Established in 1858, the Kane County Bar Association (KCBA) is a professional legal organization. Our membership includes over 1200 attorneys, judges, paralegals and students. From free educational seminars to social events, there are many benefits of membership.
More than 28 committees, representing nearly every aspect of legal practice, provide practical and timely information on their specific area. Benefits of committee involvement include professional interaction, networking opportunities, and continuing legal education seminars.
The Kane County Bar Association is an MCLE Accredited Provider offering more than 30 seminars per year. Organized by the KCBA committees, monthly seminars are presented to further legal knowledge. Starting in September and continuing through June, the seminars feature expert speakers and timely topics. These monthly MCLE seminars are offered to KCBA active members at no charge.
The Kane County Bar Association has partnered with the Illinois Commission on Professionalism in developing a lawyer mentoring program that offers opportunities for experienced lawyers and guides new lawyers in developing the practical skills and judgment to practice in a highly competent manner, and instills the ethical and professional values that characterize excellent lawyers.
The Bar Briefs is the monthly newsletter of the KCBA and the only legal publication in Kane County. It includes articles on substantive areas of the law and court policies as well as information on bar sponsored events, happenings in the legal community, and membership profiles. In addition to receiving a free subscription, members can place one free classified advertisement per month.
This valuable resource is updated annually to provide vital information for KCBA members. It provides a complete listing of names, addresses, phone, fax and e-mail information for KCBA members, as well as important KCBA, court and government information. The directory also provides lawyer referral information for specific areas of practice. This publication is provided free of charge to KCBA members thanks to the generous support of sponsors and advertisers.
The KCBA website is the electronic means of obtaining information on KCBA activities and upcoming events. This site provides a link for both the KCBA membership and the public on legal issues.
The KCBA provides an opportunity for lawyer referrals for the public through our website (www.kanecountybar.org). This service allows site visitors to select options from several criteria (area of practice, location, years of practice, etc.) to produce a list of attorneys who meet their specifications. The public can also call our “Find A Lawyer” phone line at (630) 762-1900 to listen to a recorded message which contains agency referral numbers and information about accessing the online “Find A Lawyer” service.
The KCBA sponsors social events throughout the year. These events have included the Steer Roast, Holiday Party & Toy Drive, Golf Outing, Judge’s Night and much more. Social events provide opportunities to make and enhance professional contacts and friendships within the legal community.
The KCBA reaches out to the community in many ways. The Kane County Bar Association sponsors blood drives, an annual toy drive, and an annual professional clothing drive. Another community service volunteer opportunity is with our “KCBA Cares” program. A group of Kane County Bar Association members (and their families, too) meet monthly at various locations throughout the community to help other local organizations. Sometimes this is packing food for local food pantries, sometimes it’s “handyman” projects at their facilities; each month there is a different way members can help out. We are also always looking for new projects to support, so if you know of an organization in need of help, please contact Jan Wade, KCBA Executive Director at firstname.lastname@example.org.
KCBA members also provide volunteer legal service through the “Ask A Lawyer” program and the “Lawyer in the Lobby” program. These programs provide access to attorneys and information about the courts and the court system to the public. “Ask A Lawyer” has been a monthly program since 2008. Volunteer attorneys answer phone calls from the public on the second Saturday of each month. Approximately 500 callers were helped last year by about 55 KCBA members. “Lawyer in the Lobby” was launched in May, 2011. This program is held in the Kane County Courthouse every Friday from 9:00 am – Noon. Two volunteer attorneys are stationed in the lobby to provide assistance to pro se litigants in small claims and arbitration matters. Since its inception, over 100 people have been helped by our volunteer corps of twenty-plus members.
Kane County Bar Association members also support the Kane County Bar Foundation’s service projects. The Foundation sponsors annual High School Mock Trials and KCBA attorneys serve as volunteer coaches to the various teams. The Foundation also is ready to provide speakers or presentations in classrooms or at school Career Fairs.
KCBA members can take advantage of many other benefits. The KCBA Staff takes photos for Courthouse Security Passes for both Kane and DuPage Counties for easy access to the courthouses in each county. Members can purchase the Attorney’s Daily Diary, which is a calendar with Federal and State information, and also mailing labels of the KCBA Membership. Conference Room space is available for depositions and meetings. Other benefits become available from time to time and we are always looking for new benefits and services to add. Suggestions can be directed to Jan Wade, Executive Director.