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Several ISBA leaders attended the Winnebago County Bar Association’s 71st Annual Clambake in July. Pictured from left are Stephen Komie (ISBA Board of Governors), Judge Donna Honzel (President Winnebago County Bar Association), Tamika Walker (ISBA Assembly), Donald P. Shriver (ISBA Assembly), Mark Rouleau and Marshonta Wilkerson (ISBA Assembly).
Several ISBA leaders attended the Winnebago County Bar Association’s 71st Annual Clambake in July. Pictured from left are Stephen Komie (ISBA Board of Governors), Judge Donna Honzel (President Winnebago County Bar Association), Tamika Walker (ISBA Assembly), Donald P. Shriver (ISBA Assembly), Mark Rouleau and Marshonta Wilkerson (ISBA Assembly).


Lead in Water, Who's Problem is It?

Tuesday, October 25, 2016,
Noon to 1:00 p.m.
ISBA Chicago Office (map and directions)
20 S. Clark, Suite 900
Chicago, IL 60603
312-726-8775

The ISBA Environmental Law Section Council is pleased to invite you to join us to hear Justin DeWitt and Kathryn Pamenter speak at our October 25, 2016, Professional Development Luncheon on the challenges we face regarding lead in water. This panel presentation will include an in-depth look at Senate Bill 550, which requires schools to test for lead in drinking and cooking water sources.

Nominations due by February 1!

By Russell W. Hartigan, President-Elect

Looking for a chance to lead? To grow? To make a difference in the Illinois State Bar Association and the legal profession? Then consider nominating yourself for one of our many section councils and committees for 2017-18.

As president-elect, it's my privilege to make appointments to section councils and committees for the coming fiscal year. These small but influential groups are the lifeblood of the ISBA. They produce newsletters and CLE programs, propose legislation and rules, and help ISBA serve and protect its members in countless ways.


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 September 2016, there were 825 referrals. ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

The ISBA has created a new website, designed by and for new lawyers, that focuses on content and video curated just for lawyers in their first five years of practice.

Campaign season for the 2017 Illinois State Bar Association election began October 1 for open leadership seats of 3rd Vice President; Board of Governors for Cook County (2), Under Age 37 Cook County (2), Under Age 37 Outside Cook County (1); and Assembly Cook County (21). ISBA election voting begins in late March and concludes April 28, 2017. 

The 2017 ISBA Notice of Election is now available.

Find out more at www.isba.org/elections

Illinois State Bar Association Board Treasurer Angelica W. Wawrzynek (far left) and Perry County Assistant State’s Attorney David Searby (far right) presented an ISBA Law Enforcement Award to Perry County Sheriff Deputies Jeremy Gothard, Reid Bastien, and Sergeant William Reagan on Sept. 26 at Pinckneyville City Hall.
Illinois State Bar Association Board Treasurer Angelica W. Wawrzynek (far left) and Perry County Assistant State’s Attorney David Searby (far right) presented an ISBA Law Enforcement Award to Perry County Sheriff Deputies Jeremy Gothard, Reid Bastien, and Sergeant William Reagan on Sept. 26 at Pinckneyville City Hall.
Perry County Sheriff’s Deputies William Reagan, Reid Bastien, and Jeremy Gothard received a 2016 Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) on September 26 at the Pinckneyville City Hall/Council Chambers.

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 Board Treasurer Angelica W. Wawrzynek of Tapella & Eberspacher LLC in Mattoon presented the award.

Christopher Bonjean
Christopher Bonjean
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Christopher Bonjean as Director of the Office of Communications and Public Information, effective October 3, 2016. He will head a newly reorganized communications operation, which has been charged with developing strategies to inform and educate a diverse public about the judicial branch of state government and promote public confidence in the administration of justice.

Chief Justice Rita Garman explained that the impetus to expand and emphasize the public information function came, in part, from the results of a survey conducted in the spring of 2015. Under the leadership of Fourth District Appellate Justice Carol Pope, chairperson of the Court’s Strategic Planning Committee, the survey was carried out in every courthouse in the state. Questionnaires were distributed to all users of the court facility including parties, witnesses, jurors, and other visitors.

Illinois State Bar Association President Vincent F. Cornelius (far right) and 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey (far left) presented an ISBA Law Enforcement Award to Naperville Police Officer Shaun Ferguson on Sept. 20 at Naperville City Hall.
Illinois State Bar Association President Vincent F. Cornelius (far right) and 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey (far left) presented an ISBA Law Enforcement Award to Naperville Police Officer Shaun Ferguson on Sept. 20 at Naperville City Hall.
Naperville Police Officer Shaun Ferguson received a 2016 Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and ISBA President Vincent F. Cornelius on September 20 during the Naperville City Council Meeting at Naperville City Hall.

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.

All ISBA systems will be down beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, Sept. 15. During this downtime the ISBA website and email lists will not be available. You will also not be able to log into Fastcase or online CLE. The systems are expected to return to normal operation by 8 a.m. on Friday, Sept. 16. If you will need to access Fastcase during this time, please follow the instructions below.