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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 March 2011, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

  • Administrative Law - 10
  • Animal Law - 6
  • Bankruptcy - 15
  • Business Law - 16
  • Civil Disputes - 54
  • Civil Rights - 30
  • Collection - 32
  • Consumer Protection - 16
  • Contracts – 9
  • Criminal Law - 58
  • Education Law - 11
  • Employment Law - 78
  • Estate/Probate Law - 21
  • Family - 148
  • Government Benefits -14
  • Health Law - 8
  • Immigration - 3
  • Insurance Disputes - 8
  • Intellectual Property - 4
  • Municipal Law - 11
  • Personal Injury - 103
  • Real Estate - 31
  • Social Security - 17
  • Tax - 7
  • Workers Compensation - 11

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 www.illinoislawyerfinder.com

Clients should call (800) 922-8757.


Appearing on “Discipline Issues in Special Education” will be (from left) John A. Dively, Jr., moderator Nancy Z. Hablutzel, Deborah Decker and Mary Kay Klimesh.

“Discipline Issues in Special Education,” a half-hour program presented by Illinois Law, will air on Chicago Access Network Television, Channel 21 in Chicago, on Tuesday, April 19 at 10 p.m. Illinois Law is a cable production of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Appearing on the show are John A. Dively, Jr., associate professor and chair of educational leadership at Eastern Illinois University; program moderator Nancy Z. Hablutzel, a Chicago lawyer; attorney Deborah Decker, of Tabet DiVito & Rothstein, LLC, in Chicago; and attorney Mary Kay Klimesh, of Seyfarth Shaw, Chicago.

Previous Illinois Law programs are available for online viewing at www.illinoislawyernow.com/tag/illinois-law-video/

The Illinois State Bar Association will host its 135th Annual Meeting from June 16-18 at the Abbey Resort, Fontana, Wis.

This summer the ISBA returns to Lake Geneva, where the leaders of our Association gather in celebration of our accomplishments over the past bar year and sail forward with new plans for the year ahead. In this relaxed collegial atmosphere, memories are made and friendships renewed. So make plans now to bring the family and join us for the ISBA’s 135th Annual Meeting On the Banks of Lake Geneva!

The deadline for making your room reservation (Be sure to indicate that you are attending the ISBA Annual Meeting) is on or before May 14th. Reservations received after this date will be subject to availability - rooms at The Abbey typically sell out fast. The deadline for advance registration is June 6th.

A schedule of events is available at www.isba.org/annual/schedule

Hotel information is available at www.isba.org/annual/hotel

Register at https://webarchives.isba.org/annual/reg.html

ISBA Associate Executive Director David Anderson was presented with the Illinois Outstanding Service Award ensuring that mobilized National Guard members have had access to legal services and representation by attorneys in civil cases throughout the state on Friday at the Military Issues CLE held at the ISBA Chicago Regional Office. Making the presentation were (from left) Capt. Mark Huzeker, USN, Commanding Officer, US Navy JAG Midwest Region, Colonel Nicholas S. Rantis of the Illinois Air National Guard, ISBA Associate Executive Director Anderson, Major General Clyde J. "Butch" Tate II, Deputy Judge Advocate General of the U.S. Army, and Justice Steven H. David of the Indiana Supreme Court.

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The Illinois State Bar Association is offering a free booklet on its website to help citizens learn how to reduce juvenile delinquency in their community and provide alternatives to youth imprisonment.

Called “Juvenile Justice in Illinois,” the booklet includes a description of the need, a summary of programs already in place, and action steps to implement a local program.

Compiled by ISBA President Mark D. Hassakis, of Mt. Vernon, the booklet is an outgrowth of the focus during his presidency to draw attention to the issue of juvenile justice and help foster change.

“What would the juvenile justice system look like if we knew our sons, daughters and grandchildren would go through it?” he has asked. “We must all get involved if changes are to be made.”

Hassakis notes that the state spends significant funds to incarcerate youth but does little to rehabilitate them. “The solution is to develop a customized approach for each youth who has either entered the juvenile justice system or is incarcerated in it,” he states.

One program that is making a difference, he continues, is Redeploy Illinois, which in its first three years, diverted 382 youth from state juvenile prisons. Some 40 counties have also started Juvenile Justice Councils.  A fact sheet in the booklet lists action steps to develop a council that can lead to improved juvenile delinquency prevention measures.

The ISBA, with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides education and services to its lawyer-members and information to the public.  For further information, visit www.isba.org.

ISBA President Mark D. Hassakis (third from left) is joined by Abraham Lincoln re-creator Joe Woodard (in costume), in presenting a four-volume set of books, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln, to the Carbondale Public Library on Wednesday, March 23, as a gift from the ISBA. Accepting the books is Lori Torbeck, reference librarian. On hand for the presentation were (beginning second from left) Treva O’Neill, Shari Rhode, and Eugenia Hunter, all lawyers in Carbondale. In commemoration of the 200th anniversary of Lincoln’s birth in 2009, the ISBA is donating a set of the books to a library in all 102 Illinois counties.

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Academy of Illinois Lawyers will induct its 11th class of Laureates during a luncheon on Tuesday, April 26, 2011, at The Standard Club, 320 S. Plymouth Court, in Chicago.

The April 26 induction will begin with a reception at 11:30 a.m., followed by the luncheon at 12:15 p.m.  Reservations are $65 per person and can be made by calling JoAnn Hibbs at (800) 252-8908.

The 2011 Class of Laureates, who will be recognized during a ceremony conducted by John G. O’Brien of Arlington Heights, chancellor of the Academy Board of Regents, will bring the total to 102 distinguished Illinois attorneys to be so honored.

The Academy was established in 1999 to celebrate excellence in the practice of law by individuals who maintain the highest standards of professional and public service. The 2011 class, nominated by their peers in the profession, includes:

  • Peter J. Birnbaum, Chicago, President and CEO of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.
  • Gino L. DiVito, Chicago, Partner in Tabet DiVito & Rothstein LLC
  • William V. Johnson, Chicago, President of Johnson & Bell, Ltd.
  • Rosalyn B. Kaplan (posthumous), Chicago, former Chief, Civil Appeals and Ancillary Litigation Division of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission
  • John B. Kincaid, Wheaton, Partner in Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC
  • Leo H. Konzen, Granite City, Partner in Lueders, Robertson & Konzen
  • David B.

ISBA members will be receiving ballots for the 2011 ISBA Election. VR Election Services (VRES), ISBA's election provider, has begun emailing e-ballots to members with valid email addresses and mailing paper ballots to members without email addresses. If you haven't received your e-ballot, please check your email spam under the suffix vres.us. If you do not receive your emailed or paper ballot by April 4th you may contact VRES at (800) 218-4026.

Members receiving an e-ballot will have the option to request a paper ballot from VRES. Likewise, any member receiving a paper ballot will have the option to vote online. Instructions for requesting a paper ballot will be included in the e-ballot email, and instructions for voting online will be printed on the paper ballot.

Online voting ends at 4:30 p.m. CT on Friday, April 29th. Paper ballots must be received at VR Election Services in Texas by 4:30 p.m. CT on Friday, April 29, 2011 in order to be counted.

The Tellers of the Election will complete the Canvass of the Election no later than May 4, 2011.

All members with their dues paid by March 1st are eligible to vote if there is a contested election in their area. The two contested elections are Cook County Board of Governors, and Downstate under 37 Board of Governors. Because there is no 3rd Vice President contest, out-of-state members do not vote.

Within the next several days ISBA members will be receiving ballots for the 2011 ISBA Election. On Monday, March 28, VR Election Services (VRES), ISBA's election provider, will be emailing e-ballots to members with valid email addresses and mailing paper ballots to members without email addresses.

Members receiving an e-ballot will have the option to request a paper ballot from VRES. Likewise, any member receiving a paper ballot will have the option to vote online. Instructions for requesting a paper ballot will be included in the e-ballot email, and instructions for voting online will be printed on the paper ballot.

Online voting ends at 4:30 p.m. CT on Friday, April 29th. Paper ballots must be received at VR Election Services in Texas by 4:30 p.m. CT on Friday, April 29, 2011 in order to be counted.

The Tellers of the Election will complete the Canvass of the Election no later than May 4, 2011.

If you do not receive your emailed or paper ballot by April 4th you may contact VRES at 800.218.4026.

All members with their dues paid by March 1st are eligible to vote if there is a contested election in their area. The two contested elections are Cook County Board of Governors, and Downstate under 37 Board of Governors. Because there is no 3rd Vice President contest, out-of-state members do not vote.