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ISBA Statehouse Review for the week of June 15, 2016

Posted on June 15, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington reviews legislation in Springfield of interest to ISBA members. This week he covers Filing fees, Mobile Home and Landlord and Tenant Rights Act (House Bill 6285), Unclaimed U.S. savings bonds (House Bill 5607),  Guilty pleas (House Bill 2569), Counties Code (House Bill 4603) and Toxicology results (Senate Bill 3096). More information on each bill is available below the video.

Filing fees. The Access to Justice Act created the Statutory Court Fee Task Force to study the current system of fees, fines, and other court costs and propose recommendations to the Illinois General Assembly and Illinois Supreme Court. Its report may be found here.

Best Practice: Managing performance reviews

Posted on June 15, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

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

Q. We are a firm is a 15-attorney firm in Kansas City, Missouri. Our management committee is charged with the responsibility of determining partner, associate and staff compensation. Several years ago we switched to a competency based, goal driven system for partners, associates, and staff. The system requires self-evaluations, peer evaluations for partners and associates, and self-evaluations. This requires extensive performance reviews, tracking, scheduling, and documentation. We are using Excel spreadsheets and MS Word documents and having a hard time managing all of this. Do you have any ideas?

Thinking of representing an Illinoisan in an out-of-state accident? Think again

Posted on June 15, 2016 by Mark S. Mathewson

Suppose one of your neighbors is injured in a car accident in Michigan. She calls and asks you to represent her. You've handled lots of Illinois accident cases, and you feel comfortable with this one based on what she tells you.

Not so fast, warns James H. Koning. There are differences in Illinois and Michigan law that make this far from routine for an Illinois lawyer who doesn't practice in Michigan.

"Michigan has no-fault insurance," Koning says. "According to Michigan law, most out-of-state insurers have filed a Michigan certification, which means that your clients' insurance policy automatically turned into a Michigan insurance policy once they crossed the state line." Find out more about the perils of representing an Illinois client in an out-of-state claim in the June Illinois Bar Journal and in Koning's article in the April Tort Trends newsletter.

Vincent F. Cornelius installed as 140th ISBA President

Posted on June 15, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Vincent F. CorneliusVincent F. Cornelius was installed as president of the 32,000-member Illinois State Bar Association on June 17, 2016. The installation took place at the association's 140th Annual Meeting at the Westin O'Hare in Rosemont. Cornelius is the Principal in the Law Office of Vincent F. Cornelius with offices in Joliet and Wheaton. He is the 140th ISBA president, and the first African American to lead the association as president. View pictures from the installation at

A major focus of Cornelius' year as president will be the future of young lawyers. Cornelius has ambitions for a collaboration with Illinois law schools and law school deans, the Illinois Supreme Court, the American Bar Association, and others to prepare young lawyers for the profession. As a small-firm attorney, Cornelius understands the concerns of his peers, including solo practitioners, and he plans to address their issues as well.

The ISBA Annual Meeting featured programming from the association's Solo and Small Firm Conference. Cornelius will also focus on offering assistance for small-firm members through enhanced Law Practice Management Resources.

Cornelius will also highlight diversity and inclusion in the profession, and the issue of implicit bias.

DuPage County announces applicants for associate judge vacancy

Posted on June 13, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Chief Judge Kathryn E. Creswell announced Monday that applications for the Office of Associate Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois, DuPage County, have been received from those below.

The vacancy is the result of the resignation of Associate Judge Jane Hird Mitton.

As part of the review process conducted by the Circuit Judges, Chief Judge Creswell invites public comment by letter before June 27, 2016:

Supreme Court Rules Committee sets public hearing on proposals

Posted on June 13, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee will hear comments July 8 at a public hearing in Chicago on three proposals, including one calling for the creation of a Supreme Court rule to govern the use of restraints on minors during court proceedings.

The Committee will also consider proposed changes to Supreme Court rules involving proof of service and the record on appeal.

Please watch out for fraudulent bar complaint emails

Posted on June 13, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

State Bar Associations around the country have received numerous calls and emails regarding a fraudulent email being distributed to members purportedly informing them of a Bar Complaint.  For example, the fraudulent email could be titled in the subject line: "The Illinois State Bar Association Complaint."

If you receive one of these fraudulent emails, please do not respond or click on any attachments. Delete it immediately. These emails are NOT from the Illinois State Bar Association and may contain links to files that open malicious software. Please be aware, if you are a member of another bar, that they may have experienced this as well.

For more information on email scams, please read Too Many Phish in the Sea from the April 2015 Illinois Bar Journal.

Check out Lenovo's June offers for ISBA members

Posted on June 13, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

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ISBA Statehouse Review for the week of June 9, 2016

Posted on June 9, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington reviews legislation in Springfield of interest to ISBA members. This week he covers E-business fee (Senate Bill 3162), Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (2015) (House Bill 4648),  Forcible Entry and Detainer Article (Senate Bill 3166),  Supplementary proceedings (Senate Bill 2845), FOIA (House Bill 4715) and Snow and ice removal (Senate Bill 2138). More information on each bill is available below the video.