The Whiteside County Bar held its monthly meeting on Feb. 24 at the Candlelight Inn in Rock Falls. ISBA President Umberto S. Davi was the featured speaker. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride, ISBA 3rd Vice President James F. McCluskey and Whiteside County Bar President Michelle Buckwalter-Schurman were also in attendance. ISBA member Trent Bush served as the event organizer.
The Black Bar Association of Will County hosted its Barrister's Ball "Night of Stars" on Feb. 20 at the Clarion Hotel in Joliet. ISBA President Umberto S. Davi and ISBA President-Elect Vincent F. Cornelius attended the event.
The ISBA Bench and Bar Section hosted a Civility CLE and Reception at the Chicago Office on Feb. 10. Panelists included ISBA President Umberto S. Davi, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, ARDC Administrator Jerome Larkin and LAP Executive Director Robin Belleau. Cook County Judge Jeanne M. Reynolds served as moderator.
The Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC) installed Cecilia Horan as its new president. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis and celebrity chef Art Smith served as special presenters.
The Illinois Bar Foundation hosted a Lake County Fellows Reception on Jan. 28 to honor attorneys Deborah Goldberg and Bernard Wysocki for their leadership and dedication to the law. The proceeds from this event help the Foundation further its mission to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means; assist lawyers who have fallen on hard times; and provide legal Fellowships to recent law school graduates.
ISBA Officers including President Umberto S. Davi, President-elect Vincent F. Cormelius, 2nd Vice President Hon. Russell W. Hartigan and 3rd Vice President James F. McCluskey attended the recent ABA Midyear Meeting. This event helps ISBA leaders represent the interests of Illinois lawyers and network with other bar leaders to stay up on challenges to the profession.
The Advocates Society hosted a joint meeting with the Justinian Society on Jan. 22 at the Copernicus Center in Chicago.
The ISBA Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program held its 2016 Orientation on Jan. 20 at the Chicago Office. Jayne Reardon, Executive Director of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, walked the mentors and mentees through the program for 2016-2017.