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ISBA President Mark D. Hassakis (front row, center) with the 45 new admittees to the U.S. Supreme Court.

U.S. Supreme Court Chief Justice John Roberts granted the motion by ISBA President Mark D. Hassakis on Monday to admit 45 ISBA members to practice before the nation's highest court. The admittees and their families enjoyed a continental breakfast in the East Conference room of the Supreme Court before the admission ceremony and to a history of the court after the ceremony. The group was also treated to special appearances by Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Sonia Sotomayor.

The Illinois State Bar Association conducts trips to the U.S. Supreme Court every two years - the next trip will be led by current ISBA 2nd Vice President John Thies of Urbana on June 3, 2013.

Click here to view a photo gallery from this event.

ISBA President Mark D. Hassakis with his wife, Janet Hassakis, ISBA President-elect John G. Locallo, Marron Mahoney, IBF President George Mahoney and IBF Past President David Sosin

The U.S. Supreme Court will swear-in 45 Illinois State Bar Association members on Monday, June 6. Supreme Court Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg and Elana Kagan have agreed to meet with the new admittees and their families after the ceremony.

A reception sponsored by GEICO Insurance and the ISBA was held on Sunday night at the historic Willard InterContinental Hotel.

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The Illinois Public Defender Association has awarded Jim Covington, Illinois State Bar Association's Director of Legislative Affairs, its Award for Excellence "in recognition of and sincere appreciation for your outstanding efforts in the legislative arena in the fight to abolish the death penalty in Illinois and your tenacious and unwavering commitment to justice."

On hand to present the award were (from left): Stephen Baker, Legislative liason for the Cook County Public Defender's Office, Covington and Jeff Howard, President of the Illinois Public Defender Association.

ISBA President Mark D. Hassakis

The Illinois Bar Foundation will host a reception honoring ISBA President Mark D. Hassakis on July 14 from 5:30-7:30 p.m. The reception will be held in Chicago at the 33 Club, 1419 N. Wells.

President Hassakis has focused his year on juvenile justice reform and has visited multiple juvenile justice facilities throughout the state.

For more information, contact Karen Kossart at (312) 726-6072 or visit the IBF website at

A new Section on Construction Law has been established by the ISBA Board of Governors. This new section will address the following topics that are specific to the construction industry: contracts, commercial lending, suretyship, mechanics liens, bankruptcy, mold and mildew claims, insurance coverage disputes, construction claims,  warranty claims, architect and engineer standard of care, arbitration and mediation.

There's no better way to stand out from the crowd and establish yourself as an authority than to write for a peer-reviewed publication like the Illinois Bar Journal. (And IBJ authors can earn MCLE credit to boot.) We're not a law review, so you needn't -- shouldn't -- take a highly formal approach. We're looking for how-to articles that give practical advice to our members, written in a clear, easy-to-digest, conversational style. Interested? Read the IBJ manuscript guidesheet and find out more.

The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the grant-making arm of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), has announced the recipients of its fiscal year 2011 grants totaling $315,300 which will be awarded to 30 law-related nonprofit organizations, including:


  • Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, $10,000
  • Apna Ghar, $5,000
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid, $10,000
  • CARPLS Legal Aid, $10,000
  • Center for Disability and Elder Law, $7,500
  • Center on Halsted, $7,500
  • Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, $5,000
  • Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, $15,000
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, $10,000
  • DePaul University College of Law Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic, $7,500
  • Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, $15,000
  • Equip for Equality, $15,000
  • Family Defense Center, $5,000
  • Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, $5,000
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online, $20,000
  • Lawndale Christian Legal Center, $10,000
  • Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, $15,000
  • Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services, $11,800
  • Life Span, $10,000
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, $10,000
  • Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf, $3,000
  • Public Interest Law Initiative, $20,000
  • The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired, $7,500

Elsewhere in Illinois

  • A Safe Place: Lake County Crisis Center, Zion, $5,000
  • Family Shelter Service, Wheaton, $7,500
  • Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice, Rockf

Appearing on “Covenants Not to Compete” and “Choice of Business Entities” will be (left to right): John T. Doyle, Philip Hablutzel, Sherwin D. Abrams and moderator Gilda Hudson-Winfield.

“Covenants Not to Compete” and “Choice of Business Entities,” two half-hour programs presented by Illinois Law, a cable production of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), will air on Chicago Access Network Television, Channel 21 in Chicago, during the month of May. “Covenants Not to Compete” will air at 10 p.m. on May 24, and “Choice of Business Entities” will air at 10 p.m. on May 31.

Appearing on the shows are (from left) Chicago lawyer John T. Doyle; Philip Hablutzel, professor of law, director of the Institute of Illinois Business Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law; Sherwin D. Abrams, Abrams & Chapman in Chicago; and program moderator Gilda Hudson-Winfield, Law Offices of Gilda Hudson-Winfield in Chicago.

The 33,000-member ISBA, with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, and education and services to the public.