Two Great ISBA Member Benefits Sponsored by
A Value of $1,344, Included with Membership

Southern Illinois

The Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), has announced the recipients of its new grants totaling $304,965 awarded to 32 law-related nonprofit organizations, including:

Chicago

  • Apna Ghar, Inc., $7,500
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid, $15,000
  • CARPLS, $25,000
  • Center for Conflict Resolution, $5,000
  • Center on Halsted, $5,000
  • Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, $8,000
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, $15,000
  • Equip for Equality, $20,000
  • Family Rescue, $7,500
  • Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice, $10,000
  • Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, $5,000
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online, $20,000
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, $7,500
  • Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services, $10,000
  • Public Interest Law Initiative, $15,000
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, $5,000

Elsewhere in Illinois

  • CASA of Franklin County, Benton, $2,500
  • CASA of Jefferson County, Mt. Vernon, $2,000
  • CASA of McHenry County, Woodstock, $2,000
  • Center for Prevention of Abuse, Peoria, $5,000
  • Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois, Springfield, $13,465
  • Macon County CASA, Decatur, $5,000
  • Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., Rockford, $15,000
  • St. Clair County CASA, Belleville, $10,000
  • Dove Domestic Violence Program, Decatur, $10,000
  • Life Span, Des Plaines, $10,000
  • Catholic Urban Programs/Neighborhood Law Office, East St.

We've already heard from over 2,000 ISBA lawyer members ... have we heard from you?

If you have not yet taken the 2009 ISBA Membership Survey, today is your last chance to do so!

All ISBA lawyer members are invited to take the survey.  Please refer to the survey e-mail sent to you on August 26th for the link to the survey.  (If you have questions about the survey, or need assistance accessing the survey, please contact Ann Boucher, Membership Coordinator, at 800.252.8908.)

We want to know what you think about the various programs and benefits the ISBA offers its members and how we could be serving you better.  Your responses will help guide the ISBA's future direction and services.  This is your chance to be heard and we are listening!

After you have completed the survey, we will enter your name in a drawing for one of the following prizes if you choose to provide your contact information* at the end of the survey:

  • Four (4) members will win an iPod Nano loaded with up to six (6) MCLE/PMCLE hours of FastCLE programs of their choosing. (Valued at up to $330)
  • One (1) member will win the grand prize, including one (1) free year of membership in the ISBA plus an iPod Nano loaded with up to six (6) MCLE/PMCLE hours of FastCLE programs of their choosing. (Valued at up to $650, depending on membership category)

To take the survey, please open up the follow-up e-mail sent to you on August 26th and click on the link provided within the e-mail.

The Greene County Courthouse in Carrollton was built in 1892. Its historic courtroom was restored in 2000 after the roof collapsed.
The Greene County Courthouse in Carrollton was built in 1891. Its historic courtroom was restored in 2000 after the roof collapsed.

  • Address: 519 N.

IBF Board member and ISBA 1st Vice President Mark Hassakis of Mt. Vernon presents a $2,500 check to Mariah Hayes, Executive Director of CASA of Franklin County.
IBF Board member and ISBA 1st Vice President Mark Hassakis of Mt. Vernon presents a $2,500 check to Mariah Hayes, Executive Director of CASA of Franklin County.

The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $2,500 grant to CASA of Franklin County, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995. CASA of Franklin County recruits, trains and supports volunteers to speak up for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Franklin County Juvenile Dependency Court. According to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, in 2006, Franklin County was 10th in the state with the highest number of child abuse and neglect reports based on population.

As the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Foundation’s mission is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. This past year, through the support of ISBA members, IBF distributed more than $425,000 to support these efforts.

What Your Dues Dollars Bring You

Reminder: Dues payments are due by Monday, August 31.

If you have already paid your dues, THANK YOU!   If you have not yet paid, you can do so online or by phone (call Ann at 800-252-8908); Visa, MasterCard, Discover or American Express are all accepted.  Members can also pay through our flexible automatic dues installment program, Membership Made Easy, which allows payments to be broken up into easily affordable increments.

As our membership renewal campaign comes to a close, we'd like to remind you of all the exciting programs and services the ISBA provides its members.  By renewing your membership you can:

Practice more affordably. The ISBA provides members with free online legal research through Fastcase, which contains a comprehensive 50-state and federal caselaw database, including IL statutes and IL-based federal district court cases.

Receive a $100 premium credit on your next policy renewal with ISBA Mutual for every member of your firm who attends the ISBA's 5th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference. Click here to register for the conference, Oct. 22-24, 2009. There is an early bird discount for those who register by August 28, 2009.

There are no separate forms to fill out or submit to obtain your premium credit. All you have to do is attend the conference and your premium credit will automatically be applied on your next renewal. We believe that the ISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference offers useful up to date practice information that may help those attending avoid malpractice pitfalls. The premium credit for the Solo and Small Firm Conference applies to the 2009 conference only and may not be applicable to conferences in future years. Please note that this is a premium credit on the renewal of your professional liability insurance policy with ISBA Mutual, not a discount on the registration fee.

You will be receiving the brochure to register for the 13th Annual Risk Management Conference in early September. As usual, you will also qualify for a $100 premium credit on your next renewal by attending this conference. Attend both the ISBA 5th Annual Solo and Small Firm Conference and the 13th Annual ISBA Mutual Risk Management Conference and you will receive $200 in premium credit on your next renewal.

The dates for the Risk Management Conference this year are:

  • October 6, Collinsville
  • October 7, Bloomington
  • October 8, Oak Brook
  • October 9, Chicago