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Renovations to the Illinois Bar Center were introduced at a reception held Thursday, March 9, at the Springfield headquarters, which will celebrate its 50th anniversary this year. Improvements include new lifts, railings, and bathrooms to make the building more accessible. Pictured here are, left to right, ISBA Past President Umberto Davi, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier, his wife, Mary, and ISBA Board of Governors member Stephen Komie. 


St. Charles North High School won the 35th annual ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational, which was held at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign March 11 and 12. Timothy Christian High School of Elmhurst came in second and Hinsdale Central High School placed third. Pictured here are, left to right, ISBA Board of Governors members Angelica W. Wawrzynek of Mattoon and Hon. Carey C. Gill of Marion, along with Stephen Iden of Springfield, vice-chair of the Law Related Education for the Public Committee. They served as judges and jurors for the competition.


The ISBA Marketing & Communications Committee invites you to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade this Saturday, March 11. The Committee will be meeting at the Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark, 9th floor between 11 and 11:30 a.m. before marching over to the parade site on Columbus Drive. You may also meet the group at ISBA's parade spot No. 99. The parade kicks off at noon.

Contact Melissa Burkholder at mburkholder@isba.org for further information.

Campaign season is here! Biographies of candidates for the ISBA 3d VP and board of governors races, along with a complete list of Assembly candidates, are online now. Paper ballots will be mailed and e-ballots will be emailed on March 29. Voting concludes April 28 at 4:30 p.m. CDT. All attorney members with dues paid up by March 1 of this year are eligible to vote for races in their area. Find out more at www.isba.org/elections.


The 2017 class of laureates of the ISBA Academy of Illinois Lawyers will be honored at a special luncheon at the Standard Club in Chicago on March 30. This year's inductees are Patricia Bronte, Chicago; Joseph Gagliardo, Chicago; Marshall Hartman, Lincolnwood; James Holderman, Chicago; Lori Levin, Chicago; George Mahoney, Joliet; Nicholas Motherway, Chicago; Michael Reagan, Ottawa; and Larry Rogers, Chicago.

 A welcome reception begins at 11:15 a.m., followed by lunch and award ceremony at noon. To order individual tickets, complete the online registration form. The deadline for purchasing tickets is March 24.

The ISBA Academy of Illinois Lawyers honors lawyers "who have established and maintained the highest principles of the profession as demonstrated by their pervasive record of service to the law and the public." Find out more about the Academy and the Laureate Award.

Questions about the luncheon should be directed to Kim Weaver at kweaver@isba.org.

All ISBA systems will be down due to electrical construction beginning at 8:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 19, until 8:30 a.m. on the following Tuesday. During this downtime the ISBA website and email discussion groups will not be available. You will also not be able to log into Fastcase or online CLE.

If you will need to access Fastcase during this time, please follow the instructions below.

Third Vice-President   (1 to be elected; 2 candidates)

  • Lisa M. Nyuli      1
  • Dennis J. Orsey      2

Illinois State Bar Association President Vincent F. Cornelius issued the following statement today.

It has been covered extensively by the media that President Trump referred to U.S. District Judge James L. Robart as a "so-called judge." An independent judiciary is the bedrock of American jurisprudence. Every federal judge, including Judge Robart, was nominated by a sitting president of the United States and confirmed by the United States Senate. Once confirmed, federal judges are granted life tenure so their appointments are not subject to influence by the president who nominated them, the Senate that confirmed them, future presidents, or the ballot.

While reasonable Americans can disagree with a judge's rulings, questioning the legitimacy of a federal judge is inappropriate. In the words of American Bar Association president Linda Klein, "There are no so-called judges in America."  

 


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 January 2017, there were 1003 referrals. ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:

Nominations are being accepted for the 2017 class of Laureates of the ISBA Academy of Illinois Lawyers. ISBA members may submit nominations of colleagues through February 17, 2017.

A class of Laureates is selected by the Academy Board of Regents. Nominees must be ISBA members who personify the values, standards and ideals of the best of the legal profession.