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Race Judicata set for July 22

Posted on June 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Race Judicata Sprint for Justice will be held in Grant Park on July 22. Registration begins at 4:30 p.m. and the runners race begins at 6:30 p.m. All proceeds go to the general operating costs of Chicago Volunteer Legal Services. Click here to register.

Justice Miller to receive George N. Leighton Justice Award

Posted on June 9, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission is pleased to announce that it will honor Benjamin K. Miller, former Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, for his outstanding career and contributions as an attorney and jurist.  The presentation of the award will take place during a special session of the Illinois Supreme Court at 2:00 PM in the Illinois Supreme Court Courtroom, 160 North LaSalle Street, Chicago, Illinois, on June 14, 2010.  A reception hosted by the Illinois State Bar Association will follow the presentation ceremony. The award is known as “The Honorable George N. Leighton Justice Award” and is given each year to an attorney or jurist whose career represents the highest standards of the profession and is dedicated to public service.  In 2009, the inaugural award was given to its namesake, Judge George N. Leighton. RSVP to: or 217.670.0890 extension 3 Photo ID required to enter the building.

PILI to hold 2010 Celebrating Pro Bono Reception

Posted on June 8, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Honorable Dorothy Kirie Kinnaird, Presiding Judge, Chancery Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County, will address over 250 members of the Chicago legal community from law firms, corporate legal departments, law schools, and legal aid agencies at the Public Interest Law Initiative’s (PILI) 2010 Celebrating Pro Bono Reception. The PILI 2010 Celebrating Pro Bono Reception will be held on Thursday, June 17, at 5:30 p.m. at the Ivy Room at Tree Studios, 12 East Ohio Street. Appetizers and refreshments will be served. Click here for more information and to register for this event.

Judges pitch game for summer internships

Posted on June 7, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
“Batter Up for Justice,” the second annual Illinois Judges Foundation benefit for a summer judicial internship program for qualified law students, will take place on Monday, July 19, in Chicago. The venue is the Sheffield Baseball Club, 3619 N. Sheffield, across from Wrigley Field where the Chicago Cubs will play the Houston Astros. Game time is 7:05 p.m., but the rooftop event will begin at 6:05 p.m. The Lawyers’ Auxiliary Committee of the Foundation is the sponsor. Proceeds will help provide full-time, minimum six-week internships and stipends to first- and second-year law students who qualify because of minority status or financial need. The Judges Foundation has secured the participation of federal and state judges who preside in courtrooms around the state. The admission fee of $150 per person includes food and an open bar throughout the game. The event is open to the public, but space is limited. Reservations may be made by calling (312) 554-2008 or (773) 780-9991, or by e-mailing Sponsorships at various levels are available. A portion of each contribution is tax-deductible.

Register now for Lawyers Care Fund reception

Posted on May 28, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois Bar Foundation will host a reception for the Lawyers Care Fund (formerly known as the Subsistence Fund of the IBF) on Thursday, June 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Plaza at Park Grill in Millennium Park. Donations to the Lawyers Care Fund are used to provide support to those lawyers or their families who are unable to support themselves due to age, infirmity or other tragedy. The typical subsistence recipients are active bar members. They have a severe and debilitating illness that prevents them from practicing law. The illness is such that their medical expenses have depleted their savings and, with no current income, they can’t support their family or pay their mortgage. The Foundation steps in to keep the family in their home and put some food on the table. For more information visit or call the IBF at (312) 726-6072.

John Marshall to honor Leighton with Equal Justice Award

Posted on May 26, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
George N. Leighton
The John Marshall Law School will honor retired U.S. District Court Judge George N. Leighton with the inaugural George N. Leighton Equal Justice Award Thursday, June 10, at a reception and dinner beginning at 5 p.m. at The Union League Club of Chicago, 65 West Jackson Boulevard. The George N. Leighton Equal Justice Award was established in honor of Judge Leighton’s devotion to protecting the rights of his clients and all citizens whatever their station in life. The award also reflects his longtime commitment and service to The John Marshall Law School as both an adjunct professor and his support of the law school’s mission of access and opportunity. Proceeds from the event establish the George N. Leighton Fellowship for the Study of Prisoners Rights at The John Marshall Law School and benefit the Edward T. and Noble W. Lee Chair in Constitutional Law.

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, or by accessing the web site,

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