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Daniel (Dan) Joseph Rice, age 67, of Berwyn (formally of Forest Park and Oak Park) passed away on September 26, 2017. Dan was born at St. Anne Hospital in Chicago to parents Edward Francis Rice and Elizabeth Ann Conerty. Brother to siblings (late) Ed, Betty Ann, Eileen, John, Joan, Julie, Marilyn, and Tim. Dan is survived by his loving fiancé, Tamara (Tam) Trutwin; daughters Meagan and Bridget of second wife (late) Moira; and children Jennifer, Carrie, Matt and Kevin of first wife Madonna. Dan was a graduate of St. Ignatius College Prep, Loyola University and John Marshall Law School. Dan was a dedicated and hard-working attorney his entire career. He was sole-practitioner of his own law practice in both Oak Park and Forest Park for over 40 years where he ran a highly successful general practice. Memorial gathering private. 


ISBA was represented at the Justinian Society of Lawyers' Scholarship Dinner, held at Maggiano's Little Italy in Chicago on Oct. 19. Justinian Society President Michael Bonamarte met with ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan and ISBA Third Vice President Dennis Orsey.

U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, past IBF President James Lestikow and current IBF President Perry Browder
U.S. Senator Dick Durbin, past IBF President James Lestikow and current IBF President Perry Browder

The Illinois Bar Foundation hosted its 19th Annual Gala on Friday, October 20 at the Four Seasons in Chicago. U.S. Senator Dick Durbin was honored with the Distinguished Award of Excellence.

Photo credit: Ralph Greenslade


Join us for this full-day seminar in Chicago on November 1, 2017 that gives you the information you need to handle your next medical negligence trial from start to finish. Each segment is presented from the perspective of both a plaintiff and defense attorney (giving you a well-rounded look at each topic) and offers you plenty of interactive opportunities to have your questions answered. Health care attorneys, personal injury lawyers, wrongful death practitioners, workers’ compensation attorneys, and those involved in the medical negligence practice who attend this seminar will better understand: how to limit or prevent evidence from being presented by opposing counsel; the importance of choosing the right jurors for your case; how to use the opening statement to make an impression; how direct and cross examinations can both help and hurt your case; the important roles of experts and treating physicians in this type of trial; and the necessity of creating a compelling closing argument. The program closes with an in-depth look at the trial process through the lens of the judiciary.

The program is presented by the ISBA Tort Law Section. It qualifies for 7.0 hours MCLE credit, including 7.0 hours Professional, Civility, or Legal Ethics PMCLE credit (subject to approval).

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Mark your calendars for Thursday, December 7, to join us at the 20th annual ISBA Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party at Exchequer Pub in Chicago from 7:00-9:00 p.m.! This event is an opportunity to socialize, enjoy food and refreshments, and meet young lawyers from across the state while supporting a great cause. Proceeds from the holiday party will go to the Illinois Bar Foundation YLD's Children Assistance Fund. 

Initially created to assist with the opening of children's waiting rooms in courthouses across the State of Illinois, the Children's Assistance Fund has since grown, and now provides funding to organizations across Illinois that provide legal assistance to children, maintain children's waiting rooms in courthouses, work to reduce recidivism of juveniles, and/or work to reduce the incidents of domestic violence in families with children.

Tickets are now available online for $30, but may also be purchased at the door for $35. 

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Even if you can't attend this year's Illinois Bar Foundation Gala, you can still support the work of the IBF and this year's honoree, Senator Dick Durbin, by participating in the online silent auction.

This year's packages include tickets to your favorite Chicago sporting events, luxurious hotel stays and getaways, fabulous adventures like exclusive dinner parties, wine and beer tasting events, date night ideas in downtown Chicago and beyond, and so much more.

Visit the IBF website for online bidding instructions, tips, and tricks, and place your bids now. The auction closes at 10:00 p.m. on Friday, October 20. 
 


The newly-created ISBA Privacy and Information Security Section held its first meeting at the Chicago Regional Office on October 17, 2017. The meeting kicked off with President Hon. Russell Hartigan delivering remarks to the section before moving to member introductions, mission statement discussion, and business items.

The 35-member section, initially proposed by Ari Scharg, partner at Edelson PC in Chicago and section chair, and approved by the ISBA Board of Governors earlier this year, was created in recognition that the field of privacy law is evolving at an exponential rate. Its purpose is to serve as a comprehensive resource for lawyers who practice in or are interested in the privacy and information security space to learn about information sharing practices. It will also provide a forum to discuss global developments and emerging technologies that will disrupt current business practices; learn best practices and debate issues; and review, monitor, and propose relevant legislation.


Gain the momentum you need to propel your practice to prosperity with this informative full-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on October 27, 2017! Learn how to run your practice with maximum profitability, hire and fire employees in your firm, maintain a virtual practice, and refer clients. In addition, attendees will gain a better understanding of: practicing on a budget for a financially-sound practice; how to build your firm with the best employees possible; the pros and cons of practicing virtually; the risks and benefits of accepting referral fees; how technology and ethics intersect; and much more!

The program is presented by the Illinois State Bar Association and qualifies for 6.75 hours MCLE credit, including 6.75 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan and CBA President Hon. Thomas Mulroy
ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan and CBA President Hon. Thomas Mulroy
ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan attended the Chicago Bar Association's Justice John Paul Stevens Award Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at The Standard Club in Chicago. The event honored Hon. Ruben Castillo, Robert A. Clifford, Hon. Nathaniel R. Howse, Jr., Hon. Joan Humphrey Lefkow, Richard J. Prendergast, Larry R. Rogers, Sr., Ronald S. Safer, Hon. Mary Jane Theis, and Dan K. Webb. 

Laura Inns
Laura Inns
Laura B. Inns has joined Bruning & Associates, PC in Chicago. A graduate of Creighton University School of Law, Laura Inns’ legal career began with general civil litigation with her cases including real property disputes, eminent domain defense, agriculture litigation, and estate litigation. She decided to focus her practice on family law because she is compassionate for clients in traumatic times and tenacious about protecting children. Clients appreciate her candor and patience in guiding them through the legal system. Her family law work has included complex employment income structures, removing children from unsafe parents, and creative settlement negotiations.