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Illinois Bar Foundation

IBF names first recipients of Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program

Posted on July 11, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Alexis SimmonsJuan MejiaEmily VaughanThe Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has awarded its inaugural Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program grants to three 2014 law school graduates.

Post graduate legal fellowships were awarded this summer to Alexis Simmons, Northern Illinois University College of Law; Juan Mejia, University of Illinois College of Law; and Emily Vaughan, Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The fellowships will provide clinical support for three law school legal clinics.

The foundation launched its Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program to fund public interest jobs for recent law graduates, according to James Lestikow, 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.

“There is a growing need for more public interest lawyers to serve the underrepresented members of our community,” said David M. Anderson, IBF executive director. “The fellowship program was created to provide on-the-job training for new lawyers while simultaneously helping to fill the gap in legal aid services. We are extremely pleased to partner with these three top law schools on this inaugural fellowship program.”

Illinois Bar Foundation announces over $240,000 in grants

Posted on July 7, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Bar Foundation has approved 30 grants totaling $242,500 which will be distributed to nonprofit legal aid organizations statewide.

Illinois Bar Foundation grant recipients for FY14 are:

IBF to host reception honoring Paula H. Holderman on July 17

Posted on June 26, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Please join the ISBA Board of Governors and the IBF Board of Directors at a reception honoring ISBA Immediate Past President Paula H. Holderman. The reception will be held on Thursday, July 17, from 5-7 p.m. at the ISBA Chicago Office. Tickets are $50.

Register online or by calling the IBF at 312.726.6072.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

The Illinois Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association and is dedicated to improving access to justice to those most vulnerable, helping attorneys and their families in need, and to providing year-long legal Fellowships to new attorneys working in legal aid clinics.

IBF to host Winnebago County Fellows reception on May 28

Posted on May 15, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Winnebago County attorneys Joseph Dailing, Bobbie Holzwarth and Nancy Hyzer will be honored by the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation at a reception on Wednesday, May 28 from 5 to 7 p.m. at Prairie Street Brewhouse, 200 Prairie St., in Rockford.

The extraordinary attorneys are being honored for their professionalism and commitment to assist the legal profession in serving the public. The mission of the Illinois Bar Foundation is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who have fallen upon hard times.

Individual tickets are $40 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (312) 726-6072. The Illinois Bar Foundation is located at 20 S. Clark St., Suite 910, Chicago, IL  60603. Information also is available at www.illinoisbarfoundation.org.

Illinois Bar Foundation to honor Kinnally, Rogaliner

Posted on April 29, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Patrick Kinnally and Susan RogalinerThe Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation will honor Patrick Kinnally and Susan Rogaliner on May 22. The Kane County Fellows Reception will be held at Riverside Reception, 35 N. River Lane in Geneva. The event takes place from 5-6:30 and tickets are $40.

Tickets and information are available at illinoisbarfoundation.org. The Illinois Bar Foundation would like to thank Patron Sponsor ISBA Mutual Insurance Company and Friend Sponsors Lisa M. Nyuli, Turner Law Offices, Law Elder Law and Kinnally Flaherty, Krentz, Loran, Hodge & Masur PC.

Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon to play Lawyers Rock Legends

Posted on February 24, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon will make a guest appearance at the IBF’s Lawyers Rock Legends on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Lt. Gov. Simon will perform with the 5-thirty band; which consists of lawyers John Locallo, Carlos Vera, and Thomas Battista among other talented musicians. Lawyers Rock Legends is the IBF’s second largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from this event go towards helping lawyers in need and ensuring access to justice. Tickets for the event are still available. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Learn more and register at www.illinoisbarfoundation.org or by calling the Illinois Bar Foundation at 312.726.6072.

Proceeds from this event benefit the charitable programs of the IBF.

Get your tickets for Lawyers Rock Legends on Feb. 27

Posted on February 11, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Bar Foundation will host the annual Lawyers Rock Legends on Thursday, Feb. 27. This evening of Rock, Motown, Jazz & Blues will take place beginning at 6:30 p.m. at Buddy Guy's Legends, 700 S. Wabash.

Proceeds from this event benefit the charitable programs of the IBF.

Tickets and sponsorship packages are now available!

Learn more and register at www.illinoisbarfoundation.org or by calling the Illinois Bar Foundation at 312.726.6072.

Special accommodations will be granted to those with disabilities, please call ahead.

Illinois Bar Foundation announces Fellowship Program to train new lawyers, assist low-income residents

Posted on December 19, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Bar Foundation has launched a fellowship program to benefit both new law school graduates and low-income residents who need access to the civil justice system.

During this initial year, the Foundation will partner with three Illinois Law Schools and share the cost of salary and benefits with participating law schools so each can hire a recent graduate to work in that school’s civil legal aid clinic. The law school will select and employ the student and the IBF hopes to match selected graduates with mentors that can help the young attorneys develop.

IBF to honor Judge Michael McCuskey at Champaign County Fellows Reception

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Judge Michael P. McCuskeyThe Illinois Bar Foundation will host a Champaign County Fellows Reception honoring U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5-6:30 p.m. This event will be held at Crane Alley Restaurant, 115 W. Main Street, Urbana.

Tickets to this reception are $35 and include appetizers and drinks. To register, please click here or call the IBF directly at 312.726.6072.

The Illinois Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the ISBA and is dedicated to improving access to justice to those most vulnerable, helping attorneys and their families in need, and to providing year-long legal Fellowships to new attorneys working in legal aid clinics.

The Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation are a unique group of attorneys and judges, who have committed, by direct payment or pledge over 10 years, sums of money ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.

Fellows pledge payments are retained in a special fund of the Foundation, and are used for making grants, helping lawyers and their families in need, and providing legal fellowships to new attorneys in their alma mater’s legal aid clinic.

Fellows Officers of the Illinois Bar Foundation:

Brown, Enright join IBF Board of Directors

Posted on October 15, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Deane BrownKaren EnrightThe Illinois Bar Foundation has added two members to its Board of Directors.

Newly-elected members are Deane B. Brown, of Highland Park, a partner in the Chicago law firm of Beermann, Pritikin, Mirabelli, Swerdlove LLP; and Karen McNulty Enright, of Elmhurst, an attorney with McNabola Law Group, in Chicago.

The mission of the Illinois Bar Foundation is 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. The Illinois Bar Foundation is located at 20 S. Clark St., Suite 910, Chicago, IL  60603, and the phone number is (312) 726-6072.

 

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