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

Chicago Area

Todd A. Smith
Todd A. Smith
The Illinois Bar Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, will hold its 16th annual black-tie Gala fundraiser on Friday evening, October 16, 2015, beginning at 6:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago. During the event, ISBA Past President Todd A. Smith, founding partner of the personal injury law firm of Power Rogers & Smith, will receive the foundation’s 2015 Distinguished Award for Excellence.

Included in the ticket price of $500 per person is a reception, dinner and dancing to the Ken Arlen Orchestra. For more information, or to purchase tickets, call (312) 726-6072 or visit www.illinoisbarfoundation.org/#!2015gala/c2en.

Gala Co-Chairs

  • Leonard Amari (Amari & Locallo)
  • John Cooney (Cooney & Conway)
  • Kevin Conway (Cooney & Conway)

Gala Board Co-Chairs

  • Shawn S. Kasserman, (Tomasik, Kotin, Kasserman)
  • Mark L. Karno (Mark L. Karno & Associates)

Discover how cloud storage and document assembly can help you and your staff run your office more efficiently and profitably with this half-day seminar on Thursday, Sept. 24, 2015. Practitioners with all levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will gain a better understanding of: the current state of cloud storage for electronic documents; the differences between do-it-yourself cloud storage (such as Dropbox) and document management systems (such as NetDocuments); how to use various document assembly programs to produce documents more efficiently by automating repetitive tasks; what “going paperless” really means and how you can get started; the State’s ethics opinions surrounding the management and storage of electronic data and the professional responsibility requirements for practitioners who use this technology; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Legal Technology and qualifies for 4.0 hours MCLE credit, including 4.0 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

ISBA YLD Day at the RacesJoin your peers for an afternoon of socializing and horse racing at this annual event! 

When: Saturday, September 12, 2015, Noon – 6 p.m.

Tickets will be available for pick up at 11:15 AM on race day at the will call window, Grandstand Entrance (east side off of Wilke Road entrance).

Where: Arlington Park Racecourse, Arlington Heights - ISBA will be at umbrella covered picnic tables located near the 1/8 mile pole.

Cost: $9 per adult, $2 per youth age 4-17. Tickets are complimentary for children 3 and under. General Admission cost includes admission to the park, a daily racing guide, and a fabulous day of Thoroughbred racing! Lunch is not included.

Deadline: Register by Wednesday, September 9, 2015. Ticket refunds are no longer available after Wednesday, September 9, 2015.

For information on permitted and prohibited items in the park, please visit: http://www.arlingtonpark.com/plan-your-visit/general-information/park-policies

Questions: Please email Melissa Burkholder at mburkholder@isba.org or Blake Howard at bhoward@isba.org.

Donald Hoppe
Donald Hoppe
Donald Hoppe, age 67, a lifelong resident of the Wheaton/Glen Ellyn area, passed away at home with his family on Thursday, August 27, 2015. He was born on September 19, 1947.

Don grew up in Wheaton and graduated from Wheaton Central High School. He earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his J.D. from the University of Illinois. Don was a passionate medical malpractice defense attorney, working for firms in Chicago including Kirkland & Ellis, Peterson & Ross, and Johnson & Bell. In recent years he practiced with his wife, Karren.

Don was an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, where he taught on trial practice and professional liability. He enjoyed sports and coached his children in both baseball and basketball. He loved rescuing animals, traveling, and rooting for the Chicago White Sox (and whoever played the Cubs). He was an active member of the Wheaton Evangelical Free Church.

Don is survived by his wife Karren; his daughter, Michelle; his sons, Steve and Bryan; his granddaughter, Brooklyn; and his two dogs, Lady and Fred.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Nelson and Alice Hoppe.

A visitation will be held on Thursday, September 3, from 4 p.m. until 8 p.m. at Hultgren Funeral Home, 304 N. Main St., in Wheaton, IL. A funeral service will be held on Friday, September 4, at 11 a.m. at the Wheaton Evangelical Free Church (now known as the Compass Church), 520 E. Roosevelt Rd., Wheaton, IL 60187.

Join us for this half-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on September 17, 2015 that offers you a look at some of the not-so-common ways to recover assets from a debtor and the complex methods in which assets can be reclaimed. Attorneys with intermediate practice experience who work in the commercial litigation, banking and/or bankruptcy area who attend this seminar will better understand: how to spot fraudulent transfers; what successor liability is and how to use it against a debtor; how to obtain a charging order against a member in an LLC; the correct documents to obtain and questions to ask during a citation examination; how to recover cross-border assets; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy Section and qualifies for 3.0 hours MCLE credit.

Click here for more information and to register.

Andrew Purcell
Andrew Purcell
Spiros Law P.C. recently announced the addition of Kankakee County native and resident Andrew J. Purcell, who joins the firm as a senior associate after 16 years of practicing law in Chicago. Spiros Law has offices in Kankakee, Champaign and Danville and is focused on representing plaintiffs in matters involving personal injury, medical malpractice, auto/trucking accidents, nursing home negligence, products liability, premises liability, wrongful death and workers' compensation.

Purcell has defended personal injury and wrongful death lawsuits resulting from catastrophic occurrences including industrial accidents. During his career, Purcell has been involved in more than 30 bench and jury trials in both state and federal courts. He is licensed to practice law before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, the U.S. District Courts for the Northern and Central Districts of Illinois, the Northern District of Indiana and the Eastern District of Wisconsin. Between 2006 and 2014, Purcell was selected for Illinois Super Lawyers Magazine's rising stars list, which recognizes attorneys under the age of 40. Purcell is a member of the Kankakee County and Illinois State bar associations. Prior to joining Spiros Law, Purcell was a partner at a national law firm based in Chicago, where he handled a variety of complex litigation matters. He graduated from Bishop McNamara Catholic High School in Kankakee in 1992 and from Eastern Illinois University in '95 He earned his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago.

Thomas Ronald “T. Ron” Jasinski-Herbert was born November 1, 1938 and passed away August 17, 2015

Beloved son of the late Leona "Lee" Jasinski Herbert and the late Thomas H. Herbert, cherished nephew and godson of Loretta Sobocinski (Lori Sobin) and nephew of Michael K. (the late Rosemary) Jasinski, devoted cousin of Karen Mackay, Jeanine (Richard) Galati, Patricia (Ken) Brendecke, the late Suzanne Luckew, and many others across the country. He also leaves behind a myriad of lifelong friends in Chicago and around the world.

T. Ron earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from DePaul University, and LLB and JD degrees also from DePaul University and remained an active alumnus.

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Patricia S. Spratt as Circuit Judge of Cook County, 7th Subcircuit. This vacancy was created by the reitrement of the Hon. Anita Rivkin-Carothers. It is effective Sept. 8, 2015 and terminates on Dec. 5, 2016.


With the 2015-16 season quickly approaching, the Chicago Blackhawks would like to offer you an exclusive opportunity to purchase preseason tickets.

Receive a hockey stick autographed by a member of the 2015 Stanley Cup Champions with the purchase of four or more tickets in the 100 or 200 level, while supplies last.*

This is your opportunity to get an early look at the Blackhawks and see opponents like Detroit, St. Louis and Dallas.

To purchase tickets, CLICK HERE and enter the promo code LAW.

Volunteer hotline attorneys are needed in Chicago to give advice to low-income clients in the areas of landlord/tenant, consumer debt, and family law. Day and night shifts are available. Daily hotline shifts are Mondays-Fridays 9 a.m.-1 p.m. or 1 p.m.-5 p.m. A minimum commitment of 1 shift per week over a 10-week session is requested. Evening shifts are Mondays and Wednesdays from 5:30 p.m.–8 p.m.  We seek a minimum commitment of 36 hours over a one-year period. Training (with CLE credit) and malpractice insurance provided.

Our next training cycle begins Wednesday, September 16, 2015 from 4:00pm-8:00pm. For more information, contact Leslie Wallin at (312) 421-4427 or lwallin@carpls.org or go to   http://www.carpls.org/getinvolved/hotlinevolunteer/