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.

Latest from The Chicago Bar Association - Page 2

Post Authored By: Kasim Carbide Public companies, and the executives who run them, have always been under the public eye, with strict government regulations controlling and directing what can and cannot be done. The same has not been true of private companies, many of which have flown under the radar for years. The recent enactment of the Corporate Transparency Act (“CTA”) hopes to change that by mandating the creation of a beneficial ownership registry for…
Post Authored By: Peter Danos The United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (the “Federal Circuit”) has determined that the invalidation of a patent via an inter partes review (“IPR”) is not a compensable taking under the Fifth Amendment.  See generally Christy Inc. v. United States, 971 F.3d 1332, 1337 (Fed. Cir. 2020).  On July 18, 2003, Christy, Inc. (“Christy”) applied for patent protection of its ambient air backflushed filter vacuum, which issued…
Post Authored By: Brian M. Bentrup “What do I do when my love is away? Does it worry you to be alone? How do I feel by the end of the day? Are you sad because you’re on your own? No, I get by with a little help from my friends.” The Beatles’ 1967 hit, With a Little Help From my Friends, is a song about a lost lover, but stands for the proposition that…
Click here to listen: The Smartmatic v. Fox News Edition – February 18, 2021 In the most recent edition of the Chicago Bar Association’s podcast, host Jonathan Amarilio and co-host Trisha Rich are joined by J. Erik Connolly to discuss the $2.7 billion defamation lawsuit he recently brought against Fox News, Rudy Giuliani, Sydney Powell and others, on behalf of his client, Smartmatic, an election technology company. They talk about the disinformation spread by the…
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. …