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Campaign season is here! Biographies of candidates for the ISBA 3d VP and board of governors races, along with a complete list of Assembly candidates, are online now. Paper ballots will be mailed and e-ballots will be emailed on March 29. Voting concludes April 28 at 4:30 p.m. CDT. All attorney members with dues paid up by March 1 of this year are eligible to vote for races in their area. Find out more at www.isba.org/elections.


The 2017 class of laureates of the ISBA Academy of Illinois Lawyers will be honored at a special luncheon at the Standard Club in Chicago on March 30. This year's inductees are Patricia Bronte, Chicago; Joseph Gagliardo, Chicago; Marshall Hartman, Lincolnwood; James Holderman, Chicago; Lori Levin, Chicago; George Mahoney, Joliet; Nicholas Motherway, Chicago; Michael Reagan, Ottawa; and Larry Rogers, Chicago.

 A welcome reception begins at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and award ceremony at noon. To order individual tickets, complete the online registration form. The deadline for purchasing tickets is March 24.

The ISBA Academy of Illinois Lawyers honors lawyers "who have established and maintained the highest principles of the profession as demonstrated by their pervasive record of service to the law and the public." Find out more about the Academy and the Laureate Award.

Questions about the luncheon should be directed to Kim Weaver at kweaver@isba.org.

All ISBA systems will be down due to electrical construction beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, until 8:30 a.m. on the following Tuesday. During this downtime the ISBA website and email discussion groups will not be available. You will also not be able to log into Fastcase or online CLE.

If you will need to access Fastcase during this time, please follow the instructions below.

Third Vice-President   (1 to be elected; 2 candidates)

  • Lisa M. Nyuli      1
  • Dennis J. Orsey      2

Illinois State Bar Association President Vincent F. Cornelius issued the following statement today.

It has been covered extensively by the media that President Trump referred to U.S. District Judge James L. Robart as a "so-called judge." An independent judiciary is the bedrock of American jurisprudence. Every federal judge, including Judge Robart, was nominated by a sitting president of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate. Once confirmed, federal judges are granted life tenure so their appointments are not subject to influence by the president who nominated them, the Senate that confirmed them, future presidents, or the ballot.

While reasonable Americans can disagree with a judge's rulings, questioning the legitimacy of a federal judge is inappropriate. In the words of American Bar Association president Linda Klein, "There are no so-called judges in America."  

 


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 January 2017, there were 1003 referrals. ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 class of Laureates of the ISBA Academy of Illinois Lawyers. ISBA members may submit nominations of colleagues through February 17, 2017.

A class of Laureates is selected by the Academy Board of Regents. Nominees must be ISBA members who personify the values, standards and ideals of the best of the legal profession.

Judge Debra Walker
Judge Debra Walker
Judge Debra Walker, former President of the Illinois Bar Foundation, is the recipient of the 2017 National Conference of Bar Foundations (NCBF) Excellence Award.  The award, to be presented at the NCBF midyear meeting in Miami in February, recognizes an outstanding contribution to law-related philanthropy by an individual. Prior to her election to the Cook County Circuit Court in 2008, she was a partner at the law firm of Clausen Miller, P.C. where she concentrated on professional liability matters. 

Judge Walker has a long record of leadership in the legal profession. As a past president of the Illinois Bar Foundation, she served longer than any other board member in its 65-year history, holding the offices of Secretary and Vice President, as well as Chair of the Fellows program. A regular attendee at NCBF meetings, she served one term on the NCBF Board of Trustees, which included her service as chair of the Awards Committee and as a member of the Program Committee.  She also participated as a presenter at NCBF midyear and annual meetings. She was recently elected to the Illinois Judges Foundation board of directors.


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 December 2016, there were 594 referrals. ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

The ISBA Election in the Spring of 2017 will elect the new Third Vice President, five seats on the Board of Governors (Cook – 2, Under age 37 Outside Cook – 1, Under age 37 Cook – 2) and 21 Cook County Assembly seats. Nominating petitions are now being accepted and must be filed by 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, January 31, 2017 at either the Illinois Bar Center, 424 South 2nd Street, in Springfield or the ISBA Office at 20 S. Clark Street, 9th Floor, Chicago. Petitions must be physically submitted with original signatures. Petitions submitted via email or fax will not be accepted.