News & Announcements

 Read the July/August CBA Record Online
   Profile of CBA President Jesse Ruiz, Denying a Request to Admit Truth of Facts, Illinois' Biometric Information Privacy Act and More
New Edition of The CBA Record Welcomes President Ruiz

The latest issue of the CBA Record magazine is now available online at Features include a look at the legal career of 2019-2020 CBA President Jesse Ruiz and a report from the Working Women’s Legal Summit. Additional articles include “Denying a Request to Admit Trust of Facts: Top Five Ways to Commit Malpractice,” “The Balanced Lawyer: More than Just Work-Life Balance,” and ” Asking for Permission, Not Forgiveness: Employment Aspects of Illinois’ Biometric Information Privacy Act.” Also, our Legal Ethics Columnist John Levin examines legal reform activities.

July/August CBA Record

 Justice John Paul Stevens Award 2019 Nominations Due August 9
   Nominate outstanding local attorneys or judges for a Justice John Paul Stevens Award by August 9.
The Chicago Bar Association is accepting nominations for its annual Justice John Paul Stevens Award. Established in 2000, the award is presented annually to Illinois lawyers and judges whose careers best emulate Justice Stevens’ integrity, legacy of service to the bench and the bar, and commitment to public and community service. The date for this year’s Justice John Paul Stevens Award luncheon will be announced in late August. 

Nominations with supporting materials or information should be sent to the Justice John Paul Stevens Award Committee, c/o Terrence M. Murphy, Executive Director, 321 Plymouth Court, Chicago, 60604 or email:

For your information, 2018 Justice Stevens Award honorees included: Laurel G. Bellows, Carol A. Brook, Kevin P. Durkin, John N. Gallo, Terri L. Mascherin, Hon. P. Scott Neville, Jr., Hon. Jesse G. Reyes, Hon. Mary K. Rochford, and Tina Tchen.

 New Member Savings with UPS, Improved Flat Rate Pricing
   Members save up to 45% on domestic next day shipping with UPS. Re-enroll now.
Flat Rate Discounts on Shipping with UPS

Chicago Bar and UPS took the guesswork out, and put the easy in. Members now have access to new and improved flat rate pricing with savings of 45% on Domestic Next Day/Deferred, 25% on Ground Commercial / Residential and up to 50% on additional services.  In addition, members can take advantage of UPS Smart Pickup® service for free.

Open a new account, or if you are already taking advantage of our UPS savings program, re-enroll and apply the new discounts to your existing account by visiting: or call 1-800-MEMBERS (1-800-636-2377), M-F 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., ET. 

Click here for a downloadable PDF that contains sign up information.

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 CBA @theBar Blog Now Available on LexBlog
   CBA blog now featured on LexBlog. Follow us!
The @CBAattheBar blog is now featured on LexBlog, a worldwide publishing network with a focus on cultivating an empowering environment that highlights the hard work of the bright minds within the legal industry. Congratulations! Our newest posts focus on the cash bail system, judicial evaluation, redacting documents, and more. Sign up to follow the blog and receive notifications of new posts by email at Thank you to the Young Lawyers Section for spearheading the new blog.

 CBA Building Architect Stanley Tigerman Dies at 88
   CBA Building Architect Stanley Tigerman passed away at age 88 on June 3.

Stanley Tigerman, a giant of Chicago Architecture who designed more than 450 buildings including The Chicago Bar Association Building, died at the age of 88 on Monday, June 3, 2019. Read more in a Chicago Tribune article by Blair Kamin dated June 5, 2019.  

 Renew CBA Membership and Get Free CLE Coupons
   Renew your June 1, 2019-May 31, 2020 membership now and get 2 free CLE coupons.
It's Time to Renew Your Membership for the 2019-2020 Bar Year

Extended! Renew by June 30, 2019 and receive two free CLE coupons from the West LegalEdcenter! No dues increase, free monthly seminars and committee meetings (enough to meet your MCLE requirements at no cost-attend your choice of in-person or live Webcast), practical business and legal training, easy ways to connect with local lawyers, judges and other professional groups, free legal news feed, one-on-one career counseling and online job board, hands-on technology training for you and your staff, and more.

CBA membership is affordable and relevant to your practice and professional future. Renew at or call 312-554-2020 (auto dues and hardship reduction also available). 

We appreciate your membership and look forward to serving you in the coming year.

Questions or comments? Email or call 312-554-2020.

 CBA Record April-May Issue: Appellate Court Practice, Mindfulness and More
   Illinois Appellate Court practice, oral arguments in reviewing courts, criminal cases and the press and more.
Spring is here and so is the latest issue of the CBA Record magazine. Articles include a look at Illinois Appellate Court practice, the rise in oral arguments since the amendment of SC Rule 352, how to handle high-profile criminal cases and the press from a defense perspective, and the importance of mindfulness. Read the issue now online at

 Video: Mayor Lori Lightfoot Remarks at All Bar Welcome Reception
   Watch Mayor Lori Lightfoot's remarks to Chicago's legal community at May 29 All Bar Welcome Reception.
Chicago’s legal community gave a warm welcome to the city’s new Mayor on May 29, 2019, at the All Bar Reception honoring Lori Lightfoot. A standing-room-only crowd heard from Mayor Lightfoot about her priorities to quell the city’s violence and restore integrity to government. A former partner at Mayer  Brown and a member of the CBA’s Board of Managers, she also spoke of her passion for the law and the importance of the legal community’s role in helping to bring change to city government.  “I know that I will be looking to many of you right here in this room to help solve some of our city’s greatest challenges,” Lightfoot told the crowd. Watch the video now.

Thank you to our co-sponsors: American Immigration Lawyers Association of Chicago; Black Women Lawyers Association; Federal Bar Association; Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago; Serbian Bar Association of America; Advocates Society; Appellate Lawyers Association; Arab American Bar Association of Illinois; Asian American Bar Association; Catholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago; Cook  County Bar Association;  Decalogue Society of Lawyers;  Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois; Justinian Society of Lawyers; Muslim Bar Association; Puerto Rican Bar Association; South Asian Bar Association of Chicago; and Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

 JEC Findings for 2019 Associate Judges Retention
   View the Judicial Evaluation Committee's findings for 2019 Cook County Circuit Court associate judges seeking retention.
The Chicago Bar Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC) invites you to review the results of our evaluations of sitting Circuit Court of Cook County Associate Judges seeking reappointment in September 2019. Go to

 1992 Report on Civility in the Profession
   Civility recommendations for the bench and bar still hold value today. Read the report.
The erosion of civility within the legal profession has always been important to the both the bench and bar. Over 25 years ago, the Seventh Federal Judicial Circuit's Committee on Civility chaired by the Hon. Marvin E. Aspen (this year's Chicago Bar Association Vanguard Honoree) studied the issue of civility and authored a "Final Report of the Committee on Civility of the Seventh Federal Judicial Circuit."

The findings stated that the majority of attorneys in the circuit reported an erosion of ethics in the circuit. The committee report then went on to offer recommendations the profession could take to reverse the trend as well as offered a code of professional conduct that outlined lawyers' duties to other counsel and the court, as well as the courts' duties to lawyers and judges. We invite you to read the report and examine these issues for yourself. Read the report now .

 Special Member Offer: WBBM Newsradio Advertising
   CBA teams with WBBM Newsradio to offer reduced advertising rates for members
Looking to ramp up your firm’s marketing efforts? The Chicago Bar Association and WBBM Newsradio are proud to offer special discounted radio advertising opportunities exclusively for CBA members.  

The offer includes a 15 percent discount off all radio advertising placed between now and May 1.  Customized advertising packages are available that offer on-air commercials on WBBM and 5 other top stations in Chicago, as well as digital marketing opportunities and partnerships with all of Chicago’s top professional sports teams. 

For further information contact Eric Gordon or call 312-297-7724.

For more information:

 Notice to Members: 2019-2020 Slate of Officers and Board of Managers
   Congratulations to 2019-2020 CBA Officers and Board of Managers
Pursuant to Section 8.3(a)(3) of Article VIII of the By-Laws of the Association, the Nominating Committee has selected the nominees for each office in the Association and for each place to be filled on the Board of Managers at the Annual Meeting.

View the Slate

 Feb/March CBA Record: Diversity through Opportunity
   Read the issue online now.
The Young Lawyers Section takes the helm of the Feb/March issue of The CBA Record with a focus on "Diversity from Opportunity." Articles include "How Chicago Can Incorporate Lessons from Equitable Development-Building Inclusive, Affordable Communities" and "It Takes a Village of Attorneys-Screening for Relief from Deportation for Juveniles." Read the issue now at

 Alliance for Women Award Nominations Due April 2
   Submit your nominations recognizing outstanding women attorneys.
The AFW presents the Founder’s and the Alta May Hulett Awards annually to outstanding women lawyers who have significantly contributed to the advancement of women in the legal profession or other areas, and whose careers exemplify the highest level of professional achievement, ethics, and excellence. The winners will be announced in late March and honored in May 2019. For a list of past winners and nomination information go to

 Young Lawyers Section 2019-2020 Slate of Officers and Directors
   2019-2020 Young Lawyers Section leadership announced.
Pursuant to Section 5.4 of Article V of the By-Laws of the Young Lawyers Section, the Nominating Committee of the Young Lawyers Section submits its slate of candidates for election to the offices indicated. The term of office for each position to be filled shall be one year from the 2019 Annual Meeting of the Young Lawyers Section to the 2020 Annual Meeting, except the Co-Editors in Chief of the YLS Journal and the Directors shall have two-year terms.

View the slate. If you have questions, contact Jennifer Byrne at 312-554-2031.

 Orchestra Musicians Wanted for Summer Concert
   Double-bass, viola, and bassoon players especially needed.
The CBA's Symphony Orchestra is seeking additional musicians this spring for its amazing “Ode To Joy” concert to be performed on June 22, 2019 at Symphony Center. The concert will include the 4th Movement of Beethoven’s Symphony No. 9. Double-Bass, Viola, and Bassoon players are especially needed. Contact John Vishneski at (312) 207-2404.

 The Chicago Bar Foundation Investing in Justice Campaign
   Give today and help the CBF support 30+ great pro bono and legal aid organizations.
For the 13th year, the CBA is proud to join more than 150 law firms, corporations and other organizations as a leader in the CBF Investing in Justice Campaign, where the entire legal community comes together to ensure that everyone has access to necessary legal help, not just people who can afford it. 100% of individual contributions again directly support the work of more than 30 outstanding pro bono and legal aid organizations and related initiatives, and each year helps tens of thousands of low-income and disadvantaged people get the legal assistance they need. Join together with the thousands of CBA members and other lawyers in our community who are making a difference through the Campaign.

 CBA 2019 Nominating Notice
   Information on 2019-2020 CBA Officers and Board of Managers nomination process.
Notice from the Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee for the 2019 Election, selected pursuant to Article VIII, Section 8.3(a) of the Bylaws as adopted June 3, 1977 and amended June 27, 2013, hereby invites nominations for consideration by the Committee through 5:00 p.m., on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.  The Committee will hold an Open Meeting at the home of the Association on Thursday, March 14, beginning at 4:00 p.m., to receive suggestions from members of the Association as to nominees for officers and new members of the Board of Managers.  If you plan to appear or have someone nominate you, please call Terry Murphy (312-554-2002) or Tamra Drees (312-554-2057) in advance of the March 14 Open Meeting. Officer and Board candidates will be asked to complete a questionnaire and will be invited to schedule a brief appearance before the Nominating Committee on March 20, 2019 at 4:00 p.m.   

The following offices will be filled:

and eight members of the Board of Managers for two-year terms to fill the vacancies caused by the expiration of the terms of the following Board Members: Mark B. Epstein, Michael J. Kaufman, Matthew A. Passen, Mary Robinson, John C. Sciaccotta, Helene M. Snyder, Greta G. Weathersby, Zeophus J. Williams.
Under the Bylaws, Article VIII, Section 8.3(c), the Second Vice President shall without election or contest automatically succeed to the Office of First Vice President and the First Vice President shall without election or contest automatically succeed to the Office of President.

The Committee invites your participation in this important process.  You may nominate yourself or any other member or members orally at the March 14 Open Meeting or by notifying the Nominating Committee at the Office of the Association, through 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, March 12, 2019.

2019 Nominating Committee:
Daniel M. Kotin, Chair
Cailee Jo Alderman
Terrence M. Burns
Ruben R. Chapa
Hon. Jacqueline P. Cox
J. Timothy Eaton
Meredith Mays Espino
Kristen L. Gale
Hon. Megan E. Goldish
Hon. Sophia H. Hall
Hon. Robert F. Harris
Christos Kiosses
Kenneth H. Levinson
Brandon E. Peck
Katherine G. Schnake
Andrew W. Vail
Lara K. Wagner

 Leadership Institute: Now Accepting Applications
   Lawyers in practice for 3-10 years are encouraged to apply by March 4 to take part in the CBA's 2019 Leadership Institute.
The CBA’s Leadership Institute is a program designed to enhance the leadership skills and foster the professional growth of Chicago attorneys. The program provides emerging leaders within Chicago’s legal community with the practical knowledge and business development strategies necessary to attain and be successful in significant leadership roles. The 2019 Leadership Institute program will feature 4 substantive sessions on topics ranging from foundations of effective leadership to advanced business development skills, as well as additional social events for participants to further network with one another. Each session will have a specific topic and skill, which build upon the topics and skills addressed in prior sessions. Additional details and application are

 AAA Membership and Discounts: AAA Chicago Motor Club Illinois
   Save up to 20% on AAA membership (already a member, discount is good on your next renewal).
CBA members now can save 20% on AAA memberships and you may be able to qualify for additional discounts on your home and auto policies. This discount is available for Illinois residents only.  For more information, call Debra Wiese 217-398-3621 ext.514, or email at Or, fax the CBA Member Form to 217-398-0170. Please be sure to mention that you are a member of Chicago Bar Association to receive your discount.

 Members Wanted for Judicial Evaluation Committee
   Members with at least two years of legal experienced encouraged to apply to the JEC's Investigative Division.

The CBA’s Judicial Evaluation Committee serves the legal profession and the public by investigating and providing substantive recommendations regarding judicial candidates and sitting judges seeking retention. It is among the most valuable and essential work performed by the CBA.

The CBA Judicial Evaluation Committee is looking for members to serve in its Investigation Division. CBA members with a few years of practice experience are encouraged to apply. If you are a current JEC member there is no need to reapply.

Download an application here. Save the document to your personal computer, fill out the necessary fields, print and sign. Applications should be returned to Therese Kurth via fax 312-554-2054 or email to on or before November 29, 2018.

Applicants will be contacted by a committee member after November 29, 2018.

 New Online Pro Bono Opportunities Guide
   View over 100 pro bono opportunities by area of law, type of client, or scope of work.
The Chicago Bar Foundation is pleased to announce the launch of a new statewide pro bono website, the Online Pro Bono Opportunity Guide, a joint initiative with a legal tech startup called Paladin. This is the next generation version of the CBF’s long-time print pro bono guide and is a dynamic resource that allows users to sort through over 100 pro bono opportunities by area of law, type of client, or scope of work. The new site will also allow legal aid and pro bono organizations to update and add content in real-time to ensure that this is always the most current and comprehensive listing of pro bono opportunities in Illinois. The CBF and Paladin hope that this resource can help to connect more attorneys and other legal professionals with the diverse range of pro bono opportunities in Chicago and throughout Illinois.

 Member Benefit: News Exposure
   Broadcast, print or online monitoring to support your clients’ cases.
News Exposure is a full-service media monitoring company. News Exposure monitors broadcast, print, internet and social media and provides metrics that allows clients to see the impact of their media coverage and retrieve content. News Exposure often works with legal professionals to search back in time to obtain media reports and archived digital video clips of coverage from past events that are relevant to current cases. The reports and video clips help legal teams gauge the breadth of coverage, understand the facts reported in the media and uncover previously unknown information. They provide digital clips in high definition and standard definition resolution, archived back to 1984. If it aired, it’s probably in the archive. For more information about your Bar member benefit, email Steve Bainnson.

 Member Benefit: Cognos HR
   Members get their first month of HR services (PEO) for free!

CongosHR provides HR services and consulting for small and mid-size business; services include payroll management, employee benefits administration, training/leadership development, HR software (HRIS) and much more. Chicago Bar Association members will receive their first month of HR services (PEO) for free! For more information please visit

 September 2018 CBA Record Issue
   Read the September 2018 issue online.
The September 2018 Issue of The CBA Record is now available online. Primer on Punitive Damages in Illinois, CBA Future of the Profession Initiatives, and more.

 Write Across Chicago
   Members are invited to participate in Write Across America.
The CBA is pleased to be supporting ‘Write Across Chicago,’ a special project promoting writing during the month of October.  Law firms are encouraged to promote the program in their offices to provide an organized and creative outlet for those who love to write.  Three outstanding Chicago authors explain the value of the program at

Groups can sign up and find writing help at Questions – contact Sally Daly at or Steve Zemelman (Director, Illinois Writing Project) at

 New Financial Technology Committee
   Members invited to join new Financial Technology Committee.
Members are invited to join the newly formed CBA Financial and Emerging Technology Committee. The group will focus on trending technologies such as artificial intelligence, biometrics and blockchain. Learn more and join now.

 Wellness Committee 2018
   Members can now join new CBA Wellness Committee.

Wellness Committee Formed: Join Now

Posted on July 29, 2018

The new CBA Wellness Committee will work to provide resources and information by offering programming for attorneys that explores the multiple dimensions of well-being and offers practical ways for lawyers to reduce stress and thrive in their professional and personal lives. Join the committee and learn more.

 Future of the Profession Report
   Read the Future of the Profession Committee's June 2018 Report.
During the 2017-2018 bar year, the CBA's Future of the Profession Committee gathered 150 leading Chicago area lawyers, judges, and law professors to discuss, analyze and think critically about the challenges facing the Chicago legal community in the next three to five years.  Read the Committee's report.

 Bar Show Early Bird Pricing 2018
   Don't miss the Association's 95-year old tradition, The Bar Show, a musical comedy review. Tickets are on sale now for "Big Little Laws: A Whodunnit" running November 29 to December 2.

Early Bird Pricing for The Bar Show

Posted on July 29, 2018

Don't miss the Association's 95-year old tradition, The Bar Show, a musical comedy revue parodying local and national political, sports, and showbiz figures. Tickets are now onsale for "Big Little Laws: A Whodunnit" running November 29-December 2 at DePaul's Merle Reskin Theatre. Early bird pricing is $40 main floor and $35 mezzanine (purchase by Sept. 28). Group rates also available. Get tickets now at You can also keep tabs on the latest Bar Show news on Facebook at or

 New CBA Bookstore Hours
   New CBA Legal Bookstore hours are Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. and 2:45-4:30 p.m.
Effective Wednesday, June 19, 2019, the CBA Legal Bookstore will be open Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. and 2:45-4:30 p.m. The store will close daily from 1:45-2:45 p.m. Questions? Call 312-554-2130.