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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.

Fred Lane
Fred Lane
Next Tuesday evening, Fred Lane will start his final semester leading the "Trial Techniques" class he's been a part of since the 1950s. Lane, who donated the class to ISBA years ago, will continue as an occasional instructor for the course but will hand off the weekly responsibilities to others.

"It’s time to let others take it over," Lane said. "I want to spend more time with mediations and mediation activities. I'll still be doing the 40-hour mediation class for the ISBA with Dick Caulkins [a co-founder, with Lane, of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution.]"

"This will give me more time for my hobbies, especially magic. I've always done a lot of charitable magic gigs at hospitals and senior citizen homes and nursing homes."

Lane, who performs as The Great Fredini, typically ends each class with a magic trick.

Lane's involvement with ISBA started in 1958 thanks to then President Barnabas Sears. Sears approached Lane about joining the ISBA and Lane thought it was a great idea. After joining, Lane received a letter heralding him as the 10,000th member of the association.

"I got invited down to Springfield and received an award," Lane said. "What a great way to start off my time with ISBA."

Lane later served as ISBA President from 1985-86.

All ISBA systems will be down due to construction at the Springfield Office beginning at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, Sept. 9. 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 Saturday, Sept. 10. If you will need to access Fastcase during this time, please follow the instructions below.