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Marishonta M. Wilkerson
Marishonta M. Wilkerson
Bryan McIntyre
Bryan McIntyre
Calli Burnett
Calli Burnett

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has awarded its 2015 Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program grants to three 2015 law school graduates.

The Fellowships, which provide clinical support for three law school legal clinics, were awarded this summer to Calli Leigh Burnett, of Chicago; Bryan McIntyre, of Urbana, and Marishonta M. Wilkerson, of Milwaukee.

The foundation launched its Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program in 2014 to fund public interest jobs for recent law graduates, according to Shawn Kasserman, IBF president. The foundation will award $25,000 to each of the three fellowships. The law schools will each contribute a stipend to help fund the positions.

Wilkerson will serve at NIU Law’s Zeke Giorgi Clinic in Rockford; McIntyre will work in the Civil Litigation Clinic at the University of Illinois; and Burnett will support the Community Law Center Clinic at Loyola University Chicago.

The Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has added five members to its Board of Directors.

Newly-elected members are Christopher W. Niro, a senior associate attorney at Niro, Haller & Niro in Chicago; Chantelle A. Porter, a senior associate attorney at A. Traub & Associates with offices in Arlington Heights and Lombard; Gregory L. Shevlin, a partner in the Belleville law firm of Cook, Ysursa, Bartholomew, Brauer & Shevlin, Ltd.; Rory T. Weiler, a partner in Weiler & Lengle, P.C. in St. Charles; and Sonni Choi Williams, Deputy Corporation Counsel for the city of Peoria. Weiler and Shevlin will serve two-year terms and the other board members will each serve a one-year term.

The Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), has elected its officers for the organization’s 2015-16 fiscal year. They are: Shawn S. Kasserman, founding member, Tomasik Kotin & Kasserman, LLC, president; Elizabeth A. Kaveny, partner, Burke, Wise, Morrissey & Kaveny, first vice president; Perry J. Browder, shareholder, Simmons Hanly Conroy, second vice president; Timothy W. Kelly, principal, Kelly Law Offices, third vice president; Lisa M. Nyuli, partner, Ariano Hardy Ritt Nyuli Richmond Lytle & Goettel P.C., treasurer; and Donald Tracy, partner, Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLC, secretary.

The Illinois Bar Foundation, which is the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, strives 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. Call (312) 726-6072 or visit www.illinoisbarfoundation.org.



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 https://goo.gl/hr0lY2.

For more information, call (312) 726-6072 or visit www.illinoisbarfoundation.org.

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 Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the ISBA, approved 23 grants totaling $185,000 which will be distributed to nonprofit legal aid organizations statewide.

Illinois Bar Foundation grant recipients for FY15 are:

Outside of Chicago

  • Administer Justice, Elgin - $5,000
  • Catholic Urban Program’s Neighborhood Law Office, East St. Louis - $10,000
  • Farmworkers and Landscaper Advocacy Project - $5,000
  • Illinois Equal Justice Foundation- $5,000
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online- $15,000
  • Immigration Project, Bloomington - $5,000
  • Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, East St. Louis - $15,000
  • The Parent Place, Springfield - $5,000
  • Public Interest Law Initiative- $15,000
  • Prairie State Legal Services, Rockford - $15,000
  • Pro Bono Network, Oak Park - $5,000

Chicago

Northern Illinois University College of Law and Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea will host a reception celebrating their partnership with the Illinois Bar Foundation on May 4 from 5-7 p.m. at Prairie Street Brewhouse in Rockford. This event will recognize contributors and introduce the 2014-2016 Illinois Bar Foundation Fellows. Complimentary drinks and hors d'oeuvres will be served.

Please rsvp by April 29 to lawevents@niu.edu or (815) 753-9655.

McLean County attorney Mike McElvain and McLean County Judge Elizabeth Robb (Ret.) will be honored by the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation at a reception Thursday, April 30 from 5 to 6:30 pm at McLean County Museum of History (Old Courthouse), 200 N. Main St., in Bloomington.

The Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, is honoring attorney McElvain and Judge Robb for their professionalism and commitment to assist the legal profession in serving the public.

The mission of the Illinois Bar Foundation is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who have fallen upon hard times.

Individual tickets are $35 per person. For more information or to purchase tickets, call (312) 726-6072 or visit http://goo.gl/hr0lY2. The Illinois Bar Foundation is located at 20 S. Clark St., Suite 910, Chicago, IL  60603. Information also is available at www.illinoisbarfoundation.org.


The Illinois Bar Foundation will honor Christine M. Ory and Joseph Mirabella, Jr. with the Beacon of the Profession Award on Feb. 26 at the DuPage County Fellows Reception. This event will be held from 5:30-7 p.m. at Maggiano's Little Italy in Naperville.

General tickets to the reception are $55 a piece. Preferred tickets at $100 are available, and include special recognition during the formal program. Sponsorships are also available.

Find out more and purchase tickets at www.illinoisbarfoundation.org/static.asp?path=4510


The Illinois Bar Foundation will host Lawyers Rock 2015 on March 5 at the Double Door in Chicago. VIP Tickets are $100 and include food, wine, beer and soda throughout the evening. General admission tickets are $50 and include food and two beer and wine tickets. To purchase tickets, please click here

Sponsorship opportunities are available, please click here to purchase a sponsorship.

Proceeds from this event help the Illinois Bar Foundation ensure access to justice and support juvenile justice causes through the Foundation’s M. Denny Hassakis Fund.

Eighteen extraordinary Illinois judges and lawyers who have practiced law for at least 50 years will be honored by the Profession of Leadership Foundation at a dinner on Tuesday, January 13, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. at the President Abraham Lincoln Hotel & Conference Center, 701 E. Adams St., in Springfield.