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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
By Rodney R. Nordstrom Consisting of Moe Levine's most memorable lectures and summations, a  new book, Moe Levine on Advocacy, offers everything the reader expects.  Don Keenan does an excellent job in the forward to motivate the reader to read more of the book. Specifically, Keenan divides Levine's (1908 -1974) trial advocacy skills into five main points: mastery of the understatement, appeal to each audience's uniqueness, appeal to jurors' spirituality, elevation of jury's consciousness of the community and challenging jurors to make the "right" decision. These five cardinal points summarize Levine's smooth approach to effective summation.
Judging by the traffic on ISBA's criminal-law listserver, few topics are more important to day-to-day criminal defense practice than expungements. And on that topic, Coles County lawyer Jeremy J. Richey has some advice for his peers -- don't put them off. In a recent post to his excellent East Central Illinois Criminal Law & DUI Weblog, he says this: "Since expungement is a slow process, a person should seek expungement the first day he is eligible for it and not when he needs it later down the road." Read the whole thing. And if you're an ISBA member, sign up for the criminal-DUI-traffic listserver and other e-mail discussion groups here.
The Winnebago County Bar Association will hold its 64th Annual Clambake on July 31 at the Macktown Forest Preserve, 12 miles north of Rockford on Route 2. Lunch is from 11 a.m.-2 p.m., Dinner is from 6-7:40 p.m. Members price is $130 for all day with golf, $100 for food only. Non-members price is $170 for all day with golf, $140 for food only. Reserve by Friday, July 24. Call (815) 964-4992 for more information.
Watch for Helen Gunnarsson's LawPulse item in the not-yet-published August Illinois Bar Journal about a scam e-mail solicitation that's making the rounds. Helen will have details, but in the meantime you can read a year-old California Bar Journal article describing this "request for Legal assistance," purportedly from a Chinese textile company. Thanks to Springfield paralegal Caren Mansfield, who alerted ISBA to the scam and the CBJ article.
In a recent column for the Law Technology News, veteran lawyer and legal-tech writer Bob Ambrogi compared the two leading bar-sponsored legal research services, Fastcase and Casemaker. As he notes, Casemaker partners with 28 bars representing 475,000 lawyers, while Fastcase is offered by 17 state and other bars -- including the Illinois State Bar Association -- representing 380,000 lawyers. His conclusion? "[B]oth are worthwhile services with many similarities. In the coverage of federal and state libraries and the relative strengths of their search tools, neither stands out as significantly superior to the other. But in their intuitiveness and ease of use, Fastcase has the clear edge." Read his review.