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ISBA President John O'Brien off to the races on July 24

Posted on July 22, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
John O'Brien
John O'Brien
John O’Brien, newly-installed president of the Illinois State Bar Association, will be trotted up to the Arlington Park Racetrack in Arlington Heights this Friday, July 24, for a fete hosted jointly by the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association (IRELA) and Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) in celebration of his new post.  O’Brien was a founder of IRELA and serves as its board chair, and he is a long-time active member of the NWSBA. The sixth race will be called “The Flyin’ O’Brien,” and Johnny O will have his picture taken in the Winner’s Circle with the winning horse.  Reception is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the first race starting at 2:30 p.m.  The event will be held at the racetrack’s Million Room, 4th floor.  Cost to attend is $35 which includes admission to the track, program, hors d’oeuvres and open bar.  For reservations, call (847) 221-2601.

Women's Bar Association to raise funds at Race Judicata 2009 Sprint for Justice

Posted on July 21, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Join Team WBAI on Thursday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. for the Race Judicata 2009 Sprint for Justice 5K Run/Walk to benefit the programs of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. This race event begins at Upper Hutchinson Field at Columbus & Balbo in Grant Park and loops participants along Lake Michigan and back, where they are greeted by a band and complimentary beer, wine and snacks. Please register under the team name "WBAI" to coordinate all participants. Click here to register. Contact Alia Caravelli with any questions about Team WBAI.

Women's Bar Association to host "An Evening with Laura Caldwell"

Posted on July 17, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The Women's Bar Association of Illinois presents "An Evening with Laura Caldwell" on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m at Jenner & Block LLP, 330 N. Wabash in Chicago. Please RSVP to by July 31. Space is limited. Laura Caldwell is a Chicago-based lawyer turned novelist. Her first book, Burning the Map, was selected by Barnes & as the one of The Best of 2002.

Young Lawyers Division to hold 5th Annual Golf Classic

Posted on July 16, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
yld_golfouting_logo The Illinois State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division will hold its 5th Annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the Odyssey Golf Club in Tinley Park. This event will benefit the Illinois Bar Foundation YLD's Children's Assistance Fund. Schedule:
  • Registration: 10:30 a.m.
  • PMCLE program: 11 a.m.
  • Shotgun start: 12:30 p.m.
  • Cocktails, dinner, silent auction: 4 p.m.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for more information Click here to register

Peoria County Bar Association to hold Annual Golf Outing on Aug. 13

Posted on July 15, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The Peoria County Bar Association will hold its 2009 Golf Outing on Aug. 13 at the WeaverRidge Golf Club, 5100 N. Weaverridge Blvd., Peoria. Registraion begins at 11 a.m. Prices: Golf only, $85; Dinner only, $35; Golf and dinner, $115 Reservation deadline is Aug. 7. Contact the PCBA at (309) 674-6049 for more information.

Winnebago County Bar Association to hold 64th Annual Clambake on July 31

Posted on July 15, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The Winnebago County Bar Association will hold its 64th Annual Clambake on July 31 at the Macktown Forest Preserve, 12 miles north of Rockford on Route 2. Lunch is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dinner is from 6-7:40 p.m. Members price is $130 for all day with golf, $100 for food only. Non-members price is $170 for all day with golf, $140 for food only. Reserve by Friday, July 24. Call (815) 964-4992 for more information.

Land of Lincoln Legal Services opens new office in Alton

Posted on July 14, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Honorable Lloyd A. Karmeier, Illinois Supreme Court Judge, Fifth District with Lois Wood,
Honorable Lloyd A. Karmeier, Illinois Supreme Court Judge, Fifth District, with Lois Wood, Executive Director of Land of Lincoln Legal Services

Land of Lincoln Legal Services held an open house in June for its new Western Regional office, located at 310 Easton Street, Suite 330 in Alton.

Panel of experts recap 2008-2009 Supreme Court term

Posted on July 9, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The American Constitution Society held its "Sixth Annual Supreme Court Term in Review" Thursday afternoon at Mayer Brown LLP, 71 S. Wacker, Chicago. The panel consisted of Jeffrey W. Sarles, Partner, Mayer Brown; Gary Feinerman, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP and former Solicitor General of Illinois; Colleen Connell, Executive Director of the ACLU of Illinois; and Steven J. Heyman, Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law. The panel was moderated by Steve Sanders, an Associate at Mayor Brown.

Illinois State Bar Association marches in Pride Parade

Posted on July 2, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
John Marshall Law Professor Mark Wojcik points out the ISBA message on the Lincoln billboard.
Several members of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity marched in Chicago’s Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28, alongside the ISBA’s mobile billboard, featuring a photo of Lincoln the lawyer with a message that reads:  “Illinois has a history of some pretty good lawyers.  We’re out to keep it that way.” Click here to view our Pride Parade photo gallery

Administer Justice to hold annual Fun Fair on July 18

Posted on July 1, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Administer Justice will hold its annual Community Justice Fun Fair on Saturday, July 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Randall Oaks Park in West Dundee.  The theme this year is a star-spangled fun fair.  The event is free and open to the public.  The family-friendly event offers activities for all ages, including 5-cent children’s games, bouncy house, huge inflated slide, and Bingo tent.  Free activities include puppet shows, face-painting, and story time.  Food is available at a low cost. The event is designed to allow the low-income families served by Administer Justice to enjoy an affordable day out and to inform the public of the services offered by Administer Justice and is sponsored by local businesses.  Randall Oaks Park is located on Randall Road just north of Route 72 in West Dundee. Administer Justice is a charitable non-profit organization representing low-income individuals in legal and tax matters.  The organization has assisted more than 3,600 clients this year with the help of more than 90 volunteers who have donated thousands of hours to serve those in need. For more information, call (847) 844-1100 or visit their website.