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Paula H. Holderman
Paula H. Holderman
The Illinois State Bar Association election cycle begins today and Board of Governors member Paula H. Holderman of Chicago has announced her candidacy for third vice president. The complete notice of elections is on pages 6 and 7 of the Illinois Lawyer Now Quarterly that was recently mailed to members. Seven contests are scheduled for seats on the Board of Governors: Cook – 3 to be elected Incumbents: Russell W. Hartigan – Chicago Paula H. Holderman – Chicago* Mark E. Wojcik – Chicago Area 2 (Circuits 17 & 19) – 1 to be elected Incumbent: Bernard Wysocki – Waukegan Area 5 (Circuits 5, 6, & 11) – 1 to be elected Incumbent: Stephen R. Pacey – Paxton Under Age 37 – Downstate – 1 to be elected Incumbent: Dion U. Davi – Wheaton** Under Age 37 – Cook – 1 to be elected Incumbent: Gina Arquilla DeBoni – Chicago * Eligible to run, but would only be entitled to serve two years. Under the bylaws the third vice-president automatically succeeds to the office of second vice-president; therefore, there is no incumbent for this office. ** Ineligible to succeed due to age limitations. The entire Downstate Assembly and 39 Assembly seats from Cook County are up for election. Nominating petitions may be filed no earlier than January 15, 2010 and must be filed by 4:30 p.m.
Appearing “Health Information Privacy and Advanced Directives” will be (from left) Guy C. Hall, Nancy McKenna, Mary D. Cascino and program moderator Karen A. White.
Appearing on "Basic Estate Planning" will be Cascino, Gregg A. Garofalo and White.
Appearing on "Basic Estate Planning" will be Cascino, Gregg A. Garofalo and White.
The Illinois State Bar Association's Illinois Law cable program will air "Health Information and Advanced Directives" and "Basic Estate Planning" during the month of October. The show will air on CAN-TV Cable Channel 21 on Tuesdays at 10 p.m. "Health Information Privacy and Advanced Directives" will air on Oct. 6 and 20. Appearing on this program will be Guy C. Hall, an attorney at the Champaign law firm of Dobbins, Fraker, Tennant, Joy & Perlstein; Nancy McKenna, of McKenna & Associates, in Chicago; Mary D.
The WILL-TV documentary Lincoln: Prelude to the Presidency, which the Illinois State Bar Association helped produce for the Lincoln bicentennial, has been nominated for a Mid-America Emmy Award. The Lincoln program focused on Abraham Lincoln's experiences as a lawyer on the circuit in central Illinois and was nominated for best historical documentary. Alison Davis Wood produced the program, and Tim Hartin and Colin Hartin were co-producers. Wood was also nominated in the program writing category, and Tim Hartin and Colin Hartin were nominated along with Julius Bolton for program photography. The Lincoln documentary aired last February on PBS stations across the country during Lincoln's Bicentennial. Click here to order the DVD.
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 August, 2009, ISBA helped people in need of legal services find lawyers in the following areas:
  • Administrative Law    4
  • Animal Law        1
  • Bankruptcy        21
  • Business Law        17
  • Civil Disputes         105
  • Civil Rights        22
  • Collection        28
  • Consumer Protection    21
  • Contracts        11
  • Criminal Law        72
  • Education Law        17
  • Elder law         5
  • Employment Law    84
  • Estate/Probate Law    23
  • Family            137
  • Government Benefits    12
  • Health Law        3
  • Immigration        8
  • Insurance Disputes    8
  • Intellectual Property    6
  • Miscellaneous        7
  • Municipal Law        7
  • Personal Injury        106
  • Real Estate        70
  • Social Security        14
  • Tax            5
  • Workers Compensation    17
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 Clients should call 800.922.8757.
legalfront Subscribers to the Daily Herald in DuPage, Kane, and Lake counties awoke today to the third edition of the ISBA's Legal Health Checkup. The 12-page insert informs readers of legal situations they may face, and promotes use of a lawyer. A total of 114,000 Daily Herald readers received the Legal Health Checkup, which is a project of the ISBA Committee on Strategic Marketing for Illinois Lawyers. Topics covered include Patients' Rights, Foreclosure Scams, Legal Rights on the Job, Child Support and Estate Planning. The Checkup's bottom line message is that legal problems require the assistance of a lawyer. Readers are urged to consult their lawyer, and if they need help in finding a lawyer, ISBA's Illinois Lawyer Finder Service is promoted, along with the lawyer referral services of the DuPage, Kane and Lake county bar associations.
The Illinois Bar Foundation, the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), has announced the recipients of its new grants totaling $304,965 awarded to 32 law-related nonprofit organizations, including: Chicago
  • Apna Ghar, Inc., $7,500
  • Cabrini Green Legal Aid, $15,000
  • CARPLS, $25,000
  • Center for Conflict Resolution, $5,000
  • Center on Halsted, $5,000
  • Chicago Legal Advocacy for Incarcerated Mothers, $8,000
  • Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation, $15,000
  • Equip for Equality, $20,000
  • Family Rescue, $7,500
  • Illinois Coalition for Equal Justice, $10,000
  • Illinois Equal Justice Foundation, $5,000
  • Illinois Legal Aid Online, $20,000
  • Lawyers’ Committee for Better Housing, $7,500
  • Legal Aid Bureau of Metropolitan Family Services, $10,000
  • Public Interest Law Initiative, $15,000
  • Sargent Shriver National Center on Poverty Law, $5,000
Elsewhere in Illinois
  • CASA of Franklin County, Benton, $2,500
  • CASA of Jefferson County, Mt. Vernon, $2,000
  • CASA of McHenry County, Woodstock, $2,000
  • Center for Prevention of Abuse, Peoria, $5,000
  • Children’s Advocacy Centers of Illinois, Springfield, $13,465
  • Macon County CASA, Decatur, $5,000
  • Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., Rockford, $15,000
  • St. Clair County CASA, Belleville, $10,000
  • Dove Domestic Violence Program, Decatur, $10,000
  • Life Span, Des Plaines, $10,000
  • Catholic Urban Programs/Neighborhood Law Office, East St.
Nancy Z. Hablutzel (from left), Lawrence O. Wagner and Ophelia Navarro will appear on "Surviving the Mortgage Crisis."
The Illinois State Bar Association's Illinois Law cable program will air two shows "Surviving the Mortgage Crisis" and "How to Choose the Right Lawyer for You" during the month of September on CAN-TV Cable Channel 21.
Nancy Z. Hablutzel (front, from left), Bonita B. Hwang Cho and (rear, from left) Jesus Perez and M. Yaser Tabbara will appear on "How to Choose the Right Lawyer for You."
"Surviving the Mortgage Crisis" will air on Sept. 1, 15 and 29 at 10 p.m. This program will be moderated by Chicago lawyer Nancy Hablutzel with commentary by Lawrence O. Wagner of the Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago and Ophelia Navarro, Executive Director of the Spanish Coalition for Housing. "How to Choose the Right Lawyer for You" will air on Sept. 8 and 22 at 10 p.m.
Jim Anderson (left) and  John O'Brien (right)
Jim Anderson (left) and John O'Brien (right)
John O’Brien was interviewed by Illinois Radio Network newsman Jim Anderson today for a half-hour show, “Eye on Illinois,” that will air at various times the weekend of Aug. 28 on IRN’s subscriber stations statewide. John fielded questions about real estate law as well as the work undertaken by lawyers.
IBF Board member and ISBA 1st Vice President Mark Hassakis of Mt. Vernon presents a $2,500 check to Mariah Hayes, Executive Director of CASA of Franklin County.
IBF Board member and ISBA 1st Vice President Mark Hassakis of Mt. Vernon presents a $2,500 check to Mariah Hayes, Executive Director of CASA of Franklin County.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $2,500 grant to CASA of Franklin County, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995. CASA of Franklin County recruits, trains and supports volunteers to speak up for the best interest of abused and neglected children in Franklin County Juvenile Dependency Court. According to the Illinois Department of Children and Family Services, in 2006, Franklin County was 10th in the state with the highest number of child abuse and neglect reports based on population. As the charitable affiliate of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Bar Foundation’s mission is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means, and to assist lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. This past year, through the support of ISBA members, IBF distributed more than $425,000 to support these efforts.
John O'Brien
John O'Brien
ISBA President John O'Brien will appear on radio station WMAY 970-AM out of Springfield this Saturday, August 22, at approximately 12:30 p.m. to discuss pro bono work that lawyers perform. The segment can be heard through the station's Web site at and click on the "Listen Live" button.