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ISBA Membership Mondays, June 29

Posted on June 29, 2009 by Chris Bonjean

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If you’re an ISBA member, you’re entitled to a 15% discount on ABA books, including their great titles like How to Start and Build a Law Practice, 5th Ed; The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law; A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, 2nd Ed; How to Build and Manage an Estates Practice, 2nd Ed; Letters for Divorce Lawyers: Essential Communications for Clients, Opposing Counsel, and Others; The Criminal Lawyer's Job: A Survival Guide Visit the ISBA store for details. ISBA Membership Mondays is a regular feature on Illinois Lawyer Now.

John O'Brien sworn-in as 133rd President of the Illinois State Bar Association

Posted on June 26, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
President O'Brien is sworn in by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald as his wife Karen looks on.
ISBA President John O'Brien is sworn in by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald as his wife Karen looks on.
John O'Brien
was sworn in as the new Illinois State Bar Association President on Friday before a sold-out crowd at the Annual Meeting in Lake Geneva. "I am humbled and honored to serve as the 133rd President of the ISBA," O'Brien said. "I am especially honored by the presence of so many past Presidents and I realize I would not be here without their encouragement. Their presence also reminds me that we  -- all of us -- owe a debt to the past and have a duty to the future of the ISBA." O'Brien, of Arlington Heights, is the founding president of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association. He has been a champion of taking on the unauthorized practice of law by real estate companies and title insurance firms.  He was  elected to the ISBA Assembly in 1997. "We are called to service and tonight we rededicate ourselves to the ongoing struggle to attain access to a free and independent judicial system fueled by the hard work of lawyers and judges alike," O'Brien said. In 2002, he received the most votes for a seat on the Board of Governors.

Annual Meeting underway in Lake Geneva

Posted on June 26, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Annual Meeting Opening Reception
Annual Meeting Opening Reception
The Illinois State Bar Association's Annual Meeting kicked off Thursday night in Lake Geneva with an Opening Reception and Workshop on "Becoming a Law Professor". Click here to view our photo gallery from the Opening Reception. SIU Law School Dean Peter Alexander and Professor Alice Noble-Allgire walked ISBA members down the path of becoming a law professor. Alexander and Noble-Allgire discussed two key ways to do this. 1. Submit your resume to the AALS to reach hundreds of law schools. Click here to visit the AALS website. 2. Apply directly to the law school.

SIU Law workshop "Becoming a Law Professor" to help kickoff ISBA Annual Meeting

Posted on June 25, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The "Becoming a Law Professor" program will address reasons to become a law professor and explain the hiring process. Southern Illinois University School of Law presents this program to encourage diversity among law professors. There will be handouts and time for one on one questions, as well as a group presentation. The workshop will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at the Illinois State Bar Association's Annual Meeting in Lake Geneva, Wis. For more information on the ISBA's Annual Meeting, click here. Visit Illinois Lawyer Now ofter for frequent updates from the Annual Meeting.

Breaking legal news for Tuesday, June 23

Posted on June 23, 2009 by Chris Bonjean

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Dog bites man -- the jury instruction

Posted on June 22, 2009 by Mark S. Mathewson
A revised version of the following jury instruction was just posted to the Illinois Supreme Court Web site: "110.04 Liability of Owner or Keeper of a Dog or Other Animal--Statutory Strict Liability."

Supreme Court rules on voting rights, special ed, dumping dredge

Posted on June 22, 2009 by Mark S. Mathewson
The Supreme Court ruled today that Texas is entitled to a Voting Rights Act exemption, parents who remove their disabled children from public school can be reimbursed for a private education, and the Army Corps of Engineers can issue permits for dumping dredge into waterways. From On the Docket.

John Marshall's Kennedy named to IRS advisory committee

Posted on June 18, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
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Kathryn Kennedy
The Internal Revenue Service has named Kathryn J. Kennedy, Associate Dean for Advanced Studies and Research at The John Marshall Law School, to its Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT).  She is the only current member of the panel to be associated with a law school. Kennedy, one of 10 new members of the 21-member panel, was introduced - and began serving a two-year term - June 10 at a public meeting in Washington D.C. ACT members are appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury. Established in 2001, the panel advises the IRS on operational policies and procedures – and provides an organized forum for discussion of relevant issues. In addition to Kennedy’s role as an associate dean at The John Marshall Law School, she also serves as the Director of the school’s Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits program. In this role, she established the first LLM program in the nation for employee benefits, and has since developed the curriculum for more than 20 employee benefits courses at The John Marshall Law School. Kennedy has also served on the Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council, and co-authored an employee benefits textbook.

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