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Solovy to deliver John Marshall commencement; Chief Judge Holderman to be honored

Posted on May 19, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Jerold Solovy
Chief Judge James Holderman
Jerold Solovy, Chairman Emeritus of Jenner & Block, LLP, will deliver the commencement address to 320 degree recipients of The John Marshall Law School on Sunday, May 23, at the Sheraton Hotel & Towers. Mr. Solovy will also receive an honorary degree - for his commitment to public service and pro bono work as well as his brilliant legal career. The school will also present an honorary degree to U.S. District Court Chief Judge James Holderman for his service to the judiciary as well as his efforts in continuing legal education, especially in the area of Intellectual Property.

SIU School of Law to host "Who Me? A Law School Professor" at Annual Meeting

Posted on May 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Southern Illinois University School of Law will present "Who Me? A Law School Professor" on Thursday, June 24 from 6:30 to 8 p.m. at the Illinois State Bar Association's Annual Meeting in St. Louis. This program will address reasons to become a law professor and explain the hiring process. Southern Illinois University School of Law presents this program to encourage the diversity among law professors. There will be handouts and time for one on one questions, as well as a group presentation. Click here for more information on the Annual Meeting.

Judges Foundation to honor circuit chiefs

Posted on May 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois Judges Foundation will honor the chief judges of the state’s judicial circuits during its second annual Spring Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 20, in the Renaissance Hotel, State Street and Wacker Drive, Chicago. Cook County Judge Jesse G. Reyes, president of the foundation, and Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans will participate in presentation to each circuit chief of a memento inscribed “Hail to the Chief.” The foundation also will welcome and honor the family of the late Harold W. Sullivan, a former Cook County presiding judge and founder of the Illinois Judges Association. The annual Judge Harold Sullivan Law School Scholarship is among beneficiaries of the reception. Others service projects that the foundation supports include the ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, the Second Chances Program, Chicago Access to Justice, and the “7 Reasons to Leave the Party” high school education presentations. Tickets to the reception, at $125 per person, include hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. Law students may attend for $75 each. A portion of the contribution is tax-deductible. Reservations may be made by contacting the Illinois Judges Foundation office at (312) 554-2008 or ijf@chicagobar.org, or by accessing the web site, www.ijafoundation.org.

Register for the Young Lawyer's 2nd Annual Summer Soiree

Posted on May 17, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Please join the Illinois State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division and guest of honor John O'Brien at Germania Place in Chicago for a Black Tie Optional event to benefit the IBF/YLD Children’s Assistance Fund. This event on Friday, June, 4, from 6:30-10:30 p.m. will include a cocktail reception, silent auction, dinner and dancing to the live music of the Monarch Orchestra. Deadline to register is May 24, 2010. Find out more and register

Dan Houlihan honored

Posted on May 14, 2010 by James R. Covington
Dan Houlihan, who was Legislative Counsel for the Illinois State Bar Association for more than 30 years, is being honored by Misericordia/Heart of Mercy Home in Chicago as “BUM of the Year” at the Misericordia BUMS Golf Outing on Monday, June 14. Misericordia, which is a residential facility for developmentally and physically disabled children and adults from throughout the Chicagoland area, is a cause near and dear to Dan's heart. BUM of the Year is one of the highest honors given to Misericordia supporters and is indicative of the high regard in which Dan is held by Misericordia and others. The outing will be held at both Olympia Fields and Flossmoor Golf Clubs, and foursomes and sponsorships are still available.

Judges Foundation to host benefit for service projects

Posted on May 10, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Several public service projects of the Illinois Judges Foundation will be supported by proceeds from the organization’s 2nd annual Spring Reception from 5 to 8 p.m. Thursday, May 20, in the Renaissance Hotel, State Street and Wacker Drive, Chicago. Chief judges of circuit courts throughout the state will be honored, along with the family of Harold W. Sullivan, a retired Cook County judge and founder of the Illinois Judges Association, who died earlier this year. Violin music will be provided by a Chicago Consort from the Western Springs School of Talent Education. The annual Judge Harold Sullivan Law School Scholarship is among beneficiaries of the reception. Others include the ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program, the Second Chances Program, Chicago Access to Justice, and the “7 Reasons to Leave the Party” high school education presentations. Tickets to the reception, at $125 per person, include hors d’oeuvres and refreshments. A portion of the contribution is tax-deductible. Reservations may be made by contacting the Illinois Judges Foundation office at (312) 554-2008 or ijf@chicagobar.org, or by accessing the web site, www.ijafoundation.org.

81-year-old new admittee highlights May 2010 class

Posted on May 7, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
ISBA President John O'Brien and 81-year-old new admittee Agnes Prindiville
ISBA President John O'Brien with 81-year-old new admittee Agnes Prindiville
Agnes Prindiville always wanted to be a lawyer. Her father and social norms helped lead her on the path to become a teacher. After a career in the classroom, Prindiville is ready for a new career after being sworn-in with 471 other new admittees Thursday at McCormick Place. ISBA President John O'Brien, Illinois Native American Bar Association President Matthew Beaudet and University of Chicago Law School Professor Randolph N. Stone addressed the new admittees. Nearly 700 new lawyers were sworn-in around the state, bringing the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to almost 88,000. Prindiville recently told the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin that when she was in her 70s, "I had this very latent desire to go to law school to study law." So she took the LSAT and enrolled at DePaul University as a part-time law student in 2004. Now that she's a licensed attorney, Prindiville isn't planning on racking up any billable hours. "I don't expect to make a salary," she told the Law Bulletin. "I expect to do things pro bono.

Illinois Bar Admission ceremonies set for May 6

Posted on May 3, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Illinois Bar Admission ceremonies will be held in the five Judicial Districts on Thursday, May 6:
  • Judicial Dist. 1: 10:30 a.m., McCormick Place West, Chicago (500 new admittees)
  • Judicial Dist. 2: 10 a.m., Hemmens Memorial Bldg. Elgin Civic Center Plaza, Elgin (52 new admittees)
  • Judicial Dist. 3: 11 a.m., Ottawa Appellate Courthouse, Ottawa (23 new admittees)
  • Judicial Dist. 4: 10 a.m., Supreme Court Building, Springfield (14 new admittees)
  • Judicial Dist. 5: 2 p.m., Gateway Convention Center, Collinsville (142 new admittees)
Are you an ISBA member and have a child being admitted to the bar? Please contact us at cbonjean@isba.org.

Need legal help? Ask a Lawyer Day is May 1

Posted on April 28, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Anyone in Illinois with a question about a legal matter can call and talk to a lawyer – at no cost – on Saturday, May 1, Ask a Lawyer Day. Lawyer volunteers will answer phones at four locations around the state from 9:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m.  Any Illinois resident can call 1-800-252-8908, toll-free, or a local number in some areas for a free phone consultation with a lawyer. The 29th annual Ask A Lawyer Day, part of Law Day activities in Illinois, is a public service sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association in cooperation with bar associations in Cook County, DuPage County, and Will County. Lawyer volunteers will be able to answer questions about consumer problems, family law, estate planning, personal injury, or any other legal situations affecting individuals. Property owners who have damage from spring storms and who have questions about their legal rights are encouraged to call for information. Callers will be advised of steps they can take to resolve their legal problems and, if they need additional legal services, they will be advised to see their lawyer.  If they don’t have a lawyer, they will receive a referral through a referral service in their area. Phone numbers to talk to a lawyer on May 1 are:
  • From anywhere in Illinois – ISBA       (800) 252-8908 (toll free) or (217) 525-1760
  • The Chicago Bar Association             (312) 554-2001
  • DuPage County Bar Association        (630) 653-9109
  • Will County Bar Association               (815) 773-1150
Each of the bar associations operates a lawyer referral service for people who need legal services but do not have a lawyer.

Champaign County Bar Association to host Law Day Dinner tonight

Posted on April 28, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Champaign County Bar Association will host its Law Day Dinner tonight, April 28, at the Champaign Country Club. ISBA Past President Dick Thies will speak on "Memories of more than 50 years in the Champaign County Bar.” Dick will be joined by Charlie Palmer, George Miller and “the Thies Brothers” in a special tribute to (OK, roast of) CCBA President John Gadau. The CCBA will also have a surprise special guest who you won’t want to miss!
  • Champaign County Country Club, 1211 South Prospect Avenue
  • Cocktail Hour: 5:30 p.m., Dinner: 6:30 p.m.

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