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There's no better way to stand out from the crowd and establish yourself as an authority than to write for a peer-reviewed publication like the Illinois Bar Journal. (And IBJ authors can earn MCLE credit to boot.) We're not a law review, so you needn't -- shouldn't -- take a highly formal approach. We're looking for how-to articles that give practical advice to our members, written in a clear, easy-to-digest, conversational style. Interested? Read the IBJ manuscript guidesheet and find out more.

The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the grant-making arm of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), has announced the recipients of its fiscal year 2011 grants totaling $315,300 which will be awarded to 30 law-related nonprofit organizations, including:


  • Access Living of Metropolitan Chicago, $10,000
  • Apna Ghar, $5,000
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid, $10,000
  • CARPLS Legal Aid, $10,000
  • Center for Disability and Elder Law, $7,500
  • Center on Halsted, $7,500
  • Chicago Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights, $5,000
  • Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, $15,000
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services, $10,000
  • DePaul University College of Law Asylum & Immigration Law Clinic, $7,500
  • Domestic Violence Legal Clinic, $15,000
  • Equip for Equality, $15,000
  • Family Defense Center, $5,000
  • Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, $5,000
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online, $20,000
  • Lawndale Christian Legal Center, $10,000
  • Lawyers Committee for Better Housing, $15,000
  • Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services, $11,800
  • Life Span, $10,000
  • Loyola University Chicago School of Law, $10,000
  • Midwest Center on Law and the Deaf, $3,000
  • Public Interest Law Initiative, $20,000
  • The Chicago Lighthouse for People Who are Blind or Visually Impaired, $7,500

Elsewhere in Illinois

  • A Safe Place: Lake County Crisis Center, Zion, $5,000
  • Family Shelter Service, Wheaton, $7,500
  • Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice, Rockf

Appearing on “Covenants Not to Compete” and “Choice of Business Entities” will be (left to right): John T. Doyle, Philip Hablutzel, Sherwin D. Abrams and moderator Gilda Hudson-Winfield.

“Covenants Not to Compete” and “Choice of Business Entities,” two half-hour programs presented by Illinois Law, a cable production of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), will air on Chicago Access Network Television, Channel 21 in Chicago, during the month of May. “Covenants Not to Compete” will air at 10 p.m. on May 24, and “Choice of Business Entities” will air at 10 p.m. on May 31.

Appearing on the shows are (from left) Chicago lawyer John T. Doyle; Philip Hablutzel, professor of law, director of the Institute of Illinois Business Law at Chicago-Kent College of Law; Sherwin D. Abrams, Abrams & Chapman in Chicago; and program moderator Gilda Hudson-Winfield, Law Offices of Gilda Hudson-Winfield in Chicago.

The 33,000-member ISBA, with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, and education and services to the public.

ISBA Board member Bernard Wysocki (second from left) presented Chicago Police Officer Marek Drozd (center) with the ISBA’s annual Law Enforcement Award at the Polish American Police Association (PAPA) annual dinner on May 6 at the White Eagle Banquets and Restaurant in Niles. Looking on are the police officer’s nominators, Assistant State’s Attorney David Williams (left) and attorney Anna Krolikowska. Second from right is PAPA President Thomas Surma.

The ISBA Law Enforcement Award was created to recognize sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system. It is given sparingly to recognize those who truly excel in the field of law enforcement.

John G. Locallo, president-elect of the Illinois State Bar Association (second from right) presents Dave Chiesa (second from left), a detective in the DuPage County Sheriff’s office, with the ISBA’s annual Law Enforcement Award at the DuPage County Bar Association’s (DCBA) annual Law Day Luncheon on Wednesday, May 4, at the Cantigny Golf Club in Wheaton. Looking on are the detective’s nominees, Steven M. Ruffalo (left), the DCBA president, and DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin.

Election results are in and five candidates have won seats on the Illinois State Bar Association's Board of Governors. This was also the first time online voting was available for an ISBA election and members chose that method over written ballots by a nearly 10-1 margin (Electronic-3,565; Written-379).

The Board members who were elected from Cook County are Umberto Davi, Western Springs; Christopher T. Hurley, Chicago; Stephen M. Komie, Chicago; and John Nisivaco, Chicago. Jennifer Walsh Hammer of Springfield was elected for the Under 37 - Downstate Board seat. Uncontested winners were Shari R. Rhode of Carbondale for Area 7 and Frank A. Sommario of Chicago for Under 37 - Cook.

Richard D. Felice of Wheaton was the previously announced winner in the uncontested race for 3rd Vice President. He will become president of ISBA in 2014 after serving a year in each of the three vice presidential posts.

Here are the Board election results (winners in bold):

Board of Governors - Cook County

  • Patrice M. Ball-Reed, Chicago 856
  • Umberto Davi, Western Springs 1,060
  • Martin L. Glink, Arlington Heights 944
  • Christopher T. Hurley, Chicago 1,041
  • Stephen M. Komie, Chicago 1,100
  • John Nisivaco, Chicago 965

Under 37 Downstate

  • Jennifer Walsh Hammer, Springfield 1,329
  • Tara H.

Lawyer volunteers answered phone calls from citizens across the state on Saturday, April 29, as part of the 30th annual Ask a Lawyer Day.

Bar associations that operate a lawyer referral service are invited by ISBA to participate in the public service project during which callers receive legal information about their situation and, if needed, a referral to a lawyer through the bar's referral service.

Participating bars were: Chicago Bar Association, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, Lake County Bar Association, and Will County Bar Association.

Lawyer volunteers answering phones at the Illinois Bar Center in Springfield were: Tom Carlisle, Randy Cox, Rex Gradeless, Henry Hagen, David Hennessy, Julie Hubbard, Don LoBue, Bill McNutt, Mike Robinson, Jason Schultz, Ron Stradt, John Taylor and Tim Tighe. A total of 231 calls were handled at the Springfield location alone.

Ask a Lawyer Day is conducted each year on or around Law Day, May 1, as a way of providing a service to the public and promoting awareness of lawyer referral services offered by bar associations.

Thanks to all who participated and provided this public service.

Choice of Business Entities

Covenant not to Compete

The Class of 2011 Laureates includes (front row, left to right): John B. Kincaid, William V. Johnson, Gino L. DiVito, Peter J. Birnbaum; (back row, left to right): David B. Sosin, Leo H. Konzen and presented and chancellor of the Board of Regents John G. O'Brien. Rosalyn B. Kaplan was inducted posthumously.

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

The 2011 Class of Laureates, who were recognized during a ceremony conducted by ISBA Past President John G. O’Brien, chancellor of the Academy Board of Regents, brings 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 is:

  • 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.