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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 December 2010, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

  • Administrative Law - 4
  • Animal Law - 1
  • Bankruptcy - 3
  • Business Law - 10
  • Civil Disputes - 58
  • Civil Rights - 16
  • Collection - 23
  • Consumer Protection - 27
  • Contracts - 3
  • Criminal Law - 60
  • Education Law -13
  • Elder law - 3
  • Employment Law - 63
  • Estate/Probate Law - 21
  • Family - 112
  • Government Benefits -14
  • Health Law - 8
  • Immigration - 2
  • Insurance Disputes - 6
  • Intellectual Property - 7
  • Miscellaneous - 2
  • Municipal Law - 19
  • Personal Injury - 58
  • Real Estate - 29
  • Social Security - 6
  • Tax - 3
  • Workers Compensation - 7

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.

Nominating petitions for the upcoming ISBA election may be submitted beginning today, Jan. 3, and must be filed by 4:30 p.m. on Monday, January 31, 2011 at either the Illinois Bar Center, 424 South 2nd Street, in Springfield or the ISBA Chicago Office at 20 S. Clark Street, 9th Floor, Chicago. Petitions must be physically submitted with original signatures. Petitions submitted via email or fax will not be accepted.

This election will decide a new Third Vice President, 7 Board of Governors and 26 members of the Assembly (Cook County).

Click here for more information on ISBA elections.


Mark D. Hassakis

ISBA President Mark D. Hassakis made the first of several planned visits to Illinois juvenile detention centers last Friday, spending four hours touring the facility and talking to staff at IYC/Chicago on North Western Avenue. The visits are part of his commitment as president to focus attention on how to improve our juvenile justice system.

What he found at IYC was a relatively well-maintained center housing 79 juveniles. Average age? Fifteen. A small but dedicated staff eagerly searching for ways to educate and rehabilitate the youth, taking a positive approach to changing behaviors by implementing programs to foster change. Lack of funding means that key posts go unfilled, and each staff member frequently does the job of 3-4 workers.

Incarcerated youth have access to an array of programs and activities, including community baseball, a storytelling program with a Storycatchers Theater component and an animal humane education program that includes animal training.


Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride addresses the ISBA Assembly.

The Illinois State Bar Association Assembly passed a resolution supporting U.S. ratification of the Convention on the Elimination of Discrimination against Women (CEDAW) Treaty on Saturday. The measure passed after nearly an hour of heated discussion, mostly in favor of the treaty. Two ISBA sections and four standing committees requested that the Assembly adopt a resolution supporting U.S. Senate ratification of the CEDAW Treaty.

The Assembly meeting opened with remarks from Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride. Justice Klibride recalled his tough retention campaign and the attack ads used against him in the race.

"It's not about Kilbride," he said. "It's about the independence of the court."


Honorees James Montgomery and Warren Lupel

The Illinois Bar Foundation honored James D. Montgomery with its Honorary Fellows Award and Warren Lupel with its Distinguished Service Award at the 2010 Fellows Award Breakfast on Friday morning. Montgomery and Lupel were also honored together in 2000 as Laureate Award Winners.

IBF Past President Vince Cornelius presented the Honorary Fellow Award to Montgomery and Sean Berkowitz presented the Distinguished Service Award to Lupel.

Click here to view photos from this event.


The three female members of the Class of 1960 who were honored (left to right): Charlotte Ziporyn, Carole Bellows and Claireen Herting.

For the 70th straight year, the Illinois State Bar Association conferred the title of  "Distinguished Counsellor" on members of the bar for 50 years. ISBA Past President Carole K. Bellows reminded her classmates of the incredible progress made in the area of civil rights since the class passed the bar in 1960.

The luncheon kicks off the ISBA/IBJ Joint Meeting taking place through Saturday at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water in Chicago. A full schedule of events is available here.

Click here to view pictures from the event.

The agenda for Saturday's ISBA Assembly meeting is now available online. The meeting will start at 9 a.m. at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers, 301 E. North Water, Chicago.

The ISBA Assembly is the supreme policy making body of the Association and routinely meets twice a year.

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 November 2010 ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

  • Administrative Law - 5
  • Animal Law - 4
  • Bankruptcy - 15
  • Business Law - 13
  • Civil Disputes - 53
  • Civil Rights - 21
  • Collection - 18
  • Consumer Protection - 22
  • Contracts - 4
  • Criminal Law - 66
  • Education Law -23
  • Elder law - 3
  • Employment Law -109
  • Estate/Probate Law -20
  • Family - 129
  • Government Benefits -14
  • Health Law - 6
  • Immigration - 3
  • Insurance Disputes - 3
  • Intellectual Property - 6
  • Municipal Law - 29
  • Personal Injury - 79
  • Real Estate - 54
  • Social Security - 14
  • Tax - 2
  • 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.

The Illinois State Bar Association will honor the 1960 Class of Distinguished Counsellors on Wednesday at the Sheraton Chicago Hotel & Towers. Judge Carole K. Bellows, the country's first female bar association president will address her fellow classmates.

A list of the 1960 Class members is below.

The Illinois State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division recently received an ABA Award of Achievement in recognition of the group's Children Assistance Fund. These awards are designed to encourage project development by recognizing the time, effort, and skills expended by young lawyer organizations in implementing public service and bar service projects in their communities.

The ISBA YLD Children’s Assistance Fund, in concert with the Illinois Bar Foundation, seeks to provide grants to organizations across the state related to children and law. It also focuses on providing children's waiting rooms available at courthouses around the state.

ABA YLD Chair-Elect Michael Bergmann (right) presented the award to (from left) YLD Secretary Meghan O'Brien, YLD Immediate Past Chair Kelley Gandurski and YLD Chair Bob Fink.