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ISBA hosts 35th Ask A Lawyer Day

Posted on May 2, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Nearly two dozen volunteer attorneys helped answer hundreds of phone calls, emails and Skype calls at the 35th Annual Ask A Lawyer Day on Saturday, April 30. Those calls helped members of the public resolve their legal issues or gave them the next steps toward resolving those issues. The endeavor also garnered much positive media coverage throughout Illinois.

On hand to answer calls in the Chicago office were (seated, left to right) Cynthis Koroll, Pamela Menaker and Alexas Collier; (standing, left to right) Daniell Saeddi, Kristi Vetri, Frank Soto and Joseph Kramer. Volunteers not pictured because they were still answering calls were Jeffrey Bunn, Joyce Wixson, Margherita Albarello, Alice Dolan and James Coogan. The ISBA would like to extend a hearty thank you to volunteers in the Chicago and Springfield offices.

Women Leaders: A Discussion on Employment, Labor & Inclusion

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Women Leaders: A Discussion on Employment, Labor & Inclusion will be held on Wednesday, May 4 from 3-5:45 p.m. at Kirland & Ellis, 300 N. LaSalle in Chicago. A reception will follow from 5:45-6:45 p.m. This event is being put on by the Women's Bar Association of Illinois in collaboration with the National Association of Minority & Women Owned Law Firms. The ISBA is serving as an Invited Organization.

Registration and more information is available at

Register now for the all-new Annual Meeting in Rosemont

Posted on April 19, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Registration is now open for the 140th ISBA Annual Meeting. Join us at our new convenient location in Rosemont, IL for three days packed with learning and networking opportunities.

We're offering 2 tracks of Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute programming, focusing on Transforming Your Practice with Technology and Establishing Your New Solo/Small Firm Practice.

We're also rolling out the red carpet for today's new lawyers. Come Friday to hear from The Good Wife's legal technical advisor and stay for an afternoon of improv with our Young Lawyers Division, followed by an all-night party celebrating the profession. 

It's the best ideas merged into one exciting conference, with more than 16 hours of CLE, 58 business meetings, an exhibit hall, and the Chicago Catz Band. It's Annual:Redone, with #moreCLEmoreFUN.

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ISBA helps sponsor SLU Law scholarship event

Posted on April 8, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

On March 31st, ISBA co-sponsored the First Chair Society at SLU Law’s Inaugural Annual Fundraiser at iTap Soulard, the goal of which was the formation of a scholarship fund for first-generation law students at SLU Law. The First Chair Society is a student organization dedicated to creating mentoring, support, and networking opportunities for first-generation law students. About 30 students, friends, family and alumni were in attendance for a fun-filled craft beer and dessert pairing, with available appetizers and a 50/50 raffle. Thanks to our wonderful sponsors, including ISBA, the First Chair Society will be able to give out a substantial scholarship to a SLU Law student next year!

Young Lawyers to host Bean Bag Tournament on April 16

Posted on March 25, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

ISBA?YLD Bean Bag PartyTickets and sponsorships now available for the ISBA Young Lawyers Division's Annual Bean Bag Tournament!


Please join us at the YLD's Annual Bean Bag Tournament on Saturday, April 16 to show off your bean bag tossing skills while supporting the ISBA/YLD Children's Assistance Fund. This fund provides grants to organizations throughout Illinois related to children and law. Over the past sixteen years, the Children's Assistance Fund has distributed nearly $300,000 in grants, due, in large part, to the support and participation in events like the Bean Bag Tournament. We hope you help us continue this tradition of giving by joining us this year at our new location – Joe's Brewery in Champaign!

Joseph R. Bartylak Dinner to benefit Lawyers' Assistance Program

Posted on March 18, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Please join us on Friday, April 8 for the Joseph R. Bartylak Dinner benefiting the Lawyers Assistance Program. The event will be held at the Sangamo Club at 227 E. Adams Street in Springfield. 

The event will consist of a reception beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cheif Justice Rita B. Garman will be the keynote speaker. Judge John Gorman will receive the Joseph R. Bartylak Award and Matthew Hutmacher will receive the President's Award.

Tickets are available for $100 per person. 

Contact Bridget McLaughlin at 312-726-6607 or for general information or assistance with tickets, sponsorship, or donations.

Join the fun with Master of Ceremonies Chief Judge Timothy Evans at the INADR Gala

Posted on March 16, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The International Academy of Dispute Resolution will honor ISBA Past President Fred Lane and CBA Past President Joseph Stone with Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Alliance of Bar Associations and Administrator Joyce Williams with a Special Recognition at its Gala on April 13, 6 p.m. at the Standard Club in Chicago.

The International Academy of Dispute Resolution is a charitable 501C3 organization that educates college and law students and legal professionals worldwide concerning the best mediation practices.

ISBA Mutual to host March Madness viewing parties

Posted on March 11, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA Mutual's Basketball, Brackets and Bragging Rights event is coming up and you’re invited!

They are opening their doors, celebrating their new space, setting up 3 screens to show the action, sharing snacks and libations… Join them to mix, mingle and cheer on your favorite tourney teams. (You can even work during lulls – WiFi is available and so are private micro-offices.)

C’mon by during game time – starting at 11 a.m.:

  • First round: March 17 & 18
  • Regional finals and semifinals: March 24 & 25

Sponsors needed for Derby Day at Arlington Park

Posted on March 10, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association and Northwest Suburban Bar Association will host a Derby Day at Arlington Park on May 7. Join us for a fun day of networking and racing.

ISBA to co-host The Future is Now: Legal Services 2.016 on April 6

Posted on March 8, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The ways in which we are delivering legal services are evolving like never before. To stay on top of these changes, we as a profession must create dialogue. That’s how the inception of The Future is Now: Legal Services 2.016 came to be.

On April 6th, ISBA will co-sponsor a conference with the ABA Commission on the Future of Legal Services, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. The event will take place at the Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago from 2-5:15 p.m. with a reception immediately following.

The conference will feature several leaders in the legal profession from in and outside of the state, including ISBA President-Elect Vincent F. Cornelius, ISBA Past President Tim Eaton, LegalZoom General Counsel Chas Rampenthal, Washington State Bar Association Executive Director Paula Littlewood, and several more.

The event is free and attendees are eligible to receive three hours of professional responsibility CLE in Illinois. However, seating is limited, so register early. You won’t want to miss it out on this conversation.

We hope to see you there.