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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.
Steven J. Greeley
Steven J. Greeley
Franks, Gerkin & McKenna P.C., is pleased to announce that Steven J. Greeley has been named a partner of the firm. Steve's primarily practice areas include personal injury, commercial/general litigation, and local government law as Township Attorney for Townships in McHenry County, as well as serving as a Commissioner of the McHenry County Historic Preservation Commission. He also serves as a member of the McHenry County Legal Aid Committee and is a member of the Leadership Committee of the Prairie State Campaign for Legal Services. Steve is graduate of Western Illinois University and Northern Illinois University College of Law, where he served as Editor-in-Chief of the law review. For more information on the Law Firm of Franks, Gerkin, & McKenna, P.C. and Steven J. Greeley, please visit us at www.fgmlaw.com or contact us at 815-923-2107. Franks, Gerkin and McKenna is a law firm of 48 years, with many practice areas including personal injury, workers' compensation, litigation, real estate, estate planning, criminal defense, family law, land use and zoning, probate, commercial transactions, bankruptcy, and traffic violations.
Public Act 96-108 took effect July 30, 2009. It amends judgeships in the following circuits: 12th, 13th, 16th, 17th, 19th, and 22nd. It also creates some new judgeships. Click here for more information.

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ISBA members are invited to participate in a members-only malpractice insurance plan provided by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company.  ISBA Mutual, formed 19 years ago through the efforts of Illinois lawyers, specializes in professional liability insurance written specifically and exclusively for the needs of Illinois attorneys. Visit the ISBA Mutual website to learn more.
Mark Mathewson, ISBA Director of Publications, is congratuled by outgoing NABE President Rod Wegener
Mark Mathewson, ISBA Director of Publications, is congratulated by outgoing NABE President Rod Wegener
Mark Mathewson, ISBA Director of Publications, received the 2009 National Association of Bar Executives Peer Excellence Award on Thursday at the association's Annual Meeting. This award recognizes those members who have made a significant contribution to NABE. Mathewson, also the editor of the Illinois Bar Journal and a frequent contributor to Illinois Lawyer Now, was described as "a principled bar executive" who is "knowledgeable and well-respected." Mathewson recently received his Certified Association Executive designation, the highest professional credential in the association world.
Whew. Lawyers scrambling to create identify-theft policies to comply with the August 1 implementation deadline for the FTC's "Red Flags Rule" can breathe a little easier. It's been pushed back to November 1. The ABA Journal and the Blog of Legal Times have more.
ICADP Board President Garnet Fay, former ISBA president Terry Hegarty, ISBA President John O'Brien and ICADP Executive Director Jeremy Schroeder
ICADP Board President Garnet Fay, former ISBA president Terry Hegarty, ISBA President John O'Brien and ICADP Executive Director Jeremy Schroeder
The Illinois Coalition to Abolish the Death Penalty selected the Illinois State Bar Association to receive its organizational award for 2009 for its work to abolish the death penalty in Illinois. ISBA President John O'Brien accepted the award at the group's annual meeting Thursday night in Chicago. Former ISBA president Terry Hegarty, who led the effort to get the  Association to take its position against the death penalty, was also on hand for the award presentation.
If you represent a veteran or have family members who are veterans, the Governor signed about 22 bills affecting them over the weekend. They may be found at this link, Public Acts 96-79 through 96-101.