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Gibson appointed associate judge in DuPage

Posted on October 1, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Chief Circuit Judge John T. Elsner has announced that Robert G. Gibson has been appointed to the position of Associate Judge. He fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Judge Carey B. Pierce.

Gibson graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1983 and has been serving as a Circuit Judge since Aug. 2, 2010, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Circuit Judge Perry T. Thompson.

ISBA Member Update with President John E. Thies - Senior Lawyers Division

Posted on October 1, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

President John E. Thies highlights the contributions of the ISBA Senior Lawyers Division.

CLE: Transitions, Economics and Ethics – Ready or Not!

Posted on October 1, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Help you and your clients plan for retirement, Medicare, social security, and more with this informative seminar!

As senior lawyers, we not only advise clients who are contemplating retirement, but we must also plan for our own withdrawal from the workforce. Join us in Chicago on October 12th for an in-depth look at transitional planning – from social security and Medicare benefits to succession planning and long-term care insurance. Practitioners (aged 55 and older) and those representing clients planning for transitions who attend this program will gain a better understanding of: how to maximize returns on social security benefits; the common mistakes of retirement planning; the necessary income and assets for a successful retirement plan; how to prepare for financial hardship in the event of a medical calamity; what’s needed for the succession planning of a law firm; and much more.

The program qualifies for 3.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.5 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval) and is presented by the ISBA Senior Lawyers Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Elder Law Section.

Click here for more information and to register.

Sign up now to be admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States!

Posted on October 1, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA members stand in front of the U.S. Supreme Court after the June 2011 admission ceremony.

Join ISBA members for a group admission on June 3, 2013

Only 50 spots are available so sign up now for the ISBA's biennial trip to the U.S. Supreme Court! For an application for admission and the event and hotel reservation form, contact Janet Sosin,, or 800-678-4009 or 312-726-8775. Applicants will be placed on the list on a first-come basis. A special group hotel room rate is available at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel for the admittee, family and guests.

Planned Events:

  • Reception Sunday, June 2, 2013:  5:30 p.m.–7 p.m. at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel for admittees and guests
  • Group Admission to the U. S. Supreme Court: Monday, June 3, 2013
  • Continental Breakfast at the U. S. Supreme Court for admittees and guests

To be eligible, you must be an active lawyer member of the ISBA, admitted to practice more than 3 years, and did not have any adverse disciplinary action pronounced or in effect during that 3-year period.

Click here to view photos from the ISBA trip in 2011.

(This event is sponsored by the Standing Committee on Bar Services and Activities)

ISBA Statehouse Review for the week of September 27

Posted on September 27, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington reviews bills in Springfield of interest to ISBA members. In this episode he provides an overview of how to determine the application date for pending legislation. More information is available below the video.

President-elect Holderman attends Korean American Bar's Banquet and Installation

Posted on September 27, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA President-elect Paula H. Holderman attended the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago's Banquet and Installation on Sept. 22 at the Union League Club. Pictured with Holderman are (from left) Judge Young Kim, Sam Park (KABA President 2010-2012) and Chief Judge James Holderman.

Jochner, Hooks to be honored with McMorrow Service Award

Posted on September 27, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Hon. William H. HooksMichele M. JochnerThe Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phil Alpha Delta Law Fraternity will honor Michele M. Jochner and Hon. William H. Hooks with the 2012 Hon. Mary Ann G. McMorrow Service to the Profession Award. This ceremony will take place on Thursday, Oct. 25 at the Hotel InterContinental, 505 N. Michigan.

Join Justice Mary Ann G. McMorrow and the members of the Chicago Alumni Chapter to recognize those who will received this award named in her honor during a unique and festive evening including a light buffet, dessert and wine selection from the nationally-renowned Eno Wine Bar.

Questions? Contact Deidre Baumann at (312) 558-3119 or

Reservations can be made online via PayPal at

Diversity Leadership Council welcomes new Fellows

Posted on September 27, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Officers of the Diversity Leadership Council with the new Diversity FellowsThe Illinois State Bar Association’s Diversity Leadership Council (DLC) welcomed six new Fellows at its meeting on Friday, Sept. 21. Four of the new Fellows were on hand for the meeting including (top photo, from left) Mehpara Suleman, Special Assistant Attorney General for the Illinois Department of Revenue, Chicago; Prof. Kim D. Chanbonpin, The John Marshall Law School, Chicago;  DLC Chair Ebony Huddleston, Farrell Hamilton & Julian PC in Godfrey; Junko Minami, Assistant Attorney General for the Illinois Attorney General, Chicago; Veronica Armouti, Sandberg Pheonix & von Gontard, Edwardsville; (back, from left) DLC Ex-officio William T. Eveland, Arnstein & Lehr, Chicago; DLC Secretary John Moore, John W Moore PC, Chicago; and DLC Vice-Chair Sandra Blake of Life Span, Des Plaines. Two new Fellows not on hand for the meeting were Carla Allen of the Allen Law Firm in St. Louis and Joslyn Anthony of Belleville.

Getting the most for your law practice

Posted on September 26, 2012 by Mark S. Mathewson

How much is your practice worth? How can you maximize its value? How do you find buyers? Even if you aren't ready to sell, experts say the time to ask yourself these questions is now. Find out more in the October IBJ.