ISBA Member Appreciation Month - 2017

ISBA Member Appreciation Month, May 2017

Stay tuned throughout the month for contest and giveaway announcements.

At ISBA Mutual, we love lawyers — and we're recognizing YOU throughout ISBA Member Appreciation Month. To show our appreciation, we are giving away 25 Goody Bags which includes a brief bag with supplies for when you are on the road. Make sure you enter to win!

Here is what you can expect to discover in your Goody Bag:

  • Power Bank to Charge Your Phone
  • USB Drive to Save Files
  • The Fundamentals of Loss Prevention Handbook
  • Supplies: Notepad, Pen & Post-It Cube

30 years ago, ISBA Mutual was created with a simple mission: to be a benefit to the members of the ISBA. In keeping with that mission ISBA Mutual is proud to sponsor Free Online CLE for all ISBA members, the ISBA Solo & Small Firm Institute Series, and much more. Learn more about ISBA Mutual.

Important Disclosures: This drawing is sponsored by the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, 20 S Clark St, Suite 800, Chicago, IL 60603. Only ISBA members are eligible to participate in this drawing. Prize may be taxable to the extent provided by law. The estimated odds of winning this prize depends on the number of entries. Prize may not be exchanged or transferred. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, ISBA Mutual reserves the right to select another winner for that prize.


ISBA Member Appreciation Month Caption Contest

Enter the ISBA Caption Contest for a chance to be published in the IBJ and win a pair of wireless Beats by Dr. Dre headphones

Welcome to the first-ever ISBA Member Appreciation Month Caption Contest. Simply write a clever or humorous caption for the image above and go here to enter. We’ve even included a sample caption above to get your creative juices flowing.

The winning entry will appear in the Illinois Bar Journal, and the winning author gets a pair of wireless beats by Dr. Dre headphones.

The contest is open through May 31. Submit as many entries as you like.

Best of luck to all Caption Contest entrants!


Please enjoy this gift from our malpractice insurance partner, ISBA Mutual!

At ISBA Mutual, your success is ours, and we're recognizing that fact throughout ISBA Member Appreciation Month. To help you build upon your present success and flourish in an uncertain future, we are providing another e-book to help you make your practice the best law practice it can be.

Tomorrow is Today: A Day in the Life of a Technology Oriented Law Firm is the companion piece from our 2015 Risk Management Conference, an event that is only available to lawyers we insure.

Here is what you can expect to discover in this e-book:

  • How to use available technology to improve efficiency and effectiveness in your office and operations while avoiding ethical and technology pitfalls
  • How all of your information, including file details and documents, can be available wherever you have an internet connection
  • What are the potential ethical and technological pitfalls and what you need to know about using this technology consistent with the Rules of Professional Conduct
  • How to use Fastcase, the legal research service that is free to all ISBA and ISBA Mutual Insurance members, in the office and on the road on your mobile device
  • How you can use technology in Court and elsewhere for presentation, electronic discovery, trial and more
  • What apps and programs are available for Apple, Windows and Android that you should consider using

Thirty years ago, ISBA Mutual was created with a simple mission: to be a benefit to the members of the ISBA. In keeping with that mission ISBA Mutual is proud to sponsor Free Online CLE for all ISBA members, the ISBA Solo & Small Firm Institute Series, and much more. ISBA Mutual also offers an annual risk management conference exclusively to the lawyers and law firms insured with ISBA Mutual.



Update your profile now to enter! Giveaway ends May 26!


IllinoisLawyerFinder – the ISBA's new online public member directory – is now live.

We've just rolled out a new member benefit to help you* enhance your online presence and attract potential clients. Now it's your turn to go online and expand upon your FREE profile listing.

Update your profile and accept the User Agreement by May 26 for a chance to win our Grand Prize – 12.9" iPad Pro with 128GB or 1 of 3 $100 Amazon Gift Cards.

Expand your profile by doing any of the following...

  • Add a business portrait
  • Customize your biography and work history
  • Indicate whether or not you're accepting clients
  • Unhide your contact information (phone, address, email)
  • Select your practice areas
  • Add awards, education, and certifications
  • Link to your videos and articles
  • Add your website or social media links

Getting started is easy! Detailed instructions for accessing and editing your new profile are available here. Simply choose your basic settings via the “profile wizard” that will automatically launch on your first visit, and then accept the directory's User Agreement.

Please note:

  • If you do not want to participate in the directory, you can find instructions for removing your profile here.
  • *All members — except judges and government attorneys — now have a unique profile in the directory. ISBA members who are either judges or government attorneys will soon have the ability to "opt-in" to the directory, and they will be notified when that functionality is available.

The new member directory was developed in partnership with CloudLaw, Inc., and is part of the Zeekbeek.com platform, which is the first web-based legal marketplace created to both improve consumer access to legal services and to address the real needs of practicing lawyers. Members of the Illinois State Bar Association are now part of a national legal marketplace that also includes the State Bar of Michigan, the Ohio State Bar Association, and the Indiana State Bar Association, with additional state bar associations to come.

Visit the IllinoisLawyerFinder Information page for additional details.

Important Disclosures: This drawing is sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Bar Center, 424 S. Second St., Springfield, IL 62701. Only ISBA members are eligible to participate in this drawing. Prize may be taxable to the extent provided by law. The estimated odds of winning this prize depends on the number of entries. Entries must be submitted prior to May 26, 2017. The grand prize winner and 3 runner-up winners will be chosen by a random drawing within 3 business days after the close of the giveaway. Winners will be notified via email within 5 business days after the drawing. Prize may not be exchanged or transferred. If you are unable or unwilling to accept your prize, ISBA reserves the right to select another winner for that prize.


Please enjoy this gift from our malpractice insurance partner, ISBA Mutual!

Despite our staid reputation, change has long been occurring in the legal profession.

  • Technology continues to expand and evolve across law firms
  • Internet technologies have empowered consumers, and are changing how legal services are delivered
  • Hourly rates are giving way to flat fees in some practice areas
  • Mobile devices and pervasive connectivity are changing clients' expectations of communication with their lawyers
  • Non-lawyers are providing some legal services online, even across state lines that traditionally limit lawyers
  • State bars and courts are exploring the licensing of non-lawyer alternatives to provide legal services

At ISBA Mutual - your success is ours - and we're recognizing that fact throughout ISBA Member Appreciation Month. To help you build upon your present success and flourish in an uncertain future, we are providing this complimentary download of our e-book normally available exclusively to lawyers and law firms insured by ISBA Mutual.

Optimize Your Success in a Changing World is the companion piece from our 2016 Risk Management Conference, an event that is only available to lawyers we insure. in that seminar, ISBA Mutual shared the latest insights into the changing marketplace for legal services and our changing profession. In this e-book you will discover the best practices to sharpen your office systems, get proven solutions to better use technology in your firm, and explore the various forces in the market today to prepare your firm for the future.

DOWNLOAD THE E-BOOK

LEARN MORE ABOUT ISBA MUTUAL

30 years ago, ISBA Mutual was created with a simple mission: to be a benefit to the members of the ISBA. In keeping with that mission ISBA Mutual is proud to sponsor Free Online CLE for all ISBA members, the ISBA Solo & Small Firm Institute Series, and much more. ISBA Mutual also offers an annual risk management conference exclusively to the lawyers and law firms insured with ISBA Mutual.


Enter 'MMAM17' as a coupon code when viewing your shopping cart in the Bookstore.


Save 25% on ISBA books, Fastbooks and merchandise* from May 8-19.

ISBA books are a great resource to help save you time and money. Covering a wide range of subjects, all books are written by recognized authorities and are focused on Illinois law.

Each title is available in a convenient paperback format, and most are also available as a downloadable Fastbooks PDF. Because Fastbooks are downloadable and searchable, they make it easy to always have the law at your fingertips.

What's more, most ISBA books are bundled with a complimentary Fastbook PDF that you can download after placing your order.

A few recent bestsellers include...

*Third party books from ABA and CCH are excluded from this promotion.

Discount is available on the ISBA Member price only.


Please enjoy this gift from our malpractice insurance partner, ISBA Mutual!

Almost 30 years ago, ISBA Mutual was created with a simple mission: to be a benefit to the members of the ISBA. We will be celebrating this longstanding relationship throughout ISBA Member Appreciation Month.

To help you put your best face forward, ISBA Mutual is sponsoring the Free Business Portraits Giveaway.

Also in celebration of ISBA Member Appreciation Month, ISBA Mutual is sharing some valuable resources that are normally available exclusively to ISBA Mutual insured firms, starting with a complimentary download of our e-book The Fundamentals of Loss Prevention for Lawyers!

Legal malpractice claims affect lawyers in every area of law. Even practices that were once thought to be immune from malpractice claims such as criminal and defense work are seeing a rise in claims. Furthermore, the chance of being sued does not diminish with experience. On the contrary, statistics indicate that the greatest percentage of legal malpractice claims are made against lawyers who have been practicing ten years or more.

Establishing a new loss prevention program can be a daunting task. The Fundamentals of Loss Prevention for Lawyers can be used as a guide for setting up your firm's program. Roughly 45% of all legal malpractice claims are caused by administrative errors and client relations problems, so taking a morning or afternoon each month to review your firm's loss prevention program is time well spent.

In addition to sharing information on how to avoid administrative and client relation problems, ISBA Mutual is committed to helping lawyers avoid substantive errors, such as failure to know the law. That's why we sponsor Free Online CLE, Fastcase, the ISBA Solo & Small Firm Institute Series, and much more.


ISBA Member Appreciation Month, One on One Consulting with Affinity Consulting Group

Want some alone time with an expert to get their advice on what you could be doing to improve the management of your practice, in the areas you most need help?

We've partnered with Jeff Krause and Jennifer Ramovs at Affinity Consulting Group to give 29 lucky winners* a 20 minute customized consultation to take place on Monday, May 22, either in person at our Chicago office or by phone - winners' choice.

To enter, complete the online form by Thursday, May 11 at 4:30PM.

Only 1 entry per member will be accepted.

New! We'll also be taping a practice management/technology podcast on May 22 to share with all members. You'll hear Jenn and Jeff recap some of the most commonly asked questions and get their advice in each area. Stay tuned for a release date...

*Winners will be selected based on need and demographic - to represent a variety of locations and practice settings - and will be notified by email. Those selected will need to complete and submit a questionnaire in advance of the consultation about their practice area(s), number of attorneys and staff, existing technology and processes, problems they hope to solve, etc. Questionnaire answers will be used to help customize the consultation to each winner's particular needs.


Hamilton: An American Lawyer - Lessons for your practice

Don't throw away your shot! Register today.

You've listened (obsessively) to the musical soundtrack, now explore the life of Hamilton: An American Lawyer. Join us Tuesday, May 23 from 10-11AM for this free live webcast — including 1 MCLE | 1* PMCLE — for the first 1,000 registrants (ISBA members only).

Learn about the law practice of Alexander Hamilton, founding father extraordinaire and practicing lawyer in the early days of American jurisprudence. Recollections of his legal cases, letters, publications, and stories — as well as their historical context — are provided by John Lupton, executive director at the Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission.

The program concludes with our panel presenters discussing how these issues would be addressed in the 21st century practice and how some of Hamilton's characteristics are applicable to a successful practitioner today.

Topics include competency, zealous advocacy, representing the unpopular cause, civility, succession planning, and more!

Program 'Singing' Moderator:
John T. D. Bathke, Attorney at Law, Peoria and Chicago

Program Speakers:
James J. Grogan, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago
John A. Lupton, Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, Springfield
Chantelle A. Porter, A.Traub & Associates, Lombard

*PMCLE subject to approval


We've partnered with ISBA Mutual Insurance Company to bring back pro photographer Kari Bedford for 3 days of free business portrait sittings for 242 lucky members.

Enter to win a free sitting by completing the online form.

Only 1 entry per member will be accepted.

  • Our Springfield session will run Friday, May 12 from 10AM-5PM at the newly renovated ISBA Springfield Office.
  • Our downtown Chicago session will run on Wednesday, May 17 from 10AM-5PM and Thursday, May 18 from 8AM-2PM at the ISBA Mutual office.

Portrait sittings are each 5 minutes in length; winners will be booked in half-hour intervals.

New lawyer in your first 3 years of practice? Attend our free New Member Reception in Springfield (May 12) or Chicago (May 17) and get your free business portrait taken then. RSVP here.


22 Days to a Decluttered Office + Mind and a Polished Professional Presence.

Ready to have some fun, do a little spring cleaning, and find your office 'A' game?

Sign up to take the Desk4Success Challenge and enter the Grand Prize drawing.

You'll receive a daily challenge in your Inbox from May 1-31 (normally delivered @6AM weekdays, excluding Memorial Day). Challenges cover decluttering your office and mind, polishing your professional presence, timesaving tech tips, and office wellness.

Participate in our social challenges for a chance to win additional prizes. Follow us on Instagram (@isbalawyers) to play.

Sign up for the Desk4Success Challenge and enter our grand prize drawing for 2 tickets to 'Hamilton: An American Musical' in Chicago or a $500 Visa Gift Card.

Only 1 entry per member will be accepted.