News & Announcements

 CBA Nights at the Chicago Bulls
(12/17/2018)
 
   Reduced ticket prices for 3 upcoming January Chicago Bulls games.
CBA members are invited to purchase tickets for three upcoming Chicago Bulls games at a discount: Brooklyn Nets on January 6, L.A. Clippers on January 25, and Cleveland Cavaliers on January 27. Limited discounts available on levels 100, 200, and 300. For example, a 100 Level (corner) regularly $135 is on member discount for $76 and a 200 Level (baseline) regularly $85 is discounted to $59. Go to https://bit.ly/2yBBdZz to obtain the discounted prices and learn more. 

 CBA Offices and JMLS Law Library Holiday Hours
(12/6/2018)
 
   CBA offices and JMLS Library announce holiday closings.
Happy holidays! Please note the following office closings for the 2018 holiday season:

The Chicago Bar Association:
The Chicago Bar Association will close at 3 p.m. on Friday, December 21, 2018, and reopen on Wednesday, December 26, 2018. Our offices will also close at 3:00 p.m. on Friday, December 28, 2018, and reopen on Wednesday, January 2, 2019. The CBA will also be closed on January 21, 2019, for the Martin Luther King Day Holiday.

The John Marshall Law School Library
The Library will be closed December 22, 2018 through January 1, 2019. Intersession hours will run December 15-21, 2018 and January 2-13, 2019. The Library will also be closed on January 21, 2019, for the Martin Luther King Day Holiday.  Visit https://www.jmls.edu/library/hours.php for up-to-date hours.
 

 Donate to Local Animal Shelters this Holiday Season
(12/3/2018)
 
   CBA Animal Law Committee is collecting food and supplies for local animal shelters through the end of the year.

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.

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. 


 A Christmas Carol by the CBA Symphony Orchestra
(12/3/2018)
 
   Pick up a copy of the CBA Symphony Orchestra's recording for only $12.

The CBA Symphony Orchestra's recording of Charles Dicken's "A Christmas Carol" is now on sale for $12. Pick up a copy in the CBA's Legal Bookstore or call 312-554-2130.


 November 2018 Issue of The CBA Record Digital Edition
(11/28/2018)
 
   Cook County elections, Attorney-Client privilege, the importance of civility in the profession, and more.
This month’s CBA Record looks at issues regarding Cook County elections, Attorney-Client privilege, and the importance of civility in the profession. Have you ever wondered what it takes for a judicial candidate to get their name on the top of this ballot? Election expert Albert J. Klumpp takes a deep dive into the inner-workings of the Cook County elections process and the policy and procedural mechanisms at play. Paul C. Meyers writes about the what has changed and what hasn’t regarding Attorney-Client privilege in the era of Twitter and Trump. And Jayne Reardon of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism speaks to the tone that lawyers set with regards to civility, our role in society, and the differences between civility and politeness. 

All this and more can be found at https://user-35215390377.cld.bz/CBA-Record-November-2018.
 

 ABA TECHSHOW 2019: CBA Member Discount
(11/16/2018)
 
   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 www.techshow.com/pricing 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 www.techshow.com for current information on ABA TECHSHOW 2019, the best place for bringing lawyers and technology together.


 AAA Membership and Discounts: AAA Chicago Motor Club Illinois
(11/2/2018)
 
   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.  If you are already a AAA member, you will receive the discount upon renewal. For more information, call Debra Wiese 217-398-3621 ext.514, or email at djwiese@aaachicago.com. 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
(11/1/2018)
 
   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 tkurth@chicagobar.org on or before November 29, 2018.

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


 New Online Pro Bono Opportunities Guide
(10/9/2018)
 
   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
(10/1/2018)
 
   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
(10/1/2018)
 
   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 https://www.cognoshr.com/cba.


 September 2018 CBA Record Issue
(9/27/2018)
 
   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
(9/12/2018)
 
   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 https://youtu.be/raFPqDwK7jE.

Groups can sign up and find writing help at www.writeacrosschicago.org. Questions – contact Sally Daly at sdaly@chicagobar.org or Steve Zemelman (Director, Illinois Writing Project) at stv.zemelman@comcast.net.

 New Financial Technology Committee
(8/14/2018)
 
   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
(7/25/2018)
 
   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
(7/23/2018)
 
   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
(5/26/2017)
 
   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 https://cbabarshow.brownpapertickets.com. You can also keep tabs on the latest Bar Show news on Facebook at www.facebook.com/cbabarshow or www.chicagobar.org/barshow.