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IBF to Honor Mason, Reardson, and Wexstten at Fellows Breakfast on Dec. 8

Posted on November 10, 2017 by Sara Anderson

WexsttenReardonMasonJoin the Illinois Bar Foundation at University Club of Chicago for the Fellows Breakfast honoring Justice Mary Anne Mason with the Honorary Fellows Award and Jayne Reardon and Justice James Wexstten, Ret. with the Distinguished Service to Law & Society Awards. Friday, December 8, 2017 from 7:30-9:00 a.m.

The proceeds from this event will help the Foundation further its mission to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means; assist lawyers who have fallen on hard times; and provide legal Fellowships to recent law school graduates.

Get your tickets online now.

Thank you to our sponsors.
Benefactor Sponsor: Don Tracy, Brown, Hay + Stephens
Video Sponsor: Ann Hatch, Herzog Crebs LLP

Sponsorships are available now! 

ISBA to Honor Class of 1967 Distinguished Counsellors on Nov. 16

Posted on November 7, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois State Bar Association will honor the Class of 1967 Distinguished Counsellors next week. This title is conferred annually upon those ISBA members who are completing their 50th year of practice.

The Board of Governors is pleased to announce the 2017 Class will be honored at a special luncheon on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at the Union League Club. A reception will begin at 11:00 a.m., and lunch at 11:45 a.m. followed by the program.

Tickets to the luncheon are available and may be purchased online. Any questions regarding the luncheon may be directed to Kim Weaver

Congratulations to the 1967 Class of Distinguished Counsellors:

Tickets Now Available for 20th Annual YLD Holiday Party

Posted on October 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 7, to join us at the 20th annual ISBA Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party at Exchequer Pub in Chicago from 7:00-9:00 p.m.! This event is an opportunity to socialize, enjoy food and refreshments, and meet young lawyers from across the state while supporting a great cause. Proceeds from the holiday party will go to the Illinois Bar Foundation YLD's Children Assistance Fund. 

Initially created to assist with the opening of children's waiting rooms in courthouses across the State of Illinois, the Children's Assistance Fund has since grown, and now provides funding to organizations across 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.

Tickets are now available online for $30, but may also be purchased at the door for $35. 

Visit the website for more information.

Save the Date for the ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational

Posted on October 10, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mark your calendars for the ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational, March 24-25, 2018, at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign-Urbana!

Help us make the 2018 invitational a success by participating! All lawyers, judges, law students, and paralegals are invited to volunteer as judges and jurors. No trial experience is necessary. Volunteer registration information will be distributed in January 2018.

The Mock Trial Handbook, Problem, and Registration Packets will be made available by November 1, 2017.

For information about the program, please visit the ISBA’s Law-Related Education for the Public’s website or email the mock trial coordinator, Katy Karayannis.

Celebrate Pro Bono on October 22-28

Posted on October 3, 2017 by Sara Anderson

By Michael G. Bergmann

Coordinated by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Pro Bono Week is intended to inspire greater pro bono participation by lawyers throughout the nation. This initiative provides an opportunity for legal organizations across the country to collaboratively commemorate the vitally important contributions of America’s lawyers, and to recruit and train the many additional volunteers required to meet the growing demand. The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service undertook this initiative to provide a format for showcasing the incredible difference that pro bono lawyers make to our nation, to our system of justice, to our communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve.

The ISBA commemorates this national celebration each year by encouraging its members to do pro bono and by recognizing those who meet the call. Two years ago, the ISBA launched its Pro Bono Partner initiative, through which members commit to: (1) seek out the local pro bono legal services being supplied to individuals or charitable, religious, or civic organizations in their community; (2) attend or support a recognition ceremony for those who participate in pro bono services in their community; (3) consider attending training provided to lawyers who provide pro bono services; and (4) commit to joining the efforts to increase access to the legal system.

The ISBA Delivery of Legal Services Committee organized two webinars in October geared towards those interested in helping low-income individuals with their legal needs. Tune in to “Working Effectively with Interpreters” on Wednesday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m., which is free for the first 26 registrants who agree to take a pro bono case in the next year. “Working with Low Income Clients” will be held on Wednesday, October 25 at noon, and is available at no cost for the first 30 registrants who agree to take a pro bono case in the next year.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin To Be Honored at Illinois Bar Foundation Annual Gala on October 20

Posted on September 29, 2017 by Sara Anderson

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) will receive the 2017 Distinguished Award for Excellence from the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) at the organization’s 19th annual black-tie Gala, presented by Simmons Hanly Conroy, on Friday evening, October 20, 2017 at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago. The event begins with a cocktail reception at 6:30, followed by dinner, dancing, and remarks by Senator Durbin. The mission of the IBF, the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, is to ensure meaningful access to the civil justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity.

Senator Dick Durbin is the 47th U.S. Senator from the State of Illinois and also serves as the Assistant Democratic Leader, the second highest position among the Senate Democrats. He is the Ranking Member of the Judiciary Committee’s Subcommittee on the Constitution and the Appropriations Committee’s Defense Subcommittee.

Young Lawyers Division to Host Day at the Races on Sept. 23

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Register now to join your peers for an afternoon of socializing and horse racing at this annual event! 

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 1 PM – 6 PM

Tickets will be sent via ground mail upon purchase. Any tickets purchased after today, Monday, September 18, will available for pick up on-site on the day of the event. Further information will be provided upon purchasing tickets.

Prairie State Legal Services to Celebrate 40th Anniversary with Heroes for Justice Ceremonies

Posted on September 13, 2017 by Sara Anderson

In honor of Prairie State Legal Services' 40th anniversary, the organization will be hosting two events to honor 40 Heroes for Justice, including Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The events will be held on Thursday, September 28 in Peoria, and Friday, October 27 in Oak Brook.

SALT and YLD to Host Happy Hour

Posted on August 31, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mark your calendars for September 21! The members of the State & Local Taxation (SALT) Section and the Young Lawyers Division (YLD) Section will be hosting a new member happy hour from 6-8 p.m. at The Godfrey Hotel's IO Rooftop Lounge in Chicago. This event, sponsored by SALT, is a great opportunity to socialize and network with your colleagues over refreshments and food.

Registration includes two drink tickets and appetizers. The event is complimentary, but due to limited space, registration is encouraged. 

Click here to register now, and please contact Kimi Jalali with any additional questions.

Illinois Bar Foundation to Host McHenry County Fellows Reception

Posted on May 23, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Join the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation for the McHenry County Fellows Reception on Tuesday, June 27 from 5 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at the Woodstock Country Club, 10310 Country Club Rd., Bull Valley, IL 60098. The event will honor Herbert H. Franks (Franks Gerkin McKenna) and posthumously honor H. Joseph Gitlin (The Gitlin Law Firm) for their leadership and dedication to the law.

Tickets are $50 per person. Tickets and sponsorships are available here or can be purchased by calling the Foundation at 312-726-6072.

The proceeds from this event will help the Foundation further its mission to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means; assist lawyers who have fallen on hard times; and provide legal Fellowships to recent law school graduates. For more information, please call 312-726-6072 or visit

Thank you to the McHenry County Fellows Reception Committee

Hon. Michael J. Chmiel

Sandra Crawford

Susan M. Goldberg

Paulette M. Gray

Lisa M. Nyuli

Mary F. Petruchius

Thank you to our generous sponsors!

Benefactor Sponsors

Perry J. Browder

Paulette Gitlin

The Gitlin Law Firm & Michael C. Poper

Simmons Hanly Conroy

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