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The Illinois State Bar Association is offering 6 months of free trial membership - Meet Me at the Bar - to lawyers listed as "active" with the ARDC and who have not been a member of the ISBA within the last 2 years. To learn more about member benefits, including free online legal research through Fastcase, visit www.isba.org/mmatb. Use special code 153. This offer is good through 2010.
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. Several new categories have been recently added, including:
  • Condominium law (under real estate)
  • Eminent domain (add under real estate)
  • Harassment (under civil/general)
  • HIPAA (under health care)
  • Mechanics Liens (add under collections)
  • Mortgage foreclosures (add under real estate)
  • Products liability (add under personal injury)
  • Real Estate Tax assessments (under real estate)
And: Juvenile as a stand alone listing including subcategories:
  • Juvenile/Criminal
  • Juvenile/Civil
  • Juvenile/Delinquency appeals
Military as a stand alone listing including subcategories:
  • Military/Family law
  • Military/Other civil issues
  • Military/Criminal issues
If you are currently a member of the Illinois Lawyer Finder Service and would like to add any of these categories to your profile on the referral service, contact Mary Kinsley at mkinsley@isba.org. Illinois Lawyer Finder phone service made over 8,000 referrals in 2009.  View a statistical breakdown here. If you are not a member of the Illinois Lawyer Finder Service, join here.
Did you know you can now filter CLE events by topic, location (region, city and remote), even PMCLE credit? Our revamped calendar is easier to read and helps you pinpoint the type of CLE you're interested in with MCLE and PMCLE credit listed for each program. There's even an option to view it in a calendar layout.  Try it out at www.isba.org/cle/upcoming (list view) or www.isba.org/cle/calendar (calendar view). We have also redesigned the CLE program and registration pages. As an additional benefit, members who are logged in will have most of their information automatically entered in the registration form to save time.
The ISBA has made a major upgrade to its website. We will be highlighting some of the new features over the next few weeks. Profile Page: Your profile page allows  you to see and easily update what contact and demographic information we have about you. Other features of your profile page are:
  • You can reset your user name and password;
  • You can also see links to all the sections you belong to.
  • You can access purchases and order history from the store (as long as you were logged in).
  • You can see articles you recently commented on.
Available now! A must for all criminal law practitioners – the first new edition of this classic in 10 years! This new edition contains thousands of case summaries, with a topical index to help you quickly find the one you need.  Compiled and edited by Deputy State Appellate Defenders David P. Bergschneider and Daniel D. Yuhas, and Assistant Defenders Elizabeth A. Botti and Kerry J. Bryson. Published December 2009; 845 pages. Pricing Members always receive the best pricing! Printed Book (Includes tax and shipping)
  • Member Advantage: $110.00
  • Non-Members: $150.00
FastBook (Available for download now!)
  • Member Advantage: $107.50
  • Non-Members: $147.50
Click here for more information and to purchase a book.
screenshot-6Legal publisher Fastcase announced today the release of the world's first mobile legal research app, now available for the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch for free from Apple's App Store. Fastcase is available for free to all Illinois State Bar Association members. Fastcase is the largest law library on the iPhone, with free download of the app, and free searching of Fastcase's comprehensive national law library of cases and statutes. The app uses the same next-generation legal research engine as Fastcase's acclaimed Web-based platform. Fastcase for the iPhone users can search the comprehensive Fastcase legal research database with keyword (or "Boolean") search in addition to citation lookup for cases and statutes. The app also supports "browsing" statutes in outline view. "The future of legal research is mobile devices - ubiquitous computing and access anywhere." said Ed Walters, CEO of Fastcase. "The mobile platform is what's next for legal research, and Fastcase is going to be a major player in this emerging market." Experts agree that this is an important development. Legal blogger Robert Ambrogi says "I was impressed. The app is easy to use and produces lightning-fast results. . . . For legal research on the go, at any time, and for zero cost, this is a must-have for any lawyer with an iPhone." (review: http://bit.ly/9YlQTB) Law professor James B.
As a member of the ISBA, you have free access to the following caselaw:
  • U.S. Supreme Court
  • U.S. Circuit Courts
  • U.S. District Courts for Illinois
  • 50-state supreme and appeals courts.
If you need a U.S. District Court case from another jurisdiction or a U.S. Bankruptcy Court case, sign up for a 24-hour trial at www.fastcase.com and grab it for free. If you have a continued need for cases like this, subscribe to the Fastcase premium plan for $195 per year. Questions? Call us at 1-866-773-2782 (7AM-7PM Central Mon-Fri) or e-mail support@fastcase.com.
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 2009, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:
  • Administrative 86
  • Animal 28
  • Bankruptcy 206
  • Business Law 165
  • Civil Disputes 882
  • Civil Rights 153
  • Collection 264
  • Consumer protection 219
  • Contracts 136
  • Criminal Law 684
  • Education Law 146
  • Elder Law 27
  • Employment law 909
  • Estate/Probate 261
  • Family 1,342
  • Government benefits 159
  • Health Law 58
  • Immigration 39
  • Insurance disputes 77
  • Intellectual Property 53
  • Misc 19
  • Municipal Law 75
  • Personal Injury 909
  • Real Estate 691
  • Social Security 148
  • Tax 62
  • Worker Compensation 123
These numbers do not include additional referrals made through the online Lawyer Finder service. Want to be part of the ISBA Lawyer Finder Service? Call (800) 252-8908 and ask for the Legal Department, or visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com Clients should call (800) 922-8757.
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 December, 2009, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:
  • Administrative Law                   6
  • Animal Law                              1
  • Bankruptcy                               13
  • Business Law                           13
  • Civil Disputes                           62
  • Civil Rights                               12
  • Collection                                  16
  • Consumer Protection                 11
  • Contracts                                  13
  • Criminal Law                            52
  • Education Law                          14
  • Elder law                                  2
  • Employment Law                      59
  • Estate/Probate Law                   9
  • Family                                      106
  • Government Benefits                 11
  • Health Law                               3
  • Immigration                               5
  • Insurance Disputes                    7
  • Miscellaneous                           1
  • Municipal Law                          8
  • Personal Injury                          66
  • Real Estate                               53
  • Social Security                          12
  • Tax                                          2
  • Workers Compensation              7
These numbers do not include additional referrals made throug
2010lincolncalendarWe hope you enjoy this free printable 2010 calendar - The Unfinished Work. Feel free to print out as many calendars as you'd like and pass them along to your family, friends and clients. The Unfinished Work is an excerpt from Proceedings before the Illinois Supreme Court in Honor of Abraham Lincoln, delivered by the President of the Illinois State Bar Association upon the 200th Anniversary of the birth of Abraham Lincoln. The Lincoln photo mosaic was created using photos of ISBA members. Click here to download your copy