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Craig L. Kavensky 1957-2019

Posted on February 13, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Craig L. Kavensky, 61, of Rock Island, died Sunday, Feb. 10, 2019, at home surrounded by his loving family.

Craig was born on Sept. 12, 1957, to Louise (Rosengard) and Harrison Kavensky. After graduating from Rock Island High School, he received a bachelor’s degree from University of Illinois, and his Juris Doctor from Illinois Institute of Technology Chicago-Kent College of Law. He was admitted to the Illinois bar in 1982 and joined his father as an attorney at one of the Quad-Cities' oldest law firms, now known as Winstein, Kavensky and Cunningham LLC.

Geoffrey L. Gifford 1946-2019

Posted on February 12, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Geoffrey L. Gifford, 72, of Chicago, died Feb. 9, 2019.  He was born on Nov. 26, 1946, in Kirksville, Missouri, to Robert Marvin Gifford and Elnora Francis (Overstreet) Gifford. He lived a full life as a loving son, husband, father, grandfather, brother, and friend.

Geoff graduated Phi Beta Kappa from the University of Missouri in 1968 and received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1971.

Office of the State Appellate Defender Seeks Assistant Appellate Defenders

Posted on February 12, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Office of the State Appellate Defender has openings for the position of assistant appellate defender in Springfield and Mt. Vernon.

The position will provide criminal appellate representation to indigent clients. Responsibilities include reading records, conducting research, drafting briefs and other documents, and presenting oral arguments.

Bill in Favor of Equal Parenting Time Reintroduced in Illinois House

Posted on February 6, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

A bill that the Illinois State Bar Association spoke against during last year’s legislative session was refiled this week. The bill, HB 185, would amend the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act to mandate a rebuttable presumption in favor of equal parenting time in every family law case.

The only exception is if the parents present an agreed written parenting plan, and that plan is approved by the court. If the court deviates from this presumption, it requires the court to issue a written decision stating its specific findings of fact and conclusions of law in support of its ruling.

ISBA Offices Closed Wednesday, January 30

Posted on January 29, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA's Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed Wednesday, Jan. 30 due to inclement weather. The State and Local Tax CLE event will start at 9 a.m. as previously scheduled on Thursday, Jan. 31. All other ISBA services will resume at 10 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 31.

File Your Nominating Petitions for ISBA Election by Thursday, January 31

Posted on January 29, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The deadline to submit nominating petitions for the ISBA election is Thursday, Jan. 31, at 4:30 p.m. at either the Illinois Bar Center, 424 S. 2nd St., Springfield, or the Chicago Regional Office at 20 S. Clark St., Suite 900, Chicago.

Members of the ISBA will elect a third vice president, 11 seats on the Board of Governors, 45 seats on the Assembly in Cook County, and 88 seats on the Assembly outside Cook County.

One board seat is open in each of the following Areas: Area 2 (Circuits 17, 19 and 22), Area 4 (circuits 10, 14, and 15), Area 5 (Circuits 5, 6 and 11), Area 7 (Circuits 1, 2 and 4), Under Age 37 in Cook County, and Under Age 37 outside Cook County. Additionally, five seats are open in Cook County.

W. Joseph "Joe" Gibbs 1931-2019

Posted on January 25, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

W. Joseph "Joe" Gibbs died Friday, Jan. 18, 2019, at his home in Deerfield Beach, Florida.

Joe was born in Springfield to Ronald and Josephine Gibbs on April 23, 1931. He attended Blessed Sacrament Grade School and graduated from Springfield High School in 1949. He went on to attend Regis College in Denver, Colorado. After a two-year stint in the U.S. Army, serving abroad as an intelligence analyst, he continued his education at Georgetown University School of Foreign Service. Joe graduated from Georgetown School of Law in 1958.

Illinois Supreme Court Receives Famous Lincoln Portrait in Commemoration of State’s Bicentennial

Posted on January 16, 2019 by Rhys Saunders
Pictured are ISBA 3rd Vice President Anna Krolikowska, ISBA President James McCluskey, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier, and ISBA President Elect David Sosin. 

The Illinois Supreme Court received a high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph on Jan. 15 during a ceremony held in Springfield.

The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Historians consider Hesler’s portrait one of the best taken of Lincoln during his pre-presidential years.

William "Bill" Edward Harris 1938 - 2019

Posted on January 16, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

William "Bill" Edward Harris, 80, of Springfield, died Thursday, Jan. 10, 2019, at Memorial Medical Center.

He was born Oct. 23, 1938, in Springfield, the second son of Frank and Margaret Sullivan Harris. He married Carolyn Siegmund on Oct 2, 1971, in Union, Missouri.

Volunteer for the 2019 High School Mock Trial Invitational

Posted on January 9, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Volunteers are needed for the 2019 ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational, which will be held March 9-10 at the Public Affairs Center at the University of Illinois Springfield. 


This program provides an opportunity for students to learn what it is like to prepare and present a legal case before the Illinois courts. Participating students gain a better understanding of the justice system and improve their knowledge, skills, and ability to articulate in a reasoned, thoughtful manner.