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Congratulations to the ISBA Midyear Meeting Prize Winners

Posted on December 8, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Congratulations to the following prize winners at the ISBA Midyear Meeting:

  • $50 Amazon Gift Card - Daniel Kegan
  • 3 months of service ($1,287 value) - Sarah Taylor
  • $100 Visa Gift Card - Laura Kern
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card - Margaret A. Bennett
  • TENS unit - Melissa Greathouse
  • Bottle of champagne in a wine cooler bottle holder - Haskell M. Pitluck
  • $50 gift card - Bridget L. Schott
  • $25 Starbucks gift card - Alice Sackett
  • Amazon Echo Dot - Jan Strzalka
  • $100 Amex Gift Card - Roza Gossop
  • Amazon Echo - Melissa Olivers
  • $100 Amex Gift Card - Donald Shriver
  • $100 Amex Gift Card - John Voorn
  • Microsoft Home - Andy Scheifer
  • Student Microsoft Office 365 - Kim Dugan
  • Spa gift certificate - Bernard Peter
  • Amazon Echo show - Joan Amuda
  • IBF tickets to Illinois Lawyers Rock - Douglas Olivers

Winners can pick up their prizes at the registration desk on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.

CLE: How To Handle A Construction Case Mediation

Posted on December 6, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Don’t miss this full-day mock demonstration based on an actual multi-party construction case mediation! Watch and listen as seasoned lawyers demonstrate a construction case from the pre-mediation stage to the settlement agreement and learn which methods and techniques are most useful in a construction mediation case. Attorneys with basic or intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar on January 12, 2018 – either in Chicago or via Live Webcast – will better understand: the procedures, methods, and techniques common to all mediations; the unique problems and issues in a construction case mediation; the issues that you need to be prepared to deal with during the pre-mediation conference; how to handle the pre-mediation position paper; the issues that you should expect to arise in a group opening session; how the parties should interact during the breakout session for an effective mediation; how to deal with the Settlement Agreement in concluding the mediation; how to manage the ethical issues that can arise during the confidential process of mediation; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Construction Law Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. It qualifies for 7.25 hours MCLE credit, including 7.25 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Get more information and register on our CLE page.

Robert E. Ulbricht 1930-2017

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Robert E. UlbrichtRobert E. "Bob" Ulbricht, born December 1, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois passed away on November 8, 2017. Son of the late Emil Albert and Vivian June (Knight) Ulbricht. Beloved husband of the late Betty Anne Ulbricht. Loving father of Christine Anne Ulbricht.

Robert earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois in 1952, an M.A. from the University of Illinois in 1953, and a distinguished J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1958 where he graduated second in his class. After college, Bob served with the United States Army from 1953-1955. He then began his illustrious career starting with research attorney for the American Bar Foundation, Chicago, 1957-1959. Served as assistant trust counsel for Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust Company, 1959-1960. Became an associate at the law firm Cummings and Wyman, 1960-1968. Was general counsel and secretary senior vice president for Bell Federal Savings & Loan Association (becoming Bell bank corporation, Inc.) and general counsel, secretary senior vice president until his retirement in 1996. Bob loved to travel, whether it was with his family or work. He enjoyed tennis, skiing and book club. Robert proudly sat on several organizational boards including the board of editors for the Chicago Bar Record, 1970-1973, board of directors for the Glen Ellyn (Illinois) Public Library, 1979-1985, also board president, 1983-1984. Robert was a former member of the American Bar Association, Glen Ellyn Tennis Club, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and the Glen Oak Country. 

Four ISBA Lawyers Named to Super Lawyers

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Four of Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur P.C.'s partners made the list of Illinois' top attorneys, as evaluated by Super Lawyers, a national ratings service for the legal profession. Receiving this distinguished honor are attorneys Patrick Kinnally, Patrick Flaherty, Paul Krentz and Mark Masur. Selection to this list signifies that the attorneys named have been rated by their peers as among the top five percent of all Illinois lawyers in their respective fields.

CLE: Vulnerable Students: A Review of Student Rights

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Learn how you can help protect the rights of vulnerable students with this half-day seminar in Chicago on Thursday, December 14, 2017! Gain a better understanding of the issues associated with vulnerable students and how to address student rights in the educational and litigation settings. Attorneys representing juveniles, school districts, and families of students with basic practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: how vulnerable students should be treated within school settings; the unique circumstances surrounding transgender students; how undocumented students can gain access to higher education; the legal issues associated with special education students; how to ensure stability for students in foster care; how “homelessness” is defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); knowing who you represent when your client is a student; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Education Law Section. It qualifies for 3.25 hours MCLE credit, including 0.50 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Read more about the program and register on the ISBA CLE page.

ISBA Members Designated Super Lawyers

Posted on November 29, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Emily A. Schupe and Timothy D. ElliottTwo ISBA members with Rathje & Woodward, LLC have been recognized as Super Lawyers for 2017. Super Lawyers is a lawyer rating service that names “Super Lawyers” and “Rising Stars” annually, based on peer evaluations and independent research. Among all the attorneys that are considered each year, only five percent are designated Super Lawyers, and only 2.5 percent are designated Rising Stars. 

Attorney Timothy D. Elliott was selected as a Super Lawyer for the fifth-consecutive year. Based out of Rathje & Woodward’s Wheaton, Illinois, office, Elliott focuses on general litigation and appellate law. He has worked at Rathje & Woodward since 2005 and was named one of Super Lawyer’s Rising Stars from 2008 to 2011. 
Attorney Emily A. Shupe was named a Rising Star for the fourth-consecutive year. The Rising Star designation is available to attorneys who are 40 years and younger or have been practicing for 10 years or less. Shupe has been with Rathje & Woodward since 2006 and is also based out of the Wheaton office. She concentrates on commercial litigation, employment law and insurance disputes. 

Midyear Meeting Advance Registration Deadline Is Friday

Posted on November 28, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The advance registration deadline for the 2017 Midyear Meeting, which will be held Dec. 7– 9 at the Palmer House Hilton in Chicago, is this Friday, Dec. 1. Register online now to celebrate the profession and consider issues of mutual interest to the bench and bar with the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Judges Association

This year's highlights include:

  • Opening reception
  • Luncheon presentation by Joel D. Weisman, host and senior editor of Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review
  • A Whole New Electronic World: Do's and Don'ts for Judges (And Lawyers Too) program
  • Hot Topics in the Legal Profession program
  • The Hero's Journey: Honor, Integrity, and Your Legal Career Through the Lens of History program
  • Diversity and Inclusion in the Practice of Law program
  • Count Me In! reception hosted by the ISBA Diversity Leadership Council
  • Friday reception and dinner honoring the justices of the Illinois Supreme Court, featuring Justice Mary Jane Theis as a speaker
  • ISBA Assembly meeting

Hon. Michael C. Close 1934-2017

Posted on November 27, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Honorable Michael C. Close, retired Cook County Judge, U.S. Navy, age 83, passed away November 22, 2017.  Husband of Virginia (née Leyden) father of Letitia, Michael (Emily), Mary Ellen and Deirdre (Tim) Conway. Grandfather of Patrick, Mary, Michael, Katie and Nora Close and Maeve, Fiona and Quinn Conway. Son of the late Sylvester and the late Catherine (née Hernon). Fond brother  of  Leo (the late Mary Ann),  Sr. Letitia, the late  William (Kathleen), Fr. James and Sheila (Frank) Shea.  Beloved uncle, grand uncle and cousin to many in Chicago and Ireland.  Visitation at Cooney Funeral Home, 625 Busse Highway, Park Ridge, Monday, November 27th from 1:00p.m. to 9:00p.m; Funeral Mass Tuesday, November 28th, 11:30a.m. Our Lady of Perpetual Help, 1775 Grove Street, Glenview. Interment All Saints Cemetery. In lieu of flowers, donations may be made to The Gift of Hope, Mercy Home for Boys and Girls or Misericordia. For information contact Cooney Funeral Home (847)685-1002.

18th Judicial Circuit Court Associate Judge Vacancy Announcement

Posted on November 27, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The 18th Judicial Circuit Court is accepting applications to fill a vacancy for the Office of Associate Judge. This vacancy is a result of the appointment of Hon. Jeffrey S. MacKay to Circuit Judge effective Dec. 1.

Any attorney who is a U.S. citizen, licensed to practice law in Illinois, and a resident of the 18th Judicial Circuit may apply by electronically filing a signed application with the director of the administrative office of the Illinois Courts on the form prescribed and furnished by the director. The instructions for submitting an application electronically are available on the Illinois Supreme Court website.

Applicants who cannot submit an electronic application must submit two (2) signed originals of the prescribed application with the director of the administrative office of the Illinois Courts at the following address:

Marcia M. Meis, Director
Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts
3101 Old Jacksonville Road
Springfield, IL 62704

Applications will not be accepted if submitted by facsimile. 

All applications must be received by Dec. 22, 2017.

Hon. Jeffrey MacKay Appointed Circuit Judge

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The Hon. Jeffrey S. MacKay, associate judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, has been appointed circuit judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, at Large, by the Illinois Supreme Court. The appointment will be effective Dec. 1 following the retirement of Hon. Kathryn E. Creswell. 

Hon. MacKay is a graduate of Kent College of Law, Chicago, 1992, and was admitted to the practice of law in Illinois in 1993.  Judge MacKay is currently an associate judge in the Misdemeanor Division of the 18th Judicial Circuit, having been appointed to the bench in April of 2013. He was in private practice for 12 years with the law firm of Ekl, Williams and Provenzale (2001-2013), and also served as an assistant DuPage County state’s attorney (1993-2001).  Judge MacKay is an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association.