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Illinois Bar Foundation announces grant recipients

Posted on September 1, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), has announced the recipients of its new grants totaling $304,965 awarded to 32 law-related nonprofit organizations, including: Chicago
  • Apna Ghar, Inc., $7,500
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid, $15,000
  • CARPLS, $25,000
  • Center for Conflict Resolution, $5,000
  • Center on Halsted, $5,000
  • Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, $8,000
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, $15,000
  • Equip for Equality, $20,000
  • Family Rescue, $7,500
  • Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice, $10,000
  • Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, $5,000
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online, $20,000
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, $7,500
  • Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services, $10,000
  • Public Interest Law Initiative, $15,000
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, $5,000
Elsewhere in Illinois
  • CASA of Franklin County, Benton, $2,500
  • CASA of Jefferson County, Mt. Vernon, $2,000
  • CASA of McHenry County, Woodstock, $2,000
  • Center for Prevention of Abuse, Peoria, $5,000
  • Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois, Springfield, $13,465
  • Macon County CASA, Decatur, $5,000
  • Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., Rockford, $15,000
  • St. Clair County CASA, Belleville, $10,000
  • Dove Domestic Violence Program, Decatur, $10,000
  • Life Span, Des Plaines, $10,000
  • Catholic Urban Programs/Neighborhood Law Office, East St.

"Surviving the Mortgage Crisis" and "How to Choose the Right Lawyer" to air in September

Posted on August 28, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
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Nancy Z. Hablutzel (from left), Lawrence O. Wagner and Ophelia Navarro will appear on "Surviving the Mortgage Crisis."
The Illinois State Bar Association's Illinois Law cable program will air two shows "Surviving the Mortgage Crisis" and "How to Choose the Right Lawyer for You" during the month of September on CAN-TV Cable Channel 21.
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Nancy Z. Hablutzel (front, from left), Bonita B. Hwang Cho and (rear, from left) Jesus Perez and M. Yaser Tabbara will appear on "How to Choose the Right Lawyer for You."
"Surviving the Mortgage Crisis" will air on Sept. 1, 15 and 29 at 10 p.m. This program will be moderated by Chicago lawyer Nancy Hablutzel with commentary by Lawrence O. Wagner of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago and Ophelia Navarro, Executive Director of the Spanish Coalition for Housing. "How to Choose the Right Lawyer for You" will air on Sept. 8 and 22 at 10 p.m.

John O’Brien interview on Illinois Radio Network

Posted on August 27, 2009 by Douglas Knapp
Jim Anderson (left) and  John O'Brien (right)
Jim Anderson (left) and John O'Brien (right)
John O’Brien was interviewed by Illinois Radio Network newsman Jim Anderson today for a half-hour show, “Eye on Illinois,” that will air at various times the weekend of Aug. 28 on IRN’s subscriber stations statewide. John fielded questions about real estate law as well as the work undertaken by lawyers.

IBF awards $2,500 grant to CASA of Franklin County

Posted on August 25, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
IBF Board member and ISBA 1st Vice President Mark Hassakis of Mt. Vernon presents a $2,500 check to Mariah Hayes, Executive Director of CASA of Franklin County.
IBF Board member and ISBA 1st Vice President Mark Hassakis of Mt. Vernon presents a $2,500 check to Mariah Hayes, Executive Director of CASA of Franklin County.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $2,500 grant to CASA of Franklin County, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995. CASA of Franklin County recruits, trains and supports volunteers to speak up for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Franklin County Juvenile Dependency Court. According to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, in 2006, Franklin County was 10th in the state with the highest number of child abuse and neglect reports based on population. As the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Foundation’s mission is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. This past year, through the support of ISBA members, IBF distributed more than $425,000 to support these efforts.

ISBA President John O'Brien to appear on WMAY

Posted on August 20, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
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John O'Brien
ISBA President John O'Brien will appear on radio station WMAY 970-AM out of Springfield this Saturday, August 22, at approximately 12:30 p.m. to discuss pro bono work that lawyers perform. The segment can be heard through the station's Web site at www.wmay.com and click on the "Listen Live" button.

ISBA's Young Lawyers Division awards $2,000 grant to Life Span

Posted on August 18, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Robert Fink (left), YLD vice chair and Kelly Gandurski (right), YLD chair, present the $2,000 check to Ari Bernstein and Sandra Blake of Life Span.
Robert Fink (left), YLD vice chair and Kelley Gandurski (right), YLD chair, present the $2,000 check to Ari Bernstein and Sandra Blake of Life Span.
The Illinois State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division recently awarded a $2,000 grant to Life Span to support its counselor's services in the teens/children counseling program. Life Span is committed to the cessation of domestic violence and to the relief of those who suffer from its consequences.

Abe and ISBA at the Illinois State Fair

Posted on August 17, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
[gallery] Members of the Illinois State Bar Association staff worked the "Looking for Lincoln" tent on Sunday at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and will be back again on Tuesday, August 18. The "Looking for Lincoln" tent also sponsored a re-enactment of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Fair attendees can collect rubbings from all five Lincoln storyboard medallions and receive half-off an adult admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The ISBA tent is located on the north east side in the Heartland area, near the "Dock Dogs" show on the outer perimeter. All fair attendees are invited to stop by.

Hon. Arnette Hubbard receives prestigious Brent Award

Posted on August 6, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Hon. Arnette R. Hubbard addresses the attendance after accepting her Brent Award.
Hon. Arnette R. Hubbard addresses the audience after accepting her Brent Award.
Judge Arnette R. Hubbard of the Circuit Court of Cook County received the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award at the ABA's Annual Meeting this week in Chicago. Judge Hubbard began her career in 1969 after graduating from John Marshall Law School as an attorney for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She joined the Circuit Court in 1997 after a career as a private practitioner and eight years on the Chicago Board of Elections. Each year, the award recognizes five outstanding women from across the country who have achieved professional excellence in the law, who have opened doors and provided opportunities for other women lawyers to succeed, and who have influenced women to pursue legal careers. Past recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Click here to view the photo gallery from the event.

IBF awards $25,000 grant to CARPLS

Posted on August 3, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
IBF Board member and ISBA 2nd Vice President John Locallo of Chicago presents a $25,000 check to Al Schwartz, CARPLS Executive Director.
IBF Board member and ISBA 2nd Vice President John Locallo of Chicago presents a $25,000 check to Al Schwartz, CARPLS Executive Director.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $25,000 grant to CARPLS Legal Aid, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995 and the largest grant awarded. CARPLS is an innovative legal aid service that offers an immediate response to the every day legal problems confronting low-income residents of Cook County. CARPLS' Legal Aid Hotline and court-based Advice Desks give low-income clients direct access to attorneys who are trained to quickly assess and respond to a wide range of civil legal problems. CARPLS' unique legal triage system serves as a model for legal aid services across the county and increases access to justice by dramatically reducing the cost of legal services for the poor. This year, CARPLS assisted more than 50,000 low income clients. As the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Foundation's mission is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity.

ISBA Director of Publications Mark Mathewson receives Peer Excellence Award

Posted on July 31, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Mark Mathewson, ISBA Director of Publications, is congratuled by outgoing NABE President Rod Wegener
Mark Mathewson, ISBA Director of Publications, is congratulated by outgoing NABE President Rod Wegener
Mark Mathewson, ISBA Director of Publications, received the 2009 National Association of Bar Executives Peer Excellence Award on Thursday at the association's Annual Meeting. This award recognizes those members who have made a significant contribution to NABE. Mathewson, also the editor of the Illinois Bar Journal and a frequent contributor to Illinois Lawyer Now, was described as "a principled bar executive" who is "knowledgeable and well-respected." Mathewson recently received his Certified Association Executive designation, the highest professional credential in the association world.

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