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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, or by accessing the web site,

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)
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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.

Mikva to receive Union League Club of Chicago Distinguished Public Service Award

Posted on April 27, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Retired U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Abner J. Mikva will be honored on Thursday, April 29, with the Union League Club of Chicago's Distinguished Public Service Award. A reception will begin at 11:30 a.m. followed by a luncheon at noon. The Union League Club is located at 65 W. Jackson, Chicago. Judge Mikva, a Hyde Park resident who has devoted much of his legal career to fostering civil rights to reduce prejudice in housing, employment and education, will be cited for his decades of exceptional commitment to community and country and scores of significant civic contributions, including service in all branches of government -- as an Illinois state legislator, a U.S. Congressman, legal advisor to a U.S. president and chief judge of the U.S. Court of Appeals District of Columbia circuit. Currently the senior director of the Mandel Legal Aid Clinic at the University of Chicago Law School, Judge Mikva and his wife, Zoe, co-founded the Mikva Challenge, a non-partisan civic leadership program that encourages more than 5,000 Chicago youth  to serve as election judges, volunteer for political campaigns,  and create local activism projects to improve  their schools and communities. According to Union League Club vice president, attorney Robert Karton, “this is a singular honor conferred on individuals who have made an outstanding contribution to civic or public service.” Judge Mikva joins a roster of previous Union League Club Distinguished Public Service awardees: entertainer Danny Thomas; Msgr. Ignatius McDermott, founder of Haymarket Center, a Chicago rehab institute; U.S. District Court for Northern Illinois judges Abraham Lincoln Marovitz and George N.

IBF honors Judge William Bauer and Ralph Gabric

Posted on April 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
IBF President Vince Cornelius, honoree Judge William Bauer and James Holderman, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
The Illinois Bar Foundation honored Judge William Bauer and ISBA Past President Ralph Gabric (posthumously) with the DuPage County Beacon of the Profession Honorary Fellows Award on Friday, April 23. The DuPage County Fellows Chapter hosted this reception at Maggiano's Little Italy in Naperville. Click here to view a photo gallery from this event.

IBF to host reception honoring ISBA President John O'Brien

Posted on April 23, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
ISBA President John O'Brien
The Illinois Bar Foundation will host a reception honoring Illinois State Bar Association President John O'Brien on Thursday, May 6, at the Metropolis Ballroom, 6 S. Vail Avenue, Arlington Heights. Please RSVP by April 30th to or (312) 726-6072. Registration form

IBF recognizes Lincoln Legacy Society charter members

Posted on April 21, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
IBF Treasurer and Lincoln Legacy Society charter member James Lestikow with IBF President Vince Cornelius
The Illinois Bar Foundation welcomed its charter members into the Lincoln Legacy Society during a ceremony at Leslie Hindman Auctioneers on Thursday, April 15. The Lincoln Legacy Society was created exclusively to honor and recognize individuals who have agreed to support the Foundation's vision to be the statewide leader in advancing justice in Illinois by providing for the Foundation in his or her estate plan. Abraham Lincoln, the state's most famous lawyer, left an indelible mark on the Illinois legal system. Lincoln Legacy Society members will leave their mark on the legal system through their legacy gifts to the Illinois Bar Foundation. Click here to view a photo gallery from this event Lincoln Legacy Society charter members (Charter membership continues through Dec. 31, 2010):
  • Perry and Michelle Browder, East Alton
  • Vincent & Zina Cornelius, Naperville
  • Carl R. Draper, Springfield
  • Gregg A. Garofalo, Chicago
  • Mark D. Hassakis, Mt. Vernon
  • R. Michael Henderson, Peoria
  • Thomas and Eileen Killarney
  • John B.