The Illinois bar exam pass rate dipped to 69 percent in 2016, the third consecutive year of tumbling numbers. A few of the terms law school deans used to classify the situation included a “phenomenon,” a “disturbing trend” and a “really complicated and multifaceted issue.”
Major moments in legal aid history.
It hadn’t even been eight hours since Donald Trump had declared victory early on Nov. 9 when the American Civil Liberties Union’s national Twitter account made a promise to the soon-to-be executive: “Should President-elect Donald Trump attempt to implement his unconstitutional campaign promises, we'll see him in court.”
Since President Donald Trump took office, volunteer and public interest lawyers have emerged in force. Legal volunteer organizations have been flush with attorneys training in new areas like immigration law and asking what they can do to help.
Law Day’s story began nearly six decades ago when President Dwight D. Eisenhower established Law Day to honor the country’s judicial legacy.
Things have not gotten better for Prairie State Legal Services in the past year. Layoffs stand out as the most dramatic example of how legal aid clinics have been struggling to survive in a state that has not funded them — or other social services — for nearly two years.
A timeline lists key dates in the evolution of the 14th Amendment, from voting rights to civil rights to marriage rights.
Bar Leaders Laud Law Day
This year marks the 59th anniversary of Law Day in the United States, and the 59th year the Daily Law Bulletin has honored the day with a special edition. This year, we’re continuing that tradition in a new way.
As attorneys, a cornerstone of our profession is to speak on behalf of our clients. As I reflect on this year’s theme for Law Day, it strikes me that, at some level, this is precisely what the 14th Amendment strives to do as well.
This year started off with a bang as the Cook County Bar Association and its members showed up to help in the election of Juan Thomas as president-elect at the 91st annual National Bar Association Convention. Thomas is a current board member of the Cook County Bar Association and its first male member to serve in this national position.
The Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois celebrates Law Day 2017 with a deeper appreciation than ever for our roles as attorneys of Hispanic descent.
For the Arab American Bar Association of Illinois, 2016 was an outstanding year complete with record-turnout networking events, critical panel discussions, insightful CLE lectures and the celebration of its 25th anniversary!
The dictionary defines “rule of law” as “the restriction of the arbitrary exercise of power by subordinating it to well-defined and established laws.” This is a principle embodied in our Constitution that we all learn about in high school, but few of us ever give it much thought after that.
Founded in 1934, the Decalogue Society of Lawyers is the oldest continuously functioning Jewish bar association in the United States. Decalogue maintains a broad range of programs to benefit its members, the Jewish community, the legal community and the general public.
While I sometimes imagined a life in politics or on the bench, I cannot say I imagined as a young lawyer becoming president of the Illinois State Bar Association. I certainly did not imagine that my installation would be a historic first.
Law Day recognizes and celebrates the importance of the rule of law. As members of the legal community, it is part of our responsibility to educate the public about the law.
Over the past year, the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois has focused on our members.