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CLE: Identifying Intellectual Property Issues in Start-ups – Live Webcast!

Posted on May 12, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Do you work with start-up companies and need a basic understanding of the various intellectual property issues that can arise? Then don’t miss this online seminar on May 27th that will help you: understand the trademark and copyright problems your client may encounter with branding; learn how to protect your client’s branding once established; familiarize your practice with patents, including what they protect, timing, and strategies to prevent inadvertent loss of patent rights before filing the application; understand trade secrets and the importance of non-disclosure and confidentiality agreements; recognize intellectual property issues relating to technology, including open source code and the cloud; establish a proactive approach toward intellectual property ownership between cofounders, employees, and vendors; understand business names, domain names, promotional issues, and website content concerns.

The program qualifies for 1.5 hours MCLE credit and is presented by the ISBA Business Advice and Financial Planning Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Intellectual Property Section.

Click here for more information and to register.

Illinois Courts Commission removes Cynthia Brim from bench

Posted on May 9, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Court Commission removed Cook County Circuit Judge Cynthia Brim from the bench on Friday,

Brim was accused of shoving a sheriff's deputy in 2012. She was charged with battery, but was found not guilty by reason of insanity.

She was diagnosed with schizoaffective disorder, a bipolar type, and was hospitalized several times between 1993 and 2012.

Read the full order at courts commission - brim .pdf.

New Lawyers Task Force hosts Speed Networking Event for law students

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The ISBA Task Force on New Lawyers hosted a Speed Networking Event on May 1 at the Chicago Office. The event borrowed from the concepts of speed dating to facilitate short, focused conversations between law students and distinguished ISBA members. Over 40 law students attended the program, which featured 10 breakout sessions of 7.5 minutes each. Topics included interviewing tips, courtroom tips, benefits of ISBA membership and judicial clerkships.

"Many students, like myself, truly rely on those types of conversations and interactions with experienced attorneys to help find our place within the legal community," said Tim Meloy, a student at The John Marshall Law School. "I look forward to becoming more involved as The John Marshall Law School's ISBA student representative, then recruiting many classmates to do the same."

The Task Force on New Lawyers, which was created by ISBA President Paula H. Holderman to identify and implement recommendations to attract and maintain new lawyer membership in the ISBA, is chaired by Marron Mahoney and Brian Monico.

A photo gallery from the speed networking event is available at

ISBA Statehouse Review for the week of May 8, 2014

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington reviews legislation in Springfield of interest to ISBA members. In this episode he covers Marriage rewrite (House Bill 1452), Disabled adults (Senate Bill 1051), UM/UIM arbitration (House Bill 5575), Sale of distressed condominium units (Senate Bill 2664), Eavesdropping, Workers' Compensation Act (Senate Bill 3287)  and Statutes of limitation (House Bill 5512). More information on each bill is available below.

Burch appointed Circuit Judge for Calhoun County

Posted on May 8, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Charles Henry Wittmond Burch to be a Resident Circuit Judge of Calhoun County. This appointment fills the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Richard D. Greenlief. It is effective July 7, 2014 and terminates on Dec. 1, 2014.

Why judges should embrace limited scope representation

Posted on May 7, 2014 by Mark S. Mathewson

Representing a litigant in only one issue or task in a lawsuit – aka "limited scope representation" or "unbundling" – is an important new, often lower-cost service lawyers can offer prospective clients. But it will only truly take hold if judges help make it work.

Illinois appellate Justice Michael B. Hyman makes the case for unbundling to his fellow judges in the latest issue of ISBA's Bench and Bar newsletter. "Without a doubt, the ability to automatically withdraw from a limited scope appearance is the question of singular importance to lawyers who might offer limited scope services," Hyman writes. "Judges who want to see the litigants in their courtrooms benefit from limited assistance need to understand and respect the boundaries established by the rules and limited scope representation agreements." Read his article.