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Best Practice: How to structure a general ledger of accounts

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Asked and Answered

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

Q. I am the newly elected managing partner of 12 attorney business transactional firm in St. Louis. The firm is trying to implement a more disciplined approach to financial management. I have been charged with developing our first budget and I am having difficulties due to the overall structure of our general ledger. Our system was setup by our outside accountant and the expense accounts lump too many expenses into too few categories. Do you have any suggestions?

Mahoney, Monico to receive Board of Governors Awards

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Marron A. Mahoney, of Chicago’s Wicker Park neighborhood, and Brian T. Monico, of Lake Forest, co-chairs of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Task Force on New Lawyers, will receive a 2014 Board of Governors Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting on Friday, June 20, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis.

During the past year, Mahoney and Monico accepted the challenge from ISBA President Paula H. Holderman to address one of the most pressing issues facing young lawyers in the legal profession: staggering law school debt and reduced employment opportunities.

The Task Force developed a comprehensive report with concrete recommendations. They included the development of an ISBA microsite for new lawyers and a “speed mentoring” program for law student and veteran ISBA members.

Kuzniar to recieve Board of Governors Award

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Pamela KuzniarPamela J. Kuzniar, a Deerfield resident and partner in the law firm of Kuzniar & Simons, P.C., with offices in Chicago and Waukegan will receive a 2014 Board of Governors Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting on Friday, June 20, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis.

The award recognizes Kuzniar for her long-standing and exemplary contributions to the association and the legal profession.

For the past seven years, Kuzniar has been the volunteer coordinator of the Continuing Legal Education programs for the ISBA’s Family Law Section Council, one of the bar’s largest councils. She has taken the lead in selecting quality topics and speakers for each program. She also helped re-establish the ISBA’s “destination” CLE programs presented outside of Illinois.

This year, Kuzniar also played a crucial role in the analysis of proposed legislation that would significantly amend the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution Act. Under her guidance, the council provided an in-depth analysis and recommended positions regarding the legislation.

Petruchius to receive Board of Governors Award

Posted on June 11, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Mary PetruchiusMary F. Petruchius, of Sycamore, a private practice lawyer in Sycamore, will receive a 2014 Board of Governors Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting on Friday, June 20, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis.

As the 2013-14 chair of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Women and the Law, Petruchius is being recognized for her efforts to promote women as lawyers. Under her leadership, the ISBA presented or co-sponsored seven events, including a networking breakfast at Southern Illinois University School of Law; a “30 Female Blackstones” event at Winston & Strawn in Chicago, and two programs in March during Women’s History Month in both Chicago and at Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. The committee also co-sponsored a reception in the fall during a meeting of the National Association of Women Lawyers Foundation.

Jeffrey appointed circuit judge in 15th Circuit

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced the appointment of Associate Judge David L. Jeffrey as a Circuit Court Judge in the 15th Judicial Circuit. Judge Jeffrey was appointed to fill the Resident Circuit Court vacancy in Stephenson County created by the announced retirement of Judge Theresa L. Ursin effective August 31, 2014.

Professor Mark Wojcik to receive ISBA Community Leadership Award

Posted on June 10, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Mark WojcikProfessor Mark E. Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School will receive the 2014 Community Leadership Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting on Friday, June 20, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis.

The award recognizes individuals for their efforts to foster understanding of lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) people and their issues of concern.

A former member of the ISBA Board of Governors, Wojcik has been a longtime force in the fight to achieve understanding of and equity for those in the LGBT community through his participation in local, state and national organizations. He founded the first gay rights organization at The John Marshall Law School and the first gay rights committee of the Chicago Bar Association. He served on the ISBA Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation Law, he was a Commissioner of the American Bar Association’s Commission on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity, he chaired the Association of American Law Schools Section on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity Issues, and he is a Past President of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago. He was also inducted into the City of Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame.

CLE: Cannabis is Coming to Town – Live Webcast!

Posted on June 9, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

A Guide to Local Government Regulation Under Illinois' New Medical Marijuana Laws

Don’t miss this live webcast on June 24th for a look at what the new medical marijuana legislation mean for your jurisdiction! Municipal lawyers, general practitioners, health care counsel, and agriculture attorneys with all levels of practice experience will benefit from the information in this seminar, which includes: a summary of the legislation and how the marijuana industry is expected to function; a description of cultivation centers and dispensaries – the two key marijuana-related businesses established by the Act; public safety considerations and policing concerns related to marijuana-related businesses; the anticipated scope of zoning and land use laws permitted by the Act; and the current landscape of local laws regarding marijuana-related businesses, including specific examples of regulations proposed or enacted by local governments.

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

Click here for more information and to register.

ISBA presents Law Enforcement Award to Campton Hills Police Chief

Posted on June 6, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA 3rd Vice President Vincent F. Cornelius (left) presented a Law Enforcement Award to Chief Daniel Hoffman, who was nominated by 16th Circuit Chief Judge Judith Brawka (right).Daniel N. Hoffman, chief of police of the Campton Hills Police Department, received a 2014 ISBA Law on June 5, during a luncheon of the Kane County’s Mental Health Protocol Committee at the Kane County Judicial Center. ISBA 3rd Vice President Vincent F. Cornelius was on hand to present the award.

Chief Hoffman was nominated by Judith W. Brawka, chief judge of the 16th Judicial Circuit in Kane County.

The ISBA’s 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 is given to recognize those who truly excel in the field of law enforcement. In addition to Chief Hoffman, four other law enforcement officers from judicial districts throughout Illinois will be honored.

Chief Hoffman was recognized for an entire career devoted to community safety and service, initially as a commander in the Aurora Police Department and more recently, in Campton Hills. As a member of the Kane County Mental Health Task Force, he helped develop Crises Intervention Team protocols and training, which give first responders the tools to calm persons in a mental health crisis.

Federal appeals courts looking to hire budgeting attorney

Posted on June 6, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The federal appeals courts based in Chicago and St. Louis are seeking an attorney to coordinate budgeting for private lawyers appointed under the Criminal Justice Act to represent indigent defendants.

The case-budgeting attorney will work with judges, defense counsel and court officials to recommend budgeting procedures and policies and to help draft forms used by CJA lawyers handling capital and other high-cost cases. The attorney also will develop case budgets and maintain a central database of the budgets and expenditures for CJA lawyers.

The attorney will be based in Chicago but will travel to locations within the 7th and 8th circuits. The 7th Circuit covers Illinois, Indiana and Wisconsin, while the 8th Circuit covers Missouri, Arkansas, Iowa, Minnesota, Nebraska, North Dakota and South Dakota.

The case-budgeting attorney will be appointed to a three-year term, which could be extended. The salary is $100,690 to $157,000, depending on the attorney’s experience and qualifications.

An application form is available on the 7th Circuit’s website at and the 8th circuit’s website at The form is due by June 12.

Applications should be sent to the 7th Circuit’s executive, Collins T. Fitzpatrick, 219 S. Dearborn St., Room 2780, Chicago, IL 60604.

PILI announces summer 2014 interns and ISBA Fellow

Posted on June 6, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

108 PILI Interns & Fellows Serve at Legal Aid Organizations Across Illinois This Summer

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) has announced its Law Student Internship & Graduate Fellowship Class of 2014. PILI is funding 43 Law Student Interns representing 34 law schools from across the country to work at 23 legal aid organizations across Illinois. These PILI Interns have been selected out of over 350 law student applicants from over 70 law schools. Each PILI Intern will serve 400 hours over the summer, together contributing 17,200 hours of legal services on behalf of thousands of low-income individuals and families. PILI provides supplemental educational, networking and mentoring opportunities. See a full list of our 2014 Law Student Interns on our website at

Of these Interns, 13 hold Named or Honorary Internship positions, created by special funding commitments from individuals and groups dedicated to promoting public interest law. Many Named Internships support a specific cause. For example, the ISBA Young Lawyers Division has for years sponsored one PILI Intern through its Children’s Assistance Fund to address the legal welfare of children. Other PILI Interns are named in honor or memory of champions for service and philanthropy to our legal aid community, including Kimball & Karen Anderson of Winston & Strawn LLP and Jerome Gilson of Brinks Gilson & Lione.