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Campaign Season for ISBA Election Underway

Posted on October 1, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Campaign season for the 2019 Illinois State Bar Association election begins today, October 1, for open leadership seats of third vice president and one seat each for the following Board of Governors seats: Area 2 (Circuits 17, 19 and 22), Area 4 (Circuits 10, 14 and 15), Area 5 (Circuits 5, 6 and 11), Area 7 (Circuits 1, 2 and 4), Under Age 37 – Cook County, and Under Age 37 Outside Cook County (Circuits 1-23). There are also 45 open seat

CLE: Second Biennial Illinois Appellate Practice Seminar

Posted on October 1, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Every litigator should understand the basic principles of appellate practice. Join us on Oct. 18 in Chicago or via live webcast for a full-day seminar that focuses on the key points in the appellate process, where making the right decisions can mean the difference between winning and losing an appeal.

The seminar is presented by justices of the Illinois Supreme Court and the Illinois Appellate Court, along with leading Illinois appellate practitioners.

Illinois Judicial Conference Reconstituted to Focus on Strategic Planning for Judicial Branch

Posted on September 28, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court announced today the approval of amendments to Supreme Court Rule 41, which in 1971 established an Illinois Judicial Conference (IJC) "to consider the work of the courts, to suggest improvements in the administration of justice, and to make recommendations for the improvement of the courts.” 

The amendments are designed to create a smaller, more active and engaged IJC, which will be tasked with creating and implementing a long-term statewide strategic agenda for the judicial branch.

CLE: Preparing Your Witness for Deposition

Posted on September 27, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Join us online Oct. 11 to learn how to develop the theory of your case, the Illinois Supreme Court Rules that pertain to depositions, and how to prepare your next witness with this informative online seminar that’s designed for litigators with basic practice experience. Topics include appreciating your witness’ story and the rules that apply, knowing the mechanics of a deposition, and maxims for witness preparation. 

ISBA Hosts Reception Honoring Polish Appellate Court Justice

Posted on September 26, 2018 by Rhys Saunders


The ISBA hosted a cocktail reception honoring Appellate Justice Bogdan Jedrys of Poland on September 25 in the Chicago Regional Office. 

Best Practice Tips: Associate Attorney Compensation – Five Approaches

Posted on September 26, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Asked and Answered 

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

Q. I am the owner of a six-attorney firm in the western suburbs of Chicago. There are five full-time associate attorneys working with the firm. Two have been with the firm for more than 15 years, two over 10 years, and one for seven years. All are being paid salaries in excess of $100,000 per year and none are even close to generating $300,000 or more in working attorney fee collections per year. Their billable hours are dismal as well. While I have an expectation of 1,200 annual billable hours, none are meeting that expectation. My income is suffering as a result. In addition to salaries, they sometimes receive a discretionary bonus. I am at my wit’s end. What are your thoughts?

Former ISBA Board Member Sworn in as Member of the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago’s Board

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
(L-R) ISBA Third Vice President Anna Krolikowska, IICLE Board Chair Ben Neiburger, Sonni Choi Williams, ISBA Board member Ava George Stewart 

Sonni Choi Williams, a former member of the ISBA Board of Governors, was sworn in as a member of the Korean American Bar Association of Chicago’s Board on Sept. 21.

Guess Who’s Hosting a Business Dinner?

Posted on September 24, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Hosting a business dinner is a great way to make a good impression and build rapport with clients. Thinking through the details in advance will go a long way toward a good evening and a good impression of the host – you. In September’s Illinois Bar Journal, Karen Erger, vice president at Lockton Companies, breaks down do’s and don’ts of hosting a business dinner.

CLE: Protect Your Credit, Identity, and Financial Accounts

Posted on September 21, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Learn how to protect your credit and financial assets, avoid becoming a victim of identity theft, and advise your clients on these issues with this online seminar Oct. 10. Attorneys with basic to intermediate practice experience who attend this program will better understand: the importance of monitoring credit; how to use a credit lock/freeze to keep your credit safe; who to contact if you suspect identity theft; the services that are available to safeguard your identity; knowing if your investment accounts are secure; the benefits of private excess insurance; and the importance to passwords.

U.S. Attorney's Office Seeks Assistant U.S. Attorney

Posted on September 21, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The U.S. Attorney's Office for the Northern District of Illinois is accepting applications for an assistant United States attorney opening in its Criminal Division in Chicago.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least two years post-J.D. legal experience. U.S. citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications include excellent academics, significant litigation experience, criminal law experience, strong legal writing skills, and a demonstrated commitment to public service.