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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 2016, there were 987 referrals. ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:


IllinoisBarDocs promotional pricing ends on March 31, 2016!

Still wondering what IllinoisBarDocs is and how it will help you practice more efficiently? Then follow the instructions below to view a complimentary program at your convenience and earn 1 hour of CLE credit. Presented by law practice management expert Barron Henley, the program not only explains what IllinoisBarDocs is and how it works, but also covers a number of other time-saving document drafting techniques.

Order now and get an annual subscription for $150/year or a monthly subscription for $20/month.  On April 1, the price of an annual subscription will increase to $199/year.

To access your complimentary recording of IllinoisBarDocs: The Ultimate Efficiency Tool - Introduction to ISBA's New Document Assembly System follow the below steps:


Ballots were distributed to all eligible voters* on Monday, March 28, 2016. ISBA's election provider VR Election Services (VRES) emailed e-ballots to members with valid email addresses and mailed paper ballots to members without valid email addresses on Monday, March 28, 2016. The last day to request a paper ballot was Friday, April 15.

If you have not received your e-ballot, please ask your Information Technology (IT) person to check the email spam folder under the suffix "vres.us" to see if your e-ballot is there. IT can adjust the spam filter settings to allow the e-ballot to reach you. If your e-ballot is not in your spam folder, please contact VRES at 800-218-4026 or custserv@vres.us.

Your e-ballot will contain instructions on how to cast your vote electronically. If you prefer to vote by paper ballot, you may request one by contacting VRES at 800-218-4026 or custserv@vres.us. The last day to request a paper ballot was Friday, April 15.

All eligible voters* may vote for Third Vice President. Those with ISBA addresses that fall in one of the following districts/circuits are also eligible to vote in their respective Board of Governors race. Candidate bios can be viewed in the March Illinois Bar Journal.

Cook County: First Judicial District Board of Governors

Judicial Circuits 1-23: Under Age 37 outside Cook County Board of Governors.

John E. Thies
John E. Thies
Attorney John E. Thies, a shareholder at Webber & Thies, P.C., in Urbana, and past President of the Illinois State Bar Association was installed as the Chair of the Board of Directors for ISBA Mutual Insurance Company on March 18, 2016.

ISBA Mutual provides malpractice insurance to Illinois lawyers.

As Chair, Thies said, he will continue the ISBA Mutual’s commitment to helping Illinois lawyers achieve the highest professional standards and guard against professional liability.

“The availability of ISBA Mutual insurance is one of the most significant ISBA benefits. All the lawyers of our state owe a debt to the ISBA leaders who had the foresight to create this company in the interest of lawyers and their clients. I am delighted to serve as chair, and together with our board and staff, look forward to a strong year.”


Still wondering what IllinoisBarDocs is and how it will help you practice more efficiently? Then follow the instructions below to view a complimentary program at your convenience and earn 1 hour of CLE credit. Presented by law practice management expert Barron Henley, the program not only explains what IllinoisBarDocs is and how it works, but also covers a number of other time-saving document drafting techniques.

And don’t forget that IllinoisBarDocs’ promotional pricing ends on March 31, 2016!

Order now and get an annual subscription for $150/year or a monthly subscription for $20/month.  On April 1, the price of an annual subscription will increase to $199/year.

To access your complimentary recording of IllinoisBarDocs: The Ultimate Efficiency Tool - Introduction to ISBA's New Document Assembly System follow the below steps:


The ISBA Marketing & Communications Committee would like to invite you to march in the St. Patrick's Day Parade this Saturday, March 12. 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. 104. The parade kicks off at noon.

Contact Chris Bonjean at cbonjean@isba.org for further information.

The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has received a cy pres award of approximately $11,000 as recommended by McGuire Law, P.C., in Chicago.                 

The donation represents the remaining funds from a class action settlement the firm won in 2015, Murray et al v. Bill Me Later, Inc. (Northern District of Ill., Case No. 12CVO4789), according to Myles McGuire, principal at the firm.

“We chose the Illinois Bar Foundation because of its fine work helping ensure that all Illinois residents receive access to justice,” he said. “Their efforts to support other lawyers who have fallen on hard times financially also figured in to our decision. They were a natural choice.”


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 February 2016, there were 897 referrals. ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:


ISBA leaders met with law school deans Thursday at the Chicago Office to address the important issues raised in the Report and Recommendation of the Special Committee on the Impact of Current Law School Curriculum on the Future of the Practice of Law in Illinois.

Through this collaborative effort, the ISBA hopes to refine and expand the Report’s recommendations. The ultimate goal is to identify realistic ways that legal educators and the practicing bar can work together to ensure that future generations of Illinois lawyers are fully prepared to represent the interests of clients.

ISBA President Umberto Davi said, “The adoption of this Report is an important step as we strive to begin a discussion with Illinois’ law schools about improving the skills of those entering the practice of law.”