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IBF announces $1,000 grant for award winners

Posted on February 22, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois Bar Foundation is pleased to announce a $1,000 grant to be presented in honor of each John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award recipient.  As part of its efforts to encourage and acknowledge pro bono legal work, the Illinois Bar Foundation is partnering with the Illinois State Bar Association to enhance the recognition provided by the prestigious John C. McAndrews Award.  The Illinois Bar Foundation will award the grants in honor of the John C. McAndrews Award recipients to the Illinois not-for-profit legal aid organizations through which the awardees provide pro bono legal services. The ISBA John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award, named in memory of Rock Island attorney John McAndrews, is awarded to honor extraordinary commitments to providing or expanding the availability of free legal services to low-income Illinois residents.  The John C. McAndrews Award is bestowed upon individual lawyers, law firms and corporate law departments, and bar associations committed to providing or expanding pro bono services. The Illinois Bar Foundation is dedicated to both promoting and recognizing pro bono legal work as part of its mission to ensure meaningful access to justice, especially for those with limited means. Nominations for the John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award must be received by March 15, 2010.  Nomination forms and criteria are available at: www.isba.org/awards/mcandrews.

ISBA President John O'Brien explains how to avoid foreclosure on radio show

Posted on February 22, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
ISBA President John O’Brien was a special guest on Dick Kay’s popular WCPT-AM (“Progressive Talk”) radio show on February 13 to discuss foreclosures. John explained how to avoid foreclosure and the steps involved in a foreclosure. His key message was: “Hire a lawyer first.” To hear the 50-minute interview in its entirety, click here.

Illinois Lawyer Finder makes over 600 referrals for January - adds new categories

Posted on February 19, 2010 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. Several new categories have been recently added, including:
  • Condominium law (under real estate)
  • Eminent domain (add under real estate)
  • Harassment (under civil/general)
  • HIPAA (under health care)
  • Mechanics Liens (add under collections)
  • Mortgage foreclosures (add under real estate)
  • Products liability (add under personal injury)
  • Real Estate Tax assessments (under real estate)
And: Juvenile as a stand alone listing including subcategories:
  • Juvenile/Criminal
  • Juvenile/Civil
  • Juvenile/Delinquency appeals
Military as a stand alone listing including subcategories:
  • Military/Family law
  • Military/Other civil issues
  • Military/Criminal issues
If you are currently a member of the Illinois Lawyer Finder Service and would like to add any of these categories to your profile on the referral service, contact Mary Kinsley at mkinsley@isba.org. Illinois Lawyer Finder phone service made over 8,000 referrals in 2009.  View a statistical breakdown here. If you are not a member of the Illinois Lawyer Finder Service, join here.

IBF announces new grant guidelines for 2010

Posted on February 18, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
In 2009, the Illinois Bar Foundation awarded $304,965 in grants through this program, including $20,000 to Equip for Equality for its statewide Special Education Legal Clinic.
The Illinois Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the availability of grant funds for 2010. Approved as part of IBF’s new strategic plan, the new guidelines narrow and focus the kinds of programs eligible for grants from IBF this year. The 2010 Grant Application and Grant Guidelines may be found on the Illinois Bar Foundation’s website. Applications are due to the Illinois Bar Foundation by 5 p.m.

Holderman to head ISBA in three years

Posted on February 17, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Paula Holderman
Paula Holderman
Paula Hudson Holderman has been elected 3rd Vice President of ISBA. Holderman, Chief Attorney Development Officer  at Winston & Strawn LLP in Chicago,  will serve a year in each of the three vice presidential posts before taking office as president in 2013. She will be sworn in as 3rd vice president at the ISBA Annual Meeting in June. At that time,  Mark Hassakis of Mt. Vernon will be sworn in as president, John Locallo of Chicago will become president-elect, and John Thies of Urbana will be 2nd vice president. Holderman has been an active member of the ISBA for more than 25 years since then-president Richard Thies appointed her to the Criminal Justice Section Council in 1984 while she was serving as an Assistant State's Attorney in Champaign County trying murder and other felony cases. She also served as zoning counsel to the Champaign County Board. She is proud to have been the first woman to serve as president of the Champaign County Bar Association. Later, she was elected to the ISBA Assembly from the 6th Judicial Circuit. After relocating to the Chicago area in 1989, she had a suburban solo practice focusing on real estate and school zoning matters for four years before she began teaching at the John Marshall Law School. She taught trial advocacy and supervised the school's clinical programs until 1999.

ISBA President John O'Brien presents "The Papers of Abraham Lincoln" to libraries throughout the state

Posted on February 16, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
ISBA Presiden John O'Brien (right) presents "The Papers of Abraham Lincoln" to Lincoln Library Director Nancy Huntley as Lincoln re-creator Randy Duncan looks on.
ISBA President John O'Brien (right) presents "The Papers of Abraham Lincoln" to Lincoln Library Director Nancy Huntley as Lincoln re-creator Randy Duncan looks on at the ISBA's Illinois Bar Center in Springfield.
ISBA President John O'Brien presented a complete, four-volume set of hardcover books, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, to the public libraries in Belleville, Edwardsville and Springfield on Friday and in Danville, Decatur and Bloomington on Tuesday. The ISBA, in partnership with its charitable affiliate the Illinois Bar Foundation, purchased sets for all 102 Illinois counties as a contribution to the Illinois Bicentennial celebration of Lincoln's birth on Feb. 12, 2009. "Public libraries throughout the state will now have this important set of books that include details of his 50 most prominent cases," O'Brien said. "It is a lasting tribute to the most revered lawyer in the history of our state and nation." The Papers, a long-term project dedicated to identifying, imaging and publishing all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime (1809-1865), is considered the most comprehensive collection of texts during his life.

"Avoiding and Defending Mortgage Foreclosures" and "How a Lawyer Can Help" to air on Illinois Law

Posted on February 10, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Appearing on “Avoiding and Defending Mortgage Foreclosures” will be (from left): John Theis, Hon. Jesse Reyes, Samuel Levine and Steven Bashaw.
Appearing on “How a Lawyer Can Help” will be (from left): Theis, Michael J. Zink,  Susan M. Brazas and Kenneth J. Ashman.
Appearing on “How a Lawyer Can Help” will be (from left): Theis, Michael J. Zink, Susan M. Brazas and Kenneth J. Ashman.
"Avoiding and Defending Mortgage Foreclosures," a half-hour program presented by the Illinois State Bar Association, will air on Chicago Access Network Television, Channel 21 in Chicago, on Tuesday, Feb. 16, March 2 and March 16 at 10 p.m. Appearing on the show, moderated by John Theis, of the Law Offices of John T. Theis, will be Hon. Jesse G. Reyes, Circuit Court of Cook County, Samuel H. Levine, of Arnstein & Lehr, LLP, and Steven B. Bashaw, of Steven B. Bashaw, PC. "How a Lawyer Can Help" will air on Chicago Access Network Television, Channel 21 in Chicago, on Tuesday, Feb.

ISBA takes page from history to launch unique billboard campaign

Posted on February 8, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
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These three billboards will be unveiled along I-55 on Feb. 8.
Back during the Depression of the 1930's, Burma Shave pioneered the idea of consecutive, cost-effective roadside advertising. Today, the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) announced it will unveil three consecutive billboards on I-55 in Feb. 8 and three side-by-side billboards inside Chicago's Metra Station in March. Each triad of billboards will feature the following message:  "Is she or isn't she ... not all lawyers are ... see if your lawyer is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association" and includes the ISBA's consumer Web site address, www.isbalawyers.com "Prior to the recession, obtaining this prime billboard space at a reasonable price would have been virtually impossible because published ad rates were high, lengthy in duration and non-negotiable," said John Bailen, chair of the ISBA Committee on Strategic Marketing for Illinois Lawyers.  "We feel fortunate to have found three consecutive billboards - available at the same time - in such high-visibility locations." Overseen by the ISBA Committee on Strategic Marketing for Illinois Lawyers, the ongoing advertising campaign is aimed at building confidence in the legal profession and educating consumers about the value of hiring a lawyer.

Aldermen Burke and Fioretti presented with ISBA Lincoln street banners

Posted on February 4, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
John Bailen, Russell Hartigan, Ald. Fioretti, Ald. Burke and ISBA President John O'Brien
John Bailen, Russell Hartigan, Ald. Fioretti, Ald. Burke and ISBA President John O'Brien
ISBA President John G. O'Brien presented ISBA street banners to Aldermen Robert Fioretti and Ed Burke, both lawyers, in gratitude for their assistance in the bar association's commemoration of the  200th birthday of Abraham Lincoln. The banners were displayed at various locations in downtown Chicago and in Springfield during the year-long celebration.  Also on hand for the presentation at Burke's City Hall office were ISBA Board Member Russell Hartigan and John Bailen, chair, ISBA Committee on Strategic Marketing.

Nominate a colleague for an ISBA award

Posted on January 29, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Nominations are being accepted for ISBA awards that will be presented on June 25 during the 134th Annual Meeting at the Hyatt Regency St. Louis Riverfront. Nominating forms are available at www.isba.org/awards. General Practice The Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award is sponsored by the General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section. Nominees must be ISBA members who have been in general practice for at least 20 years and have made significant contributions to the profession and community. Nominations are due by Friday, March 26. The nominating form is available at www.isba.org/awards/gp. Community Leadership The Community Leadership Award is sponsored by the Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity. Nominees should be lawyers, judges, lawyers, members of state or local legislative bodies, educators or community activist groups who have worked to eliminate discrimination and foster understanding of legal issues relating to the LGBT community. Nominations are due by April 16. The nominating form is available at www.isba.org/awards/sogi. Young Lawyers The ISBA Young Lawers Division presents two Young Lawyer of the Year awards - one for Cook County and one for outside Cook County. Nominees must be ISBA members under age 36 who have achieved excellence in litigation, advocacy or counseling, and have contributed to the profession through public service and pro bono activity.

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