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Congratulations to the winners of the Annual Meeting bingo contest! Winners can pick up their prizes at the registration desk at the Sheraton Grand Chicago on Saturday, December 10 from 9 a.m. to noon.

  • iPad Mini - Nancy Easum
  • $25 Starbucks gift card compliments of Life's Plan Inc. - Donald P. Shriver
  • $50 Visa gift cards compliments of Advanced Corp Agents - Samuel Levine
  • Portable power bank/charger compliments of Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. - Joan E. Smuda
  • 2 general admission tickets to Lawyers Rock compliments of the Illinois Bar Foundation - Douglas Olivero


In recognition of holding the Midyear Meeting at the Sheraton Grand Hotel for 22 years, the Sheraton has provided a one-time special thank you. There will be complimentary Wi-Fi in all ISBA meeting rooms and programs on Thursday afternoon, all day Friday and Saturday morning.

Access Code: ISBA Midyear Meeting

Password: isba2016

Again, this is a one-time special concession offered by the Sheraton for ISBA’s long-term working relationship.


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 November 2016, there were 696 referrals. ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

Thank you for your patience as we upgraded our system. Your password on the ISBA website was reset November 19. If you have not already done so, please update your ISBA website password.

INSTRUCTIONS:

  1. Go to the login page by clicking ‘ISBA Member Login’ in the upper right-hand corner of the ISBA website.
  2. Click the link that says ‘Forgot my password’ (below the ‘Sign In’ button).
  3. Enter your username and hit submit. (Your username hasn’t changed, but if you don’t remember it, click the link to get your username emailed to you first)
  4. An email with a link to change your password will be sent to the email address we have on file for you.
  5. If you have any trouble, please call the ISBA at 800-252-8908

In order to serve our members better, we will be taking down our database and website for a short time, resulting in a temporary loss of services. As such,

  • Members will need to create a new website password on or after Monday, November 21.
  • If you need to access Fastcase over the weekend, you'll need to follow the steps below now to ensure continued service.

Starting Friday, November 18 at 5:30 p.m. and running through Sunday, November 20, the ISBA website, including access to Fastcase and free online CLE, will be unavailable.

At the December 10, 2016 meeting of the ISBA Assembly, two delegates to the ABA House of Delegates will be elected, one from Cook County and one from the area outside Cook County. The nominees for these positions must be members of the ISBA in good standing from the appropriate area. The elected delegates will serve for two-year terms commencing June, 2017 and will join the ISBA delegation at the ABA meeting in New York in August, 2017.


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 October 2016, there were 867 referrals. ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:


View the Illinois State Bar Association's judicial ratings by county for Tuesday's election.

Methods ISBA uses to rate candidates

For most judicial offices, ISBA will provide either an evaluation or a poll rating; in the case of Supreme and Appellate court candidates outside of Cook County, ISBA will provide both an evaluation rating and poll results. NOTE: Evaluation ratings, which are the result of an in-depth review of candidates, are the opinion of the Illinois State Bar Association; the Judicial Advisory Poll ratings do not reflect the opinion of ISBA, but rather the opinion of those attorneys who participated in the poll.

James F. McCluskey
James F. McCluskey
Illinois State Bar Association 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey was a guest on Stephanie Trussell's show on WLS 890 AM on October 30, 2016 to discuss using judicial evaluations to become informed on judicial candidates prior to the November 8 election. 

Find 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey's interview with Stephanie Trussell here.

Find the judicial evaluations here.

 

Illinois State Bar Association 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey (far right) presented an ISBA Law Enforcement Award to Illinois Department of Conservation Officer Hank Frazier (second from left) on Oct. 18 at JJ’s Pub in Ottawa. (Also pictured: James T. Reilly [far left] and LaSalle County Bar Association President Michelle A. Vescogni [second from right]).
Illinois State Bar Association 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey (far right) presented an ISBA Law Enforcement Award to Illinois Department of Conservation Officer Hank Frazier (second from left) on Oct. 18 at JJ’s Pub in Ottawa. (Also pictured: James T. Reilly [far left] and LaSalle County Bar Association President Michelle A. Vescogni [second from right]).
Illinois Department of Conservation Officer Hank Frazier, of Utica, received a 2016 Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) on October 18 during a LaSalle County Bar Association meeting at JJ’s Pub in Ottawa.

The ISBA’s Law Enforcement Award was created to recognize sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system. It recognizes those who excel in law enforcement. ISBA 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey presented the award.