SPRINGFIELD, Ill., June 16 – LAWFUEL – Law News Network — Attorney Irene F. Bahr, a
sole practitioner in Wheaton, will be installed today as the 130th
president of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at the
organization’s Annual Meeting June 15-17 at The Abbey Resort, in Fontana,
The ISBA, which is the state’s largest bar association with 30,000
members, provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, and education
and services to the public from offices in Springfield and Chicago.
Bahr will be the third woman to head the statewide organization,
preceded by Cook County Circuit Judge Carole K. Bellows in 1977 and Chicago
attorney Cheryl I. Niro in 1999.
During her term as president, Bahr – who led the effort to establish
one of the first children’s waiting rooms in Illinois, in DuPage County .
will establish a special committee to explore how to expand children’s
waiting rooms in Illinois courthouses. The waiting rooms provide a safe and
supervised setting for children to play or do homework while their parents
are in court. Currently, waiting rooms exist in a few counties, including
Cook, DuPage and Kane.
Bahr also plans to establish a special committee to investigate ways
that will encourage attorneys in the latter part of their careers to
provide pro bono legal services to the poor. Other programs will be
targeted to high school students and minority law school students.
Bahr concentrates her law practice in state, local and federal
regulatory and disciplinary matters relating to the licensing and sale of
alcoholic beverages and related litigation.
Active in the ISBA since 1977, she was elected third vice president in
2001. Once elected, the third vice president moves up the organizational
ladder to become president in four years. Bahr has served on the 25-member
Board of Governors since 1997 and as a delegate to the ISBA Assembly since
1990. She has also been on numerous committees and is active in the
Illinois Bar Foundation, the ISBA’s fundraising arm.
Bahr is a past president of both the DuPage Association of Women
Lawyers and the DuPage County Child Friendly Courts Foundation, that
provides free child care to those who have business at the DuPage County
She received a B.A. degree with honors from the University of Illinois
in 1971, and a J.D. degree, cum laude, from DePaul University in 1977. She
and her husband, Circuit Court Judge Robert Anderson, reside in Wheaton.