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Volume 11, No. 51 A Special Supplement to the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin

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Week of Dec. 21-25, 2009

Attorney Positions — Law Firms, Government, Corporate, Non-Profit Staff Positions — Paralegals, Legal Secretaries, Law Clerks, Word Processors, Mail Room Staff, Receptionists and much more!
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FEDERAL INCOME TAX ATTORNEY
Levun, Goodman & Cohen, LLP, a North Suburban Boutique Bus & Tax law firm, seeks Federal Income Tax attorney w/ 2+ year's exp. Send resume to mjcohen@lgclaw.com

LITIGATION PARALEGAL
Chicago practice has an immediate opening for an experienced litigation paralegal. The successful candidate will posses a minimum of 3 to 5 years experience with product liability defense litigation or large document intense complex litigation cases. Maintaining complex paper and computer file records is essential to being successful in the position. You must be able to quickly and accurately retrieve files using multiple indices. Summation, Concordance, and e-filing are highly preferred. Salary is commensurate with experience and firm offers a competitive benefit package E-mail resume to fmc420@aol.com

Litigation Secretary
Chicago insurance defense law firm seeks experienced litigation secretary. Applicants must possess a strong background in insurance defense, filing procedures, discovery responses, and trial preparation. Qualified candidates need to be able to prepare pleadings and other litigation documents. Organizational skills are a must. Experience with Word (typing skill of 70 wpm) and knowledge of medical terminology is a plus. Salary dependent on years of experience. Please send resume to recruit@bcm-law.com

LATERAL ATTORNEYS
SmithAmundsen LLC is seeking to expand our presence through the addition of lateral attorneys with portable business in the following practice areas: Labor & Employment, Commercial Real Estate, Banking and Corporate Transactions. SmithAmundsen is comprised of 125 attorneys based in five offices. We have offices in Milwaukee and Chicago, Rockford, St. Charles, and Woodstock, Ill. Our attorneys regularly practice in all venues within the states of Illinois and Wisconsin in both state and federal court. In addition, our attorneys are retained on a regional and national basis by clients to handle both coordinating counsel responsibilities as well as direct representation of clients in other jurisdictions. Please submit your resume in confidence to mdelargy@salawus.com or by mail to: Michael L. DeLargy SmithAmundsen LLC 150 N. Michigan Avenue, Suite 3300 Chicago, IL 60601

TRIAL ATTORNEYS
Fidelity National Title Group, Inc., one of the largest and most preeminent providers of title insurance in the world is seeking experienced trial attorneys to join its in-house litigation team, located in downtown Chicago. This practice group specializes in title insurance and related litigation. Candidates must have a minimum of five to fifteen years active practice including "first chair" experience, excellent analytical and writing skills, and be self motivated. Familiarity with mortgage, title, and real property law is considered valuable. Competitive salary and benefits package offered. Send resume, references, and salary history to: S h e l l e y . C a r r ington@fnf.com. Use "In-house" in the reference line of your email.

ESTATE PLANNING/TAX PARALEGAL $75K
Our Mid-Sized Law Firm is expanding in the Estate Planning department and is in need of a qualified paralegal to assist with busy Estate Planning and Tax attorneys. Qualified applicants will have 5-10 years Estate Planning/Tax experience, be computer savvy and a have a solid work background. Firm offers excellent benefits package, 401k and a congenial work environment. Applications from Law Students and Attorneys will not be accepted.ONLY QUALIFIED CANDIDATES WILL BE CONTACTED. Immediate hire. Please send resumes to Kathy Stratton: Fax: 312-253-5446 Phone: 312-253-4012 Email: kstratton@firstassoc.com

PARALEGAL
Loop intellectual property law firm has immediate opening for experienced paralegal. Must be proficient in all facets of PCT and foreign filing. Knowledge of WordPerfect a must, additional computer knowledge helpful. Three years of experience working with patent foreign filings required. Please forward resume with salary expectations.

Legal Secretary
Chicago practice has an immediate opening for an experienced transactional secretary. The successful candidate will posses a minimum 5 years experience editing complex documents based on detailed and general instructions, tracking document changes and history. You will also draft routine correspondence, agendas and reports. Maintaining complex paper and computer file records is essential to being successful in the position. You must be able to quickly and accurately retrieve files using multiple indices. Experience with document and client management; understanding of law firm policies and procedures and the ability to consistently produce a high volume of accurate legal documents with minimal supervision. Well developed problem-solving skills, organization ability and enjoyment of multitasking. Fluency with computer software necessary for document management including document marking and tracking programs. Word, DeltaView, Excel & Outlook. Salary is commensurate with experience and firm offers a competitive benefit package E-mail resume to fmc420@aol.com

LEGAL SECRETARY
Small Loop law firm seeks experienced legal secretary/receptionist. Ideal candidate must have excellent telephone skills and must be professional, self-motivated and organized. Candidate must possess advanced computer skills (MS Word 2007) and excellent typing (65+ wpm) and proofreading skills. Competitive salary and excellent benefits. Firm specializes in foreclosure, commercial real estate litigation and transactional practice. Fax resume and salary requirements to (312) 419-9114.

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Litigation Paralegal
Chicago practice has an immediate opening for an experienced litigation paralegal. The successful candidate will posses a minimum of 3 to 5 years experience with product liability defense litigation or large document intense complex litigation cases. Maintaining complex paper and computer file records is essential to being successful in the position. You must be able to quickly and accurately retrieve files using multiple indices. Summation, Concordance, and efiling are highly preferred. Salary is commensurate with experience and firm offers a competitive benefit package E-mail resume to fmc420@aol.com

Litigation Secretary
Chicago law firm is looking to add an experienced Patent litigation legal secretary to their staff. You need to have prior Patent litigation experience, at least 5 years, with strong Microsoft Word, Excel and Outlook skills and typing of 75wpm. You need to have prior experience applying Styles and tracking changes, know how to prepare Table of Authorities & Tables of Contents, create pleadings index and maintain case books, create indices and maintain electronic black books. Knowledge of both state and federal court filing rules is necessary. Electronic filing experience is required. This position will support 2 attorneys, and assist rest of team when necessary. You will also perform administrative tasks such as open new client/matters, interact with clients, schedule appointments, book travel and meeting arrangements as necessary. Manage attorney calendar and enter attorney time into billing system, prepare expense reports as needed. Salary is commensurate with experience and firm offers a competitive benefit package E-mail resume to fmc420@aol.com

Family Law
Our firm is seeking an associate with family law experience to spearhead our new Chicago office. The firm maintains a nationally recognized practice representing clients in a broad range of diverse, complex and high profile matters. Our firm prides itself on a tradition and culture geared to providing the highest quality legal work. If you are seeking an exciting career with room to grow, representing high profile clients, our firm is for you. We offer the most competitive salary and benefits. Whether working on the myriad of issues related to custody and domestic relations, your work will be to help clients realize their goals. We look forward to hearing from you. Please fax resume to (312) 896-9417. All inquests will be kept in the strictest of confidence.

LINDER LEGAL STAFFING
Contract assignments and direct-hire positions at law firms and corporations. Please email resume to clinder@linderlegalstaffing.com and visit www.linder.jobs

ATTORNEY
U.S. Navy seeks to fill a civilian attorney position at Great Lakes Naval Base. Experience in federal acquisition, environmental, federal civilian personnel, labor relations, Freedom of Information Act, Privacy Act, ethics/standards of conduct, fraud programs, and litigation is desirable. Additional information can be obtained at: http://ogc.navy.mil/jobs/94-09.pdf Applicants should submit 1) a resume, a SF-171, or an OF-612; 2) two legal writing samples that demonstrate the candidate’s analytical and advocacy skills; 3) the two most recent performance appraisals, if available, and 4) names and phone numbers of at least three references, in addition to their immediate supervisor, to: Mr. John Matuszak, Counsel, Code 09C Naval Facilities Engineering Command, Midwest 201 Decatur Avenue, Bldg 1A, Great Lakes, IL 60088-2801 or via email to: john.matuszak@navy.mil or by fax at (847)-688-4659

Patent Prosecution Secretary
Medium sized Chicago law firm is seeking a legal secretary with 3-5 years patent prosecution experience in a law firm setting. The successful candidate will support 3 attorneys and must have foreign and domestic prosecution experience, strong legal secretarial skills including expert level Microsoft Word. This position requires strong interpersonal skills and the ability to work for a top partner. Immediate interviews. Generous benefit package and beautiful offices. Send resume to fmc420@aol.com.

Litigation Associate
Arnstein & Lehr LLP is looking for a litigation associate with 4+ years of hands-on experience. Trial and deposition experience are musts. Tort or commercial experience preferred. Send resume, salary requirement and writing sample to: MMSiil@arnstein.com.

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Well known Plaintiff’s firm has an immediate opening for an additional attorney with a minimum of 7 years experience for preparation and trial of substantial plaintiff personal injury and medical malpractice cases. Applicant must have actual jury trial experience as well as expertise in birth injury litigation. Attractive compensation package with unlimited growth potential. All responses will be held in confidence. Please email resume to

Associate Healthcare Litigation Attorney
Growing mid-sized Loop firm seeks litigation assoc. with 3-5 years expin civil litigation with emphasis on nursing home, med mal or a strong medical background preferred. Candidates should have good academic credentials, strong organizational skills and court and deposition experience.

IP Docket Specialist
Chicago Intellectual Property firm, seeks a self-motivated individual who knows how to prioritize assignments to meet deadlines. Strong communication and organizational skills are required to manage heavy volume. Individual must have a minimum of 5 years experience in IP docketing. Ability to work effectively in fastpaced, team environment. Prior experience with computerized docketing systems CPI or CPA Inprotech preferred. Ability to quickly learn new technology and proficient with Microsoft Word and Excel. Please send resumes to:

Office Space for Direct Lease or Sublease
Boutique Office Suite located in Chicago’s River North area available for direct lease with landlord or sublease as of November 1, 2009. Square Footage totals 1,254 R.S.F., which includes two separate offices with large window views onto Hubbard Street as well as a large reception area in the front. Also available in additional Boutique Law Firm Suite on separate floor, two workspaces for rent o n a month-to-month basis. For additional information please contact Jenine at 312-840-4823.

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One North LaSalle
Window office space in convenient loop location with secretarial area (furnished). Includes reception services, copier, fax scanner, phones, kitchen and conference room. Call 312/726-1243

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Corporate Associate WEB ID #163
Company: Confidential Location:Chicago Suburbs Practice Area: Corporate, Finance & Small to Middle Market Merger & Acquisition Transactions. Experience: 3-4 Years Please visit jobs.lawbulletin.com for more details or forward resume (Word or PDF format) to:

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30 North LaSalle CHICAGO TEMPLE BUILDING 77 W. WASHINGTON
Across street from - Daley Center - City Hall - County Bldg. Best location in Chicago. Immediate Occupancy. Conference Room. Space available from 342 sf. - 2,940 sf. G.O. CAMERON, INC., AGENT 312-236-5050 Law firm has recently made available (2) two offices for rent on the 34th floor of luxurious high rise. Amenities include conference rooms, full reception services, fax, copiers, kitchen facilities along with other services. AVAILABLE IMMEDIATELY. Please call Donna @ 312-332-5000.

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Three attorney DuPage County firm is seeking a talented attorney with a positive attitude to join our growing legal practice. Our firm concentrates in commercial transactions, business and civil litigation, real estate and family law. Applicants should have 2 to 6+ years of related experience. Excellent benefits and working environment. Practice mergers considered. Please e-mail resume and cover letter to legal@icsp.net. All inquiries kept confidential.

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ATTORNEY/ LITIGATOR
Loop firm has immediate openings for attorney with 2-4 years experience. Solid research/writing talents for federal litigation practice a must. Traditional labor (NLRB), employment and ERISA exposure a plus. Great environment, competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Recent graduates with top credentials considered.

Staff Attorney
Established Chicago law firm seeks staff attorney with 2 years Daley Center experience to help handle busy case docket for growing specialty practice group. Excellent organizational and communication skills essential. Our associates are aware of this opportunity. Send resume, writing sample and salary requirements to

Direct-hire Technology Support Manager for Top Loop Law Firm
Run firm’s Help Desk. Manage IT staff, 5-7 years. prev. law firm exp. Test and train on software and hardware. Call (312) 236-6400 AND email resume to curtis@linder.jobs www.linder.jobs

55 West Monroe
Friendly professional business law firm has 3 beautiful offices available on 35th floor. One 10x15 window office for $895.00/mo., and two 15x15 window offices for $1,200/mo. Use of large conference room &library, copy room & kitchen. Digital phone system, T-1 Internet, furniture & other equipment usage available. Call Mindy (312) 236-8110.

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15x10 and 19x15 window offices, furn. or unfurn., in modern, attractive 18-office suite. Reception, 2 conf. rooms, phone system with voice mail, online research, kitchen, coffee & fax included. Secretarial space, copier & DSL avail. (312) 641-2144.

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Federal Income Tax Attorney
Levun, Goodman & Cohen, LLP, a N. Suburban Boutique Bus & Tax law firm, seeks Federal Income Tax attorney w/ 2+ year’s exp. Send resume to mjcohen@lgclaw.com

P.I. Attorney
P.I. Attorney to join Loop Law Firm. Comp & P.I. exp. Helpful. Competitive Compensation Package Based on Experience. Fax resume: 312-236-8920

Loop law firm seeks billing clerk to assist in billing department. Must know Juris software program fluently. Main focus on collection of past-due invoices, electronic billing, prepare client generated budget reports and correspond with clients to ensure proper application of rate structures is up to date. We offer a competitive salary, vacation time and 401(k).

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Law Firm has recently made available 1 office for rent on 32nd Floor, Tower Suite. Amenities include conference rooms, full reception services, secretarial spaces, kitchen, library and law clerk. Please call Louis or Terrie at (312) 346-8465

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ASSOCIATE - MIDLEVEL TO SENIOR LEVEL
Our small, entrepreneurial law firm client (under 12 attorneys) is seeking an attorney who has a CPA and at least five years of sophisticated estate, financial, wealth and succession planning experience. The firm’s business in these practice areas has significantly grown in the past year, which has created the need for an associate who is capable of assuming significant file and client responsibility. This is a unique opportunity to be an integral part of a vibrant practice at a very successful, collegial, quality of life firm. The realistic annual billables are 1,600-1,700 hours. Apply for Job #883

ASSOCIATE - MIDSENIOR LEVEL
Our national law firm client is seeking an associate with at least four solid years (ideally, Class of ‘00-’05 as will not consider Class of ‘06 or more junior) of hedge fund, private equity, joint venture and general corporate transactional experience to join its growing practice group. You will advise financial institutions, hedge funds, derivatives dealers and other asset managers in structuring, documenting and negotiating structured investments, and over-the-counter and exchange-traded derivatives. This is an opportunity to be an integral part of a dynamic, entrepreneurial practice and assume significant responsibility. Apply for Job #880

TAX ASSOCIATE/ OFFICE ADMINISTRATOR (MID-SENIOR LEVEL)
Our small, entrepreneurial law firm client (under 10 attorneys) is seeking an attorney with 5-10+ years experience in tax planning and compliance who also must have some office management experience. Approximately 50-60% of your time will be spent managing the office and the remainder will be focused on tax and estate planning matters. This is definitely a quality-of-life firm with a realistic expectation of 1,700 annual billables. The ideal candidate also will have some experience with tax audits and controversies, counseling nonprofits, entrepreneurs and philanthropists about selecting the most effective business model for a social enterprise, and wealth planning. An accounting background and tax preparation experience is ideal and an LL.M. in tax, CPA, Masters of Taxation and/or CFP is preferred. This attorney must have excellent communication, people and counseling skills. Familiarity with Microsoft Office, RIA Tax Research Database, Lacerate tax software and PCLAW is a plus. Apply for Job #840

ASSOCIATE - MIDSENIOR LEVEL
Our “top 25” Chicago law firm client is seeking an associate with a minimum of four years of broker-dealer experience (only Class of ‘05 or more senior) to join its growing finance practice group. You will advise clients concerning the structuring, compliance and regulatory issues regarding commodities and derivatives. This is a great opportunity to be an integral part of a dynamic, entrepreneurial practice at a well-respected firm. Apply for Job #879

Corporate/Litigation Legal Secretary Chicago, IL
Small, collegial loop law firm is seeking a corporate and litigation legal secretary to support two name partners. Must have strong organizational and Word skills. Salary up to $50K with comprehensive benefits (bonus, 401K, etc.). Apply for Job #3192

Litigation Legal Secretary Chicago, IL
A downtown law firm is seeking a litigation legal secretary with 3+ years of experience. Salary up to $40K with complete benefits. Apply for Job #3193

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ASSOCIATE - JUNIOR TO MID-LEVEL
Our law firm client is seeking an associate with 2-4 years of sophisticated corporate finance or corporate transactional experience to join its growing finance group. You will represent borrowers and lenders in various types of credit matters, and clients in the acquisition and disposition of assets and companies. This is a great opportunity to be part of a core practice area of this well-respected firm. Apply for Job #884

Employee Benefits Associate (Mid-Level)
The employee benefits practice group of the Chicago office (under 40 attorneys) of our national law firm client is seeking an associate who has, ideally, between 3-5 years of employee benefits experience. This practice includes handling pension and welfare plans on behalf of individuals and classes of plan participants; qualified and nonqualified retirement, welfare and fringe benefit plan design and administration; health benefit compliance (HIPAA, retiree medical issues, services agreements) issues; and the employee benefits aspects of corporate mergers, acquisitions and restructurings. This is the perfect opportunity for an associate who wants to be part of a small, close-knit and collegial practice group. Apply for Job #878

Trusts & Estates Paralegal Chicago, IL
Large, international law firm is seeking a trusts & estates paralegal with 5+ years of assisting with the administration of estates and trusts. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to, preparing individual and fiduciary income tax returns, fiduciaary accountings, gift, estate and private foundation tax returns. A Bachelor’s degree is required. Salary commensureate with experience. Comprehensive benefits. Apply for Job #3190

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FINANCE ASSOCIATE (JUNIOR TO MIDLEVEL)
The preeminent finance practice group of our national law firm client is seeking an associate who has ideally 2-4 years of sophisticated finance experience. This firm represents institutional investors, lenders and borrowers in various commercial debt and corporate finance matters. Your work will include handling secured and unsecured loans, project and structured finance, credit tenant loans, asset sales, private placements of notes, sales and leasebacks, letters of credit, and equipment and real estate leases. This is a wonderful opportunity to be part of highly respected practice group where you will be able to continue developing your expertise in finance law. Apply for Job #877

HEALTH CARE ASSOCIATE (JUNIOR TO MID-LEVEL)
Our global law firm client is seeking a health care associate with a minimum of two years of experience in biomedical research, including federal grant funded research. Day-to-day responsibilities will include advising clients on research matters, formulary compliance, drug & device development, off-label use, misconduct, hospital disciplinary proceedings and secondary research issues. Market comparable compensation and billable hours. Apply for Job #234

Real Estate Paralegal Bloomingdale, IL
A western suburban international corporation is seeking a Commercial Real Estate Paralegal with 5+ years of experience. A bachelor’s degree and a paralegal certificate is required. Salary up to $67K with impressive benefits plus significant bonus. Apply for Job #3191

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NEWS, ARTICLES & OTHER JOBSEARCH TIPS AND IDEAS WRITTEN BY EXPERTS IN THEIR FIELD

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Social Media: The New Face of Recruiting…?
By Rodney L. Abstone II and Susan G. Marlow

"It is not the strongest of the species that survives, nor the most intelligent that survives. It is the one that is the most adaptable to change." - Charles Darwin With the emergence of social media sites like LinkedIn, Facebook and Twitter, and their user bases growing by the millions every few months, some people would think that a recruiter's job just got much easier. Let's face it, in a short amount of time, we usually can find anybody, whether it is on one of these social networking sites, a blog, discussion board, alumni list or elsewhere in cyberspace. In today's world of information overload, talent is literally available in masses. Gone are the golden days of recruiting where we would hunt for days to find a suitable candidate, with a degree from a top university who worked in a niche field, for a top-notch law firm or company. That needle in the haystack success that we celebrated after days or weeks of searching now will likely take us minutes, thanks to the rapid growth of social media and the hundreds (or thousands) of web sites. We must, however, take pause and ask ourselves - have our jobs gotten easier or much harder? Never before in the history of recruiting have there been so many new tools for employers and recruiters to find and attract talent. Social media has taken the web by storm. To continue to be successful as recruiters, we must take notice. In this soft job market, employers are starting to sidestep recruiters and favor what they feel are faster and cheaper options. This change has become the emerging norm and it is unlikely to reverse itself. Every once in awhile, something comes along that "threatens" to do away with recruiters. First, there were job boards. Now, Twitter, Facebook and LinkedIn are supposedly the beginning of our demise. But hiring partners and managers still need recruiters to provide an invaluable service that no online technology can possibly provide. Managers need someone to sift through the junk they receive. While it is true that an assistant can visually screen through resumes and narrow down the selection process, it is also true that an experienced recruiter saves hiring personnel time by not just sorting resumes, but also by qualifying candidates through in-depth conversations and personal meetings. Screening candidates goes far beyond the content of a resume. A good recruiter can disseminate what a hiring manager is really looking for and then find people who really are a fit. Although some social media can be useful, it does not replace the expertise of a seasoned recruiter. These are the benefits we must continually remind employers of through marketing and branding. As employers capitalize on using social media, so should recruiters. The recruiting industry is often slow to take advantage of social media's low-cost and free opportunities for recruiters to source candidates and brand themselves. Although more and more recruiters are starting to utilize social media, most still have not accepted this new (and likely permanent) wave of networking technology. This is largely because they either do not have or are unwilling to make the time to understand how it works and can significantly benefit their business. When you start connecting with candidates on web sites such as LinkedIn, you reach a talent pool that your competitors do not. A good social media strategy also helps to build relationships by creating a dialogue with clients and candidates, and moves beyond the one-way conversation of traditional web sites. Recruiters should use the ever-growing social medium to build their brand (company and individual) and more effectively interact socially with potential candidates and clients. When properly utilized, social media can create loyalty to your business and promote your brand through word-of-mouth and online networking. It is essential that you make the necessary effort to understand the different medias. Take note of how other businesses are using them effectively or ineffectively. And when you're ready, know that it is okay to start small. But also know that it is imperative to start now. Change is inevitable and unless you are willing to adapt, your continued survival will change without you…but not for the better.
Rodney L. Abstone II is a legal & executive recruiter with CLS Legal Staffing. He can be reached directly with any questions or comments at rabstone@clslegalstaffing.com or at (312) 251-2581.

Susan G. Marlow is in Enterprise Recruiting at Accenture HR BPO Services. She may be reached directly at (813) 265-9626 or at s.marlow@accenture.com.

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Illinois Paralegal Association
HAPPY HOLIDAYS By: Caren Mansfield, a member of the Illinois Paralegal Association Taking a moment to contemplate life and the holidays and a new year is not something most paralegals have time to do. Many of us work under unrelenting deadlines so the luxury of thinking back on the past year or reflecting on good things is simply that... luxury and not done. It seems to be my annual holiday tradition to you to write about my wishes for you. As I started writing this article about the holidays I realized that in today’s financial climate, there are some things that I wish for everyone that have nothing to do with money so once again, I am repeating them again this year. I hope you don’t mind seeing this once again. Consider it like one of those emails that just keeps going round and round but is still pertinent each time you receive it. Here is my revised wish list for you to consider. First, take just a moment and count your blessings for me. You know what they are. Just take this moment to realize how fortunate you are. Here’s hoping you have at least one of to; seems a little to simthe following to con6. Employment; ple. Make your own template: 7. Great people to list. Do like I do and 1. Warm clothes; work with; every day pick out 2. Hugs from any8. Good health; things you are one; 9. Family; blessed to have. No 3. A home; 10. Something to matter how sucky 4. A pet; eat. your day might begin, 5. Someone to talk I know this list just listing your blessings puts things in perspective. You are more fortunate than many others so don’t waste it. If you are having a bad day or year, then here is my heartfelt wish for better days to come. Once again, we do not want to forget to wish all our service men and women a safe return home. Wishing everyone Happy Holidays with those you love.

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2010 MEMBERSHIP APPLICATION
REGULAR membership is open to any person who is: (1) an Illinois resident employed as a paralegal on a full-time basis in the State of Illinois; or (2) a non-Illinois resident employed as a paralegal on a full-time basis in the State of Illinois; or (3) an Illinois resident employed as a paralegal on a full-time basis in any State contiguous to Illinois. Regular Membership is $65.00 STUDENT membership is open to (1) any Illinois resident who is enrolled in a formal course of paralegal study from an accredited institution in pursuit of a certificate or degree and is not working as a paralegal; or (2) to any non-Illinois resident residing in a state contiguous to Illinois, and who is also enrolled in a formal course of paralegal study from an accredited institution in Illinois in pursuit of a certificate or degree and is not working as a paralegal. Student Membership is $40.00 (Please list name of School)________________________________ ASSOCIATE membership is open to (1) any person employed as a paralegal on a part-time basis in the State of Illinois; or (2) any person formerly employed as a paralegal; or (3) any graduate of a formal course of paralegal study from an accredited institution who is seeking a paralegal position. Associate Membership is $55.00 SUSTAINING membership is open to any person, law firm, business, educational institution or other organization interested in furthering the purposes of the Association. Sustaining Membership is $95.00
Definition: A paralegal is a person qualified through education, training, or work experience to perform substantive legal work that requires knowledge of legal concepts and that is customarily, but not exclusively, performed by an attorney. This person is retained/employed by an attorney, law office, governmental agency, or other entity under the supervisory authority of an attorney; or is authorized by governmental administrative agency or statutory or court authority to perform this work.

First Name ______________________________

Middle Initial _______________

Last _______________________________________

Employer __________________________________________________ Home Address ________________________________________ Work Street Address _________________________________________ Home City, State, Zip ___________________________________ Work City, State, Zip _________________________________________ Home Telephone # _____________________________________ Work Telephone # ___________________________________________ E-mail Address

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ADDRESS INFORMATION
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I have at least five years of paralegal experience. The board of directors occasionally approves the release of IPA’s mailing list to outside vendors. NFPA also releases the mailing list to outside vendors. Please indicate if you would like your name withheld from such distributions.

AREAS OF PRACTICE SPECIALIZATION (check applicable areas)
Bankruptcy Commercial Finance Corporate Employee Benefits Environmental Estates and Trusts Family Freelance General Health Immigration Information Technology Insurance Intellectual Property Labor/Employment Litigation Medical Malpractice Real Estate Securities Tax Workers Comp Other ____________ Other ____________ Other ____________ Other ____________

I hereby certify that I meet the criteria of the membership class and the definition of a paralegal. I affirm that I am not a disbarred or suspended attorney, and that I have not been found to have engaged in the unauthorized practice of law. Further, I understand that once approved as a member of IPA, I am subject to all of the provisions contained in the IPA’s Illinois Code of Paralegal Ethics.

Signature _____________________________________________________

Date ___________________________________________________________

Dues are assessed on a calendar year basis. Membership of those joining after November 1 shall extend through the end of the next calendar year. IPA is a 501(c)(6) tax-exempt organization. Contributions or gifts to IPA are not deductible as charitable contributions for federal income tax purposes. Dues payments may be deductible as a business expense. Illinois Paralegal Association members are also members of NFPA; a portion of your dues is forwarded to NFPA on your behalf.

Mail a check or money order to the Post Office box. Or, for credit card payment, complete portion below and, fax your application to 815/462-4696. Visa MasterCard Discover American Express Name on Card _______________________________ Billing Address, City, State, Zip________________________________________________________ Card Number ________________________________________________________________ Expiration ____________ Security Code _______________ Signature ______________________________________________________________________________________________________________________
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