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File Your Nominating Petitions for ISBA Election by Tomorrow

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The deadline to submit nominating petitions for the ISBA election is tomorrow, Wednesday Jan. 31, at 4:30 p.m. at either the Illinois Bar Center, 424 South 2nd Street, in Springfield, or the ISBA Office at 20 S. Clark Street, 9th Floor, Chicago.

Members of the ISBA will elect a third vice president, six seats on the Board of Governors, and 22 seats on the Assembly in Cook County this spring.

Willenborg, Brasel, and Dinsmore Named Partners

Posted on January 22, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Ethan J. Willenborg, Jessica A. Brasel, and Mark W. Dinsmore II have been named partners of Knapp, Ohl & Green in Effingham.

Willenborg is a native of Effingham and attended law school at DePaul University School of Law in Chicago. His practice centers on defending employers in general civil liability claims with an emphasis on workers' compensation.

Jessica Brasel is from Sigel and graduated from St. Louis University School of Law. Her practice centers on defense of individuals and businesses in civil claims.

Hon. John P. Schmidt 1965-2017

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson
John Phillip Schmidt

John Phillip Schmidt was born on January 8, 1965, in Springfield, the son of Phillip H. and Susan Conavay Schmidt. He married Robin Lee DuRocher on October 5, 2001 in Springfield. 

ISBA Seeks Managing Editor

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) seeks a motivated professional to manage the production of the Illinois Bar Journal, the Association’s flagship publication. The Managing Editor will also oversee the production of ISBA section newsletters, the IBJ advertising program, and the Illinois Courts Bulletin. The Managing Editor position will preferably be based in the Springfield, Illinois headquarters of the ISBA, but candidates desiring to work in the ISBA’s Chicago Office are also invited to apply.

USAO Central District of Illinois Seeks Assistant U.S. Attorney

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The U.S. Attorneys Office Central District of Illinois seeks a criminal assistant U.S. attorney (AUSA) in Urbana to prosecute federal criminal cases in the district. Criminal AUSAs advise federal law enforcement agents on criminal investigations, present criminal cases to the grand jury, try criminal cases before the United States District Court, and may represent the United States in criminal appeals before the Circuit Court of Appeals.

Scully Joins Heller, Holmes & Associates, P.C.

Posted on January 3, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Conrad ScullyConrad Scully has joined the Mattoon law firm of Heller, Holmes & Associates, P.C. as an associate.

He graduated cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in May 2017. While in law school, Scully was a notes & comments editor for the Illinois Law Review and was also a peer adviser for incoming first year law students.

Prior to law school, Scully attended Purdue University, majoring in political science, and graduated with honors.

Scully will be concentrating in personal injury and wrongful death, worker’s compensation, and commercial litigation. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Coles-Cumberland Bar Association.

Mandatory E-Filing Deadline Extension Granted for Cook and Winnebago Counties

Posted on January 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Supreme Court of Illinois has extended the Jan. 1, 2018, deadline to implement mandatory e-filing for all civil cases for Cook and Winnebago Counties. The request for an extension by Greene County was denied. 

The Circuit Court of Cook County will have six more months to prepare for mandatory electronic filing, according to an Illinois Supreme Court order issued Friday, Dec. 22, 2017.  Through June 30, the county is allowed to continue permissive e-filing with a commitment to complete the full case management system integration by April 1. By May 1, Cook County must permit filings for all civil case types to be made on eFileIL. Read the order on the Illinois Courts website to see the full list of conditions.

This extension comes after a request early last month from Cook County Circuit Court Clerk Dorothy Brown to push back the start date a full year, stating that the county's vendor, Tyler Technologies, could not fully meet the deadline. The Circuit Clerk's office will work with Tyler to meet the extended deadline, including the testing of essential functionality.

Nominating Petitions Now Being Accepted for Upcoming ISBA Election

Posted on January 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

In the spring, members of the ISBA will elect a third vice president, six seats on the Board of Governors, and 22 seats on the Cook County Assembly.

One board seat is open in each of the following Areas: Cook County, Board Area 1 (circuit 18), Board Area 3 (Circuits 12, 13, 16, 21 and 23), Board Area 4 (circuits 10, 14, and 15), Board Area 6 (circuits 7, 8 and 9), and Board Area 8 (circuits 3 and 20).  

Nominating petitions are now being accepted and must be filed by 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 31 at either the Illinois Bar Center, 424 South 2nd Street, in Springfield, or the ISBA Office at 20 S. Clark Street, 9th Floor, Chicago.

Petitions must be physically submitted with original signatures. Petitions submitted via email or fax will not be accepted.

Candidates should submit their biography and photo online.

Questions regarding the filing of petitions should be directed to Kim Weaver, assistant to the executive director.

Find out more on the ISBA Elections page.
 

Temporary ISBA Service Interruption Scheduled on Dec. 29-30

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Sara Anderson

All ISBA systems will be down due to electrical work beginning Friday, Dec. 29 at 8 a.m. until Saturday, Dec. 30 at 12 p.m. (noon). During this time the ISBA website will not be available. As a result you will also not be able to log into Fastcase, online CLE, and ISBA Central. Here is what you need to know and steps you can take to ensure continued service.

Online CLE

You will not be able to access online CLE at all during the outage. If you need to complete CLE credit before the end of the year, we strongly urge you to plan to finalize that before the outage. 

ISBA Central Communities and Discussion Groups

Discussion groups will still be available via email, but you will not be able to log into ISBA Central. (Note: if you are already logged into the ISBA website, you may be able to access ISBA Central by going to it directly at http://central.isba.org).

Fastcase

For members who need to access Fastcase during this time, please follow the instructions below.

Charles S. Watson 1956-2017

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Charles WatsonCharles S. Watson, 61, of Springfield, died on November 15, 2017.

Charles was born September 27, 1956, in Peoria, the son of Judge James R. and Caroline Shinkle Watson. He married Sarah Seiler on July 28, 1979 in Pana, IL.

Charles earned his bachelor's degree in Economics from the University of Illinois in Champaign in 1980, and was a member of the Sigma Alpha Epsilon fraternity. He then went on to earn his J.D. from Drake University Law School in Des Moines, IA in 1983. After moving to Springfield, Charles joined the Office of the Attorney General as an attorney and finished his career in private practice. He was a member of First Presbyterian Church, Sangamon County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and American Bar Association. Charles also was president of the Sojourn Shelter and Services Board and was a board member and past president of the board for Springfield Center for Independent Living from 2016–2017. He loved cooking, photography, and anything about Abraham Lincoln.

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