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The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holidays beginning Thursday, December 22 at 3 p.m. The offices will reopen on January 3, 2017.

On behalf of the ISBA staff, we wish you all happy holidays and best wishes in the new year.

At its December 10 meeting, the ISBA Assembly approved the recommendations of the ISBA Task Force on the Future of Legal Services, voted to support adoption of the Uniform Bar Exam in Illinois, and endorsed legislation and an ethics rule change to expressly authorize collaborative process. The Assembly also voted to oppose adoption of ABA Model Rule 8.4(g), an anti-discrimination provision that critics regard as too subjective.

Futures report. The futures task force grew out of concern about the creation of court-licensed nonlawyer legal service providers, also know as LLLTs, in Washington state (for more, see the September 2015 Illinois Bar Journal cover story). The task force recommends against the adoption of an LLLT program in Illinois.

The group also studied broader challenges to the profession, including the rise of internet-based legal service providers, the impact of technology on legal practice, and the increasing number of self-represented litigants. The task force recommends that the ISBA create a consumer-oriented lawyer directory, provide technology and practice-management education and resources to members, and establish a standing committee on the future of legal services, among other measures. The report and recommendations will be the subject of the January 2017 Illinois Bar Journal cover story.

The Assembly meeting agenda has been posted at www.isba.org/leadership/assembly/minutes. This page is password protected and available only to ISBA members. The Assembly will meet at 9 a.m. on Saturday, Dec. 10 during the Joint Midyear Meeting at the Sheraton Chicago.

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: