Two Great ISBA Member Benefits Sponsored by
ISBA Mutual Lawyers Malpractice Insurance
view counter
A Value of $1,344, Included with Membership
Free CLE
view counter
Fastcase
view counter

Chicago Area

Rock Out for Justice on March 8

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Mark your calendars for Thursday, March 8, to join the Illinois Bar Foundation at the hottest show around. Lawyer-led bands will be rocking out for justice at Illinois Lawyers Rock, a fundraiser event that raises money to ensure access to justice to support juvenile justice initiatives through the Foundation's M. Denny Hassakis Fund. Doors at Lincoln Hall in Chicago open at 5:30 p.m. and the show starts at 6:00 p.m.

Visit the Illinois Bar Foundation website for tickets and sponsorship opportunities. 

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.

Bedwell and Stella are Elevated to Partner at MKFM Law Firm

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Stella and Bedwell

Joshua D. Bedwell and Lindsay C. Stella have become partners at Stella Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC. Both attorneys practice primarily family law for the Wheaton  law firm.

Attorney Joshua Bedwell joined MKFM in January 2012. He earned his juris doctor from the John Marshall Law School in 2010 and worked as an assistant corporation counsel for the city of Chicago.

Boyle, Feinberg, and Sharma Form New Law Firm

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Chicago divorce and family law attorneys Janet Boyle and Joy Feinberg, founders of Boyle Feinberg P.C., joined forces with Chicago attorney Molshree “Molly” Sharma to form the new firm, Boyle Feinberg Sharma. Sharma was most recently a partner at Mandel, Lipton, Roseborough and Sharma, LTD in Chicago.

CLE: Business Divorce - Marital and Non-Marital Business Owner Separations

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Any lawyer or company advisor (with intermediate practice experience) who is involved in organizing entities, managing marital disputes where business interests are at issue, or negotiating/litigating non-marital separations and planned/unplanned changes of entity control won’t want to miss this half-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on January 18, 2018 that gives you the tools you need to handle business owner separation cases. Topics include: the standard clauses of mutual protection and planned or compelled owner exit; alternative dispute resolution options; recapitalization or internal case availability and valuation issues associated with same; the fragility of business enterprises; the difference between going concern valuation and distress sale asset disposition; asset concealment, cash demands, interpersonal disputes, and other issues likely to occur in marital and non-marital arguments among business owners; and the Illinois Rules of Professional Responsibility regarding client identification issues.

Koplan Nwabuoku Joins Chuhak & Tecson

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Koplan Nwabuoku

Koplan Nwabuoku has joined Chuhak & Tecson's litigation practice group as an associate with a focus on complex commercial litigation. Koplan brings to the firm experience in an array of litigation matters including contract disputes, defending officers and directors in dissociative litigation, employment torts, and disputes over restrictive covenants.

George W. Brannen

Posted on January 3, 2018 by Sara Anderson

George W. Brannen passed away December 1, 2017. He is survived by his wife, Patricia; his two stepsons, Christopher Renner and Douglas Renner. He was a loving husband and caring stepfather. George was raised in Geneva, IL, where he attended Elgin Academy and went on to graduate from Dartmouth College and Duke University Law School. After graduating from Duke, George practiced law in the Chicago area and became a well-respected trial lawyer where he handled many complicated cases in Kane, DuPage, and Cook counties. George was a tireless working and transferred that ethic to his personal life. His energy and zest for life is one of inspiration that he shared with his family and friends. George loved traveling with the family, sports, reading and fun times with everyone, including strangers. George will always be remembered for his perseverance and will to live. He beat the odds with multiple health issues dating back to his battle with stage 4 cancer when he was 23. We feel so blessed that George had the strength and courage to fight through these ailments to share his life with us. He was truly a unique and remarkable person and will be missed, remembered and loved forever.

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.
 

ISBA Offices Closing for Holidays

Posted on December 21, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holidays beginning tomorrow, Friday, Dec. 22. They will reopen on Jan. 2, 2018. During this time, members can expect the following:

All business and e-newsletter distribution will resume as usual on Jan. 2, 2018.

On behalf of everyone at the ISBA, we wish you a happy holiday season and best wishes in the new year. 

Pages