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ISBA Awards to be presented at 140th Annual Meeting

Posted on June 7, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association will present several awards recognizing individuals for their commitment and service to the profession and their communities on Saturday, June 18, at the organization’s 140th Annual Meeting at the Westin O’Hare in Rosemont. Award recipients are:

Illinois Lawyer Finder makes over 850 referrals in May

Posted on June 7, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of May 2016, there were 856 referrals. ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

June ticket and travel discounts for ISBA members

Posted on June 7, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

New Magic

Walt Disney World is spreading the magic this June with brand new attractions and experiences. On June 21, Epcot will take guests on an adventure to Arendelle on the new ride Frozen Ever After. The park will also welcome royal sisters Queen Elsa and Anna at a new meet-and-greet at the Norway pavilion. Disney's Hollywood Studios is offering a galactic event when the new nighttime experience Star Wars: A Galactic Spectacular explodes into the sky beginning June 17. Mickey Mouse will bring his friends from The Princess and the Frog, Tangled and Frozen in the new musical Mickey's Royal Friendship faire on June 17. You can experience all of this and more on when you save over $20 and get 2 days free at Walt Disney World!.

From New York to Vegas

No matter where you are this June you can experience some of the best shows in the country. In New York come experience Cirque du Soleil's latest production, Paramour. The show is set in the glamorous world of Golden Age Hollywood and tells the tale of a young poet who must choose between love and art. Right now you can save over 24% on Paramour tickets. Meanwhile in Las Vegas, take in the energetic and innovative show Blue Man Group at the Luxor and save more than $62 on tickets.

Deal of the Month: Save over $20 on Walt Disney World Tickets and Get 2 Days Free

Assembly meeting agenda available online

Posted on June 6, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The Assembly meeting agenda has been posted at This page is password protected and available only to ISBA members. The Assembly will next meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, June 18, at the 140th Annual Meeting at the Westin O'Hare in Rosemont.

ISBA Statehouse Review for June 2, 2016

Posted on June 2, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington reviews legislation in Springfield of interest to ISBA members. This week he covers Juvenile justice (Senate Bill 2370), IMDMA cleanup (House Bill 3898), Cannabis civil penalties (Senate Bill 2228), Limited Liability Company Act (House Bill 4361), Income shares and child support (House Bill 3982), Land Trust Beneficiary Rights Act (House Bill 4697), Trust law (Senate Bill 2842), Revised Uniform Fiduciary Access to Digital Assets Act (House Bill 4648) and Personal guardian (House Bill 5924). More information on each bill is available below the video.

Juvenile justice. Senate Bill 2370 (Van Pelt, D-Chicago; Currie, D-Chicago) does three things. (1) Raises the age from 13 to 15 for requirement of a lawyer for children during custodial interrogation in a homicide or sex-offense case; (2) expands current custodial interrogation videotape requirements to apply in all felonies and misdemeanor sex-offense cases for children under the age of 18; and (3) sets out wording for Miranda warnings for all children under the age of 18. Passed both chambers.

Chicago one of 10 grant awardees nationwide for neighborhood-court project

Posted on June 2, 2016 by Mark S. Mathewson

The Department of Justice's Bureau of Justice Assistance recently announced that it had awarded $2 million to the Center for Court Innovation ("Center") to fund 10 community courts around the United States. The Circuit Court of Cook County was one of the sites selected.

According to a press release issued by Chief Cook County Circuit Judge Timothy C. Evans, the Restorative Justice Community Court's mission will be to "empower[] victims and residents to play an active role in the rehabilitation of adult offenders who commit certain nonviolent crimes" (

As part of the award, the court will receive $200,000 and technical assistance from the Center, a non-profit that seeks to create a more effective and humane justice system. It conducts research and designs and implements operational programs like the community court project.

The courts are neighborhood-focused courts that attempt to address local problems via the justice system. The community court model has seen significant growth since its inception in 1993. According to a Department of Justice report, "Community courts grow out of frustration. Observers have noted that justice has grown remote from communities and the people who live in them."

Find out more about the Cook County Community Court, including where it will be located and when it will open, in the June Illinois Bar Journal

ISBA Board seeks candidates – Assembly, Under 37 Board, and Under 35 ABA Delegate

Posted on June 2, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

The ISBA Board of Governors will fill vacant leadership positions at a June 18, 2016 meeting. Members who are qualified and interested in being candidates for the positions are encouraged to submit their names for consideration.

  • ISBA Assembly – There is one vacant seat in each of the following circuits – 2nd, 13th, and 17th. The terms are for three years and commence immediately. There is one vacant seat in Cook County (First District) with a term of two years, and the term begins immediately. Candidates must reside in the applicable circuit or district.
  • Board of Governors – There is a vacancy in one of the Under 37 seats from outside Cook County. The term will be for one year and begins immediately. Candidates must reside outside Cook County and be under age 37 as of June 16, 2016.
  • ABA Delegate – There is a vacancy in the Cook County Under 35 delegate seat in the ABA House of Delegates. The term begins at the close of the upcoming ABA Annual Meeting in August and is for two years. Candidates must be under age 35 by August 10, 2016 and reside in  Cook County.

Any member who wishes to be considered as a candidate for a vacant position should communicate interest by email communication with the Executive Director by Friday, June 10, 2016 at A brief biographical statement should be submitted with the communication. If there are questions, please contact Kim Weaver, Assistant to the Executive Director, at 800.252.8908 or

CLE: How to Deal with Units of Local Government – Live Webcast

Posted on June 2, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Join us from the comfort of your home or office on June 23, 2016 for this two-hour exploration of the rules and regulations for dealing with units of local government. Attorneys with basic to intermediate practice experience who are involved in the legalities of local government attending this seminar will learn: the basics for appearing before a municipality; what information is (and isn't) available through the Freedom of Information Act; the obligations of a government to provide an "Open Meeting"; the rules, regulations, and requirements for procurement bidding; and much more!

Congratulations to the winner of the Annual Meeting registration package!

Posted on June 1, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Congratulations to Moria Bernstein for winning the Annual Meeting All-Inclusive Registration Package.

This is an All-Inclusive Registration Package' ($340 package value) to the ISBA's 2016 Annual Meeting at the Westin O'Hare in Rosemont, June 16-18!

Join us for #moreCLEmoreFUN at this year's Annual Meeting, redone with an emphasis on training and networking for today's young lawyer. One lucky member will win a free registration that includes: Opening Reception, Law Office Management Breakfast Symposium, Networking Lunch & Plenary Session, Installation Reception, Installation Ceremony, Celebrating the Profession Event (Black-Tie Optional), and Networking Breakfast.    

For more information about the ISBA Annual Meeting, including a complete schedule of programs and events, visit our Annual Meeting website.