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ISBA members are invited to participate in a members-only malpractice insurance plan provided by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company.  ISBA Mutual, formed 19 years ago through the efforts of Illinois lawyers, specializes in professional liability insurance written specifically and exclusively for the needs of Illinois attorneys. Visit the ISBA Mutual website to learn more.
IBF Board member and ISBA 2nd Vice President John Locallo of Chicago presents a $25,000 check to Al Schwartz, CARPLS Executive Director.
IBF Board member and ISBA 2nd Vice President John Locallo of Chicago presents a $25,000 check to Al Schwartz, CARPLS Executive Director.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $25,000 grant to CARPLS Legal Aid, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995 and the largest grant awarded. CARPLS is an innovative legal aid service that offers an immediate response to the every day legal problems confronting low-income residents of Cook County. CARPLS' Legal Aid Hotline and court-based Advice Desks give low-income clients direct access to attorneys who are trained to quickly assess and respond to a wide range of civil legal problems. CARPLS' unique legal triage system serves as a model for legal aid services across the county and increases access to justice by dramatically reducing the cost of legal services for the poor. This year, CARPLS assisted more than 50,000 low income clients. As the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Foundation's mission is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity.
Patricia L. Deemer, J.D., has moved the Deemer Law Firm, Ltd. from Northbrook to Lake Zurich. The new address is 795 Ela Road Ste. 100, Lake Zurich. She can be reached at (847) 847-7463 or at pdeemer@deemerlaw.com.
Nathan Hinch
Nathan Hinch
Nathan Hinch is pleased to announce that he has opened an office in Wheaton. Hinch Law will focus on construction, real estate, business and environmental law. Mr. Hinch was previously with the engineering firm Sheaffer International in Glen Ellyn and served as Operations Manager/In-house Counsel. Mr. Hinch is a 2007 graduate of IIT Chicago-Kent College of Law, and a member of the Illinois Bar. In addition to a J.D, he holds a certificate from Chicago-Kent's specialty program in Environmental and Energy Law.  He is also a 2000 graduate of Wheaton College. Hinch Law is located at 222 E. Roosevelt Road in Wheaton. He can be reached at (630) 476-0368, by email at nathanbhinch@gmail.com or at hinchlaw.com.
Mark Mathewson, ISBA Director of Publications, is congratuled by outgoing NABE President Rod Wegener
Mark Mathewson, ISBA Director of Publications, is congratulated by outgoing NABE President Rod Wegener
Mark Mathewson, ISBA Director of Publications, received the 2009 National Association of Bar Executives Peer Excellence Award on Thursday at the association's Annual Meeting. This award recognizes those members who have made a significant contribution to NABE. Mathewson, also the editor of the Illinois Bar Journal and a frequent contributor to Illinois Lawyer Now, was described as "a principled bar executive" who is "knowledgeable and well-respected." Mathewson recently received his Certified Association Executive designation, the highest professional credential in the association world.
Patrick Richards
Patrick Richards
Patrick Richards is pleased to announce the opening of Richards Patent Law in Chicago. Patrick opened Richards Patent Law in 2009 after serving as a partner with McDermott Will & Emery LLP where he concentrated his practice on patent prosecution, counseling, opinion work and litigation. At McDermott, Patrick managed international patent portfolios for several major corporations, as well as a number of small and medium sized businesses. In addition to his extensive patent prosecution experience, Patrick has counseled numerous clients on matters concerning: patent portfolio acquisition and management; patent portfolio licenses, sales and purchases; joint development agreements; freedom to practice opinions; patentability opinions; non-infringement opinions; and employment and non-compete agreements. Patrick received his law degree from the University of Virginia, School of Law and a bachelors of science in civil engineering, with honors, from the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. Richards Patent Law handles all non-litigious patent related matters, focusing on providing cost effective solutions for businesses of all sizes.
Chief Judge James F. Holderman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and Honorary Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Alumni Chapter, along with Chapter Justice Michele M. Jochner, welcome two members of the new initiate class: Hon. Arnette R. Hubbard of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and John G. O'Brien, president of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Chief Judge James F. Holderman (left) and Chapter Justice Michele M. Jochner (second from right), welcome two members of the new initiate class: Hon. Arnette R. Hubbard of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and John G. O'Brien, president of the Illinois State Bar Association.
The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International welcomed 12 new alumni members - a record number for the Chapter as well as the International Fraternity. Among those who took the pledge were John G. O'Brien, President of the Illinois State Bar Assocation, and Hon. Arnette Hubbard, Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County and also a recipient of the ABA's Margarent Brent Women of Achievement Award. Other ISBA members initiated at the ceremony included ISBA Board of Governors member Paula Holderman, ISBA Assembly member Julie Ann Sebastian and co-editor of the Administrative Law Section Newsletter and editor of the ISBA Handbook of Illinois Administrative Law William A.