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James E. Chadd was appointed to the Office of the State Appellate Defender by the Illinois Supreme Court on Thursday, Dec. 14. Chadd's four-year term as state appellate defender will begin Jan. 1, 2018. He succeeds Michael Pelletier, who was appointed in 2007 and will be retiring at the end of the year.

Chadd has worked for the Office of the State Appellate Defender for over 33 years, where he has been deputy state appellate defender for four years. In this role, he was responsible for monitoring the legal work of the agency and reviewing agency briefs filed in the Illinois Supreme Court.

He was selected by a screening committee, which was appointed by the supreme court in September and was directed to make a public announcement of the vacancy and invite applications.

Chadd first started with the Office of the State Appellate Defender in 1984, as an assistant defender in the Supreme Court Unit in 1984. In 1989, he moved to the First District Office and in 1995 served as team leader in addition to his assistant defender duties. He became supervisor for the First District Office in 2002 and served as assistant deputy defender before becoming deputy state appellate defender.

He earned his B.A. at the University of Oregon and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law. 


Mark your calendars for Feb. 9, when the ISBA Young Lawyers Division will host its annual speed networking event followed by a wine tasting in Chicago. 

Starting at 3:30, speed networking participants will meet and greet other lawyers and legal professionals to build professional and social networks in an event that combines concepts from speed dating and business networking. Refreshments will be served. 

At 5:30, attendees can then move downstairs to the ISBA Mutual Office to enjoy an evening of tasting a variety of wines and cheese. This events proceeds will benefit the YLD Children’s Assistance Fund.

Registration for both events is now open and we hope to see you there! Register now for speed networking and wine tasting

Illinois Supreme Court Rule 9(c)(4) was amended to allow a good cause exemption to e-filing for self-represented litigants (SRL). The rule change is effective immediately for proceedings in the supreme court and appellate courts. For proceedings in the circuit courts, the amended rule is effective on Jan. 1, 2018.

The amended rule defines the good cause exemption, which must be shown by certification and filed with the court before or with an initial pleading, that exempts SRLs from the e-filing requirement. It also specifies the procedures that must be followed to properly obtain the exemption.

The rule change comes less than three weeks before electronic filing in civil cases will be mandatory across Illinois, and reflects the Illinois Supreme Court's commitment to ensuring access to justice for everyone, including vulnerable SRLs.

Under the amended rule, good cause exists where a self-represented litigant is not able to e-file documents for the following reasons:

  • No computer or Internet access in the home and travel represents a hardship 
  • A disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, that prevents e-filing
  • A language barrier or low literacy (difficulty reading, writing, or speaking in English)
  • If the pleading is of a sensitive nature, such as a petition for an order of protection or civil no contact/stalking order

Judges retain discretion to determine whether good cause is shown, or if, under particular circumstances, good cause exists without the filing of a certificate.

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holidays beginning Friday, Dec. 22. They will reopen on Jan. 2, 2018. During this time, members can expect the following:

All business and e-newsletter distribution will resume as usual on Jan. 2, 2018. 


The 2017 Midyear Meeting was held last week, Dec. 7-9, 2017, at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago. Attendees celebrated the profession, discussed issues of mutual interest to the bench and bar, attended business meetings, earned CLE credit, and expanded their social and professional networks at receptions and dinners. During section meetings and at the Assembly meeting, various members of the ISBA community were recognized with awards. 

The photo galleries containing highlights from this year's Midyear Meeting are now available and listed below:

Opening Ceremony

YLD 20th Annual Holiday Party

ISBA/IJA Joint Meeting Luncheon

Law School Alumni Receptions

Diversity Leadership Council "Count Me In" Reception

Illinois Supreme Court Cocktail Reception

Illinois Supreme Court Dinner

Past President Vincent Cornelius
Past President Vincent Cornelius
Past President Vincent Cornelius has been recognized in the 2018 edition of “The Best Lawyers in America.” Cornelius is recognized in the practice area of criminal defense.

Best Lawyers is a peer review publication that annually compiles a list of the top five percent of practicing attorneys, organized by location and practice area. The publication conducted more than 7.4 million evaluations for the 2018 edition and chose approximately 58,000 attorneys in 140 practice areas.

Cornelius is the founder of the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius, with locations in Joliet and Wheaton, Illinois. He has more than 28 years of experience in criminal law, currently as a defense attorney and previously as a prosecutor. He recently announced his candidacy for Will County Circuit Court Judge in the upcoming 2018 election.

Cornelius served as president of the Illinois State Bar Association for 2016-17. He was the first African-American president in the association’s 140-year history. During his career, he has also served as: 
president of the Illinois Bar Foundation; chancellor of the Illinois Academy of Lawyers; and member of the Governor’s Commission on Criminal Law Reform.

Chase Hundman
Chase Hundman
Chase M. Hundman recently joined the Howard & Howard Associates, LLC Chicago office as a new associate.

Chase M. Hundman concentrates his practice in commercial litigation. He began his career with Howard & Howard as a summer associate in 2016. Prior to joining as a full-time associate, he was a judicial extern for Judge Jon DeGuilio at the United States District Court for the Northern District of Indiana. There, he drafted opinions and orders for the judge and attended court proceedings to advise on pertinent legal issues.

Mr. Hundman received his B.A., cum laude, from Illinois Wesleyan University in 2014 and his J.D. from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 2017. He is licensed to practice in the State of Illinois.

Congratulations to the following prize winners at the ISBA Midyear Meeting:

  • $50 Amazon Gift Card - Daniel Kegan
  • 3 months of service ($1,287 value) - Sarah Taylor
  • $100 Visa Gift Card - Laura Kern
  • $100 Amazon Gift Card - Margaret A. Bennett
  • TENS unit - Melissa Greathouse
  • Bottle of champagne in a wine cooler bottle holder - Haskell M. Pitluck
  • $50 gift card - Bridget L. Schott
  • $25 Starbucks gift card - Alice Sackett
  • Amazon Echo Dot - Jan Strzalka
  • $100 Amex Gift Card - Roza Gossop
  • Amazon Echo - Melissa Olivers
  • $100 Amex Gift Card - Donald Shriver
  • $100 Amex Gift Card - John Voorn
  • Microsoft Home - Andy Scheifer
  • Student Microsoft Office 365 - Kim Dugan
  • Spa gift certificate - Bernard Peter
  • Amazon Echo show - Joan Amuda
  • IBF tickets to Illinois Lawyers Rock - Douglas Olivers

Winners can pick up their prizes at the registration desk on Saturday, Dec. 9, from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m.


Don’t miss this full-day mock demonstration based on an actual multi-party construction case mediation! Watch and listen as seasoned lawyers demonstrate a construction case from the pre-mediation stage to the settlement agreement and learn which methods and techniques are most useful in a construction mediation case. Attorneys with basic or intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar on January 12, 2018 – either in Chicago or via Live Webcast – will better understand: the procedures, methods, and techniques common to all mediations; the unique problems and issues in a construction case mediation; the issues that you need to be prepared to deal with during the pre-mediation conference; how to handle the pre-mediation position paper; the issues that you should expect to arise in a group opening session; how the parties should interact during the breakout session for an effective mediation; how to deal with the Settlement Agreement in concluding the mediation; how to manage the ethical issues that can arise during the confidential process of mediation; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Construction Law Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. It qualifies for 7.25 hours MCLE credit, including 7.25 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Get more information and register on our CLE page.

Robert E. Ulbricht
Robert E. Ulbricht
Robert E. "Bob" Ulbricht, born December 1, 1930 in Chicago, Illinois passed away on November 8, 2017. Son of the late Emil Albert and Vivian June (Knight) Ulbricht. Beloved husband of the late Betty Anne Ulbricht. Loving father of Christine Anne Ulbricht.

Robert earned a B.A. in political science from the University of Illinois in 1952, an M.A. from the University of Illinois in 1953, and a distinguished J.D. from the University of Chicago in 1958 where he graduated second in his class. After college, Bob served with the United States Army from 1953-1955. He then began his illustrious career starting with research attorney for the American Bar Foundation, Chicago, 1957-1959. Served as assistant trust counsel for Continental Illinois National Bank & Trust Company, 1959-1960. Became an associate at the law firm Cummings and Wyman, 1960-1968. Was general counsel and secretary senior vice president for Bell Federal Savings & Loan Association (becoming Bell bank corporation, Inc.) and general counsel, secretary senior vice president until his retirement in 1996. Bob loved to travel, whether it was with his family or work. He enjoyed tennis, skiing and book club. Robert proudly sat on several organizational boards including the board of editors for the Chicago Bar Record, 1970-1973, board of directors for the Glen Ellyn (Illinois) Public Library, 1979-1985, also board president, 1983-1984. Robert was a former member of the American Bar Association, Glen Ellyn Tennis Club, Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, and the Glen Oak Country.