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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: $9.00 per adult, $2.00 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:

Questions: Please email Melissa Burkholder at or Blake Howard at

Join us for the next ISBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series, A Closer Look: Managing Your Practice Like a Pro - Fall 2015 on Friday, Sept. 11 in Fairview Heights.

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Get the best practice tips and practical tools you need to run your law office efficiently and profitably with this full-day seminar! Gain a better understanding of:

  • How to maintain your practice during an emergency;
  • How to manage the financial side of your practice – from trust accounts and office expenses, to accounts receivable and payable;
  • The human resources issues you need to be aware of;
  • How document assembly can help you run your practice more efficiently;
  • How to plan for the future given the current legal landscape; and
  • Much more!

The Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Bar Foundation, Illinois Judges Association, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois, Alliance of Illinois Judges, Illinois Judicial Council and the Jewish Judges Association of Illinois are teaming up for Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS) 21st annual Race Judicata Sprint for Justice 5K Run/Walk. This fundraising event takes place on Sept. 10 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 four organizations will host a tent that will serve as the main gathering point for team members. Food and water will be available at the tent. The entry fee is $34 through August 22nd. Register under the team name The "I's" Have It at

Any further questions can be directed to Jessie Austin with the IBF at (312) 726-6072.

Richard D. Felice
Richard D. Felice
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors and Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors will hold a joint reception honoring Richard D. Felice, ISBA president during the 2014-2015 fiscal year, on Thursday, July 30 from 5 to 6:30 p.m. at the ISBA  Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark.

Individual tickets are $50 per person and can be purchased at

For more information, call (312) 726-6072 or visit

Funds raised will support the bar foundation whose 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 year, the foundation will distribute more than $850,000. The Illinois Bar Foundation is located at 20 S. Clark St., Suite 910, Chicago, IL  60603.

The ISBA 139th Annual Meeting kicked off Thursday at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis. We will celebrate the many accomplishments of ISBA President Richard Felice and, we will celebrate the induction of 2015-16 President Umberto Davi. The Grand Geneva Resort provides an ideal setting for this gathering of the profession. Follow along and join the conversation on Twitter at #139thAnnual.

  • June 18 - 20, 2015
  • Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, Wis.

Full schedule and more information available at

The Illinois State Bar Association will present several awards recognizing individuals for their commitment and service to the profession and their communities at an Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 19, at the organization’s 139th Annual Meeting in Lake Geneva, Wis. Award recipients are:

44 law firms and corporations named to PILI’s Pro Bono Recognition Roster

The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) will host its Annual Pro Bono Reception next week on Wednesday, June 17th at The Ivy Room at Tree Studios. This event, sponsored by 38 Illinois law firms and corporations, is held each year to celebrate the pro bono triumphs of the Illinois legal community and to spotlight the critically-needed pro bono work being done in our state, including the work of PILI’s Pro Bono Initiative Program.

The deadline to register online for the 139th Annual Meeting is June 12. Join us in Lake Geneva to celebrate! We will celebrate the many accomplishments of ISBA President Richard Felice and, we will celebrate the induction of 2015-16 President Umberto Davi. The Grand Geneva Resort provides an ideal setting for this gathering of the profession. So plan to bring your family and be a part of the 2015 ISBA Annual Meeting.

  • June 18 - 20, 2015
  • Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, Wis.

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The Lawyers' Assistance Program (LAP) will host a volunteer training on Friday, June 26 from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at Loyola University School of Law & the University of Illinois at Springfield.

The purpose of this training is to:

  • Learn more about LAP's services
  • Better understand addiction and mental health issues
  • Learn how to help colleagues and friends.

There is no charge for the training, but goodwill donations are accepted to help defray lunch costs. Limited space - registration required.

To register call the LAP office at 312-726-6607 or email at

The fifth Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute will be held on Thursday, May 14 in at the ISBA Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark. This program will focus on “Protecting Your Practice: Finances and Technology.”

As a solo or small firm attorney, you have worked hard to build your practice, manage your time, and prepare for the future. Now it’s time to protect everything you’ve accomplished. Join us for this in-depth look at how you can continue building your practice, promote yourself online, and enjoy your profession – all while avoiding various ethical traps along the way. Attorneys who are new solo or small firm practitioners – and those thinking about becoming one – who attend this seminar, will better understand:

  • The ethical issues you need to be aware of regarding client confidentiality;
  • How to protect your retainers, fees, and income;
  • How to properly use IOLTA accounts;
  • The financial details involved in starting your own firm;
  • How to network during business events;
  • The risks associated with using social media to promote your practice;
  • How to balance stress with a happy personal and professional life;
  • The top causes for grievances against lawyers;
  • And much more!

Find out more and register at