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Breaking legal news for Monday, October 12

Posted on October 12, 2009 by Chris Bonjean

Chicago area

Southern Illinois

This post is updated with breaking news throughout the day.

IBF Awards $10,000 Grant to Life Span in Des Plaines

Posted on October 12, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
IBF Grants Committee Member Sharon Eiseman of Chicago presents a $10,000 grant to Sandy Blake of Life Span.
IBF Grants Committee Member Sharon Eiseman of Chicago presents a $10,000 grant to Sandy Blake of Life Span.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $10,000 grant to Life Span's Center for Legal Services in Des Plaines, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,965. Life Span provides legal services to victims of domestic violence in Chicago and the north and northwest suburbs. The $10,000 grant was made to support the salary of an attorney in the Des Plaines office, providing legal services to victims of domestic violence in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago. The attorney provides representation to clients in both the Rolling Meadows (District 3) and Skokie (District 2) Courthouses. The Des Plaines office currently turns away 40 percent of the victims of domestic violence who reach out for services, because, although they fit in the guidelines, they do not have enough attorneys to take the cases. ISBA member Sandy Blake is the attorney in the Des Plaines office.

2 finalists named for Associate Judge vacancy

Posted on October 7, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Chief Circuit Judge Stephen J. Culliton has announced two finalists for the Office of Associate Judge in the 18th Circuit Court. The finalists are seeking to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Judge Mark W. Dwyer. The circuit judges will select one of the following appointees by secret ballot.
  • Brenda M. Carroll, J.D.-Chicago Kent College of Law, 1986. Ms. Carroll currently serves of the Director of the DuPage County Bar Association Legal Aid Service.
  • Robert A. Miller, J.D.-Drake University School of Law, 1987. Mr. Miller is currently the Chief Public Defender for DuPage County.

Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law wins national award

Posted on October 6, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Michele M. Jochner, Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, accepts the Fraternity's 2009 "Outstanding Alumni Chapter" award on behalf of the Chicago Chapter from Rhonda Hill, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International Justice.
Michele M. Jochner (right), accepts the award from Rhonda Hill, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International Justice.
The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, was recently selected as the Fraternity's "Outstanding Alumni Chapter" for 2009. In order for an alumni chapter to receive this prestigious honor, it must exhibit extraordinary accomplishments in carrying out the Fraternity's mission of service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. In earning this recognition, the Chicago Alumni Chapter bested all other alumni chapters across the country. Michele M. Jochner, Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, accepted the award on behalf of the Chicago Chapter during Phi Alpha Delta's District XI Conference.

E. Lynn Grayson wins WBAI's "Women with Vision" award

Posted on October 2, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
ISBA member E. Lynn Grayson will be presented with a "Women with Vision" award by the Women's Bar Association of Illinois at the 68th Annual Join Professional Reception on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Hotel Allegro. The event starts at 5 p.m. Grayson was nominated by the ISBA's Women & the Law Committee. Click here to view her bio. Individual tickets for the reception and award presentation are $85 for current members, $100 for non-members and $125 at the door. Contact Eriana Spencer Echols at (312) 341-8530 or e-mail wbai@wbaillinois.org.

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