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Sign up now to be admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States!

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Join ISBA members for a group admission to the Supreme Court of the United States on Monday, June 8, 2015 in Washington D.C.

Only 50 spots are available so sign up now for the ISBA's biennial trip to the U.S. Supreme Court! A special group hotel room rate is available at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel for the admittee, family and guests.

To be eligible, you must be an active lawyer member of the ISBA, admitted to practice more than 3 years, and not have any adverse disciplinary action pronounced or in effect during that 3-year period.

Save the Date: YLD Wine Tasting on Feb. 27

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division will host a Wine Tasting event on Friday, Feb. 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the ISBA Chicago Office. This evening will feature networking with fellow ISBA members and friends.

More information and registration will be available soon at

Volunteers needed for ISBA Mock Trial Invitational

Posted on January 14, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

The 2015 ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational, which is co-sponsored by the ISBA and the Illinois Trial Team of the U of I College of Law, will be held on Saturday and Sunday, March 14-15, 2015 at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign.

IBF to host Lawyers Rock 2015

Posted on January 6, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Bar Foundation will host Lawyers Rock 2015 on March 5 at the Double Door in Chicago. VIP Tickets are $100 and include food, wine, beer and soda throughout the evening. General admission tickets are $50 and include food and two beer and wine tickets. To purchase tickets, please click here

Sponsorship opportunities are available, please click here to purchase a sponsorship.

Proceeds from this event help the Illinois Bar Foundation ensure access to justice and support juvenile justice causes through the Foundation’s M. Denny Hassakis Fund.

Joint Midyear Meeting underway in Chicago

Posted on December 12, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Joint Midyear Meeting hosted by the Illinois State Bar Association and Illinois Judges Association kicked off Thursday afternoon with the Opening Reception at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Highlights on Friday include the sold out luncheon featuring U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder and the Supreme Court Dinner featuring Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas.

View the full schedule at

View pictures from the Opening Reception at

Profession of Leadership Foundation dinner to benefit Illinois Bar Foundation

Posted on December 10, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Eighteen extraordinary Illinois judges and lawyers who have practiced law for at least 50 years will be honored by the Profession of Leadership Foundation at a dinner on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center, 701 E. Adams St., in Springfield.

Courtroom to the Classroom training set for Dec. 11

Posted on December 3, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Bringing the Courtroom to the Classroom

This innovative program is designed to bring civics education about the legal system and courts in Illinois to students throughout the State.

Judges and lawyers are now being invited to make presentations together. Complimentary training of 45-60 minutes is required and will next be provided and videotaped on Thursday, December 11, 2014, at 3 p.m. at the Chicago Regional Office of the ISBA, at 20 S. Clark Street, 9th Floor, Chicago, Illinois, by Judges Clare McWilliams, Eileen O'Neill Burke, and Mike Chmiel.

Space is limited – to reserve a spot, please email

PILI to host Annual Awards Luncheon

Posted on December 2, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Four Awards Acknowledge Substantial Public Interest & Pro Bono Contributions in Illinois

On Wednesday, December 3, the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) will host its Annual Awards Luncheon, an event that celebrates the very best aspects of the legal profession: the generosity, expertise and commitment of lawyers, law students, legal professionals, law firms and corporations dedicating themselves to serving low-income clients in need.
This year, PILI is proud to honor the following four award recipients:

  • Distinguished Public Service Award: Diana C. White, LAF
  • Distinguished PILI Fellow Alumni Award: Andrew W. Vail, Jenner & Block LLP
  • Distinguished PILI Intern Alumni Award: Matthew T. Jenkins, Corboy & Demetrio P.C.
  • Pro Bono Initiative Award: Dentons US LLP

PILI will also present a special President’s Award to Foley & Lardner LLP in recognition of the firm’s generosity in hosting PILI’s offices for the past 10 years.

PILI’s Annual Awards Luncheon will be held on December 3 from 11:30-1:30 at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 East Monroe Street, in Chicago. Sponsored by over 50 law firms, corporations, foundations and law schools, this event will be attended by over 450 members of the Illinois legal community, including firm and corporate attorneys, members of the judiciary and government sector, law school deans, professors and students, and staff members from PILI’s many partner nonprofit legal service agencies across the state. To see a list of event sponsors, please visit our website at

YLD Holiday Party to benefit Children's Assistance Fund

Posted on December 2, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Please join us at the ISBA/YLD Annual Holiday Party and show your support for the IBF/ YLD Children's Assistance Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable entity. Initially created to assist with the opening of children's waiting rooms in courthouses across the State of Illinois, the IBF/YLD Children's Assistance Fund has since grown, and now provides funding to organizations across the State of Illinois that provide legal assistance to children, maintain children's waiting rooms in courthouses, work to reduce recidivism of juveniles, and/or work to reduce the incidents of domestic violence in families with children.

WHEN: Friday, December 5, 2014, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

WHERE: Duffy's Tavern and Grille, 420½ W. Diversey, Chicago, Illinois

WHAT: Open Bar, Warm Appetizers, and Live Band!

COST: $50 per person for tickets purchased at the door the evening of the event.

Supreme Court Dinner among highlights of 2014 Joint Midyear Meeting

Posted on December 1, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Join judges and lawyers from across the state to conduct the business of the bench and bar and celebrate professional achievements. Highlights include an Opening Reception, a luncheon presentation by Attorney General of the United States Eric H. Holder, Jr., and an evening celebration honoring the Justices of the Supreme Court of Illinois. Additional programs and business meetings will be held throughout the conference. All this camaraderie takes place at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, steps away from the holiday pageantry Chicago offers during this time of year. Advance registration ends Dec. 5.

Find out more and register at