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2012 Press Releases

December 17, 2012

Illinois State Bar Association Honors 1962 Class of Distinguished Lawyers for 50 Years of Service

The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) honored the 1962 Class of Distinguished Counsellors at a luncheon at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers on Wednesday, December 12. The lawyers were celebrating 50 years of service to the Illinois bar.

December 17, 2012

Illinois State Bar Association Assembly Approves Judicial Recusal Rule, Supports Same-sex Marriage, Medical Marijuana Bills

The 203-member policy-making Assembly of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) has adopted a proposed rule governing recusal of judges in cases where a party has made a campaign contribution to the judge. The Assembly voted to adopt the rule during the ISBA’s Midyear Meeting on December 15 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers here.

November 14, 2012

Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan Announce Campaign Providing 1 Million Meals to Illinoisans in Need

CHICAGO, IL – In cooperation with Feeding Illinois, the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) today announced it is launching a food and fundraising drive among Illinois law firms and legal organizat

October 5, 2012

All Illinois Judicial Candidates Rated in Illinois State Bar Association Lawyers’ Poll and Evaluations

All judges running for retention, as well as candidates for Illinois judicial offices who won in the March 20 primary election, have been rated by Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) evaluation committees, or in a poll of lawyers conducted by ISBA.

August 15, 2012

ISBA President Thies Installed as President of National Caucus of State Bar Associations

John E. Thies, president of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), was elevated to the position of president of the National Caucus of State Bar Associations at the recent Annual Meeting of the American Bar Association (ABA) in Chicago.

August 13, 2012

Chicago Attorney John Nisivaco Elected Secretary of Illinois State Bar Association

John L. Nisivaco, a partner in the Chicago personal injury firm of Boudreau & Nisivaco, LLC, has been elected secretary of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).

August 13, 2012

Judge Stephen Pacey Elected Treasurer of Illinois State Bar Association

Hon. Stephen R. Pacey, of Paxton, a circuit judge in the 11th Judicial Circuit, has been elected treasurer of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).

August 1, 2012

Illinois State Bar Association Supports Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act (S 2197)

SPRINGFIELD, IL – The Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) approved a resolution at its July meeting in support of the federal Fairness in Disclosure of Evidence Act of 2012, S. 2197 (Murkowski, R-Alaska).

June 22, 2012

Paula Hudson Holderman Installed as President-Elect of Illinois State Bar Association

Attorney Paula Hudson Holderman, of LaGrange, has moved up the organizational ladder of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), becoming president-elect of the organization.

Previously, she served as third and second vice president, and will be installed as president in June 2013.

June 12, 2012

Urbana Attorney to Become 136th President of Illinois State Bar Association

CHICAGO, IL – John E. Thies, a shareholder at Webber & Thies, P.C., in Urbana, will be installed Friday, June 15, as the 136th president of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at the organization’s annual meeting at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin.

June 11, 2012

ISBA Awards to Be Presented at 136th Annual Meeting

The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) will present several awards recognizing individuals for their commitment and service to the profession and their communities at an Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 15, at the organization’s 136th Annual Meeting at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wis. Award recipients are:

May 22, 2012

Joliet Attorney Appointed to At-large Board of Governors Seat of Illinois State Bar Association

Jean A. Kenol, an attorney with the Joliet law firm of Mahoney, Silverman & Cross, LLC, has been appointed to an at-large Board of Governors seat of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).  The 27-member board directs the operations and activities of the bar association.
May 4, 2012

Jessica Arong O'Brien Elected to Board of Governors of Illinois State Bar Association

CHICAGO, IL – Attorney Jessica Arong O’Brien, a special assistant attorney general at the Illinois Department of Revenue and acting chief counsel of the Illinois Lottery, has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).  The board directs the operations and activities of the association.
April 17, 2012

Consult a Lawyer at No Cost on Saturday, April 28

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Anyone in Illinois with a question about a legal matter can call and talk to a lawyer – at no cost – on Ask A Lawyer Day, Saturday, April 28.
April 2, 2012

Hinsdale Central High School is Statewide Mock Trial Champion

SPRINGFIELD, IL -- Hinsdale Central High School, in Hinsdale Ill., placed first in the 30th annual Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) High School Mock Trial Invitational held at the University of Illinois at Springfield on Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, 2012.
March 23, 2012

Illinois State Bar Association's High School Mock Trial Invitational to Take Place March 30-31 in Springfield

SPRINGFIELD, IL – Teams from 45 high schools statewide will participate in the 30th annual Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) High School Mock Trial Invitational Friday and Saturday, March 30 and 31, 2012, at the University of Illinois at Springfield, Public Affairs Center – Lower Level, One University Plaza, in Springfield.
February 22, 2012

All Illinois Judicial Candidates Rated in Illinois State Bar Association Lawyers' Poll and Evaluations

SPRINGFIELD, IL - All candidates for Illinois judicial offices in the March 20 primary election have been rated by Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) evaluation committees, or in a poll conducted by ISBA. Results are available on-line at www.isba.org/YouBeTheJudge.
February 2, 2012

Illinois State Bar Association Elects Umberto Davi as Third Vice President

Umberto Davi, a principal in the Western Springs law firm of Davi and Associates, has been elected third vice president of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). He will serve one year in each of three vice presidential offices and then become president of the statewide organization in 2015.