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Volunteer for the 2018 High School Mock Trial Invitational

Posted on February 16, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The 2018 ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational, which is co-administered by the ISBA and the Illinois Trial Team of the University of Illinois, will be held March 24-25 at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign, Illinois.

This program provides an opportunity for students to learn what it is like to prepare and present a legal case before the Illinois Courts. Participating students gain a better understanding of the justice system and improve their knowledge, skills, and ability to articulate in a reasoned, thoughtful manner.

We welcome new volunteers and send a huge thank you to those who have donated their time in the past! The Mock Trial Invitational would not happen without volunteers like you, who have made this program a success for over 30 years.

If you are interested in volunteering, fill out the online volunteer form by March 9. Additional mock trial information and resources are available on the ISBA website. 

Join the International Academy of Dispute Resolution in March

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR) is coming to Loyola University School of Law in Chicago this March for its 9th Annual World Mediation Congress, March 6-7, followed immediately by its 17th Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament, March 8-10, co-sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association.

Candidate Report for the 2018 ISBA Election

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Candidate Report for the 2018 ISBA Election is below. All ISBA attorney members with their dues paid by March 1, 2018 are eligible to vote.

2018 Candidate Report

(N.B.: Pursuant to the Policy and Procedures for Election approved by the ISBA Assembly, in those instances where there are more candidates than positions to be filled, nominees are listed on the ballot by the date of filing. Where two or more people filed on the same date, ballot positions were determined by lot. Ballot positions are listed next to the candidate’s name.)

Third Vice-President (1 to be elected; 3 candidates)

  • Stephen M. Komie 2
  • Anna Krolikowska 1
  • John Nisivaco 3

Book Your Hotel Room for the 2018 Annual Meeting

Posted on February 6, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at The Abbey Resort located in Fontana, Wisconsin from June 14–16, and you can now make your hotel reservations. To make reservations at The Abbey, please call 800.709.1323 then press #2 and reference the Illinois State Bar Association Annual Meeting. The deadline for making reservations for lodging is on or before May 11. Reservations received after this date will be subject to availability.

Board Approves Tracking Software and Imputed Disqualification Ethics Opinions

Posted on February 5, 2018 by Sara Anderson

At the Jan. 26 Board of Governors meeting in Rockford, the Board adopted two ethics opinions.

Opinion 18-01 considers whether the use of undisclosed "tracking" software (e.g., "web bugs," web beacons," or "spymail") in electronic communications with other lawyers or clients is ethically permissible. The opinion concludes that a lawyer may not use such software in e-mails or other electronic communications with other lawyers or clients in the course or representing a client without first obtaining the informed consent of each recipient to the use of such software. 

Save the Date: Represent ISBA in the St. Patrick's Day Parade

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Mark your calendars for Saturday, March 17! The ISBA Standing Committee on Marketing & Communications would like to invite you to represent ISBA by marching in the St. Patrick's Day Parade in Chicago. The parade begins at noon.

Details for a central meeting location for all interested participants will be available soon. 

Contact Sara Anderson for additional information.

Nominate Someone Who Makes A Difference Through Pro Bono and Volunteer Services

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

In Illinois – and across the country – the demand for legal services for low-income individuals and families far exceeds the supply. But individual attorneys, legal aid organizations, law firms, corporate law departments, and bar associations across the state are working to close the gap or mitigate its effects through pro bono and volunteer service.  

File Your Nominating Petitions for ISBA Election by Tomorrow

Posted on January 30, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The deadline to submit nominating petitions for the ISBA election is tomorrow, Wednesday Jan. 31, at 4:30 p.m. at either the Illinois Bar Center, 424 South 2nd Street, in Springfield, or the ISBA Office at 20 S. Clark Street, 9th Floor, Chicago.

Members of the ISBA will elect a third vice president, six seats on the Board of Governors, and 22 seats on the Assembly in Cook County this spring.

Nomination Deadline for ISBA Awards Is March 2

Posted on January 29, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Every year, the Illinois State Bar Association presents awards to recognize individuals for their commitment and service to the profession, their communities, and the association. Award recipients are selected through a nomination process, and members are encouraged to nominate persons who meet the criteria for each award. Please submit the online nomination form, available following the links below, for the following awards no later than March 2.

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