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Illinois Bar Foundation

Illinois Bar Foundation receives $11,000 Cy Pres donation

Posted on March 8, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has received a cy pres award of approximately $11,000 as recommended by McGuire Law, P.C., in Chicago.                 

The donation represents the remaining funds from a class action settlement the firm won in 2015, Murray et al v. Bill Me Later, Inc. (Northern District of Ill., Case No. 12CVO4789), according to Myles McGuire, principal at the firm.

“We chose the Illinois Bar Foundation because of its fine work helping ensure that all Illinois residents receive access to justice,” he said. “Their efforts to support other lawyers who have fallen on hard times financially also figured in to our decision. They were a natural choice.”

Edelson PC Makes $345,000 Donation to Illinois Bar Foundation

Posted on February 10, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

National consumer rights firm Edelson PC, headquartered in Chicago, announced it has made a $345,000 donation to the Illinois Bar Foundation. 

Jay Edelson, the founder of the firm, said the donation is part of his firm's broader efforts to support local and national organizations that promote open access to the courts.  “It has become more difficult for ordinary people to have full and fair access to the courts; this imbalance especially impacts disadvantaged communities. Legal aid organizations, like the IBF, are of critical importance in keeping the playing field as level as possible,” Edelson explained.

IBF to host Lawyers Rock on March 10

Posted on January 20, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Please save the date for the Illinois Bar Foundation’s Lawyers Rock on Thursday, March 10 at the Double Door in Chicago. Enjoy live music and lots of fun as lawyers rock out for justice. The proceeds of this event help the Illinois Bar Foundation ensure access to justice and support juvenile justice causes through the Foundation’s M. Denny Hassakis Fund.

Date: Thursday, March 10 from 6:00 – 11:00 pm

Location: Double Door: 1572 N. Milwaukee Chicago, Illinois 60622

For tickets and sponsorship information, please call 312-726-6072 or visit

“License to Rock” Sponsors:

Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.

Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C.

Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association

ISBA Mutual

WBAI Leading Lawyer Ladies

Awards Sponsor:

Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education

Parking Sponsor:

Mark L. Karno & Associates

Beverage Sponsors:

Lisa Nyuli and Weiler & Lengle PC

IBF to host Lake County Fellows Reception

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Morgan Yingst

Join the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation on Thursday, January 28 for the Lake County Fellows Reception, honoring attorneys Deborah Goldberg and Bernard Wysocki for their leadership and dedication to the law. The proceeds from this event will help the Foundation further its mission to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means; assist lawyers who have fallen on hard times; and provide legal Fellowships to recent law school graduates.

IBF to honor Holderman, Rosato Perea at Fellows Breakfast on Dec. 11

Posted on October 23, 2015 by Morgan Yingst

Jennifer Rosato PereaPaula H. HoldermanThe Illinois Bar Foundation will honor Paula Hudson Holderman and Jennifer Rosato Perea at the annual Fellows Breakfast on Friday, December 11, 2015 at The Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers.

Paula Hudson HoldermanWinston & Strawn 

ISBA Past President Paula Hudson Holderman will be honored with the 2015 Distinguished Service to Law & Society Award. This award is given to individuals who have made a significant contribution to law and society and his/her contribution includes involvement with the Illinois Bar Foundation and The Fellows.  

Jennifer Rosato Perea, Dean, DePaul University College of Law  

Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea will be honored with the 2015 Honorary Fellow Award. This award is given to individuals whose professional and public careers set an example to which others aspire. 

Bar Foundation President tours Lawndale Legal Center

Posted on September 15, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Chicago lawyer Shawn Kasserman (at right), president of the Illinois Bar Foundation, recently toured the Lawndale Christian Legal Center as a guest of the center’s executive director and lead attorney, Clifford Ellis. The center is one of 23 legal-aid nonprofits in Illinois which shared in $185,000 in foundation grants this year. 

Illinois Bar Foundation to honor Todd Smith at Annual Gala

Posted on September 15, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Todd A. SmithThe Illinois Bar Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, will hold its 16th annual black-tie Gala fundraiser on Friday evening, October 16, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago. During the event, ISBA Past President Todd A. Smith, founding partner of the personal injury law firm of Power Rogers & Smith, will receive the foundation’s 2015 Distinguished Award for Excellence.

Included in the ticket price of $500 per person is a reception, dinner and dancing to the Ken Arlen Orchestra. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (312) 726-6072 or visit!2015gala/c2en.

Gala Co-Chairs

  • Leonard Amari (Amari & Locallo)
  • John Cooney (Cooney & Conway)
  • Kevin Conway (Cooney & Conway)

Gala Board Co-Chairs

  • Shawn S. Kasserman, (Tomasik, Kotin, Kasserman)
  • Mark L. Karno (Mark L. Karno & Associates)

Illinois Bar Foundation names 2015 Recipients of Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program

Posted on August 14, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Marishonta M. WilkersonBryan McIntyreCalli Burnett








The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has awarded its 2015 Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program grants to three 2015 law school graduates.

The Fellowships, which provide clinical support for three law school legal clinics, were awarded this summer to Calli Leigh Burnett, of Chicago; Bryan McIntyre, of Urbana, and Marishonta M. Wilkerson, of Milwaukee.

The foundation launched its Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program in 2014 to fund public interest jobs for recent law graduates, according to Shawn Kasserman, IBF president. The foundation will award $25,000 to each of the three fellowships. The law schools will each contribute a stipend to help fund the positions.

Wilkerson will serve at NIU Law’s Zeke Giorgi Clinic in Rockford; McIntyre will work in the Civil Litigation Clinic at the University of Illinois; and Burnett will support the Community Law Center Clinic at Loyola University Chicago.

Illinois Bar Foundation adds 5 new members to Board

Posted on July 31, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has added five members to its Board of Directors.

Newly-elected members are Christopher W. Niro, a senior associate attorney at Niro, Haller & Niro in Chicago; Chantelle A. Porter, a senior associate attorney at A. Traub & Associates with offices in Arlington Heights and Lombard; Gregory L. Shevlin, a partner in the Belleville law firm of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin, Ltd.; Rory T. Weiler, a partner in Weiler & Lengle, P.C. in St. Charles; and Sonni Choi Williams, Deputy Corporation Counsel for the city of Peoria. Weiler and Shevlin will serve two-year terms and the other board members will each serve a one-year term.

Illinois Bar Foundation elects new officers

Posted on July 10, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), has elected its officers for the organization’s 2015-16 fiscal year. They are: Shawn S. Kasserman, founding member, Tomasik Kotin & Kasserman, LLC, president; Elizabeth A. Kaveny, partner, Burke, Wise, Morrissey & Kaveny, first vice president; Perry J. Browder, shareholder, Simmons Hanly Conroy, second vice president; Timothy W. Kelly, principal, Kelly Law Offices, third vice president; Lisa M. Nyuli, partner, Ariano Hardy Ritt Nyuli Richmond Lytle & Goettel P.C., treasurer; and Donald Tracy, partner, Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLC, secretary.

The Illinois Bar Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, strives to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. This year, the foundation will distribute more than $850,000. The Illinois Bar Foundation is located at 20 S. Clark St., Suite 910, Chicago, IL  60603. Call (312) 726-6072 or visit