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IBF to Honor DeKalb County Attorney

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Richard Turner

The Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) will honor Richard L. Turner, Jr., partner at Turner & Sackett, LLC, for his leadership and dedication to the law at a DeKalb County Fellows reception on Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Kishwaukee Country Club, 1901 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. 

Tickets are $35 per person. To purchase tickets or sponsorships visit

Created in 1983, the Fellows Program consists of a special group of lawyers and Foundation supporters who have committed, by direct payment or pledge over ten years, sums of money ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to support the mission of the IBF.

Law Firm Practice Groups

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Asked and Answered

By John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

Q. I am a partner and a member of our three-member executive committee. Our firm is a 25-attorney litigation defense firm in Kansas City, Missouri. We handle matters such as personal injury, medical malpractice, professional malpractice, products liability, and health care law. Each attorney handles and manages his or her own cases and operates in isolation of the other partners in the firm. Other than attending a quarterly partnership meeting there is little interaction among the partners. We have been discussing whether we should form practice groups. We would appreciate your thoughts.

Spotlight on Pro Bono: Another Alternative For Free Legal Services In Southern Illinois

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Sara Anderson

By Beverly A. Allen 

The Neighborhood Law Office, is just that — a law office that serves the legal needs of its neighbors. The Neighborhood Law Office (NLO) provides free legal services to low income residents in St. Clair County and its surrounding counties. Implemented in 1996, Kathleen O’Keefe, a former staff attorney at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., was its first director. NLO falls under the auspices of Catholic Urban Programs (CUP). CUP was founded in 1973 as a department of the Catholic Diocese of Belleville and has provided charity services throughout Southern Illinois for over 40 years. The mission of CUP and NLO is to advance the dignity of the human person through compassionate responses to human needs, advocacy for justice, and to empower individuals and families to reach their full potential by ensuring access to justice for their clients. 

Deadline to Request Paper Ballot in ISBA Election Is Friday

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Voting is now underway in the 2018 ISBA election, and the last day to request a paper ballot is this Friday, April 13.

ISBA's election provider Election America e-mailed ballots to members with valid e-mail addresses and mailed paper ballots to members without valid e-mail addresses two weeks ago, on Monday, March 26.

Only attorney members who have paid their dues by March 1, 2018 are eligible to vote. Voting ends at 4:30 p.m. CT on April 30.

CLE: The Anatomy of Mechanics Lien Claim

Posted on April 10, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Join your fellow colleagues and local judges in Chicago on May 9, 2018 for an in-depth look at the nuts and bolts of a mechanics lien claim! Learn what it takes to prosecute liens on private and public projects and avoid common pitfalls encountered with claims under the Illinois Mechanics Lien Act.

Illinois Judges Foundation and Illinois Bar Foundation to Honor 3 with Legal Luminary Award

Posted on April 6, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation will honor retired Justice Philip J. Rarick, Hon. Carole K. Bellows, and attorney Harvey B. Stephens for their exemplary careers and dedication to advancing the legal profession on Tuesday, May 15, at the Legal Luminary Reception at the Illinois State Library in Springfield, Ill.

Lawyer Referral Service Makes Over 900 Referrals in March

Posted on April 6, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of March 2018 there were over 900 referrals given.

Here are the results for March 2018:

U.S. Attorney's Office Seeks Assistant U.S. Attorneys

Posted on April 6, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The U.S. Attorney's Office Northern District of Illinois is accepting applications for an assistant United States attorney opening in its Civil Division, primarily to handle bankruptcy and commercial lien cases and matters.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least two years post-J.D. experience in bankruptcy practice. U.S. citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: Excellent academics, significant litigation experience, bankruptcy law experience, strong legal writing skills, and commitment to public service.

Quick Take on Illinois Supreme Court Opinion Issued Thursday, April 5

Posted on April 5, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down one opinion today in People v. Pepitone. At issue in this case was whether Section 11-9.4-1(b) of the Criminal Code of 2012, which prohibits sexual predators or child sex offenders to knowingly be present in any public park building or on real property comprising any public park, is facially violative of substantive due process. Jay Wiegman of the Office of the State Appellate Defender reviews the court's ruling.

People v. Pepitone

Section 11-9.4-1(b) of the Criminal Code of 2012 prohibits “sexual predators” and “child sex offenders” from being knowingly present in any public park building or on real property comprising any public park. 720 ILCS 5/11 9.4 1(b) (West 2016). In People v. Pepitone, 2018 IL 122034, the Illinois Supreme Court considered whether this statute was facially violative of substantive due process and determined that it was not. 

The defendant in Pepitone, who had been convicted in 1999 of predatory criminal sexual assault of a child and sentenced to a six-year prison term, was arrested in 2013 while walking his dog in a public park in Bolingbrook. A jury found him guilty of being a child sex offender in a public park, and he was sentenced to 24 months’ conditional discharge, 100 hours of public service, and $400 in fines and costs.