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During its Annual Meeting on April 18 at its Chicago headquarters, ISBA Mutual Insurance Company re-elected several board members to another three-year term. They are Jack Carey, David A. Decker, James J. DeSanto, Robert K. Downs, Christopher Mullen and John E. Thies.

The board also announced its newest member, Paula H. Holderman, president of the Illinois State Bar Association, who was elected to a three-year term.

In remarks at the meeting, Jon DeMoss, president and CEO of ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, stated that “the company has retained our “A” Excellent Rating from A.M. Best Rating Company and that the Board of Directors declared a 10 percent policyholder dividend for 2013 equaling $1.7 million.” The company has returned a total of $14.7 million to policyholders since 2000.

ISBA President Paula H. Holderman speaks with ABA Past President Laurel Bellows on the importance of court funding.

ISBA President-Elect Richard D. Felice (from left), ISBA President Paula H. Holderman, Rep. Mike Quigley, past ABA President Laurel Bellows, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride and CBF legislative director Jessica Bednarz at an April 9, 2014 dinner honoring Rep. Quigley in Washington, D.C. As part of ABA Days, the Illinois delegation lobbied on Capitol Hill for increased funding for the Legal Services Corporation and against tax reform bill that would negatively impact lawyers and other professional service providers.

The ISBA Standing Committee on Women and the Law and ISBA President Paula H. Holderman will present "Because You're Worth It! - Achieving Excellent Compensation and Advancement in the Legal Profession" on May 8, 2014, at the ISBA Chicago Office. The program will take place from 1:30-3:30 p.m. with a networking reception from 3:30-4:30 p.m. Cost is $20 for ISBA Members, $25 for non-ISBA Members.

Feeling under paid, underappreciated and unsatisfied at your firm? Not getting the assignments you want? Watching others around you advance while you feel stagnant? It’s time to learn what you are really worth and how to excel in your career path to achieve the compensation you deserve. This interactive panel discussion will provide practical methods to maximize your potential for advancement in your legal career.

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The deadline to register is Monday, May 5, 2014. No refunds will be given after May 5.

MCLE credit is not available for this program.

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 March 2014, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

Here are the results for March 2014:

The ISBA Young Lawyers will host the annual Soiree on April 25 at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. The evening will include an Open Bar, Hors d'oeuvres, Dancing, Casino Games, and Raffle. Proceeds benefit the YLD Children's Assistance Fund.

WHEN: Friday, April 25, 2014, 8–11 p.m.

WHERE: Hard Rock Hotel, 230 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago

WHAT: Event will include open bar, hors d’ oeuvres, dancing, and raffle.  This year the Soiree will also feature blackjack, craps, and roulette casino games for guests to enjoy.  Cocktail/Semi-formal attire preferred.

ISBA Young Lawyer of the Year Award: Nominate a young lawyer to be honored by the ISBA for their contribution to the advancement of the Bar of Illinois and participation in the ISBA.  To be eligible, the nominee must be under the age of 36 and an ISBA member.  One award will be given to a young lawyer practicing outside Cook County, and one to a young lawyer practicing within Cook County. Fill out the nomination form at Forms are due on April 4, 2014.

ISBA Law Student Public Service Award: Nominate an Illinois law student to be honored by the ISBA for their participation in activities that enhance professional responsibility and provide service to the public.  The award is based on extracurricular accomplishments and service related activities during the law school career.  The ISBA will award one $250 donation in the name of the final winner to a non-profit organization of the winner’s choice. Fill out the nomination form at Forms are due on April 4, 2014.

All members with their dues paid by March 1, 2014 are eligible to vote for contested races in their area.  All eligible voting members may vote for Third Vice President; members with voting addresses in Cook County may also vote for Board of Governors, Under Age 37 Cook County.  

Ballots were distributed Friday, March 28, 2014
ISBA's election provider VR Election Services (VRES) emailed e-ballots to members with valid email addresses and mailed paper ballots to members without valid email addresses on Friday, March 28, 2014.  

If you have not received your e-ballot, please check your email spam folder under the suffix "”.  If your e-ballot is not in your spam folder, or if you received an electronic ballot and want to vote by paper ballot, please contact VRES at (800) 218-4026 or The last day to request a paper ballot is Tuesday, April 15.

Voting ends at 4:30 p.m. CT Wednesday, April 30th.  Paper ballots must be received at VR Election Services in Texas by 4:30 p.m. CT on Wednesday, April 30 in order to be counted.
Election results will be provided by the Tellers of the Election no later than May 10, 2014.  
Robert E. Craghead
Executive Director

ISBA President Paula H. Holderman interviews ISBA Past President and current Chair of ISBA Mutual John G. O'Brien about the company's history and activities to celebrate its 25th anniversary year.

The ISBA Intellectual Property Law Section will host "Become a Professional Writer: Industry Tips & Tricks," a networking event on April 23, 2014 at the ISBA Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark, Ste. 900. The event begins with registration and sign in from noon-12:15 and luncheon and panel from 12:15-1:15 p.m. Cost is $10 for ISBA members/$20 for non-members. Register at