September 9, 2011

Next Week in LCS - 9/9/2011

The latest in Next Week in LCS hot off the presses!

Professional Development Tips: Quality over quantity is a useful rule of thumb in many aspects of the job search including:

  • Networking: connecting to a smaller group that you know well and knows you well, and with whom you will actually keep in touch, makes the connections more meaningful and rewarding.  For all parties concerned.
  • Job Applications: tailor your materials for each posting with information specific to that employer, posting, and any connections will help you stand out. Sending out generic cover letters, resumes, and inquiry requests will generally land your materials in the trash. 

CBA Meetings for Next Week - Week of September 12, 2011

Meetings for the Week of September 12, 2011 (this schedule was generated on September 8, 2011). View most recent list.

The following is a list of committees that have notified the CBA of their speaker/topic. Meetings are held at 12:15 p.m. for one hour at the CBA unless otherwise noted. Bring your CBA card to obtain MCLE credit for meeting attendance. Lunch is available in our servery for $9.50. There is no need to RSVP for committee meetings. Member may attend any meeting they choose.

September 12

  • Commercial Litigation Committee (IL PR Credit): Wendy Muchman, ARDC, professionalism issues in commercial litigation.
  • State & Local Tax Committee (IL MCLE Credit): Panel on "Illinois Business Tax Climate-Are the Illinois Tax Incentives Working?"
  • Trust Law Committee (IL MCLE Credit, Webcast): Panel with recent developments in the practice.
  • Unauthorized Practice& Multidisciplinary Practice Committee: Rescheduled to October 12.

September 13

  • Adoption Law Committee (IL MCLE Credit): Cook County adoption judges with status updates at 1703.
  • Alliance for Women (5:30 P.M.): Kick-Off cocktail reception at CBA.
  • Civil Practice Committee (IL MCLE Credit, Webcast): Chief Judge James F. Holderman, District Court Judge, The American Jury Project
  • Criminal Law Committee (IL MCLE Credit, Webcast): Daniel G. Martin, Federal Defender Program, issues in federal criminal practice.
  • Financial & Investment Services and Futures & Derivatives (IL MCLE Credit): Grey Tanzi, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, CFTC rules prohibiting manipulation.
  • International & Foreign Law Committee: Organizational meeting.
  • Law & Literature Committee (5:15 P.M.): Location: Daley Center, Room 2501. "Collapse" by Jared Diamond.
  • Trade & Professional Associations Law Committee (IL MCLE Credit): Samuel J. Erkonen with navigating hotel and tradeshow contracts for associations.
  • YLS Insurance Coverage Committee (IL MCLE Credit, Webcast): John S. Hoff, Hoff & Herra, aviation insurance coverage.

September 14

  • Domestic Relations Committee (IL MCLE Credit): Panel from the Cook County Domestic Relations Division on awarding maintenance.
  • Financial Institutions Committee (IL MCLE Credit): Stanley Wojciechowski, Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation, The SAFE Act and Nationwide Mortgage Licensing System and Registry.
  • Tort Litigation Committee (IL MCLE Credit): Geoff Gifford, Pavalon & Gifford, mediations.

September 15

  • Animal Law Committee (IL MCLE Credit, Webcast): Tracy McGonigle, Hooved Animal Humane Society, applying Illinois' animals laws.
  • Customs & US International Trade Law Committee (1:00 P.M.): Location: Customs and Border Protection Lab, 610 S. Canal St. Tour of facility.
  • Immigration & Nationality Law Committee (IL MCLE Credit, Webcast): Anel Dominguez with cancellation of removal.
  • Municipal Department Committee (12:00 P.M.) (IL MCLE Credit): Location: Daley Center, Courtroom 1307. A.C. Cunningham, Cook County Public Defender, operations of the Public Defender's Office.
  • Securities Law Committee (IL MCLE Credit): David A. Baugh, Baugh Dalton Carlson & Ryan LLC, limited fund settlements.
  • Social Security Law Committee (IL MCLE Credit): Thomas Yates, Health and Disability Advocates, changes in Social Security.

September 16

  • Employee Benefits Committee (IL MCLE Credit): Amy Atcha, Employee Benefits Security Administration, new/proposed DOL regulations.
  • Energy Telecommunications and Water Committee (IL MCLE Credit): Panel discussion on The Clean Water Act and the effect of watershed issues.
  • Professional Responsibility Committee (IL PR Credit): Mary Andreoni, ARDC, client trust account requirements.


Government/Honors Deadlines Posts

Please note that future posts of upcoming deadlines for the Government/Honors programs will now be posted at the beginning of the week, instead of Fridays.  For a look at the last postings to plan ahead for next couple of weeks:

Check back early next week for the latest postings.  And don't forget that corrallig updates via RSS is always a great idea!

September 8, 2011

FREE: Off the Pages Conference (Limited Tickets)

The Chicago Lawyer magazine is holding the first “Off The Pages” conference on getting and keeping business.  The Sept. 20 event is at the Union League Club and starts at 7:30 a.m. and ends by 11:30 a.m. The event includes three panels: one on growing your book of business; another on building a relationship with in-house lawyers; and the third on motivating and keeping young talent. This is a perfect opportunity to network and meet other lawyers.

September 7, 2011

3Ls/4Ls: Presidential Management Fellows Program

Don't forget that the Presidential Management Fellows (PMF) Program nomination application is now available in the Symplicity Document Library. Shaye Loughlin, Director of the Center for Public Interest Law, will provide information on the PMF program, processes, and the internal nomination procedures on Monday, September 12, 2011 at 5:00 p.m. in 342 O'Malley (RSVP in Symplicity).  Nomination applications are due by NOON on Monday, September 26, 2011. (Room number has been changed).

CBA News & Updates

Christmas Spirits Auditions
Enjoy singing and dancing? The Christmas Spirits production is looking for talented newcomers to join the cast of the CBA’s musical comedy revue! CBA members and law student members are invited to audition for featured singing and acting parts, and for singing and dancing chorus spots! Auditions will be held September 12 at 5:30 p.m., at the CBA. For more information, please contact the director, Marla Lampert at 847-361-1809 or, or visit<!--more-->

Announcing…CBA Associate Membership for Non-Lawyers (Share This with Your Office Staff!)
Open to paralegals, law firm administrators and other non-lawyer professionals whose employment relates to the legal profession or the administration of justice. Associate membership is only $80 per year. Stay abreast on technology and the law, network with Chicago's bench and bar, attend CBA events and CLE, and more. See details at

September 6, 2011

Alternative Career Opportunities - September 6, 2011

Here are some alternative career jobs we came across.  Please note that this is not an exhaustive list of opportunities found at these sites:

The Chronicle of Higher Education:

EPA On-Campus Friday, Sept. 9th

Come join Law Career Services and the Field Placement Program for Brown Bag Lunch Q&A on FRIDAY, SEPTEMBER 9th, 2011 from 12:00pm-1:00pm in Room 344 with Ann Coyle and Rhett Nelson, Attorneys with the EPA, for information on the Environmental Protection Agency's Honors and Internships Programs here in Region 5 and the Chicago office.

ALL Classes Welcome!! Please RSVP on Symplicity.

September 5, 2011

Upcoming CBA Special Events

9/11 CLE Programming: Focus on Deployment Issues/Gitmo/Patriot Act and More - September 8 and 9


  • A two-day program commemorating the ten-year anniversary of September 11 and both its impact on the legal profession/changes in the law flowing from these attacks and recognizing the sacrifices of America’s soldiers, sailors, Marines, and first responders. Register at MCLE Credit will be awarded. $25 Member/Free CLEAdvantage Member for both days (one-day registration also available).