Schedule: 2017 Joint Meeting/Midyear Meeting

ISBA/IJA Joint Meeting 2017

ISBA Midyear Meeting
(Joint meeting with the Illinois Judges Association)
December 7 - 9, 2017
Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St, Chicago (map and directions)

Thursday, December 7th  

Illinois Bar Foundation Board Meeting
11:30 a.m. Lunch
12 – 2:00 p.m. Meeting

New Lawyer CLE Program
Think Fast: Improving Your Communication Skills through Improv

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Presented by the ISBA Young Lawyers Division and its New Lawyers Committee
Improve your communication, listening, and quick reaction skills with this one-hour program that's designed for all attorneys who use these skills in the courtroom to respond to questions from the judge and arguments from opposing counsel. The seminar engages attendees in a number of interactive activities that are used by improvisational actors to help you strengthen your quick-thinking and story-telling abilities. Pre-registration not required; walk-in registration only.
1.0 hour MCLE | PMCLE* Complimentary to registered Joint/Midyear Meeting attendees

Joint Meeting Opening Reception
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.
All registered attendees are invited to this official opening event. Enjoy refreshments and hors d'oeuvres while you meet and mingle with members of the bench and bar.
Sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association
Complimentary to registered Joint/Midyear Meeting attendees

ISBA YLD Holiday Party
7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
Join the ISBA Young Lawyer Division for their annual holiday reception benefiting the Children's Assistance Fund to be held at Exchequer, located next door to the Palmer House Hilton.
Separate registration is required. Register at https://www.isba.org/sections/yld/holidayparty

Friday, December 8th

Exhibit Hall and Member Lounge
Take this opportunity to explore products and services offered by our sponsors and exhibitors. In addition, new this year is a lounge area where members may catch up on phone calls or emails and prepare for upcoming business meetings.
8:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.

IJA/ISBA Joint CLE Program
A Whole New Electronic World: Do's and Don'ts for Judges (and Lawyers too)

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Presented by the Illinois Judges' Association and the Illinois State Bar Association
Social media continues to alter the dynamics of the courtroom and the adversary process, which raises a host of ethical issues for both judges and lawyers. This panel presentation explores the common situations involving the legal community that raise ethical concerns, while showing you how to identify ways to assess and address them when they arise. Audience questions are encouraged throughout the seminar.
1.25 hour MCLE | PMCLE* Complimentary to registered Joint/Midyear Meeting attendees

IJA/ISBA Joint CLE Program
Hot Topics in the Legal Profession

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Presented by the Illinois Judges' Association and the Illinois State Bar Association
Don't miss this opportunity to learn from judges and attorneys about today's hot topic issues, including: how pretrial and court procedures have changed under Illinois' new mandates; how Illinois' constitutional history has paved the way for today's constitutional issues; and how administrative adjudication hearings have changed the legal landscape.
1.25 hour MCLE Complimentary to registered Joint/Midyear Meeting attendees

IJA/ISBA Joint Meeting Luncheon
Joel D. WeismanFeatured Speaker: Joel D. Weisman, Host and Senior Editor of Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review

12:00 p.m.
Join us for lunch with featured speaker, Joel D. Weisman, Host and Senior Editor of Chicago Tonight: The Week in Review. Mr. Weisman is an attorney, talent representative and Emmy award-winning Chicago television host and commentator. He has won multiple Peter Lisagor, Jacob Scher, and Associated Press awards and was twice nominated for Pulitzer Prizes for his investigative reporting. 
$85 per ticket

CLE Program
The Hero's Journey: Honor, Integrity, and Your Legal Career Through the Lens of History

1:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Master Series Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
The word hero conjures up images of firefighters, police officers, and medical personnel aiding victims in the aftermath of a tragedy. It's synonymous with courage, determination, bravery, and selflessness. But not all heroes burst through a smokescreen of disaster; sometimes they just go to work and do their job helping others every day. Join us as Joshua Greene, renowned historian and documentary filmmaker, shows us how the real life actions of noble historical figures parallel your career and the things you do every day. Discover how your calling makes you a hero in your own right and why maintaining honor and integrity throughout your career is so important.
2.0 hours MCLE | PMCLE*
Separate registration is required. Register at https://www.isba.org/cle/2017/12/08/herosjourney

CLE Program
Diversity and Inclusion in the Practice of Law

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Law Office Management and Economics and the ISBA Diversity Leadership Council
Drawing on their own unique perspectives, our panelists give you the tips and advice you need to create a better workplace and offer in-depth look at why having diversity in your practice is so important, why diverse teams are more prosperous and rewarding, and how to create an inclusive environment for everyone in your practice.
1.0 hour MCLE | PMCLE*
Separate registration is required. Register at https://www.isba.org/cle/2017/12/08/diversity

Hosted Receptions
4:30 – 6:30 p.m.

Diversity Leadership Reception
ISBA Diversity Leadership Council presents – Count Me In!, a premier networking reception celebrating diversity and inclusion within the profession and the ISBA.
Complimentary to registered Joint/Midyear Meeting attendees

Law School Alumni Receptions
Alumni and friends of DePaul University College of Law and SIU School of Law are welcome to attend.
Complimentary to registered Joint/Midyear Meeting attendees

Dinner in Honor of the Supreme Court of Illinois
Justice Mary Jane TheisCocktail Reception 6:00 p.m.
Dinner 7:00 p.m.

Please join in honoring Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court. The black tie optional evening includes a reception before dinner hosted by the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, address by the featured speaker Justice Mary Jane Theis, and dinner.

All seating (tables of 10) is assigned in advance. Special seating requests should be sent to kweaver@isba.org and will be accommodated if received by the registration deadline.

Cocktail Reception hosted by the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company. Dinner sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association and The Chicago Bar Association, presided over by ISBA President Russell W. Hartigan and CBA President Thomas R. Mulroy.
Cocktail Reception $25 per ticket / Cocktail Reception & Dinner $125 per ticket

Saturday, December 9th  

ISBA Assembly Meeting
9:00 a.m.
The policy-making body of the Association meets to conduct the business of the Association. Open to members and the public.


Midyear/Joint Meeting Home

Online registration is closed, but you can still register at the meeting