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Judges throw pitch for internships

Posted on August 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois Judges Foundation is warming up for “Batter Up for Justice,” its second annual Chicago rooftop fundraiser in support of a summer judicial internship program for qualified law students. The benefit will begin at 5:05 p.m. Thursday, Sept. 23, at the Sheffield Baseball Club, 3619 N. Sheffield, across from Wrigley Field. A dinner buffet with unlimited beer, wine and soft drinks will precede viewing of the 6:05 p.m. baseball game between the Chicago Cubs and San Francisco Giants. Sponsored by the Lawyers’ Auxiliary Committee of the Foundation, the collegial outing 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 is a platinum sponsor of the coordinating American Bar Association Judicial Intern Opportunity Program. Participants include state and federal judges throughout Illinois. The “Batter Up for Justice” admission fee of $150 per person includes food and beverages before and during the game. Raffle prizes include a baseball jersey autographed by Ron Santo, a plaque with statistics of Chicago hockey star Jonathan Toews, and a variety of sports-related attire. The philanthropic event is open to the public, but space is limited. Reservations may be made by calling (312) 554-2008, or e-mailing Sponsorships at various levels are partly tax-deductible.

Ukrainian delegation visits ISBA

Posted on August 16, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois State Bar Association welcomed a delegation from Ukraine last Friday to discuss the U.S. justice system. The visit was titled "Legislative Reform in the Criminal Justice System" and took place before a scheduled meeting of the ISBA Bench and Bar Section. Among those on hand for the meeting included ISBA member Alexandria Bell, of Johnson & Bell, Ltd., who immigrated to the U.S. from Ukraine and the age of 19. Bell is pictured at right with members of the Ukrainian delegation and ISBA President Mark Hassakis (from left): Rostyslav Gerasymov, senior counsel to the chairman of the Committee on Justice; Bell; Elina Shyshkina, a member of Parliament; Iryna Mostova, head of the Department of Legistlation on Justice and President Hassakis.

Check out the ISBA tent at the Illinois State Fair

Posted on August 12, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois State Bar Association will have a tent at the upcoming Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The fair opened Thursday night and runs through Sunday, Aug. 22. The tent offers legal brochures for the public, a Legal Eagle quiz on Illinois legal history (prize for 80% and better) and an Abraham Lincoln photo opportunity for state fair patrons who want to put their face in Lincoln's image. There is also a laptop connected to the Illinois Lawyer Finder site that visitors can try out. Visitors can also receive giveaways including: the infamous gavel pencils, small notepads and Lincoln coloring books. More information on the state fair is available at

Still time to attend Cubs-Cards game this Friday

Posted on August 10, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
This Illinois Bar Foundation invites you to an evening at Busch Stadium to watch the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs on Friday, Aug. 13. Tickets start at $135 and include entry into Redbird Row Private Party Room and selected food and drinks. Call (312) 726.6072, or e-mail Liz Driscoll at

Young Lawyers to host Day at the Races

Posted on July 30, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The ISBA Young Lawyers Division will host a Day at the races on Saturday, Sept. 25. This event benefits the IBF/YLD Children's Assistance Fund. The $30 ticket includes admission to the park, a daily racing guide, assigned box seat, sandwich and chips, macaroni salad, cookie, soft drink and a fabulous day of thoroughbred racing. Registration deadline is Sept. 15.

IBF to honor Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke at 2010 Gala

Posted on July 29, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
IBF 2010 Gala Committee: Front row (left to right): Program Book Co-Chair Frank Sommario, Auction Co-Chair Michael Monico, Gala Co-Chair Jerry Solovy, Back row (left to right): IBF Board President Vincent F. Cornelius, Gala Co-Chair Peter Birnbaum and Auction Co-Chair Shawn Kasserman.
The Illinois Bar Foundation will honor Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke with the 2010 Distinguished Award for Excellence at the 13th Annual Gala on Oct. 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Funds raised through the 2010 Gala support the IBF and its mission to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. This year, the Foundation will distribute $165,000 in grants vital to non-profit organizations across Illinois. The Gala Committee (pictured at right) is currently working on the event and confirming sponsors - with 3 major Gala Partners already lined up: Jenner & Block, Power Rogers & Smith, and Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC. Other partners include: Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (VIP Reception Sponsor), ISBA Mutual Insurance Company (Wine Sponsor), Foote, Meyers, Mielke & Flowers (Raffle Sponsor) Attorney Title Guaranty, Inc (Champagne Sponsor). There will be a Live and Silent Auction over over 100 items which include trips, cases of wine, sports tickets and signed memorabilia, jewelry and artwork. A raffle will also be held - tickets are $100 and prizes include a trip for 2 to Colorado, a Samsung 55" 3D LED-LCD HDTV and $2,500 in cash. Contact the IBF at (312) 726-6072 for more information. Gala Co-Chairs
  • Jerry S. Solovy
  • Peter J. Birnbaum

Judge Murray installed as Chair of the Illinois Judicial Council

Posted on July 22, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Master of Ceremonies Jim Rose, Judge Murray, Cook County Chief Judge Tim Evans, ISBA President Mark Hassakis and Ex-officio Judge La Quietta J. Hardy-Campbell
Cook County Circuit Judge Leonard Murray was installed as Chair of the Illinois Judicial Council on Thursday during its 28th Installation and Awards Ceremony at the Union League Club of Chicago. Judge Murray succeeds the Hon. La Quietta J. Hardy-Campbell. The Council awarded Legend Scholarships to Jason Allen of John Marshall Law School and Rebekah Childers of the University of Illinois School of Law. Legacy Scholarships were awarded to Carla Sherieves of John Marshall and Tamara Rogers-Grant of Loyola University School of Law. John Marshall's Calvin Townsend received the Role Model Scholarship.

Learn how to use - or better use - Fastcase at the 2010 ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference

Posted on July 8, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Register for the 2010 ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference and sign-up for one or both Fastcase seminars on Thursday morning, Oct. 21, to receive training on how to use, or better use, this FREE online legal research tool for ISBA members.

Abraham Lincoln walks at midnight in Springfield - and you can too at the 2010 Solo & Small Firm Conference

Posted on July 8, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
“It is portentous, and a thing of state; that here at midnight in our little town; a mourning figure walks, and will not rest; near the old courthouse pacing up and down.” Vachel Lindsay – “Abraham Lincoln Walks at Midnight in Springfield, Illinois”
This year’s 2010 ISBA Solo & Small Firm Conference will once again take place in the hometown (Springfield) of our state’s most famous and beloved lawyer (Abraham Lincoln.)  But Conference attendees won’t be the only ones to haunt the capital city… While there are a number of spirits who are said to haunt this historic town, the most famous is that of Abraham Lincoln himself. According to over a century of legends, Abraham Lincoln continues to lurk around his tomb. He has also been reported to have been seen walking the streets surrounding Springfield’s original courthouse, as well as the hallways of his former home. Others have reported seeing the ghost of Mary Lincoln at their old home located at 413 South Eighth Street. Having a long-standing reputation as being haunted, reports range from apparitions of a woman to toys moving of their own accord. Most people believe that the house is haunted by Mary. The most interesting haunting surrounding Lincoln is the phantom funeral train.