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Chicago Area


Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 7, to join us at the 20th annual ISBA Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party at Exchequer Pub in Chicago from 7:00-9:00 p.m.! This event is an opportunity to socialize, enjoy food and refreshments, and meet young lawyers from across the state while supporting a great cause. Proceeds from the holiday party will go to the Illinois Bar Foundation YLD's Children Assistance Fund. 

Initially created to assist with the opening of children's waiting rooms in courthouses across the State of Illinois, the Children's Assistance Fund has since grown, and now provides funding to organizations across Illinois that provide legal assistance to children, maintain children's waiting rooms in courthouses, work to reduce recidivism of juveniles, and/or work to reduce the incidents of domestic violence in families with children.

Tickets are now available online for $30, but may also be purchased at the door for $35. 

Visit the website for more information.


Even if you can't attend this year's Illinois Bar Foundation Gala, you can still support the work of the IBF and this year's honoree, Senator Dick Durbin, by participating in the online silent auction.

This year's packages include tickets to your favorite Chicago sporting events, luxurious hotel stays and getaways, fabulous adventures like exclusive dinner parties, wine and beer tasting events, date night ideas in downtown Chicago and beyond, and so much more.

Visit the IBF website for online bidding instructions, tips, and tricks, and place your bids now. The auction closes at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20. 
 


The newly-created ISBA Privacy and Information Security Section held its first meeting at the Chicago Regional Office on October 17, 2017. The meeting kicked off with President Hon. Russell Hartigan delivering remarks to the section before moving to member introductions, mission statement discussion, and business items.

The 35-member section, initially proposed by Ari Scharg, partner at Edelson PC in Chicago and section chair, and approved by the ISBA Board of Governors earlier this year, was created in recognition that the field of privacy law is evolving at an exponential rate. Its purpose is to serve as a comprehensive resource for lawyers who practice in or are interested in the privacy and information security space to learn about information sharing practices. It will also provide a forum to discuss global developments and emerging technologies that will disrupt current business practices; learn best practices and debate issues; and review, monitor, and propose relevant legislation.


Gain the momentum you need to propel your practice to prosperity with this informative full-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on October 27, 2017! Learn how to run your practice with maximum profitability, hire and fire employees in your firm, maintain a virtual practice, and refer clients. In addition, attendees will gain a better understanding of: practicing on a budget for a financially-sound practice; how to build your firm with the best employees possible; the pros and cons of practicing virtually; the risks and benefits of accepting referral fees; how technology and ethics intersect; and much more!

The program is presented by the Illinois State Bar Association and qualifies for 6.75 hours MCLE credit, including 6.75 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan and CBA President Hon. Thomas Mulroy
ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan and CBA President Hon. Thomas Mulroy
ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan attended the Chicago Bar Association's Justice John Paul Stevens Award Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at The Standard Club in Chicago. The event honored Hon. Ruben Castillo, Robert A. Clifford, Hon. Nathaniel R. Howse, Jr., Hon. Joan Humphrey Lefkow, Richard J. Prendergast, Larry R. Rogers, Sr., Ronald S. Safer, Hon. Mary Jane Theis, and Dan K. Webb. 

Laura Inns
Laura Inns
Laura B. Inns has joined Bruning & Associates, PC in Chicago. A graduate of Creighton University School of Law, Laura Inns’ legal career began with general civil litigation with her cases including real property disputes, eminent domain defense, agriculture litigation, and estate litigation. She decided to focus her practice on family law because she is compassionate for clients in traumatic times and tenacious about protecting children. Clients appreciate her candor and patience in guiding them through the legal system. Her family law work has included complex employment income structures, removing children from unsafe parents, and creative settlement negotiations. 

Michael Lied
Michael Lied
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC's Michael R. Lied has been appointed co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Trial Evidence Committee for the 2017-2018 bar year.  Mr. Lied will be working to promote the goals and core values of the Section of Litigation, as well as advancing the Section’s work through commitment to engaging the diverse members of the divisions, committees and task forces within the Section.

As an attorney, Mr. Lied focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law and related litigation and immigration law, representing employers. He has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1983.

With the regular season coming to a close, we would like to offer you an opportunity to buy discounted tickets. Come support the Chicago Fire Soccer Club in their regular season finale as they take on the Philadelphia Union on October 15 at 4 p.m at Toyota Park in Bridgeview.

Discounted corner kick and premier seats are available through 11:59 p.m. on October 13. 

Please contact matt Jacobson with the Chicago Fire at (708) 496-6884 with any questions.

Moderator R. Stephen Scott, President Hon. Russell Hartigan, and Program Coordinator Bernard G. Peter
Moderator R. Stephen Scott, President Hon. Russell Hartigan, and Program Coordinator Bernard G. Peter
On Friday, October 6, the Chicago Regional Office hosted "Pathways to Becoming Corporate General Counsel and the Issues You Will Face," a CLE program geared toward attorneys interested in learning about life as a general counsel. The half-day seminar featured seven speakers, all general counsel at major corporations, who discussed the steps and skill set needed to become a general counsel, and tips to success once you've secured a position in a corporate legal department. 


Are you thinking of expanding your practice to include helping your clients apply for and receive Medicaid benefits to help pay for the cost of long term care? Then you won’t want to miss this nuts-and-bolts seminar in Chicago on October 12, 2017 that teaches you everything you need to know about the Illinois Medicaid rules and procedures. Estate planning practitioners, family law attorneys, elder law lawyers, and new attorneys with basic to intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will learn: how to represent your clients when it’s time to apply for public benefits; how a homestead or family farm can affect Medicaid eligibility; the concepts and strategies you can use to legally and ethically protect assets while facilitating Medicaid eligibility; how to prepare and submit applications in Decatur and Chicago; how to appeal a denial of benefits; and much more.