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Mark Mathewson, ISBA Director of Publications, is congratuled by outgoing NABE President Rod Wegener
Mark Mathewson, ISBA Director of Publications, is congratulated by outgoing NABE President Rod Wegener
Mark Mathewson, ISBA Director of Publications, received the 2009 National Association of Bar Executives Peer Excellence Award on Thursday at the association's Annual Meeting. This award recognizes those members who have made a significant contribution to NABE. Mathewson, also the editor of the Illinois Bar Journal and a frequent contributor to Illinois Lawyer Now, was described as "a principled bar executive" who is "knowledgeable and well-respected." Mathewson recently received his Certified Association Executive designation, the highest professional credential in the association world.
Chief Judge James F. Holderman of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, and Honorary Chairman of the Board of the Chicago Alumni Chapter, along with Chapter Justice Michele M. Jochner, welcome two members of the new initiate class: Hon. Arnette R. Hubbard of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and John G. O'Brien, president of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Chief Judge James F. Holderman (left) and Chapter Justice Michele M. Jochner (second from right), welcome two members of the new initiate class: Hon. Arnette R. Hubbard of the Circuit Court of Cook County, and John G. O'Brien, president of the Illinois State Bar Association.
The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International welcomed 12 new alumni members - a record number for the Chapter as well as the International Fraternity. Among those who took the pledge were John G. O'Brien, President of the Illinois State Bar Assocation, and Hon. Arnette Hubbard, Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County and also a recipient of the ABA's Margarent Brent Women of Achievement Award. Other ISBA members initiated at the ceremony included ISBA Board of Governors member Paula Holderman, ISBA Assembly member Julie Ann Sebastian and co-editor of the Administrative Law Section Newsletter and editor of the ISBA Handbook of Illinois Administrative Law William A.
ICADP Board President Garnet Fay, former ISBA president Terry Hegarty, ISBA President John O'Brien and ICADP Executive Director Jeremy Schroeder
ICADP Board President Garnet Fay, former ISBA president Terry Hegarty, ISBA President John O'Brien and ICADP Executive Director Jeremy Schroeder
The Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty selected the Illinois State Bar Association to receive its organizational award for 2009 for its work to abolish the death penalty in Illinois. ISBA President John O'Brien accepted the award at the group's annual meeting Thursday night in Chicago. Former ISBA president Terry Hegarty, who led the effort to get the  Association to take its position against the death penalty, was also on hand for the award presentation.
For members of the Illinois legal profession, pro bono practice support resources are as easy as a click away, at www.IllinoisProBono.org. That website, which is hosted by Illinois Legal Aid Online, now offers web pages with resources targeted at specific types of pro bono practitioners, including senior attorneys, federal government attorneys, corporate counsel, paralegals, and law students. Each homepage is customized for the target audience, and features video interviews with pro bono volunteers and articles specific to doing pro bono work. These homepages may be accessed via the internet at Senior Attorneys, Government Attorneys, Corporate Counsel, Paralegals and Law Students. Illinois Legal Aid Online partnered with the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) to develop the homepages. The organizations designed the websites to further engage senior attorneys, government attorneys, corporate counsel, paralegals and law students in pro bono work.
The Illinois State Bar Assocation's Young Lawyers Division will host a "Day at the Races" on Sept. 26 to benefit the Children's Assistance Program. This event will take place from noon-6 p.m. at Arlington Park Racecourse, Marquee Tent 3 in the Miller Lite Party Deck in Arlingon Heights. Tickets will be available at 11:30 a.m. at the Grandstand Entrance at the Will Call window. The cost is $60 per person and includes admission, daily racing guide, private party deck, soft drinks, beer, wine and appetizers from 12:30-6 p.m. The deadline is Sept. 15 and space is limited. Contact Meghan O'Brien with questions. Click here to register online.
Justin Fitzsimmons, Marc Wolfe, Nancy Hablutzel and Richard Wistocki will appear on the Illinois Law program "Protecting Yourself and Your Children on the Internet".
Justin Fitzsimmons, Marc Wolfe, Nancy Hablutzel and Richard Wistocki will appear on the Illinois Law program "Protecting Yourself and Your Children on the Internet".
The lllinois State Bar Association's Illinois Law cable program will air two shows, "Lincoln's Race for the Senate in 1858" and "Protecting Yourself and Your Children on the Internet" during the month of August on CAN-TV Cable Channel 21. "Lincoln's Race for the Senate in 1858" will air on Aug. 4 and Aug. 18 at 10 p.m. This is a re-enactment performed by Hon. John Donald O'Shea as Abraham Lincoln and George Eaton as Stephen Douglas. "Protecting Yourself and Your Children on the Internet" will air on Aug. 11 and Aug. 25 at 10 p.m. Providing expert opinion and insight on this increasingly important topic will be: Justin T. Fitzsimmons, a senior attorney for the National Center for Prosecution of Child Abuse/National District Attorney’s Association, in Alexandria, Va.; Marc Wolfe, a partner in the Woodridge law firm of Wolfe & Stec, Ltd., where he concentrates in family, criminal and civil law; program moderator Nancy Z.
IBF Board members Russell Hartigan (left) of Chicago and George Mahoney (right) of Joliet present a $15,000 grant to Meg Benson, CVLS Executive Director.
IBF Board members Russell Hartigan (left) of Chicago and George Mahoney (right) of Joliet present a $15,000 grant to Meg Benson, CVLS Executive Director.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $15,000 grant to Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (CVLS), one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995. Founded in 1964, Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation (CVLS) is one of the oldest and largest pro bono programs in the country. Last year, nearly 2,000 volunteers provided legal assistance to over 17,000 low-income people. The 2004 Illinois Legal Needs Study found that CVLS is the largest pro bono program in the state, handling nearly 45% of all pro bono cases. One quarter of all cases statewide handled by a legal services program are handled by a CLVS volunteer or staff attorney. The IBF grant specifically supports the Chancery Court Access to Justice Program, a cooperative venture between CVLS and Cook County's Chancery Court. Chancery Court judges appoint CVLS to represent pro se low-income parties in mortgage foreclosures and partitions, actions to quiet title, subsidized housing evictions and appeals of government administrative decisions.
IBF Grants Committee Member Lori Levin of Chicago presents an $8,000 grant to Gail Smith, CLAIM's Executive Director.
IBF Grants Committee Member Lori Levin of Chicago presents an $8,000 grant to Gail Smith, CLAIM's Executive Director.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $8,000 grant to Chicago Legal Advocacy to Incarcerated Mothers (CLAIM), one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995. CLAIM provides legal and educational services to imprisoned mothers and their children's caregivers. CLAIM's On-Site Services provide intensive individual legal advice and representation to mothers in Dwight, Lincoln, Decatur and Kankakee Correctional Centers, Fox Valley Adult Transitional Center, the Metropolitan Correctional Center and in Cook County Jail. With early legal advice, provision of short-term guardianship forms and representation for court-ordered guardianship, mothers can forge sound plans for their children and in many cases can avoid foster care placement. In 2008, CLAIM represented 450 women, up 38 percent from 2007.
John O'Brien
John O'Brien
John O’Brien, newly-installed president of the Illinois State Bar Association, will be trotted up to the Arlington Park Racetrack in Arlington Heights this Friday, July 24, for a fete hosted jointly by the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association (IRELA) and Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) in celebration of his new post.  O’Brien was a founder of IRELA and serves as its board chair, and he is a long-time active member of the NWSBA. The sixth race will be called “The Flyin’ O’Brien,” and Johnny O will have his picture taken in the Winner’s Circle with the winning horse.  Reception is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the first race starting at 2:30 p.m.  The event will be held at the racetrack’s Million Room, 4th floor.  Cost to attend is $35 which includes admission to the track, program, hors d’oeuvres and open bar.  For reservations, call (847) 221-2601.
ISBA President John O'Brien and Chief Judge Timothy Evans
ISBA President John O'Brien and Chief Judge Timothy Evans
The Asian American Bar Association of the Greater Chicago Area honored the Illinois State Bar Association for its work with Judicial Evaluations during its Installation Ceremony Thursday night. Timothy Evans, Chief Judge of Cook County Circuit Court, presented ISBA President John O'Brien with a plaque to recognize this service. Judge Evans also presented the ISBA's Joyce Williams with an honorary sculpture for her service spearheading this massive effort. The Alliance of Bar Associations for Judicial Screening recently evaluated 264 candidates for 9 associate judge vacancies.