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Image about malpracticeThe ISBA Young Lawyers Division will host "Legal Malpractice Pitfalls for Young Lawyers" on Monday, April 20 from noon-1 p.m. at the ISBA Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark, Ste. 900.

Studies show that approximately 1 in 10 lawyers will be sued for malpractice during their career. Even meritless claims can burden you and your firm with both financial and emotional costs. By law, attorneys are not required to obtain legal malpractice insurance. Moreover, some types of legal malpractice insurance only provide coverage for certain conditions. This presentation will highlight common mistakes young lawyers make that often result in malpractice claims, provide steps to take to avoid these pitfalls, discuss an overview of important features of malpractice insurance policies, and evaluate the risk of young attorneys who find themselves in hot water.

YLD Professional Development Luncheons are aimed at teaching law students and young attorneys practical steps in developing their legal careers.

Presenters:

The Hon. Lloyd A. Karmeier, Illinois Supreme Court Justice, 5th District, will be honored at the 2015 Lawyers’ Assistance Program Joseph R. Bartylak Award Dinner on Friday, April 17, at the Sangamo Club in Springfield. The keynote Speaker will be the Hon. Robert J. Anderson, incoming President of the Illinois Judges Association. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m.

The Lawyers’ Assistance Program has been confidentially assisting Illinois lawyers, judges, law students and their families with alcohol, substance abuse and mental health issues since 1980. LAP created the Joseph R. Bartylak Award to be awarded annually to deserving ‘downstate’ volunteers. Joe Bartylak served LAP since its inception as an incorporator, volunteer, Board member and as the Associate Director from 2002-2007. Joe also served as Director of Land of Lincoln Legal Services for many years.

For more information or to receive an invitation please contact Bridget McLaughlin at 312-726-6607 or bmclaughlin@illinoislap.org

ISBA?YLD Bean Bag PartyTickets and sponsorships now available for the ISBA Young Lawyers Division's Annual Bean Bag Tournament!

Championship team wins $300 and 2nd place gets $150!

Please join us at the YLD's Annual Bean Bag Tournament on Saturday, April 25 to show off your bean bag tossing skills while supporting the ISBA/YLD Children's Assistance Fund. This fund provides grants to organizations throughout Illinois related to children and law. Over the past sixteen years, the Children's Assistance Fund has distributed nearly $300,000 in grants, due, in large part, to the support and participation in events like the Bean Bag Tournament. We hope you help us continue this tradition of giving by joining us this year at our new location – Bar Louie in Printer's Row!

What: Open bar, warm appetizers and an afternoon full of friends and friendly competition!

When: Saturday, April 25, 2015, 1:00 to 4:00 p.m.

Where: Bar Louie, Printer's Row, 47 W. Polk St, Chicago, IL 

Cost:

  • $45/person for tickets purchased online through Sunday, April 19
  • $55/person for tickets purchased at the door
  • $125 per two-member team (team fee includes two wristbands and entry in the Bean Bag Tournament).

All teams must be registered by Sunday, April 19. Online Registration will also close April 19.

Image about malpracticeThe ISBA Young Lawyers Division will host "Legal Malpractice Pitfalls for Young Lawyers" on Monday, April 20 from noon-1 p.m. at the ISBA Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark, Ste. 900.

Studies show that approximately 1 in 10 lawyers will be sued for malpractice during their career. Even meritless claims can burden you and your firm with both financial and emotional costs. By law, attorneys are not required to obtain legal malpractice insurance. Moreover, some types of legal malpractice insurance only provide coverage for certain conditions. This presentation will highlight common mistakes young lawyers make that often result in malpractice claims, provide steps to take to avoid these pitfalls, discuss an overview of important features of malpractice insurance policies, and evaluate the risk of young attorneys who find themselves in hot water.

YLD Professional Development Luncheons are aimed at teaching law students and young attorneys practical steps in developing their legal careers.

Presenters:

Join us at either of our two locations - Springfield volunteers especially needed!

Saturday, April 25, 2015
9 a.m. - 2 p.m.

Please consider volunteering to help the public with their legal questions and, at the same time, enhance the image of the profession.

Each year, to recognize and celebrate Law Day, the Illinois State Bar Association sponsors "Ask A Lawyer Day," a day during which volunteers respond to telephone calls from the public and answer general legal questions free of charge. This is a state-wide public relations effort that receives considerable attention from the public and the media.

"Ask A Lawyer Day" volunteer lawyers in Springfield will answer calls at the Illinois Bar Center offices from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m. Volunteer lawyers in the Chicago area, will volunteer in the Chicago Office from 9 a.m. – 2 p.m.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the online form at www.isba.org/askalawyervolunteer

Please let us know by April 3 if you would like to participate.


On the Evening of March 19, 2015, five alumni of the University of DePaul College of Law engaged in honest and practical conversations with current law students on the realities of practicing law. The students left this event feeling better suited to enter the approaching summer job market.

On hand for the event were (Back, from left): Mr. Stephan Blandin, Romanucci & Blandin, LLC; Mr. Johner T. Wilson III, Lewis Brisbois Bisgaard & Smith, LLP.  (Front, from left): Colleen Mulligan, ’17 ISBA Student Rep; Ms. Sarah Moravia, Avery Camerlingo Kill, LLC;  Ms. Kristy Lee, Plante Moran;  Ms. Erin M. Wilson, O’Connor Family Law, P.C.;  Sherry H. Joseph, ‘17 ISBA Student Rep;  and Steven Haamid, ‘17. Photo credit: Michael A. Coleman, Jr

The next ISBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute will be held in East Peoria on April 16. The focus of this seminar is Building Your Practice and Preparing for the Future. The program runs from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. and provides 6.50 MCLE hours, including 6.50 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval).

Get the best practice tips and practical tools you need to run your office efficiently and profitably with this full-day seminar! As an attendee, you will:

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Law Student Committee would like to invite you to a "Speed Networking Event" on Wednesday, April 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark. Borrowing concepts from speed dating, the event will facilitate short, focused conversations between current law students and distinguished ISBA members in a relaxed setting. Topics that will be addressed include networking, business development, and landing your first job.  

If you would like to meet seasoned attorneys with a wealth of information about practicing law in Illinois, while gaining some insight into the forward-thinking events and services offered by the ISBA, please register for this free event at https://www.isba.org/speednetworking


Join ISBA members for a group admission to the Supreme Court of the United States on Monday, June 8, 2015 in Washington D.C.

Sign up by March 13 for the ISBA's biennial trip to the U.S. Supreme Court! A special group hotel room rate is available at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel for the admittee, family and guests.

To be eligible, you must be an active lawyer member of the ISBA, admitted to practice more than 3 years, and not have any adverse disciplinary action pronounced or in effect during that 3-year period.


The ISBA Marketing & Communications Committee invites ISBA members to march in the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14. Members can meet the committee at the ISBA Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark, Ste. 900 or join the committee at the parade site, Columbus and Balbo. The exact ISBA parade number will be released the week of the parade.

Contact Chris Bonjean at cbonjean@isba.org if you would like to participate.