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The Illinois State Bar Association will present several awards recognizing individuals for their commitment and service to the profession and their communities at the organization’s 141st Annual Meeting at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wisconsin. Award recipients are:


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 May 2017, there were a total of 1,117 calls. ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in 31 areas of law.

Here are the results for May 2017:

  • 1,116 phone referrals made by Lawyer Finder staff
  • Referrals made in 31 areas of law
  • Most requested areas of law: Family (189), employment law (135), and criminal law (126)

These numbers do not include additional referrals made through the online Lawyer Finder service.

Want to be part of the ISBA Lawyer Finder Service?  Call 800.252-8908 and ask for the Legal Department, or visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com.

Clients should call 800.922.8757.

The election of Dennis Orsey as ISBA third vice president created a vacancy on the Board of Governors in Area VIII (the 3d and 20th judicial circuits). The Board will fill the vacant position at its July 21, 2017 meeting. The term will be for one year and begins immediately. Any member who wishes to be considered as a candidate should email the Executive Director by July 7, 2017 at kweaver@isba.org. A brief biographical statement should be submitted with the communication.

If you have questions, please contact Kim Weaver, Assistant to the Executive Director, at 800.252.8908 or kweaver@isba.org.

The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) has partnered with the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company to create the ISBA Mutual Giving Circle.

This new and innovative initiative gives the opportunity to all ISBA Mutual policyholders to assist the IBF in furthering its mission of closing the gap in the civil justice system and assisting lawyers in need. The program allows ISBA Mutual policyholders to donate part or all of their dividend to the IBF upon annual renewal of their policy. Members who contribute a portion of their dividend will be enlisted in the ISBA Mutual Giving Circle while members who donate their entire dividend to the IBF will join the exclusive 100% Club. For their generous contributions, all members will receive recognition on the IBF and ISBA Mutual websites and on the ISBA blog Illinois Lawyer Now, in addition to a certificate of recognition. Members of the 100% Club also receive quarterly recognition in the Illinois Bar Journal as well as recognition in the 20 S. Clark Street offices.

ISBA Mutual Insurance Company is an Illinois malpractice insurance company created by lawyers, run by lawyers, for lawyers. Established in 1988 by the leadership of the Illinois State Bar Association, ISBA Mutual ensures Illinois lawyers have equal access to quality and fair malpractice insurance.


The ISBA Mutual Insurance Company has partnered with the Illinois Bar Foundation to create the ISBA Mutual Giving Circle. This program allows ISBA Mutual policyholders to donate all or part of their dividend to support the mission of the IBF. For more information on joining the ISBA Mutual Giving Circle, contact the Illinois Bar Foundation at (312) 726-6072 or IBFinfo@isba.org.

Last Thursday, May 18, 2017, The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.017, hosted by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and co-sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association, among others, brought legal practitioners and industry experts together for presentations and open discussions on the future of the profession.

The delivery of legal services is changing rapidly in light of new technology that has transformed the way we communicate, collaborate, and organize our work. As a result, the traditional landscape of legal services is falling behind and failing to meet client needs. Innovation is key to adapt to change and become more efficient at the practice of law.

This industry conference featured talks by experts on topics including:

  • Using online dispute resolution to open the virtual courthouse doors to the public
  • Preventative lawyering practices and insurance mechanisms that meet the needs of today's lawyer and consumer
  • A value-driven lawyer business model that rewards production rather than efficiency
  • How to invest in employees and boost impact by diversifying the workplace
  • Leveraging new technology to deliver legal services to clients where they are are, when they need them

Attendees were also given the opportunity to participate by asking questions and responding to the presentations during the town-hall discussions that followed each series of talks. 



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IllinoisLawyerFinder – the ISBA's new online public member directory – is now live.

We've just rolled out a new member benefit to help you* enhance your online presence and attract potential clients. Now it's your turn to go online and expand upon your FREE profile listing.

Update your profile and accept the User Agreement by May 26 for a chance to win our Grand Prize – 12.9" iPad Pro with 128GB or 1 of 3 $100 Amazon Gift Cards.

Expand your profile by doing any of the following...

IllinoisLawyerFinder, the ISBA’s new online public member directory, is now live!  All members (except judges and government attorneys*) now have a unique profile in the directory. To make the most of your profile, enhance your online presence, and attract potential clients, we recommend taking the following steps:

  • Access your profile, choose your basic settings via the “profile wizard” that will automatically launch on your first visit, and accept the directory’s user agreement.
  • Upload a professional photo of yourself.
  • Indicate whether or not you are accepting clients.
  • Unhide your contact information (i.e., phone numbers, business address, and email address).
  • Select your practice areas.

For detailed instructions (and a video!) on how to access and edit your new directory profile, please go here. If you do not want to participate in the directory, you can find instructions for removing your profile here.

* ISBA members who are either judges or government attorneys can “opt-in” to the directory by following the instructions here.

Congratulations to Steven Pietrick, who was selected at random to win $250 after filling out our usability survey. We asked members to complete a usability survey, the results of which will help us as we work to redesign the ISBA website. Thank you to the more than 400 members who participated in the survey. 


The Illinois State Bar Association’s Lawyer Referral Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays.  The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law.  For the month of April, there were at total of 940 calls.