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The Illinois State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division will host its Annual Bean Bag Party and Tournament on Saturday, March 10, from noon to 4 p.m. Please join us in supporting this event to benefit the Illinois Bar Foundation/YLD Children’s Assistance Program. The YLD Children's Assistance Fund is a special fund of the Illinois Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable entity.

  • When: Saturday, March 10, 2012 from noon to 4:00 p.m.
  • Where: Mahoney’s Pub and Grille, 551 N. Ogden Ave. (on Ogden near Grand),Chicago
  • What: Appetizer bar and domestic draft beer, mixed well drinks and soft drinks
  • Cost: $35 per person per wristband or $100 for entrance fee for Bean Bag Tournament for a team of two with two wristbands. You must be 21 years old and older to participate.
  • Deadline: Bean Bag Team registration and wristband registration open until Friday, March 9 at noon and thereafter wristbands can be purchased at the door the day of the event
  • Register at

Prizes will be given to the first and second place teams. Questions? Contact: Matthew Coleman, mcoleman@ridgeassoc.comor or Elizabeth McKillip,

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 February 2012, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

  • Administrative Law – 14
  • Animal Law - 5
  • Bankruptcy - 18
  • Business Law - 19                   
  • Civil Disputes - 43
  • Civil Rights - 15          
  • Collection – 27
  • Consumer Protection - 32
  • Contracts – 5
  • Criminal Law - 61
  • Education Law - 11
  • Employment Law - 61
  • Estate/Probate Law - 28
  • Family - 128               
  • Government Benefits - 15
  • Health Law - 2
  • Immigration - 7
  • Insurance Disputes - 9
  • Intellectual Property - 5 
  • Miscellaneous - 4        
  • Municipal Law - 7                  
  • Personal Injury - 75
  • Real Estate - 56
  • Social Security - 13
  • Tax - 8
  • 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

Clients should call (800) 922-8757.

The Illinois State Bar Association helped provide a special photograph of Abraham Lincoln to Beecher City High School. The photograph, made by Alexander Hesler in 1860, was reproduced from glass plates and made available through the Illinois State Historical Society.

The ISBA and Beecher City Merchants Association purchased the photo for the school. At the school assembly presentation of the photo, photographer PJ Ryan talked about the photographic significance of the image; area Lincoln buff and businessman Jerry White told the students about Lincoln, the poet and leader, and attorney William Austin of Effingham, representing the Illinois Bar Association, talked about Lincoln, the self-educated lawyer. Posing with the photo are (from left) Jerry White, student council officers Mitch Kline, Mitchell Zacha and Breeanna Strauch, William Austin and PJ Ryan.

The Illinois State Bar Association is seeking “Ask A Lawyer Day” volunteers for two shifts on Saturday, April 28, at the Illinois Bar Center in Springfield, 424 S. Second Street. The first shift runs from 9 a.m. - 11:30 a.m. and the second shift runs from 11:30 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Please consider volunteering to help the public with their legal questions and, at the same time, enhance the image of the profession.

Each year, to recognize and celebrate Law Day, the Illinois State Bar Association sponsors “Ask A Lawyer Day,” a day during which volunteers respond to telephone calls from the public and answer general legal questions free of charge. This is a state-wide public relations effort that receives considerable attention from the public and the media.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete and return the form provided below to Tracy Potter.  You can send it any of the following ways:

"Legal Issues with Single Family Home Construction" and "Dealing with Foreclosures" will air on Chicago Access Network Television, Channel 21 in Chicago, at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays in February and March. These half-hour programs are presented by “Illinois Law,” a cable production of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). Both programs are available for online viewing below.

"Legal Issues with Single Family Home Construction" will air at 10 p.m. on Tuesdays, Feb. 28 and March 13. Program moderator Martin A. Dolan, of Dolan Law Offices, Chicago, discusses the topic with guests Adam B. Whiteman, of Whiteman Law Offices, Chicago; Jennifer Nielsen, of Lyman & Nielsen, LLC, Oak Brook; and Myles L. Jacobs, a partner in Brumund, Jacobs, Hammel, Davidson & Andreano, LLC, with offices in Joliet, Channahon and Yorkville.

ISBA Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington reviews bills in Springfield of interest to ISBA members. This week he covers House Bill 4676 (consumer contracts), House Bill 4665 (radon and home construction), Senate Bill 3757 (admissibility of photographs), House Bill 5198 (contractual litigation) and Senate Bill 2953 (conveyances act). More information on each bill is available below the video.

Granite City lawyer Dennis Orsey has been supplying ISBA public information brochures to the Circuit Clerk's offices in Madison County since the early 1990s when he was president of the Madison County Bar Association and a member of ISBA's Public Relations Committee.
Orsey, also a former member of the ISBA Board of Governors, is shown presenting brochures recently to Sarah Betz, deputy clerk in Circuit Clerk Matt Melucci's office. ISBA client brochures and booklets are available on 26 topics of common interest in printed form or downloadable from ISBA's website. Brochures are free for noncommercial uses and for sale to law firms and others in business.
Details about available brochure titles is at or contact Janice Ishmael at ISBA - 800.252.8908,

Elaine Nekritz
Elaine Nekritz
House Bill 3944, which was drafted by the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), advanced out of a House committee on Wednesday by a vote of 9-2. The bill would allow citizens to record audio of police officers in public places. Video recording is already allowed in Illinois.

State law currently requires the consent of all parties before a conversation can be legally recorded. Violators face a Class 1 felony and up to a 15-year prison sentence.

ISBA members Bob Loeb of Chicago and John Rekowski of Edwardsville and ISBA first assistant counsel Melinda Bentley testified before the committee in favor of the bill.

The bill is being sponsored by Rep. Elaine Nekritz (D-Northbrook).

John and Terry Thies
John and Terry Thies

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Dear ISBA members,
We invite you to join us on our Fall 2012 ISBA President’s Trip – a magnificent tour of China!

Take a moment away from your busy day, close your eyes and picture yourself in a land steeped in thousands of years of history. Picture a place where the echoes of distant empires can still be heard above the urban roar of modern technology, where natural landscapes stand in stark and beautiful contrast to contemporary cityscapes. You are in a land rich in tradition and ripe with possibility.

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 January 2012, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas: