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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

Illinois Bar Foundation to hold "Taste of France" fundraiser

Posted on January 25, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois Bar Foundation will host a "Taste of France" fundraiser on Thursday, Feb. 18, at Genevieve Lethu, 900 N. Michigan Level 4 in Chicago. This event will feature wine and cheese tastings by Chef Vincent Colombet and a French cooking demonstration. Tickets are $60. Seating is limited, so please respond to the IBF by Monday, Feb. 15. Download and return the flyer at the IBF Web site, e-mail or call (312) 726-6072. This event supports the programs of the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Young Attorneys of Champaign County answer call for aid to Haiti

Posted on January 22, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Young Attorneys of Champaign County have answered the call by the ISBA and IBF to provide aid to Haiti: POUNDS for DOLLARS: One CommUNITY, One World Giving to CU gives to Haiti GIVING TO CU... Donate your canned goods and other non-perishable food items to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank at Jupiter's at the Crossing on Wednesday, January 27, 2010 between 7-9 p.m. (Biggest needs: canned meats, canned complete meals, canned beans and other vegetables, canned fruits, boxed meals & peanut butter.) GIVES TO HAITI... For every POUND of food donated to the Eastern Illinois Foodbank, select Champaign-Urbana law firms will pledge a donation of ONE DOLLAR (up to $250 each) to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF to help the response in Haiti. The U.S. Fund for UNICEF is absorbing all associated administrative costs so that 100% of every dollar you give to the U.S. Fund for UNICEF will support UNICEF's relief efforts for children in Haiti. Please help your CommUNITY, your world.
  • Wednesday, January 27, 2010
  • 7:00pm - 9:00pm
  • Jupiter's At The Crossing
  • 2511 Village Green Pl.
  • Champaign, IL
Sponsored by the Young Attorneys of Champaign County (YACC).

Jenner & Block to host pro bono event with "Angel of Death Row" author Lyon

Posted on January 11, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Jenner & Block will host an event on Thursday, Jan. 21, celebrating pro bono work on capital cases and honor Andrea D. Lyon, a distinguished death penalty defense lawyer, DePaul Law professor and the author of Angel of Death Row: My Life as a Death Penalty Defense Lawyer. This event begins at 5:30 p.m. at Jenner & Block, 353 N. Clark. Ms. Lyon will be available to sign copies of her book. Hors d'oeuvres and wine will be served. Click here to register online or contact Kristine A. Stassen at (312) 923-8524 or at for more information.

Phil Alpha Delta Law awards $5,000 in scholarships to Chicago-area law students

Posted on December 28, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
pad-scholarship-awardsThe Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity recently awarded $5,000 in scholarships to students from several Chicago-area law schools.  The scholarships, named in honor of former Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Daniel P. Ward, recognize students who have outstanding records of academic excellence and community service, in furtherance of the fraternity's mission of service to the profession and the public. Photo: Phi Alpha Delta Chicago Alumni Chapter Justice Michele Jochner (far left) congratulates the recipients of the Chapter's Justice Daniel P. Ward Scholarship. Seated left to right: Natalie Lange (Dooley Chapter - Northern Illinois University Law School), Desiree Lauricella (Lincoln Chapter - The John Marshall Law School).  Standing: Michele Jochner, Daniel Powell (Lincoln Chapter), Michelle  Reed (Webster Chapter - Loyola University School of Law), Patrick Callahan (Story Chapter - DePaul University College of Law), and Sean Corsini (Lincoln Chapter).