CBA Record July-August 2019

Thomas Mulroy. His “Future of the Legal Profession” project and resulting white paper set a path for continued work. As our profession continues to change, we must become indispensable to our members by preparing them for the future. We must become a recognized resource on legal industry trends and host annual forums and discussions that educate and train our members and build the CBA’s thought leadership in this area. As the gospel of Luke tells us, “From everyone who has been given much, much will be demanded; and from the one who has been entrusted with much, much will be asked.” We as lawyers owe it to our communities to share our legal skills to help those who are struggling to gain access to justice. Some in our surrounding com- munities see the CBA as just a group of “downtown” lawyers. In fact, a significant

portion of our membership is located outside the City of Chicago. While the Chicago Bar Foundation does a great job of promoting our pro bono and com- munity service efforts outside Chicago, we need to do more. We will focus on building more relationships with more diverse communities and organizations in need of pro bono and low-cost legal services. We will also continue the work of Steve Elrod, Judge Mulroy, and Dan Kotin in focusing on what we as a legal community can do to help combat gun violence in our communities. I hope you will join me in investing in your fellow CBA members, in our collective futures, in our profession, in our communities, and in our Chicago Bar Association for the next 145 years.

Dues Billing Reminders Annual Dues. In our ongoing effort to reduce administrative expenses and keep dues at the current level, the CBA has an annual billing cycle. Dues Auto Pay . Spread your dues payments throughout the year by signing up for the Dues Auto Pay Plan which allows you to pay your dues automatically on a monthly, quarterly, semi-annual or annual basis at no extra cost via automatic credit/debit card charges. Reduced Dues for Financial Hardships. Unemployedmembers and thosewith financial hardshipsmay request our reduced annual dues rate of $50. eStatement. Receive your CBA bills by email only and save time, postage and the environ- ment. BillingStatement. The CBA’s statement allows you to choose any or all of the above options and add in your own level of contributions to the Bar Foundation/ Legal Aid Fund and the CBA Building Fund. If you have any questions regarding your dues statement, email or call 312/554-2020. CBA membership is an important investment in your professional and personal growth. We encourage you to renew, thank you for your support and look forward to serving you in the new bar year. Remember to renew by May 31, 2019 to receive free CLE coupons.

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