IllinoisLawyerFinder Information

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The ISBA is excited to announce that IllinoisLawyerFinder, our new online member directory, is now available to the public. Directory profiles for members who participate in the Lawyer Referral Service were made live on April 18, and profiles for general members will go live on May 15. ISBA members will be included at no cost, and members' names and business information will be viewable by the public unless they choose to keep it private (see below). The new IllinoisLawyerFinder directory has replaced the ISBA's previous member-to-member directory.

In order to find an ISBA member to serve their legal needs, the public will be able to go to illinoislawyerfinder.com and search the directory. The new directory is part of a national, online public lawyer directory, which was developed by CloudLaw, Inc. In addition to ISBA members, the parent directory includes members of the State Bar of Michigan, Ohio State Bar Association, and, soon, the Indiana State Bar Association. CloudLaw is actively partnering with additional bar associations to bring their members into the directory and create the preeminent, bar-approved online lawyer directory. The ISBA believes the new directory will provide members with the tools necessary to enhance their unique online presence and foster both client and peer connections.

Timeline for Profiles Becoming Live

  • Lawyer Referral Service participants: Profiles will be live and visible to the public on Tuesday, April 18.
  • General ISBA membership: Profiles will be live and visible to the public on Monday, May 15.
  • ISBA members who are judges or government attorneys: Beginning on Monday, May 15, members will be able to "opt-in" to the directory and create their profiles (see below for more information).

Steps to Take Before Your Profile Becomes Live

Prior to members' profiles being made live, the ISBA will upload their basic information (e.g., name, contact information) into the new directory. Before this happens, members should log into their ISBA account, verify that their information is accurate, and choose their profile visibility settings. To do this:

  1. Log into isba.org by clicking on "ISBA Member Login" in the upper-right-hand corner of your screen (if you're already logged in, click on "My Account" in the same location).
  2. Once on your account page, verify the accuracy of the information under the "Your Addresses" and "About You" sections. To update this information, click on the "Edit" button in the relevant section. Make sure to hit "Save" after updating any information.
  3. Select your profile's visibility setting by clicking on the "Edit" button in the section for "Online Public Directory Settings." You have the option to choose: (1) Directory Profile Viewable by Public; (2) Directory Profile Only Viewable by Other Lawyers; and (3) No Directory Profile. Make sure to hit "Save" after updating any information.
  4. If you would like the name that displays on your profile to appear differently than your legal name on file with the ISBA, enter it exactly as you would like it to appear in the "Display Name" field in the "Online Public Directory Settings" section. Make sure to hit "Save" after updating any information.

Steps to Take After Your Profile Becomes Live

  1. Log into isba.org by clicking on "ISBA Member Login" in the upper-right-hand corner of your screen (if you're already logged in, click on "My Account" in the same location).
  2. If you have not done so already, once you are on your account page, verify the accuracy of your account information and select your "Online Public Directory Settings" (see above for instructions).
  3. Click on the button to "View & Edit Your Directory Profile." This will take you to the "Edit Profile" page on the new directory.
  4. When you first access the directory, a profile wizard will launch and guide you through some basic settings. You will then be prompted to accept the directory's user agreement.
  5. On the directory's Edit Profile page, you should:
    1. Upload a profile photo by clicking on the camera icon on the top left.
    2. Add your biography (and other information) in the general section.
    3. Select and rank your practice areas.
    4. Review your settings. Please note that the settings to hide your email and business addresses and your phone number have been defaulted to "yes" (i.e., these addresses are hidden). In order to facilitate client connections, it is advised to change these settings to "No."
    5. Explore the additional ways to enhance your profile.
  6. View your profile by clicking on "Actions" in the navigation at the top of your screen and then selecting "View Profile."

ISBA Members Who Are Judges or Government Attorneys

To protect the privacy of members who are either judges or government attorneys, the ISBA has defaulted their profile visibility setting to "no public profile." If you are an ISBA member who is a judge or government attorney and you wish to have a profile in the new directory, please do the following:

  1. Log into by clicking on "ISBA Member Login" in the upper-right-hand corner of your screen (if you're already logged in, click on "My Account" in the same location).
  2. Once on your account page, click on the "Edit" button in the section titled "Online Public Directory Settings."
  3. Open the drop-down menu for "Public Profile View" and select either "Directory Profile Viewable by Public" or "Directory Profile Viewable by Other Lawyers."
  4. Click on the "Save" button.
  5. Follow all other steps detailed immediately above on this page under the heading "Steps to take After Your Profile Is Made Live."

Additional Resources

FAQs

How do I remove my profile from the directory?

  • Log into your isba account (see above), click on the "Edit" button in the section titled "Online Public Directory Settings," open the drop-down menu for "Public Profile View," select "No Directory Profile," and hit "Save." Your profile will then be removed from the directory within 20-30 minutes.