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We recently launched our new member benefit, Practice HQ. Organized by the lifecycle of a law practice, this one-stop microsite houses together high-quality practice information in one place.

Once you've opened your firm, developed a marketing and retention strategy to build your client base, learned the ins and outs of managing and protecting, the final stage of your firm's lifecycle is to ethically wind down. There is no one-size-fits-all approach to succession planning because practices close for many different reasons; sometimes it is planned while other times the circumstances are outside of our control. As a result, the Practice HQ resources geared toward winding down your practice are valuable to members at all stages of their career, whether you're nearing retirement or simply want to prepare for the future. After all, the planning for eventual succession takes place long before any transactions.

Bob Craghead, ISBA director and NABE president, with Zoe Linza, outgoing NABE president and executive director of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Bob Craghead, ISBA director and NABE president, with Zoe Linza, outgoing NABE president and executive director of the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis
Robert E. Craghead, executive director of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), was installed as 2017-18 president of the National Association of Bar Executives (NABE) Thursday, August 10, at the group’s annual meeting in New York City. He was elected vice-president in the spring of 2016 and automatically ascended to the presidency.

NABE members are management-level staff who work for state, metropolitan, and local bar associations from all over the country. Craghead has been active in NABE for decades, having served on the governing board and numerous committees. He received the organization’s Bolton Award for Professional Excellence in 2003.

Craghead has spent his entire career with the 30,000-member Illinois State Bar Association, starting there in 1975 and holding a variety of positions before becoming executive director in 1994. He is the third ISBA executive director to serve as NABE president. Amos Pinkerton led the group in 1954-55, as did John H. Dickason in 1976-77.

Craghead was born in Galesburg in 1953 and is a graduate of Illinois College. He lives in Springfield with his wife, Fran, and has three children — Brent, Adam, and Rachel — and four grandchildren.


Jeanne Bigham Heaton, ISBA’s Director of CLE, became the president of ACLEA last Tuesday at the association’s annual meeting in Montreal. The gavel was ceremoniously passed to Heaton after she previously served terms as ACLEA’s treasurer and secretary. She will serve as president until August of 2018. Heaton is the first ISBA staff member to rise to the presidency of this preeminent association for continuing legal education professionals.

Heaton joined the ISBA as the director of continuing legal education in November 2006.  As director, she supervises and coordinates the planning, implementation, and delivery of CLE programs for the association.  Before joining the ISBA, she worked as an environmental law attorney with the firm of Hodge Dwyer Zeman in Springfield, where she specialized in regulatory and administrative law issues. 

Prior to private practice, Heaton served as assistant counsel and then acting chief counsel for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.  She graduated, cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, completing her last year of law school as a visiting student at the American University Washington College of Law.

ACLEA, which was established in 1964, is an international association for CLE professionals.  While its members are primarily from the United States and Canada, they also hail from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and Mexico. CLE administrators, trainers, managers, educators, publishers, programmers, and meeting professionals make up the membership of ACLEA. 

 


The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of July 2017, there were a total of 954 calls.  ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the 31 areas of law.

Here are the results for July 2017:

The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) has elected its officers for the organization’s 2017-18 fiscal year. They are: Perry J. Browder, shareholder, Simmons Hanly Conroy, president; Timothy W. Kelly, principal, Kelly Law Offices, first vice president and Deane B. Brown, partner, Hughes Socol Piers Resnik Dym, second vice president. William A. Peithmann, principal of The Peithmann Law Office, was elected third vice president. Mark L. Karno, principal of Mark L. Karno & Associates, L.L.C., was elected as treasurer and Donald R. Tracy, partner at Brown Hay + Stephens, was re-elected as secretary.

The Illinois Bar Foundation, 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 $750,000. 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.


We recently launched our new member benefit, Practice HQ. Organized by the lifecycle of a law practice, this one-stop microsite houses together high-quality practice information in one place.

Once you've opened your firm, developed a marketing and retention strategy to build your client base, and learned the ins and outs of managing your practice, you can focus your energies on safeguarding your practice. In the face of disruptions — natural or man-made — you have to be prepared to keep your clients' data, firm, and employees safe, and recover quickly from unpredicted circumstances. For members who are interested in developing a plan to protect a practice, Practice HQ offers the tools you'll need. 

The ISBA Board of Governors voted at its July 21 meeting to ask the Illinois Supreme Court not to require self-represented litigants to use the e-filing system that launches in January until the impact of mandatory e-filing on nonlawyers can be studied and addressed. Speaking on behalf of the proposal, Board member Angelica Wawrzynek of Mattoon noted that no other mandatory e-filing state requires pro se litigants to file cases electronically and that two-thirds of civil cases filed outside Cook County in 2015 included at least one self-represented litigant.

In other action, the Board

● agreed to join the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers in filing an amicus brief in In re the Marriage of Goesel, 2017 IL App (3d) 150101. The ISBA/AAML brief will support the court’s ruling that earned and paid legal fees are not available for disgorgement as part of an interim fee award under the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act;

● approved an ethics opinion stating that an in-house lawyer may provide legal services to multiple subsidiaries of the same corporate parent as long as doing so doesn’t otherwise violate the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct;

● voted to support an ABA resolution that urges states and units of local government to adopt a policy of trapping, neutering, vaccinating, and returning stray cats to the community;

The ISBA Board of Governors met on Friday, July 21. At the meeting, the Board filled one vacancy on the Board of Governors in Area VIII and two vacant Assembly seats in Cook County. The results of the elections to fill these leadership positions are below.

Board of Governors

  • Area VIII (Circuits 3 & 20): Perry Browder, Alton

Assembly

  • 18th Circuit: Richard Veenstra, Wheaton
  • Cook County (Two-Year Term): Jill O'Brien, Chicago
  • Cook County (One-Year Term): Evan Schanerberger, Chicago

Once you have updated your IllinoisLawyerFinder profile by adding a photo or uploading an article, you can directly link to it from your website or blog using a badge. Doing so can help potential clients verify who you are and make it easier for them to book appointments online. This video will walk you through the process of sharing your profile.


We recently launched our new member benefit, Practice HQ. Organized by the lifecycle of a law practice, this one-stop microsite houses together high-quality practice information in one place.

Once you have opened your firm and decided what steps you will take to build your book of business, you can focus your energy on your firm's day-to-day tasks. There are two main components to this: providing legal services to clients, and managing the business side of your firm. For members who are looking for resources on how to manage a firm, Practice HQ has everything you will need. This section of the website is broken down into nine sub-sections of managing your practice:

Practice Management

From free online CLE dedicated to helping you practice smarter without creating extra work for yourself to practice management software recommendations, the content in this sub-section will help you get your systems and processes in place.