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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

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.