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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 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.

Illinois Bar Foundation President Vince Cornelius (from left), Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke and Gala Co-Chair Jerold Solovy enjoy the Illinois Bar Foundation's Annual Gala at the Four Seasons. Burke was honored by the Foundation as the 2010 Recipient of the Distinguished Award for Excellence.
On October 15th, more than 400 people attended the Illinois Bar Foundation’s 13th annual Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel. Lawyers and Judges alike joined to show their dedication to the Foundation’s cause and recognize our 2010 Recipient of the Distinguished Award for Excellence, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke. We’re very pleased to report that the evening was quite successful and grossed more than $450,000. Thanks to all of you who supported the event, we met or exceeded every goal for our 2010 Gala. These important funds will be used to help support the Foundation and the many organizations and individuals who receive our assistance. The night started with a silent auction of more than 90 great items, including spa treatments, theatre tickets, and several trips. Guests were able to bid on the auction items of their choice throughout the night on computerized terminals spread throughout the ballroom. During dinner, guests were also given the opportunity to bid on 4 live auction items.
The deadline for audition applications for Lawyers Rock Legends at Buddy Guy's Legends has been extended to Nov. 12. Do you think you’re good enough to play at the famous Buddy Guy's Legends in Chicago? Now's your chance to prove it!  We are seeking talented lawyers who moonlight as musicians (either as a solo performer or in a band) to participate in our Lawyers Rock Legends concert event on Thursday, February 3rd, 2011. We have extended the audition application date (originally November 1st) to November 12th.   The winning bands/performers will be announced at a special press conference at the ISBA/IJA Joint Meeting on Friday, December 10th. Those bands will be featured from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
The Illinois Bar Foundation invites you to join us for this historic match-up as the Northwestern Wildcats host the University of Illinois Fighting Illini at the Friendly Confines for the first time since the 1923 season! The Fighting Illini and Wildcats will square off at Wrigley Field on Nov. 20 at 2:30 p.m. Individual tickets and ticket sponsorship packages are available - tickets are limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Advanced reservations and payment are required. Contact Kim Weaver at or (217) 525-0712. Click here to view the individual ticket form Click here to view the sponsorship options
The Illinois Bar Foundation will be receiving $421,486.52 in unclaimed funds from a nationwide class-action settlement involving a rate increase on life insurance policies. Miller v. Royal Maccabees Life Insurance Company, 97 CH 04324 (Cir. Ct. Cook Cty.) - Schad, Diamond & Shedden recovered $127.6 million including $93 million in cash and $34.6 million savings on future cost of insurance charges. The plaintiff policyholders filed a class action complaint in the Circuit Court of Cook County against an insurance company charging that the company breached its contract with policyholders, violated consumer fraud laws and breached its fiduciary duty to policyholders by illegally raising cost of insurance (COI) rates. The court appointed Schad, Diamond & Shedden class counsel in this action. The judge is Mary Ann Mason. There was a total of $3.9 million in remaining funds to be distributed, and 5 Illinois legal aid organizations were the recipients of half of that amount, with the rest designated for other states.
The Ultimate SuperFan Getaway! Game dates: October 23rd & 24th, 2010!! A weekend of Chicago sports for the ultimate Chicago sports fan! You’ll receive: 1. A weekend for two at the Four Seasons Hotel, including Sunday brunch; 2. $250 gift certificate to Keefer’s Restaurant; 3. 2 Tickets to see the Chicago Blackhawks on Saturday, October 23, 2010!! Section 114, row 1, seats 6 and 7, on the glass. Tickets include VIP parking in lot H and two passes to the Kettle One Club; 4. Two tickets to see the Chicago Bears v the Washington Redskins on Sunday, October 24th at noon. BIDDING is now at  $2,000, with bidding increases in increments of $100. To place your bid, please call the IBF directly at 312.726.6072, or e-mail Liz Driscoll at the IBF at Bidding status will be updated daily on our website at Final bidding will be done at the Gala on October 15th.
This Illinois Bar Foundation invites you to an evening at Busch Stadium to watch the St. Louis Cardinals take on the Chicago Cubs on Friday, Aug. 13. Tickets start at $135 and include entry into Redbird Row Private Party Room and selected food and drinks. Call (312) 726.6072, or e-mail Liz Driscoll at

IBF 2010 Gala Committee: Front row (left to right): Program Book Co-Chair Frank Sommario, Auction Co-Chair Michael Monico, Gala Co-Chair Jerry Solovy, Back row (left to right): IBF Board President Vincent F. Cornelius, Gala Co-Chair Peter Birnbaum and Auction Co-Chair Shawn Kasserman.
The Illinois Bar Foundation will honor Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke with the 2010 Distinguished Award for Excellence at the 13th Annual Gala on Oct. 15 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. Funds raised through the 2010 Gala support the IBF and its mission 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 $165,000 in grants vital to non-profit organizations across Illinois. The Gala Committee (pictured at right) is currently working on the event and confirming sponsors - with 3 major Gala Partners already lined up: Jenner & Block, Power Rogers & Smith, and Simmons Browder Gianaris Angelides & Barnerd LLC. Other partners include: Illinois Trial Lawyers Association (VIP Reception Sponsor), ISBA Mutual Insurance Company (Wine Sponsor), Foote, Meyers, Mielke & Flowers (Raffle Sponsor) Attorney Title Guaranty, Inc (Champagne Sponsor). There will be a Live and Silent Auction over over 100 items which include trips, cases of wine, sports tickets and signed memorabilia, jewelry and artwork. A raffle will also be held - tickets are $100 and prizes include a trip for 2 to Colorado, a Samsung 55" 3D LED-LCD HDTV and $2,500 in cash. Contact the IBF at (312) 726-6072 for more information. Gala Co-Chairs
  • Jerry S. Solovy
  • Peter J. Birnbaum