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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. 

Temporary ISBA Service Interruption Scheduled on Dec. 29-30

Posted on December 20, 2017 by Sara Anderson

All ISBA systems will be down due to electrical work beginning Friday, Dec. 29 at 8 a.m. until Saturday, Dec. 30 at 12 p.m. (noon). During this time the ISBA website will not be available. As a result you will also not be able to log into Fastcase, online CLE, and ISBA Central. Here is what you need to know and steps you can take to ensure continued service.

Online CLE

You will not be able to access online CLE at all during the outage. If you need to complete CLE credit before the end of the year, we strongly urge you to plan to finalize that before the outage. 

ISBA Central Communities and Discussion Groups

Discussion groups will still be available via email, but you will not be able to log into ISBA Central. (Note: if you are already logged into the ISBA website, you may be able to access ISBA Central by going to it directly at http://central.isba.org).

Fastcase

For members who need to access Fastcase during this time, please follow the instructions below.

Norbert L. Gold 1924-2017

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Norbert L. GoldNorbert L. Gold, age 93, of Winnetka died peacefully at Evanston Hospital surrounded by his loving family. A diabetic for 77 years, he was diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes at the age of 16. His doctors did not think he would live past the age of 30, but he mastered his health by watching his diet and taking his insulin as directed. His health was a challenge in his later years, but he was grateful to the Winnetka Paramedics for always saving his life. In 2004, Eli Lilly honored him with a special recognition for being a diabetic for over 70 years on insulin therapy. 

He graduated from Northwestern University, majoring in English & History, and then received his law degree from John Marshall Law School. He had a long and successful career as an attorney and a real estate appraiser. He worked as an attorney for the Illinois Highway Dept., purchasing farmland for the construction of Highway I-55. He then joined Litton Industries as an attorney and director where he purchased and sold over 100 properties in the Midwest area. While practicing law, he established his own real estate appraisal and brokerage firm where he appraised over 20,000 properties in Chicago, Wisconsin, Minnesota, Indiana, Ohio, L.A., and for many banks in the Chicagoland area. He served as an expert witness on property values in Lake and Cook County Courts and Federal Bankruptcy Courts. 
   

Hartigan Receives Light of Truth Award from Decalogue Society of Lawyers

Posted on December 18, 2017 by Sara Anderson

President Russell W. Hartigan received the Light of Truth Award from the Decalogue Society of Lawyers on Thursday, Dec. 14, at the organization's annual Chanukah party in Chicago. In accepting his award, Hartigan lit a candle and provided remarks. The award was presented by the Decalogue Society of Lawyers President Mitchell Goldberg.

Other award recipients include Hon. Kim Foxx, Cook County state's attorney; Hon. Tommy Brewer, Sixth Municipal District judge; and Rabbi Andrea London, Beth Emet Synaogue.

The Decalogue Society of Lawyers is an association of attorneys of the Jewish faith. It has supported Jewish lawyers and the legal community in Chicago and throughout Illinois for over 80 years. 

Chadd Appointed State Appellate Defender

Posted on December 15, 2017 by Sara Anderson

James E. Chadd was appointed to the Office of the State Appellate Defender by the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday, Dec. 14. Chadd's four-year term as state appellate defender will begin Jan. 1, 2018. He succeeds Michael Pelletier, who was appointed in 2007 and will be retiring at the end of the year.

Chadd has worked for the Office of the State Appellate Defender for over 33 years, where he has been deputy state appellate defender for four years. In this role, he was responsible for monitoring the legal work of the agency and reviewing agency briefs filed in the Illinois Supreme Court.

He was selected by a screening committee, which was appointed by the supreme court in September and was directed to make a public announcement of the vacancy and invite applications.

Chadd first started with the Office of the State Appellate Defender in 1984, as an assistant defender in the Supreme Court Unit in 1984. In 1989, he moved to the First District Office and in 1995 served as team leader in addition to his assistant defender duties. He became supervisor for the First District Office in 2002 and served as assistant deputy defender before becoming deputy state appellate defender.

He earned his B.A. at the University of Oregon and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. 

YLD Speed Networking and Wine Tasting

Posted on December 14, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mark your calendars for Feb. 9, when the ISBA Young Lawyers Division will host its annual speed networking event followed by a wine tasting in Chicago. 

Starting at 3:30, speed networking participants will meet and greet other lawyers and legal professionals to build professional and social networks in an event that combines concepts from speed dating and business networking. Refreshments will be served. 

At 5:30, attendees can then move downstairs to the ISBA Mutual Office to enjoy an evening of tasting a variety of wines and cheese. This events proceeds will benefit the YLD Children’s Assistance Fund.

Registration for both events is now open and we hope to see you there! Register now for speed networking and wine tasting

Illinois Supreme Court Rule Amended to Allow Good Cause E-Filing Exemption for Self-Represented Litigants

Posted on December 13, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Illinois Supreme Court Rule 9(c)(4) was amended to allow a good cause exemption to e-filing for self-represented litigants (SRL). The rule change is effective immediately for proceedings in the supreme court and appellate courts. For proceedings in the circuit courts, the amended rule is effective on Jan. 1, 2018.

The amended rule defines the good cause exemption, which must be shown by certification and filed with the court before or with an initial pleading, that exempts SRLs from the e-filing requirement. It also specifies the procedures that must be followed to properly obtain the exemption.

The rule change comes less than three weeks before electronic filing in civil cases will be mandatory across Illinois, and reflects the Illinois Supreme Court's commitment to ensuring access to justice for everyone, including vulnerable SRLs.

Under the amended rule, good cause exists where a self-represented litigant is not able to e-file documents for the following reasons:

  • No computer or Internet access in the home and travel represents a hardship 
  • A disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, that prevents e-filing
  • A language barrier or low literacy (difficulty reading, writing, or speaking in English)
  • If the pleading is of a sensitive nature, such as a petition for an order of protection or civil no contact/stalking order

Judges retain discretion to determine whether good cause is shown, or if, under particular circumstances, good cause exists without the filing of a certificate.

ISBA Offices to Close During Holidays

Posted on December 13, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holidays beginning 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. 

2017 Midyear Meeting Highlights

Posted on December 12, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The 2017 Midyear Meeting was held last week, Dec. 7-9, 2017, at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago. Attendees celebrated the profession, discussed issues of mutual interest to the bench and bar, attended business meetings, earned CLE credit, and expanded their social and professional networks at receptions and dinners. During section meetings and at the Assembly meeting, various members of the ISBA community were recognized with awards. 

The photo galleries containing highlights from this year's Midyear Meeting are now available and listed below:

Opening Ceremony

YLD 20th Annual Holiday Party

ISBA/IJA Joint Meeting Luncheon

Law School Alumni Receptions

Diversity Leadership Council "Count Me In" Reception

Illinois Supreme Court Cocktail Reception

Illinois Supreme Court Dinner

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