Two Great ISBA Member Benefits Sponsored by
A Value of $1,344, Included with Membership

Join your peers for an afternoon of socializing and horse racing at this annual event! 

ISBA YLD Golf ClassicWhen: Saturday, September 13, 2014, Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets will be available for pick up at 11:15 AM on race day at the will call window, Grandstand Entrance (east side off of Wilke Road entrance).

Where: Arlington Park Racecourse, Arlington Heights - ISBA will be at umbrella covered picnic tables located near the 1/8 mile pole.

Cost: $9.00 per adult, $2.00 per youth age 4-17. Tickets are complimentary for children 3 and under. General Admission cost includes admission to the park, a daily racing guide, and a fabulous day of Thoroughbred racing! Lunch is not included.

Deadline: Register by Wednesday, September 3, 2014.

Register at

For information on permitted and prohibited items in the park, please visit:

Questions: Please email Lynne Davis, or Rachel McDermott,

The Illinois State Bar Association's Board of Governors elected a new secretary and treasurer at its meeting Friday in Chicago.

Lisa Nyuli (left), of South Elgin, was named treasurer. She is a partner with Ariano Hardy Ritt Nyuli Richmond Lytle & Goettel P.C. She has been on the Board of Governors since 2009. She served as Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Conference Committee in 2011 and 2012 and is a past president of the Kane County and Elgin bar associations.

Karen Enright (right), of Chicago, will serve as secretary. Enright is a partner at McNabola Law Group where she practices personal injury cases. She has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2010 and served as treasurer from 2011-2012. She received the ISBA Board of Governors Award in 2009 and is a past president of the Women's Bar Association.

The Board welcomed new members Hon. Russell Hartigan of Western Springs, Mark Karno of Chicago, Anna Krolikowska of Northbrook and Chantelle Porter of Lombard.

ISBA President Richard D. Felice outlines his priorities for this year. At the top of the list is a task force to address the staggering law school debt and stifling job market facing new graduates. The second initiative is the 5 Solo & Small Firm Institutes being held around the state to help attorneys improve their practice. The third focus will target civics education for high school students by partnering with the Illinois Judges Association and its Courtroom in the Classroom project.

One area where practice-management costs are actually falling is technology. This is great news for fledgling solo practitioners, who face challenges enough as they hang out those shiny new shingles.

"As more and more attorneys, whether recent graduates or those leaving firms, open new solo offices, can they obtain the necessary technology on a reasonable budget?" So asks Nerino Petro of ISBA's Standing Committee on Legal Technology. "Can it be done for $1,000? What happens if you have a slightly larger budget of $2,500 or even $5,000?"

To help find answers, he turned to fellow COLT member and Illinois lawyer Bryan Sims. The result? An article in the COLT newsletter that names product names and gives solos a blueprint for meeting their tech needs on a budget they can afford. Read their recommendations.

Q. I just sold my private practice, but now a friend wants me to serve on the staff of a legal aid clinic actively representing clients in our area. Can I?

Asked and Answered

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

Q. We are a three attorney personal injury plaintiff firm located in Los Angeles. We started the firm 15 years ago. Two of the three attorneys are equity owners. Our firm is a high volume/low case value practice - we currently have 500 open cases. A high percentage of our cases are settled without a law suit ever being filed. We are an advertising driven practice. While over the years we have effectively used a variety of advertising vehicles, we have never ventured into TV advertising. We are considering venturing into TV and would appreciate your thoughts regarding TV advertising.

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman announced Monday the appointment of longtime Associate Judge Timothy J. Steadman to Resident Circuit Judge of Macon County in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

The Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Bar Foundation, Illinois Judges Association and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois are teaming up for four times the fun at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) 20th annual Race Judicata Sprint for Justice 5K Run/Walk. This fundraising event takes place on Sept. 4 in Chicago’s Grant Park.

T-shirts will be provided for team members. All proceeds from Race Judicata go to the general operating costs of CVLS, which works to provide legal services to the poor and working poor of Chicago. The four organizations will host a tent that will serve as the main gathering point for ISBA, IBF, IJA and WBAI members. Food and water will be available at the tent. The entry fee is $34 through August 22nd. Register under the team name WBAI/ IJA/ ISBA/ IBF at

Alexis Simmons
Alexis Simmons
Juan Mejia
Juan Mejia
Emily Vaughan
Emily Vaughan
The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has awarded its inaugural Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program grants to three 2014 law school graduates.

Post graduate legal fellowships were awarded this summer to Alexis Simmons, Northern Illinois University College of Law; Juan Mejia, University of Illinois College of Law; and Emily Vaughan, Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The fellowships will provide clinical support for three law school legal clinics.

The foundation launched its Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program to fund public interest jobs for recent law graduates, according to James Lestikow, IBF president. The foundation will award $25,000 to each of the three fellowships. The law schools will each contribute a stipend to help fund the positions.

“There is a growing need for more public interest lawyers to serve the underrepresented members of our community,” said David M. Anderson, IBF executive director. “The fellowship program was created to provide on-the-job training for new lawyers while simultaneously helping to fill the gap in legal aid services. We are extremely pleased to partner with these three top law schools on this inaugural fellowship program.”

The Illinois Judges Foundation with host a Summer Reception from 5:30-7:30 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29 at Philip H. Corboy Hall, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago. Special guests include Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman, Chief Judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Ruben Castillo and Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans.

Tickets are $100 a person and may be purchased at or by calling Christine Athanasoulis at (708) 705-4355. Questions my be directed to Kevin Fagan at or Christine Athanasoulis at (708) 705-4355.

Proceeds from this event will support the charitable and educational programs of the Illinois Judges Association, the Harold Sullivan Scholarship and other charitable initiatives.