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CLE: 13th Annual Environmental Law Conference

Posted on February 18, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Don’t miss ISBA’s 13th Annual Illinois Environmental Law Conference in Chicago on March 6-7, 2014! Once again, this premier conference features annual updates on agency activities and priorities in Illinois and the Region presented by top representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and other state agencies.

Illinois Supreme Court approves cameras for Peoria County courts

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Remaining 10th Circuit counties will join in 60 days

The Illinois Supreme Court announced on Friday that news cameras and microphones will be allowed in trial courtrooms in Peoria County in the 10th Judicial Circuit. Peoria County becomes the 36th county in Illinois to participate in the pilot project allowing cameras in trial courtrooms.

Under Local Rule 15, the remaining four counties in the Circuit will also join the pilot project in 60 days, bringing the grand total of participating counties in Illinois to 40 and the total number of participating circuits to 14. The 10th Judicial Circuit consists of Marshall, Peoria, Putnam, Stark and Tazewell counties in central Illinois.

Young Lawyers host Professional Development Luncheon

Posted on February 14, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division hosted its third Professional Development Luncheon on Feb. 11 at the Chicago Regional Office. This luncheon, focused on alternative careers for attorneys, featured (from left) speakers Tarek Fadel of AdaptiGroup LLC, Michael Negron of the Chicago Mayor’s Office and Elizabeth Ellis Simek of the City of Chicago Law Department, ISBA President Paula H. Holderman, YLD Chair and ISBA Board member Jean Kenol, program organizer George Schoenbeck and program moderator Heather Pfeffer.

Three lawyers win a total of $3,500 in 2014 Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest

Posted on February 13, 2014 by Mark S. Mathewson

Angela J. Rollins of Benton, a law clerk to the Honorable J. Phil Gilbert of the Southern District Illinois, U.S. District Court, is the first place winner in the ISBA’s 2014 Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest. Angela received a cash award of $2,000, and her article, "Collateral Consequence Considerations for Illinois Practitioners after Padilla v. Kentucky," appears in the February Illinois Bar Journal. The contest is sponsored by the ISBA Young Lawyers Division and open to YLD members.
Second place winner is Richard J. VanSwol, of Purcell & Wardrope Chtd. in Chicago, who wrote "Playing with Fire: Limitations on Insurance Coverage for Expected or Intended Harm." Third place goes to Jill Ausdenmoore, a law clerk to Honorable Lisa Holder White of the Illinois Fourth District Appellate Court, Decatur, for "A Practitioner's Guide to Illinois' Speedy-Trial Statute." The second place winner gets $1,000 cash prize, and the third place winner received $500.

Twenty-three manuscripts were submitted in the 2014 contest. The contest judges were Justice John W. Turner, of the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District; Hon. Pamela E. Loza, supervising judge in the Paternity/Child Support Department of the Cook County Circuit Court Domestic Relations Division; Mary D. Cascinio, Senior Counsel at Handler Thayer, LLP in Chicago; Mark D. DeBofsky, with DeBofsky & Associates, P.C. in Chicago; and L. Dominic Kujawa, a sole practitioner in Belleville.

Look for an announcement about next year's contest in a few weeks.

Workplace Violence Protection Act lets employers seek orders of protection

Posted on February 13, 2014 by Mark S. Mathewson

Effective January 1, Illinois employers can seek orders of protection not unlike those available in the family-law setting, David Krchak writes in the most recent ISBA Labor and Employment Law newsletter. The Workplace Violence Prevention Act "extends to employers the right to petition the court for an order of protection similar in most ways to the order of protection provided in Article 3 of the Illinois Domestic Violence Act of 1986," he wrote. "The Act explains in simple terms when an employer may attain such an order of protection and how law enforcement is required to respond." Read his article and find out how it works.

Best Practice: Law firm business models - Alternatives to consider

Posted on February 12, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Asked and Answered

By John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

Q. Our litigation firm is located in Grand Rapids, Mich. and consists of 12 attorneys - eight partners and four associates. We started the firm six years ago as a result of several of us leaving larger law firms and wanting to start something new and different. We have been discussing our current approach to law practice and want to consider alternative business models. We would appreciate your thoughts.

Get your tickets for Lawyers Rock Legends on Feb. 27

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Bar Foundation will host the annual Lawyers Rock Legends on Thursday, Feb. 27. This evening of Rock, Motown, Jazz & Blues will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S. Wabash.

Proceeds from this event benefit the charitable programs of the IBF.

Tickets and sponsorship packages are now available!

Learn more and register at or by calling the Illinois Bar Foundation at 312.726.6072.

Special accommodations will be granted to those with disabilities, please call ahead.

CLE: Practical, Technological, Financial, and Ethical Tips for Running Your Own Practice

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Get the practical information you need to run your own law firm! Are you running your own law firm? Have you considered hanging out your shingle? Then don’t miss this comprehensive overview in Chicago on February 27th that covers the golden rules of running your own practice! Topics include: how to network and marketing yourself and your practice; understanding the financial aspects of running your law firm; recognizing the often overlooked issues when hanging out your shingle, including start-up costs, day-to-day expenses, and real estate concerns; how to properly collect money from clients and what to do with it after you have it; understanding the complexity of the client relationship, as well as the financial record-keeping process; how to use social media ethically to build your practice; and much more! For those unable to attend in Chicago, the program will also broadcast as a live webcast.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Young Lawyers Division and qualifies for 2.0 hours MCLE credit, including 2.0 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register for the CHICAGO program.

Click here for more information and to register for the LIVE WEBCAST.

2 Minutes with the President: Paula H. Holderman interviews Judge Mulroy about mandatory arbitration

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA President Paula H. Holderman interviews Cook County Judge Thomas Mulroy about the proposed mandatory arbitration program and the benefits it would have for both litigants and lawyers.

Illinois Lawyer Finder results for January 2014

Posted on February 10, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of January 2014, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

Here are the results for January 2014: