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Sign up now to be admitted to the Supreme Court of the United States!

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Join ISBA members for a group admission to the Supreme Court of the United States on Monday, June 8, 2015 in Washington D.C.

Only 50 spots are available so sign up now for the ISBA's biennial trip to the U.S. Supreme Court! A special group hotel room rate is available at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel for the admittee, family and guests.

To be eligible, you must be an active lawyer member of the ISBA, admitted to practice more than 3 years, and not have any adverse disciplinary action pronounced or in effect during that 3-year period.

CLE: 2015 Federal Tax Conference

Posted on January 20, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Discover the most recent developments in a broad range of federal tax topics with this full-day seminar! Don’t miss ISBA’s annual Federal Tax Conference in Chicago on February 6, 2015, which features a wealth of information and updates for tax lawyers, business law attorneys, and trusts and estates practitioners.

Illinois Supreme Court disbars 6, suspends 14 in latest disciplinary filing

Posted on January 18, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

The Supreme Court of Illinois announced the filing of lawyer disciplinary orders on Friday, Jan. 16, 2015, during the January Term of Court. Sanctions were imposed because the lawyers engaged in professional misconduct by violating state ethics law.


  • Vito Matteo Evola, Rosemont

Mr. Evola, who was licensed in 1979, was disbarred. He misappropriated over $900,000 in client funds in three separate matters. In addition, he made false statements to a client and to the ARDC during the course of the disciplinary investigation.

  • Michael Lawrence Flynn, La Grange Park

Mr. Flynn, who was licensed in 1990, was disbarred. He misappropriated over $500,000 that belonged to a client or third parties.

  • Dodie Leann Junkert, Clinton

Ms. Junkert, who was licensed in 1998, was disbarred on consent. She pled guilty to the criminal felony offense of conspiracy to deliver a controlled substance within 1,000 feet of a school and was sentenced to four years in the Illinois Department of Corrections.

  • Jordan Lee Margolis, Chicago

Mr. Margolis, who was licensed in 1979, was disbarred and ordered to pay certain restitution. He misappropriated $1,034,850 in settlement funds in ten separate matters. In addition, he forged clients’ names in three matters and made misrepresentations to his clients relating to his receipt and distribution of their settlement funds. He was suspended on an interim basis on November 27, 2013.

Conlon, Fernandez appointed as Cook County Circuit Judges

Posted on January 16, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Supreme Court and Justice Mary Jane Theis announced Friday the appointment of Chicago attorneys Alison C. Conlon and Rossana P. Fernandez as Cook County Circuit Judges.

New admittees now get 1 year of Clio Practice Management free!

Posted on January 16, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Clio is a cloud-based legal practice management platform that keeps your all-important matters, contacts and documents available anywhere. If you already use other popular cloud services, like Dropbox or Google Apps, Clio will make you smile by tying them together in a single, easy-to-use system. With dozens of more advanced features like terrific time-tracking, comprehensive calendaring, and beautiful billing, Clio will save you time, make you money, and help you look polished and professional to your clients. Free offer good for individual subscription only. ISBA members receive a 10% discount on Clio after their New Admittee year. Log in to sign up.

Ethics Question of the Week: Can I give media interviews on cases I'm not involved in?

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Q.  Although I’m not involved in it in any way, a local news media outlet wants to interview me on air about a very contentious case in my community. Can I?

Beware the Avvo badge

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Mark S. Mathewson

A recent post by Dustin Christensen on the popular Lawyerist blog points out that including the badge that lists your Avvo rating can actually promote competing lawyers. “If you have claimed your Avvo profile, you have probably seen links to claim your badge, which you can add to your website in order to show visitors your Avvo rating,” Christensen writes. “To do this, Avvo gives you a code you can copy and paste into your website to display your badge.”

As he notes, “Avvo says the badge will send visitors ‘to your Avvo profile where they can review information about you and likely contact you for help to solve their legal needs’….What Avvo doesn’t tell you is that the badge also includes a link to an Avvo directory page specific to your city and practice area. That’s right: the badge includes a link to a list of your competitors,” Christensen writes.

Do you qualify for a health insurance tax credit?

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Have a question about tax credits? Call 866-454-5177

ISBA MEMBERS: You may know that under the Affordable Care Act (ACA), you may be eligible for a tax credit that could save you considerable money on health insurance. But did you know that as a member of the ISBA, you have a fast, reliable and convenient way to learn whether you qualify?

ISBA has established a relationship with Mercer Marketplace,* which makes an insurance solution available to you from the insurance agent and broker GetInsured. With a few mouse clicks, you can learn whether you qualify for tax credits. You also can learn just how much these credits could save you on ACA-compliant health insurance available in your area.

To learn whether you qualify, visit Fill in your date of birth, ZIP code and approximate household income. You’ll get an answer in seconds. Then you can search for available plans in your area and discover what you would pay after the tax credit is applied.

It’s all very easy. You pay nothing to use this service. And you are under no obligation to purchase anything. (Although you can enroll in coverage, if you wish!)

Open enrollment for health care ends February 15, 2015. Start learning today how much you can save on coverage the law requires. Call 866-454-5177 to talk to a specialist or visit now.

Save the Date: YLD Wine Tasting on Feb. 27

Posted on January 15, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division will host a Wine Tasting event on Friday, Feb. 27 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at the ISBA Chicago Office. This evening will feature networking with fellow ISBA members and friends.

More information and registration will be available soon at