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Assembly approves judicial recusal rule, supports same-sex marriage, medical marijuana bills

Posted on December 17, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride discusses e-filing during Saturday's Assembly meeting.The ISBA Assembly on Saturday adopted a proposed rule governing recusal of judges in cases in which a party has made a campaign contribution to the judge. The Assembly meeting capped off the annual Midyear Meeting held at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

The ISBA will recommend the proposed rule to the Illinois Supreme Court as an amendment to the Illinois Code of Judicial Conduct. The proposed rule provides that a judge shall disqualify himself or herself when, after considering all relevant circumstances, there exists a probability of bias. Relevant circumstances include items such as the amount of campaign support, both monetary and non-monetary, and the timing and impact of the support.

The Assembly also voted to support the Religious Freedom and Marriage Fairness Act pending in the Illinois state Legislature. The bill provides same-sex and different-sex couples and their children equal access to the status, benefits, protections, rights, and responsibilities of civil marriage.

The Assembly also endorsed Illinois legislation that would allow patients who suffer from a debilitating medical condition to use and possess small amounts of marijuana if certified to do so by their regular physician.

Assembly agenda available for download

Posted on December 6, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

The Agenda for the December 15, 2012 Assembly meeting is available. The Assembly meeting will begin at 9 a.m. at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, Chicago Ballroom 10.

ISBA Assembly gets update from Chief Justice Kilbride, approves legislative package

Posted on December 12, 2011 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association's Assembly met on Saturday at the conclusion of the Midyear Meeting at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers Chicago.

Highlighting the meeting was an e-business update from Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride. Justice Kilbride noted that the court is developing e-filing standards to be in place throughout the state. This would allow different vendors to have a framework to work with from county to county. He expects e-filing to be open across the state voluntarily by April 3, 2012.

The Assembly also approved the ISBA legislative package for 2012.

ISBA Assembly votes to support limited scope representations

Posted on June 21, 2011 by Chris Bonjean
The ISBA Assembly voted to establish two at-large Board of Governors to be filled by ISBA Vice Presidential appointment to reflect under-represented segments of the ISBA in its governance. Jessica Arong O’Brien (left), a lawyer in the Chicago office of the Illinois Department of Revenue, and Vincent F. Cornelius, a criminal defense attorney in Wheaton, were selected to fill the seats.
Also establishes 2 at-large Board seats to reflect under-represented segments of the Illinois Bar The 201-member Assembly of the Illinois State Bar Association voted at its Annual Meeting on Saturday morning to approve recommendations by an ISBA task force that supports the ability of lawyers to engage in limited scope recommendations that it believes will benefit lawyers and consumers. Working with the Illinois Judges Association and the Chicago Bar Association, the ISBA prepared a report on behalf of the Joint Task Force on Limited Scope Representation that would, among other things, establish a “Limited Appearance” form and other procedures that specifically identify a lawyer’s participation in a matter in which a litigant represents himself or herself in court. The report, which is the culmination of an 11-month process, will be presented to the Illinois Supreme Court.