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Robert Fink (left), YLD vice chair and Kelly Gandurski (right), YLD chair, present the $2,000 check to Ari Bernstein and Sandra Blake of Life Span.
Robert Fink (left), YLD vice chair and Kelley Gandurski (right), YLD chair, present the $2,000 check to Ari Bernstein and Sandra Blake of Life Span.
The Illinois State Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Division recently awarded a $2,000 grant to Life Span to support its counselor's services in the teens/children counseling program. Life Span is committed to the cessation of domestic violence and to the relief of those who suffer from its consequences.
[gallery] Members of the Illinois State Bar Association staff worked the "Looking for Lincoln" tent on Sunday at the Illinois State Fair in Springfield and will be back again on Tuesday, August 18. The "Looking for Lincoln" tent also sponsored a re-enactment of the Lincoln-Douglas debates. Fair attendees can collect rubbings from all five Lincoln storyboard medallions and receive half-off an adult admission to the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum. The ISBA tent is located on the north east side in the Heartland area, near the "Dock Dogs" show on the outer perimeter. All fair attendees are invited to stop by.
Hon. Arnette R. Hubbard addresses the attendance after accepting her Brent Award.
Hon. Arnette R. Hubbard addresses the audience after accepting her Brent Award.
Judge Arnette R. Hubbard of the Circuit Court of Cook County received the Margaret Brent Women Lawyers of Achievement Award at the ABA's Annual Meeting this week in Chicago. Judge Hubbard began her career in 1969 after graduating from John Marshall Law School as an attorney for the Lawyers Committee for Civil Rights Under Law. She joined the Circuit Court in 1997 after a career as a private practitioner and eight years on the Chicago Board of Elections. Each year, the award recognizes five outstanding women from across the country who have achieved professional excellence in the law, who have opened doors and provided opportunities for other women lawyers to succeed, and who have influenced women to pursue legal careers. Past recipients include U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. Click here to view the photo gallery from the event.
IBF Board member and ISBA 2nd Vice President John Locallo of Chicago presents a $25,000 check to Al Schwartz, CARPLS Executive Director.
IBF Board member and ISBA 2nd Vice President John Locallo of Chicago presents a $25,000 check to Al Schwartz, CARPLS Executive Director.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $25,000 grant to CARPLS Legal Aid, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995 and the largest grant awarded. CARPLS is an innovative legal aid service that offers an immediate response to the every day legal problems confronting low-income residents of Cook County. CARPLS' Legal Aid Hotline and court-based Advice Desks give low-income clients direct access to attorneys who are trained to quickly assess and respond to a wide range of civil legal problems. CARPLS' unique legal triage system serves as a model for legal aid services across the county and increases access to justice by dramatically reducing the cost of legal services for the poor. This year, CARPLS assisted more than 50,000 low income clients. As the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Foundation's mission is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity.
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.