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Illinois Bar Foundation


ISBA President Mark D. Hassakis
The Illinois Bar Foundation will host a reception honoring ISBA President Mark D. Hassakis on July 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reception will be held in Chicago at the 33 Club, 1419 N. Wells. President Hassakis has focused his year on juvenile justice reform and has visited multiple juvenile justice facilities throughout the state. For more information, contact Karen Kossart at (312) 726-6072 or visit the IBF website at www.illinoisbarfoundation.org.
The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the grant-making arm of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), has announced the recipients of its fiscal year 2011 grants totaling $315,300 which will be awarded to 30 law-related nonprofit organizations, including: Chicago
  • Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, $10,000
  • Apna Ghar, $5,000
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid, $10,000
  • CARPLS Legal Aid, $10,000
  • Center for Disability and Elder Law, $7,500
  • Center on Halsted, $7,500
  • Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, $5,000
  • Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, $15,000
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, $10,000
  • DePaul University College of Law Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic, $7,500
  • Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, $15,000
  • Equip for Equality, $15,000
  • Family Defense Center, $5,000
  • Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, $5,000
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online, $20,000
  • Lawndale Christian Legal Center, $10,000
  • Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, $15,000
  • Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services, $11,800
  • Life Span, $10,000
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, $10,000
  • Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf, $3,000
  • Public Interest Law Initiative, $20,000
  • The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired, $7,500
Elsewhere in Illinois
  • A Safe Place: Lake County Crisis Center, Zion, $5,000
  • Family Shelter Service, Wheaton, $7,500
  • Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice, Rockf

The Illinois Bar Foundation will host a Wine Tasting Event to support the Warren Lupel Fund on Wednesday, June 8, at The Tasting Room, 1415 W. Randolph. This reception will feature a pairing of wine and hors d'oeuvres from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Find out more on the IBF website.

Why is your support so important?

Donations to the Lupel Fund are used for the Illinois Bar Foundation’s Lawyers Care Program. The Lawyers Care Program provides support to those lawyers or their families who are unable to support themselves due to age, infirmity or other tragedy. The typical subsistence recipients are active bar members. They have a severe and debilitating illness that prevents them from practicing law. The illness is such that their medical expenses have depleted their savings and, with no current income, they can’t support their family or pay their mortgage. The Foundation steps in to keep the family in their home and put some food on the table. We don’t provide anything extravagant, just enough to keep them going through this difficult time. With your help, we can continue.

John Kincaid
Please join us as we honor John Kincaid with the IBF DuPage County Fellows Beacon of the Profession Award on Thursday, April 21, 2011, at Maggiano's in Naperville. To become a sponsor and/or reserve your tickets, please call the IBF at (312) 726-6072, or e-mail Karen Kossart, IBF Development Assistant, at KKossart@isba.org.

The band OMT - One More Time with Naperville attorney Richard Kuhn (right) performs at Lawyers Rock Legends.
Over 400 people enjoyed the Illinois Bar Foundation’s Lawyers Rock Legends fundraising event on Feb. 3 at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. The event raised over $55,000 to support the programs of the IBF. In the fall of 2010, the IBF held a contest on its Facebook page to determine which bands would be selected to perform. People were asked to become a fan of the page, and then view the submitted auditions and vote for their favorite bands. A total of 21 bands from around the state submitted auditions. In December, a panel of unbiased professional musicians viewed the final submissions, and taking into account all of the votes cast, chose the winning bands. The winning bands, which had to include at least one lawyer, were:
  • Barristers Big Band
  • Catfish & the Big Boss Blues Band
  • The Orphans
  • OMT-One More Time
  • 5-thirty
  • Joe Biscelgia plus Three
  • Loren Golden Jazz Ensemble
“It was great to see so many young lawyers there,” Illinois State Bar Association President Mark Hassakis said. “It was a great mix of people who aren’t typically at bar events. Music cuts through all barriers.” The first-time event was such a success that plans are underway for a repeat performance in February, 2012.
Lawyers Rock Legends is still on for tonight! Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the first band will go on at 7:10 tonight. Call the Illinois Bar Foundation with any questions/concerns at (312) 726-6072.
Seven bands will be performing at Buddy Guy’s Legends as part of the Illinois Bar Foundation’s Lawyers Rock Legends concert on Thursday, Feb. 3. The performing bands will be:
  • Barrister's Big Band
  • The Orphans
  • OMT-One More Time
  • 5-Thirty
  • Joe Bisceglia
  • Second Mortgage and the Sofa Kings
  • Loren Golden Jazz Ensemble
These bands will be featured from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the Lawyers Rock Legends concert, and will each have 15 minutes to perform. They will be the lead-in bands for the featured Buddy Guy's Legends band, Brother John. To purchase tickets or for any further inquiries, feel free to call IBF at (312) 726-6072 or e-mail Liz at edriscoll@isba.org. More information is also available online here. Individual Ticket Prices: - $85 and $125 VIP Main Floor Seating (Ticket includes all food and beverages) - $35 Upper Level Seating (Ticket Includes two free drink coupons – please note that the upper level stage viewing will be on video screens only. There is no stage visibility.)
Eight bands have been selected to perform at Buddy Guy’s Legends as part of the Illinois Bar Foundation’s Lawyers Rock Legends concert on Thursday, Feb. 3. The performing bands will be:
  • Barrister's Big Band
  • Catfish & the Big Boss Blues Band
  • The Orphans
  • OMT-One More Time
  • 5-Thirty
  • Joe Bisceglia
  • Second Mortgage and the Sofa Kings
  • Loren Golden Jazz Ensemble
These bands will be featured from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. at the Lawyers Rock Legends concert, and will each have 15 minutes to perform. They will be the lead-in bands for the featured Buddy Guy's Legends band, Brother John. To purchase tickets or for any further inquiries, feel free to call IBF at (312) 726.6072 or e-mail Liz at edriscoll@isba.org. Individual Ticket Prices: -  $85 and $125 VIP Main Floor Seating (Ticket includes all food and beverages) -  $35 Upper Level Seating (Ticket Includes two free drink coupons – please note that the upper level stage viewing will be on video screens only. There is no stage visibility.)

Honorees James Montgomery and Warren Lupel
The Illinois Bar Foundation honored James D. Montgomery with its Honorary Fellows Award and Warren Lupel with its Distinguished Service Award at the 2010 Fellows Award Breakfast on Friday morning. Montgomery and Lupel were also honored together in 2000 as Laureate Award Winners. IBF Past President Vince Cornelius presented the Honorary Fellow Award to Montgomery and Sean Berkowitz presented the Distinguished Service Award to Lupel. Click here to view photos from this event.

Illinois Bar Foundation President Vincent Cornelius passes the gavel to new IBF President George Mahoney at the Foundation’s recent board meeting. Mahoney will serve until 2012.
Illinois Bar Foundation President Vincent Cornelius, of the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius, recently passed the gavel to Board Vice President George F. Mahoney, of Mahoney, Silverman & Cross, making Mahoney the new President of the IBF Board of Directors for 2010-2012. Also nominated that day was board member Shawn Kasserman of Corboy & Demetrio, who will be Secretary of the Executive Committee for the next two years. Mahoney is a Gold Fellow of the IBF, and is also the previous Chair of the IBF Development Committee. Kasserman is a Diamond Fellow, was the 2009 Board Gala Chair, and is the current Development Committee Chair. Cook County Circuit Judge Debra Walker was previously appointed as IBF Vice President. She will serve for two years after Mahoney’s term.