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CLE: Defense Strategies for Health Care Fraud Cases [LIVE WEBCAST]

Posted on November 27, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Practical information to help your client. Health care fraud costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year and range from Medicaid fraud and insurance fraud to drug fraud and kickbacks. Don’t miss this live webcast on December 6 that offers an in-depth discussion on the current state of health care fraud cases and how you can help your clients (regardless of which side of the case you represent). Health care lawyers, government attorneys, civil litigators, and attorneys representing health systems, hospitals, physician groups, and health care providers with intermediate practice experience who attend this online seminar will better understand: enforcement trends; health care fraud case progression; how to mitigate health care fraud issues; and the pet peeves of government and defense attorneys involved in health care fraud cases.

The program is presented by the ISBA Health Care Law Section and qualifies for 1.50 hours MCLE credit.

Read more and register on the CLE page. 

ISBA Offices Closed for Thanksgiving

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for Thanksgiving beginning 2 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 22. The offices will resume normal business hours on Monday, Nov. 27.

On behalf of everyone at the ISBA, we wish you a happy, fun, and safe long weekend. Happy Thanksgiving!

Best Practice Tips: Law Firm Growth – Partnership/Merger

Posted on November 22, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Asked and Answered

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

Q. I am the sole owner of a six-attorney energy law practice in Houston. I have had my practice for twenty years and have enjoyed the independence of being the boss, but I am tired of being solely accountable for the success of the practice, having to do all the management, and having all the worry and stress. I believe I have reached the point where I am ready for a partner or partners and I believe that the practice can be positioned for growth if I bring in a lateral partner, make a couple of my associates partners, or merge with another firm. I welcome any suggestions that you may have.

Check Off Your Holiday Shopping List with Lenovo

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Black Friday and Cyber Monday bring the shiniest savings of the season! Give gifts they will open all year with instant savings up to 60% off on Lenovo's best performing laptops, tablets, accessories, and more while supplies last.

Visit Lenovo's Illinois State Bar Association member page.
Call: 1-800-426-7235, ext. 3577 (M-F: 9am-9pm ET, Sat: 9am-6pm ET)

Be sure to check the website often – special offers change frequently.

Hon. Jeffrey MacKay Appointed Circuit Judge

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The Hon. Jeffrey S. MacKay, associate judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, has been appointed circuit judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit, at Large, by the Illinois Supreme Court. The appointment will be effective Dec. 1 following the retirement of Hon. Kathryn E. Creswell. 

Hon. MacKay is a graduate of Kent College of Law, Chicago, 1992, and was admitted to the practice of law in Illinois in 1993.  Judge MacKay is currently an associate judge in the Misdemeanor Division of the 18th Judicial Circuit, having been appointed to the bench in April of 2013. He was in private practice for 12 years with the law firm of Ekl, Williams and Provenzale (2001-2013), and also served as an assistant DuPage County state’s attorney (1993-2001).  Judge MacKay is an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association and the Illinois State Bar Association. 

Illinois Supreme Court Disbars Three, Suspends 13 in Latest Disciplinary Filing

Posted on November 21, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois Supreme Court announced the filing of lawyer disciplinary orders on Nov. 21, 2017. Sanctions were imposed because the lawyers engaged in professional misconduct by violating state ethics law.


  • Lance Haddix, Chicago

Mr. Haddix was licensed in Illinois in 1967 and in California in 1989. The Supreme Court of California disbarred him for violating multiple probation conditions after he had been suspended for one year in favor of a five-year period of probation, subject to a 30-day period of actual suspension, and other conditions. The Supreme Court of Illinois imposed reciprocal discipline and disbarred him.

  • Beth Courtney Otero, Chicago

Ms. Otero, who was licensed in 2005, was disbarred. She misappropriated over $20,000 that she had been holding in escrow from two real estate transactions and engaged in a conflict of interest by representing opposing parties in a real estate transaction. Additionally, Ms. Otero fabricated court pleadings and engaged in the unauthorized practice of law after her name was removed from the Master Roll of Attorneys.

  • Jeffrey Lee Schlapp, Chicago

Mr. Schalpp, who was licensed in 2006, was disbarred on consent. He misappropriated more than $600,000 from at least nine different clients who had filed claims against nursing homes.

Early Booking Promotion for ISBA Mediterranean Cruise Available Through Nov. 30

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Book your cruise and airfare for the ISBA Mediterranean Cruise with President Russell W. Hartigan by Thursday, Nov. 30, to receive a $500 per person airline credit. 

The cruise is a nine-night voyage aboard the Amazara Quest, departing from Barcelona, Spain, on May 15 and arriving in Nice, France on May 24.

Additional details about the cruise and its itinerary are available through the Member Marketplace. To take advantage of the early booking promotion, fill out the Mediterranean Cruise Registration Form and follow the submission instructions.

Thanksgiving Specials from Tickets At Work

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Sara Anderson

If you're looking for something to be thankful for this Thanksgiving, check out the wide selection of ticket discounts nationwide brought to you by Tickets At Work. From theme park admissions to Broadway musicals, Tickets at Work has a discount for you.

These offers are provided to you through the Illinois State Bar Association’s Member Marketplace.

Want to sign up? It's free and easy: 
1. Visit
2. Use your company code: ISBA
3. Read and follow the easy steps on our site, and once registered you can access all tickets, events, hotels and more online for free.

Distinguished Counsellors Class of 1967 Honored

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Distinguished Counsellors Class of 1967The annual Distinguished Counsellors Luncheon honoring ISBA members who have been admitted to the bar for a period of 50 years was held yesterday, Thursday, Nov. 16, at the Union League Club in Chicago. Justice John B. Simon, appellate judge for the First District, spoke on behalf of the Class of 1967. In total, there were 168 honorees. 

Honorees in attendance were joined by family, friends, and ISBA leadership. One by one, the Class of 1967 was invited to the stage to be presented with a certificate of recognition by Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, ISBA president, to show our respect and admiration for those who have dedicated their lives to the profession and serve as living examples of the profession's highest ideals. James McCluskey, ISBA president-elect, and David Sosin, ISBA second vice president, joined Hartigan in presenting the awards. 

The tradition of conferring the title of "Distinguished Counsellor" dates back to 1940, when ISBA held its first ceremony at the Sangamon County Circuit Court. 

Congratulations to the 1967 Class of Distinguished Counsellors: