October 14, 2011

Next Week in LCS - October 14, 2011

SAVE THE DATE! Mark your calendars for this year's Halloween Open House, which will be held on Thursday, October 27 from 4-6 pm. Come take a break, get a bite to eat, and mingle with students and LCS staff. It will also be a perfect time to check out our new space or make your next career advising appointment. Feel free to wear your costume!

Are you interested in learnng more about alternative careers? What else can you do with a law degree? Join LCS for Practicising Law Institute's 300 Things You Can With a Law Degree at 11:00 a.m. Thursday, October 20 in 341 Lewis. Bring your lunch and feel free to drop-in at any time throughout the presentation.

October 13, 2011

CBA Meetings for the Week of October 17, 2011

 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. This schedule was generated on October 13, 2011. View most recent list.

October 17

  • Business Law, Corp. Doc: Forms & Best Drafting Practices Sub (IL MCLE Credit, Webcast): Dennis E. Quaid, Gregory K. Stern PC, contractual provisions from a bankruptcy perspective.
  • Commercial Litigation Committee: Meeting cancelled.
  • Real Estate Taxation, Assessment & Appeals Subcommittee (IL MCLE Credit): Lise Valentine, The Civic Federation, estimated effective property tax rates.
  • State & Local Tax Committee: Panel with outrageous state tax decisions.
  • YLS International & Foreign Law Committee (IL MCLE Credit, Webcast): Henry H. Perritt, Chicago-Kent College of Law, lessons learned from Kosovo.

National Pro Bono Week Opportunities

October 24-28, 2011 is Pro Bono Week!  Check out the following events:

Pro Bono Work in a Law Firm Panel Discussion
Tuesday, October 25 from 11:50 a.m. to 12:40 p.m. in 804 Lewis:
Are you interested in working for a firm and wondering whether pro bono work is possible?  Come and find out.   This is a great way to become more familiar with the law firm setting and how pro bono work is supported.   Panelists include: Marc Kadish, Pro Bono Partner at Mayer Brown LLP, Donna Otis of the Otis Law Group, and James Irving, Associate at DLA Piper.  Lunch provided.

CBA Young Lawyers Section’s Pro Bono & Community Service Fair
Co-sponsored by The Chicago Bar Foundation & Kirkland & Ellis LLP
Tuesday, October 25, 2011/5:00-7:00 p.m./Kirkland & Ellis LLP, 300 N. LaSalle
Meet with representatives from 50 of Chicago’s legal aid, pro bono and community service organizations to network with likeminded professionals and uncover the volunteer opportunity you have been seeking. Law students and nonmembers welcome. 
To learn more or to register for a this 18th Annual event event, visit www.chicagobar.org/probonoweek.>

Walk a Month in My Shoes: A Poverty Simulation
Wednesday, October 26, 2011/3:00 - 6:00 p.m./St. Peter’s in the Loop
Participate in a simulation of the hardships faced by low-income clients.To learn more or to register for an event, visit

Illinois Legal Aid Online’s LiveHelp Operator Training
Thursday, October 27 from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. in 903 Lewis

LiveHelp is an online chat service available on the public, legal-information website, www.IllinoisLegalAid.org.  The goal of LiveHelp is to expand Illinois Legal Aid Online’s services and increase the ability of www.IllinoisLegalAid.org visitors to get legal information and assistance if they cannot find or afford a lawyer.  LiveHelp was launched in 2009 and is currently assisting over 70 website visitors per day. After the training, volunteers will staff this innovative chat service and will provide direct, person-to-person, online help so that people in need of legal assistance can obtain more positive outcomes to their legal problems.  Law students can volunteer from ANY computer with internet access, making this a flexible volunteer opportunity for volunteer law students.To RSVP or to request more information, please contact Jane Lombardi at jlombardi@illinoislegalaid.org or 312.977.9047, ext. 22. 

PBCSI’s October Donate-A-Day Senior Center Initiative with the Center for Disability & Elder Law

Friday, October 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 4:30-5:00 p.m. at Britton Bud Apartments, 501 West Surf Street, Chicago, IL 60657
Join alumni and fellow law students for a day of pro bono work at the Britton Bud Apartments, 501 West Surf Street, Chicago, IL 60657.  Law students and alumni will work in teams to prepare advanced directives, such as living wills and powers of attorney, for low-income seniors.   NO estate planning experience is necessary.   The Center for Disability Law will provide the training on site from 11:00 a.m. until 12:45 p.m.   The Senior Center Initiative Workshop with seniors will start at 1:00 p.m.  Lunch provided.  If interested in volunteering, please RSVP to PBCSI Student Site Coordinator, Chastidy Burns at chastidy.burns@gmail.com.

Pro Bono Week Breakfast with Judges
Friday, October 28, 2011/8:00 a.m./CBA Building
Members of the judiciary will lead conversations about pro bono in our community and all participants will have the opportunity to contribute their thoughts and ideas.
To learn more or to register for an event, visit www.chicagobar.org/probonoweek.>

Do these types of activites interest you? If you'd like a weekly dose please reach out to Cheryl Price, the Pro Bono & Community Service Initiative Director at cprice [at] depaul.edu to be added to her newsletter list.

October 12, 2011

CBA News and Annoucements

For more News: Chicago Bar Association

Catch a New Complimentary Practice Pointer
The CLE Department has recently added to its catalog of complimentary online practice pointers. Watch "Everyone is Entitled to Their Opinion " with Geoffrey L. Gifford or "Handling a Child Injury Case" with Kenneth H. Levinson at www.chicagobar.org.

Free Webinar on How Easy & Affordable Online Payroll Can Be
Watch a live presentation of member benefit Business Online Payroll on October 18 at Noon and learn how it works and what you will receive for only $49.99 a month. Register online.

Etiquette Tip of the Week: Finis Finesse

When finished with your meal, place the fork and knife diagonally across your plate with the handles around 4 or 5 o'clock and the tines and blade around 10 or 11 o'clock.

October 11, 2011


Website and Facebook Group allow military spouses to connect and advocate for eliminating barriers to the practice of law.

  Attorney spouses of military members face significant challenges maintaining their legal careers while supporting their spouse’s military career. Many families find balancing a military career with a legal career too difficult. In those cases, either the legal profession or the military loses a valuable member.

October 10, 2011

Special Events at the CBA for the Week of October 10th and More

 ABC Networking Mixer with Risk Management Association - October 12
Meet members of the RMA and the Illinois CPA Society on Wednesday, October 12, 2011, from 5:30-8:30 p.m., at English, 444 N. LaSalle. See registration fax form.

YLS October Social - October 12
Join the YLS on October 12 from 5:30 p.m.-7:30 p.m. at Cactus Cantina, 410 S. Wells. Includes free admittance and one drink. Drink specials available.