With only a few weeks to go in my term, I am sitting down to write my final president’s page. Time really flies when you are having fun! I know that sometimes I would joke about how many days I had to go before it was over, but now that the time is almost here I am starting to realize how quickly time has passed, and how much I will miss this gig.
New Name for ITLA Headquarters Honors a Legal Giant. On Wednesday, April 10th, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association headquarters was dedicated in the honor of the late Philip H. Corboy. The building, located at 401 West Edwards Street, in Springfield, is now called the Philip H. Corboy Center for Justice. Due to inclement weather, the ceremony was moved inside, but the thunder reminded many the Phil was looking down upon the day with his blessings.
New Name for ITLA Headquarters Honors a Legal Giant. Building being dedicated to the late Philip H. Corboy. The Illinois Trial Lawyers Association is pleased to announce the ITLA headquarters will soon bear a new name. The building will be dedicated and renamed the Philip H. Corboy Center for Justice. Philip Corboy passed away on June 12, 2012 at the age of 87.
The New Year brings new and exciting changes to ITLA. We have launched our new and improved website, as well as our new Facebook page and Twitter feeds. Last spring, we conducted a membership poll and asked your opinion on a range of matters concerning the future of ITLA. When it came to communications, our members told us – resoundingly – to redouble our efforts to better educate the public about the civil justice system and to respond, more quickly and decisively, to opposition attacks.
As 2012 comes to a close, it’s that time of year when we reflect and give thanks. I want to take a moment to give thanks to those of you who helped during another tumultuous election season. Thanks to not only those who gave financial support, but also those of you who worked to educate your clients about the importance of making an informed vote. The results here in Illinois are encouraging.
I am pleased to announce that this year’s pledge bank was a huge success. To those of you who contributed, thank you. Each of the candidates that ITLA supported was elected.
From the Supreme Court. The Illinois Supreme Court handed down two key decisions on September 20, 2012, Choate v. Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Company and Carter v. SSC Odin Operating Company. Details: Choate v. Indiana Harbor Belt Railroad Company is the freight train injury case. 12 year old trespasser hopped on slow moving freight train, fell, lost his leg, won his trial but lost his appeal because the danger he voluntarily confronted was obvious, negating the railroad’s duty.
As the summer heat subsides, this fall’s elections are beginning to heat things back up again. Most attention will likely be on the presidential election; but more importantly to us, and to all of the citizens of Illinois, is the fact that every seat in both Houses in the Illinois General Assembly is up for election. This could be one of the most important and contentious election cycles in recent memory. We all need to see to it that we elect candidates who will join in our fight to defeat special interests looking to take more rights away from our clients and the citizens of Illinois.
First, let me congratulate newly-titled Past President Jerry Latherow on a very successful year at the helm of ITLA. His devotion and dedication to our fine organization, like so many who have served, inspire those of us to continue the work that we all do on behalf of the people of Illinois.
I want to take a brief moment to thank all of you for allowing me to serve as your president this year. I am truly honored to be in this position.