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Phi Alpha Delta to initiate Hon. George N. Leighton

Posted on October 15, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, will initiate Hon. George N. Leighton as an Honorary Member of the fraternity on Wednesday, Oct. 21 at 4:30 p.m. This ceremony will be followed by remarks delivered by Judge Leighton as part of the Chapter's "Distinguished Lecture Series." Upon conclusion of Judge Leighton's remarks, a complimentary hors d'oeuvre reception will follow. The event will take place at Petterino's Banquets (Lower Level), 50 W. Randolph. The remarkable career of Judge Leighton, a former state and federal judge who, at age 96, is Of Counsel to the Chicago firm of Neal & Leroy, epitomizes the core values of Phi Alpha Delta. Space is limited and RSVPs are required by Oct. 16 to

Illinois Bar Admission ceremonies set for Nov. 5

Posted on October 6, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Illinois Bar Admission ceremonies will be held in the five Judicial Districts on Thursday, Nov. 5:
  • Judicial Dist. 1: 10:30 a.m., McCormick Place West, Chicago
  • Judicial Dist. 2: 10 a.m., Hemmens Memorial Bldg. Elgin Civic Center Plaza, Elgin
  • Judicial Dist. 3: 11:15 a.m., I Wireless Center Conference Room ABC, Moline
  • Judicial Dist. 4: 10 a.m., Michael J. Howlett Bldg. Auditorium, Springfield
  • Judicial Dist. 5: 2 p.m., Southern Illinois University School of Law Auditorium, Carbondale.
Click here for the full Statewide Calendar of Bar Events

E. Lynn Grayson wins WBAI's "Women with Vision" award

Posted on October 2, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
ISBA member E. Lynn Grayson will be presented with a "Women with Vision" award by the Women's Bar Association of Illinois at the 68th Annual Join Professional Reception on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Hotel Allegro. The event starts at 5 p.m. Grayson was nominated by the ISBA's Women & the Law Committee. Click here to view her bio. Individual tickets for the reception and award presentation are $85 for current members, $100 for non-members and $125 at the door. Contact Eriana Spencer Echols at (312) 341-8530 or e-mail

John Marshall Law School marks Burnham Plan Centennial with lecture

Posted on September 28, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The John Marshall Law School will present "Law as Hidden Architecture," a lecture by Richard Roddewig, in recognition of the Burnham Plan Centennial on Thursday, Oct. 1 at 12:30 p.m. The even will take place at John Marshall Law School, 315 S. Plymouth in Chicago. There will be a lunch preceding the event, which is free and open to the public, at noon. Reservations at or call (312) 987-1420.

Unity Dinner and Swearing-In of Bar Presidents set for Thursday, Oct. 8

Posted on September 18, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The 2009 Unity Dinner and Seventh-Annual Swearing-In of Bar Presidents co-sponsored by the Filipino American Bar Association and the John Marshall Law School will be held on Thursday, October 8th, 2009 from 4:30 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at the Chicago Hilton and Towers, 720 S. Michigan Avenue. The 2009 Unity Award honoree is Jerold S. Solovy, Chairman Emeritus, Jenner & Block LLP. In addition, Hon. Shelvin Louise Marie Hall of the Illinois Appellate Court, and William A. Von Hoene, Jr., Executive Vice President, Finance and Legal, Exelon Corp., are this year's recipients of the 2009 Advocate for Diversity Award. Over 50 area bar associations are participating in this year's event, whose leaders will take a ceremonial oath to promote diversity within their groups and the larger Chicago legal community administered by Justice Anne M. Burke of the Illinois Supreme Court. Tickets are $125 for members of participating bar associations, and $150 for all other attendees. The net proceeds of this event will benefit the Diversity Scholarship Foundation, NFP. For reservations or sponsorship information, contact Jessica O'Brien at (312) 965-9604, or by email at

ISBA Young Lawyers raise nearly $10,000 at annual Golf Outing

Posted on September 15, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Heather Fritsch, YLD Secretary, Bob Fink, YLD Vice Chair, Michael Wong, YLD Golf Outing Co-Chair, Kelley Gandurski, YLD Chair and Justin Heather, YLD Golf Outing Co-Chair at the 2009 Golf Outing in Tinley Park.
Heather Fritsch, YLD Secretary, Bob Fink, YLD Vice Chair, Michael Wong, YLD Golf Outing Co-Chair, Kelley Gandurski, YLD Chair and Justin Heather, YLD Golf Outing Co-Chair at the 2009 Golf Outing in Tinley Park.
The 5th Annual Young Lawyers Division Golf Outing was held Sept. 1 at the Odyssey Golf Club in Tinley Park. The event raised nearly $10,000 for the IBF/YLD Children's Assistance Fund. Eighty-eight golfers and multiple sponsors supported the event, which has raised a total of $65,000 for the fund over the past five years. Click here to view a photo gallery from this event.

Seek Power: A Woman Lawyer's Guide to Authentic Self-Promotion

Posted on September 14, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The ISBA's Standing Committee on Women and the Law will present this event on Oct. 20, 2009, from noon-2 p.m. at the ISBA's Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark, Ste. 900. A box lunch is included with the $10 registration fee. Speakers will be: Paula Hudson Holderman, Winston and Strawn, Chief Attorney Development Officer and Delilah Flaum, Winston & Strawn, Partner, Litigation Practice Group. This event will give those who hate networking the tools needed for comfortable self-promotion. Click here to register

Justinian Society of Lawyers to hold Installation and Awards Dinner

Posted on August 27, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The Justinian Society of Lawyers will hold its 2009 Installation and Awards Dinner on Sept. 23 at the Palmer House Hilton. Hon. Richard F. Pellegrino will receive the Award of Excellence and Illinois State Treasurer Alexi Giannoulias will receive the Honorable Anthony Scariano Humanitarian Award. Visit the Society's Web site for more information.

WBAI seeks nominees for "Women with Vision" awards

Posted on August 10, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The Women's Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI) is seeking nominations for its 2009 "Women with Vision" Awards. The awards will be presented at the WBAI Joint Professional Dinner, on Thursday, November 5, 2009. The "Women with Vision" Awards were first presented in 1997 by the WBAI to honor and recognize women who have demonstrated visionary approaches in their professional endeavors and who have made a contribution to the well-being and empowerment of women. Nominees may be chosen from various professions, including law, medicine, academics, public office, business/entrepreneur, trades/labor, journalism, community/religious service, etc. WBAI members are invited to apply for or nominate candidates for the "Women with Vision" Awards. Please submit a statement no more than four 81⁄2" by 11" pages, about a candidate's specific qualifications and resume to: Women with Vision Committee, WBAI, 321 S. Plymouth Ct., Suite 4S Chicago, IL 60604. Application statement, resume, which may include press clippings and copies of published articles, must be received by noon on Wednesday, September 16, 2009. Any materials submitted after the deadline will not be accepted. All submitted material will remain the property of the WBAI.

Law students, public invited to hear oral arguments before military appeals court

Posted on August 7, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
For the first time, The John Marshall Law School will host the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals for a Sept. 1 hearing in the case United States v. Alston. The 3:30 p.m. hearing in the law school's Baim Courtroom, is open to the public. The Army Court of Appeals routinely hears two cases each year at law schools outside of the Washington, D.C., area. This case is being held at John Marshall at the invitation of Lt. Col. Gene Baime, an associate judge on the three-judge appellate panel, who is an alumnus of the law school. The court is reviewing a sexual assault conviction. On May 30, 2008, an enlisted panel sitting as a general court-martial jury at Fort Riley, Kansas, convicted Specialist John Alston of aggravated sexual assault in violation of Article 120, Uniform Code of Military Justice.  Originally charged with rape, Alston was convicted of the lesser included offense of aggravated sexual assault. The court-martial sentenced Alston to reduction to the grade of private, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for 181 days, and separation from the service with a bad-conduct discharge. The case was automatically appealed to the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals.