Service to the Community
James Ackerman is proud to have served on the Public Relations Committee of the Illinois State Bar Association as its chair. He stepped down as chair on June 15, 2012 after serving as chair for a year. James Ackerman has served on this Public Relations Committee for several years now.
The Public Relations Committee meets regularly to help steer the Illinois State Bar Association in the right direction in trying to enhance the image of attorneys with the public.
The Illinois State Bar Association is involved in a variety of community service projects. It has a website that helps non-attorneys find legal information. The website has a link to the Illinois Lawyer Finder site, which will enable someone with a legal problem to find an attorney for $25.00 for a half-hour of time.
Additionally the ISBA hosts "Ask a Lawyer Day" in May every year. Callers have the opportunity to call into the phones and get free legal information by attorneys who volunteer their time for the event. The lawyers do not get paid and do not expect to pick-up cases for the service. The Illinois State Bar Association website has informational videos on numerous legal issues for the public. The Lawyer Finder website offers consumers legal guides and helpful pamphlets on many legal issues. Judicial evaluations are also available for free to the public. The evaluations are made by attorneys who appear before the individual judges. The evaluations are anonymous, so lawyer's opinions are not influenced by by having to worry about appearing before the judge.
The ISBA website has a FAQ section for many subjects including general legal information, finding and hiring an attorney, Pro Bono services, attorney disagreements, among other things. The ISBA provides information for reporters, including press releases, media law handbook and points of law. The website has information for teachers discussing Law Day and mock trials, along with newsletters and lesson plans.
The Illinois State Bar Association is active in high school mock trials all over the country. High school students participate in mock trials with Illinois State Bar Association lawyers who act as the judges. This year, Springfield, Illinois held it's 30th annual Illinois State Bar Association Mock Trial Invitational on March 30-31.
For attorneys the ISBA offers free legal research through the Fastcase Program. Lawyers that are members can get professional liability insurance at a reduced rate. ISBA publishes a verdict of publications that are helpful for attorney members. The Illinois Bar Journal is the premier periodical publication for Illinois law. It has among the best articles in Illinois. Clips are available on a daily basis for Illinois lawyers with updates on Illinois law on a variety of subjects. Additionally, members can get section newsletters which provides information written by peers concerning specific areas of law.
James Ackerman believes that community service is important in addition to running a Ackerman Law Office. He dedicates his time to many committees such as public relations and the tort committees at the Illinois State Bar Association, the Board of Managers, Supreme Court Rules and legislative commitees at the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.