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The ISBA Young Lawyers Division will host a Day at the Races Networking and Social Event on Saturday, Sept. 7 from noon-6 p.m. at Arlington Park Racecourse. 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).


The Stanley Cup Champion Chicago Blackhawks have made tickets available to ISBA members for three preseason games in September. Note: The Blackhawks have updated this offer to include a hockey stick autographed by a member of last season's Stanley Cup Champions for anyone who orders 4 or more tickets to a game.

  • Blackhawks vs. Red Wings - Tuesday, Sept. 17, 7 p.m.  
  • Blackhawks vs. Penguins - Thursday, Sept. 19, 7 p.m.
  • Blackhawks vs. Capitals - Saturday, Sept. 28, 7 p.m.

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Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis announced on Monday an application process for a vacancy in the Ninth Judicial Subcircuit of Cook County.

The vacancy is created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Allen S. Goldberg on September 6. Judge Goldberg has been a Circuit judge in Cook County since 1992.

The Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Judges Association and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois are teaming up for three times the fun at Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) 20th annual Race Judicata Sprint for Justice 5K Run/Walk. This fundraising event takes place on Sept. 12 at Upper Hutchinson Field in Chicago’s Grant Park.

T-shirts will be provided for team members. All proceeds from Race Judicata go to the general operating costs of CVLS, which works to provide legal services to the poor and working poor of Chicago. The three associations will host a tent that will serve as the main gathering point for ISBA, IJA and WBAI members. Food and water will be available at the tent. The entry fee is $33 through Sept. 6. Register under the team name IJA.WBAI.ISBA at www.cvls.org/judicata

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Office of the Chief Counsel in Chicago, Illinois, is responsible for providing legal advice, training and services in cases related to the ICE mission in Illinois, Indiana, Kansas, Kentucky, Missouri, and Wisconsin.  The office represents the United States in immigration removal proceedings, and provides legal support to ICE components focusing on customs, worksite enforcement, employment law, and administrative law.  Legal externs assist in the representation of the United States government in immigration removal proceedings.

Legal Extern Location: Chicago, Illinois

Application Materials: Resume, transcript, writing sample, and cover letter indicating dates when available.  Applications should be submitted to occ-chi-applications@ice.dhs.gov.  All electronically submitted documents must be in MSWord or Adobe Acrobat format. 

Qualifications: First-year (second semester) and second-year law students.  Previous or concurrent course work in immigration law helpful, but not necessary.  Must be a U.S. citizen.  Will be subject to a background investigation due to the sensitive nature of the work performed.

Application Deadline: For Spring of 2014: Applications will be accepted between August 15, and September 30, 2013.

Minimum Weeks Required: 10 weeks minimum, 15 - 20 hours per week. 

Salary: Volunteer (without compensation).            

Meredith Ritchie
Meredith Ritchie
Alliant Credit Union announces the appointment of Meredith Ritchie as Vice President, General Counsel and Chief Ethics & Compliance Officer. For the past six years, Ritchie has served as Associate General Counsel for Alliant, an $8.2 billion credit union based in Chicago.

Ritchie graduated from Hamilton College in Clinton, New York, and received her law degree from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago. She has worked as a litigator in private practice and as a prosecutor, and subsequently served as deputy general counsel for an Illinois state agency. Ritchie also served as corporate counsel in Accenture’s State and Local Government practice.

Ritchie currently serves on the American Bar Association Credit Union Committee, the Alliant Credit Union Foundation Board of Directors and the Coalition of Women’s Initiatives in Law. She is a former Director of the Illinois Bar Foundation and the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation and previously chaired both the Young Lawyer’s Division and the Women in the Law Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association.

The Pfeiffer Law Offices, P.C. is pleased to announce that attorney Aaron H. Reinke has joined the firm.  J. Matthew Pfeiffer, founder and principal of the firm, stated “Aaron brings a wealth of knowledge and passion to the practice.  He is passionate about helping people, businesses, and municipalities by providing the highest quality legal services and always puts the client first.”  Reinke has been practicing law for over a dozen years, concentrating on local government law, business law, and general civil litigation.  “I admire the firm’s commitment to its clients and the community.  Our clients are real people, with real problems.  We use our experience to resolve client problems in the most practical and economical manner.  I’m proud to be part of the firm.” stated Reinke. 

Mr. Reinke is active in the DuPage County Bar Association, serving as past-Chair of the Local Government Committee and member of the Publication Board; Reinke received a 2012-2013 Board of Directors Award for his work as Chair of the Local Government Committee.  Mr. Reinke is also active in his local community, serving as a Village Trustee in Bartlett, Illinois, member of the Bartlett Lions Club, and as Adjunct Faculty at the College of DuPage in Glen Ellyn, Illinois.

Pfeiffer Law Offices, P.C. is also pleased to announce its new office location at 1725 S. Naperville Road, Suite 205, Wheaton, Illinois 60189.  “Our new office location in the heart of DuPage County will allow Pfeiffer Law Offices, P.C. to better serve our clients throughout DuPage, Cook, Kane, Will, Lake, McHenry, and Kendall Counties”, commented Pfeiffer.   

ISBA President Paula H. Holderman and CBA President J. Timothy Eaton wrote the letter to the editor (below) that appeared in today's Chicago Sun-Times. The letter is in response to a column by Neil Steinberg titled "Preckwinkle, Dart say bond court delays cost taxpayers $80 million a year"

Do you represent hospitals, physicians, practice groups, or clinics? Are you an insurance attorney or government counsel working in the health law/regulation arena? Do you represent businesses that work within the health care industry? Then you won’t want to miss this informative half-day seminar in Chicago (or via live webcast) on Thursday, September 19th that’s designed to assist you in responding to the government’s health care investigations! Attorneys with intermediate practice skills who attend this seminar will better understand: the regulatory, insurance, and law enforcement agencies that investigate health care providers; the methods for gathering and deploying large volumes of health and business records in response to government investigations; the strategies for counseling clients through a grand jury or administrative subpoena; and the implications of the Illinois Medicaid program on government investigations in health care affecting Illinois practitioners.

The program is presented by the ISBA Health Care Law Section and qualifies for 4.0 hours MCLE credit.

Click here for more information and to register for the CHICAGO program.

Click here for more information and to register for the LIVE WEBCAST.

William E. Good died unexpectedly in Scottsdale, Arizona, on July 17. He was born in Chicago, Illinois, on October 16, 1930 to James and Marion Good.

His formative years were spent in Downers Grove, Illinois, with his brothers Bob, Tom and Ralph and his little sister Sarah. He engaged in the normal adventures of a young man growing up in the '30s and '40s and when he came of age, he served his country as a Military Policeman (MP) and in the Judge Advocate Division in Okinawa, Japan.

He matriculated at Northwestern University in Evanston, Illinois, earning his undergraduate and law degrees and meeting his future bride of 58 years, Marlene (nee McGrath).

His law career was robust and varied. During his corporate law career he represented American Home Products, Ekco Products, and later served as General Counsel for Brach Candy in Chicago. Additionally, he spent 20 years serving the citizens of Arizona as an administrative law judge.