News & Announcements

 Read the March/April 2020 CBA Record Online
   Securing the future of the legal profession, maintaining physical health and wellness, facing failure and more.
March/April 2020 CBA Record Now Available

The latest issue of the CBA Record magazine is now available online at

Inside the issue:

The Sustainability Problem: Securing the Future of the Legal Profession by Laura Wagner

Maintain Health, Maintain Balance: Concrete Tips for Maintaining Physical Health as an Attorney by Carl Wharam, PT, DPT

No More Fear, No More Fright: How an Attorney Can use Their Might When Facing Failure by Kenny Matuszewski

Some Thoughts on "Thoughts on Prosecutorial Power" by Richard A. Devine

March/April 2020 CBA Record

 COVID-19 Updates and Cancellations
   Information and cancellations around the Chicago Legal Community
Resources and Links for COVID-19 Updates and Cancellations in Chicago's Legal Community

Law Bulletin Media
Law Bulletin Publishing Media has dropped its paywall with regards to COVID-19 coverage and is keeping a full list of closures and cancellations in the Chicago area:

COVID-19 Resources from LexisNexis
LexisNexis is offering free access to verified and consolidated news information on Covid-19 via and practical guidance via the LexisNexis Practice Advisor Coronavirus Resource Kit at

DuPage County Courthouse - 18th Judicial Circuit Court

Illinois Court COViD-19 Updates
The Illinois Courts are keeping this page updated with the various court orders related to COVID-19 closings / deadlines:

Cook County Law Library Announces Remote Access to Research Collection 
The Cook County Law Library will offer remote access to its resources during the court closure due to the COVID-19 situation. Attorneys can contact a reference librarian for assistance in accessing cases, articles, and other research tools by emailing or calling 312.603.5423. 

Chicago Dept. of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP)
Effective Thursday, March 19, 2020, all Department of Business Affairs and Consumer Protection (BACP) offices will be closed to the public until further notice. This includes the following locations:
BACP Administrative Offices, 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 805
Small Business Center, 121 N. LaSalle St. Room 800
Public Vehicle Licensing Center, 2350 W. Ogden Ave. 1st Floor 
Public Vehicle Inspection Facility, 2430 W. Pershing Ave.

BACP will continue processing business licenses, where applicable, online or over the phone. Please visit or call 312-74-GOBIZ. Please allow for extra time as BACP staff are working hard to keep City services going under this disruption. 

 Member Notice: CBA Staff Working Remotely Effective March 19
   CBA staff working remotely, CBA offices and bookstore closed effective March 19.
Notice to Members: CBA Staff Working Remotely

March 18, 2020

Dear Members:

As a follow-up to my March 13 email and in light of the 60 new Chicago residents who tested positive for the Coronavirus since yesterday, we are suggesting that members and member firms consider remote work options for all legal and support staff until such time as this health emergency is past. CBA's staff will begin working remotely this week and will respond to member inquiries via email. 

The health and well-being of our community is a paramount concern to all of us and following the directives of the CDC and our outstanding Chicago and Illinois Departments of Public Health, we will minimize the number of new infections to our members, support staff and loved ones. 

The CBA will continue to offer outstanding CLE, law practice management, and unique educational programming on the Association's website during this period. New content will be added on a weekly basis along with Association news and programming updates. Please check your email and CBA social media for notice of live Webcast and on demand seminar and committee programming. 

Together we can and will ensure the well-being of our legal community. On behalf of the Officers and Board of Managers, thank you. 

Terrence M. Murphy
CBA Executive Director

 A Message from CBA Executive Director Regarding Audience-Free Meetings and Seminars
   CBA meetings and events are temporarily audience-free. See details here on how you can continue to get your MCLE credit online.
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A Message from CBA Executive Director Terrence M. Murphy:

In the wake of the World Health Organization's March 11 announcement that the Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a global pandemic, The Chicago Bar Association is taking the following precautionary action consistent with the CDC’s recommendations to protect the well-being of our valued members and of our outstanding staff:

1. Effective March 16, committee meetings and continuing legal education seminars will only be offered online. Speakers will be invited to tape their presentations at the Association’s Headquarters or remotely in their office, after which the taped presentation will be available online to CBA members. All committee and CLE seminar presentations at the Association will be audience free and available only at the CBA’s website (click here for current schedule). The online only programming change will remain in place until such time as this health emergency is resolved. 

2. During this time, we will notify members on a weekly basis of the schedule for online committee and CLE programming. Online registration is convenient and, as a reminder, the CBA automatically tracks MCLE credit for members who attend the CBA’s many qualified programs. Thus, members will be able to obtain all of their Illinois MCLE credit requirements. 

3. In addition, committee leaders may decide to schedule conference calls with their committees.

4. Social events planned at the Association are being rescheduled so please check the CBA’s website for updated information about these events. 

Thank you and please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any questions. 

Terry Murphy 
Executive Director 
P: 312-554-2002 


 CBA 2020 Nominating Notice
   Information on 2020-2021 CBA Officers and Board of Managers nomination process.

The Nominating Committee for the 2020 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 Wednesday, March 11, 2020.  The Committee will hold an Open Meeting at the home of the Association on Wednesday, March 11, 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 at 312-554-2002 or Angie Cruz at 312-554-2132 in advance of the March 11 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 Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 4:00 p.m.   

The following offices will be filled: SECOND VICE PRESIDENT

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: Sharon L. Eiseman, Nina Fain, Hon. LaShonda A. Hunt, Hon. Diane Joan Larsen, Hon. Lori E. Lightfoot, Kathryn C. Liss, Federico M. Rodriguez and Adam J. Sheppard.

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 11 Open Meeting or by notifying the Nominating Committee at the Office of the Association, through 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, March 11, 2020.

Hon. Thomas R. Mulroy, Chair
Anita M. Alvarez
Fitzgerald “Jerry” Bramwell
Hon. Tommy Brewer
Chastidy A. Burns
William F. Conlon
Daniel A. Cotter
Octavio Duran
Anthony F. Fata
G. A. Finch 
Daniel W. Kaminski 
Larry S. Kowalczyk 
Tracy A. McGonigle 
Jack T. Sanker 
Hon. Patricia S. Spratt 
Justin C. Steffen 
Lindsay L. Wunrow 

 Read the January/February 2020 CBA Record Online
   Confronting Implicit Bias in Communities, Questioning the Constitutional Value of Hate Speech and more!
January/February 2020 CBA Record Now Available

The latest issue of the CBA Record magazine is now available online at

Inside the issue:

Confronting Implicit Bias in Communities by Nina J. Fain and Sarah E. Redfield

Questioning the Constitutional Value of Hate Speech by Justice Michael B. Hyman

Motion Practice in Illinois Reviewing Courts: Beyond Seeking Time Extensions by J. Timothy Eaton

Personal Injury and Nursing Home Actions: Reconciling Split Decisions on a Decendent's Legal Disability by Bill Cook

How to Identify a Company's Financial Distress by Using Cash Flow Statements by Michael D. Pakter, CPA

CBA Record Magazine January/February 2020

 CBA TV Video: Animal Care and Control
   City of Chicago’s Department of Animal Care and Control is covered in the latest CBA TV Video.
Video: Animal Care & Control

CBA TV's latest video provides a general overview of the City of Chicago’s Department of Animal Care and Control and its mission to promote public safety while ensuring the humane care of animals through sheltering, pet placement, education, animal law enforcement and partnerships with community organizations. Watch now on the CBA's YouTube channel.

 Change in CBA and UIC/JMLS Library Agreement
   Termination of CBA Library Use Agreement with UIC/JMLS Library.
Due to very limited member use of The UIC/John Marshall Law School Library, the Association has terminated its Library Use Agreement with UIC/JMLS.  Going forward CBA members who had an active JMLS Library Card will no longer be permitted access to JMLS’ Law Library and will need to use the Law Library at the Daley Center.

If you have questions regarding this change, please contact Terry Murphy, CBA Executive Director, at

 Save on January 2020 Blackhawks Tickets
   Save on January dates, including Sunday, Jan. 5 vs. Detroit Red Wings.
Special Offer for CBA Members: Save on Blackhawks Tickets
The Chicago Blackhawks are excited to extend a special offer for select dates to our corporate partners. By purchasing through this offer you will receive exclusive savings off single game pricing.

1. Visit 
2. Enter promo code CHICAGOBAR
3. Click on the game you would like to attend
4. Choose your seats and complete your purchase
5. Share your personal ink with colleagues, family and friends

Sunday, Jan. 5 vs. Detroit Red Wings at 6:30 p.m.
Tuesday, Jan. 7 vs. Calgary Flames at 7:30 p.m.
Thursday, Jan. 9 vs. Nashville Predators at 7:30 p.m.
Saturday, Jan. 11 vs. Anaheim Ducks at 7:30 p.m.

Please be sure to bookmark this page as games and availability will change throughout the season. Availability is limited so act quickly. Questions? Contact 312-455-7090 or

 Animal Law Committee Sponsoring Shelter Drive
   Donate blankets, towels, toys, collars and leashes to help local animal shelter.
CBA Animal Law Committee Sponsoring Shelter Drive

This holiday season the Chicago Bar Association is working to make the lives of Chicago-area shelter animals a little brighter by sponsoring a drive to collect much-needed supplies to help feed and comfort animals confined to shelters.  The CBA’s Animal Law Committee is asking members and the public to remember the plight of shelter animals by donating food, supplies and toys for the benefit of Chicago animal shelters and their furry friends.  

Proceeds from the drive will go directly to Famous Fido, a no-kill advocacy and wellness shelter on Chicago’s north side that is committed to promoting respect for animals in need through education, rescue, sheltering and adoption.  

Tracy McGonigle, Chair of the Animal Law Committee, said donations being sought include unopened pet food and treats and supplies such as blankets, towels, toys, collars and leashes.  “There are so many shelter animals who won’t be waking up in a loving home on Christmas morning.  Any donation, big or small, will provide much needed support,” said McGonigle. 

Donations can be dropped off or messengered to the Chicago Bar Association at 321 S. Plymouth Court in Chicago.  Call 312-554-2000 with questions.

 A Christmas Carol by the CBA Symphony Orchestra
   Pick up a copy of the CBA Symphony Orchestra's recording for only $12.

The CBA Symphony Orchestra's recording of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" is now on sale for $12. Pick up a copy in the CBA's Legal Bookstore (321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago IL 60604. Hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. - 1:45 p.m. and 2:45-4:30 p.m.) or call 312-554-2130.

 Volunteers Needed for Citywide Mock Trial Competition
   Volunteer to assist with CCLRE's Mock Trial Competition for CPS High School Students.
Chicago Coalition for Law-Related Education (CCLRE) Citywide Mock Trial Competition

The Chicago Coalition for Law-Related Education (CCLRE) is seeking members to volunteer as lawyer coaches and lawyer evaluators for the Citywide Mock Trial Competition. Competition preparation begins in January 2020. Lawyer coaches work in a CPS high school to prepare the students for trial and lawyer evaluators work side-by-side with Circuit Court judges on the nights of competition to score the teams (evenings in March). 

The Competition is sponsored by the Circuit Court of Cook County, Office of Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans, in partnership with Sidley Austin LLP, The Chicago Bar Association, and the Chicago Board of Education.

To volunteer, fill out the appropriate form below and/or contact Marta Almodovar, Supervisor, CCLRE Mock Trial Competition, Office of the Chief Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County, at 312-603-1927 or

Lawyer Coach Form (Word)

Lawyer Evaluator Form (Word)

 Chicago Bulls Discount Ticket Offer
   Save on upcoming Chicago Bulls games!
Chicago Bar Association Exclusive Discounts with the Chicago Bulls

Enjoy a legendary outing at a Chicago Bulls game with Chicago Bar Association members, family and friends. Share the excitement of Bulls basketball and the NBA’s leading entertainment experience as the team takes on the Warriors, Hawks, Clippers, Bucks, Celtics and Pacers.

Don’t miss out on exclusive savings! Purchase tickets at a discounted price now through the links below. Be a part of Bulls Nation today.

The discounted prices are:

Warriors (12/6)
100 Level (side corner): $106.40 (regularly $280.00)
100 Level (corner): $92.41 (regularly $240.80)
100 Level (baseline): $78.40 (regularly $224.00)
200 Level (corner): $72.80 (regularly $196.00)
200 Level (baseline): $61.60 (regularly $168.00)
200 Level (baseline): $56.00 (regularly $151.20)
300 Level, Rows 1-7 (corner): $33.60 (regularly $89.60)
300 Level, Rows 8-17 (baseline): $25.21 (regularly $67.20)
Hawks (12/11) & Pacers (1/10) 
100 Level (side corner): $81.20 (regularly $162.40)
100 Level (corner): $75.60 (regularly $151.20)
100 Level (baseline): $67.20 (regularly $134.40)
200 Level (corner): $50.40 (regularly $100.80)
200 Level (baseline): $47.60 (regularly $95.20)
300 Level, Rows 1-7 (corner): $33.60 (regularly $67.20)
300 Level, Rows 8-17 (baseline): $22.40 (regularly $44.80)
Clippers (12/14) 
100 Level (side corner): $168.00 (regularly $224.00)
100 Level (corner): $147.00 (regularly $196.00)
100 Level (baseline): $126.00 (regularly $168.00)
200 Level (corner): $134.40 (regularly $179.20)
200 Level (baseline): $121.80 (regularly $162.40)
200 Level (baseline): $109.20 (regularly $145.60)
300 Level, Rows 1-7 (corner): $63.00 (regularly $84.00)
300 Level, Rows 8-17 (baseline): $46.20 (regularly $61.60)
Bucks (12/30) 
100 Level (side corner): $112.00 (regularly $224.00)
100 Level (corner): $98.00 (regularly $196.00)
100 Level (baseline): $84.00 (regularly $168.00)
200 Level (corner): $89.60 (regularly $179.20)
200 Level (baseline): $81.20 (regularly $162.40)
200 Level (baseline): $72.80 (regularly $145.60)
300 Level, Rows 1-7 (corner): $42.00(regularly $84.00)
300 Level, Rows 8-17 (baseline): $30.80 (regularly $61.60)
Celtics (1/4) 
100 Level (side corner): $126.00 (regularly $168.00)
100 Level (corner): $117.60 (regularly $156.80)
100 Level (baseline): $100.80 (regularly $134.40)
200 Level (corner): $84.00 (regularly $112.00)
200 Level (baseline): $75.60 (regularly $100.80)
200 Level (baseline): $71.40 (regularly $95.20)
300 Level, Rows 1-7 (corner): $50.40 (regularly $67.20)
300 Level, Rows 8-17 (baseline): $25.20 (regularly $50.40)

Upon purchase, access your tickets digitally through the Bulls online account manager, ClickTix. Please note that mobile tickets are required for entry, and printed or screenshot tickets will not be accepted. Mobile ticketing provides quick and easy entry into the arena, enhanced ticket security and access to tickets on the go. For additional information, please visit our Mobile Ticketing Guide and FAQs herePlease note that flash must be enabled and pop up blockers removed to access the offer. 
Friday, December 6, 2019 | 7:00 PM

Wednesday, December 11, 2019 | 7:00 PM

Saturday, December 14, 2019 | 7:00 PM

Monday, December 30, 2019 | 7:00 PM

Saturday, January 4, 2020 | 7:00 PM

Friday, January 10, 2020 | 7:00 PM

 Read the September/October 2019 CBA Record Online
   Access to Counsel and Protecting the U.S. Immigration System, Illinois' New Cannabis Regulation and more.
New Edition of The CBA Record Focuses on Pro Bono Week: Connecting with Communities

The latest issue of the CBA Record magazine is now available online at

Inside the issue:

Connecting with Communities by Katherine W. Shank

Access to Counsel and Protecting the U.S. Immigration System by Ellen Miller

The Need for Pro Bono Attorneys in the Courtroom: A Judicial Perspective by Judge Nichole C. Patton and Judge Beatriz Santiago

Remembering Justice John Paul Stevens

What You Need to Know About Illinois' New Cannabis Regulation 
by Tony Traina

CBA Record Magazine September/October 2019

 Law at the Library Schedule Announced (Free!)
   Free series kicks off on October 2 with "How to Find a Lawyer if You Can't Afford One."

The Chicago Bar Association and The Chicago Public Library
2019-2020 Law at the Library Series

All programs are free and open to the public and registration is not required.  For more information call 312-747-4300 or go to

The following programs will be held at the Harold Washington Library Center, 400 S. State Street, Chicago, 7th Floor, Chicago Authors Room.  

Wednesday, October 2 - 12:15 p.m.
“How To Find A Lawyer if You Can’t Afford One”

Wednesday, February  5 - 12:15 p.m.
“Starting A Small Business”

Wednesday, April 1 - 12:15 p.m.
“Buying And Selling A Home”

Wednesday, June 3 - 12:15 p.m. 
“Estate Planning”

The following programs will be held in conjunction with Evanston Public Library at Family Focus Evanston, 2010 Dewey Avenue, Evanston. 

Tuesday, October 15 - 6-7:30 p.m.
"How to Find a Lawyer if You Can't Afford One"

 Volunteer as a Judicial Evaluation Investigator
   Apply by October 11 to join the JEC Committee and help with judicial investigations.

Members Needed for Judicial Evaluation Committee

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.

Applications are available for download online. 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  Please submit your application on or before October 11, 2019.

You will be contacted by a committee member after October 11, 2019.

 Free Meeting Room Space for Members at Association Headquarters
   New member benefit! Reserve free meeting space at the CBA.

Free Meeting Room Space for Members at Association Headquarters

The CBA is pleased to offer free meeting room space at Association Headquarters (321 S. Plymouth Ct., Chicago, IL 60604) as a benefit to our members.  The meeting rooms create the perfect environment to work between meetings or courtroom appearances, or to escape the office for a couple hours. All rooms are equipped with Wi-Fi.  

You can reserve shared meeting room space or a private room: 

Days:       Monday through Friday

Hours:     8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. 
                 2:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m.

Location: CBA Headquarters, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, IL 60604

Click here for the reservation link.

 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

 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.

*Visit for specific services and discounts.

 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.

 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: 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

 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 or

 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.

 UIC John Marshall Library Now Open to Illinois Attorneys
   The UIC John Marshall Law School Library is now open to licensed attorneys in Illinois.
UIC John Marshall Law School Library Access Now Available for Licensed Attorneys in Illinois

The UIC John Marshall Law School Library is now open to licensed attorneys in Illinois. To access the library, licensed attorneys must present a current Illinois ARDC card and government-issued photo ID at the security desk located at the main entrance of the law school at 300 S. State Street.  Further details regarding library use, hours, contacts, etc can be found at

 2020 Notice of Election for Young Lawyers Section
   The Nominating Committee of the Young Lawyers Section announces the 2020 election for Section Officers.
2020 Notice of Election for Young Lawyers Section

The Nominating Committee of the Young Lawyers Section announces the 2020 election for Section Officers. The Election will be governed by Article V-Elections of the YLS By-Laws. 

The offices to be filled are as follows: First Vice-Chair (succeeds automatically to Chair), Second Vice-Chair (succeeds automatically to First Vice-Chair), Secretary/Treasurer, Member Service Manager, Public Service Manager, Co-Editor-in-Chief of the YLS Journal of the CBA Record, two Project officers, and five Directors. All offices are one-year terms, except that Directors and the Co-Editors-in-Chief of the YLS Journal, will serve two-year terms. 

YLS members interested in seeking a position for the 2020-2021 bar year should submit a letter of intention to no later than February 21, 2020. The letter of intent should include your name, contact information (including phone number), and the position you would like to be considered for. 

Click here to view the YLS Notice of Election.

 Mentor a New Lawyer and Earn 6 IL Professional Responsibility MCLE Credit
   Experienced attorneys need to mentor new lawyers during 2020 bar year.
Mentor a New Lawyer and Earn 6 Hours IL Professional Responsibility MCLE

The CBA’s lawyer-to-lawyer mentoring program matches experienced attorneys (5 or more years) with attorneys within their first 5 years of practice (must begin the program no later than four (4) years after being admitted to the Illinois bar) for a year-long mentoring program. The CBA is currently seeking mentors for the program. 

The program creates opportunities for experienced lawyers to guide new lawyers in developing the practical skills and judgment needed to practice in a highly competent manner and to instill the ethical and professional values that characterize excellent lawyers. 

Participating mentors receive 6 hours of Illinois professional responsibility MCLE credit upon program completion. Attendance at an orientation session (January 30, 2020 at 12 p.m.) and 8 subsequent in-person meetings between the mentoring pair is required to complete the program and receive MCLE credit. 

The program guidelines and applications are available online at