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Stephen Komie - Candidate for ISBA 3rd Vice President

Stephen Komie's Focus for the ISBA

Protecting the Rights of Illinois Lawyers

As Third Vice President of the ISBA, I will be dedicated to protecting the rights and interests of the legal profession in Illinois and providing members throughout the state with the benefits, services, and opportunities they need throughout their careers. If elected, I pledge to:

  • Protect against the unauthorized practice of law - One of the primary threats to Illinois attorneys today comes from people and companies who are not licensed to practice law in Illinois. I will work to prohibit out of state lawyers and organizations from advertising in Illinois and providing unlicensed legal services to Illinois residents.
  • Provide technical education for attorneys - The Supreme Court mandate for electronic filing of court documents in Illinois has left many attorneys struggling to understand and properly use the new e-filing system. I will work to provide education to ISBA members, ensuring that they are able to effectively use technology and meet e-filing requirements.
  • Recruit young lawyers - Providing membership benefits that encourage lawyers in the earlier phases of their careers to join the ISBA will help us grow our ranks and remain the preeminent bar association of Illinois. It is important to provide these young attorneys with mentorship that will encourage them to become practice ready and competitive and assist them with overcoming the debt incurred during their law school education. I will encourage young lawyers to run for public office and within the ISBA.
  • Lobby the Illinois General Assembly - Promoting the interests of the legal profession and protecting the public in the Illinois General Assembly is one of the essential functions of the ISBA. I will work to remain active and vigilant in the Illinois state legislature, protecting the legal community and the people of Illinois against the passage of laws which are against our interests. I have already worked on behalf of Illinois attorneys in successfully advocating for no taxes on legal services.
  • Provide high quality CLE for both upstate and downstate lawyers - ISBA members throughout Illinois should have access to quality continuing legal education. I will ensure that the ISBA provides for the CLE needs of downstate attorneys by offering more locations for live training and meetings.
  • Protect the rights of Illinois lawyers in disciplinary proceedings - I will make sure the ISBA offers members the assistance they need when fighting ethical complaints. My track record on this subject was proven through my advocacy of the Attorney Bill of Rights for expungement of ARDC complaints, which was adopted by the Illinois Supreme Court.

As 3rd Vice President, I will work tirelessly to advance the interests of Illinois attorneys. Thank you for your consideration and your vote.

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