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Justin Fitzsimmons, Marc Wolfe, Nancy Hablutzel and Richard Wistocki will appear on the Illinois Law program "Protecting Yourself and Your Children on the Internet".
Justin Fitzsimmons, Marc Wolfe, Nancy Hablutzel and Richard Wistocki will appear on the Illinois Law program "Protecting Yourself and Your Children on the Internet".
The lllinois State Bar Association's Illinois Law cable program will air two shows, "Lincoln's Race for the Senate in 1858" and "Protecting Yourself and Your Children on the Internet" during the month of August on CAN-TV Cable Channel 21. "Lincoln's Race for the Senate in 1858" will air on Aug. 4 and Aug. 18 at 10 p.m. This is a re-enactment performed by Hon. John Donald O'Shea as Abraham Lincoln and George Eaton as Stephen Douglas. "Protecting Yourself and Your Children on the Internet" will air on Aug. 11 and Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. Providing expert opinion and insight on this increasingly important topic will be: Justin T. Fitzsimmons, a senior attorney for the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse/National District Attorney’s Association, in Alexandria, Va.; Marc Wolfe, a partner in the Woodridge law firm of Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., where he concentrates in family, criminal and civil law; program moderator Nancy Z.
Lee A. Gould
Lee A. Gould
ISBA member Lee A. Gould, a managing member at Gould & Pakter Associates LLC, has been named Chairperson of the Illinois CPA Society. With more than 25 years of experience, Lee specializes in performing valuations of closely-held businesses, financial damages determinations and forensic accounting investigations.  He provides business valuation consulting services for family law matters, shareholder litigation and estate and gift tax purposes.  Lee performs lost profit and financial damages calculations in commercial litigation matters including breach of contract and business interruption claims. He also conducts forensic accounting analyses to assist in locating unreported or hidden assets, determining the source of funds used to acquire assets and investigating claims of misappropriation. Lee holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Accountancy from the University of Illinois and a J.D. from Loyola University of Chicago School of Law. He is a Certified Fraud Examiner, Certified in Financial Forensics and Accredited in Business Valuation. The Illinois CPA Society, founded in 1903, is the fifth largest state society in the nation with more than 24,000 members. It is the premier professional organization representing CPA in Illinois. During its over 100 years of existence, the Society has advanced the highest ethical and financial standards of the profession, and has been a leader in educating the public on financial issues.
A benefit to support a summer judicial internship program for qualified law students will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, by the Lawyer's Auxiliary Committee of the Illinois Judges Foundation. The Foundation fund-raiser "Batter Up for Justice" will take place at the Lakeview Baseball Club, 3633 N. Sheffield. It will begin at 11:05 a.m., one hour before the Chicago Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds. The admission fee of $150 per person includes admission and an open bar throughout the game. Reservations may be made by calling (312) 554-2008 or e-mailing Sponsorships at various levels are available. The event is open to the public, but space is limited. A portion of each contribution is tax-deductible.
ISBA member Zora Ristanovic was recently named partner at Berger Schatz. Ristanovic concentrates her practice in the areas of Domestic Relations, Family Law and Matrimonial Law. Ristanovic graduated from the University of Illinois in 1992 and received her Juris Doctorate from DePaul University College of Law in 1995. Berger Schatz is one of the largest and most highly regarded law firms in the country focused exclusively on family and matrimonial law. The firm has offices in Chicago and north suburban Bannockburn. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A head shot in the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to
If you represent a veteran or have family members who are veterans, the Governor signed about 22 bills affecting them over the weekend. They may be found at this link, Public Acts 96-79 through 96-101.
IBF Board members Russell Hartigan (left) of Chicago and George Mahoney (right) of Joliet present a $15,000 grant to Meg Benson, CVLS Executive Director.
IBF Board members Russell Hartigan (left) of Chicago and George Mahoney (right) of Joliet present a $15,000 grant to Meg Benson, CVLS Executive Director.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $15,000 grant to Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995. Founded in 1964, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation (CVLS) is one of the oldest and largest pro bono programs in the country. Last year, nearly 2,000 volunteers provided legal assistance to over 17,000 low-income people. The 2004 Illinois Legal Needs Study found that CVLS is the largest pro bono program in the state, handling nearly 45% of all pro bono cases. One quarter of all cases statewide handled by a legal services program are handled by a CLVS volunteer or staff attorney. The IBF grant specifically supports the Chancery Court Access to Justice Program, a cooperative venture between CVLS and Cook County's Chancery Court. Chancery Court judges appoint CVLS to represent pro se low-income parties in mortgage foreclosures and partitions, actions to quiet title, subsidized housing evictions and appeals of government administrative decisions.

Take the 2009 ISBA Membership Survey and Enter our Prize Giveaway

Last Thursday we sent an e-mail to all lawyer members asking them to complete our online 2009 Membership Survey.  By completing the Survey, you will help us access member satisfaction with the ISBA and the services we provide, and help guide our Association's future direction and services. After you have completed the survey, we will enter your name in a drawing for one of the following prizes if you choose to provide your contact information* at the end of the survey:
  • Four (4) members will win an iPod Nano loaded with up to six (6) MCLE/PMCLE hours of FastCLE programs of their choosing. (Valued at up to $330)
  • One (1) member will win the grand prize, including one (1) free year of membership in the ISBA plus an iPod Nano loaded with up to six (6) MCLE/PMCLE hours of FastCLE programs of their choosing. (Valued at up to $650, depending on membership category)
The 2009 ISBA Membership Survey will close on August 31st so we ask that you complete the survey at your convenience prior to that date. To take the survey, please open up the e-mail sent to you last Thursday and click on the link provided within the e-mail.  If you have questions about the survey, or need assistance accessing the survey, please contact Ann Boucher (Membership Coordinator) at (800) 252.8908. ---------------------------------- *Contact information will be kept separately from survey responses. All survey responses will remain anonymous. Important Disclosures: This drawing is sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Bar Center, 424 S. Second St., Springfield, IL 62701.
Chief Judge James F. Holderman announced today that the U.S. District Court Clerk's Office has now made the application for the position of United States Magistrate Judge available online. The Court anticipates that one or more vacancies will exist for the position of United States Magistrate Judge this year. Chief Judge Holderman intends to appoint a Merit Selection Panel that will screen the candidates and make recommendations to the district judges in the fall of 2009. The Court hopes to fill the open Magistrate Judge positions by spring 2010. These are full-time positions with an eight-year term of office and a duty station at the U.S. Courthouse in Chicago, Illinois. The duties of the position of a United States magistrate judge include the conduct of most preliminary proceedings in federal criminal cases, the trial and disposition of federal misdemeanor cases upon consent of the litigants, the conduct of various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on reference from the district judges of the Court, and the trial and disposition of federal civil cases upon consent of the litigants. To be qualified for appointment as a United States magistrate judge, an applicant must be, and have been for at least five years, a member in good standing of the bar of the highest court of a State, the District of Columbia, the Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, or the Virgin Islands of the United States, and have been engaged in the active practice of law for a period of at least five years.