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Bloomington attorneys Scott Kording (left) and Mick Hall (second from right), as well as Thomas McClure, a professor and director of legal studies at Illinois State University in Normal, display the “Lawyers Care” plaques they received from Illinois State Bar Association President Mark D. Hassakis (right) at a reception on September 9 at the Bone Student Center on the university campus.

Kording, Hall and the university were honored for their many hours of pro bono service to the ISU Mock Trial Program.

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 August 2010 ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

  • Administrative Law - 11
  • Animal Law - 1
  • Bankruptcy - 23
  • Business Law - 11
  • Civil Disputes - 97
  • Civil Rights - 31
  • Collection - 23
  • Consumer Protection - 28
  • Contracts - 10
  • Criminal Law - 80
  • Education Law - 14
  • Elder law - 3
  • Employment Law - 138
  • Estate/Probate Law - 33
  • Family - 150
  • Government Benefits - 22
  • Health Law - 3
  • Immigration - 2
  • Insurance Disputes - 12
  • Intellectual Property - 4
  • Miscellaneous - 2
  • Municipal Law - 2
  • Personal Injury - 105
  • Real Estate - 52
  • Social Security - 23
  • Tax - 6
  • Workers Compensation - 13

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.

RtI – Response to Intervention and Basics of Special Education Law, two half-hour programs presented by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), will air on Chicago Access Network Television, Channel 21 in Chicago, during the month of September. Response to Intervention will air on Tuesdays, Sept. 7 and 21 at 10 p.m., and Basics of Special Education Law will air on Tuesdays, Sept. 14 and 28 at 10 p.m.

Appearing on the shows are (from left) John A. Dively, Jr., J.D., Ed.D., associate professor and chair of educational leadership at Eastern Illinois University in Charleston; program moderator Nancy Z. Hablutzel, a Chicago lawyer; Deborah E. Decker, an attorney at Tabet DiVito & Rothstein, LLC, in Chicago; and Mary Kay Klimesh, an attorney at Seyfarth Shaw in Chicago.

“Illinois Law” is a cable production of the ISBA, and can now be viewed online at www.illinoislawyernow.com/tag/illinois-law-video.

The Illinois State Bar Association welcomed a delegation from Ukraine last Friday to discuss the U.S. justice system. The visit was titled "Legislative Reform in the Criminal Justice System" and took place before a scheduled meeting of the ISBA Bench and Bar Section.

Among those on hand for the meeting included ISBA member Alexandria Bell, of Johnson & Bell, Ltd., who immigrated to the U.S. from Ukraine and the age of 19.

Bell is pictured at right with members of the Ukrainian delegation and ISBA President Mark Hassakis (from left): Rostyslav Gerasymov, senior counsel to the chairman of the Committee on Justice; Bell; Elina Shyshkina, a member of Parliament; Iryna Mostova, head of the Department of Legistlation on Justice and President Hassakis.

The Illinois State Bar Association will have a tent at the upcoming Illinois State Fair in Springfield. The fair opened Thursday night and runs through Sunday, Aug. 22.

The tent offers legal brochures for the public, a Legal Eagle quiz on Illinois legal history (prize for 80% and better) and an Abraham Lincoln photo opportunity for state fair patrons who want to put their face in Lincoln's image. There is also a laptop connected to the Illinois Lawyer Finder site that visitors can try out. Visitors can also receive giveaways including: the infamous gavel pencils, small notepads and Lincoln coloring books.

More information on the state fair is available at www.agr.state.il.us/isf/

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 July, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

  • Administrative Law - 4
  • Animal Law - 2
  • Bankruptcy - 9
  • Business Law - 10
  • Civil Disputes - 63
  • Civil Rights - 29
  • Collection - 31
  • Consumer Protection - 11
  • Contracts - 13
  • Criminal Law - 38
  • Education Law -8
  • Elder law - 4
  • Employment Law - 96
  • Estate/Probate Law -17
  • Family - 106
  • Government Benefits - 16
  • Health Law - 3
  • Immigration - 1
  • Insurance Disputes - 3
  • Intellectual Property -7
  • Miscellaneous - 1
  • Municipal Law - 4
  • Personal Injury - 72
  • Real Estate - 42
  • Social Security - 16
  • Tax - 4
  • Workers Compensation - 8

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.


Cheryl Niro

Cheryl Niro, long a leader of Illinois’ legal community, today became a member of the American Bar Association Board of Governors.

Niro is a principal in the law firm of RobinsonNiro, LLC, which provides advice, expert witness services and training on issues involving legal ethics.

Just beginning a 3-year term as one of only 38 members of the Board of Governors, Niro will help oversee administration and management of the ABA.  She represents the association’s Seventh District, comprising Illinois and Ohio.  The association represents lawyers from every corner of the country, practicing in every field of law and working in every professional capacity.

Niro has worked in legal circles in Illinois since 1981, with her career alternating the private practice of law with public service.  She was executive director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism during 2006-09; a special counsel to the Attorney General of Illinois in 1996-99; and the executive director of the Illinois Commission on the Bicentennial of the U.S. Constitution, a project of the state supreme court, in 1985-88.  While practicing in a law firm under her own name, she also founded the National Center for Conflict Resolution Education, which is funded by the U.S. Department of Justice and the U.S. Department of Education.

Niro is a past president of the Illinois State Bar Association, and has chaired or been a member of state bar entities devoted to a range of issues, from meeting the legal needs and interests of children in the state to the impact of international trade agreements on the practice of law.  As a hands-on leader, she worked with the state bar’s participation in national high school mock trial competitions and supported a project to revise and update the Illinois Revised Statutes.  She worked on issues of internal bar significance, but also those affecting the public, such as developing alternatives to litigation for resolving legal disputes.  She also is as past president of the Cook County Legal Assistance Foundation, which works to meet the legal needs of the county’s indigent, and of the Illinois Supreme Court Legal Historical Society.

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