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2 "under 35" spots open for appointment to the ABA House of Delegates

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

At the December 14, 2013 meeting of the ISBA Assembly, two “under 35" delegates to the ABA House of Delegates will be elected, one from Cook County and one from the area outside Cook County. The nominees for these positions must be members of the ISBA in good standing from the appropriate area and under the age of 35 as of Aug. 12, 2014. The elected delegates will serve for two-year terms commencing June 2014 and will join the ISBA delegation at the ABA meeting in Boston in August 2014.

The current incumbents are Kelley Gandurski of Chicago, who is not eligible for re-election and Christina Cullom of Springfield, who is eligible for re-election.

Nominations must be made in writing by at least 20 ISBA members in good standing from the appropriate area. Nominations must be filed with the office of the Executive Director no later than Monday, Nov. 25, 2013. Further information and nominating petitions are available from the office of the Executive Director, Illinois State Bar Association, 424 S. Second Street, Springfield, IL 62701 or by contacting Kim Weaver at 800.252.8908 or kweaver@isba.org.

Consult ISBA Disaster Legal Services Manual in wake of Illinois storms

Posted on November 19, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

The ISBA Disaster Legal Services Manual is a great resource for Illinoisans and Illinois Lawyers in the wake of major storms like the one on Sunday. The ISBA hopes this manual can help out those Illinoisans in need.

Here are the main topics covered: Public Benefits in Illinois, Housing Issues, Consumer Protection Issues, Social Security and Banking Issues, Personal Finance and Bankruptcy Issues, Replacing Lost Documents, Employer/Employee Issues, Wills and Estates, Disaster Preparedness Checklist, Resource and Referral Guide, Local Resources.

The full manual is available at www.illinoislawyerfinder.com/sites/default/files/pamphlets/booklets/DisasterLegalServicesManual.pdf

Thomas P. Sullivan receives George N. Leighton Justice Award

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Thomas P. SullivanThe Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission honored Thomas P. Sullivan, a partner at the Chicago firm of Jenner & Block, as the 2013 recipient of the George N. Leighton Justice Award on Monday.

The award is given by the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission to honor Retired U.S. District Court Judge George N. Leighton. The award recognizes one who has given exceptional service to the legal community and exhibits the qualities that personified Judge Leighton's character, service and legal career.

"The George N. Leighton Justice Award is given to Thomas Sullivan in recognition of his distinguished service to the legal community in Illinois for more than 50 years," Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman said. "We congratulate him on receiving this most deserving award."

Illinois Labor Relations Board seeking attorneys to serve as appointed counsel

Posted on November 18, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Labor Relations Board is seeking attorneys interested in being appointed of Counsel for persons of limited means. When charging parties are unable to pay for adequate representation, the Board may appoint counsel to represent them in proceedings before the Board. Hearings are typically held in Springfield or Chicago. The Board maintains a list of attorneys from which a party may select a representative.

By rule, appointed counsel is compensated at the rate of $75 per hour plus costs, subject to a $5,000 maximum (which can be increased by Board order).

If you would like to be considered for appointment or if you have questions, please contact Deputy General Counsel Sarah Kerley at Sarah.R.Kerley@illinois.gov or (217) 785-4004.

The two requirements for the position are:

  • Be licensed in Illinois
  • Have experience in contested proceedings

Bar associations luncheon to honor Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman

Posted on November 15, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Justice Rita B. GarmanThe Illinois State Bar Association, The Appellate Lawyers Association, the Chicago Bar Association and the Women's Bar Association will host a luncheon honoring Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman on Dec. 11. The event will begin with a reception at 11:30 a.m. and a luncheon at noon at the Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago.

Tickets are $65 a person and $650 for a table of 10. Contact Tamra Drees at tdrees@chicagobar.org or (312) 554-2057.

Illinois Supreme Court opinion sets new standard for marital privilege

Posted on November 15, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Friday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the civil case In re Karavidas and the criminal case People v. Trzeciak.

CRIMINAL

People v. Trzeciak

By Kerry J. Bryson, Office of the State Appellate Defender

2 Minutes with the President: Paula H. Holderman interviews Family Law Chair Pam Kuzniar

Posted on November 15, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA President Paula H. Holderman speaks with Pam Kuzniar, chair of the ISBA's Family Law Section Council and its CLE coordinator. The ISBA Family Law Section has been hard at work on the complete review and overhaul of both the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act (House Bill 1452) and the Illinois Parentage Act. Watch the video to learn how these changes could impact your practice.

Someone steals your laptop - now what?

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Mark S. Mathewson

Mary Andreoni of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission has heard the question before. "What do I do if my laptop is stolen and there's confidential information on there -- the client's name, address, maybe their medical records, their financial records?'"

The answer is straightforward. "The lawyer has an obligation to notify those clients," Andreoni said. Find out more in the November Illinois Bar Journal.

Illinois Supreme Court statement on Cook County justice stakeholders meeting

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Supreme Court is appreciative of the attendance today of key stakeholders of Cook County and the Cook County justice system for substantive discussions on how we might all work together to enhance the administration of justice.

The Court also is grateful for the presence of Chief Judge Eric T. Washington of the Washington, D.C. Court of Appeals, and Tim Murray, executive director of the Pretrial Justice Institute, for helping to facilitate this morning's discussion. Finally, the Court thanks Retired Illinois Chief Justice Ben K. Miller and Retired U.S. District Court Judge David H. Coar for their attendance and for their willingness to ensure that all of us move forward toward a common goal.

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