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For the first time, The John Marshall Law School will host the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals for a Sept. 1 hearing in the case United States v. Alston. The 3:30 p.m. hearing in the law school's Baim Courtroom, is open to the public. The Army Court of Appeals routinely hears two cases each year at law schools outside of the Washington, D.C., area. This case is being held at John Marshall at the invitation of Lt. Col. Gene Baime, an associate judge on the three-judge appellate panel, who is an alumnus of the law school. The court is reviewing a sexual assault conviction. On May 30, 2008, an enlisted panel sitting as a general court-martial jury at Fort Riley, Kansas, convicted Specialist John Alston of aggravated sexual assault in violation of Article 120, Uniform Code of Military Justice.  Originally charged with rape, Alston was convicted of the lesser included offense of aggravated sexual assault. The court-martial sentenced Alston to reduction to the grade of private, forfeiture of all pay and allowances, confinement for 181 days, and separation from the service with a bad-conduct discharge. The case was automatically appealed to the U.S. Army Court of Criminal Appeals.
The Kane County Bar Association will conduct monthly "Ask A Lawyer Days" during 2009, due to the popularity of the program established during its 150th anniversary celebration last year.  On the second Saturday of each month, members of the public are encouraged to call 630-762-1900 between the hours of 9:00 and 11:00 am for a free consultation with a volunteer attorney. This public information service is a great opportunity to ask questions and find direction for any legal matters you may have.  The next "Ask A Lawyer Day" will be held on Saturday, August 8.  If you are not able to call at that time, please visit the Kane County Bar Association website, and select the "Find A Lawyer" tab to search for an attorney.
ISBA President John O'Brien (left) with Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald, History Museum President Gary T. Johnson, National Conference of Presidents Chief M. Joe Crosthwait Jr. and U.S. District Chief Judge James f. Holderman
ISBA President John O'Brien (left) with Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald, History Museum President Gary T. Johnson, National Conference of Presidents Chief M. Joe Crosthwait Jr. and U.S. District Chief Judge James F. Holderman
ISBA President John O'Brien welcomed over 400 members of the American Bar Association House of Delegates to a reception Friday night at the Chicago History Museum. The American Bar Association is holding its Annual Meeting in Chicago through Tuesday. Click here to view the photo gallery from this event.
The Illinois State Bar Assocation's Young Lawyers Division will host a "Day at the Races" on Sept. 26 to benefit the Children's Assistance Program. This event will take place from noon-6 p.m. at Arlington Park Racecourse, Marquee Tent 3 in the Miller Lite Party Deck in Arlingon Heights. Tickets will be available at 11:30 a.m. at the Grandstand Entrance at the Will Call window. The cost is $60 per person and includes admission, daily racing guide, private party deck, soft drinks, beer, wine and appetizers from 12:30-6 p.m. The deadline is Sept. 15 and space is limited. Contact Meghan O'Brien with questions. Click here to register online.
A benefit to support a summer judicial internship program for qualified law students will be held Saturday, Sept. 12, by the Lawyer's Auxiliary Committee of the Illinois Judges Foundation. The Foundation fund-raiser "Batter Up for Justice" will take place at the Lakeview Baseball Club, 3633 N. Sheffield. It will begin at 11:05 a.m., one hour before the Chicago Cubs take on the Cincinnati Reds. The admission fee of $150 per person includes admission and an open bar throughout the game. Reservations may be made by calling (312) 554-2008 or e-mailing Sponsorships at various levels are available. The event is open to the public, but space is limited. A portion of each contribution is tax-deductible.
John O'Brien
John O'Brien
John O’Brien, newly-installed president of the Illinois State Bar Association, will be trotted up to the Arlington Park Racetrack in Arlington Heights this Friday, July 24, for a fete hosted jointly by the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association (IRELA) and Northwest Suburban Bar Association (NWSBA) in celebration of his new post.  O’Brien was a founder of IRELA and serves as its board chair, and he is a long-time active member of the NWSBA. The sixth race will be called “The Flyin’ O’Brien,” and Johnny O will have his picture taken in the Winner’s Circle with the winning horse.  Reception is from 2 p.m. to 6 p.m., with the first race starting at 2:30 p.m.  The event will be held at the racetrack’s Million Room, 4th floor.  Cost to attend is $35 which includes admission to the track, program, hors d’oeuvres and open bar.  For reservations, call (847) 221-2601.
Join Team WBAI on Thursday, July 30, at 6:30 p.m. for the Race Judicata 2009 Sprint for Justice 5K Run/Walk to benefit the programs of the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation. This race event begins at Upper Hutchinson Field at Columbus & Balbo in Grant Park and loops participants along Lake Michigan and back, where they are greeted by a band and complimentary beer, wine and snacks. Please register under the team name "WBAI" to coordinate all participants. Click here to register. Contact Alia Caravelli with any questions about Team WBAI.
The Women's Bar Association of Illinois presents "An Evening with Laura Caldwell" on Tuesday, Aug. 4, from 5:30-7:30 p.m at Jenner & Block LLP, 330 N. Wabash in Chicago. Please RSVP to by July 31. Space is limited. Laura Caldwell is a Chicago-based lawyer turned novelist. Her first book, Burning the Map, was selected by Barnes & as the one of The Best of 2002.
yld_golfouting_logo The Illinois State Bar Association's Young Lawyers Division will hold its 5th Annual Golf Classic on Tuesday, Sept. 1 at the Odyssey Golf Club in Tinley Park. This event will benefit the Illinois Bar Foundation YLD's Children's Assistance Fund. Schedule:
  • Registration: 10:30 a.m.
  • PMCLE program: 11 a.m.
  • Shotgun start: 12:30 p.m.
  • Cocktails, dinner, silent auction: 4 p.m.
Sponsorship opportunities are available. Click here for more information Click here to register