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IBF Board Member Caesar Tabet of Chicago presents a $5,000 grant check to Brendan Short of the Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $5,000 grant to Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law in Chicago, one of 32 grants awarded in 2009 totaling $304,995. The Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law champions economic opportunity through fair laws and policies so that people can move out of poverty permanently. Their attorneys and advocates engage in a wide range of activities, including policy development, impact litigation, community organizing, education, information sharing, and administrative, legislative and media advocacy. While the organization is national is scope, many of the programs it operates focus exclusively on Illinois and it translates those experiences to the national level. This grant specifically supports its Safe Homes Initiative. According to the US Department of Justice, women living in rental housing experience intimate partner violence at three times the rate of women who own their homes. Illinois' Safe Homes Act permits a victim of domestic violence who lives in rental housing to break her lease early or request an emergency lock change if she believes there is an imminent threat of domestic violence against herself or her family.
Appearing on the shows are (front, from left) program moderator John T. Theis, a Chicago lawyer; Cecil J. Hunt II, a professor at The John Marshall Law School; and Michele M. Jochner, judicial law clerk to Justice Charles Freeman of the Illinois Supreme Court; and (rear) Hon. Leonard Murray, an associate judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County
Appearing on the shows are (front, from left) program moderator John T. Theis, a Chicago lawyer; Cecil J. Hunt II, a professor at The John Marshall Law School; and Michele M. Jochner, judicial law clerk to Justice Charles Freeman of the Illinois Supreme Court; and (rear) Hon. Leonard Murray, an associate judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County
The Illinois State Bar Association's Illinois Law cable program will air "Review of Recent U.S. Supreme Court Decisions" throughout the month of November. This two-part series will air on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. on CAN-TV Cable Channel 21. Appearing on the shows will be program moderator John T. Theis, a Chicago lawyer; Cecil J. Hunt II, a professor at The John Marshall Law School; Michele M. Jochner, judicial law clerk to Justice Charles Freeman of the Illinois Supreme Court; and Hon. Leonard Murray, an associate judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County Part 1 will air on Nov. 3 and Nov.
Times are tough. To paraphrase the great philosopher Pogo, the legal profession is confronted with insurmountable opportunities. Now is a great time for all ISBA members to take on some Pro Bono work. If you can't afford to donate the time, consider donating money instead. There is no better time to start because this is National Pro Bono Celebration Week. The ISBA Standing Committee on Delivery of Legal Services has a wonderful website where you can learn more - http://www.isba.org/probono/. I encourage you to help the Bar of Illinois do even more for the citizens of the state. Sincerely, John O'Brien ISBA President
The ISBA has put together a new resource about pro bono opportunities and information for lawyers. Find the pro bono program that is right for you, see upcoming pro bono events, and read informative and uplifting articles on pro bono opportunities and experiences. This month's article is Pro Bono in Principle and Practice by Mike Fiello.
ISBA Board member and candidate for Third Vice President Paula Holderman, ISBA President John O'Brien and Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Jerold Solovy at the Board of Governors meeting on Oct. 16.
ISBA Board member and candidate for Third Vice President Paula Holderman, ISBA President John O'Brien and Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission Chairman Jerold Solovy at the Board of Governors meeting on Oct. 16.
Jerold Solovy, a 54-year member of the ISBA and the Chairman of the Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission, appeared before the ISBA Board of Governors last week to thank the Board for its support of the historic preservation committee. Solovy is also the Chairman Emeritus of Chicago firm Jenner & Block. The Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission was created by the Supreme Court Historic Preservation Act in 2007. Under the Act: "The Commission shall assist and advise the Court in regard to the acquisition, collection, documentation, preservation, cataloging, and related matters with respect to historic aspects of buildings, objects, artifacts, documents, and information, regardless of form, relating to the Illinois judiciary.
The Illinois State Bar Association's Lawyer Finder Service provides referrals to local lawyers Mondays through Fridays. The Service makes referrals in a number of areas of law. For the month of September, 2009, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:
  • Administrative Law        10
  • Animal Law            1
  • Bankruptcy            20
  • Business Law            42
  • Civil Disputes             100
  • Civil Rights            9
  • Consumer Protection        20
  • Contracts             28
  • Criminal Law            38
  • Education Law            18
  • Elder law             4
  • Employment Law        80
  • Estate/Probate Law        18
  • Family                130
  • Government Benefits        18
  • Health Law            5
  • Immigration            7
  • Insurance Disputes        7
  • Intellectual Property        9
  • Miscellaneous            3
  • Municipal Law            7
  • Personal Injury            91
  • Real Estate            49
  • Social Security            11
  • Tax                3
  • Workers Compensation        6
These numbers do not include additional referrals made through the online Lawyer Finder service. Want to be part of the ISBA Lawyer Finder Service? Call (800) 252-8908 and ask for the Legal Department, or visit www.illinoislawyerfinder.com Clients should call (800) 922-8757.
IBF Board Member Richard Zuckerman of Peoria presents a $5,000 grant to Martha Herm, Executive Director of the Center For Prevention of Abuse and Nancy Wright, President of its Board of Directors.
IBF Board Member Richard Zuckerman of Peoria presents a $5,000 grant to Martha Herm, Executive Director of the Center For Prevention of Abuse and Nancy Wright, President of its Board of Directors.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $5,000 grant to The Center for Prevention of Abuse in Peoria, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,965. The Center for the Prevention of Abuse is the only agency in the state of Illinois to provide combined services to victims of domestic violence, sexual assault and elder abuse. The Center provides a range of comprehensive programming which includes court advocacy, emergency shelter and transitional housing, crisis intervention, individual and group counseling, advocacy, therapy, education and other support services. The $5,000 grant was made to support the salary of a part time court advocate at the Tazewell County Courthouse. The Court Advocacy program assists clients seeking legal recourse under the Illinois Domestic Violence Act by petitioning the court for an Order of Protection.
IBF Grants Committee Member Sharon Eiseman of Chicago presents a $10,000 grant to Sandy Blake of Life Span.
IBF Grants Committee Member Sharon Eiseman of Chicago presents a $10,000 grant to Sandy Blake of Life Span.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $10,000 grant to Life Span's Center for Legal Services in Des Plaines, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,965. Life Span provides legal services to victims of domestic violence in Chicago and the north and northwest suburbs. The $10,000 grant was made to support the salary of an attorney in the Des Plaines office, providing legal services to victims of domestic violence in the north and northwest suburbs of Chicago. The attorney provides representation to clients in both the Rolling Meadows (District 3) and Skokie (District 2) Courthouses. The Des Plaines office currently turns away 40 percent of the victims of domestic violence who reach out for services, because, although they fit in the guidelines, they do not have enough attorneys to take the cases. ISBA member Sandy Blake is the attorney in the Des Plaines office.
ISBA President John O'Brien is asked about mortgage foreclosure issues and lawyer's public service activities before presenting the Lincoln media awards on Oct. 9 in Peoria.
ISBA President John O'Brien is asked about mortgage foreclosure issues and lawyers' public service activities before he presented the Lincoln Media Awards on Oct. 9 in Peoria.
The Peoria Journal Star, the Kane County Chronicle and three other newspapers received the 2nd annual Abraham Lincoln Media Award from the Illinois State Bar Association at a ceremony at the Pere Marquette Hotel in Peoria, on Friday, October 9. The Champaign News-Gazette, the Northwest Herald in Crystal Lake and the Aurora Beacon-News also received the award. The ISBA presentation took place during the Illinois Press Association's annual Illinois Excellence in News & Editorial Contest awards luncheon. ISBA President John G. O'Brien presented the award to the Journal Star for its front page series, "Legal actions against enemy combatant," written by Andy Kravetz. "The ISBA media award recognizes media outlets and/or individual members of the media who have been exemplary in helping foster the public's understanding of the law and the legal system," said O'Brien.  "The Journal Star series clearly deserves this recognition."
ISBA member E. Lynn Grayson will be presented with a "Women with Vision" award by the Women's Bar Association of Illinois at the 68th Annual Join Professional Reception on Thursday, Nov. 5 at the Hotel Allegro. The event starts at 5 p.m. Grayson was nominated by the ISBA's Women & the Law Committee. Click here to view her bio. Individual tickets for the reception and award presentation are $85 for current members, $100 for non-members and $125 at the door. Contact Eriana Spencer Echols at (312) 341-8530 or e-mail wbai@wbaillinois.org.