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Legislative Roundup: Which Bills Have Been Signed? Vetoed?

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Mark S. Mathewson

In the August Illinois Bar Journal, ISBA Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington summarizes legislation of particular interest to lawyers. In the weeks since the article first appeared, most of the bills described there have been acted on by Governor Rauner. Which did he sign? Which did he veto? Read the updated version, which includes links to the public acts and veto statements.

ISBA Attends Student Organization Fair

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Sara Anderson

ISBA attended Chicago-Kent College of Law's student organization fair yesterday, August 29, to speak with current law students about the benefits of membership. Law students can become student members of ISBA for free for up to four years of law school, which includes access to Fastcase, E-Clips, the Illinois Bar Journal, and more.

With law schools ramping up for the fall semester, ISBA will be visiting other Chicago-area law schools in the upcoming weeks.

Best Practice Tips: Acquiring a Personal Injury Practice

Posted on August 30, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Asked and Answered

By John W. Olmstead, MBA, Ph.D, CMC

Q. I am a non-equity partner in a four-attorney personal injury plaintiff law firm in Newport Beach, California consisting of the firm owner, two associates, and myself. The owner is planning on retiring and has provided me with a proposal to sell me his practice. How do I determine whether this is an opportunity or a potential curse? Your advice would be appreciated.

CLE: HIPAA for Employer-Sponsored Health Plans [Live Webinar]

Posted on August 29, 2017 by Sara Anderson

In the employer-sponsored health plan environment, implementing the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) creates unique challenges. While HIPAA’s multitude of provisions may seem intuitive for health care providers, health plans may need to invoke a bit of creativity to account for realities like the storage of protected health information in an office environment and employees who perform roles for both the plan and the employer sponsor. However, with 2016 marking an all-time high for HIPAA enforcement cases and 2017 shaping up to be more of the same, it may be more important now than ever to address HIPAA compliance. Join us via the Internet on September 27, 2017 for a brief look at how HIPAA regulations apply to employer-sponsored health plans, and what these entities may consider when creating or updating their HIPAA compliance programs. Topics include: an in-depth look at the Privacy and Security Rules; best practices for implementing HIPAA in a health plan environment; breach reporting obligations under the Breach Notification Rule; an overview of the HIPAA enforcement landscape; and lessons learned from recent HIPAA enforcement cases.

The program is presented by the ISBA Employee Benefits Section and qualifies for 1.0 hour MCLE credit.

Click here for more information and to register.

CLE: Fred Lane's ISBA Trial Technique Institute

Posted on August 28, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Improve your trial skills in this “learn-by-doing” program that covers all phases of trial work from both a plaintiff/prosecutor and defendant’s viewpoint, in both civil and criminal cases. Through this course, you will learn and practice new trial techniques that are most effective and consistent with the Illinois Rules of Evidence and the Federal Rules of Evidence. Each session is audio-video taped so you can see and hear the improvements in your voice, manner, and trial technique.

This fall, you can expect to learn about topics including:

  • The principles of communication, argument, and persuasion on behalf of the plaintiff/prosecutor and defendant
  • Jury selection
  • What makes a winning opening statement/closing argument 

The Trial Technique Institute consists of two semesters that run approximately four months each. Classes take place on Tuesday evenings from 5:15-6:45 p.m. at the Chicago Regional Office.

The program qualifies for a total of 54 hours MCLE credit, including 54* hours PMCLE credit (27 hours MCLE/27 hours PMCLE credit per semester). 

Click here to register and learn more

ISBA Presents Law Enforcement Award to O'Fallon Detective

Posted on August 28, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Third Vice President Dennis Orsey and Detective Carl WalkerDetective Carl Walker of the O’Fallon Police Department was awarded the ISBA Law Enforcement Award on August 21 during an O’Fallon City Council meeting at City Hall. Third Vice President Dennis Orsey presented the award.

The ISBA Law Enforcement Award was created to recognize sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system. It recognizes those who excel in law enforcement.

Detective Walker, who was nominated for the award by Captain Kirk Brueggeman of the O’Fallon Police Department, will be acknowledged for his efforts to automate the information sharing process for the St. Clair County Investigative Professional Group using information technology.

Save Over 40% on Concert Tickets with Tickets At Work

Posted on August 25, 2017 by Sara Anderson

This is your last chance to save over 40 percent on Tim McGraw and Faith Hill's show, Soul2Soul: The World Tour, in Chicago, taking place on September 1 in Rosemont! Ticket prices start as low as $24.

These offers are provided to you through the Illinois State Bar Association’s Member Marketplace.

Want to sign up? It's free and easy: 
1. Visit
2. Use your company code: ISBA
3. Read and follow the easy steps on our site, and once registered you can access all tickets, events, hotels and more online for free.

Beginning the Deal: Three Tips for Representing Residential Home Purchasers

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Justin C. Strane, partner at Ansari & Shapiro, LLC, provides three tips for handling residential real estate contracts and representing home purchasers.

Partnering with Online DIY Services: The Plusses and Perils

Posted on August 24, 2017 by Mark S. Mathewson

When the Trump Administration published its executive orders regarding immigrants and refugees in January, attorneys became first responders, fanning out to the nation's airports to triage the legal needs of those ensnared in the travel ban. Shortly thereafter, the American Bar Association set up the website to help coordinate pro bono service offers from the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Enterprising attorneys built, a site that tracks and registers immigrants' travel information and connects them with volunteer attorneys at their local airport if need be.

"These types of efforts are great examples of what lawyers can do with technology," said Chase Hertel, director of business development & partnerships at Chicago-based Road to Status (, a website that provides document-assembly-style federal forms and attorney referrals for immigrants. "Technology can be used to triage the legal needs of clients, connect with clients where they are - at the airport, or on the internet - deliver services in unique ways, and, most importantly, bridge the legal services gap."

ISBA Joins Legal Organizations to Condemn Anti-Semitism and Racist Hate

Posted on August 23, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Bar leaders speak out against discrimination at the Aug. 22 press conferenceISBA joined Chicago-based lawyer organizations to condemn acts of racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination yesterday, August 22, at a press conference held at the Chicago Loop Synagogue.

The press conference was held in response to recent violent events throughout the United States targeting racial and ethnic minorities. Recognizing that acts of hatred existed long before last week's protests in Charlottesville and present an ongoing challenge as the country moves forward, yesterday's press conference was an effort to unite the Illinois legal community and encouraged others to stand together against acts of violence and intimidation. 

Bar leaders took to the stage to speak about historical and present-day systematic racism, and the need to confront this problem together as a society. They spoke to the role lawyers and professional associations play in upholding the rule of law and ensuring all individuals receive the right to protection under the law, and called upon national, state, and local leaders to take decisive action against all such acts of hatred and racism.

President Hon. Russell Hartigan represented the ISBA at the event.

The press conference was hosted by the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, the Cook County Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Black Women Lawyers Association. ISBA was a co-sponsor, along with several other bar groups.