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Cindy Buys Bridges the Gap Between Real World and Classroom

Posted on June 9, 2017 by Sara Anderson

ISBA member and professor at Southern Illinois University Law School Cindy Buys recently took nine students from her asylum and refugee law class to visit the International Institute in St. Louis to help them get a better understanding of how the refugee resettlement process works in the United States.

The institute, which was founded in 1919 and provides services ranging from health services and English-language classes to job preparation assistance and employment information, helps both immigrants and refugees settle into their new lives in the U.S. In the past year, over 8,000 individuals have received assistance from the institute.

Professor Buys, who also manages pro bono asylum cases, recognized that there is a gap between what students learn about these subjects in the classroom and what’s happening in nearby communities. “My point in taking the students to the refugee resettlement center was really to give them a sense of what’s happening on the ground, right now,” she recently told The Southern Illinoisan. “We can look at statistics online about where they come from, but I think it’s different when you see it in person."

To learn more about the institute and the experiences of Buys' students, read the full article

Annual Meeting Pre-Registration Deadline Tomorrow

Posted on June 8, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The deadline for pre-registration for the 141st ISBA Annual Meeting is Friday, June 9. Join us June 15-17 at the Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin, to celebrate our accomplishments over the past bar year and prepare for the year ahead of us. The Annual Meeting is a great place build lasting relationships, create positive changes in the profession, earn CLE hours, and be a part of our community. 

This year, we're offering a program on e-filing in Illinois. Join us for this session on Friday morning to learn how to use eFileIL, a statewide electronic filing system that will soon be mandatory, and get answers to the questions you have about it. A successful transition will allow you to continue to serve your clients efficiently. 

You can also learn how to use data to better understand your firm. In "Moneyball for Lawyers: Using Data to Build a Major League Practice," also on Friday, you will learn how to read the traditional and non-traditional numbers that are telling your business’s story, where to find these numbers, and how to make sense of them. 

There will also be plenty of opportunities to network with your peers at the Networking Luncheon and Annual Dinner on Friday, and Networking Breakfast on Saturday.

View the schedule and register today

ISBA Awards to Be Presented at 141st Annual Meeting

Posted on June 7, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois State Bar Association will present several awards recognizing individuals for their commitment and service to the profession and their communities at the organization’s 141st Annual Meeting at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin. Award recipients are:

CLE: Moneyball for Lawyers - Using Data to Build a Major League Practice

Posted on June 5, 2017 by Sara Anderson

In sports, it’s easy to know who’s winning and who’s losing just by looking at the scoreboard. Believe it or not, business isn’t all that different. A few simple numbers can show business owners everything they need to know about the health of their business – and law firms are no exception. Numbers tell a story, but you have to know which numbers to look at and how to interpret them. Reveal the health of your firm by learning how to read the traditional and non-traditional numbers that are telling your business’s story, where to find these numbers, and how to make sense of them.

The seminar will be presented during ISBA’s Annual Meeting in Fontana, Wisconsin on June 16, 2017. Registration to the Annual Meeting is not required to attend this seminar. It qualifies for 1.50 hours MCLE credit, including 1.50 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

Joseph E. Gregorich 1938-2017

Posted on May 10, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Joseph GregorichJoseph E. Gregorich died on April 6, 2017 in Marina del Rey, CA. 

Born on January 21, 1938 in Joliet, he was the son of the late Joseph and Ann Gregorich. Joe attended St. Mary's Nativity and Joliet Catholic High School and went on to study engineering at St. Joseph's College and the University of Illinois. After graduating, Joe moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as an engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company for many years before attending Loyola Law School. He worked as an attorney at several firms, including Kirkland & Packard LLP and Schwartz & Janzen LLP, where he specialized in aviation and construction law. Joe argued a number of high-profile cases in state and federal courts and enjoyed serving as a mentor to young attorneys.

Joe was a devoted sports fan-supporting both the Chicago Cubs and teams from his alma maters, including Joliet Catholic High School and the University of Illinois. He had a wide range of hobbies, including model trains, coin collecting, and being an airplane pilot. He also loved animals, especially his cats. Beloved by his extended family, Joe was proud of and generous with his nieces and nephews.

Joe is survived by his sister, Patricia (Richard) Hellman; brother, Robert (Mary Jo); nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.

ISBA Represented at ABA Day in Washington, D.C.

Posted on April 28, 2017 by Sara Anderson

President-elect Russell Hartigan and Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington represented the ISBA at ABA Day in Washington, D.C. on April 25-27. ABA Day is a three-day conference that brings together leaders of the ABA and state and local bars from across the country to meet with members of Congress and advocate on behalf of lawyers. Of special interest this year was funding for legal services.

Jim Covington; Emily Roschek of the ABA; Dawn Willis, Co-Chair of the Chicago Bar Foundation Advocacy Committee; Congressman Bill Foster, who represents Illinois’ 11th District; Russell Hartigan; and Jessica Bednarz of the Chicago Bar Foundation

McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C. Expands to St. Louis

Posted on April 28, 2017 by Sara Anderson

McGivney, Kluger & Cook, P.C. is proud to celebrate its expanding national reach. The firm announced the opening of new offices in St. Louis, Missouri, and Los Angeles, California,beginning in May of 2017. The firm is at the forefront of developing new, innovative experts and will continue to zealously defend its clients whenever and where the need arises. With the elevation of one of its partners to the masthead and opening of new offices, the firm is poised to continue its growth as a leader in the defense of product liability throughout the country. 

Francis Maxwell 1923-2017

Posted on April 14, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The Honorable Francis Edgar Maxwell, retired judge of the 20th Judicial Circuit, Nashville, Illinois, died March 21, 2017.

Francis Edgar Maxwell (known to many of his friends as Max) was born on Nov 7, 1923, in Hoyleton, Illinois, to Ruth Edgar Maxwell and Joseph Daniel Maxwell, who was then teaching school in Hoyleton. Francis moved to Nashville after his father was elected County State’s Attorney, and attended public schools in Nashville. 

After graduation, Francis won a scholarship to the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana, where he began his studies in 1941. In October 1942, however, he enlisted in the Army and was sent to the ASTP program at the University of Nebraska. He then served in Battery C 156th Artillery in France, Austria, and environs, until the end of World War II. In 1944, Francis married Joan Beckmeyer, daughter of Myrtle and Gustav Henry Beckmeyer of Nashville, his classmate in school in Nashville. 

After discharge from the Army, Francis returned to the University of Illinois to finish his law degree while Joan worked in an abstract of title office in Urbana. Francis was sworn in as an attorney shortly after their twin daughters were born on January 17, 1949.

Teele joins Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP as partner

Posted on January 17, 2017 by Morgan Yingst

S. Jason Teele is a trusted senior-level attorney with 15 years of experience representing clients in financial restructuring, distressed asset sales, creditors’ rights, litigation, and corporate and commercial matters. He represents corporations, boards and board committees, management teams, creditors’ committees, and high-net-worth individuals in a broad range of areas, including the telecommunications, entertainment, media, manufacturing, transportation, health care, the arts, chemical, and financial services industries.

John Dale Stobbs 1932-2016

Posted on January 4, 2017 by Morgan Yingst

John Dale StobbsJohn Dale Stobbs, 83, died at 9:40 a.m. in his home on Wednesday, November 23, 2016 surrounded by his loving family. 

He was born November 28, 1932 in Alton the son of the late John and Myrtle (Uphoff) Stobbs.

He married Mary (DeCicco) on November 28, 1959 in Washington, DC and she survives. Also surviving are seven children; Tracey Stobbs Riordan of Ballwin, Missouri, Monica Jude Stobbs of Charleston, South Carolina, Elizabeth Dunn Stobbs of Chicago, John Dale Stobbs II (Rosario) of Godfrey, Mary Jennifer Margarida of Edwardsville, Stephen Stobbs (Katie) of Godfrey and Kathryn Santellano (Don) of St. Charles, Missouri, Fifteen grandchildren, and one sister; Janice Brown of St. Louis, Missouri. He was preceded in death by one son in law; Gerard Riordan and one grandson; Stephen "Danny" Stobbs.

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