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Spotlight on Pro Bono: Why Pro Bono? Why Not!

Posted on February 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson

By Sandy L. Morris

Tired of answering “zero” hours of voluntary pro bono service on your annual attorney registration form? It’s time to think about why and how you can help the increasing numbers of self-represented litigants.  

If you were to ask the 31,972 Illinois attorneys who self-reported pro bono service in 2016 (the most recent year for which this information is available) why they logged those hours, you would probably get 31,972 different answers. The reasons for pro bono are as varied as they are personal. But attorneys who perform pro bono services often cite one or more of the following benefits:

Cook, Boone, Winnebago County Courts Closed Due to Weather, DuPage Courts Remain Open

Posted on February 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Circuit Court of Cook County is closed today, Friday, Feb. 9, due to severe winter weather, according to a statement released by the court. With the exception of Central Bond Court at the Leighton Criminal Court Building in Chicago and juvenile detention hearings at the Juvenile Center in Chicago, there will be no court in session in any Cook County courthouse and the Office of the Clerk of the Circuit Court will be closed.

CLE: Copyright and Student Records Issues in Education

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Are you prepared to advise your clients on copyright issues in the classroom? Anyone working in the education setting (or representing those that do) need to be familiar with several key areas of concern, including copyright use in the classroom, student record laws, and cultural/diversity issues. This half-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on February 28, 2018 offers an overview for those new to this practice area, as well as a refresher for advanced practitioners.

Quick Takes for Your Practice: Should Your Client Sign That Severance Agreement?

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Glenn Gaffney of Gaffney & Gaffney, P.C. discusses whether your client should sign a severance agreement.

Early Access to Lenovo President’s Day Sale

Posted on February 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Receive monumental savings and early access* to member-only deals on Lenovo’s legendary technologies. Now through February 22, 2018, save up to 50% on PCs and accessories. You can also pledge allegiance with warranty service upgrades, while supplies last. 

Join the International Academy of Dispute Resolution in March

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The International Academy of Dispute Resolution (INADR) is coming to Loyola University School of Law in Chicago this March for its 9th Annual World Mediation Congress, March 6-7, followed immediately by its 17th Annual International Law School Mediation Tournament, March 8-10, co-sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association.

Transfer the Marital Home During, Not After, Divorce — Here's Why

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Mark S. Mathewson

Making sure the family house gets properly transferred in a divorce should be high on every lawyer's to-do list, according to Adam Whiteman in the ISBA's November 2017 Real Property newsletter. That means seeing to it that "the property gets quitclaimed and recorded as necessary and…the mortgage is refinanced or…some other agreement is put in place to remove the non-owning spouse from any mortgage that encumbers the property," he writes. Waiting till the divorce is over is asking for trouble.

A few of his tips:

Candidate Report for the 2018 ISBA Election

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Candidate Report for the 2018 ISBA Election is below. All ISBA attorney members with their dues paid by March 1, 2018 are eligible to vote.

2018 Candidate Report

(N.B.: Pursuant to the Policy and Procedures for Election approved by the ISBA Assembly, in those instances where there are more candidates than positions to be filled, nominees are listed on the ballot by the date of filing. Where two or more people filed on the same date, ballot positions were determined by lot. Ballot positions are listed next to the candidate’s name.)

Third Vice-President (1 to be elected; 3 candidates)

  • Stephen M. Komie 2
  • Anna Krolikowska 1
  • John Nisivaco 3

Best Practice Tips: Partner Withdrawal from a Law Firm

Posted on February 7, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Asked and Answered

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

Q. I am a partner in a law firm in Walnut Creek, California. There are four other partners and three associates. We are a general practice firm and our clients are primarily individual clients. I have a good relationship with the other partners. I have decided to leave the firm and join a larger firm in San Francisco. I have notified my partners in writing of my intention to leave. They are supportive of my decision, and I anticipate an amicable withdrawal. This is the first time a partner has left the firm for any reason, so we are not sure what the next step is. Please share with us any thoughts that you have.

Book Your Hotel Room for the 2018 Annual Meeting

Posted on February 6, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at The Abbey Resort located in Fontana, Wisconsin from June 14–16, and you can now make your hotel reservations. To make reservations at The Abbey, please call 800.709.1323 then press #2 and reference the Illinois State Bar Association Annual Meeting. The deadline for making reservations for lodging is on or before May 11. Reservations received after this date will be subject to availability.