News & Announcements

 Brief Graders and Judges Needed for Moot Court Competition
   Attorneys needed to assist with CBA Moot Court Competition November 15-17
The Young Lawyers Section is hosting its annual Moot Court Competition from November 15-17, 2018, at the Dirksen Federal Building in Chicago. This year, 32 teams are competing from across the country. The YLS needs attorneys to act as competition judges and brief graders. Volunteer brief graders will be asked to review and critique approximately 4-5 briefs the week of October 29 and volunteer competition judges are needed on the evenings of November 15 and 16 (5:30 or 7:30 p.m.) and the morning of November 17 (9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m.). Competition judges are eligible to earn Illinois MCLE credit. To volunteer, fill out the appropriate volunteer form: Brief Grader and/or Competition Judge.

 83 Members to Celebrate 50 Year Milestone
   Congratulations on 50 years of membership.

83 Members to Celebrate 50 Year Milestone

The Chicago Bar Association congratulates the following 83 members on achieving the 50 year membership milestone. Their contributions to the law and personal achievements over the last five decades will be celebrated at a special luncheon on October 19, 2018. On behalf of the Association, please accept our gratitude for your allegiance and commitment to the profession and to The Chicago Bar Association. Your many years of membership are an example to all of us who followed you into membership sometime after 1967. Congratulations and thank you for your outstanding service. For more information on the luncheon, please contact Karen Stanton, Membership Director, at 312-554-2131.

Sherwin D. Abrams
Stanley J. Adelman
Mitchell F. Asher
Harvey J. Barnett
Robert M. Berger
Donald T. Bertucci
Paul P. Biebel
Edmund P. Boland
Melvin R. Bramson
Robert I. Briskman
L. Edward Bryant
Malcolm W. Burnett
Francis J. Carey
Charles W. Connors
John E. Corkery
George M. Covington
Robert Allan Creamer
Joseph M. Crispino
Thomas J. Cunningham
Stewart H. Diamond
Patrick Thomas Driscoll
Morris G. Dyner
Stephen N. Engberg
Terry L. Engel
Jerald P. Esrick
Roger G. Fein
Arnold M. Flank
Ronald L. Futterman
John R. Garofalo
Kenneth Y. Geman
John J. George
Donald L. Gimbel
Robert H. Glorch
Allen Steven Goldberg
Barry L. Gordon
Joel L. Greenblatt
Joel A. Haber
Philip Hablutzel
Sophia H. Hall
Alan H. Hammerman
Elsie G. Holzwarth
Emery J. Homor
Jeffrey W. Horwitz
R. Thomas Howell
Terrell J. Isselhard
Edward T. Joyce
Allen E. Kanter
Herbert A. Kessel
John K. Kneafsey
Michael D. Leroy
Robert M. Levin
William J. Linklater
Bruce David Locher
Ronald John Loris
Warren Lupel
Todd C. Lyster
Arthur M. Martin
Ronald A. Mayer
Stephen M. Merrick
Michael D. Miselman
David N. Missner
Gregory E. Norwell
Chester M. Przybylo
David R. Quade
Arthur Raphael
Richard J. Rappaport
Gary H. Rieman
Herbert B. Rosenberg
Stephen P. Sandler
David B. Schappi
Theodore A. Sinars
Jerry D. Sparks
James G. Staples
Sara E. Sumner
Michael B. Susman
Stephen P. Thomas
Michael O. Warnecke
Arnold Weinberg
Friedrich Weinkopf
Edward A. Williams
James H. Williams
Allan A. Wulfstat
John J. Zimmermann

 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.

 2018 Pro Bono Week
   Attend a free event Oct. 22-26 in celebration of Pro Bono Week.
The CBA and The Chicago Bar Foundation (CBF) will sponsor Chicago’s 14th Annual Pro Bono Week from October 22 to October 26. In 2005, the CBA and CBF launched our annual Pro Bono Week with the twin goals of honoring lawyers’ pro bono efforts and educating the public and the legal community about how these lawyers are improving the lives of the less fortunate. The week includes free CLE, social activities and a Pro Bono and Community Service Fair. See details and register at

 New 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

 New 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.

 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