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Lawyers are increasingly receiving emails from alleged potential clients who supply legitimate looking but bogus checks and then develop reasons why some or all of the money has to be wire transferred to institutions or individuals who are usually in foreign countries.  We expect these fraudulent activities to continue and we want to help our policyholders avoid these situations. While the checks are transmitted in a way that appears to be legitimate, they routinely turn out to be bogus.

The same scenario is common with each of these scams. The law firm receives what appears to be a cashier’s check drawn on a legitimate domestic or foreign bank from a prospective client for a legitimate sounding business purpose. The law firm deposits the check in their client trust account. Almost immediately, the firm is besieged by the prospective client with urgent requests to wire transfer some or all of the proceeds of the check to banks or other recipients usually in foreign countries for legitimate sounding emergency needs. The original check turns out to be bogus.


The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that David A. Brown, received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Tenth Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge.

Mr. Davis received his undergraduate degree in 1986 from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana and his Juris Doctor and M.S. in 1990 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Brown is currently affiliated with Black, Black & Brown in Washington, Illinois.



"Understanding the Juvenile Justice Process" and "Alternatives to Juvenile Detention," two half-hour programs presented by Illinois Law, will air on Chicago Access Network Television, Channel 21 in Chicago in August. Understanding the Juvenile Justice Process will air at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, August 2 and 16, and Alternatives to Juvenile Detention will air at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, August 9 and 23.

Appearing on the shows are (from left) program moderator Samuel A. Kavathas, of Kavathas & Castanes in Chicago; Kaitrin E. Valencia, deputy chief, Cook County Juvenile Probation Department; Hon. James M. Radcliffe (Ret.) of Belleville; and ISBA Immediate Past President Mark D. Hassakis, of Hassakis & Hassakis, PC, in Mount Vernon.

Illinois Law is a cable production of the Illinois State Bar Association. View these programs and past Illinois Law programs online at iln.isba.org/blog/illinois-law-video.

The 33,000-member ISBA, with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, and education and services to the public.


Illinois State Bar Association members are being offered up to a 50% discount on tickets to Cirque du Soleil's OVO. OVO is an acrobatic immersion into the teeming and energetic world of insects. This performance is at the Grand Chapiteau at the United Center parking lot, 1901 W. Madison. The show runs through Aug. 14.

View discounts and purchase tickets.

Questions regarding this offer can be answered by calling customer service at (800) 331-6483.


ISBA’s Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington reports from Springfield on new legislation, including County prisoners and childbirth (House Bill 1958), Residential mortgage originators (Public Act 97-143), Uniform Foreign Country Money Judgements Recognition Act, Adoption Act Registry, Health Care PoAs and Condominiums and associations.


Understanding the Juvenile Justice Process Alternatives to Juvenile Detention

The Illinois State Bar Association is again pleased to offer lawyers licensed in the State of Florida, the opportunity to fulfill their CLE requirements. Anyone wishing to listen to the CDs must schedule time with Joyce Williams at jwilliams@isba.org. 2011 Survey of Florida Law Program

After a four-year hiatus, the Nordic Law Club’s popular Lutefisk Open will resume on Monday, Aug. 22, at Mission Hills Country Club in Northbrook with a shotgun start at noon. The benefit will include 18 holes of golf, contests and prizes, a box lunch and plated dinner. Named for a Scandinavian food staple, the outing will help fund scholarships for meritorious international law students whose ancestry can be traced to any of the 89 countries that were visited by Viking-era Norsemen a millennium ago. Lutefisk is a form of dried codfish that Vikings could use as paddles, tools, weapons and, of course, sustenance during their long voyages of exploration. The cost of an individual ticket for the complete Lutefisk Open is $155 per person, or $65 for only the dinner. Opportunities for hole sponsorships and other scholarship contributions are available. Call Perry J. Gulbrandsen at (847) 219-3613 for details. Payments should be mailed by Aug. 15 to Nordic Law Club treasurer David Clark at Canalia & Clark, Suite C, 419 Ridge Road, Munster, IN 46321. Clark may be contacted at (219) 836-0008.

It's a harsh truth, but truth nonetheless: when a foreclosure sale doesn't cover a borrower's debt, the lender can go after the borrower -- personally -- for the amount due on the property. And while courts might not like it, they can't ignore the lender's prerogative.
So writes Stephen J. Butler in the latest ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy newsletter. Read his article, which discusses the legal standard for entering a deficiency judgment and "address[es] several of the common roadblocks thrown up by courts in denying such judgments [and]...the legal arguments that should be made to overcome these roadblocks."

The Illinois Bar Foundation Baseball Classic will be held on Friday, Aug. 19 for the Cards vs. Cubs. The action starts at 12:20 p.m. at the Brixen Ivy rooftop, 1044 W. Waveland. The game starts at 1:20 p.m. This location will provide the ultimate party atmosphere with tickets including private access to the 4th floor patio deck, shared entry to the sky deck and food and drinks. Tickets start at $225 and sponsorship opportunities are available, contact Karen Kossart by July 30th at kkossart@isba.org or (312) 726-6072. Advance payment and registration are required.