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

Chicago Area

The 2009 class of Laureates includes (from left): Thomas F. Londrigan of Springfield; Russell K. Scott of Belleville; John W. Damisch of Northfield; Joseph L. Stone of Chicago; Sheila M. Murphy of Chicago; Mary Ann G. McMorrow of Chicago; F. Lance Callis of Granite City; and Joseph M. Laraia of Wheaton.
The 2009 Class of Laureates includes (from left): Thomas F. Londrigan of Springfield; Daniel L. Houlihan of Wilmette; Russell K. Scott of Belleville; John W. Damisch of Northfield; Joseph L. Stone of Chicago; Sheila M. Murphy of Chicago; Mary Ann G. McMorrow of Chicago; F. Lance Callis of Granite City; and Joseph M. Laraia of Wheaton.
The Illinois State Bar Association’s Academy of Illinois Lawyers presented Laureate medallions to nine distinguished Illinois attorneys named to the 2009 Class of Laureates at an April 29 luncheon at The Standard Club in Chicago. The 2009 class, nominated by their peers in the profession, includes Thomas F. Londrigan of Springfield, a partner in Londrigan, Potter & Randle; Daniel L. Houlihan of Wilmette, who recently retired from the active practice of law after 45 years; Russell K. Scott of Belleville, a partner in Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale; John W. Damisch of Northfield, a principal in the Chicago law firm of Damisch & Damisch, Ltd.; Joseph L. Stone of Chicago, of counsel to Seyfarth Shaw; Sheila M.
The Bar Foundation held a reception for the Warren Lupel Fund on June 3. From left are Bar Foundation President Vince Cornelius, Warren Lupel and John Locallo, chair of the Fellows of the Bar Foundation.
The Bar Foundation held a reception for the Warren Lupel Fund on June 3. From left are Bar Foundation President Vince Cornelius, Warren Lupel and John Locallo, chair of the Fellows of the Bar Foundation.
More than 100 ISBA members joined the Illinois Bar Foundation under a tent in Millennium Park on June 3 to support the Warren Lupel Fund. Donations to the Lupel Fund are used for the Illinois Bar Foundation’s Subsistence Program. The Subsistence Program provides support to those lawyers or their families who are unable to support themselves due to age, infirmity or other tragedy. This year, IBF has seen a significant increase in requests for assistance. In response, The Board doubled the Subsistence Program budget to provide support for the many individuals who seek our help. General contributions fill in the gap between the need and the restricted funds available through the Lupel Fund. Through the Subsistence program, IBF steps in to keep the lawyer and his or her family in their home and to meet their most immediate needs. The Warren Lupel Fund was established in 2004 to recognize Warren's significant contributions to IBF as its president.
Does your firm have a presence on Facebook? Or maybe a key client's firm or business? If so, check out this article in the National Law Journal to learn about some important -- and imminent -- deadlines. Here's a quote: "Starting Saturday, at 12:01 a.m. EST, Facebook will allow an estimated 200 million users to select any 'usernames,' which can include a trademark, brand name or personal name. And if the owner hasn't registered the trademark first with Facebook, it's up for grabs."
Summer Soiree YLD council members Debra Liss, Heather Fritsch, Adela Lucchesi, Jamie Bas and Arlette Porter
Summer Soiree YLD council members Debra Liss, Heather Fritsch, Adela Lucchesi, Jamie Bas and Arlette Porter
The ISBA Young Lawyers Division held a Summer Soiree to benefit the Illinois Bar Foundation/Young Lawyers Division Children's Assistance Fund on Friday, June 5.  The event, attended by over 100 lawyers and their guests, was held at the Chicago Cultural Center.  A silent auction also helped raise money for the Fund. View our photo gallery of the Young Lawyers Summer Soiree.
Exterior view of Kirkland & Ellis from the south bank of the Chicago River.
Exterior view of Kirkland & Ellis' new world headquarters from the south bank of the Chicago River.
Kirkland & Ellis LLP recently moved its headquarters into a new high-tech building at 300 N. La Salle along the north bank of the Chicago River. The tower was designed by prominent Chicago architectural firm SOM (Sears Tower, John Hancock). Kirkland & Ellis had been based in the Aon Center since 1972 (then known as the Standard Oil Building). The firm has nearly 700 lawyers spread over 26 floors of the 60-story high-rise. The building's environmentally-sustainable design features an exclusive conference center, expanded WiFi and Blackberry service, video conferencing and environmentally-friendly lighting and energy systems. Illinois Lawyer Now visited the new Kirkland offices and compiled a photo gallery of the space. Kirkland & Ellis LLP has 1,500 attorneys around the world representing clients in complex litigation and dispute resolution/arbitration, corporate and tax, restructuring, real estate and intellectual property and technology matters. "The law offices of ..." will be a regular feature on Illinois Lawyer Now.
New Harvard Dean Martha Minow~photo credit Justin Ide/Harvard News Office
New Harvard Law Dean Martha Minow~Justin Ide/Harvard News Office
Harvard Law School named Martha Minow as its new dean Thursday. Minow, who has been a member of the Law School faculty since 1981, is the daughter of Newton Minow, senior counsel at Sidley Austin. The Tribune's Chicago Law has the story. Martha Minow replaces Elena Kagan, who became U.S. solicitor general earlier this year, on July 1.
Several law firms are looking to add partners and associates as they expand offices in Chicago. These firms include Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom; Nixon Peabody and Cozen O'Connor. Law.com has the story.