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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Interviewed By: Kenny Matuszewski Now celebrating its 21st Anniversary, the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s 40 Under Forty recognizes rising stars in the legal community. Past winners come from all practice areas and settings, including the government, private practice, and in-house. The one thing they all share is their commitment to excellence and dedication to the legal profession. Attorneys who win the 40 Under Forty award join an elite group of practitioners who have reached the…
Interviewed by: Kenny Matuszewski In law school, networking is often thought of as nothing more than a means to an end for a job and a one-sided transaction. However, Jared Reynolds and Matt McElwee were different from their peers. Early on, they realized that their law school classmates and extracurricular activities could be great resources. Little did they know just how important one extracurricular activity would be for both of them. Jared and Matt met…
Post Authored By: Christian Blume Earnest Money can demonstrate a buyer’s intent to follow-through with a real estate contract and also entice a seller to accept an offer.  This blog article will primarily look at the Earnest Money as it applies to residential real estate transaction, and specifically in the Multi-Board Residential Real Estate Contract (“MBRE”) 7.0.  The MBRE is not the only real estate contract template that provides for earnest money.   Do I…
Post Authored By: Kasim Carbide While the pandemic changed how attorneys practice law, it has left fewer options at managing the daily stress of law practice.  Pre-Covid times were filled with in-person events, office parties, and meeting co-workers at the local bar to release stress and mingle and network.  While alcohol and work parties can be a fun way of relieving stress, lawyers are prone to substance abuse due to the nature of the job,…
Interviewed by: Kenny Matuszewski Over the years, there have been many influential families in the legal profession in Chicago.  Few have shaped plaintiff personal injury litigation as much as the Conway family.  They are leading lawyers in asbestos/mass tort litigation, personal injury, and medical malpractice.  Kevin, Kate, and Judy Conway have represented plaintiffs with integrity, compassion, and dedication, assuming leadership positions in the profession.  They believe that victims of serious injuries deserve excellent legal representation. …
By Girl Scout Project Law Track Program Co-Chairs, CBA Alliance for Women: Brandi Burton, Erica Byrd, Jennifer Kobayashi, Meagan Newman, Monica Weed, and Brittany Weiss It is that time of year again when the Chicago Bar Association’s Alliance for Women and the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana are gearing up for the 11th Annual Project Law Track Program, now to be presented in a virtual format! The program consists of a series…
Post Authored By: Shannon Luschen When news of Kim Kardashian and Kanye West’s divorce broke headlines earlier this month, discussions began swirling over how the couple would be splitting up their extremely large financial estates.  It’s no secret that the pair are extremely wealthy in their own right – according to Forbes, Kanye reached billionaire status and Kim earned $49.5 million last year. With all that money, assets and property, one would hope that Kim…