Wednesday, July 30, 2008

ISBA Young Lawyers Division - Day at the Races

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division is Sponsoring a Day at the Races at Arlington Race Track:
It is a Networking and Social Event, Co-Sponsored with the Northwest Suburban Bar Association which benefits of go towards the Illinois Bar Foundation/YLD Children’s Assistance Program. **IBF/YLD Children’s Assistance Fund is a 501(c)(3) charitable entity**

When: Saturday, September 20, from 12:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Where: Arlington Park Racecourse, Miller Party Deck. Arlington Hts, IL.

Tickets are available online at and at 11:30 a.m. at the Grandstand Entrance (east Side off of Wilke Road Entrance) at the ISBA Ticket Booth.
NOTE: That there are a limited number of tickets and there is a possibility of the event being sold out.

Tickets include the following: admission; daily racing guide; private party deck; soft drinks, beer, wine and appetizers from 12:30 - 3:30 p.m.

Cost: $50.00 per person (Children 4 - 17 must have a ticket. Please contact Meghan O'Brien for child ticket prices)

NIU Post-Bar Exam Event

Just a reminder for all those out there - NIU is holding a post-bar exam event at Dave & Busters at 1030 N. Clark Street, Chicago IL from 5:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. to celebrate and congratulate all the graduates who are taking the Illinois Bar exam today.

Monday, July 21, 2008

Please stay tuned.

Please excuse the lack of posts recently, my wife and I are in the process of selling our current house and buying a new one. We've been really busy the last couple of weeks negotiating contracts and packing all of our stuff in boxes. We close on August 15th. Please stay tuned, however, because I have a couple of good posts in the works.

Any new contributors out there please contact me for instructions to begin posting.

Thank you.

Monday, July 14, 2008

Law Blog featured in ISBA Bar News

Maybe "featured" is too strong of a description, but if you turn to page 28 of the most recent ISBA Bar News, you will see our three inches of text in the far right hand column.

Hopefully this will help us pick up some contributors.

Wednesday, July 2, 2008

Court supervision for minors

As of January 1, 2008, drivers under the age of 18 are ineligible for court supervision unless they make a personal appearance in court with a parent or guardian and agree to complete a traffic safety course. Judges have the authority to waive the appearance of the parent or guardian upon a showing of good cause by the defendant. 730 ILCS 5/5-6-1(m).

I have had this situation arise twice in the past month. Both times my clients agreed to take the traffic course to get supervision, but neither ASA (Kane and DuPage) asked if my clients' parents were present (they were). I just learned about this parental appearance requirement when I got back to the office and looked up the statute relating to the traffic school requirement.