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Annual Meeting 2017

Two Assembly members were elected at the ISBA Annual Meeting to vacant seats on the Assembly Agenda and Program Committee. The committee has primary responsibility for preparing agendas for Assembly meetings. The winners were Carl R. Draper of Springfield and Nicholas J. Feda of St. Charles. Both seats are for two-year terms.


The 141st Annual Meeting was held last week, June 15-17, at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin. Attendees celebrated the accomplishments of the past year, planned for the year ahead, expanded their professional networks, and earned CLE credit. During section meetings and at the Assembly meeting, various members of the ISBA community were recognized with awards. At the Friday dinner and program, the Hon. Russell Hartigan was installed as ISBA president for 2017-18. 

The photo galleries of highlights from the Annual Meeting are listed below:

Congratulations to the winners of the Annual Meeting bingo contest:

  • $200 Amazon Gift Card - Roza Gossage
  • Affinity Tech $50 Gift Card - Rosemary Collins
  • $100 Gift Card - Nancy Easum
  • $100 Gift Card - Jeanie Pearlman
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card - John Voorn
  • $50 Amazon Gift Card - Bridget Schott
  • Gift basket with tickets & a day of golf - Jan Strzalka
  • Yoga mat & water bottle - Emma Dorantes
  • Gift basket with ISBA logo items and books - Lisa McLeod
  • Coffee-themed logo basket with Starbucks gift cards - Ron Menna
  • Custom website assessment ($99 value) - Freddi Greenberg
  • Google Home - Mark Wolf
  • OPI nail polish gift basket ($100 value) - Marylou Kent

Hon. Russell Hartigan
Hon. Russell Hartigan
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, of Western Springs, arbitrator, lawyer, and retired Cook County judge, will be installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association at the organization’s 141st Annual Meeting on Friday, June 16 at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wis.

During his year as president, Judge Hartigan will concentrate on several initiatives. He is dedicated to helping lawyers manage their practices. He will assist solo practitioners and small firms with succession planning through programming aimed at lawyers nearing retirement age to help them think about what’s next for their practices and clients. In addition, he plans to expand the association’s law firm management programming and resources, which includes launching the ISBA’s management and technology web portal, PracticeHQ.

To help the legal profession combat gun violence, Judge Hartigan will establish a blue-ribbon committee to recommend an appropriate role for the ISBA in educating others on and addressing the issue.

A third initiative will focus on new and young lawyers. He plans to address law student debt and practice-oriented training in law school by working with the ISBA Council of Illinois Law School Deans. He is also committed to recruiting young attorneys to ISBA membership.


The deadline for pre-registration for the 141st ISBA Annual Meeting is Friday, June 9. Join us June 15-17 at the Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin, to celebrate our accomplishments over the past bar year and prepare for the year ahead of us. The Annual Meeting is a great place build lasting relationships, create positive changes in the profession, earn CLE hours, and be a part of our community. 

This year, we're offering a program on e-filing in Illinois. Join us for this session on Friday morning to learn how to use eFileIL, a statewide electronic filing system that will soon be mandatory, and get answers to the questions you have about it. A successful transition will allow you to continue to serve your clients efficiently. 

You can also learn how to use data to better understand your firm. In "Moneyball for Lawyers: Using Data to Build a Major League Practice," also on Friday, you will learn how to read the traditional and non-traditional numbers that are telling your business’s story, where to find these numbers, and how to make sense of them. 

There will also be plenty of opportunities to network with your peers at the Networking Luncheon and Annual Dinner on Friday, and Networking Breakfast on Saturday.

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The Illinois State Bar Association will present several awards recognizing individuals for their commitment and service to the profession and their communities at the organization’s 141st Annual Meeting at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin. Award recipients are:


Registration is now open for the 141st ISBA Annual Meeting. Join us June 15-17 at the Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin, to celebrate our accomplishments over the past bar year and prepare for the year ahead of us. The Annual Meeting is a great place build lasting relationships, create positive changes in the profession, earn CLE hours, and be a part of our community. Advanced registration must be received by Friday, June 9

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