10 Reasons to Consider Mediation

Did you know the divorce process actually has a lot of options? In this short informational video, Anna P. Krolikowska, founder of Anna K Law and the sitting president of the ISBA, explains 10 reasons why you should consider meditation as a divorce option.

 

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Northbrook-based attorney named Illinois Bar Association president

Anna Krolikowska has been installed as the fifth female president of The Illinois State Bar Association.

Krolikowska, a family law attorney based in Northbrook, won a three-way statewide election in a decisive victory that included her winning every county in Illinois, 102 in all. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke swore-in and installed Krolikowska during a ceremony at the Illinois Supreme Court Building in Springfield June 17.

Krolikowska has served on the ISBA Board of Governors since 2014 and the General Assembly since 2009. Her involvement with ISBA also includes serving on the ISBA Mutual board of directors since 2019, serving on the ISBA Mutual Board Sales & Marketing Committee since 2012, chairing and creating the ISBA Leadership Institute for all members, chairing the ISBA Board of Governors Scope & Correlation Committee (2019-2020), serving as a liason to the ISBA Steering COmmittee on Racial Inequality (2020-2021), as well as serving on the ISBA Family Law and YLD section councils, the Marketing Committee, the SPecial Task Force on Collaborative Process.

This Special Task Force led to ISBA’s proposal, lobbying for, and eventually passage into law in 2017 of the Illinois Collaborative Process Act.

Krolikowska was actively involved on this Special Task Force and was closely involved in the effort to see the Collaborative Process Act into law. She also chaired the ISBA General, SOlo and Small Firm Section Council.

Beyond the ISBA, Krolikowska maintains active membership in The Advocates Society, Collaborative Divorce Illinois, DuPage County Bar Association, Justinian Society of Lawyers, Lake County Bar ASsociation, North Suburban Bar Association, Northwest Suburban Bar Association, and the Women’s Bar Association of Illinois.

Krolikowska has earned many professional honors, including being named: the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin’s Forty Under 40 to Watch 2019, an Emerging Lawyer by Super Lawyers 2015-2019, and Chicago Volunteer Legal Services Foundation Distinguished Service Award.

She earned a bachelor’s degree from Loyola Univesity and a law degree from Loyola University’s School of Law.

Aside from litigating divorce cases, she is a highly experienced mediator and collaborative divorce process attorney.

During her tenure as ISBA president, Krolikowska will focus on three core initiatives.

First, she will focus on issues of diversity and inclusion for attorneys in Illinois. Second, she will focus on initiatives encouraging professional life/work wellness for all attorneys in Illinois. Third, she will focus on creation of an ISBA Business Institute, with a mission of fostering resources for attorneys to draw upon in support of their practices.

Krolikowska is driving awareness that law practices are businesses and there are many opportunities to help attorneys further develop their business and administrative skills and resources for even greater success.

See the article as printed in the Northbrook Daily Herald, HERE

 

 

 

Collaborative Divorce: A Primer

In this short informational video from Anna P. Krolikowska, founder of Anna K Law and the sitting ISBA President, primes you on what Collaborative Divorce is and how it can ease the divorce process.

The purpose of a collaborative divorce is to give spouses the opportunity to resolve their disputes without litigation. When couples agree to use the collaborative process, a team is formed for each spouse and together, solutions are identified and agreed upon until all issues are resolved and a final divorce decree is signed and filed.

The collaborative approach allows the parties to keep matters private and work through their issues together. The process promotes effective communication and allows the parties to retain decision-making control. In addition, the collaborative process has been shown to improve the chances for long-term cooperation between the parties.

COVID-19 and the Court System

How has COVID-19 impacted the court system, and therefore your divorce process? In this short informational video, Anna P. Krolikowska, founder of Anna K Law and sitting ISBA President, shares her experiences.

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Reimagining Law: ISBA President Anna Krolikowska Discusses Priorities, Parenthood, and More

In this episode of Reimagining Law, we talk to Anna P. Krolikowska, an attorney in the Northbrook law firm of Anna P. Krolikowska P.C. and president of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). Anna discusses her priorities as ISBA president, how parenthood has impacted her practice, and the ways membership in the bar has enhanced her career and the careers of others.

CLICK HERE to watch, the full interview.

Business development, diversity key at ISBA

As the 145th president of the Illinois State Bar Association, I am incredibly excited to lead the association as we turn the corner on the COVID-19 pandemic and create a new normal. As such, a number of my presidential initiatives will address how we at the ISBA help the Illinois legal community move forward.

I am excited to announce that the ISBA has found itself in the fortunate position to provide all current, regular dues-paying members with a 15 percent dues credit for the 2021-22 bar year. Although the past year was challenging for the organization in many respects, we were able to reduce expenditures due to a lack of travel and transition from in-person to virtual meetings. The dues credit serves as a “thank you” to all of our members who showed their loyalty throughout a very difficult year.

Another key initiative is the ISBA Business Institute, which will feature a number of programs designed to help new and experienced attorneys enhance their business skills and acumen. Topics will include marketing services to clients; essentials for starting a practice; using business decisions to increase profits; capitalizing on change. This initiative became more relevant and timely as the legal profession struggled with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic. We hope that these programs will help our members rebuild and strengthen their practices.

Diversity, equity, and inclusion (DEI) will continue to be an utmost priority for the ISBA during my presidential year. The ISBA is in the process of interviewing and hiring DEI consultants to provide recommendations so the association can implement meaningful changes as quickly as possible. There are numerous components to this initiative, and we anticipate that it will be a multi-year process. As a starting point, I was intentional during the appointment process to the ISBA section councils and committees about increasing diversity representation. We will continue the good work of the ISBA Leadership Academy focused on identifying and teaching the next generation of diverse ISBA leaders. We are also going to host continuing legal education programs on implicit bias and inclusion. Finally, the important work of the ISBA Steering Committee on Racial Inequality will continue.

We are also planning life-work and wellness programming for ISBA members and their significant others, as well as an event for women in the legal profession.

We will incorporate into our best practices the lessons learned from the pandemic. Although many in our profession were hesitant to embrace technology, in some respects the pandemic forced our hands. Attendance and participation in our section council and committee meetings has increased to 90% to 95%. Technology has also allowed ISBA members throughout the state to participate in the work of our association without the need to sacrifice work or family time. We will continue to conduct our section council and committee meetings virtually.

However, we recognize that many of us are ready and yearning for a return to some in-person interaction with out colleagues. Thanks to the availability of the COVID-19 vaccine, and decreased positivity rates, we are able to venture back into some in-person events. I am happy to announce that the ISBA will be hosting a series of in-person member appreciation events. We will kick off this series with an outdoor member appreciation event at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle. We will host our second in-person social event in Springfield this fall.

ISBA members can also expect to see a return of the in-person Midyear Meeting this December in Chicago. We will be closely monitoring health guidelines to ensure the safety of our members and will provide additional information about the meeting as it becomes available.

In closing, I am thrilled to lead the ISBA during a pivotal year that will no doubt pave the way for positive changes within the legal community.

Anna P. Krolikowska is the new Illinois State Bar Association president. She is the owner of Anna P. Kroliskowska P.C.

See the printed version: LB reprint Jun30-2021 ISBA

Read the full installation letter online on the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, HERE.

DCBA Member Anna Krolikowska Installed as ISBA President

DCBA Member Anna Krolikowska, J.D. was installed today as the fifth female President of The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).  Krolikowska is a family law attorney based in Northbrook, Illinois.  Founded in 1877, the Illinois State Bar Association, is a voluntary organization of more than 29,000 members, focused on assisting Illinois lawyers in the practice of law and promoting improvements in the administration of justice. Krolikowska will be the fifth female to hold this high office. Illinois Supreme Court Justice, Anne Burke will swear-in and install Anna during a ceremony at the Illinois Supreme Court Building in Springfield, Illinois.

During her tenure as ISBA President Anna will focus on three core initiatives.  First, she will focus on issues of diversity and inclusion for attorneys in Illinois.  Second, she will focus on initiatives encouraging professional life/work wellness for all attorneys in Illinois.  Third, she will focus on creation of an ISBA Business Institute, with a mission of fostering resources for attorneys to draw upon in support of their practices.  Krolikowska is driving awareness that law practices are businesses and there are many opportunities to help attorneys further develop their business and administrative skills and resources for even greater success.

View the rest of the article here: DCBA News

Politico Announces Anna Krolikowska to be Installed as 145th ISBA President

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— Anna Krolikowska has been installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association. A family law attorney based in Northbrook, Krolikowska has served as vice president—winning approval from all 102 counties. Krolikowska was sworn in by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne Burke.

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What is Meditation? A short video

In this short informational video, Anna P. Krolikowska, sitting President of the ISBA, shares about what and how Mediation can work for you in the divorce process.

In mediation, I will serve as a neutral third party whose only goal is to help the spouses reach agreement on all outstanding issues. I do not represent either spouse so as to avoid any conflict of interest in the negotiations. I also represent parties as their attorneys as they go through the mediation process. During mediation, spouses can actively negotiate the terms of their settlement agreement. I facilitate this important effort by the spouses.