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The Austin Fleming Newsletter Editors Award honors outstanding editors of ISBA newsletters. The award is based on meritorious service to the Association and is not necessarily to be given every year.

Some criteria to be considered:

  1. Length of service as editor or co-editor
  2. Quality of work in writing and editing material for publication
  3. Importance of subject matter to the newsletter’s audience
  4. Reputation of the editor in the field covered by the newsletter

Nominations will be accepted until March 11, 2011.

Click here for more information and to download a nomination form.

Questions? E-mail Katie Underwood, newsletter managing editor, at

The 2010 Guide to Illinois Statutes of Limitation contains Illinois civil statutes of limitation enacted and amended through September 2010, with annotations. Designed as a quick reference for practicing attorneys, it provides deadlines and court interpretations and a handy index listing statutes by Act, Code, or subject. Initially prepared by Hon. Adrienne W. Albrecht and updated by Hon. Gordon L. Lustfeldt.  Published November 2010; 86 pages.

Printed Book (Includes tax and shipping) * Member Advantage: $35.00 * Non-Members: $45.00   FastBook (Available for download now!) * Member Advantage: $32.50 * Non-Members: $42.50

For more information and to purchase a book visit

For questions or to purchase by phone please call Janice Ishmael at 800.252.8908 or e-mail her at

Every year the ISBA Young Lawyers Division sponsors the Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest, which is open to all YLD members and awards $3,500 in prize money for the best article on “useful, practical…topics important to practicing lawyers,” to quote the rules. The first-place winner appears in the February Illinois Bar Journal, but many of the nonwinning articles also appear in the IBJ.

It’s always a competitive field, and winning is a big deal in which the authors can take great pride. So congrats to these distinguished lawyers: first place, David C. Holland and Gilbert C. Lenz, Chicago, who wrote "Immigration Bias and Jury Selection in Illinois"; second place, Matthew S. Dionne, Mt. Vernon, who wrote "After Union Planters:  Its Implications and Avoiding Malpractice"; and third place, Sarah A. Smith, Chicago, for "Is There Anonymous Online Speech in Illinois?  Rule 224 versus the First Amendment." The first place winners will each receive a check for $1,000 (splitting the $2,000 prize), second place $1,000, and the third place $500.

We want to thank our distinguished contest judges as well: Justice Susan F. Hutchinson of Woodstock and the second appellate district; Retired Judge Stephen E. Walter, Grayslake; Karen A. Enright, Chicago, an ISBA Board of Governors member; Paul A. Meints, Bloomington, a longtime and active ISBA volunteer; and frequent IBJ contributor Beth C. Boggs of St. Louis.

Illinois Bar Foundation President Vincent Cornelius passes the gavel to new IBF President George Mahoney at the Foundation’s recent board meeting. Mahoney will serve until 2012.

Illinois Bar Foundation President Vincent Cornelius, of the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius, recently passed the gavel to Board Vice President George F. Mahoney, of Mahoney, Silverman & Cross, making Mahoney the new President of the IBF Board of Directors for 2010-2012. Also nominated that day was board member Shawn Kasserman of Corboy & Demetrio, who will be Secretary of the Executive Committee for the next two years.

Mahoney is a Gold Fellow of the IBF, and is also the previous Chair of the IBF Development Committee. Kasserman is a Diamond Fellow, was the 2009 Board Gala Chair, and is the current Development Committee Chair. Cook County Circuit Judge Debra Walker was previously appointed as IBF Vice President. She will serve for two years after Mahoney’s term.

The panel reviews recent U.S. Supreme Court decisions with Chicago attorney John Theis serving as moderator with Judge Leonard Murray, judicial law clerk Michele Jochner and law professor Cecil Hunt II. These programs are airing on CAN-TV 21 in Chicago during the months of November and December.

Parts 2-6 are available by clicking below.

The Illinois State Bar Association is working to make it easier for members to track available jobs. Career opportunities listed on the ISBA's Career Center now appear on the association's pages on LinkedIn and Facebook. The ISBA LinkedIn group is open to members only and nearly 900 of your colleagues have joined - join the group today. Jobs show up in LinkedIn's discussion field.

The Jobs are also listed in the Careers tab on the ISBA Facebook page.

Nominations are being accepted for ISBA awards that will be presented on Friday, June 17, 2011, at the 135th ISBA Annual Meeting at the Abbey on Lake Geneva, Fontana, Wis.

Nominating forms are available at

Illinois Bar Foundation President Vince Cornelius (from left), Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke and Gala Co-Chair Jerold Solovy enjoy the Illinois Bar Foundation's Annual Gala at the Four Seasons. Burke was honored by the Foundation as the 2010 Recipient of the Distinguished Award for Excellence.

On October 15th, more than 400 people attended the Illinois Bar Foundation’s 13th annual Gala at the Four Seasons Hotel. Lawyers and Judges alike joined to show their dedication to the Foundation’s cause and recognize our 2010 Recipient of the Distinguished Award for Excellence, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke. We’re very pleased to report that the evening was quite successful and grossed more than $450,000. Thanks to all of you who supported the event, we met or exceeded every goal for our 2010 Gala. These important funds will be used to help support the Foundation and the many organizations and individuals who receive our assistance.

The night started with a silent auction of more than 90 great items, including spa treatments, theatre tickets, and several trips. Guests were able to bid on the auction items of their choice throughout the night on computerized terminals spread throughout the ballroom. During dinner, guests were also given the opportunity to bid on 4 live auction items.

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services is currently seeking nominations for the 2010-2011 ISBA John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award.

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. Presentation of the awards will take place on Friday, June 17, 2011, at the ISBA Annual Meeting Awards Luncheon at the Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wis.

The ISBA Committee on Delivery of Legal Services is also excited to announce that the Illinois Bar Foundation will award a $1,000 grant in honor of each John C. McAndrews Award recipients to the Illinois not-for-profit legal aid organization through which the awardee provides pro bono legal services. The Illinois Bar Foundation, in partnership with the Illinois State Bar Association, seeks to enhance the recognition of this prestigious award as part of the Foundation’s effort to encourage and acknowledge pro bono legal work.

Nominations are due by March 18, 2011. Nomination forms and criteria are available at

The Illinois State Bar Association will be honoring the 2010 Class of Distinguished Counsellors on Wednesday, Dec. 8 at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel and Towers, 301 E. North Water. The event will begin with a reception at 11:15 a.m. and a luncheon at noon.

Click here to view the invitation.

Click here to read a recent news article on Distinguished Counsellors Harvey Stephens and Edward Cunningham.

Click below for the list of this year's Class.