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.
The ISBA Environmental Law Section hosted a Professional Development Luncheon on April 13 at the Chicago Office. Mr. Gerald M. Keenan, Chairman of the Illinois Pollution Control Board spoke on the initiatives of and challenges facing the Board in 2016 and beyond.
The Hon. John Gorman, was honored at the 2015 Lawyers’ Assistance Program Joseph R. Bartylak Award Dinner on Friday, April 8, at the Sangamo Club in Springfield. Matthew Hutmacher received the President's Award. Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman served as the keynote speaker.
The International Academy of Dispute Resolution honored ISBA Past President Fred Lane and CBA Past President Joseph Stone with Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Alliance of Bar Associations and Administrator Joyce Williams with a Special Recognition at its Gala on April 13 at the Standard Club in Chicago.
The ISBA co-sponsored the Future is Now: Legal Services 2.016 conference on April 6 at Chase Bank Auditorium in Chicago. The event was organized by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. Speakers included ISBA Past President Tim Eaton (moderator), Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism Executive Director Jayne Reardon, UpRight Law CEO Ed Scanlan, ARDC Deputy Administrator James Grogan, Center for Access to Justice and Technology Director Professor Ronald Staudt, ISBA President-Elect Vincent F. Cornelius, LegalZoom General Counsel Chas Rampenthal, Hickey Smith Partner for Legal Operations Thomas Lysaught and Washington State Bar Association Executive Director Paula Littlewood.