Justice Anne M. Burke presided over the 9 a.m. ceremony at the James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall in Chicago. Guests of the morning ceremony included Randy K. Johnson, of the Illinois Board of Admissions; Umberto Davi, president of the Illinois State Bar Association; and Chung-Han Lee, president of the Asian American Bar Association. Justice Charles E. Freeman and Appellate Justice Cynthia Y. Cobbs presided over the 11:30 a.m. ceremony and Justice Mary Jane Theis presided over the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.
Supreme Court Justice Robert R. Thomas presided over the Second Judicial District ceremony at the Hemmens Memorial Building in Elgin.
Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride presided over the Third Judicial District ceremony at the Third District Appellate Courthouse in Ottawa.
Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman presided over the Fourth Judicial District ceremony at the Illinois Supreme Court Building in Springfield. ISBA Treasurer David Sosin also addressed the class.
Supreme Court Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier presided over the Fifth Judicial District ceremony on May 5 at Gateway Center, 1 Gateway Dr. in Collinsville.
The Illinois Bar Foundation's JusticeCorps Program received a 2016 Liberty Bell Award on April 20 during a Lake County Bar Association meeting at the Greenbelt Cultural Center in North Chicago. The organization Liberty Bell Award was presented to JusticeCorps by the Judges of the 19th Judicial Circuit in memory of the late Judge Thomas R. Smoker. The individual Liberty Bell Award was awarded posthumously to Lorinne "Lori" Cunningham, who passed away in January.
The ISBA Young Lawyers Division hosted its Annual Bean Bag Tournament on April 16 at Joe's Brewery in Champaign. This event benefited the ISBA/YLD Children's Assistance Fund, which provides grants to organizations throughout Illinois related to children and law.
The ISBA Health Care Law Section Council and the Young Lawyers Division hosted "A Day In The Life of an In-House Healthcare Attorney" on April 15 at the Chicago Office.