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ISBA 2nd Vice President McCluskey featured on WLS 890 AM

Posted on November 1, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

James F. McCluskeyIllinois State Bar Association 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey was a guest on Stephanie Trussell's show on WLS 890 AM on October 30, 2016 to discuss using judicial evaluations to become informed on judicial candidates prior to the November 8 election. 

Find 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey's interview with Stephanie Trussell here.

Find the judicial evaluations here.


Spotlight on pro bono: Legal Answers

Posted on November 1, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

By Teri Ross, Program Director / Attorney, Illinois Legal Aid Online

Every year, tens of thousands of people in Illinois are forced to resolve their legal issues unassisted. On the one hand, they are unable to afford private legal counsel; on the other hand, they are unable to get help from the overburdened, underfunded legal aid system.

Pro bono is an important solution to this problem. October was national pro bono month, focused on recognizing the impactful contributions of pro bono attorneys and engaging more attorneys to help. Although there are more than 90,000 attorneys registered in Illinois, studies show that 60% or more of lower-income Illinoisans are forced to resolve their legal problems alone. Why the gap? Pro bono opportunities are limited by when, where, what and how they operate:

The Honorable Lloyd A. Karmeier installed as Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court

Posted on November 1, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Honorable Lloyd A. KarmeierThe Honorable Lloyd A. Karmeier was installed Monday as Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court in a ceremony at the Supreme Court Building in Springfield.

Justice Rita B. Garman administered the oath of office. Speakers included Supreme Court Justices Anne M. Burke, Robert R. Thomas and retired Justice Philip J. Rarick.

Chief Justice Karmeier's brother, Del Karmeier, gave the invocation and the Karmeier grandchildren led the pledge of allegiance.

Chief Justice Karmeier, of Nashville, Illinois, is this State’s 120th Chief Justice and the second person from Washington County to hold that office. Justice Byron O. House, for whom Chief Justice Karmeier served as a law clerk, was the first.

IBF to honor Ann Hatch and Patrick Fitzgerald at Fellows Breakfast on Dec. 9

Posted on October 31, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Patrick FitzgeraldAnn HatchIllinois Bar Foundation 2016 Fellows Breakfast

Friday, December 9, 2016 – 7:30-9:00 a.m.

Join the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation in honoring Ann Hatch (Herzog Crebs LLP), a Diamond Fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation, with the 2016 Distinguished Service to Law & Society Award, and former United States Attorney for the Northern District of Illinois Patrick Fitzgerald (Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP) with the 2016 Honorary Fellow Award.

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Posted on October 31, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

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IBF Gala remarks by Illinois Bar Foundation President Elizabeth Kaveny

Posted on October 28, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Elizabeth KavenyThe following is a transcript from a speech given by Elizabeth Kaveny, President of the Illinois Bar Foundation, during their 18th Annual Gala on October 14, 2016 at the Four Seasons in Chicago.

Good Evening. For those of you that I have not had the chance to meet yet this evening, my name is Elizabeth Kaveny. It is really my honor and fortune to serve as the President of the Board of the Illinois Bar Foundation this year and to welcome all of you to this year’s Gala. What a beautiful night it is.

In 1972, a young man was buried in an unmarked grave in Missouri. His own attorney later added a tombstone which read simply:

“Each era finds an improvement in the law for the benefit of mankind.”

Illinois Supreme Court appoints Marion attorney to fill resident circuit judge vacancy in 1st Judicial Circuit

Posted on October 27, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

John W. SandersChief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced the appointment of Marion attorney John W. Sanders as the Resident Circuit Judge of Williamson County in the First Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Sanders was appointed Thursday to fill the vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of resident Circuit Judge Carolyn Smoot, effective November 30, 2016.

The appointment of Mr. Sanders takes effect on December 1, 2016, and will conclude on December 3, 2018, when the vacancy will be filled by the winner of the November 2018 general election.

"I'm honored that Chief Justice Karmeier and the Supreme Court have the confidence in me to serve as a Circuit Judge," Sanders said. "I've had the pleasure to represent clients throughout Southern Illinois for the past 28 years. I now look forward to working with the other judges to serve the people of Williamson County and the First Judicial Circuit."

CLE: Motion Practice from Pretrial through Post Trial - Fall 2016

Posted on October 27, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Back by popular demand! Lawsuits are often lost or won based on motion practice…so don’t miss this seminar November 11, 2016 that reviews motion practice from the initial filing of the lawsuit through post-trial motions. Attorneys involved in litigation and trial practice with intermediate to advanced levels of experience who attend this seminar will better understand: how to file a motion for change of venue and forum non conveniens; motions to dismiss and summary judgment motions; motions to obtain and preserve evidence, including electronic data; the strategic use of motions in limine before the trial; the requirements for requesting/defending temporary restraining orders and injunctive relief; the post-trial motions appellate issues that counsel wishes you knew; and the recent ethical issues that have confronted the legal profession. The program is available onsite in Chicago or via live webcast.

Quick Takes for Your Practice: The top 5 leading causes of wrongful convictions

Posted on October 27, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Attorney Lauren Kaeseberg from the Illinois Innocence Project discusses the top 5 leading causes of wrongful convictions.