News & Announcements

 A Christmas Carol by the CBA Symphony Orchestra
   Purchase a copy of the CBA Symphony Orchestra's recording for only $10.

Symphony Orchestra's Christmas Carol CD
The CBA Symphony Orchestra's recording of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" is now on sale for $10. Have a copy mailed directly to your home by contacting John Vishneski.

 Young Lawyers Section Holiday Events
   2020 Holiday Events and Ways to Give Back

Young Lawyers Section 2020 Holiday Events and Giving

The YLS has organized two donation opportunities to help those in need in our community.

Dear Santa Letters
Dear Santa LettersOnce again, the Young Lawyers Section has teamed up with Chicago Public Schools and Direct Effect Charities to help fulfill the Christmas wishes of disadvantaged CPS students and their families. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Direct Effect Charities is seeking gift card donations instead of physical gifts, to make shopping safe and accessible for the students and their families. 

Direct Effect Charities will work with school principals who will distribute the gift cards with an emphasis on whole families, as opposed to individual students. The recipients will be students’ families at the following schools: Blair Childhood Academy, Southside Occupational, Funston Elementary School, Nixon Elementary, Woodson Elementary School, Cooper Elementary Dual Language Academy, Ruiz Elementary School, and Reilly Elementary School.  

The CBA YLS has created charity gift registries for you to make your gift card donations. When gift cards are purchased through these charity gift registries, they will be delivered straight to Direct Effect Charities. 

• You can donate Target gift cards by clicking here
• You can donate Amazon and Jewel-Osco gift cards by clicking here

St. Sabina Coat Drive

Coat DriveAdditionally, this year the YLS is collecting cold weather clothing items on behalf of Fr. Pfleger and St. Sabina Catholic Charities Social Services Center. They are seeking new items, as opposed to gently used, which will be distributed to men from nearby shelters.

The CBA YLS has created an Amazon wish list for you to purchase the clothing items needed. All items purchased from the CBA YLS Amazon wish list will be delivered directly to St. Sabina.

• You can donate through a purchase from the YLS Amazon wish list by clicking here.  

The YLS thanks you for your generosity. Happy Holidays!

 2021 Health Insurance Open Enrollment
   Health insurance open enrollment deadline is December 15. Shop now!

The time to shop and enroll in 2021 health insurance is now!

IXSolutions is here to help you shop, compare, and enroll into a plan that best suits your needs. As a member of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), their experience and services are available to you at no cost. 
To get started on shopping for coverage, visit the CBA Health & Benefits Page. Or call 888-239-4408 to talk to a Licensed Health Insurance Consultant.
 Here are a few highlights for the 2021 Open Enrollment Period:
Deadline to enroll is December 15, 2020 to guarantee coverage effective January 1, 2021
Contact IXSolutions, CBA's Health & Benefits partner by phone, chat, or email
Carriers available in Illinois are Blue Cross Blue Shield (BCBS), Ambetter, Cigna, and NEW this year is Bright Health
BCBS has the only PPO network option available 
Guaranteed lowest price available.  No need to shop anywhere else

Shop, compare, and enroll today!
Call 888-239-4408 to talk to Licensed Health Insurance Consultant.
Click here to see our 2021 Open Enrollment Web page with helpful on demand videos on Medicare, Individual and group insurance.

 CBA Launches New Mediation Service
   Experienced and trained CBA member mediators to provide efficient, cost-effective services.
The Chicago Bar Association Offers New Mediation Service
Experienced and trained CBA member mediators to provide efficient, cost-effective services

CBA Mediation Service WebsiteNow more than ever, there is an unmet need in the marketplace for efficient, fair, and economical mediation services. The CBA is launching a new Mediation Service staffed by experienced, trained CBA member mediators to meet this need. This service will offer a less expensive, dispute resolution system and provides the opportunity to help settle cases in a timely manner.

“The civil justice system can already be too slow, too costly and too uncertain for many looking to resolve their cases – especially now, during this pandemic. The Mediation offering from the CBA will help those desperately seeking alternative dispute resolutions that are affordable and effective,” said Judge Thomas Mulroy of the Circuit Court of Cook County and past president of The Chicago Bar Association.

Participants, who must be represented by counsel, can expect an excellent chance of resolution while negotiating in a safe place with an experienced mediator. The program is structured to meet the mediation needs of a variety of clients in a variety of cases such as: personal injury, family law, commercial, subrogation, real estate, and others. All mediation services can be conducted virtually.

“This important service will benefit CBA members and their clients by providing an economical and timely way to resolve their disputes through mediation before or after a court filing,” said John C. Sciaccotta, CBA Board Treasurer and member of Aronberg Goldgehn. “Many thanks to Cook County Circuit Court Judge Thomas Mulroy for his extraordinary leadership in chairing the Mediation planning committee and bringing this offering to life.”

A full roster of 20 certified mediators specializing in more than 17 practice areas are available and listed on the CBA Mediation Service website. CBA members who wish to act as mediators can apply on the
website. Applicants must have been in the active practice of law for fifteen years, must be an attorney in good standing and must have taken an intensive mediation training program.

For additional information on the Mediation Service or to apply to become a CBA Mediator, visit

 New Member Benefit Provider: LEX Reception
   CBA members get 50% off their first month of LEX Reception plans
LEX Reception

Introducing New Member Benefit Provider: LEX Reception

LEX Reception is a dedicated legal answering service committed to professionalism, warmth, and 24/7 availability. Our virtual receptionists are your ambassadors, aligning our tone and scripts with your brand. We provide lead qualification, legal intake, appointment scheduling, CRM integration, and much more for law firms and solo attorneys. 

We’ve partnered with CBA to offer members 50% off their first month of LEX Reception plans. Visit our website or give us a call on (800) 800-9995 to discuss how we can help your firm grow.

 New Member Benefit Provider: SimpleLaw
   Take control of your practice, time, cases, and clients, from anywhere with SimpleLaw.

New CBA Member Benefit Provider: SimpleLaw

Take control of your practice, time, cases, and clients, from anywhere. SimpleLaw is the only case management software that connects you with potential clients, manages cases, and your practice, all in one place. We can't make your legal case easier, but our case management software makes managing it Simple. Chicago Bar Association members get 2 months' free use of SimpleLaw with an annual subscription or 10% off the monthly subscription rate. 

Learn more at


 New Member Benefit Provider: Carr Workplaces
   Private, professional flex-office and meeting room space available by the hour, day, or month to support your business. Members get 10% off plans.

Carr Workplaces provides private, flex-office, and meeting room space - available by the hour, day, or month - to support your business. Located in Chicago's prestigious AON Center, the space is staffed with an exceptional team of professionals who deliver the same level of concierge service you'd expect from a luxury hotel - but in a coworking setting.  Members get 10% off workspace plans. Click here to learn more.

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

Circuit Court of Cook County
For information on COVID-19 and court operations, and a list of all General Administrative Orders related to COVID-19

Clerk of the Circuit Court of Cook County In-Person Appointments Information
Download the PDF 

U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois
Amended General Order signed by Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer on October 29, 2020.
U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois Seventh Amended General Order 20-0012

Illinois Supreme Court
Effective September 1, 2020, Illinois Supreme Court issues temporary order limiting in-person court appearances through change to fee waivers and summonses to appear .
The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that its September Term will be held in-person in Springfield at the Illinois Supreme Court Building. See details in PDF .

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:

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

COVID-19 Podcasts from the Legal Talk Network
Legal Talk Network has compiled a list of timely COVID-19 related podcasts addressing both the virus itself and providing guidance on how your business can cope during the pandemic. See the full list at

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. 

ABA Launches Comprehensive Pandemic Resource Page
The ABA's Task Force on Legal Needs Arising Out of the 2020 Pandemic recently launched a web page to provide information about resources, changes in benefits and emerging legal issues caused by the coronavirus pandemic.  The task force, which includes representatives from the top legal organizations in the country, including NABE, was created in response to the growing legal needs of ordinary Americans arising from the COVID-19 emergency. The webpage includes resources on technology for remote service delivery, court closings and procedural changes, legal needs, emerging legal issues, public benefits programs and pro bono mobilization. It serves as a clearinghouse for valuable information such as practice tools for remote work, updates on new benefits provided in the CARES Act, protections against evictions and other actions due to job losses, court closings and mobilization of pro bono efforts. Visit the site often for updates.

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. 

 Attorney's Court Calendar Ceases Publication
   The Association has ceased publication of the Attorney's Court Calendar.
Attorney's Court Calendar Ceases Publication

The Association has decided not to publish the 2021 Attorney's Court Calendar. Production costs coupled with a declining number of pre-orders were contributing factors in our decision to discontinue publication of the Court Calendar. We sincerely thank members who supported the Court Calendar throughout the years!

 Read the September/October 2020 CBA Record: The Pro Bono Issue
   Voting in the Age of Covid-19, Expunging Cannabis Arrests, Advancing Health Equity and more.
September/October 2020 CBA Record Now Available: The Pro Bono Issue

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

Inside the issue:

Ballot Denied: Voting in the Age of Covid-19 by Jennifer Terrell

Repairing Harm, Restoring Lives: Expunging Cannabis Arrests and Convictions in Illinois by Nikki Donnelley, Beth Johnson, and Courtney Kelledes

Advancing Health Equity: Answers are Within Reach by Kate Miller and Sarah Hess

Easing the Path Toward an Involuntary Law Firm Break-Up by John Sciaccotta and Benjamin Haskin

Sept/Oct Issue

 CBA TV Video: New CBA/YLS Racial Justice Coalition
   Get a general overview of the goals and activities of the new CBA/YLS Racial Justice Coalition.
New CBA TV! 
Get a general overview of the Young Lawyers Section’s recently formed Racial Justice Coalition that aims to collaborate with leading forces in the Chicagoland legal community to take action against racial injustice through organized service, community engagement and education.

 New CBA TV Video: The CBA as a Public Resource
   CBA President Maryam Ahmad covers new and long-standing public services available through the Association.
New CBA TV Episode Highlights Valuable CBA Public Resources

CBA TV has a new You and the Law episode available on YouTube that provides members and the public with a general overview of the CBA as a public resource. The program focuses on long-standing and new CBA programs and initiatives ranging from legal and social services, to community outreach, education and advocacy. The episode features CBA President Maryam Ahmad, YLS Chair Jeffrey Moskowitz, and CBA TV Host Michael Alkaraki of Leahy Law. Watch the CBA’s YouTube Channel at

 July/August CBA Record Magazine Welcomes New President Maryam Ahmad
   Keeping Counseling Confidential, Pandemic's Effect on Criminal Law, Ways to Recession Proof Your Law Practice, Summer Reading Suggestions and more.
New Edition of The CBA Record Welcomes President Maryam Ahmad

The latest issue of the CBA Record magazine is now available online at Features include a look at the legal career of 2020-2021 CBA President Maryam Ahmad, a look back at the association career of retiring CBA Executive Director Terry Murphy, keeping counseling confidential, Zoom use in the courtroom, and five ways to recession proof your legal practice. Also, our Legal Ethics Columnist John Levin examines meeting during the pandemic.

Features include:

CBA President Maryam Ahmad: Making the Law Work for Everyone by Sally Daly

Congratulations to Terry Murphy by Kathryn C. Liss

It's Not Broken, So Don't Try to "Fix" It: Keeping Counseling Confidential by Kathryn L. Ciesla

Courtrooms are Zooming Along During the Pandemic by Clare McMahon, Richard L. Stavins and Judge E. Kenneth Wright, Jr.

The Pandemic's Effect on Criminal Law by Adam Sheppard

Five Ways to Recession-Proof Your Law Practice: During the Pandemic and Beyond by Steven Fretzin

 CBA/CBF Sustainable Practice of Law & Innovation Report and Recommendations for Public Comment
   Members are encouraged to offer constructive and concrete feedback on the various proposals on the Task Force web page.

CBA/CBF Sustainable Practice of Law & Innovation Report and Recommendations for Public Comment

The CBA/CBF Task Force on the Sustainable Practice of Law & Innovation is proud to release its report and recommendations for public comment at You can learn more about the Task Force and view the full report at well as sign up for public comment there.

To learn more, view the press release on the project here.

View the July 21 on demand seminar, Regulatory Reform To Better Serve the Profession & Public, here (members free, 1.25 IL PR-MCLE Credit).

 CBA Mourns Passing of Congressman John Lewis
   The CBA joins our nation in mourning the loss of Congressman John Lewis.

CBA Mourns Passing of Congressman John Lewis

The CBA joins our nation in mourning the loss of Congressman John Lewis.  We are forever grateful to Congressman Lewis who worked tirelessly and courageously with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., Whitney Young, A. Philip Randolph, Fannie Lou Hamer, James L. Farmer, Jr., Gwendolyn Zoharah Simmons, and Roy Wilkins in leading America's Civil Rights movement   Congressman Lewis devoted his life to pursuing a more fair and a more just society.  While his work continues, we are a better nation because of him. In his spirit of "getting into good trouble," the CBA shall continue to advocate for justice everywhere.

 Renew Your CBA Membership Today!
   Support your hometown bar association and renew your membership dues for June 1, 2020 to May 31, 2021.
It’s Membership Renewal Time: Please Pay Online

We value your membership and thank you for your support in renewing your membership dues for the coming bar year, June 1, 2020-May 31, 2021. We encourage you to pay your dues online at

If you prefer to pay with a check, please print your e-statement and mail with your payment to The Chicago Bar Association, 321 S. Plymouth Court, Chicago, Il. 60604. If you did not receive your e-statement or have questions about your renewal, please email

The CBA offers numerous individual member benefits such as free CLE seminars, practice tips, networking and business development opportunities, career resources and more.  Your membership also helps supports the CBA’s efforts to serve the bench, the bar and the public. 

We appreciate your membership and look forward to your renewal. ( Note:  Dues installment plan and dues hardship rates are available, email for inquiries.)

 Job Opening: Young Lawyers Section Administrative Director
   Minimum 2-5 years of association administration experience-supervisory experience preferred. Apply today!
The Chicago Bar Association is currently seeking a Young Lawyers Section Administrative Director.  If you are detail-oriented, enjoy working with volunteers, and have an interest in the law, this position may be for you!

Interested parties should review the below job description and send their cover letter/resume to

Job Description: Young Lawyers Section Administrative Director (PDF)

 Summer 2020 Volunteer Opportunities
   Virtual volunteer opportunities include Driver's License Reinstatement Expo, Legal Prep High School Mentoring Program, Lawyers in the Classroom and more.

Summer 2020 Volunteer Opportunities

It's time to give back! Volunteer to help out with one of the following opportunities this summer:

Volunteers Needed for Driver's License Reinstatement Expo (Free Training & Virtual Participation)

The Cook County Public Defender's Office, in conjunction with the CBA and the Pilsen Neighbors Community Council, is hosting a Driver's License Reinstatement Expo on September 12 at Malcolm X College. Attorney volunteers are needed to provide free virtual counseling to attendees looking to reinstate their driver's license.

Attorneys will interpret SOS Driving Abstracts, verify information, and provide instruction on clearing suspensions. A limited number of attendees will be onsite for the Expo (following social distancing rules) and will receive counseling from volunteers via contactless videoconferencing (attorney volunteers will not be on-site at Malcolm X College). There are three 2-hour shifts available: 8:30-11:30 a.m. (Shift 1); 11:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m. (Shift 2) and 1:30-3:30 p.m. (Shift 3).

The CBA will provide a free CLE coupon (up to 3 hours of CLE) to volunteers who participate on September 12.

The Cook County Public Defender’s office will provide free training on interpreting Abstracts on two dates via Zoom videoconferencing: July 23 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. and August 13 from 3:00-5:00 p.m. 2 CLE hours will be provided for attendance at the training. 

To sign-up for training, a volunteer shift or for more information please contact Danita Ivory at


Legal Prep Mentor Program
Volunteers are needed to engage meaningfully with Chicago youth in partnership with a high school in West Garfield Park. Join the Legal Prep Mentor Program and work one-on-one with a Legal Prep student mentee through a variety of secure virtual platforms on a regular basis during the 2020-2021 school year. Support and guide them on their college and post-secondary paths, help empower personal and professional confidence, and learn a lot about yourself and the power of a young person along the way. Click here to learn more.


Supreme Court Volunteer Pro Bono Program for Criminal Appeals 
In February 2020, the Illinois Supreme Court instituted a pro bono initiative to significantly reduce the statewide backlog of criminal appeals pending with the Office of the State Appellate Defender (OSAD). The Illinois Supreme Court needs your assistance in making an impact. Volunteers are needed for the Illinois Supreme Court's Volunteer Pro Bono Program for Criminal Appeals. 

Attorneys can volunteer if they meet the following eligibility requirements: admitted to practice law in Illinois or admitted pro hac vice for at least five years, no ARDC disciplinary action, up-to-date malpractice insurance, and have at least two prior appearances as appellate counsel or have clerked for a reviewing court judge. Attorneys who do not meet eligibility requirements can still participate under supervision of an eligible attorney or by completing a 5-week training course. 

Online training videos and additional written materials prepared by OSAD, including the Criminal Law Handbook and the Handbook on Briefs and Oral Arguments, are available to volunteer attorneys. In addition, OSAD launched a comprehensive online five-week training program, "Criminal Appeals in Illinois: An Introduction to Law and Procedure." Future training dates will be posted on the Court's website.

Details about the program, including a program overview, eligibility requirements, and the application can be found on the Court’s website at

If attorneys have any questions about the program they can be directed to Kathryn Hensley at In addition, applications can be submitted to Gabriela Conley at 


Lawyers in the Classroom
The Chicago Bar Association's Media and Civic Education, Inc. is hosting a remote 2020-2021 Attorney Information & Training Session for the Edward J. Lewis II Lawyers in the Classroom (LIC) program via Google Meet on Thursday, August 6 from 12:00-1:00 p.m. Click here to register.

Both new and returning volunteers will learn how the program will be administered using a new remote platform during the 2020-2021 school year. Chicago Public Schools uses Google Meet for remote learning; therefore, we will be using it as our virtual platform going forward. Following registration, if you do not already have one, please create a google account or sign-up for a Gmail address, as all attorney volunteer registrants will receive a Google Meet link to join the virtual training. 

Questions? Contact LIC Director Tiffani Watson at


 New! Young Lawyers Section Racial Justice Coalition
   New Racial Justice Coalition will focus on service, community engagement and education.


July 8, 2020

In response to national discussions surrounding racial injustice, inequality, and police brutality, the Young Lawyers Section of the Chicago Bar Association has convened a coalition that will promote social justice by channeling the voices, skills, and support of younger attorneys to work toward the implementation of meaningful change and reform.  

The CBA’s YLS Racial Justice Coalition was formed with the purpose of collaborating with leading forces in the Chicagoland legal community to take action against racial injustice through service programs, educational events, and community engagement, according to Chastidy Burns, the Second Vice-Chair of the CBA’s Young Lawyers Section. The Coalition held its first meeting on June 25th via Zoom, and the initiative already has investment from 25 diverse bar associations and legal advocacy groups. 

"As leaders in bar associations and organizations across the Chicagoland area, we want to use our law degrees, knowledge, and connections to help end racial injustice and to enact lasting change in all of our communities,” said Burns.  “We believe that there is strength in numbers, and we are very excited to have so many motivated and enthusiastic partners joining in our efforts.” 

According to the Coalition’s mission statement, the group will concentrate on the following areas:

Service – Collaboration with other bar associations to facilitate pro bono and community service opportunities that focus on combating racial disparities, addressing the concerns of minority groups, and building a bridge between the legal community and the clients it serves. 

Community Engagement – Building relationships with community organizations and local government leaders to promote social justice and work to impact action and legislation supporting the eradication of systematic racism. 

Education – Encouraging bar association members to collaborate to provide training, seminars, speakers’ series, and workshops focusing on diversity and inclusion. 

The Coalition has already begun planning events, which include a panel discussion about the origins of the Justice in Policing Act of 2020 and its possible implications on law enforcement reform, as well as a discussion with local government leaders about the Civilian Police Accountability Council and a call to action for community members, according to Kenny Matuszewski, the CBA YLS Public Service Manager.

“Education is the cornerstone of change. All efforts to make change are shaped around it, and the resulting structures and systems from this foundation either stand or fall. Through these events, we hope to empower members of our coalition to write to their representatives and express the changes they would like to see in their communities,” said Matuszewski.

“Further, if there’s one thing that this year has taught us, it’s that time is of the essence. Life’s script was flipped overnight, yet people have adapted, organized, and responded to injustice at a rate that would have been previously impossible to imagine. By coming together and working under the Coalition’s three central pillars, we collectively amplify our central message that ‘injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere,’” said Matuszewski.
The bar associations and legal advocacy organizations that have joined the coalition include the Appellate Lawyers Association (ALA), Arab American Bar Association of Illinois (AABAR), Asian American Bar Association of Greater Chicago (AABA), Black Women Lawyers’ Association (BWLA), Catholic Lawyers Guild, Chicago Bar Association (CBA), Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women, Chicago Women in IP (ChiWIP), Chinese American Bar Association (CABA), Cook County Bar Association, Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois (HLAI), Illinois Association of Defense Counsel (IDC), Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (IL ARDC), Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division (ISBA-YLD), Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Intellectual Property Law Association of Chicago (IPLAC),  Justinian Society of Lawyers (Justinians), Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago (LAGBAC), National Lawyers Guild (NLG), North Suburban Bar Association (NSBA), Serbian Bar Association, South Asian Bar Association (SABA), UIC John Marshall SBA, Women’s Bar Association of Illinois (WBAI), and the Women’s Criminal Defense Bar Association (WCDBA).  

To learn about joining the coalition or for more information about plans and programs, go to

 Video: 2020 CBA Annual Meeting
   Missed our 147th Annual Meeting? Watch it now!

2020 CBA Annual Meeting

The CBA held its 147th Annual CBA Meeting on Thursday, June 25, 2020. Watch the video on our YouTube channel at

 Terry Murphy Announces Retirement After Legendary Career at the CBA
   After nearly five decades of leadership, Terry Murphy announces retirement.
CBA Executive Director Terry Murphy Announces Retirement After Legendary Career Spanning Nearly 50 Years

Terry MurphyAfter nearly five decades of distinguished leadership at the Chicago Bar Association, Executive Director Terry Murphy announced his resignation today, closing the curtain on a venerable career that has garnered widespread local and national recognition for the CBA for innovative legal programming, service to the community, and a steadfast commitment to diversity and inclusion.  
Murphy, the CBA’s longest serving Executive Director, made the announcement today at a special meeting of the Association’s Board of Managers, after initiating retirement and transition discussions with CBA President Jesse Ruiz in early February.     

“That all of these years have passed in what seems to have been a heartbeat is a testament to how much I have enjoyed and loved the privilege of serving the past and present members of our Association,” Murphy stated in an email message sent to CBA members Thursday.  

“The CBA is regarded nationally and internationally as one of the leading metropolitan bar associations in the world and we owe this universal respect and admiration to each of you and to generations of past members whose leadership, vision, intellect, dedication to the law and public service met and successfully addressed challenges confronting the courts and our society. ” 
The Board of Managers has named the CBA’s Assistant Executive Director Elizabeth (Beth) McMeen to succeed Murphy as the new Executive Director effective Sept. 1, 2020.  McMeen, a University of Wisconsin law graduate, will be the first woman to the hold the position.

“For almost half a century Terry Murphy has dedicated all his time, talents and skills  building the Chicago Bar Association into the premier metropolitan bar association that it is today,” said CBA President Jesse Ruiz.  “Terry has served every CBA member with professionalism, and genuine care and concern. We thank Terry for all of his years of faithful service to our Association, its members, and our profession, and also thank his wife Karen and his family for sharing so much of him with us.”

Murphy began his career with the CBA in 1971 and has held many positions, including secretary to numerous standing committees, director of the CBA’s Lawyer Referral Service, staff liaison to the Centennial Committee, and Assistant Executive Director.  Following a national search in 1985, he was appointed the CBA’s 5th Executive Director in the association’s 147-year history.    
Over the course of his career, Murphy has played key roles in the development and implementation of many of the CBA’s leading programs, including the Lawyer Referral and In-Court Lawyer Referral Programs; as well as Dial-Law and Law at the Library, both collaborative partnerships with the Chicago Public Library offering public access to free legal services and information on a wide range of topics.  

Murphy was also a key contributor, along with CBA past President Thomas A. Demetrio, in establishing the Lawyers Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program which provides tutor and mentoring services to young students from Chicago’s most impoverished communities.   

“Terry Murphy really is the heart of the Chicago Bar Association.  He has always been so competent in the job and he has done it with such finesse and class,” said Circuit Court Presiding Judge E. Kenneth Wright Jr., who served as CBA President in 2008-2009 and noted that Murphy had a very helpful and gracious way of welcoming new CBA presidents each year and steering them smoothly through their tenures.  

“Terry was never out of new ideas and new ways of thinking about things.  And he has always been such a tremendous steward and protector of the CBA and its members.  This was a job that he was made for, and he seemed to love every minute of.  He will be greatly missed,” said Wright.    

Murphy’s commitment to diversity and inclusion in the legal profession has been a cornerstone of his leadership at the CBA.  He was a founding member and Treasurer of the Institute for Inclusion in the Legal Profession, a not-for-profit organization that works to acknowledge, understand, and address the reality of diversity in today’s legal profession and to promote inclusion in legal, judicial, educational and government institutions. 
“A lot of people talk about diversity and inclusion but Terry has always put words into action,” said Sandra Yamate, Chief Executive Officer for the Institute for Inclusion.  

“Thanks to Terry, the CBA has had diverse leadership earlier and in greater numbers, something that to this day most other bar associations cannot rival.  In those earliest days, he was the sounding board in designing and helping to fill a much-needed gap in the legal profession’s diversity and inclusion efforts.”  
Working with the CBA’s first African American President Chester L. Blair in 1990, Murphy was instrumental in the creation of the Earl Burrus Dickerson Awards.  The awards were established to honor Dickerson, one of the first African American members of the CBA, whose life and professional career were devoted to the law and helping others gain equality and justice.  The Dickerson Awards are presented annually to recognize and honor minority lawyers and judges whose careers emulate the work and commitment of Dickerson.  
Murphy also played a key role in the development, fundraising and move from the CBA’s original headquarters at 29 S. LaSalle Street to the current location at 321 S. Plymouth Court.   
“Terry Murphy is one of a kind, a visionary, and a legendary bar association leader.  Throughout his tenure as Executive Director, he always had his fingers on the pulse of the legal community, ensuring that the CBA was  providing leadership on legal and community issues as well as cutting edge resources for attorneys to enhance their professional development and grow their network and practices,” said Aurora Austriaco, Shareholder at Valentine, Austriaco & Bueschel PC.  

“Terry has brought the CBA local, national, and even international recognition because of his innovative ideas and collaborative style. As a CBA past president, I have seen Terry do his incredible work but can also attest that he genuinely cares about people, the CBA and its members.  I am so honored and proud to consider him a dear friend and a mentor,” added Austriaco, who served as CBA President in 2012-2013

Murphy was also instrumental in founding the CBA Insurance Agency, a subsidiary of the CBA that offers full insurance services for CBA members and Chicago’s legal community.  He was also a guiding force in the formation of the CBA’s Symphony Orchestra and Chorus and the Barristers Big Band.  

In addition to his work at the CBA, Murphy was elected and served as president of the National Association of Bar Executives in 1989 and he was appointed by Mayor Richard Daley to serve on Chicago's Workforce Board.  He also served on the Ethics Committee for the Elmhurst Art Museum and serves as President of The Chicago Bar Association's Condominium Board of Directors.   

 CBA COVID-19 Resources and Programs
   CBA resources and programs focused on the COVID-19 pandemic.

COVID-19 ResourcesCBA COVID-19 Resources and Programs

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onstitutionality of the COVID-19 Stay-at-Home Orders Edition - May 20, 2020
Professor Ann Lousin discusses the protesting of Illinois’ stay-at-home order and whether they have a case.

The Criminal Courts Adapt to COVID-19 Edition: How the Pandemic is Impacting the Rights of the Accused - April 24, 2020

Public Defender of Cook County, Amy Campanelli, talks about the constitutional issues and the impact on the rights of the accused as criminal courts adapt to the logistical challenges brought about by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Overcoming Loneliness Edition - April 8, 2020 
In the first of a series of COVID-19 related podcasts, hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Jennifer Byrne speak with J.W. Freiberg, social psychologist, lawyer, and author of the forthcoming book, “Surrounded by Others and Yet So Alone: A Lawyer’s Case Stories of Love, Loneliness, and Litigation,” about the chronic loneliness problem in our society and how we can overcome it.

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Articles specifically related to COVID-19: 
Includes the blog series "Lawyering in the Time of Coronavirus" and topics such as “Privacy in the Time of Pandemics," “Lessons in Contracts Taught by COVID-19” and more. 

Remote Pro Bono Opportunities
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COVID-19 Facebook Group 
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Courses qualifying for Illinois PR-MCLE - Register at
Thriving in Challenging Times (2.75 PR-MCLE, subject to approval)
How To...Maintain Wellness While Working From Home (0.5 PR MCLE, Mental Health and Substance Abuse)
Implications of COVID-19 on Practicing Law Beyond Today (1 PR MCLE)
Legal Tech & Artificial Intelligence Surrounding COVID-19 (0.75 PR MCLE)  
Keeping It Together Working From Home (0.75 PR-MCLE, 0.25 PR-MCLE, Mental Health and Substance Abuse)           
Bridging the Gap: Serving Your Tech Averse Clients (1 PR MCLE)  
Real Solutions for Lawyer Wellness(1 PR MCLE)
COVID-19: Technology Ideas To Spur Productivity (1 PR MCLE)              
Troubleshooting Virtual Meeting Software (0.5 PR MCLE)
Jury Trials in a Remote World (0.75 IL PR-MCLE Credit)
How To…Conduct Depositions Online in the Wake of COVID-19 (0.5 IL PR-MCLE Credit)
How To…Pick the Right Hardware for Your Remote Office (0.5 IL PR-MCLE Credit)
Law Firm Management in a Remote Work Environment (1 IL PR-MCLE Credit)
How To…Use Change Management To Work From Anywhere (0.5 IL PR-MCLE Credit)

Courses Qualifying for General Illinois MCLE Register at
COVID-19 Series: Surviving & Thriving for Solos & Small Firms 
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COVID-19 Series: Real Estate Transactions in Virtual Land (1.00 MCLE)
The Illinois Legislature Agenda During COVID-19 (0.75 MCLE)
COVID-19 Series: The Virtual Trial (1.00 MCLE)
Federal Court Proceedings and COVID-19 (0.75 MCLE)
Interviewing During and Beyond the Pandemic (1 MCLE)

The COVID-19 Pandemic and Insurance Part 3 (1.5 MCLE)
Judges Roundtable: A Virtual Discussion on How the Courts Are Responding, Adapting and Will Resume After COVID-19 (1.25 MCLE) 
Employer Compliance and COVID-19 (0.75 MCLE) 
The State of Family Law During the COVID-19 Pandemic (1 MCLE)
The COVID-19 Pandemic: Impact on Real Estate Transactions (1.5 MCLE)
The COVID-19 Pandemic and Business Interruption (1 MCLE)                          
Job Searching in the Time of Coronavirus (0.75 MCLE)
Force Majeure Clauses COVID-19: What Are the Legal Issues? (0.75 MCLE) 
Federal Court Proceedings and COVID-19 (0.75 IL MCLE)
COVID-19 Series: The Virtual Trial (1 IL MCLE )
The Illinois Legislature Agenda During COVID-19 (0.75 IL MCLE)
Do Unto Others: Making Pro Bono Work Remotely (0.75 IL MCLE)
COVID-19 Series: Real Estate Transactions in Virtual Land (0.75 IL MCLE)
COVID-19 Series: Surviving & Thriving for Solos & Small Firms (0.75 IL MCLE)

Running a Remote Law Office
Click here for tips and tools from the CBA Law Practice Management and Technology Division for running your law office remotely.

Returning to the Office
Since back to work guidelines vary from state to state and often county to county, there is no one-size-fits-all approach beyond the general guidelines offered by the CDC and OSHA. However, these articles below provide some guidance no matter your situation:
Don't go it alone. Check out these templates from EHS Today for designing your plan. If you already have a plan, you can compare and see what you may be missing. 
Harvard Business Review offers these five tips for safely reopening your office and reassuring your staff.
If you have at-risk workers, you will want to take a look at the EEOC guidelines and general guidance from the Society for Human Resources Management.
COVID-19 Updates and Cancellations
Click here for information and cancellations in the Courts and the Chicago Legal Community received by the CBA.

Small Business Assistance from the Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce
The Chicagoland Chamber of Commerce is providing small businesses with important resources for loans, grants and other forms of support available in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.  A collection of important resources at the city, state and federal level is available at  The Chamber is also offering CBA members complimentary assistance if they have questions or need help applying for the Paycheck Protection Program, which is available to help  small businesses keep workers on the payroll.  Contact Small Business Director Stacey Pitts Caldwell for assistance at 312-494-6790.

Resources from CBA Member Benefit Providers
Lexis Nexis
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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

MyCase - Law Practice Management Solution
Chicago Bar Members get a 10% lifetime discount! Start your free trial today.
Free COVID-19 Resources from My Case:
- An Attorney's Guide to Setting Up a Remote Law Firm
- Disaster Preparedness and Business Continuity Planning for Law Firms
- Securely Collaborate and Communicate Remotely: A How-To for Lawyers
- Economic Resilience for Law Firms: How To Thrive During Challenging Times
- Free Webinar: How to run your law firm remotely during COVID-19


 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.

 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

 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

 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

 Notice to Members: 2020-2021 Slate of Officers and Board of Managers
   CBA Announces 2020-2021 Slate of New 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 2020-2021 Slate

 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.

 New Member Benefit: Medchart (10% Lifetime Discount!)
   Medchart provides advanced electronic medical record retrieval for personal injury, medical malpractice, class action and mass tort attorneys.

Medchart provides advanced electronic medical record retrieval for personal injury, medical malpractice, class action and mass tort attorneys. Request clinical records, medical imaging, billing history and more from a database of every provider in the country. We support HIPAA and HITECH authorizations as well as affidavits for certification of retrieved records.

Gain cost certainty with flat-fee pricing, improve business continuity through a cloud-based portal and paperless delivery, increase visibility with real-time itemized tracking, and reduce the shortcomings of traditional retrieval services by leveraging direct medical record connections and advanced electronic authorizations.

No subscriptions. No minimums. No hidden fees. Flexible resources to meet your firm's in-the-moment need.

Chicago Bar Association Members receive a lifetime discount of 10% off Medchart request fees.

Learn more about the Medchart service and book a demo here:

 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

 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.

 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

 Statement from The Chicago Bar Association on George Floyd and Racial Injustice
   CBA President Jesse Ruiz released the following statement in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the resulting protests and unrest in Chicago and cities across the nation.
Statement from The Chicago Bar Association on George Floyd and Racial Injustice 
June 2, 2020

‘As a Community of Lawyers, We must Seek to End Injustice and Inequity’

Chicago Bar Association President Jesse Ruiz released the following statement in the wake of the murder of George Floyd and the resulting protests and unrest in Chicago and cities across the nation:

“As an association whose mission and core values support fair-minded and objective administration of justice, the Chicago Bar Association stands with all who seek justice for George Floyd.  We join Mr. Floyd’s family, friends, and the entire nation in mourning his loss.  We must honor his memory--and the memory of the countless victims of police brutality before him--by continuing to demand better of our government and of ourselves.

We feel the pain and outrage of those demonstrating across the country to bring an end to the systemic racism that has been woven into the fabric of our nation for far too long.  In these trying times, let us reflect on the words of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr.: ‘As you press on for justice, be sure to move with dignity and discipline, using only the weapon of love.  Let no man pull you so low as to hate him.  Always avoid violence.’

Now more than ever, we must also recall Dr. King’s assertion that ‘Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.’  As a community of lawyers, we must seek to end the injustice and inequity that has persisted in our nation and draw upon our strength, our spirit, and our diversity to bring unity to our great city and create, for ourselves and for future generations, a more perfect union.”


 Estate Planning Services for Healthcare Workers
   Free virtual wills and estate planning services for healthcare workers.
Chicago Bar Association Teaming with Chicago Law Firms to Offer Free Estate Planning Services for Healthcare Workers or

In recognition of the sacrifices being made by essential healthcare workers on the front lines in the battle against COVID-19, the Chicago Bar Association is partnering with several top Chicago law firms to offer free, virtual estate planning services for doctors, nurses and others who are treating coronavirus patients in hospitals and healthcare facilities in the Chicagoland area. 

The new Wills for Healthcare Heroes Program is a spin-off of Wills for Heroes, a national program conducted locally by the CBA’s Young Lawyer Section, with volunteer attorneys running monthly in-person clinics offering free estate planning services for military veterans and first responders. The new program will be an entirely virtual experience, enabling healthcare workers to receive free legal assistance in preparing simple wills and powers of attorney for themselves, their spouses or partners. 

"The Wills for Heroes Program has always been a way for attorneys to give back to those heroes who put their lives on the line to protect all of us like our veterans and police officers,” said Joe Busnengo, who chairs the CBA’s Young Lawyers Section Wills for Heroes Program.  “We are very excited to be expanding this program to help our healthcare heroes, who are shouldering an enormously heavy burden during this pandemic.”
The Program will consist of virtual clinics offered in partnership between the CBA and the law firms or corporate law departments. Chicago law firms that are participating in the program include Jenner & Block, Kirkland & Ellis, Mayer Brown, Schiff Hardin, and Winston & Strawn.  The document automation software company HotDocs is donating the software and licenses that will make it possible to execute the program virtually.
The law firm of Jenner & Block has a longstanding partnership with the CBA, including in the Wills for Heroes program, and the firm is proud to be pitching in to help with legal assistance for healthcare workers, according to Andrew Vail, a litigation partner at the firm who chairs its pro bono program. 

“This crisis demonstrates how healthcare providers put the rest of the community first,” said Vail.  “This is one small way that our law firm, together with the CBA and the legal community, can come together to help provide peace of mind for these heroes, along with the other heroes on the front lines as well as  their families.”
To be eligible for assistance, the individual must be a licensed healthcare provider in the State of Illinois who is working as a doctor (M.D. or D.O.) nurse (RNs, LPNs, PAs, CNAs, or technicians), respiratory therapist, pharmacist, resident, intern, or medical student. After an initial intake process is conducted by telephone, the healthcare worker will be connected with a volunteer attorney for an appointment, in which the attorney will walk the person through the execution of the estate planning documents.  The attorney will then assist the signing and notarizing of the documents utilizing audio-visual technology such as Zoom, Skype or Facetime. 
The law firm of Winston & Strawn has provided volunteer attorneys and been a long-time supporter of the Wills for Heroes Program, according to Maria Kutnick, Pro Bono Counsel at the firm. 

“If we can provide these heroes with one less worry during a time of such uncertainty, we are eager to be of assistance,” said Kutnick.  “Winston & Strawn is grateful to partner with the CBA and Wills for Heroes on this important initiative at a time in which our healthcare workers are putting their lives on the line in order to save the lives of others.”  

Healthcare workers who are interested in taking advantage of the service can call the Chicago Bar Association at 312-554-2130 or connect by email at  Additional information is available at

The Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section has been involved with the Wills for Heroes program for first responders and military veterans for more than 10 years and its volunteers have drafted more than 5,000 free simple estate plans for Chicago’s Heroes during that time.  

 Join the CBA Quarantine Run Club!
   Run, jog, or walk virtually with your CBA colleagues during social distancing.
Join the CBA Quarantine Run Club!

Now is as good a time as ever to pick up an outdoor hobby that you can do in complete isolation! Get out of your home, lace up, and track your runs, jogs, powerwalks, brisk trots, crab walks, or slow moseys around the empty streets alongside your friends and colleagues at the CBA. It's free to join, and the best part is there's no competition, because even putting on shoes once a day is a win at this point. Join by clicking on this link and follow the prompt to join either via Facebook or Google:

Running Shoes

 Legislative Update: April 6, 2020
   Recent non-sponsored legislation introduced in the State Senate and House by sitting legislators that are of interest to CBA committees including Tort, Labor and Employment, Legal Aid and more.
CBA Legislative News: April 6, 2020

In the last edition of the CBA Record, we reported on 4 bills (Sponsored Legislation) that were drafted by CBA substantive law committees, reviewed by the Legislative Committee, and approved by the Board of Managers for the 101th General Assembly.  In the time since that reporting, the Legislative Committee has reviewed dozens of Non-Sponsored bills presented by various substantive law committees. Non-sponsored legislation are those bills introduced in the State Senate and House by sitting legislators and deemed to be of special interest to the CBA’s constituency and the legal profession in general. Read below for a summary of a few of the bills that have come before the Legislation Committee this session.  For a full text copy of the bills, go to the Illinois General Assembly website: or contact Juli Vyverberg, the Legislative Liaison at the CBA at (312) 554-2062. 

HB4051 (Wehrli) would amend the Transportation Network Providers Act (“TNPA”) by providing that notwithstanding any laws to the contrary, a transportation network company and a driver may establish by contract that the driver is an independent contractor and not an employee.  Currently, a rideshare company can be held liable under principles of agency for a drivers’ tortious conduct.  The amendment would protect rideshare companies from liability while leaving injured passengers remediless.  The First District is currently considering the constitutionality of Section 25(e) of the TNPA under the Special Legislation provision found in Article IV, Section 8(d) of the Illinois constitution (JANE DOE, Plaintiff-Appellant, v. LYFT, INC., ANGELO MCCOY; and STERLING INFOSYSTEMS, INC. d/b/a STERLING TALENT SOLUTIONS, Defendants-Appellees. On Appeal from the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois County Department, Law Division, Case No. 17 L 11355, Hon. Patricia O’Brien Sheahan, Judge Presiding). The amendment also attempts to work around the heightened common law duty of owed by common carriers to passengers.  The Tort Litigation Committee voted 44-5 to oppose this bill with high priority. The Legislative Committee voted 10-0-2 to support this opposition and the Board of Managers voted 17-0-1 to support the Legislative Committee’s position.

HB3866 (Ford) This bill would limit the time to collect a debt arising from a violation of a municipal ordinance to 7 years after the date of the alleged violation. The consensus of the Consumer Credit Committee members was in support of the bill to provide a much needed bright-line statute of limitations for municipal debt collection.  It should be noted that under current law, there is no statute of limitations for this type of municipal debt collection.  Additionally, the Legislative Committee indicated that it supported the proposed bill in its current form, but that it would also support a bill that proposed a lesser Statute of Limitations, e.g. 5 years.  The Legislative Committee voted 11-0-1 to support the bill and the Board of Managers voted 17-0-1 to support it as well. 

HB4171 (West) This bill eliminates the Cook County pilot program fee waiver for expungements and sealing of arrest records that was only applicable in counties of 3,000,000 or more inhabitants and is set to expire on January 1, 2021, and replaces it with a permanent, state-wide waiver.  The bill provides that no fee shall be required if the records sought to be expunged or sealed were arrests resulting in release without charging or arrests or charges not initiated by arrest resulting in acquittal, dismissal, or conviction when the conviction was reversed or vacated, except for the expungement or sealing of certain records of minor traffic violations. The Legal Aid Committee voted to support this bill and the Legislative Committee voted 6-0-0 to support that position.

HB4295 (Guzzardi) Under the Privilege for Restorative Justice, nothing said or done in this preparation for in follow up can be referred to, used, or admitted in any civil, criminal, juvenile, or administrative proceeding unless the privilege is waived, during the proceeding or in writing, by the party or parties protected by the privilege. The bill also provides that the legitimacy of a restorative justice practice, if challenged in any civil, juvenile, criminal, or administrative proceeding, shall be determined by a judge.  The privilege will not apply when disclosure is (1) necessary to prevent death, great bodily harm, or the commission of a crime; or (2) necessary to comply with another law. Nor will it apply if a court, tribunal, or administrative body requires a report on a restorative justice practice, but such report shall be limited to the fact that a practice has taken place, an opinion regarding the success of the practice, and whether further restorative justice practices are expected.  The Legal Aid Committee voted to support this bill and the Legislative Committee voted 6-0-0 to support.

HB4125 changes the oath taken by grand jurors to be: “Do each of you swear (or affirm) that you will diligently inquire into all matters presented to you; that you will return no indictment through malice or ill will, or fail to return one due to fear or reward; and that in all our decisions you will present the truth, the whole truth, and nothing but the truth, according to the best of your skill and understanding.”  These changes do not appear to be substantive, but are a plain language alternative.  The Legal Aid Committee voted to support these changes with High priority. The Legislative Committee voted 5-0-1 to support that position.

HB4911 (Ramirez) This bill amends the Eviction Article of the Code of Civil Procedure to provide that a complaint for an eviction action shall include specified information (nature of tenancy, type of notice given, basis of eviction, etc.). The bill further provides that upon entry of an eviction order, the court shall make specified findings. On sealing, the bill provides the court file shall be sealed: (1) in a foreclosure-related eviction action; (2) in a not-for-cause eviction; (3) if the parties to the eviction action so agree; and (4) in any action not resulting in an eviction order entered in favor of the plaintiff and that any tenant or occupant named as a defendant in an eviction action may file a motion or petition to seal the court file. The bill also details the manner in which court files shall be sealed, specifically that the clerk of the circuit court shall automatically seal all eviction court files no later than 3 years after the plaintiff's initial filing with the court. The bill excludes from sealing evictions in which: (1) the tenancy is commercial, or (2) the property that the plaintiff seeks possession of is a condominium unit and no tenants or occupants are named as defendants. However, the bill allows the court to order that the court file in an eviction action be sealed if the interests of justice outweigh the interests of the public, taking specified factors in account. The bill requires that if a person knows or has reasonable cause to know that information is derived from a sealed court file, they may not disseminate the information. Nor shall a consumer reporting agency disclose, or use in a consumer report, information regarding an eviction action in which there is no final disposition entered or the court file is sealed. Any violation would constitute an unlawful practice under the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Business Practices Act. Finally, the bill provides for damages in the amount of $2,000 for each violation, or twice the actual and consequential damages sustained, whichever is greater, and the costs of the action.  The Legal Aid Committee voted to support this bill and the Legislative Committee voted 3-2-1 to support that position.

HB4293/SB3295 (Guzzardi, Villivalam) This bill amends the Illinois Wage Payment and Collection Act to increase statutory damages from 2% to 5% of any wage underpayment violation.  In the last legislative session, Gov. Pritzker signed into law an increase in the statutory penalty for failure to pay the state minimum wage from 2% to 5%.  The idea behind this bill is to establish parity between the penalty for non-payment of wages and the penalty for under payment of wages.  The Labor and Employment Committee voted to support this bill and the Legislative Committee voted 6-0-0 to support it as well.

HB3430 (Steans) This bill seeks to codify existing Illinois precedent and thereby remedy the discrepancy between state and federal approaches to the Illinois law.  It amends the Illinois Freedom to Work Act to require employers to provide adequate consideration for non-compete agreements in order for those agreements to be enforceable (if employment is less than 2 years or is low-wage).  Despite rulings by Illinois courts to deem non-compete agreements unenforceable unless supported by adequate consideration, federal courts have yet to adopt that rule.  This amendment requires that an employee receive time to review their restrictive covenants to ensure they understand their obligation, state reasonableness standards and permit prevailing employees to recover attorney’s fees. The Labor and Employment Committee voted to support this bill and the Legislative Committee voted 6-0-0 to support their position.

SB3427 (Crowe) This legislation amends two longstanding section of the Mechanics Liens Act and Illinois case law dealing with the enforceability of a subcontractor’s mechanics lien.  It requires a subcontractor to provide written notice of this lien upon the completion of the work under the contractors contract with the owner (previously within 90 days of substantial completion of its own work) and file suite or record its lien within 4 months after the completion of the work under the contractor’s contract with the owner (previously within 4 months of substantial completion of the work).  The Real Property Law, Mechanics Liens and Construction subcommittee voted to oppose this bill and the Legislative Committee voted 6-0-0 to support that opposition.

 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

 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 


 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

 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 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 

 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

 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.

 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)

 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

 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.

 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.

 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.

 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

 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

 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.

 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

 CBA Mourns Passing of Judge Blanche M. Manning
   The CBA mourns the passing of the Honorable Blanche M. Manning, retired judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.

CBA Mourns Passing of Judge Blanche M. Manning

The Chicago Bar Association mourns the passing of the Honorable Blanche M. Manning, retired judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois.  Judge Manning was a courageous barrier breaker.  She faithfully served the People of the State of Illinois as a state court prosecutor and attorney for the U.S. Equal Opportunity Commission.   She continued her service to the People as a Cook County Circuit Court Judge and Illinois Appellate Justice, before President William J. Clinton appointed her to the Federal Bench. 

Judge Manning was a scholar, a justice advocate, and an accomplished musician who played in many jazz bands.  Judge Manning reinvented the term, “renaissance woman.”  She was a mentor and friend to many lawyers and judges, and we will truly miss her exuberant passion for the law and for life. May she eternally rest in peace.

--Maryam Ahmad, CBA President

 CBA Mourns Passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg
   The CBA mourns the passing of one of our nation’s most erudite legal minds, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, United States Supreme Court Justice. Justice Ginsburg established herself as a fierce champion in the fight for women’s rights and equality.

"Fight for the things that you care about, but do it in a way that will lead others to join you."
-Ruth Bader Ginsburg 

The Chicago Bar Association mourns the passing of one of our nation’s most erudite legal minds, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, United States Supreme Court Justice. Justice Ginsburg established herself as a fierce champion in the fight for women’s rights and equality. 

A hero to many, Justice Ginsburg led by example. She experienced discrimination as a scholastically brilliant student who was pursuing her education while being a wife and a mother. Like so many women, she managed to persevere and excel, even with discrimination, becoming the first female member of Harvard’s Law Review. 

Despite her extraordinary academic achievements, Justice Ginsburg faced employment discrimination based on her gender. She turned that test into a testament of legal prowess, arguing cases on gender inequality, civil rights, and reproductive rights before the U.S. Supreme Court so that other women would not endure the injustices she faced. 

Justice Ginsburg was only the second woman on this nation’s highest court. She became a cultural icon and hero to many; she will be missed. However, the fight for equal rights and equality must go on. Justice Ginsburg would want that. The burden falls to all us here to continue the fight for liberty, justice, and equality for all. 

 CBATV Video: Recent Developments in Immigration Law
   Overview of new immigration developments, including DACA and new policies.

CBA TV Presents: Recent Developments in Immigration Law

CBA TV presents a general overview of recent developments in immigration law including the USSC’s DACA opinion and the role of past executive orders and future potential executive orders in immigration policies that affect a wide variety of persons in the U.S. with different immigration statuses (video released August 6, 2020).