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Nominating Petitions Now Being Accepted for Upcoming ISBA Election

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

In the spring, members of the ISBA will elect a third vice president, 11 seats on the Board of Governors, 45 seats on the Assembly in Cook County, and 88 seats on the Assembly outside Cook County.

One board seat is open in each of the following Areas: Area 2 (Circuits 17, 19 and 22), Area 4 (circuits 10, 14, and 15), Area 5 (Circuits 5, 6 and 11), Area 7 (Circuits 1, 2 and 4), Under Age 37 in Cook County, and Under Age 37 outside Cook County. Additionally, five seats are open in Cook County.

Howard & Howard Expands Peoria Office

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC has announced that Noah A. Menold has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm’s Peoria office.

Menold focuses his practice on commercial ligation. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, he concentrated his practice on health care and medical malpractice defense.

Charles H. Wilhelm 1935-2018

Posted on December 18, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Charles H. Wilhelm, 83, of Lewistown, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at his home.

He was born Jan. 27, 1935, at Dunfermline, the son of William D. and Kathryn (Jenkins) Wilhelm. He married Connie Grzanich on Sept. 15, 1962, in Bryant. She survives along with three sons, Thomas Wilhelm of Canton, Charles Wilhelm of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Bill Wilhelm of Lewistown; five grandchildren, Ryan, Alana, Jesse, John and Jacqueline; and three great grandchildren, Lindsey, Rory and Jayce. He was preceded in death by his parents.

ISBA Offices Closing for Holidays

Posted on December 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holidays beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. They will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. During this time, members can expect the following:

  • E-Clips will not be delivered for the duration of this period.
  • Illinois Lawyer Now will not be delivered on Thursday, Dec. 27.

All business and e-newsletter distribution will resume as usual on Jan. 2, 2019.

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.

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