Teams from 38 high schools from throughout Illinois participated in the 34th annual Illinois State Bar Association High School Mock Trial Invitational on April 2-3 at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign. ISBA President Umberto S. Davi and members of the ISBA Law Related Education Committee served as volunteers to rate the students' performance. Elmhurst’s Timothy Christian High School was declared the winner and will represent Illinois at the National High School Mock Trial Championship in Boise, Idaho. St. Charles North came in second and received the Donna Schechter Award for the highest team average on the Written Law Exam. Chicago Christian of Palos Heights placed third.
The Madison County Bar Association and the St. Clair County Bar Association co-hosted a Joint Meeting on March 24 at the DoubleTree Conference Center in Collinsville.
The luck of the Irish was with ISBA participants in the annual St. Patrick’s Day Parade, as they enjoyed warm weather on their march along Chicago’s Columbus Drive.
The Illinois Bar Foundation hosted Lawyers Rock 2016 at the Double Door in Chicago on March 10. Participating bands included 5-thirty, Flood Waters, Irish Bar Band, The Objections and The Thornes.
The Illinois State Bar Association and the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company co-hosted "Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series: A Closer Look: Working Smarter in Your Practice - Spring 2016" on March 11 in Bloomington.
The ISBA Standing Committee on Women and the Law hosted "Celebrating Laughter in the Law Luncheon" on March 8 at Maggiano's in Chicago. The program featured Dr. Gail Stern, Co-Owner and Chief Academic Officer at Catharsis Productions.
The ISBA Young Lawyers Division hosted a Wine Tasting on Feb. 26 at the Chicago Office. Young lawyers enjoyed networking over hors d’oeuvres from Pastoral and wine from Vin Chicago.
The John Marshall Law School, Illinois State Bar Association, Illinois Judges Association and Justinian Society of Lawyers hosted "The Distinguished Professional Service Joint Dinner" on Feb. 25 at the Standard Club in Chicago. Honored with the Award of Exemplary Professional Service for their outstanding service to our legal profession and the public in the State of Illinois were Honorable Rita Garman, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice; Jesse White, Illinois Secretary of State; and Susan Sher, Senior Advisor to the University of Chicago President and former Assistant to President Obama and Chief of Staff to First Lady Michelle Obama.