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John Lafond is one of those rare people who enjoys being slapped up side the head day after day with perspective.

"Every day I see people getting by with not very much at all. I'm grateful for every little bit of what I've got. It's just an added bonus when you can do something that brings spiritual satisfaction to the material comforts," he said.

Lafond is not a minister or a counselor. He's a lawyer practicing in a niche that few pursue: public service law.

The 52-year-old Urbana man has spent all of his 25-year career with Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, advocating in civil matters for those who can't afford a lawyer. For that, he's being honored next month by the Illinois State Bar Association with the first annual Joseph Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award.

Read the full feature story in the Champaign News-Gazette

ISBA President John G. Locallo uses his latest Tech Minute to highlight legal apps for your smartphone. He discussed legal apps previously in his December Bar Journal column - but not with a guitar in his hands.

Jean A. Kenol
Jean A. Kenol
Jean A. Kenol, an attorney with the Joliet law firm of Mahoney, Silverman & Cross, LLC, has been appointed to an at-large Board of Governors seat of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).  The 27-member board directs the operations and activities of the bar association.

ISBA President-elect John E. Thies nominated Kenol at the May 18 meeting of the Board of Governors. The Board approved the appointment of Kenol to a two-year term beginning at the ISBA Annual Meeting in June. The at-large board seat, subject to nomination each year by the incoming president, was established in 2011 to reflect under-represented segments of the association in its governance.

"Veterans Court" and "Military Legal Rights" aired on Illinois Law in May and June. Appearing on these programs were moderator Nancy McKenna and panelists Jason Vail, Frand Grenard, Mark Kammerer and the Hon. Lawrence Flood.

"Veterans Court"

 

"Military Legal Rights"

In today's competitive environment, you need tech tools to help youincrease your bottom line, serve clients better, and reduce your risk of malpractice or ethics missteps.The ISBA has developed partnerships with tech vendors in key areas to help you make wise choices and, in many cases, provide you with discounted services.

Visit ISBA's PracticeTech Resources page to learn more about these essential practice-management tech tools. Our current line-up includes:

  • Clio Practice Management System

www.goclio.com/landing/ilsba/   (1-888-858-CLIO)

Practice management softwareto help you track time and billing, manage documents, avoid conflicts, meet make-or-break deadlines, and more, all at a price you can afford.  Clio is a 100% web-based practice management system designed specifically for solo and small firm attorneys. ISBA members receive a 10% lifetime discount on their Clio subscriptions, a free 30-day trial, free data migrations, unlimited access to Clio’s live customer support, and unlimited access to live and recorded training.

  • CoreVault Cloud Backup & Hosting

www.corevault.com/isba  (1-866-981-5946)

ISBA President John G. Locallo and Moldovan Bar Association President Alexander Turcan
ISBA President John G. Locallo and Moldovan Bar Association President Alexander Turcan
Illinois State Bar Association President John G. Locallo recently met with Moldovan Bar Association President Alexander Turcan. Mr. Turcan was visiting the ISBA to get a greater understanding of the operations of bar associations.

The Moldovan Bar Association has grown from 300 to over 3,000 lawyers in the last 10 years. The former Soviet republic is a land-locked country that sits between Romania and Ukraine.

Appearing on "Military Legal Rights" will be (from left) Jason T. Vail, moderator Nancy K. McKenna and Frank M. Grenard.
Appearing on "Military Legal Rights" will be (from left) Jason T. Vail, moderator Nancy K. McKenna and Frank M. Grenard.
"Veterans Court" and "Military Legal Rights," two half-hour programs presented by Illinois Law, will air on Tuesdays in May and June at 10 p.m. on Chicago Access Network Television, Channel 21 in Chicago. Illinois Law is a cable production of the ISBA can also be viewed online at http://iln.isba.org/blog/illinois-law-video.

"Veterans Court" will air at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 22 and June 5, 2012. Appearing on the show are Mark Kammerer, MS, LCPC, director of Drug Treatment Programs/Narcotics for the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office, Prosecution’s Bureau; program moderator Nancy K. McKenna, assistant professor, University of St. Francis in Joliet; and Hon. Lawrence Flood, a judge in the Criminal Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

"Military Legal Rights" will air at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, May 29 and June 12, 2012. Appearing the show are Jason T. Vail, chief counsel, legal services for the American Bar Association (ABA) and a member of the ABA’s Standing Committee on Legal Assistance for Military Personnel; program moderator Nancy K. McKenna, assistant professor, University of St. Francis in Joliet; and Frank M. Grenard, of Johnson & Bell, Ltd., in Chicago, and vice chair of the ISBA’s Standing Committee on Military Affairs.

Russell K. Scott
Russell K. Scott
ISBA Secretary Russell K. Scott has been selected to receive the American Inns of Court 2012 Professionalism Award for the Seventh Circuit. The award was presented by Judge J. Phil Gilbert, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on May 7 in Chicago.

Scott is an officer and practice group manager in the Belleville firm of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., and is also a certified mediator. Well-known for his skill, professionalism, and integrity as a trial attorney, Scott has several areas of specialty including the defense of legal and medical malpractice suits, product liability actions, industrial accident cases, insurance matters, and commercial litigation.

Scott was a partner at Dunham, Boman, and Leskera in Belleville from 1976–1999 and served as senior law clerk for the Honorable John Marshall Karns, Jr. of the State of Illinois, Fifth District Appellate Court, from 1975–1976. Scott earned his undergraduate degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and his JD from Washington University in St. Louis in 1974.

ISBA President John G. Locallo uses his latest Tech Minute to highlight the Practice Tools section of the ISBA website.

 

 

Paula H. Holderman
Paula H. Holderman
ISBA 2nd Vice President Paula H. Holderman was one of six ISBA members honored by Chicago Lawyer Magazine as Women Making an Impact in 2012.

Holderman, who will become ISBA President-elect at the Annual Meeting in June, is the chief attorney development officer for Winston & Strawn LLP. She took the lead to establish the ISBA's Law and Leadership Institute to expose diverse young women and men to the profession of law.

Other ISBA members honored included Women's Bar Association of Illinois President Deane Brown of Beerman Pritkin Mirabeli Swerdlove LLP, Jean Golden of Cassidy Schade, Jill B. Berkeley of Neal Gerber & Eisenberg, Meighan A. Harmon of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP and Amy Manning of McGuireWoods LLP.