News & Announcements

 CBA Offices Closed for President's Day Holiday
   CBA offices and bookstore closed on Monday, February 18, 2019.
The Chicago Bar Association offices and legal bookstore will be closed on Monday, February 18, 2019 in observance of the President's Day Holiday. Regular office hours resume on Tuesday, February 19 at 9:00 a.m.

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

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

The following offices will be filled:

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

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

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

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

 ABA TECHSHOW 2019: CBA Member Discount
   CBA members save $150 off standard TECHSHOW registration.

Bringing Lawyers & Technology Together: ABA TECHSHOW 2019
Save with CBA Member Discount

ABA TECHSHOW has over 31 years of experience bringing lawyers and technology together. Legal work today is dependent on technology to manage day to day activities, to practice more competently, and to service clients more effectively. ABA TECHSHOW teaches you how technology can work for you. Through the expansive EXPO Hall, CLEs, presentations, and workshops, you will be able to get your questions answered and learn from the top legal professionals and tech innovators, all under one roof. Regardless of your expertise level, there’s something for you at ABA TECHSHOW.

As a member of The Chicago Bar Association, you can register for ABA TECHSHOW 2019 at a special reduced rate. This discount only applies to registrants that qualify for the Standard registration and will save you $150. You can register online at and include this unique discount code EP1901 at checkout to receive the discount.

Celebrate over 31 years of legal technology and innovation. Network with legal technology experts from around the globe, February 27 – March 2, 2019, at the Hyatt Regency Chicago. Don’t forget to visit for current information on ABA TECHSHOW 2019, the best place for bringing lawyers and technology together.

 Travel with the CBA: CLE in Israel April 2019
   Agenda, travel information and registration now available.
Experience Israel (with pre-conference travel to Amsterdam) while earning continuing legal education credit and making countless connections with fellow attendees! The Chicago Bar Association is headed to Jerusalem, Israel from April 1-5, 2019. An agenda and travel information is now available at Questions? Contact Tamra Drees at 312-554-2057.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

Wellness Committee Formed: Join Now

Posted on July 29, 2018

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

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

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

Early Bird Pricing for The Bar Show

Posted on July 29, 2018

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