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Lawyers for the Creative Arts to present several awards at Benefit Luncheon on Thursday

Posted on October 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Lawyers for the Creative Arts® (LCA) will present several awards at its 2010 Annual Benefit Luncheon on Thursday, October 28, at noon, in the Empire Room at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe, Chicago. Jerry W. Glover, a partner in Leavens, Strand & Glover, LLC, and vice president of the LCA board of directors, will receive the Thomas R. Leavens Award for his long and distinguished service to the LCA. Other awards will go to Scott McCue, a partner at Mayer Brown, LLP, and his wife Judith McCue, a partner at McDermott, Will & Emory, and to Kit Woods, retired assistant executive director/TV/Theatrical Contracts of the Screen Actors Guild/American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, Chicago office.  Also being honored is the law firm of Kirkland & Ellis, LLP.  The late Fred Anderson, a jazz legend, will be honored in Memoriam. Individual tickets are $125 per person.  Sponsorship packages are also available.  For more information, visit or call the LCA at (312) 649-4111. Since it was founded in 1972, Lawyers for the Creative Arts® has mushroomed into an organization of hundreds of lawyers who provide pro bono assistance to thousands of clients each year.  LCA conducts workshops on not-for-profit incorporation and tax exemption, seminars on the law of music, publishing, film, copyright and more, and mentors young attorneys.  Thomas Leavens, its first full-time executive director for whom an award is named, is still active in the organization.

The story of Noah Parden

Posted on October 22, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Author and lawyer Mark Curriden enthralled the audience with his plenary speech Friday at the ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference. Curriden detailed the trial of Ed Johnson, chronicled in his book "Contempt of Court: The Turn-of-the-Century Lynching That Launched a Century of American Federalism." Curriden included many interesting tales and legal firsts brought on by the case, but the one most Illinois attorneys were taken with was the story of Noah Parden. Parden was an African-American attorney in Chattanooga who took on the Johnson's defense. He also took the case to the U.S. Supreme Court. Fearing for his life after Johnson was lynched, Parden fled to Southern Illinois and practiced in East St. Louis for 40 years. He argued three cases in front of the Illinois Supreme Court. "I was born and raised in East St. Louis and have practiced law in St. Clair County since the 1970s and have never heard that story," ISBA Past President Jack Carey said. "What [Parden] did was remarkably brave." Curriden said it is unclear why Parden moved to Southern Illinois. It is believed that he had family in East St. Louis and that drew him there. Curriden said he learned everything he knows about Parden from St. Clair County Judge Milton Wharton. Curriden was drawn to the case of Ed Johnson while as a law student at Vanderbilt University in Nashville.

Solo and Small Firm continues today - follow along online

Posted on October 22, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois State Bar Association's Solo and Small Firm Conference continues today at the Springfield Hilton. Plenary speaker Mark Curriden will be presenting "Contempt of Court: A Lynching that Changed the American Justice System" and Dustin Cole will be presenting "Practice Pointers for the Changing Legal Landscape." Follow all of the action at or on Twitter at #isbassf.

Solo and Small Firm kicks-off today - follow along online

Posted on October 21, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
ISBA's Solo & Small Firm Conference in Springfield (Hilton Springfield) kicks-off today! Interested in going and earning up to 14 hours MCLE credit, including 4 hours PMCLE credit?  On-site registration is still available.  Find out more at Follow all of the action at or on Twitter at #isbassf.

Appellate Lawyers Association luncheon to feature Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman

Posted on October 8, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Appellate Lawyers Association will host a luncheon featuring Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman on Wednesday, Oct. 20 at noon. The luncheon, titled "Beyond Opinions: Petitions, Motions, Writs and Rules of the Illinois Supreme Court," will be held at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson. Cost is $35 for ALA members and $45 for non-members. Register at

Luncheon to celebrate career of retiring Chief Justice Fitzgerald

Posted on October 7, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
A special luncheon will be held on Wednesday, Nov. 3, to celebrate the distinguished career of retiring Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald. This event will start at 11:30 a.m. at the Chicago Hilton, 720 S. Michigan. Tickets are $60 a person. For reservations, contact Tamra Drees at (312) 554-2057 or Thomas R. Fitzgerald is a native Chicagoan and attended Loyola University before enlisting in the United States Navy. After his tour of duty in the Navy, he graduated with honors from The John Marshall Law School, where he was one of the founders of the school’s current law review and served as the law review's associate editor.

ISBA continues push for merit selection of judges

Posted on October 6, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
ISBA 3rd Vice President Paula H. Holderman (left) and retired appellate justice Gino L. DiVito (second from left) participate in a judicial symposium on the merit selection of judges.
Forty years later, the debate continues on how Illinois should pick its judges.  And yesterday’s comments from a judicial symposium are interchangeable with the comments from the delegates at the 1970 Illinois Constitutional Convention. Legislators, judges, and bar leaders discussed the merits of electing or appointing judges at a judicial symposium Monday co-sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association. Other sponsors included the Chicago Bar Association, the Cook County Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois. Everybody agrees with symposium panelist and House Majority Leader Barbara Flynn Currie, who said what Illinois needs is “an independent, impartial, and competent judiciary.” But there was no unanimity on how we get there. ISBA 3rd Vice President Paula H. Holderman and retired appellate court justice Gino L. DiVito served as panelists and spoke in favor of an appointive system that includes nominating commissions.

ISBA helping sponsor forum on Haiti

Posted on October 4, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois State Bar Association is helping sponsor "Haiti: Past, Present and Future Prospects" on Thursday, Oct. 14 at IIT Kent College of Law, 565 W. Adams, Chicago. The event, presented by the Illinois Judicial Council and the Haitian American Lawyers' Association, begins with a reception and music at 5 p.m. , with the main forum at 6 p.m. RSVP by Friday, Oct. 8 to or call (312) 726-8775

Unity Award Dinner to honor Webb, Castillo, Yamate

Posted on September 15, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The 2010 Unity Award Dinner and 8th Annual Swearing-In of Bar Presidents Ceremony will be held on Thursday, Oct. 7 from 5-9 p.m. at the Palmer House Hilton, 17 E. Monroe. Winston & Strawn Chairman Dan K. Webb will receive the Unity Award while Hon. Ruben Castillo, Judge, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, and Sandra S. Yamate, CEO, Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, with receive Advocate for Diversity Awards. Bar presidents will be sworn in by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Freeman, and veteran journalist and national media personality Bill Kurtis will serve as the master of ceremonies for the second year in a row. Proceeds of the event benefit the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, a not-for-profit organization established by judges and lawyers dedicated to the diversity of law school student bodies and the legal community, whose mission it is to provide scholarships, grants, and/or loans so that underprivileged and under-represented minorities be able to attend law school. “This unique event unites leaders of the legal profession who are unwavering in their commitment to making the Chicago legal community the most diverse in the country,” said Jessica A. O’Brien, co-chair of the event’s planning committee and special assistant attorney general at the Illinois Department of Revenue. Co-chairs include Jerold S. Solovy, chairman emeritus of Jenner & Block LLP, board member of the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, and last year’s Unity Award Honoree; Angela F. Williams, senior vice president and general counsel of the YMCA; and Robert A.

Bar associations presenting program on Judicial Selection in Illinois

Posted on September 14, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois State Bar Association is helping present "Judicial Selection in Illinois: A Judicial Symposium on Election and Appointive Systems" on Tuesday, Oct. 5 at 1 p.m. at the Chicago Bar Association Building, 321 S. Plymouth Court. Other bar associations helping present this event include the Chicago Bar Association, Cook County Bar Association, Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the Women's Bar Association of Illinois. Sponsors for this event include:
  • CourtCall, LLC
  • HeplerBroom, LLC
  • Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP
  • McKenna Storer
  • Smith Amundsen, LLC
  • Dykema
  • Goldberg Weisman Cairo
  • Craig & Craig
  • Jump & Associates, P.C.
  • John Marshall Law School
  • Johnson & Bell, Ltd.
  • Elite Deposition Services
Click here to view the event brochure