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Ethics help is just a phone call or click away

Illinois State Bar Association members can review our online database of ethics opinions, searchable by subject or opinion number, or get personal guidance from a qualified ISBA attorney by calling the Ethics InfoLine (800) 252-8908. Click here to review the ISBA's online database of ethics opinions.
Judging by the traffic on ISBA's criminal-law listserver, few topics are more important to day-to-day criminal defense practice than expungements. And on that topic, Coles County lawyer Jeremy J. Richey has some advice for his peers -- don't put them off. In a recent post to his excellent East Central Illinois Criminal Law & DUI Weblog, he says this: "Since expungement is a slow process, a person should seek expungement the first day he is eligible for it and not when he needs it later down the road." Read the whole thing. And if you're an ISBA member, sign up for the criminal-DUI-traffic listserver and other e-mail discussion groups here.

A Glimpse at Illinois Lawyer Finder Referrals

The ISBA's Illinois Lawyer Finder phone service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays and in a number of areas of law.  For the month of May 2009, ISBA helped 588* people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:
  • administrative law (5)
  • animal law (3)
  • bankruptcy (18)
  • business law (11)
  • civil disputes (67)
  • civil rights (12)
  • collection (15)
  • consumer protection (12)
  • contracts (6)
  • criminal law (50)
  • education law (12)
  • elder law (2)
  • employment law (73)
  • estate/probate law (18)
  • family (103)
  • government benefits (4)
  • health law (2)
  • immigration (1)
  • insurance disputes (5)
  • intellectual property (6)
  • miscellaneous (1)
  • municipal law (12)
  • personal injury (78)
  • real estate (47)
  • social security (3)
  • tax (10)
  • workers compensation (12)
Want to be listed in the ISBA's Illinois Lawyer Finder service?  ISBA members are entitled to a free or a premium (paid) listing, which helps market and build your practice. Call 800.525.8908 and ask for the Legal Department, or click here to sign up today! (Looking for a lawyer through Illinois Lawyer Finder?  Call 800.922.8757 or click here)

The Power of Peer Discussion

Got substantive law or practice management questions?  Get answers, maybe in minutes. All ISBA members are eligible to join ISBA e-mail discussion groups, where you can pose questions and share information with lawyers from Chicago to Cairo (Illinois that is.)  Available discussion groups include “general discussion” (open to all law-related topics), “ISBAcafe”, “litigation”, “transactional law”, “family law”, and “criminal-DUI-traffic”. Members who sign up for one or more discussion groups can also search those groups’ archived posts. Here’s what your fellow members are saying about the ISBA e-mail discussion groups … “It's like having all the benefits of a partnership without the office politics." Melissa Maye, Yorkville "Thanks for all your quick responses. WOW!!! This list is so great!" Peggy Raddatz, La Grange Click here to join the discussion
isbalincolnmosaic150 The Illinois State Bar Association's Lincoln mosaic poster that includes the faces of ISBA members is available for purchase. ISBA members can also submit their photo to danderson@isba.org to be seen in the next edition of the poster. Click here to order the current Lincoln mosaic poster.

15% discount on ABA books for ISBA members

If you’re an ISBA member, you’re entitled to a 15% discount on ABA books, including their great titles like How to Start and Build a Law Practice, 5th Ed; The Curmudgeon's Guide to Practicing Law; A Manual of Style for Contract Drafting, 2nd Ed; How to Build and Manage an Estates Practice, 2nd Ed; Letters for Divorce Lawyers: Essential Communications for Clients, Opposing Counsel, and Others; The Criminal Lawyer's Job: A Survival Guide Visit the ISBA store for details. ISBA Membership Mondays is a regular feature on Illinois Lawyer Now.
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!

[gallery link="file" columns="2"] Build your practice with ISBA Member MarkSM

Only ISBA Members can use the ISBA Member MarkSM on business cards, stationary, office sign and more to announce membership in the Bar and show clients and colleagues your commitment to the profession. Is everyone in your firm an ISBA member?  Sign up to use the ISBA Member Firm MarkSM as well. Click here to learn more and join Member Mark. ISBA Membership Mondays is a regular feature on Illinois Lawyer Now.
In case you missed it in the May IBJ, here's a list of career-planning and job-hunting resources for ISBA members.

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