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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

Liz Driscoll
Liz Driscoll, Grants and Development Coordinator for the Illinois Bar Foundation, took first place in the Women's division at Race Judicata last Thursday. Liz finished with a time of 19:54, which was good for 43rd overall. She has also run the Chicago Marathon twice and did the Boston Marathon for the first time this year. Judge Stephen Pacey of Paxton, a member of the Illinois State Bar Association's Board of Governors, finished first in the 60 and over age group with a time of 21:01. Proceeds from Race Judicata benefit Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, an organization of nearly 3,000 volunteer attorneys who donate free legal services to thousands of low-income Chicagoans annually. Click here to view a photo gallery from this event.
The Illinois Bar Foundation will host a reception for the Lawyers Care Fund (formerly known as the Subsistence Fund of the IBF) on Thursday, June 17, from 5:30-7:30 p.m. at The Plaza at Park Grill in Millennium Park. Donations to the Lawyers Care Fund are used to provide 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. For more information visit or call the IBF at (312) 726-6072.

Lisa Corrao
Lisa Corrao has been selected to be Executive Director of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association. Corrao joined the Foundation in March, 2008, as Associate Executive Director.  Her previous experience includes serving as the Director of Development for the Chicago Sinfonietta and Vice President of Advancement for the Illinois Saint Andrew Society in North Riverside. She was Director of Development and Communications of the Glenwood School for Boys and Girls from 1996 to 2000. “Lisa’s extensive experience fits well with the goals and programs of the Foundation,” said Vincent Cornelius of Wheaton, IBF president. “We are looking forward to expanding the IBF’s ability to channel funding to crucial legal and social services that are increasingly needed by Illinois citizens.” Established in 1951, 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. A native of Park Forest, IL, Corrao received her B.A.

Vincent Cornelius
Vincent F. Cornelius, J.D. ‘89, Attorney at Law and Principal in the law offices of Vincent F. Cornelius, has been named a recipient Northern Illinois University Alumni Association’s Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Law. Every year the Northern Illinois University Alumni Association recognizes the achievements of outstanding alumni through the Distinguished Alumni Award, the F.R. Geigle Service Award, the Outstanding Young Alumni Award, and the Outstanding Alumni Award for each of the seven academic colleges at NIU. Recipients are selected based on outstanding professional and ersonal successes, as well as involvement in civic, cultural, or charitable activities. “NIU alumni have gone on to distinguish themselves and Northern in countless ways,” explains Jack Tierney, President of the NIU Alumni Association. “This award program seeks to recognize some of those outstanding individuals who have gone out and achieved great success in their personal and professional lives.” This year the Outstanding Alumni Award for the College of Health and Human Sciences will be presented to Vincent F. Cornelius, J.D. ‘89, a highly respected sole practitioner. Cornelius has established the Law Office of Vincent F.

IBF President Vince Cornelius, honoree Judge William Bauer and James Holderman, chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois
The Illinois Bar Foundation honored Judge William Bauer and ISBA Past President Ralph Gabric (posthumously) with the DuPage County Beacon of the Profession Honorary Fellows Award on Friday, April 23. The DuPage County Fellows Chapter hosted this reception at Maggiano's Little Italy in Naperville. Click here to view a photo gallery from this event.