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Learn how to use Fastcase

Posted on November 16, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Save money by using Fastcase -- ISBA's FREE online legal research member benefit brought to you by the ISBA and ISBA Mutual Insurance Company - with unlimited access to a 50 state and federal caselaw library, including Illinois statutes and Illinois-based federal district court cases. Learn how to use Fastcase to supplement or replace your current online legal research tool by accessing our downloadable User Guide, Online Training Demonstration, or by signing up for a free Webinar. The next Webinar -- Conducting Legal Research on Fastcase -- takes place Thursday, Dec.

New book: DUI and Traffic-Related Decisions

Posted on November 12, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Our handy soft-cover book includes full coverage of DUI decisions through June 2009! This update of our popular book of digested traffic court decisions brings you the latest cases in print, beginning with 1986, and is conveniently categorized to help you find what you're looking for quickly.

ISBA launches Illinois Lawyer Now Weekly

Posted on November 5, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
To make it easier for our busy members to follow the online news site Illinois Lawyer Now, the ISBA will begin sending a digest of the site via e-mail. Members should expect the first issue of Illinois Lawyer Now Weekly to arrive in their e-mail inboxes Thursday evening. This issue will include the Practice News, Photos, Events, CLE information and legal news headlines that were featured on Illinois Lawyer Now over the past week. Weekly tips on Fastcase, legal writing and law practice management are also included. This is a benefit only available to ISBA members. Enjoy! Please send any feedback on this publication to

The ISBA Form Exchange - A Practice Resource for Members

Posted on November 2, 2009 by Chris Bonjean

Looking for a legal form? Have one to share with your colleagues? ISBA members can view legal forms posted by other members and contribute their own forms by logging onto the ISBA Form Exchange. A wide variety of legal forms are already available, including Complaint for Collection of Attorneys Fees, Social Security Fee Agreement, Settlement Agreement and Release (Litigation), and Assignment of Mortgage (Real Estate) to name just a few. From the ISBA Form Exchange site, click on "View the Forms" to see the list of forms available for download or click on "Contribute a Form" to upload a form to share with your colleagues. Looking for more practice resource tools? Check out ISBA's Practice Tools for a listing of ISBA resources along with links to other resources on the Web about practice management, state and federal resources, legislative information, and information by practice area.

ISBA Lawyer Finder tops 700 referrals for September

Posted on October 20, 2009 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 September, 2009, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:
  • Administrative Law        10
  • Animal Law            1
  • Bankruptcy            20
  • Business Law            42
  • Civil Disputes             100
  • Civil Rights            9
  • Consumer Protection        20
  • Contracts             28
  • Criminal Law            38
  • Education Law            18
  • Elder law             4
  • Employment Law        80
  • Estate/Probate Law        18
  • Family                130
  • Government Benefits        18
  • Health Law            5
  • Immigration            7
  • Insurance Disputes        7
  • Intellectual Property        9
  • Miscellaneous            3
  • Municipal Law            7
  • Personal Injury            91
  • Real Estate            49
  • Social Security            11
  • Tax                3
  • Workers Compensation        6
These numbers do not include additional referrals made through the online Lawyer Finder service. Want to be part of the ISBA Lawyer Finder Service? Call (800) 252-8908 and ask for the Legal Department, or visit Clients should call (800) 922-8757.

Hot off the press: the 2008-09 ISBA newsletter index

Posted on September 29, 2009 by Mark S. Mathewson
Wondering whether a case or statute has been covered in an ISBA newsletter? Just curious to see what's been published recently? Check out the 2008-09 newsletter index. Or, for that matter, review the indexes of every newsletter article the ISBA has produced since 1993. And if you want to order a copy of any article, just call or email Janice Ishmael at 217-525-1760 (ext. 1456) or

Just Mailed! The premiere issue of Illinois Lawyer Now Quarterly

Posted on September 28, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The premiere issue of Illinois Lawyer Now Quarterly rolls of the press last week.
The premiere issue of Illinois Lawyer Now Quarterly rolls off the press last week.
The premiere issue of the ISBA's newest print publication, Illinois Lawyer Now Quarterly, is on its way to you!  Inside the colorful Fall 2009 issue you'll find:
  • Highlights of Illinois' New Rules of Professional Responsibility
  • Notes from a "Tweeting Judge"
  • Summary of new public acts (Capitol Chronicle)
  • Formal notice of upcoming ISBA elections
  • Practice "SURVIVAL" tips during challenging economic times
  • Rules on setting boundaries for clients
  • An overview of the upcoming Solo & Small Firm Conference
  • CLE Calendar of Events
  • Obituaries
  • Pictures from ISBA outings and courthouses around the state
  • Midyear Meeting preview
  • And more!
Click here to view the Illinois Lawyer Now Quarterly online.

Save $$$ on CLE Programs

Posted on September 21, 2009 by Chris Bonjean

Are you taking full advantage of available discounts on ISBA CLE programs? Member Advantage. Members always receive the best value for the best price, just $135* for most full-day Law Ed programs and $100* for half-day Law Ed programs, compared to $290 (full-day) and $230 (half-day) for non-members.  (*Late Registration- additional $15 if received later than one week prior to the program.) Register Early. ISBA members receive an additional $10 discount when registering online a week or more in advance of a Law Ed program. Join a Section. If you are a member of the section presenting or co-sponsoring the program, you receive an additional $10 discount off the fee.  (Applicable to full-day and half-day LawEd programs, excluding Master Series programs.) Special Rates. New Admittees (first-year attorneys) and legal services attorneys may attend Law Ed programs for just $25.  (Excludes Master Series programs; no other discounts apply.)

20% off on CCH tax books

Posted on September 17, 2009 by Mark S. Mathewson
It's time to start thinking about tax planning, and ISBA is offering a discount to members on CCH tax books and other titles again this year.