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ISBA leaders meet with law school deans

Posted on March 4, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA leaders met with law school deans Thursday at the Chicago Office to address the important issues raised in the Report and Recommendation of the Special Committee on the Impact of Current Law School Curriculum on the Future of the Practice of Law in Illinois.

Through this collaborative effort, the ISBA hopes to refine and expand the Report’s recommendations. The ultimate goal is to identify realistic ways that legal educators and the practicing bar can work together to ensure that future generations of Illinois lawyers are fully prepared to represent the interests of clients.

ISBA President Umberto Davi said, “The adoption of this Report is an important step as we strive to begin a discussion with Illinois’ law schools about improving the skills of those entering the practice of law.”

Book your hotel room for Annual Meeting 2016

Posted on March 1, 2016 by Chris Bonjean


Where the rose is red and the train line blue; the nexus of learning and fun await you.

We've redesigned the Annual, something new is a-brew. It's a different kind of conference, and this one's for you.

Starting a practice or needing tech insight? We've got just the program to assist your plight. (It's so close to O'Hare, you can even take a flight.)

Colleagues, a DJ, and the Chicago Katz band; Our Friday night party's never been so grand.

Restaurants, a casino, skydiving and shopping; With so much to do, Rosemont will be hopping.

So join us and network with friends new and old. The 2016 Annual will leave stories to be told.

Joseph R. Bartylak Dinner to benefit Lawyers' Assistance Program

Posted on February 26, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

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.

Environmental Law: Professional Development Luncheon

Posted on February 26, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The 2016 Illinois Pollution Control Board: The Chairman's View

Wednesday, April 13, 2016,
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
ISBA Chicago Office (map and directions)
20 S. Clark, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60603

The ISBA Environmental Law Section Council is pleased to invite you to join us to hear Mr. Gerald M. Keenan, Chairman of the Illinois Pollution Control Board (Board), speak at our April 13, 2016, Professional Development Luncheon, on the initiatives of and challenges facing the Board in 2016 and beyond.

Young Lawyers Wine Tasting set for Friday

Posted on February 23, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Please register now for the ISBA Young Lawyers Division Wine Tasting Networking event. Join your peers for an evening of socializing and wine tasting!

When: Friday, February 26, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: ISBA Chicago Office - 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900

Online registration and more information available at

INADR to honor Alliance of Bar Associations at Gala

Posted on February 18, 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 to co-host The Future is Now: Legal Services 2.016 on April 6

Posted on February 16, 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.

Volunteers needed for 2016 Mock Trial Invitational

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Volunteers are needed for the 2016 ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign. It will be held the weekend of April 2-3.

If you would like to volunteer for the 2016 Invitational, please register by going to: and clicking on the red button that says “Sign up to volunteer.” 

If you have already registered, thank you!  You will receive e-mails closer to the event providing you with more information about the program, a schedule, and logistics, such as parking information.

Young Lawyers to host Wine Tasting on Feb. 26

Posted on February 5, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Please register now for the ISBA Young Lawyers Division Wine Tasting Networking event. Join your peers for an evening of socializing and wine tasting!

When: Friday, February 26, 2016, 5:30 – 7:30 p.m.

Where: ISBA Chicago Office - 20 S. Clark Street, Suite 900

Online registration and more information available at

ISBA to host Distinguished Professional Service Joint Dinner on Feb. 25

Posted on February 3, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Jesse WhiteHon. Rita Garman

Susan Sher

The John Marshall Law School, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Judges Association and, Justinian Society of Lawyers are hosting "The Distinguished Professional Service Joint Dinner" on Thursday, February 25th at the Standard Club in Chicago.

Being honored with the Award of Exemplary Professional Service for their outstanding service to our legal profession and the public in the State of Illinois are Honorable Rita Garman, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice; Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State; and Susan Sher, Senior Advisor to the University of Chicago President and former Assistant to President Obama and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.

The evening will begin with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and program at 6:30 p.m.

Buy tickets, become a sponsor or find out more information at