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09annualassembly-badges1The ISBA Assembly convened on Saturday, June 27, at the Abbey in Lake Geneva. Key debate was over the ISBA's 2009-2010 budget, which the Assembly passed. The new budget includes a change in reimbursement policy. These changes are:
  • The creation of a 75-mile radius threshold for the reimbursement of travel and lodging related to council and committee meetings. Those traveling from within that radius will not be reimbursed, those outside that radius will receive a 90% reimbursement. The Annual and Midyear meetings are excluded from this change.
  • Section council and committee members attending their meetings at the Annual and Midyear Meetings will receive a 90% reimbursement of their travel and lodging expenses.
  • Board of Governors members attending Board Meetings will be reimbursed at the rate of 90% of actual expenditures.
The Assembly also approved a number of election bylaw changes originally presented at the May 22, 2009, Board of Governors Meeting.

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Candidates and persons supporting or endorsing candidates shall not use ISBA titles, or local or specialized bar association titles in ISBA mailings or publications or promotional materials developed by, or at the special request of, candidates. This exclusion includes affiliation, firm name, office, or title (including Honorable, Judge, or Past President and similar titles) of such candidate's committee or list of supporters.
It is tradition that longtime ISBA member John W. Damisch (John the Farmer) provides his personal recap from annual meetings. Here's hist take of the 2009 Annual Meeting at The Abbey in Lake Geneva. A preview: Again everyone at the party were dressed fit too kill....especially our leaders...all in tuxes. As I said I put my 53 year old tux on in the men's room....I had to spend about 10 minutes "sucking it in" and finally got the pants buttoned at the top. I had skipped lunch hoping that would help but it didn't.
President O'Brien is sworn in by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald as his wife Karen looks on.
ISBA President John O'Brien is sworn in by Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald as his wife Karen looks on.
John O'Brien
was sworn in as the new Illinois State Bar Association President on Friday before a sold-out crowd at the Annual Meeting in Lake Geneva. "I am humbled and honored to serve as the 133rd President of the ISBA," O'Brien said. "I am especially honored by the presence of so many past Presidents and I realize I would not be here without their encouragement. Their presence also reminds me that we  -- all of us -- owe a debt to the past and have a duty to the future of the ISBA." O'Brien, of Arlington Heights, is the founding president of the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association. He has been a champion of taking on the unauthorized practice of law by real estate companies and title insurance firms.  He was  elected to the ISBA Assembly in 1997. "We are called to service and tonight we rededicate ourselves to the ongoing struggle to attain access to a free and independent judicial system fueled by the hard work of lawyers and judges alike," O'Brien said. In 2002, he received the most votes for a seat on the Board of Governors.
Former Gov. Jim Thompson, Presdient-elect Jack Carey, ISBA Young Lawyer of the Year Award winner Sean Wieber and President-elect John O'Brien
Former Gov. Jim Thompson, outgoing ISBA President Jack Carey, ISBA Young Lawyer of the Year Award winner Sean Wieber and President-elect John O'Brien
Outgoing ISBA President Jack Carey presided over the annual awards presentation Friday at The Abbey in Lake Geneva. President-elect John O'Brien presented the awards. Former Gov. Jim Thompson was on hand after nominating Winston & Strawn colleague  Sean Wieber, winner of the ISBA's Young Lawyer of the Year Award. Click here to view our photo gallery from the Awards Luncheon. The award recipients were: Board of Governors Award
  • Karen M. Enright
  • Robert H. Hanaford
  • Michele M. Jochner
Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award
  • Michael T.
Annual Meeting Opening Reception
Annual Meeting Opening Reception
The Illinois State Bar Association's Annual Meeting kicked off Thursday night in Lake Geneva with an Opening Reception and Workshop on "Becoming a Law Professor". Click here to view our photo gallery from the Opening Reception. SIU Law School Dean Peter Alexander and Professor Alice Noble-Allgire walked ISBA members down the path of becoming a law professor. Alexander and Noble-Allgire discussed two key ways to do this. 1. Submit your resume to the AALS to reach hundreds of law schools. Click here to visit the AALS website. 2. Apply directly to the law school.
The "Becoming a Law Professor" program will address reasons to become a law professor and explain the hiring process. Southern Illinois University School of Law presents this program to encourage diversity among law professors. There will be handouts and time for one on one questions, as well as a group presentation. The workshop will take place from 6:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, June 25, at the Illinois State Bar Association's Annual Meeting in Lake Geneva, Wis. For more information on the ISBA's Annual Meeting, click here. Visit Illinois Lawyer Now ofter for frequent updates from the Annual Meeting.
"Administrative Hearings & Appeals" and "Landlord-Tenant Disputes" will be presented by ISBA cable TV presentations during the month of July on Chicago Access Network Channel 21. "Administrative Hearings & Appeals" will air on July 7 and July 21 at 10 p.m. This program will be moderated by Nancy Z. Hablutzel and feature Patti Gregory-Chang of the City of Chicago, Jewel Klein of the Law Firm of Barry H. Greenburg and the Hon. Laguina Clay-Clark of the Circuit Court of Cook County. "Landlord-Tenant Disputes" will air on July 14 and July 28 at 10 p.m. Hablutzel will moderate this program featuring Michael Zink of Starr and Rowels and the Hon. Leonard Murray, Associate Judge for the Circuit Court of Cook County.
We invite you to share your hard-won knowledge and maybe win $2,000 in prize money by entering the 51st Annual Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest. We're looking for useful, practical articles on topics important to practicing lawyers. The highest scores will go to manuscripts that Illinois lawyers can use in their practices, written in a no-nonsense, plain-English style. If you're an ISBA lawyer member under age 36 as of July 1, 2009, or admitted to the bar fewer than five years as of that date, you're eligible to compete for a share of the $3,500 in Lincoln Award prize money and a handsome plaque for your office. And even if you don't win, yours may be among the many Lincoln Award entries to appear in the Illinois Bar Journal. Click here for more details. Click here for contest rules and application. And don't delay -- the deadline for filing a notice to enter the contest is July 15!
Illinois Bar Foundation Grants Committee Member Tony Romanucci presents a $5,000 grant to Modesto Tico Valle, Executive Director for the Center on Halsted.
Illinois Bar Foundation Grants Committee Member Tony Romanucci presents a $5,000 grant to Modesto Tico Valle, Executive Director for the Center on Halsted.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $5,000 grant to the Center on Halsted for its Legal Information Center, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995. The Legal Information Center consists of the Legal Advice Clinic, offering a weekly advice clinic and providing pro bono attorney consultation an indicated; Legal Education Workshops, comprised of nine workshops on such topics as individual and couple legal agreements, family legal issues, transgender rights, LGBT violence and others; Internet-based resources; and Crisis Line/Information Line Resources. The Center currently maintains a pool of 14 volunteer attorneys. Specifically, this grant will allow the Center to develop podcasts of its legal education workshops and post those as well as relevant handouts on their website. Serving Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community since 1973, Center on Halsted (COH) began as an information clearinghouse and meeting space.