State of the Courthouse Luncheon

RSVP now for the 2021 State of the Courthouse Luncheon

WCBA Business Luncheon

Saturday, July 31st, 2021
1:00 pm to 5:00 pm

This year the event will be held as a picnic on Saturday, July 31st from 1PM to 5PM at the Joliet Moose Lodge, 25 Springfield Ave.

Members, non-members and family are all welcome to attend. There is no cost to attend.

Please RSVP to info@willcountybar.org or (815) 726-0383 by this Thursday, July 22nd.

Putting Their Money Where Their Beliefs Are

Putting Their Money Where Their Beliefs Are

Will County lawyers offering unique scholarship to help promote diversity

By Denise M. Baran-Unland

Members of the Will County Bar Scholarship Committee

Members of the Will County Legal Opportunity Scholarship Program committee are, from left: Phillip Villasenor, Shenonda Tisdale, Rolonda Mitchell, Hon. Donald DeWilkins, Jaya Varghese and Chris Spesia.

For perhaps the first time in Will County history, several bar associations in Will County have come together to offer one black or Latino law student a really significant scholarship.

The scholarship recipient will be “eligible to receive up to $46,000 to help repay outstanding legal education debt,” the Will County Bar Association website said.

In return, the scholarship recipient will be expected to practice law in Will County. Scholarship committee members said the purpose of the scholarship is to encourage diversity among the legal community in Will County.

The concept started about six months ago with Chris Spesia of Spesia & Taylor Attorneys at Law in Joliet.

“The events of last year were troubling for everybody,” Spesia said. “So I started to think what we could do that would be positive.”

Spesia started making some calls and discussing ideas, which led to the formation of an official scholarship committee.

Read the full press release at:
shawlocal.com

Will County Legal Opportunity Scholarship Program

Learn more about the program and how to apply.

Will County Bar Association Honors Chief Judge Richard C. Schoenstedt and Bank President James M. Roolf

Chief Judge Richard C. Schoenstedt and Bank President James M. Roolf

The Service to the Community Awards went to Chief Judge Richard C. Schoenstedt and Bank President James M. Roolf.

By Lela Olds, Patch Staff

The Will County Bar Association recently presented its annual Service to the Community Awards to two deserving individuals, the Honorable Richard C. Schoenstedt and James M. Roolf. The awards were given during the non-profit association’s annual Christmas party held at Mistwood Golf Club in Romeoville.

Each year, the Christmas party gala is held before a room of attorneys, judges, and prominent members of the business community. This year’s gala was overseen by the Bar Association’s President Erin Webster O’Brien, Vice President Don DeWilkins and Second Vice President Bob Bodach, who was also the evening’s emcee. The evening also benefitted the DayBreak Shelter, a homeless shelter in Joliet.

Read more at
patch.com

2020 Continuing Education Seminars

WCBA Continuing Education Seminars

The following Will County Bar Association Committees are planning education seminars for 2020

The Civil Committee, Criminal Committee, Family Law Committee, Probate Committee, and Real Estate Committee as well as two newly formed committees – Local Government Law Committee & the Solo, Small Firm & Technology Committee. Members will be notified via our members only newsletter.

Will County Bar Association Celebrates 150 Years of Legal Excellence at Fall Gala

Will County Bar Association Celebrates 150 Years of Legal Excellence at Fall Gala

By Denise Freese

The Will County Bar Association, a non-profit professional organization, serves and supports the legal community in Will County by providing education, professional development opportunities, and service programs for its members, the legal profession, and the local community.

Attorney Erin Webster O’Brien currently serves as the President of the WCBA.  “I’ve been a member since I began practicing law in 2004,” she explained.  “I’ve been on the Board of Directors since 2011.  I’m happy to carry on the traditions of service that are set forth in the Bar objectives.”

The objectives of the Will County Bar Association include maintaining the integrity of the profession of law, promoting an understanding of the law and its application in the community, and supporting the Bar’s ability to provide public service, including offering an active Lawyer Referral Service and encouraging members to provide Pro Bono services for those in need.  To celebrate the past 150 years of legal excellence in Will County, the WCBA will host a fabulous gala on October 10, 2019.

Read more at:
theherald-news.com