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ISBA Launches New Search Engine on Website

Posted on December 12, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA has launched a new search engine that includes filters to help users more easily find resources and information online.

The main search now includes CLE programs, Illinois Lawyer Now posts, and YouTube videos. Users can filter search results by content type, practice area, year, and more.

Steven L. Blakely 1964-2018

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Steven L. Blakely, 53, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.  He was born to David and Marilyn Neet Blakely on Dec. 22, 1964. 

He married Kimberly Edwards in Zimbabwe, Africa, on July 7, 1998. They have three sons, Tom (17), John (15) and Henry (12).

Improvements Coming to University of Illinois College of Law Library Reading Room

Posted on December 4, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The University of Illinois College of Law Library Reading Room will be undergoing renovations beginning Dec. 26.

Sprinklers will be added and the ceiling and lights will be upgraded. University officials anticipate the project will be completed in late April or early May 2019.

ISBA Hosts Reception for New Legislators

Posted on November 27, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois State Bar Association hosted a reception for new legislators on November 26 at the Sangamo Club in Springfield. Pictured with ISBA Second Vice President Dennis Orsey are state Senator-elect Rachelle Aud Crowe and state Rep. Monica Bristow.  

Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program Installs Incoming President Justice Mary K. O’Brien

Posted on November 19, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) swore in the organization’s incoming president, Justice Mary K. O’Brien, during the LAP Annual Dinner on Nov. 1.

November 2018 Bar Admission Ceremony Highlights

Posted on November 9, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices welcomed 1,283 new attorneys to the legal profession on Nov. 8 during admissions ceremonies held at five different locations across the state. 

ISBA staff members were in attendance at all five ceremonies to welcome the state's newest attorneys to the profession, take photos, and talk about the benefits of ISBA membership, which is free for one year for new admittees. Member benefits can be activated by filling out the New Admittee Membership Form

All of those who were sworn in have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. They bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 98,000.

Over 1,200 New Illinois Lawyers to Be Admitted on Thursday

Posted on November 5, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

New attorneys will be admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, Nov. 8, with Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices presiding and administering the attorney's oath to 1,283 new attorneys at five separate locations across the state. 

All of the candidates set to be sworn in have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. They will bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 98,000.

The largest group, 1,051, will be admitted in the First Judicial District during two ceremonies at the Arie Crown Theater, located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, in Chicago. The ceremonies will be at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Illinois Supreme Court Justices Mary Jane Theis and P. Scott Neville, Jr., will preside over the morning ceremony.

United States Trustee Program Seeks Assistant United States Trustee

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The United States Trustee Program is accepting applications for an Assistant United States Trustee position.

Internal candidates who wish to be considered must have at least five years post-J.D. professional legal experience in interpreting, applying, and advocating on behalf of clients the provisions of the United States Bankruptcy Code, the Federal Rules of Bankruptcy Procedure and related laws, rules, and regulations that arise in bankruptcy cases.

Members of ISBA Board of Governors Attend Gala Celebrating Bicentennial of the Judicial Branch

Posted on October 12, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
(L-R) ISBA President Elect David Sosin, Illinois Appellate Justice Jesse Reyes, ISBA Third Vice President Anna Krolikowska, Eric Hanis, ISBA Second Vice President Dennis Orsey.

Several leaders from the Illinois State Bar Association’s Board of Governors attended the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission’s gala commemorating the bicentennial of the judicial branch on Oct. 9 at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield.

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