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Encouraging Leadership

Encouraging Leadership

By enhancing mentorship programs, experienced attorneys should help new lawyers prepare for successful healthy careers.

Promoting Diversity

Promoting Diversity

The ISBA must strive to ensure that people of all races, genders, and sexual orientations are represented in the legal profession.

Building Community

Building Community

We should help attorneys connect with each other and build strong relationships through technology and personal contact.

Setting Out to Make a Difference for Illinois Lawyers

Shawn Kasserman believes that by working together, the members of the ISBA can overcome the challenges facing those in the legal profession. By emphasizing respect and professionalism, we can demonstrate our integrity and our willingness to give back to our communities. We can also bring the legal community together, building relationships through both technological resources and face-to-face contact. The life-long friendships and partnerships can be leveraged to not only enhance the practice of law, but to improve the public good.

Leading Lawyer Super Lawyer Avvo

It is also imperative for the ISBA to improve leadership development. By implementing mentorship programs at law schools throughout the state of Illinois, we can help new lawyers build rich relationships with those who are more experienced, ensuring that they are prepared for a successful legal career. We can also take steps to promote diversity in the legal profession, encouraging attorneys of every race, gender, and sexual orientation in their practice and ensuring that all Illinois citizens are represented. By building strong relationships and encouraging leadership, we can ensure that Illinois lawyers are prepared to meet the challenges of the future.

My Friends,

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Today I announce my candidacy for 3rd Vice President of the Illinois State Bar Association. The ISBA has benefited me immeasurably since I joined the Young Lawyers Division in 1991. It is time for me to give back. My pledge is to highlight, enhance, and build upon the foundation the ISBA has proudly established over the last 142 years.

Times change, but values do not. My objective is to help membership foster the innovations rapidly headed our way through technology while assuring that we continue to cherish the relationships that are the heart of the ISBA. I believe that the privilege of being an ISBA member comes with a responsibility to mentor, assist, and promote other lawyers – of every gender, race, and sexual orientation. I have tried to hold true to that maxim my entire career, and it drives my decision to run for this office.

I am excited to travel across Illinois to meet old friends and make new ones, but most importantly, to hear what ISBA members feel their Statewide Bar Association can to do for them. I would love to interact with you in person, by phone (312-605-8812), or by email.

Very truly yours,

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Shawn Kasserman

Upcoming Events Throughout the State

Shawn Kasserman is honored to have the chance to meet with attorneys throughout the state of Illinois at a variety of events. He values any opportunity to speak about the challenges we face, the issues that the ISBA should address, or the ways lawyers can connect with each other and work together. Shawn hopes to be at many of the upcoming events, and if you would like to suggest an event that you would like Shawn to attend, please contact us.

Events Recently Attended:

  • 3/1/20 - Took a break to babysit TKK’s newest family member, Lincoln Vienna Grim
  • 2/28/20 - DuPage County Bar Association Judges’ Night – Flying Too Close to the Sun
  • 2/28/20 - Photo GalleryISBA Speed Networking/Wine Tasting
  • 2/28/20 - ISBA Bench & Bar Meeting
  • 2/27/20 - Decalogue Society of Lawyers Reception Honoring the Judiciary
  • 2/27/20 - Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago Board Swearing Ceremony
  • 2/27/20 - Center for Disability and Elder Law – Light Up the Loop
  • 2/27/20 - Photo GalleryEarl Burrus Dickerson Award Luncheon
  • 2/26/20 - Photo GalleryCook County Bar Association – A Legend’s Luncheon
  • 2/25/20 - Photo GalleryMcHenry County Bar Association General Meeting
  • 2/24/20 - Photo GalleryAdvocates Society Installation Dinner
  • 2/24/20 - ISBA Mutual Lunch & Learn – Avoiding Conflicts of Interest
  • 2/20/20 - Photo GalleryChicago Bar Association YLS Casino Night
  • 2/20/20 - Photo GalleryDCBA February Unwind Event
  • 2/20/20 - Photo GalleryForm the Women Everywhere
  • 2/13/20 - Justinian Children’s Endowment Foundation and Windy City Pi Beta Phi Alumnae Club Casino Night
  • 2/13/20 - Photo GalleryNorth Suburban Bar Association All Bar Networking Social
  • 2/8/20 - Society of Trial Lawyers Gala
  • 1/30/20 - Photo GalleryWomen’s Bar Association of Illinois New Year, New Members & New Bar Admittees Reception
  • 1/24/20 - DuPage County Bar Association Memorial Program
  • 1/23/20 - Photo GallerySt. Clair County Bar Association Casino Night
  • 1/22/20 - Arab American Bar Association Board of Directors Reception Honoring the Honorable Rouhy J. Shalabi
  • 1/18/20 - Workers’ Compensation Lawyers Association Installation Dinner
  • 1/16/20 - Photo GalleryDePaul Alumni Boards Reception
  • 1/3/20 - Photo GalleryPuerto Rican Bar Association Three Kings Party & Scholarship Fundraiser
  • 12/19/19 - Photo GalleryDuPage Bar Foundation Holiday Breakfast
  • 12/13/19 - ISBA Young Lawyers’ Division Holiday Party
  • 12/11/19 - Photo GalleryChampaign County Bar Association Holiday Dinner
  • 12/6/19 - Illinois Supreme Court Dinner
  • 12/5/19 - 12/7/19 - ISBA Joint Midyear Meeting
  • 12/4/19 - West Suburban Bar Association Holiday Party
  • 12/4/19 - ISBA Diversity Reception
  • 12/4/19 - Photo GalleryStephen Komie's Christmas Party
  • 12/4/19 - Photo GalleryPublic Interest Law Initiative Annual Awards Luncheon
  • 12/4/19 - ISBA Diversity Reception
  • 12/3/19 - Diversity Scholarship Foundation & John Marshall Law School Unity Award Dinner
  • 11/25/19 - Photo GallerySenator Dick Durbin Event
  • 11/21/19 - Photo GalleryJustinian Society of Lawyers Past President & Scholarship Dinner
  • 11/21/19 - Megan Kathleen Mulay Event
  • 11/21/19 - Advocates Society Annual Scholarship and Fundraiser
  • 11/21/19 - Photo GalleryAmerican Board of Trial Advocates Judge of the Year Luncheon
  • 11/20/19 - Photo GalleryArab American Bar Association Judicial Reception
  • 11/19/19 - Photo GalleryChris Stacey for Judge Event
  • 11/18/19 - Photo GalleryWest Suburban Bar Association Meeting
  • 11/18/19 - Justice Jesse Reyes Reception
  • 11/16/19 - South Asian Bar Association of Chicago Gala
  • 11/15/19 - Lawndale Christian Legal Clinic Board of Directors Retreat
  • 11/14/19 - Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program Annual Dinner
  • 11/14/19 - Photo GalleryISBA Distinguished Counsellors Luncheon
  • 11/13/19 - Photo GalleryPeck and Wright Holiday Reception for Friends
  • 11/13/19 - Law Bulletin’s 10th Annual Symposium with the Judges
  • 11/12/19Photo GalleryDeKalb County Bar Luncheon
  • 11/9/19Photo GalleryMisericordia Heart of Mercy Ball
  • 11/6/19 – American College of Trial Lawyers Fall Fellows Dinner
  • 11/6/19Photo GalleryWest Suburban Bar Association Judge’s Night
  • 11/5/19Photo GalleryAlvarez and Marsal Event
  • 11/4/19 – Judge Lynn Weaver Boyle Event
  • 11/2/19 – Hellenic Bar Association of Illinois Foundation Scholarship Ball
  • 11/1/19Photo GalleryLawndale Christian Legal Center Gala
  • 10/25/19 – Girls in Crisis Part II
  • 10/25/19 – ISBA Bench & Bar Section Council Meeting
  • 10/24/19Photo GalleryWomen’s Criminal Defense Bar Association Fall Fundraiser
  • 10/24/19 – Justinian Society of Lawyers and National Italian American Bar Association Cocktail Reception
  • 10/24/19 – 10th Annual JVR Awards for Trial Lawyer Excellence
  • 10/23/19Photo GalleryNorth Suburban Bar Association Meeting
  • 10/18/19Photo GalleryIllinois Bar Foundation Gala
  • 10/17/19Photo GalleryAdvocates Society Judges’ Night
  • 10/17/19Photo GalleryDuPage County Bar Association Happy Hour
  • 10/16/19Photo GalleryIllinois Workers’ Compensation Attorneys Meeting
  • 10/16/19Photo GalleryWomen’s Bar Association of Illinois’ 100th Anniversary of the 19th Amendment Luncheon
  • 10/15/19Photo GalleryKids In Danger Annual Fall Wine Tasting
  • 10/15/19 – Clark Hill’s Autumn on the Terrace
  • 10/14/19 - Photo GalleryPeoria County Bar Association Professional Responsibility Seminar With Jeffrey Corso, Kathryne Hayes, and Melissa Smart
  • 10/11/19 - Lawyers Trust Fund Board Meeting
  • 10/11/19 - Photo GalleryITLA Update and Review Seminar at the J.W. Marriott
  • 10/10/19 - Photo GalleryWill County Bar Association Gala at the Renaissance Center of Joliet Celebrating 150 Years of Legal Excellence
  • 10/10/19 - Women's Bar Foundation 2019 Scholarship Award Luncheon
  • 10/9/19 - Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago Bring Your Authentic Self to Work Seminar at Hinshaw & Culbertson
  • 10/7/19 - Photo GalleryWest Suburban Bar Association Meeting at the Clubhouse in Oak Brook
  • 10/3/19 - Photo GalleryATG's 2019 Top Member Event at Rockwell on the River
  • 10/3/19 - Congresswoman Robin Kelly's Delicate Balance Luncheon Featuring Guest Speaker Mayor Lori Lightfoot
  • 10/2/19 - Photo GalleryDePaul College of Law Alumni Reception at W Chicago-City Center Hotel
  • 10/2/19 - Photo GalleryFischel Kahn Open House Celebrating 100 Year Firm Anniversary
  • 10/1/19 - Photo GalleryCatholic Lawyers Guild of Chicago Red Mass & Reception
  • 9/27/19 - Photo GalleryITLA Southern Illinois Judicial & Legislative Night, St. Louis
  • 9/26/19 - Photo GalleryISBA Solo and Small Firm Conference, Springfield
  • 9/25/19 - Photo GalleryIllinois Judge’s Annual Reception
  • 9/24/19 - Photo GalleryNorth Suburban Bar Association Dinner
  • 9/19/19 - ITLA Cook County Judicial & Legislative Reception
  • 9/17/19 - Photo GalleryAsian American Bar Association Installation and Awards Ceremony
  • 9/12/19 - Photo GalleryJustinian Society of Lawyers Annual Installation and Awards Dinner
  • 9/11/19 - Chicago Bar Association Golf Outing Dinner
  • 9/4/19 - Myles Jacobs Memorial Reception
  • 8/28/19 - American Board of Trial Advocates Cocktail Event
  • 8/23/19 - ITLA Northern Illinois Golf Outing
  • 8/15/19 - DuPage County Bar Association Happy Hour
  • 8/9/19 - Women’s Bar Association of Illinois Golf Outing
  • 7/11/19 - ISBA Awards Ceremony
  • 6/27/19 - Lawyers’ Trust Fund Reception
  • 6/25/19 - Photo GalleryHosted DePaul Alumni Event
  • 6/20/19 - ITLA Southern Illinois Golf Outing
  • 6/7/19 - ITLA President’s Reception
  • 6/4/19 - NIJC Human Rights Awards
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2020 ISBA

Experience and Leadership for the ISBA

Shawn Kasserman has had a respect for the law since an early age due to his relationship with his grandfather, Illinois Appellate Court Justice George Kasserman. He has worked as a trial lawyer for nearly 30 years, and he understands the issues and challenges that Illinois attorneys face. He understands the importance of strong relationships, mentorship, and community service, and he believes that the ISBA can provide attorneys with the resources and relationships they need to succeed.

Shawn has been actively involved in the ISBA throughout his career, including serving as President of the Illinois Bar Foundation, Treasurer of the Board of Governors, and the chair of the Young Lawyers Division. He is prepared to lead the ISBA into the future and ensure that it continues to meet the needs of Illinois attorneys.



Improving Leadership Development

Mentorship programs at law schools can help new lawyers prepare for the practice of law.


Promoting Diversity

The ISBA should value and promote diversity in race, gender, and sexual orientation among attorneys.


Utilizing Technological Resources

The ISBA can leverage online tools to help lawyers connect with each other and enhance their legal practice.


Face-to-Face Contact

We can provide opportunities to build and enhance personal relationships in the legal community.


Community Service

We can encourage pro bono work and other ways of giving back to the community.


Respect and Professionalism

The ISBA can help demonstrate that Illinois attorneys are trustworthy, empathetic, and responsive to people's needs.

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