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Lawyers' Assistance Program to honor Huffman at award dinner

Posted on March 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Lawyers’ Assistance Program has been assisting Illinois lawyers, judges, law students and their families with alcohol, substance abuse and mental health issues since 1980. The backbone of LAP is its hundreds of trained volunteers. In this, our 30th year, LAP has created the Joseph R. Bartylak Award to be awarded to a deserving volunteer annually. The first recipient is John Huffman of Carbondale. Joe Bartylak has been involved with LAP since its inception and served as the Associate Director from 2002-2007.  Joe also served as Director of Land of Lincoln Legal Services for many years. In recognition of Joe, John and all of our volunteers, LAP will have a dinner on March 26 at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield. Justice Lloyd Karmeier of the Illinois Supreme Court has graciously agreed to be our keynote speaker. Contact Jim Radcliffe, a retired judge from St. Clair County and current Associate Director of LAP, at for more information.

Law firm helps support fund-raiser for disabled vets "clubhouse"

Posted on March 10, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
To add more brain-injured veterans to its membership roster, the Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse is launching an Adopt-a-Veteran program. A friend-raiser will be held on Thursday, March 18, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Clubhouse, 300 N. Elizabeth St., Suite 310 C, Chicago, to help with the funding. While there is no cost to attend the event, it is hoped that guests will open up their hearts and their wallets. Antonio Romanucci, a partner in Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, whose law firm concentrates in representing victims with traumatic brain injuries, is the driving force behind the fundraising effort.  Romanucci helped found the Clubhouse with Giesler and served as its board president for seven years. “The Midwest Brain Injury Clubhouse is the only facility in the Midwest that provides post acute care to traumatically-injured patients,” he states. “Because of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Clubhouse has encountered a surge in requests. To accommodate those requests, we must raise additional funds with the hope that those who proudly served our country can acclimate more quickly back into society.” For further information about the event, contact the Clubhouse at (312) 226-8720, or log onto their Web site at

Loyola wins AAJ Regional Mock Trials

Posted on March 2, 2010 by Chris Bonjean

Antonio M. Romanucci, a partner in the Chicago injury firm of Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, congratulated students from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, the winning team in the American Association for Justice (AAJ) Regional Mock Trial Championship held Saturday and Sunday (Feb. 27 and 28) at the Daley Center in Chicago. The Loyola students included Jaclyn Polsinelli, Kathleen Sullivan and Amber Battin. Cook County Judge Jamie Shapiro served as a judge of the case. The winning team will compete in the finals in New Orleans March 18-21. Romanucci & Blandin served as regional coordinator of the event for 10 years.

Register now for Celebrating Women Luncheon!

Posted on March 1, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Justice Susan F. Hutchinson
Judge Jane Stuart
The Illinois State Bar Association will present "Celebrating Women in the Profession: Reach Out and Build Our Future" on Tuesday, March 9, at noon at the Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago. The deadline for this event has been extended, register today and purchase a table for your firm at Special thanks to those who have already purchased tables:
  • Avery, Camerlingo & Kill, LLC - Annemarie Kill
  • Southern Illinois University School of Law - Alice Noble-Allgire
  • Winston & Strawn - Paula Hudson Holderman
  • Laner Muchin Dombrow Becker Levin & Tominberg Ltd.

Women Everywhere: Partners in service project

Posted on February 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Do you want to help others, but have trouble finding the time? WE have the opportunity for you! The ISBA's Standing Committee on Women and the Law and the Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the law will help support the WOMEN EVERYWHERE project. The project is seeking volunteers to spend part or all of June 11, 2010, to attend pre-assigned community service agencies dedicated to helping women and children. WOMEN EVERYWHERE direct service activities include gardening, painting, building, and cleaning. Legal education projects include presenting topical seminars and workshops, or providing job training information. Both male and female friends of the legal community are invited to join the volunteer effort. WOMEN EVERYWHERE is an annual volunteer project that provides direct services to women and children in need through community service at agencies. For additional information, or to sponsor a Women Everywhere Project, please contact Co-chairs Shital Patel at (312) 803-2511 or Michelle Kohut at (312) 346-3191 or at, or visit

ISBA to honor Hutchinson, Stuart at Celebrating Women Luncheon

Posted on February 24, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Justice Susan F. Hutchinson
Judge Jane Stuart
The Illinois State Bar Association will present "Celebrating Women in the Profession: Reach Out and Build Our Future" on Tuesday, March 9, at noon at the Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago. ISBA President John O’Brien will present Presidential Commendation Awards to 2nd District Appellate Justice Susan F. Hutchinson and Cook County Circuit Judge Jane L. Stuart. Judge Hutchinson received her B.A. in political science from Quincy University in 1971 and her J.D. from DePaul University School of Law in 1977. She served as an Assistant State's Attorney in McHenry County (1977-81) and a Judge in the Nineteenth Judicial Circuit (1981-94). In November 1994, she was elected as a Judge in the Appellate Court, Second District. Judge Stuart received her B.S. degree in education from Chicago State University in 1970 and her J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1985. She was the first African-American to be elected as a Student Bar Association Officer. She was an Attorney Examiner at Chicago Title Insurance Co.

Nordic lawyers to hold smorgasbord

Posted on February 19, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Nordic Law Club will hold its annual Spring Smorgasbord and program on Monday, March 22, in the Tower Club on the 39th floor of Chicago’s Civic Opera House, 20 N. Wacker Drive. The guest speaker, Prof. Anne-Marie Andreasson-Hogg of the Center for Scandinavian Studies at North Park University, will reveal mysteries of Viking mythology. The event will begin with a 5:30 p.m. cash-bar reception, followed at 6:30 p.m. by a festive array of Swedish meatballs, salmon and herring hors d’oeuvres, codfish, and rice pudding with lingonberries. Advance reservations, at $60 for Nordic Law Club members and $65 for non-members, must be made by March 16 to Treasurer David G. Clark, Law Office of Peter B. Canalia, Suite E-2, 18525 S. Torrence Ave., Lansing, IL 60438.

Lawyers United to Help Haiti Rebuild: A Call to Action

Posted on February 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Victims of the recent earthquake in Haiti will be the focus of fundraising and volunteer recruiting efforts at a reception and dinner in the Crystal Ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Chicago hotel on Wednesday, March 31 from 5 - 8 p.m. Hosted by the Haitian American Lawyers Association of Illinois (HALA), Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity - Chicago Alumni Chapter (PAD), and the Haitian Congress to Fortify Haiti, the event, Lawyers United to Help Haiti Rebuild, will feature remarks from Honorary Co-Chairs Jerold S. Solovy, Jenner & Block; Judge George N. Leighton (retired), Neal & Leroy; and ISBA Past President Timothy L. Bertschy, Heyl Royster, Peoria. Tickets start at $150 per person or $50 (Reception only) for students and attorneys admitted in 2009-2010. Phone 312-726-6072 for reservations or information.

Still time to register for Young Lawyers Bean Bag Party and Tournament

Posted on February 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers will hold a Bean Bag Party and Tournament on March 6 to benefit the Illinois Bar Foundation/YLD Children's Assistance Program. The YLD Children's Assistance Fund is a special fund of the Illinois Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable entity.
  • When: Saturday, March 6, from 1:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • Where: Mahoney's Pub and Grille, 551 N. Ogden Ave. (on Ogden near Grand), Chicago (map and directions)
  • What: Appetizer bar and domestic draft beer, mixed well drinks and soft drinks
  • Cost: $35.00 per person per wristband or $100.00 for entrance fee for Bean Bag Tournament for a team of two with two wristbands. You must be at least 21 years old to participate.
  • Deadline: Bean Bag Team registration and pre-registration for a wristband is open until Tuesday, March 2. Thereafter wristbands can be purchased at the door the day of the event
Click here to register Prizes will be given to the first and second place teams. Questions? Email Elizabeth at

Register now for Celebrating Women in the Profession Luncheon

Posted on February 11, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Tables are going quickly -- don't miss your chance to be part of this important event! The Illinois State Bar Association will present "Celebrating Women in the Profession: Reach Out and Build Our Future" on Tuesday, March 9, at noon at the Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago. Reach out and invite a woman to join you at this inspirational luncheon. Take this opportunity to invite someone who has sought your guidance as a woman attorney. Bring a younger attorney, a law student, or even your daughter. We often have those less experienced invite us for coffee or lunch seeking invaluable advice. Call her back and invite her to this event. Share the greatness of your profession, honor women who have advanced our profession, expand your network, and celebrate what women do best - helping others. (Business attire recommended) Co-Sponsoring Organizations include:
  • Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women
  • DuPage Association of Women Lawyers
  • East Central Illinois Women Attorneys Association
  • Will County Women’s Bar Association
  • Women’s Bar Association of Illinois
  • Women’s Bar Association of the Sixteenth Judicial Circuit
Click here to register