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Bond County Courthouse Receives Famous Lincoln Portrait

Posted on July 2, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
(L-R) Judge David Dugan, 5th Dist. Appellate Court Justice and IJA Treasurer David Overstreet, ISBA 2nd Vice President Dennis Orsey, Resident Circuit Judge John Knight,and  Judge Sarah Smith Raschen. 

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was presented during a ceremony Saturday, June 30, 2018, at the Bond County Courthouse.

The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Printed on canvas, the image of the beardless Lincoln is encased in a richly stained wood frame and measures 30-inches wide by 40-inches tall.

Illinois Bar Journal Printing Error

Posted on July 2, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Some copies of the July edition of the Illinois Bar Journal were incorrectly stapled at the printers, resulting in pages being out of order. The ISBA apologizes for this inconvenience. The printers will resend the journal in its correct form to members beginning Thursday, July 5. Meanwhile, the Illinois Bar Journal is available online.  

ISBA President James McCluskey Named Associate Judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit

Posted on June 28, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

ISBA President James McCluskey today was named an associate judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit.

McCluskey, a founding member of the law firm Momkus McCluskey, LLC, in Lisle, is a commercial litigator who has handled 60 jury trials and built one of DuPage County’s largest law firms.

Long active in the ISBA, he is a member of the Board of Governors and previously served as a member of the Assembly and was chairman of its Agenda Committee. He has served on the ISBA Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council and its Allerton House Committee.

ISBA Accepting Candidates for Board Vacancies

Posted on June 27, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois State Bar Association is seeking candidates for vacant seats on the Board of Governors.

The election of Anna Krolikowska as ISBA third vice-president created a vacancy for the Under 37 Cook County seat. There is also a vacancy in Area 4 (Circuits 10, 14, and 15).

The Board will fill the vacant positions at its July 20 meeting. Both terms will be for one year and begin immediately.

Historic Lincoln Portrait Arrives at Wayne County Courthouse

Posted on June 27, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was unveiled June 25 at a ceremony at the Wayne County Courthouse.

The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. It is considered to be one of the best taken of Lincoln during his pre-presidential years.

The permanent installation is made possible by donations from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and their respective foundations – the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation. 

ISBA Offices to Close July 4-5

Posted on June 26, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holiday beginning Wednesday, July 4. They will reopen on Friday, July 6. During this time, members can expect the following:

  • E-Clips will not be delivered for the duration of this period.
  • Illinois Lawyer Now Weekly will not be delivered on Thursday, July 5. Instead, it will be delivered on Friday, July 6.

All business and e-newsletter distribution will resume as usual on Friday, July 6.

ISBA Wins Summary Judgment in Lawsuit against IDFPR

Posted on June 20, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Cook County Circuit Court today issued an order finding that the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation (IDFPR) cannot prosecute Illinois property tax attorneys on charges they offered appraisal services without a proper state license when they argue valuations before tax assessment appeal tribunals.

The court found that “the comparison of properties or an income approach valuation presented by a licensed Illinois attorney on behalf of a client in real estate tax assessment proceedings does not entail the development or submission of an appraisal or constitute the unlicensed practice of real estate appraisal.”

2018 Annual Meeting Highlights

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The 142nd Annual Meeting was held last week, June 14-16, at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin. Attendees celebrated the accomplishments of the past year, planned for the year ahead, expanded their professional networks, and earned CLE credit. During section meetings and at the Assembly meeting, various members of the ISBA community were recognized with awards. At the Friday reception and program, James McCluskey was installed as ISBA president for 2018-19. 

Congratulations to the 2018 Annual Meeting Bingo Winners

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Congratulations to the winners of the Annual Meeting bingo contest:

P. Scott Neville, Jr. Sworn in as Illinois Supreme Court Justice

Posted on June 15, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr.
Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr.

The Honorable P. Scott Neville, Jr. was sworn in to the Illinois Supreme Court today during an installation ceremony at the James R. Thompson Center in Chicago. 

He is filling the seat of retiring Supreme Court Justice Charles E. Freeman. Justice Neville’s appointment is effective today through Dec. 7, 2020. He said he plans to seek reelection.

A graduate of Washington University’s School of Law, Justice Neville has practiced law in Illinois since 1974, when he became a law clerk for Illinois Appellate Court Justice Glenn T. Johnson. Throughout his career as an attorney, Justice Neville has specialized in appellate, employment, civil rights issues, and complex litigation.

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