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Young Lawyers to host Professional Development Luncheons

Posted on August 14, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division is kicking off its Professional Development Luncheons (PDLs) with a session titled “Getting Your Foot in the Door.” The program will be on Wednesday, Sept. 12 at noon at the Chicago Regional Office, 20 S. Clark Ste. 900.

The four part series is aimed at teaching law students and young attorneys practical steps in advancing their career. The first luncheon program features three esteemed panelists who will discuss how to get your first job or new job in the legal profession whether you are interested in working at a small firm, large firm, or for the government.

  • Gina DeBoni, Managing Partner, Romannucci Blandin
  • Pat Driscoll, Head of Civil Actions Bureau, Cook County State’s Attorney
  • Tom Fahey, Managing Partner, Ungaretti Harris, LLP

Cost: $10 includes lunch (If you require a specific dietary lunch, contact Janet Sosin)

Registration required by Sept. 7 at

No MCLE credit is available for this program.

For general inquiries, please contact Matt Coleman at; Jessica Durkin at; or Heather Pfeffer, at

Register now for Fred Lane's Trial Techniques Institute

Posted on August 13, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

The Fall Semester of Fred Lane's ISBA Trial Technique Institute begins Sept. 4 at the ISBA's Chicago Regional Office. Listen to Fred discuss the class and find out more below the video.

More information is available at

Register online at

Solo and Small Firm Conference returns to Chicagoland - early bird deadline is Aug. 20

Posted on August 13, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association's 8th Annual Solo & Small Firm Conference returns to Chicagoland Sept. 13-15 at the Westin Northwest Chicago in Itasca. Register by Aug. 20 for the Early Bird discount -- a savings of $75. Earn up to 15 hours of MCLE credit, including all 6 hours of PMCLE credit.

Top 10 Reasons To Attend This Year’s Conference

  1. Networking with like-minded peers from across the state!
  2. Crowd favorite program Gizmos & Gadgets returns
  3. Basic and advanced Fastcase legal research training
  4. New location in Itasca, just northwest of Chicago
  5. Individual counseling on how to market your firm
  6. Mobile Device App to put Conference info you need at your fingertips
  7. Comedians-at-Law at Friday night social event
  8. Plenary speaker Todd Winegar's Trials of the Century Overview program
  9. New 4th track of programming – Practice Fundamentals
  10. 15 HRS MCLE/ 6 HRS PMCLE credit available

Learn more and register today at

John Locallo appointed to Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents

Posted on August 10, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

John G. LocalloISBA Immediate Past President John G. Locallo has been named to the Executive Council of the National Conference of Bar Presidents (NCBP).

The NCBP was founded in 1950 to provide information and training to state and local bar association leaders. Included among its many distinguished past presidents are former ABA Presidents Chesterfield Smith, Leonard Janofsky, George Bushnell, Bill Paul and Steven Zak, as well as current ABA President, Laurel G. Bellows.

The current organizational members of NCBP include state and local bars from 53 states and territories. The Executive Council consists of recent bar presidents who want to share their experiences and perspectives with current bar leaders.

The NCBP provides high-quality programming to current bar leaders at two meetings held each year contemporaneously with the annual and midyear meetings of the ABA.

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Quick takes on Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions Jane Doe-3 v. McLean and Santiago v. E.W. Bliss

Posted on August 9, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Our panel of leading appellate attorneys review Thursday's Illinois Supreme Court opinions in the Civil cases Jane Doe-3 v. McLean County Unit District No. 5 Board of Directors and Santiago v. E.W. Bliss Company.

Jane Doe-3 v. McLean County Unit District No. 5 Board of Directors

By Karen Kies DeGrand, Donohue Brown Mathewson & Smyth LLC

Chicago attorney Bellows sworn-in as president of American Bar Association

Posted on August 9, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

ABA President Laurel G. BellowsChicago attorney Laurel G. Bellows was sworn-in this week as the new president of the American Bar Association. Bellows, a principal of The Bellows Law Group, P.C. in Chicago, represents executives in the United States and internationally.

She has several areas of focus for the coming year. One is to call attention to human trafficking in the United States. She has has been authorized by the ABA Board of Governors to create a Task Force on Human Trafficking in the United States that will develop a range of anti-trafficking projects and coordinate efforts with other groups on the issue. A second priority is to look at cybersecurity and the roles that private business and government have to keep our nation secure from cyber attacks. Bellows also will appoint task forces on gender equity and another on civil trials. She also will continue the call for increased funding of the court system in the U.S.

A graduate of the University of Pennsylvania and Loyola University School of Law, Bellows has practiced law for more than 30 years.  She practices law with her husband, Joel, in Chicago. They have four children and four grandchildren.

ISBA Statehouse Review for the week of August 9

Posted on August 9, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington reviews bills in Springfield of interest to ISBA members. In this episode he covers the Benefit Corporation Act, Calculation of child support, Juror's fees, Cell phones and driving, False UCC filings and Supervision and speeding. More information on each bill is available below the video.

CLE: National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius: A Final Decision on Health Care Reform? [Live Webcast]

Posted on August 9, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Join us on August 15th from the comfort of your home or office for this live webcast that explores the commerce, taxing and spending powers of the U.S., as well as the possibility of expanding Medicaid coverage within all fifty states over the next 18 months!

On June 28, 2012, the U.S. Supreme Court issued its decision on National Federation of Independent Business v. Sebelius, which upholds Congress' authority to enact provisions within the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (ACA) and the Health Care and Education Reconciliation Act (HCERA). Stay abreast of this historic Supreme Court decision with the information presented throughout this live webcast, including: the facts underlying the Supreme Court’s decision; the constitutional questions of commerce, taxing and spending; the Medicaid expansion provision; the impact of the Court’s limitation on federal power over the program; and the possible political acts (state and federal) that will now shape final implementation of law.

The program is presented by the ISBA Health Care Section and qualifies for 1.5 hours MCLE credit.

Click here for more information and to register.