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ISBA Hosts Reception for New Legislators

Posted on November 27, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois State Bar Association hosted a reception for new legislators on November 26 at the Sangamo Club in Springfield. Pictured with ISBA Second Vice President Dennis Orsey are state Senator-elect Rachelle Aud Crowe and state Rep. Monica Bristow.  

November 2018 Bar Admission Ceremony Highlights

Posted on November 9, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices welcomed 1,283 new attorneys to the legal profession on Nov. 8 during admissions ceremonies held at five different locations across the state. 

ISBA staff members were in attendance at all five ceremonies to welcome the state's newest attorneys to the profession, take photos, and talk about the benefits of ISBA membership, which is free for one year for new admittees. Member benefits can be activated by filling out the New Admittee Membership Form

All of those who were sworn in have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. They bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 98,000.

Over 1,200 New Illinois Lawyers to Be Admitted on Thursday

Posted on November 5, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

New attorneys will be admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, Nov. 8, with Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices presiding and administering the attorney's oath to 1,283 new attorneys at five separate locations across the state. 

All of the candidates set to be sworn in have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. They will bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 98,000.

The largest group, 1,051, will be admitted in the First Judicial District during two ceremonies at the Arie Crown Theater, located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, in Chicago. The ceremonies will be at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Illinois Supreme Court Justices Mary Jane Theis and P. Scott Neville, Jr., will preside over the morning ceremony.

Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Luncheon Held in Edwardsville

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
(L-R) (Madison County Bar Association President David Weder; Judge Barb Crowder; Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier ; ISBA Second Vice President Dennis Orsey; Madison County Chief Judge David Hylla; Judge Julie Katz; and Land of Lincoln Legal Aid Director Clarissa Gaff.

Nearly 120 lawyers, judges, and guests attended the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Luncheon on Oct.

Fifth District Appellate Court Candidates Answer Questions at Collinsville Forum

Posted on October 23, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
(L-R) Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel President Bradley Nahrstadt; Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel Second Vice President Laura Beasley; Kevin Hoerner; Hon. David Overstreet; and Illinois State Bar Association Second Vice President Dennis Orsey. 

The 2018 Fifth District Candidates Forum was held Oct. 22 in Collinsville.

The forum was cosponsored by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Illinois State Bar Association, Madison county Bar Association, and the St. Clair Bar Association.

2018 Fifth District Candidates Forum

Posted on October 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The 2018 Fifth District Candidates Forum will be held from 5:30 – 7:30 p.m. Monday, Oct. 22, at the Hilton Collinsville/St. Louis in Collinsville.

The forum is cosponsored by the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Illinois State Bar Association, Madison county Bar Association, and the St. Clair Bar Association.

Jon Allard Jr. 1964-2018

Posted on September 18, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Jon Allard Jr., 54, of Belleville, died Wednesday, September 12, 2018. He was born March 24, 1964, in Belleville. 

Jon was a loving father, husband, son, brother and friend to all. He was happiest when he was coaching his kids' sports teams, traveling with his wife, and going to live concerts. Helping others was core to who he was, which is evident with his 18 years of distinguished service as a prosecutor in the St. Clair County States' Attorney's Office. In his career, he was most proud of the time he served as the chief of administration and was the director of the States' Attorney's Crime Prevention Task Force. In later years, he worked as a lawyer for Kurowski Schultz LLC.

Sandor Korein 1932-2018

Posted on September 13, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Sandor "Sandy" Korein, 86, died Sept. 9, 2018. Sandy was born May 5, 1932, in Zalaszengrote, Hungary, to parents, Ferenc and Katalyn Korein.

He grew up in East St. Louis and attended East St. Louis Sr. High School, Washington University, and Washington University, School of Law. 

Franklin County Courthouse Receives Famous Lincoln Portrait

Posted on August 27, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
(L-R) 5th District Appellate Court Justice David Overstreet, ISBA 2nd Vice President Dennis Orsey, 2nd Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Thomas Tedeschi, Judge Eric Dirnbeck, and John McClarey of the Illinois State Historical Society.

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was presented during a ceremony Friday, August 24, 2018, at the Franklin County Courthouse.

The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Printed on canvas, the image of the beardless Lincoln is encased in a richly stained wood frame and measures 30-inches wide by 40-inches tall.

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