The Chicago Bar Association

Founded in 1874, The Chicago Bar Association is one of the oldest and most active metropolitan bar associations in the United States. The Association's voluntary membership of 20,000 consists largely of lawyers and judges from Cook County and the State of Illinois. However, we do have a growing out-of-state membership of lawyers who want to take advantage of the Association's many membership services and benefits.

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The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism recently announced that Kendra L. Abercrombie has joined the organization as Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Manager. In this role, Abercrombie will lead the Commission’s educational and advocacy initiatives aimed at promoting DEI in the legal and justice systems.   “On behalf of the Commission, I am delighted to welcome Kendra as our DEI Manager,” said Martin Sinclair, Chair of the Commission on Professionalism. “Under Kendra’s leadership, the…
Post Authored By: Shannon Luschen In the legal profession, networking and building a referral base is incredibly important, almost as important as the legal work itself.  While networking can seem like a daunting and sometimes uncomfortable feat, here are 6 tips and tricks to help young lawyers navigate this area: Take advantage of bar association opportunities. This could be as simple as joining and attending a committee meeting for an area of law you are…
Post Authored By: Teresa Detloff The Hague Convention on the Civil Aspects of International Child Abduction is a formal treaty signed by multiple countries that ensures cooperation among signatories in international abduction cases whereby one parent removes a child or children from their home country into another country. When the child has been relocated to the United States, the State Department assists the parent seeking return of the child by helping them to locate counsel…
Post Authored By: Natalie Elizaroff You just finished your last final as a first-year student (“1L”), and summer is right around the corner – what are your plans? You might fall into one or more of the following categories: (1) you have secured a summer job/externship/internship; (2) you are taking summer classes; (3) you are trying to relax. All of these are reasonable options, and there is no single right answer as to what you…
Post Authored By: Kenny Matuszewski Family, friendship, faith, fitness, fun, philanthropy, forward-thinking and a fulfilling career. These are the core pillars of the Hon. Celia and Rob Gamrath’s lives and relationship. Focusing on these pillars has allowed Judge Gamrath and Rob to accomplish far more together than they ever could have alone, and to truly “have it all.”  The Gamraths first met when they studied business at Indiana University (“IU”), through mutual friends. At IU,…
The Chicago Bar Association’s Young Lawyers Section is proud to announce that three of our members, Gail Eisenberg, August Hieber, and Kenneth Matuszewski, have been honored by the American Bar Association with the “On The Rise – Top 40 Lawyers Award” for 2021! Congratulations! Click here to see all the honorees: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/projects/on-the-rise/2021-honorees/ Gail Eisenberg: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/projects/on-the-rise/2021-honorees/gail-eisenberg/ August Hieber: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/projects/on-the-rise/2021-honorees/august-hieber/ Kenny Matuszewski: https://www.americanbar.org/groups/young_lawyers/projects/on-the-rise/2021-honorees/kenneth-matuszewski/
Post Authored By: Brian M. Bentrup Life in the United States is slowly returning to that which many Americans were accustomed before words such as “coronavirus”, “COVID-19”, “slowing the curve”, and “social distancing” became part of everyday conversation. Cases and deaths are slowing, vaccination rates are climbing, venues are eliminating occupancy restrictions, restaurants and bars are fully reopening, and businesses are resuming full operations, which means workers are returning to in-person work. In Illinois, Governor…
Post Authored By: Brian M. Bentrup You’ve recently lost a family member or close friend. Shortly thereafter, you come to learn that you’ve been named executor in the decedent’s will, or you have statutory preference to serve as administrator in the event there is no will. Your head is likely spinning from all of the things that need to be done immediately, much less the formal procedures necessary to open a probate estate. You need…