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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

Ball games, cookouts, pool parties and summer deals from Lenovo!

ISBA member do more, go further and never stand still. That’s why June brings a home run of instant savings on Lenovo’s award winning technologies. Now’s the time to take advantage of this month’s special offer of up to 29% off select grand slam performing Laptops, Desktops, Tablets, Accessories and More! Don’t forget to prepare for rainy days, upgrade your warranty service!

Through the ISBA Member Savings Program, you get ongoing discounts, FREE shipping on all web orders, access to energy-efficient green technologies and award-winning service.

Shop now, save and enjoy:

  • Up to 29% off Lenovo Desktops
  • up to 27% off Lenovo Laptops
  • up to 20% off Lenovo Tablets
  • up to 15% off ThinkPad Laptops and ThinkCentre Desktops


Call: 1-800-426-7235, ext. 3577 (M-F: 9am-9pm EST, Sat: 9am-6pm EST)

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

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.

Congratulations to the winner of the Member Benefits Tweet-Off!

Posted on June 9, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Congratulations to Brandon Hummel for winning the ISBA’s May Member Appreciation Month Member Benefits Twitter Contest.

EClips keeps you current, CLE keeps you wise, both can be had for an incredible price! Best small lawyer resource in IL.

The prize is a new 9.7" iPad Pro. These were the instructions: In 140 characters or less, tell us how you're using an ISBA member benefit and why it's valuable to your practice. Our panel of judges will choose the winning tweets based on cleverness, relevancy and helpfulness.

Annual Meeting pre-registration deadline is June 10

Posted on June 9, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Registration is now open for the 140th ISBA Annual Meeting. Join us at our new convenient location in Rosemont, IL for three days packed with learning and networking opportunities. The deadline for pre-registration is June 10.

We're offering 2 tracks of Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute programming, focusing on Transforming Your Practice with Technology and Establishing Your New Solo/Small Firm Practice.

We're also rolling out the red carpet for today's new lawyers. Come Friday to hear from The Good Wife's legal technical advisor and stay for an afternoon of improv with our Young Lawyers Division, followed by an all-night party celebrating the profession. 

It's the best ideas merged into one exciting conference, with more than 16 hours of CLE, 58 business meetings, an exhibit hall, and the Chicago Catz Band. It's Annual:Redone, with #moreCLEmoreFUN.

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