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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Post authored by Tisha Delgado, brought to you by CourtFiling.net Legal professionals have been eFiling now for a little over a year and one of their frequently asked question is: “how can we access the eFiled documents online?” The ability to view documents online for quick access and search for court records in other jurisdictions are just a few of the benefits of online access to your case documents. When the Illinois Supreme Court first
The Chocolate Covered Edition is now available! Our guest Valerie Beck proves that a legal career can be just like a box of chocolates—you never know what you’re going to get. Valerie graduated from Harvard Law School and practiced in “Big Law” before leaving her legal practice to become a chocolate expert and entrepreneur. In this unique edition, co-hosts Jonathan Amarilio and Trisha Rich join Valerie on a tasting tour through the world of craft,…
A2J with Angela by Angela Inzano, CBF Director of Advocacy & Engagement These days, it seems like there is nothing that can unite Americans. Except maybe a love for Tom Hanks. Or Mr. Rogers. Or Tom Hanks AS Mr. Rogers. Seriously, a national treasure. But this 4th of July, I’d like to posit that there is something that has united Americans from the very beginning of the American experiment. In addition to Lorde lyrics, of…
Interviewed by Kenny Matuszewski On May 16, 2019, the @theBar blog was invited to attend 2Civility’s The Future is Now 2.019 Conference. This article continues the series of topics discussed during the conference. @theBar: Where do you work and what do you practice? April: I’m the Associate Director of Research Innovations at the Access to Justice Lab (the “A2J Lab), which is located at Harvard Law School. The A2J Lab conducts rigorous research to understand…
Interviewed by Kenny Matuszewski On May 16, 2019, the @theBar blog was invited to attend 2Civility’s The Future is Now 2.019 Conference. This article continues the series of topics discussed during the conference. Kenny: Where do you work? MJ: I am the CEO of Court Innovations, which makes Matterhorn. Court Innovations is based in Ann Arbor, MI. Kenny: What does your company focus on? MJ: We focus on increasing access to justice. It is our…
Dan Davies and Stephanie Villinski, interviewed by Kenny Matuszewski @theBar: The Commission on Professionalism has had a very busy year so far. As of June 18, it also launched a new online CLE that tackles incivility in the legal profession. Can you tell us a little more about the CLE? Dan Davies: Ending Harassment, Bullying and Incivility in the Legal Workplace is a one-hour interactive eLearning course. The course focuses on what constitutes incivility, provides…
Interviewed by Kenny Matuszewski Kenny: Where do you work and what did you practice? Robin: I am the CEO of the Bail Project, a national non-profit organization on a mission to combat mass incarceration by transforming the pretrial system in America. Pretrial detention is a key driver of jail growth and racial and economic disparities. Our project takes direct aim at the front end of this system through a national revolving bail fund that provides…
Gerry Saltarelli, Chair of the CBA’s Judicial Evaluation Committee, interviewed by Kenny Matuszewski Q: Can you explain the CBA’s Judicial Evaluation Committee and its mission for anyone who is not familiar with it? A: The mission of the JEC is to inform the public as to the qualifications of individuals seeking election or appointment to judicial office. Q: What are some of the Committee’s current projects?  A: The Committee just finished evaluating 138 candidates for reappointment as associate judges.  Our…
Pictured above: Incoming YLS Chair, Octavio Duran, and Outgoing YLS Chair Brandon Peck celebrate the accomplishments of the past year at the 2019 YLS Annual Meeting on June 5. At the close of each bar year, the Young Lawyers Section  compiles a synopsis of the seminars, committee meetings, public service projects and volunteer activities held throughout the bar year, which is on a June to June calendar. Peruse the YLS Annual Report to learn about…
The Best Speech in Life is Free Edition: An Interview with Professor Geoffrey Stone is now available! In this edition, host Jonathan Amarilio is joined by distinguished constitutional law scholar and University of Chicago Law School Professor Geoffrey Stone for a discussion about current challenges surrounding the First Amendment and free speech. They talk about what constitutes a public forum on social media, whether private social media companies like Twitter, Facebook and Google have the…