back row, from left) Marie Sarantakis, Ryan Henderson, Committee Chair Judge Michael Chmiel, Robert Park, Eva Tameling, Theresa Ceko and Committee Vice-Chair Kelly E. Gordon. The Committee is exploring the expansion of the 711 license to private law firms. Michael Bergmann and Christina Cullom also serve on the committee.

Davi's presidential agenda, immigrant success story

Posted on June 25, 2015 by Mark S. Mathewson

Umberto S. DaviInitiatives on law school debt, solo and small-firm CLE, and programs to provide legal forms to attorneys and civics education to non-attorneys will top the agenda of incoming ISBA President Umberto Davi, a solo matrimonial and real estate practitioner in Western Springs who took the helm on June 19.

Davi also would like to explore the possibility of extending to the private sector the 711 license that currently allows third-year law students to practice in court but only under the supervision of public sector legal offices like state's attorneys and public defenders. It's a move he figures might help to address the debt issue in addition to providing practical experience for young lawyers.

It's an "ambitious plate," he says. But ambitious plates are nothing new for Umberto Davi, whose accomplishments in law and life defy easy description for many who have known him. Davi arrived in Illinois from Sicily at age 14 with a recently widowed mother, two younger brothers, no knowledge of the English language, and little more than the clothing he wore and the change in his pocket. Find out more in the July Illinois Bar Journal.

Read Jan Davi's biographical tribute at

Umberto Davi installed as 139th ISBA President

Posted on June 16, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Umberto DaviUmberto S. Davi, of Willowbrook, a principal in the Western Springs Law Firm of Umberto S. Davi, P.C., was installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association at the organization’s 139th Annual Meeting on June 19, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis.

During his year as president, Davi will concentrate on several initiatives. He will establish a special committee charged with exploring the expansion of the 711 limited law license that would enable qualifying law school students to work more directly with private law firm clients and to be able to appear in court. In addition, he will establish a special task force to address the implications of new client service approaches in certain legal matters, such as the Limited License Legal Technicians program recently enacted in the state of Washington.

A third initiative will focus on providing another practice tool – a library of Illinois-specific, automated legal forms for members of the association. Davi will also continue work to expand the Courtroom in the Classroom program, a joint project with the Illinois Judges Association. He will support the ongoing work of a task force examining necessary changes to what law schools teach students and he will bring substantive and management educational programs to members around the state, through a series of one day Solo and Small Firm Practice Institutes.

Join ISBA President-elect Umberto Davi on a tour of Sicily

Posted on January 23, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Indulge your wanderlust in 2016 with ISBA 2015-2016 President and First Lady, Umberto and Jan Davi in Sicily, Italy from April 22-30, 2016. Take in the stunning cities of Palermo and Taormina where Sicily is waiting for you. Yes, you. Keep this in mind:

Travel is the only thing you buy that makes you richer.

Sharing the ISBA travel experience with family and friends is one way to spread the wealth. Make your plans for the 2016 trip with them now.

We will delight in an exclusive wine tasting and tour of the Principi di Carleone Winery, enjoy dinner at the exquisite Art Nouveau style Grand Hotel Et Des Palmes in Palermo, savor the splendid views of the Sicilian countryside and explore the charming coastal town of Taormina from the San Domenico Palace Hotel, plus so much more. The hotels selected are among the finest and, most importantly, occupy enviable addresses.

ISBA 3rd VP Cornelius honored at event

Posted on February 19, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA 3rd Vice President Vincent F. Cornelius was honored by the Black Bar Association of Will County at the group’s Annual Barrister’s Ball on Feb. 15 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. On hand for the event were (from left) President-elect Richard D. Felice, President Paula H. Holderman, Cornelius and 2nd Vice President Umberto S. Davi.