Annual membership dues for 2018 in the amount of $90.00 are due and payable now.
New Members: If you are not a current member of the Rock Island County Bar Association, click here to join.
Existing Members: You can pay online by clicking on the Paypal button below (accepts debit and all credit cards), or Pay By Mail to print a statement and mail your check to the Association’s Post Office Box.
Include a check for the Membership Dues if applicable.
Mail to: “RI County Bar Association, Mark Churchill, PO Box 3825, Rock Island IL 61204-3825”
If you have been in practice for more than 3 years, your dues are $90.00.
If you have been in practice for less than 3 years, your dues are only $45.00.
According to the Bylaws of the RI County Bar Association, “All Judges of Courts of Record holding Court in the County of Rock Island, but not residing therin, shall be deemed honorary members of the Association during incumbency” and an honorary member is not required to pay annual membership dues. If this bylaw provision applies to you, please disregard this statement.
If you have been in practice 50 years or more, you are exempt from paying dues.
Join the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation and the Rock Island County Bar Association for the Rock Island County Fellows Reception posthumously honoring Martin H. Katz and honoring Robert T. Park for their leadership and dedication to the law. The reception will be held in conjunction with the April RICO Bar Association Meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Oakwood Country Club from 5:30-8:00 pm.
For RICO Bar Association members, tickets are complimentary, and for non-RICO Bar Association members, tickets are $25 each. Meal options are filet mignon, seared tilapia, or pasta e fagioli. To reserve or purchase tickets please call 309-762-3643 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proceeds from this event will help the Foundation further its mission to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means; assist lawyers who have fallen on hard times; and provide legal Fellowships to recent law school graduates. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, visit www.illinoisbarfoundation.org or call (312) 726-6072.
Beth’s addition will expand PILI’s statewide reach and impact
The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) is excited to announce Elizabeth Jensen as its new Program Director. This is a new position and the first for PILI to be based outside of Chicago. Beth will be based in Peoria, and will be responsible for overseeing the planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating all of PILI’s Programs statewide. She will have specific responsibility for PILI’s efforts to expand and enhance pro bono across Illinois, with an emphasis on increasing the reach and impact of PILI’s Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees.
“PILI has spent the last five years expanding our reach across the state, and our programs have grown to such an extent that we need additional staff support to further our work across Illinois,” said PILI Executive Director Michael Bergmann. “Beth comes to the position with significant legal experience as well as a deep passion for public interest law and pro bono service. We look forward to what we will be able to accomplish with her on the PILI team.”
A graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Beth most recently was Of Counsel at Heyl, Royster, Volker, & Allen P.C. in Peoria, concentrating her practice in all aspects of school, labor and employment, and municipal law. Previously, Beth worked as a law clerk to Justice Daniel L. Schmidt of the Third District Appellate Court of Illinois, as assistant corporate counsel for the City of Peoria, and as staff attorney at Prairie State Legal Services. Beth also served during law school as a PILI Law Student Intern at Cabrini Green Legal Aid.
“I joined PILI because I am passionate about and dedicated to providing legal services to the those who do not have access to the legal system,” said Beth. “As a longtime advocate and supporter of legal aid programs, I am very excited about having the opportunity to expand PILI’s efforts to ensure that more low-income and underrepresented individuals, families and communities in Illinois have greater access to our justice system.”
Beth is actively involved in the community and currently serves as a member of the City Council of Peoria. Beth had been serving as a member of the PILI’s Tenth Judicial Circuit Committee, through which she regularly volunteered at that Committee’s Self-Represented Litigant Help Desks at both the Peoria County and Tazewell County courthouses. She is a former board member and past president of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, former board member of Illinois Bar Foundation, member and past board governor of the Illinois State Bar Association, and current member of the Peoria County Bar Association.
About PILI: PILI’s mission is to cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law and pro bono service within the Illinois legal community to expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need. PILI envisions a legal community with a deeply rooted culture of service, where law students, lawyers and legal professionals at all stages of their careers engage in public interest law or pro bono work, and remain committed to addressing the unmet legal needs of the poor and underrepresented.
The 2017 Annual Dinner Meeting of the Rock Island County Bar Association will be held at The Abbey Station, Rock Island, IL, on Thursday, January 26, 2017. The social hour will begin at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served at 6:45 pm. Please make your reservation by email message to email@example.com by Monday, January 23, 2017. Make sure your email contains your name and meal preference. Meal choices are Filet Mignon, Orange Roughy, or Vegetable Lasagna.