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As part of Member Appreciation Month, our vendor partner GEICO* provided us with 20 prize packages to give away to members. Congratulations to the winners named below:

1. Cathy Horwitz
2. Arlette Porter
3. Gregory Lamorena
4. Christopher Daniels
5. George Leynaud
6. Joan Smuda
7. Kellyn Coakley
8. Brendan Harris
9.  Michael Mankowski  
10. Lisa Velez
11. Alan James
12. Catherine Brukalo
13. Chenese Brown
14. Kelcy Whitaker  
15. Harold Wallin
16. Khaled Issa
17. Peter Orlowicz
18. Nina Cosentino
19. Shaina Kalanges
20. Mark Hassakis

Prize package includes:

  • GEICO Jenga Game - Collectors Edition
  • Build-a-Bear Workshop 'Gecko' Toy
  • Limited Edition Maxwell 'Piggy' Bank (includes 'Whee!' sound chip)
  • Green GEICO Gecko Grocery Tote

David Sosin
David Sosin
David Sosin of Orland Park won the race for third vice-president of the Illinois State Bar Association, and Nora Ann Doherty, Bridget Duignan, Albert DurkinPamela Sakowicz Menaker and E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., all of Chicago, won Cook County seats on the Board of Governors. Angelica W. Wawrzynek of Mattoon won the contested race for the Under 37 Outside Cook County seat on the Board. Elizabeth M. Rochford of Waukegan, Keith Fruehling of Champaign-Urbana and Carey Gill of Carbondale won uncontested Board seats.

Here is the full Tellers report for the 2016 ISBA election (winners in bold):


Nearly two dozen volunteer attorneys helped answer hundreds of phone calls, emails and Skype calls at the 35th Annual Ask A Lawyer Day on Saturday, April 30. Those calls helped members of the public resolve their legal issues or gave them the next steps toward resolving those issues. The endeavor also garnered much positive media coverage throughout Illinois.

On hand to answer calls in the Chicago office were (seated, left to right) Cynthis Koroll, Pamela Menaker and Alexas Collier; (standing, left to right) Daniell Saeddi, Kristi Vetri, Frank Soto and Joseph Kramer. Volunteers not pictured because they were still answering calls were Jeffrey Bunn, Joyce Wixson, Margherita Albarello, Alice Dolan and James Coogan. The ISBA would like to extend a hearty thank you to volunteers in the Chicago and Springfield offices.


Voting in the ISBA election ends at 4:30 PM CT Friday, April 29. Ballots were distributed to all eligible voters* on March 28, 2016. 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 Monday, March 28, 2016.

If you have not received your e-ballot, please ask your Information Technology (IT) person to check the email spam folder under the suffix "vres.us" to see if your e-ballot is there. IT can adjust the spam filter settings to allow the e-ballot to reach you. If your e-ballot is not in your spam folder, please contact VRES at 800-218-4026 or custserv@vres.us.

Your e-ballot will contain instructions on how to cast your vote electronically. If you prefer to vote by paper ballot, you may request one by contacting VRES at 800-218-4026 or custserv@vres.us. The last day to request a paper ballot was Friday, April 15.

All eligible voters* may vote for Third Vice President. Those with ISBA addresses that fall in one of the following districts/circuits are also eligible to vote in their respective Board of Governors race. Candidate bios can be viewed in the March Illinois Bar Journal.

Cook County: First Judicial District Board of Governors

Judicial Circuits 1-23: Under Age 37 outside Cook County Board of Governors.


The International Academy of Dispute Resolution honored ISBA Past President Fred Lane and CBA Past President Joseph Stone with Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Alliance of Bar Associations, administered by ISBA and Chicago Office Administrator Joyce Williams, with a Special Recognition at its Gala on April 13 at the Standard Club in Chicago.

View more images from this event in the photo gallery at  iln.isba.org/gallery/1028/inadr-gala-2016


Ballots were distributed to all eligible voters* on March 28, 2016. 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 Monday, March 28, 2016. Voting ends at 4:30 PM CT Friday, April 29. 

If you have not received your e-ballot, please ask your Information Technology (IT) person to check the email spam folder under the suffix "vres.us" to see if your e-ballot is there. IT can adjust the spam filter settings to allow the e-ballot to reach you. If your e-ballot is not in your spam folder, please contact VRES at 800-218-4026 or custserv@vres.us.

Your e-ballot will contain instructions on how to cast your vote electronically. If you prefer to vote by paper ballot, you may request one by contacting VRES at 800-218-4026 or custserv@vres.us. The last day to request a paper ballot was Friday, April 15.

All eligible voters* may vote for Third Vice President. Those with ISBA addresses that fall in one of the following districts/circuits are also eligible to vote in their respective Board of Governors race. Candidate bios can be viewed in the March Illinois Bar Journal.

Cook County: First Judicial District Board of Governors

Judicial Circuits 1-23: Under Age 37 outside Cook County Board of Governors.


Registration is now open for the 140th ISBA Annual Meeting. Join us at our new convenient location in Rosemont, IL for three days packed with learning and networking opportunities.

We're offering 2 tracks of Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute programming, focusing on Transforming Your Practice with Technology and Establishing Your New Solo/Small Firm Practice.

We're also rolling out the red carpet for today's new lawyers. Come Friday to hear from The Good Wife's legal technical advisor and stay for an afternoon of improv with our Young Lawyers Division, followed by an all-night party celebrating the profession. 

It's the best ideas merged into one exciting conference, with more than 16 hours of CLE, 58 business meetings, an exhibit hall, and the Chicago Catz Band. It's Annual:Redone, with #moreCLEmoreFUN.

View the schedule at www.isba.org/annual/schedule

Register at www.isba.org/annual/registration

Order 2 or more packages and get a FREE display rack for your office*!
Order 2 or more packages and get a FREE display rack for your office*!
All of the ISBA's client pamphlets and booklets have been fully updated to reflect the current state of the law. These easy-to-read materials provide an efficient way to give your clients general information about common legal questions that they might have.
 
Placing the pamphlets and booklets in your office and allowing clients to take the materials that interest them is a great way to plant the seeds for future business

Order 2 or more packages and get a FREE display rack for your office*!

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* While supplies last


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 2016, there were 987 referrals. ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:


IllinoisBarDocs promotional pricing ends on March 31, 2016!

Still wondering what IllinoisBarDocs is and how it will help you practice more efficiently? Then follow the instructions below to view a complimentary program at your convenience and earn 1 hour of CLE credit. Presented by law practice management expert Barron Henley, the program not only explains what IllinoisBarDocs is and how it works, but also covers a number of other time-saving document drafting techniques.

Order now and get an annual subscription for $150/year or a monthly subscription for $20/month.  On April 1, the price of an annual subscription will increase to $199/year.

To access your complimentary recording of IllinoisBarDocs: The Ultimate Efficiency Tool - Introduction to ISBA's New Document Assembly System follow the below steps: