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Reflections: a look back at the presidential year.

On June 27, 2008, I was installed as the 132nd president of the Illinois State Bar Association. I was honored to serve as your president and knew I was merely a caretaker of the office for a brief moment in time in the history of our association.

During my tenure I published four President's Pages, not including this one: "Take Care of Yourself"; "Save the Dates) and for Whom"; "Vote 'No' on Con-Con--Great Risks, Unlikely Rewards"; and "Yule, Solstice, Sacaea --Saturnalia." I intended to write more but both the demands of the office and my desire to maintain at least a minimal private practice pushed publishing to the side. This has been a disappointment to me and I have advised my successors to have two or three articles prepared before they take office.

My term initiated the ISBNs celebration of the 200th Anniversary of the birth of our colleague, Abraham Lincoln. At a special session of the Illinois Supreme Court on January 12, 2009, on behalf of the lawyers of the state, the ISBA presented to the people of the state a bust of Abraham Lincoln.

The bust was sculpted by John McClarey, received by the supreme court, and will be displayed on a marble pedestal in the Illinois Supreme Court Building in perpetuity. The Illinois Delegation to the American Bar Association presented a McClarey sculpted maquette of the bust to the ABA at its February meeting in Boston, and it will be displayed at the American Bar Association's headquarters in chicago. we also arranged for maquettes to be presented to the law schools in the state of Illinois, and a maquette will be presented to the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2009.

While we celebrated the birth of Abraham Lincoln, members of our legal fraternity distinguished both themselves and the legal profession. Specifically, I refer to the President of the Illinois Senate, John Cullerton, and the Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, Thomas Fitzgerald, who presided over historic impeachment proceedings which brought honor to our profession, exalted the judiciary, and hopefully began the restoration of the people's confidence in both the executive and legislative branches of government.

In addition, our association voted to abolish the death penalty and support legislation which would allow prejudgment interest on all civil cases. Both are issues whose time has come.

My successor, John O'Brien, will carry-on the celebration of Lincoln's birth and he, too, will enjoy immensely the office of president of the Illinois State Bar Association. He has made his appointments and will reap the benefits of our volunteer members who work for the profession and the people of Illinois. We are supported by fantastic staffs in both Springfield and Chicago who work diligently for both the membership and the elected officers.

If given the chance to do it again, I would write more. But this is truly a once in a lifetime opportunity, one for which I will be forever grateful. I thank the membership for giving me the opportunity, praise ISBA Executive Director Robert Craghead and the entire staff, and I wish my successors nothing but the best during their terms. Peace.
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Author:Carey, Jack C.
Publication:Illinois Bar Journal
Article Type:President's page
Date:Jun 1, 2009
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