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ISBA President John E. Thies (center) with the co-chairs of the Special Committee on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Delivery of Legal Services, Justice Ann B. Jorgensen and Dennis J. Orsey.
ISBA President John E. Thies (center) with the co-chairs of the Special Committee on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Delivery of Legal Services, Justice Ann B. Jorgensen and Dennis J. Orsey.
The Illinois State Bar Association has released a 53-page report, supported with research and testimony from statewide hearings, that calls for dramatic changes in the way law schools deliver education.

“The current system of educating law students is unsustainable,” said ISBA President John E. Thies, of Urbana, IL. ”The debt burden of new attorneys, combined with the difficult job market, is having a detrimental effect on the public’s ability to access quality legal services.”

In June 2012, Thies appointed a Special Committee on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Delivery of Legal Services, co-chaired by Illinois Appellate Court justice Ann B. Jorgensen of Wheaton and attorney Dennis J. Orsey of Granite City. Their report and recommendations were accepted on Friday, March 8, at a meeting of the ISBA Board of Governors in Urbana, and the Board recommended that the ISBA’s policy-making Assembly approve the report at its next meeting in June.

The ISBA has established the John C. McAndrews Award to honor the extraordinary commitment of individuals, bar associations, or law firm/corporate legal departments to providing free legal services to the income eligible in Illinois or expanding the availability of legal services to the income eligible in Illinois. Nominations for the John C. McAndrews Award due on March 15, 2013. The nominating form is available at www.isba.org/awards/mcandrews.

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division will host its Soiree fundraiser on Friday, April 26 at the Hard Rock Hotel Chicago. Details are below:

  • When: Friday, April 26, 2013, 7:00 – 10:00 p.m.
  • Where: Hard Rock Hotel Chicago, 230 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago (map and directions)
  • What: Open Bar, Hors d’oeuvres, Dancing, and Raffle for great prizes, Cocktail/Semi-formal Attire Preferred
  • Cost: $75 per ticket. 
  • Deadlines: All advertisements must be purchased in by Monday, 4:30 pm April 12, 2013.
    Tickets must be purchased by April 22

Purchase tickets, advertising or become a sponsor at www.isba.org/sections/yld/soiree

Space is limited so register early! Parking will be available at a discounted rate.

For more information, contact Janet Sosin at 312-726-8775 or email jsosin@isba.org

The YLD Children's Assistance Fund is a special fund of the Illinois Bar Foundation, a 501(c)(3) charitable entity.

2013 CANDIDATES REPORT

                PETITIONS FILED BY THE REQUIRED DATE OF JANUARY 31, 2013

(N.B.: Pursuant to the Policy and Procedures for Election approved by the ISBA Assembly, in those instances where there are more candidates than positions to be filed, nominees are listed on the ballot by the date of filing.  Where two or more people filed on the same day, ballot positions were determined by lot.  Ballot positions are listed next to the candidates’ names.)

For Third Vice-President – 1 to be elected

  • Vincent F. Cornelius, Wheaton     (1)
  • Carl R. Draper, Springfield           (2)

For Board of Governors – Cook County – 4 to be elected



Lawyers in Illinois took a big bite out of the state’s hunger problem by surpassing a goal to raise one million meals during a two-week food and fundraising drive from February 18-March 1.

Lawyers Feeding Illinois, an initiative of the ISBA, has raised $211,474, enough for 1,057,370 meals, and the dollars and non-perishable food supplies are still flowing in, according to ISBA President John E. Thies, of Urbana.

“This effort, supported by hundreds of lawyers, will significantly impact the lives of an estimated 1.9 million Illinoisans who are considered food insecure,” said Thies, who created the initiative as part of his presidency. Lawyers Feeding Illinois is supported by Feeding Illinois and the Office of Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. Thies’ wife Terry chaired the campaign.

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 2013, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

  • Administrative Law – 10
  • Animal Law - 4
  • Bankruptcy - 11
  • Business Law - 9
  • Civil Disputes - 37
  • Civil Rights - 21
  • Collection – 23

ISBA President John E. Thies urges members interested in becoming an association leader to attend the upcoming Bar Leadership Conference May 3-4 at the ISBA's Chicago Regional Office. This conference is open to all members, but is targeted for up and coming leaders within our nearly 100 affiliated bar associations.

 


The Lawyers Feeding Illinois campaign cleared its goal of 1 million meals this afternoon. Those meals will help Illinois food banks feed hungry families. Campaign chair Terry Thies and ISBA President John Thies would like to thank everyone who has contributed to this a succesful effort. Contribute and see which teams are leading the competition at crowdrise.com/LawyersFeedingIllinois

Entering the last day of the campaign, Lawyers Feeding Illinois has raised 913,000 meals and counting! Final figures will be available next week. Contributions can be made at www.lawyersfeedingil.org. Please watch the video below as ISBA President John E. Thies discusses how hunger impacts children in our state.


"Affordable Housing Development and Management" and "Tenant Rights in Subsidized Housing" will air on Illinois Law on Tuesdays in March. Both half hour programs will air on Chicago Access Network Television, Channel 21 in Chicago, at 10 p.m.

"Affordable Housing Development and Management" will air on March 5 and 19. Appearing on it will be (top photo, from left) Dilia Camacho-Saeedi, vice president of property management, Hispanic Housing Development Corporation, in Chicago; program moderator Nancy K. McKenna, of Provena Health, in Chicago; and Britt Shawver, chief executive officer, Housing Opportunities for Women, in Chicago.


"Tenant Rights in Subsidized Housing" will air on on March 12 and 26. Appearing on it will be (bottom photo, from left) Jeremy P. Bergstrom, staff attorney/Housing Justice, Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, in Chicago; Beverly Yang, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., in Alton; program moderator Nancy K. McKenna, of Provena Health, in Chicago; and J. Damian Ortiz, a clinical professor for the Housing Clinic at The John Marshall Law School, in Chicago.