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John O'Brien
John O'Brien
John O’Brien, newly-installed president of the Illinois State Bar Association, will be trotted up to the Arlington Park Racetrack in Arlington Heights this Friday, July 24, for a fete hosted jointly by the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association (IRELA) and Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) in celebration of his new post.  O’Brien was a founder of IRELA and serves as its board chair, and he is a long-time active member of the NWSBA. The sixth race will be called “The Flyin’ O’Brien,” and Johnny O will have his picture taken in the Winner’s Circle with the winning horse.  Reception is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the first race starting at 2:30 p.m.  The event will be held at the racetrack’s Million Room, 4th floor.  Cost to attend is $35 which includes admission to the track, program, hors d’oeuvres and open bar.  For reservations, call (847) 221-2601.
Join Team WBAI on Thursday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. for the Race Judicata 2009 Sprint for Justice 5K Run/Walk to benefit the programs of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. This race event begins at Upper Hutchinson Field at Columbus & Balbo in Grant Park and loops participants along Lake Michigan and back, where they are greeted by a band and complimentary beer, wine and snacks. Please register under the team name "WBAI" to coordinate all participants. Click here to register. Contact Alia Caravelli with any questions about Team WBAI.
ISBA President John O'Brien and Chief Judge Timothy Evans
ISBA President John O'Brien and Chief Judge Timothy Evans
The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area honored the Illinois State Bar Association for its work with Judicial Evaluations during its Installation Ceremony Thursday night. Timothy Evans, Chief Judge of Cook County Circuit Court, presented ISBA President John O'Brien with a plaque to recognize this service. Judge Evans also presented the ISBA's Joyce Williams with an honorary sculpture for her service spearheading this massive effort. The Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening recently evaluated 264 candidates for 9 associate judge vacancies.
Soon to be released FTC guidelines will up the ante for bloggers who review or endorse products, according to Adam Snukal in the July 2009 issue of The Corporate Lawyer, newsletter of the ISBA's Section on Corporate Law. One change wrought by the new guidelines: a blogger who reviews a product will be deemed an "endorser." That means that, "should the blogger fail to verify (or request verification of) an advertiser’s substantiation with respect to any product claims, the advertiser can be subject to liability for false and unsubstantiated statements made through the blogger’s endorsement, and the blogger may also be subject to liability for the same unsubstantiated representations (intentional or unintentional) made in the course of his/her review (aka endorsement)." Read the article.
New members of the ISBA Board of Governors include: Gina Arquilla, James McCluskey, Lisa Nyuli and Russell Scott
New members of the ISBA Board of Governors include: Gina Arquilla, James McCluskey, Lisa Nyuli and Russell Scott
The Illinois State Bar Association's Board of Governors welcomed five new members at a meeting Friday in Chicago. The new members are: 3rd Vice President John E. Thies of Urbana, James M. McCluskey of Lisle, Lisa M. Nyuli of South Elgin and Russell K. Scott of Belleville. Gina Arquilla of Chicago was elected to fill the "under 37" Cook County seats.
Mauro Glorioso
Mauro Glorioso
The Board elected Carl Draper of Springfield to serve as Secretary and Mauro Glorioso of Westchester as Treasurer. Other actions taken included approving two professional ethics opinions in accordance with the Illinois Supreme Court's New Rules of Professional Conduct.

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The Women's Bar Association of Illinois presents "An Evening with Laura Caldwell" on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m at Jenner & Block LLP, 330 N. Wabash in Chicago. Please RSVP to wbai@wbaillinois.org by July 31. Space is limited. Laura Caldwell is a Chicago-based lawyer turned novelist. Her first book, Burning the Map, was selected by Barnes & Noble.com as the one of The Best of 2002.