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Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier elected as next Chief Justice of Illinois Supreme Court

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Chief Justice-Elect Lloyd A. KarmeierThe Illinois Supreme Court announced today that Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier will be its next Chief Justice. Justice Karmeier was unanimously elected to the office by his fellow justices and will serve a three-year term commencing October 26, 2016. He succeeds Rita B. Garman, whose tenure as Chief Justice ends October 25, 2016. An installation ceremony honoring Justice Karmeier’s election as Chief Justice will be held at
the Supreme Court Building in Springfield on Monday, October 31. Justice Garman will
administer the oath of office.

Justice Karmeier will be this State’s 120th Chief Justice and the second person from Washington County to hold that office. Justice Byron O. House, for whom Justice Karmeier served as a law clerk, was the first.

“I appreciate the confidence shown by the other members of the court in electing me to this position,” said Justice Karmeier. “Since joining the court in 2004, I have had the privilege of serving under five different chief justices, all of whom have done an outstanding job. I will do my very best to live up to the high standard they have set.”

Glorioso appointed as Chairman of the Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Mauro GloriosoGovernor Bruce Rauner has appointed ISBA member Mauro Glorioso to be the new Chairman of the State of Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB).
Glorioso has been a member of the statewide five member board for eight years and was recently appointed its Chairman. Board members are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Senate confirmed Glorioso’s appointment by a vote of 52-0.

“I am honored by Governor Rauner’s confidence in me to serve the Citizens of the State of Illinois as the Chairman of the PTAB," Glorioso said. "The PTAB exists to insure that the Taxpayers of the State have an avenue of relief to make certain that their real property assessments are fair and uniform.”

The PTAB provides that taxpayer service through the Administrative Law Process and does not charge to file cases at its offices. Cases are then assigned to administrative law judges (ALJ) to be heard and considered. A written decision is prepared which is reviewed by the board. The Board’s charge is to determine the correct assessed value of the property under consideration. It does not determine tax bills. Appeals can be made to the PTAB only after a board of review determination from any county in Illinois. Prior to becoming a board member, Glorioso served as an ALJ at the agency for eight years.

Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund seeks bids for legal services

Posted on September 19, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Municipal Retirement Fund (IMRF) is requesting proposals to provide general legal services to IMRF from law firms that qualify under Illinois law as businesses owned by minorities, females, or persons with a disability.

The RFP is available on the IMRF website at

Proposals must be received no later than end of business day on October 7, 2016.

Red Mass to be held on October 4

Posted on September 15, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago cordially invites you, your family and other guests to attend the 82nd Annual Votive Mass of the Holy Spirit, traditionally known as the Red Mass.

  • Time/Date: 5:15 p.m., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2016
  • Place: Holy Name Cathedral, 730 N. Wabash, Chicago,
  • Principal Celebrant and Homilist: Archbishop Blase J. Cupich

A reception following the Red Mass will be held at Loyola University, 111 E. Pearson, 16th Floor. Judge Virginia M. Kendall will be honored as the 2016 Catholic Lawyer of the Year and James J. Convery will receive the Catholic Lawyers Guild Special Service Award. Cost for the reception is $75. RSVP at

September Family Fun offers from TicketsatWork

Posted on September 15, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

These offers are provided to you by Illinois State Bar Association.
There's so much to enjoy – look for great deals on hotels, shows, events, tours and attractions nationwide! Planning a long weekend getaway with the family or friends? Check out offers from Walt Disney World Resort, Universal Orlando, Six Flags and more.

Don't forget, TicketsatWork members have access to great local deals, discounted movie tickets, rental cars and much, much more!

Champaign County's state's attorney explains her approach to last summer's flag burning arrest

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Mark S. Mathewson

On July 4, 2016, the Urbana police arrested Bryton Mellott for burning the American flag. The day before, Mellott had posted a picture of himself burning the flag on Facebook, adding the hashtag #ArrestMe.

The post received attention across social media, including some threats directed at Mellott. In a statement to the News-Gazette, the Urbana police said that because some of the threatening comments mentioned Mellott's employer, Mellott was taken into custody for his own protection and that of others (see

The decision was made to arrest him under Illinois's flag desecration statute (720 ILCS 5/49-1). But flag burning is protected speech under the First Amendment. In Texas v. Johnson491 U.S. 397 (1989), the Supreme Court held that Texas' similar flag desecration law was an unconstitutional prior restraint on speech, albeit potentially unpopular speech.

ISBA network to be down starting at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

All ISBA systems will be down beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. During this downtime the ISBA website and email lists will not be available. You will also not be able to log into Fastcase or online CLE. The systems are expected to return to normal operation by 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. If you will need to access Fastcase during this time, please follow the instructions below.

SALT and John Marshall Law School to host Breaking In and Staying in Legal Academia

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Join the Society of American Law Teachers and the John Marshall Law School for Breaking In and Staying In Legal Academia. 

Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2016 │ 2 p.m. to 6 p.m. │ Reception to Follow

The John Marshall Law School

315 S. Plymouth Court 

Chicago, Illinois 60604

Event: Room 409 | Reception: 3 East

Best Practice: Creating a transition plan for retiring partners

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Asked and Answered

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

Q. Our firm is a 25-lawyer firm with 10 partners. Six of these partners are in their 60s. What should we be doing concerning planning the succession of these partners?