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The smell of money: Illinois court says insurer must defend hog odor lawsuit

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Mark S. Mathewson

"Smells like money to me." Whether or not any farmer actually said it, it's someone's  sardonic response to complaints about foul odors associated with hog production. But as town increasingly meets country in exurban Illinois, unhappiness about livestock odors is no laughing matter for farmer or homeowner alike.

Perhaps both sides got some good news in Country Mutual Insurance Company v. Hilltop View, where "an Illinois appeals court has rejected an insurer’s denial of coverage to hog confinement operators pursuant to a standard 'pollution exclusion' provision in an umbrella liability policy," as Kristine Tidgren reports in the latest ISBA Agricultural Law newsletter. Read her article.

Applications being accepted for circuit court vacancy in 11th Circuit

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Chief Justice Rita B. Garman of the Supreme Court of Illinois has begun an application process for a Circuit Court vacancy in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

The Woodford County resident circuit vacancy is created by the retirement of Judge John B. Huschen on March 31, 2014. Judge Huschen has been a resident Circuit Judge since 1998.

Updated Disaster Legal Services Manual now available

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association's Delivery of Legal Services’ Committee has updated its Disaster Legal Services Manual and the newest version is now available at

Best Practice: Essential skill sets for law firm administrators

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Asked and Answered

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

Q. Our firm is an eight attorney firm located in Minneapolis. We have 5 partners and three associates. I serve as the managing partner and frankly I do not have the time or the skills to do an effective job. My performance as managing partner is marginal at best. We have recently been discussing hiring a professional legal administrator to manage the firm. What are the essential skill sets we should look for?

Mitchell L. Hoffman appointed Circuit Judge of the 19th Circuit, 4th Subcircuit

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinios Supreme Court has appointed the Hon. Mitchell L. Hoffman to Circuit Judge of the 19th Judicial Circuit, Fourth Subcircuit. This appointment is effective Feb. 3, 2014 and terminates on Dec. 5, 2016. Judge Mitchell currently serves as an associate judge in the 19th Circuit.

Lawyers hockey team raises funds for Chicago Legal Clinic

Posted on January 15, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Chicago Lawyers Hockey Team of the Chicago Masters Hockey League recently played their 6th annual United Center charity game against the Chicago Celebrity Allstars Hockey Team, which team included some Chicago Blackhawks alumni. The game benefited the Chicago Legal Clinic. 

Those photographed in the back row are (left to right): Michael B. Quigley, David M. Goldman, Lowell D. Snorf, III, C.J. Koroll, Patrick D. Thompson, Kevin M. Magnuson, James R. Foley, and David Vander Ploeg. Those photographed in the front row are (left to right): Kent D. Sinson, Michael B. Goldberg, Most Rev. Thomas J. Paprocki, and Steven L. Demitro (Captain).

This year's game went to the Chicago Celebrity Allstars Hockey Team who defeated the Chicago Lawyers 5-4.

2 Minutes with the President: Paula H. Holderman discusses women and the law issues with Mary Petruchius

Posted on January 14, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA President Paula H. Holderman interviews DeKalb attorney Mary Petruchius, Chair of the ISBA's Standing Committee on Women in the Law. They discuss the committee's plans to make a difference in the professional lives of our state's women lawyers and the upcoming networking event at NIU College of Law on March 21.

James P. Flannery, Jr. appointed presiding judge of Cook County Law Division

Posted on January 13, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced Monday the appointment of Judge James P. Flannery, Jr. as Presiding Judge of the Law Division effective immediately. Judge Flannery, currently a trial judge in the Law Division, fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Law Division Presiding Judge William D. Maddux who retired Jan. 11, 2014.

CLE: 2014 Federal Tax Conference

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Attorneys practicing in the areas of employee benefits, federal taxation, and trusts/estate planning, as well as general practitioners and certified public accountants won’t want to miss ISBA’s 2014 Federal Tax Conference in Chicago on February 7th! As an attendee, you will gain a better understanding of: the recent legislation affecting the transfer of assets during life and at death; the latest changes in retirement and welfare benefit plans; how developments in individual income tax law has affected the determination of income, deductions, exemptions, and more; how recent rulings have affected the taxation of C and S corporations and Partnerships; current issues regarding tax-exempt not-for-profit organizations; overview of Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission process and procedures; practicum on estate administration matters; and recent Supreme Court decisions regarding same-sex marriages' affect on tax planning.

The program is presented by the ISBA Federal Taxation Section and qualifies for 6.75 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

Federal Defender position open in Central Illinois

Posted on January 10, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is accepting applications from all qualified applicants for the position of Federal Defender for the Central District of Illinois headquartered in Peoria. The Federal Defender provides federal criminal defense services to individuals unable to afford counsel. The courts are an equal opportunity employer.

An applicant should have the following qualifications: (1) a member in good standing in the bar of each state in which admitted to practice; (2) a minimum of five years criminal practice experience, preferably with significant experience in federal criminal defense at the trial and appellate levels, which demonstrates an ability to provide zealous representation of consistently high quality to criminal defendants; (3) the ability to effectively administer the office; (4) a reputation for integrity; (5) a commitment to the representation of those unable to afford counsel; and (6) have demonstrated a commitment to equal justice under the law. Applications can be obtained by accessing the website of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit

Completed applications are due before the close of business on February 24, 2014, and are to be sent to:

  • Collins T. Fitzpatrick
  • Circuit Executive
  • United States Court of Appeals
  • for the Seventh Circuit
  • 219 S. Dearborn Street, Rm 2780
  • Chicago, Illinois 60604