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Still time to register for Young Lawyers Bean Bag Party and Tournament

Posted on February 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers will hold a Bean Bag Party and Tournament on March 6 to benefit the Illinois Bar Foundation/YLD Children's Assistance Program. The YLD Children's Assistance Fund is a special fund of the Illinois Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable entity.
  • When: Saturday, March 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Mahoney's Pub and Grille, 551 N. Ogden Ave. (on Ogden near Grand), Chicago (map and directions)
  • What: Appetizer bar and domestic draft beer, mixed well drinks and soft drinks
  • Cost: $35.00 per person per wristband or $100.00 for entrance fee for Bean Bag Tournament for a team of two with two wristbands. You must be at least 21 years old to participate.
  • Deadline: Bean Bag Team registration and pre-registration for a wristband is open until Tuesday, March 2. Thereafter wristbands can be purchased at the door the day of the event
Click here to register Prizes will be given to the first and second place teams. Questions? Email Elizabeth at elizabeth.mckillip@icemiller.com

ISBA YLD council member Justin Heather to receive National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award

Posted on January 28, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The ABA Young Lawyers Division will honor Justin Heather, co-editor of the Illinois State Bar Association's YLD newsletter, with its National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award. The YLD will present the award during the ABA Midyear Meeting in Orlando, Fla., on Saturday, Feb. 6. The YLD presents this award annually to a young lawyer who exemplifies professional excellence, service to the legal profession and the bar, service to the community, and who has a reputation for the advancement of legal ethics and professional responsibility. Heather, a litigation associate with the law firm of Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP, concentrates his practice on complex corporate litigation. He represents clients in a variety of disputes, including international gas and oil matters, intellectual property, securities law, bankruptcy, franchise law, complex commercial contracts, and mergers and acquisitions. In his eight years of practice, Heather has logged more than 4,000 pro bono hours, more than 10 times the ABA's recommended 50 hours a year. His pro bono service involves working with such clients as death row inmates, West African citizens suffering political persecution, and other clients in various race and disability discrimination lawsuits. In addition to his frequent pro bono contributions, Heather actively supports a variety of bar activities.

Young Lawyers Division to host 12th Annual Holiday Party

Posted on October 28, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
yldholidayparty09The Illinois State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division will host its 12th Annual Holiday Party to benefit the Illinois Bar Foundation/Young Lawyer's Division Children's Assistance Program on Dec. 4 from 6-10 p.m. at the Cubby Bear, 1059 W. Addison. Over $150,000 has been raised to establish children's waiting rooms throughout Illinois and to provide assistance to other child related legal programs. The YLD Children's Assistance Fund is a special fund of the Illinois Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable entity.
  • When: Friday, December 4, 2009, 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: The Cubby Bear Wrigleyville 1059 W. Addison (map and directions)
  • What: Complimentary Cover Charge, Open Bar, Appetizers, and LIVE MUSIC
  • Cost: $35.00 per person for tickets purchased through November 20 $30.00 per law student for tickets purchased through November 20 $40.00 after November 20 and at the door per person and per law student
  • Deadline to register online: December 2
Questions?

ISBA Young Lawyers raise nearly $10,000 at annual Golf Outing

Posted on September 15, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Heather Fritsch, YLD Secretary, Bob Fink, YLD Vice Chair, Michael Wong, YLD Golf Outing Co-Chair, Kelley Gandurski, YLD Chair and Justin Heather, YLD Golf Outing Co-Chair at the 2009 Golf Outing in Tinley Park.
Heather Fritsch, YLD Secretary, Bob Fink, YLD Vice Chair, Michael Wong, YLD Golf Outing Co-Chair, Kelley Gandurski, YLD Chair and Justin Heather, YLD Golf Outing Co-Chair at the 2009 Golf Outing in Tinley Park.
The 5th Annual Young Lawyers Division Golf Outing was held Sept. 1 at the Odyssey Golf Club in Tinley Park. The event raised nearly $10,000 for the IBF/YLD Children's Assistance Fund. Eighty-eight golfers and multiple sponsors supported the event, which has raised a total of $65,000 for the fund over the past five years. Click here to view a photo gallery from this event.

ISBA's Young Lawyers Division awards $2,000 grant to Life Span

Posted on August 18, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Robert Fink (left), YLD vice chair and Kelly Gandurski (right), YLD chair, present the $2,000 check to Ari Bernstein and Sandra Blake of Life Span.
Robert Fink (left), YLD vice chair and Kelley Gandurski (right), YLD chair, present the $2,000 check to Ari Bernstein and Sandra Blake of Life Span.
The Illinois State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division recently awarded a $2,000 grant to Life Span to support its counselor's services in the teens/children counseling program. Life Span is committed to the cessation of domestic violence and to the relief of those who suffer from its consequences.

ISBA Young Lawyers Division to host Day at the Races

Posted on July 29, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois State Bar Assocation's Young Lawyers Division will host a "Day at the Races" on Sept. 26 to benefit the Children's Assistance Program. This event will take place from noon-6 p.m. at Arlington Park Racecourse, Marquee Tent 3 in the Miller Lite Party Deck in Arlingon Heights. Tickets will be available at 11:30 a.m. at the Grandstand Entrance at the Will Call window. The cost is $60 per person and includes admission, daily racing guide, private party deck, soft drinks, beer, wine and appetizers from 12:30-6 p.m. The deadline is Sept. 15 and space is limited. Contact Meghan O'Brien with questions. Click here to register online.

Young Lawyers Division to hold 5th Annual Golf Classic

Posted on July 16, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
yld_golfouting_logo The Illinois State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division will hold its 5th Annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the Odyssey Golf Club in Tinley Park. This event will benefit the Illinois Bar Foundation YLD's Children's Assistance Fund. Schedule:
  • Registration: 10:30 a.m.
  • PMCLE program: 11 a.m.
  • Shotgun start: 12:30 p.m.
  • Cocktails, dinner, silent auction: 4 p.m.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for more information Click here to register

Win up to $2,000 in the ISBA Young Lawyers Division Lincoln Writing Contest

Posted on June 23, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
We invite you to share your hard-won knowledge and maybe win $2,000 in prize money by entering the 51st Annual Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest. We're looking for useful, practical articles on topics important to practicing lawyers. The highest scores will go to manuscripts that Illinois lawyers can use in their practices, written in a no-nonsense, plain-English style. If you're an ISBA lawyer member under age 36 as of July 1, 2009, or admitted to the bar fewer than five years as of that date, you're eligible to compete for a share of the $3,500 in Lincoln Award prize money and a handsome plaque for your office. And even if you don't win, yours may be among the many Lincoln Award entries to appear in the Illinois Bar Journal. Click here for more details. Click here for contest rules and application. And don't delay -- the deadline for filing a notice to enter the contest is July 15!

Young Lawyers hold Summer Soiree to benefit Children's Assistance Fund

Posted on June 12, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Summer Soiree YLD council members Debra Liss, Heather Fritsch, Adela Lucchesi, Jamie Bas and Arlette Porter
Summer Soiree YLD council members Debra Liss, Heather Fritsch, Adela Lucchesi, Jamie Bas and Arlette Porter
The ISBA Young Lawyers Division held a Summer Soiree to benefit the Illinois Bar Foundation/Young Lawyers Division Children's Assistance Fund on Friday, June 5.  The event, attended by over 100 lawyers and their guests, was held at the Chicago Cultural Center.  A silent auction also helped raise money for the Fund. View our photo gallery of the Young Lawyers Summer Soiree.

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