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Longtime ISBA Legislative Counsel Daniel Houlihan passes away

Posted on November 14, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Daniel L. HoulihanDaniel L. Houlihan, of Wilmette, formerly of Beverly, and summer resident of Long Beach, Indiana, passed away on Tuesday night. Dan was a prominent zoning attorney who began his career as an Assistant State’s Attorney, served as an Illinois State Representative and longtime Legislative Counsel for ISBA.

Dan was a long-standing Board of Director Member for Misericordia Heart of Mercy, and a member of Catholic Charities Advisory Board.

Visitation will be held on Friday, November 15 from 2:00 PM until 9:00 PM at Donnellan Family Funeral Home, 10045 Skokie Boulevard at Old Orchard Road, Skokie.  Funeral will be held on Saturday, November 16 at 10:00 AM at St. Francis Xavier Church, 9th and Linden, Wilmette.

Female bar presidents share lessons in leadership

Posted on November 13, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Paula H. Holderman (second from right), president of the Illinois State Bar Association, was one of four speakers at a November 7 Chicago Bar Association seminar at the CBA headquarters themed “Lessons in Leadership: A Conversation with Female Bar Presidents.” With Ms. Holderman in the photo are three former CBA presidents (seated, from left) Terri Mascherin, Aurora Abella-Austriaco and Appellate Court Justice Joy Cunningham. Standing are the event’s moderators Deidre Baumann and Michele Jochner. The panelists discussed their backgrounds, how they prepared for their leadership roles, advancement opportunities in the profession, the gender-equity pay issue, work-life balance and their personal definitions of success.

Best Practice: Motivating senior partners to embrace retirement

Posted on November 13, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Asked and Answered

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

Q. I am the managing partner of a 12-lawyer firm in Rochester, Minnesota. I am in my early 50s. Two of my partners are in their 60s and two are in their 70s. None of them want to discuss retirement - in fact they jokingly state that they would like to work forever. Do you have any thoughts regarding encouraging/motivating senior partners to embrace retirement?

CLE: Medical Cannabis in Illinois

Posted on November 13, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

The legalization of medical marijuana affects a broad range of legal practices – from those attorneys counseling hospitals, physicians, practice groups, and clinics, to attorneys representing patients wishing to use medical marijuana, businesses employing medical marijuana users, and entities seeking dispensary licenses. Join us in Chicago or via live webcast on Friday, Dec. 6 for a better understanding of: The Compassionate Use of Medical Cannabis Pilot Program Act; the rights of and constraints on patients for the purchase, possession and use of medical marijuana; how and when physicians will be able to recommend cannabis for their patients; the scope of forthcoming regulations; how the legal use of medical cannabis will affect employers; and how health care facilities can accommodate or restrict the use of medical marijuana.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Health Care Section and qualifies for 1.75 hours MCLE credit.

Click here for more information and to register for the CHIGAGO program.

Click here for more information and to register for the LIVE WEBCAST.

Fastcase 'copy' features make it easy to copy case info in Word docs

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Mark S. Mathewson

Need to copy and paste a portion of a case you found in Fastcase into a word processing document? Use the Copy Document Text feature!

While in the full case view, select the text you want to copy with your mouse. (Hint: Place your mouse at the beginning of the text you want to copy, then click and hold the mouse button. Drag your mouse to the end of the selection and then release the button. The selected text will be highlighted in blue.) A pop-up box will give you the choice of copying the text or copying the text with the case citation.

Open the brief or pleading that you are working on in the appropriate word processing program (e.g., MS Word or Word Perfect). Then use your program’s paste function to paste the text into your document. (Hint: If you are using MS Word, you can paste using the shortcut CTRL+V.)

If you selected Copy With Citation, it will paste the text with the citation at the end. That's it!

Fastcase, a free benefit of ISBA membership, is sponsored by ISBA Mutual.

ISBA members now receive Sam's Club discount

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Whether stocking a pantry or a business, selecting new electronics or getting ready for a party, Sam's Club® provides the products and services you need to keep things running smoothly.

ISBA members can join or renew as a Sam's Club® member and receive up to a $25 gift card. Join or renew as a Sam's Plus Member and receive a $25 gift card; join or renew as a Sam's Savings or Sam's Business Member and receive a $10 gift card.

Join/renew at the Sam's PLUS Membership and receive several benefits such as their Instant Savings Plus where your discounts are focused on items in the fresh areas and Member's Mark or Simply Right items; early shopping hours beginning at 7:00 a.m. M-S; and discounts in both Optical and Pharmacy. Or choose a Sam's Savings or Sam's Business Membership and, in addition to a year of exceptional value, enjoy time-saving services in-club and online.

  • Offer is good for anyone (ISBA member/employee) joining between now and October 2014.
  • You can renew up to 90 days out.

The offer is valid for memberships issued in-club only and is not valid online. Please print the ISBA Sam's Club Certificate (login required) and bring it with you.

Register now for YLD Holiday Party

Posted on November 11, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA YLD Holiday Party Please join us at the 16th Annual Holiday Party and show your support for the IBF/ YLD Children's Assistance Fund.

WHEN: Friday, December 6, 2013, 6:00pm-10:00pm

WHERE: Cubby Bear Lounge, 1059 W. Addison, Chicago, Illinois

WHAT: Open Bar, Warm Appetizers, and Live Music by Stache!

COST: $35 per person, for tickets purchased on or before November 22, 2013 Discount rate: $30 for law students, for tickets purchased on or before November 22, 2013.
$40 per person, for tickets purchased after November 22, 2013

Register at

IBF to honor Judge Michael McCuskey at Champaign County Fellows Reception

Posted on November 8, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Judge Michael P. McCuskeyThe Illinois Bar Foundation will host a Champaign County Fellows Reception honoring U.S. District Judge Michael P. McCuskey on Wednesday, Nov. 20 from 5-6:30 p.m. This event will be held at Crane Alley Restaurant, 115 W. Main Street, Urbana.

Tickets to this reception are $35 and include appetizers and drinks. To register, please click here or call the IBF directly at 312.726.6072.

The Illinois Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the ISBA and is dedicated to improving access to justice to those most vulnerable, helping attorneys and their families in need, and to providing year-long legal Fellowships to new attorneys working in legal aid clinics.

The Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation are a unique group of attorneys and judges, who have committed, by direct payment or pledge over 10 years, sums of money ranging from $1,000 to $25,000.

Fellows pledge payments are retained in a special fund of the Foundation, and are used for making grants, helping lawyers and their families in need, and providing legal fellowships to new attorneys in their alma mater’s legal aid clinic.

Fellows Officers of the Illinois Bar Foundation:

Illinois Lawyer Finder results for October 2013

Posted on November 7, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of October 2013 ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

Here are the results for October 2013:

  • 600 phone referrals made by Lawyer Finder staff
  • Most requested areas of law: Family (105), Personal Injury (91), Criminal Law (63), Real Estate (59), Employment Law (51) and Civil Disputes (32)
  • 22,610 visits to (20,180 unique visitors)

Want to be part of the ISBA Lawyer Finder Service? Call (800) 252-8908 and ask for the Legal Department, or visit

Clients should call (800) 922-8757.

Use Twitter to help keep up with Illinois law

Posted on November 7, 2013 by Mark S. Mathewson

In the November Illinois Bar Journal, Chicago-Kent librarian and legal-research columnist Tom Gaylord directs ISBA members to useful law-related Twitter-based resources. "[K]eep in mind," he says, "it's not necessary to tweet yourself; one can simply set up a Twitter account and follow other users without ever contributing to the conversation."