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Best Practice: Creating a law firm budget for 2015

Posted on November 12, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Asked and Answered

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

Q. I am the managing partner of a 12-attorney firm in Springfield. We have never had a financial plan or budget but I have been thinking of creating one for next year. I would appreciate your thoughts as to whether the time invested in putting one together is worth the effort.

Justice Kilbride seeks comment on 3 finalists for 10th Circuit vacancy

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride is seeking public comment on three finalists who have applied to fill a judicial vacancy in the Tenth Judicial Circuit.

Under the Illinois Constitution, judicial vacancies are filled by Supreme Court appointment. Justice Kilbride uses an extensive application, evaluation, and interview process to make a recommendation to the Court for judicial vacancies in the Third Judicial District.

Young Lawyers to host Holiday Party on Dec. 5

Posted on November 11, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Please join us at the ISBA/YLD Annual Holiday Party and show your support for the IBF/ YLD Children's Assistance Fund, a 501(c)(3) charitable entity. Initially created to assist with the opening of children's waiting rooms in courthouses across the State of Illinois, the IBF/YLD Children's Assistance Fund has since grown, and now provides funding to organizations across the State of Illinois that provide legal assistance to children, maintain children's waiting rooms in courthouses, work to reduce recidivism of juveniles, and/or work to reduce the incidents of domestic violence in families with children.

WHEN: Friday, December 5, 2014, 6 p.m.-10 p.m.

WHERE: Duffy's Tavern and Grille, 420½ W. Diversey, Chicago, Illinois

WHAT: Open Bar, Warm Appetizers, and Live Band!

COST: $40 per person for tickets purchased online through Sunday, November 23, 2014
$50 per person for tickets purchased at the door the evening of the event.

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Brennan appointed Circuit Judge in DuPage County

Posted on November 10, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed the Hon. Liam C. Brennan as a Resident Circuit Judge of DuPage County, 18th Judicial Circuit. This vacancy was created by the pending retirement of the Hon. John T. Elsner on Dec. 1, 2014. It is effective on Dec. 2, 2014 and terminates on Dec. 5, 2016.