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The Peoria County Bar Association will hold its 2009 Golf Outing on Aug. 13 at the WeaverRidge Golf Club, 5100 N. Weaverridge Blvd., Peoria. Registraion begins at 11 a.m. Prices: Golf only, $85; Dinner only, $35; Golf and dinner, $115 Reservation deadline is Aug. 7. Contact the PCBA at (309) 674-6049 for more information.
Honorable Lloyd A. Karmeier, Illinois Supreme Court Judge, Fifth District with Lois Wood,
Honorable Lloyd A. Karmeier, Illinois Supreme Court Judge, Fifth District, with Lois Wood, Executive Director of Land of Lincoln Legal Services

Land of Lincoln Legal Services held an open house in June for its new Western Regional office, located at 310 Easton Street, Suite 330 in Alton.

The American Constitution Society held its "Sixth Annual Supreme Court Term in Review" Thursday afternoon at Mayer Brown LLP, 71 S. Wacker, Chicago. The panel consisted of Jeffrey W. Sarles, Partner, Mayer Brown; Gary Feinerman, Partner, Sidley Austin LLP and former Solicitor General of Illinois; Colleen Connell, Executive Director of the ACLU of Illinois; and Steven J. Heyman, Professor, Chicago-Kent College of Law. The panel was moderated by Steve Sanders, an Associate at Mayor Brown.
John Marshall Law Professor Mark Wojcik points out the ISBA message on the Lincoln billboard.
Several members of the Illinois State Bar Association’s Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity marched in Chicago’s Pride Parade on Sunday, June 28, alongside the ISBA’s mobile billboard, featuring a photo of Lincoln the lawyer with a message that reads:  “Illinois has a history of some pretty good lawyers.  We’re out to keep it that way.” Click here to view our Pride Parade photo gallery
Administer Justice will hold its annual Community Justice Fun Fair on Saturday, July 18, from 10:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at Randall Oaks Park in West Dundee.  The theme this year is a star-spangled fun fair.  The event is free and open to the public.  The family-friendly event offers activities for all ages, including 5-cent children’s games, bouncy house, huge inflated slide, and Bingo tent.  Free activities include puppet shows, face-painting, and story time.  Food is available at a low cost. The event is designed to allow the low-income families served by Administer Justice to enjoy an affordable day out and to inform the public of the services offered by Administer Justice and is sponsored by local businesses.  Randall Oaks Park is located on Randall Road just north of Route 72 in West Dundee. Administer Justice is a charitable non-profit organization representing low-income individuals in legal and tax matters.  The organization has assisted more than 3,600 clients this year with the help of more than 90 volunteers who have donated thousands of hours to serve those in need. For more information, call (847) 844-1100 or visit their website.

IBF Grants Committee Member Ann Hatch of Belleville presents a $15,000 grant to Kathleen O’Keefe, attorney for the Neighborhood Law Office.
IBF Grants Committee Member Ann Hatch of Belleville presents a $15,000 grant to Kathleen O’Keefe, attorney for the Neighborhood Law Office.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $15,000 grant to Catholic Urban Program's Neighborhood Law Office in East St. Louis, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995. The Neighborhood Law Office works with residents of East St. Louis to create healthy, safe and strong neighborhoods to stabilize and revitalize a decaying city. NLO brings about demolition of unsafe, abandoned structures, pressures local government for prompt and universal property code enforcement, and saves homes from foreclosure under predatory bond-for-deed home loan practices. Since 1996, NLO has helped bring about the demolition of more than 1600 dangerous, vacant buildings and removal of illegally dumped trash from over 280 lots. 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. This past year, through the support of ISBA members, IBF distributed more than $425,000 to support these efforts.
The Center for Disability and Elder Law will be hosting its largest-ever Senior Center Initiative on July 1 in Chicago. The event begins at 1 p.m. at the 7th District Police Station, 1438 W. 63rd. Lawyers from Kirkland & Ellis will be available on a pro-bono basis to counsel elderly clients on power of attorney for property and health care. The attorneys will explain and assist with documentation, which will then be witnessed, notarized, copied and presented to the clients on-site. The Center for Disability and Elder Law in a nonprofit organization that protects and advances the legal rights of low-income people with disabilities and senior citizens in Cook County. Visit the CDEL website.
Former Gov. Jim Thompson, Presdient-elect Jack Carey, ISBA Young Lawyer of the Year Award winner Sean Wieber and President-elect John O'Brien
Former Gov. Jim Thompson, outgoing ISBA President Jack Carey, ISBA Young Lawyer of the Year Award winner Sean Wieber and President-elect John O'Brien
Outgoing ISBA President Jack Carey presided over the annual awards presentation Friday at The Abbey in Lake Geneva. President-elect John O'Brien presented the awards. Former Gov. Jim Thompson was on hand after nominating Winston & Strawn colleague  Sean Wieber, winner of the ISBA's Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Click here to view our photo gallery from the Awards Luncheon. The award recipients were: Board of Governors Award
  • Karen M. Enright
  • Robert H. Hanaford
  • Michele M. Jochner
Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award
  • Michael T.
The "Becoming a Law Professor" program will address reasons to become a law professor and explain the hiring process. Southern Illinois University School of Law presents this program to encourage diversity among law professors. There will be handouts and time for one on one questions, as well as a group presentation. The workshop will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at the Illinois State Bar Association's Annual Meeting in Lake Geneva, Wis. For more information on the ISBA's Annual Meeting, click here. Visit Illinois Lawyer Now ofter for frequent updates from the Annual Meeting.