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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.


Nominating Petitions Now Being Accepted for Upcoming ISBA Election

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

In the spring, 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.

Howard & Howard Expands Peoria Office

Posted on January 2, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC has announced that Noah A. Menold has joined the firm. He will practice out of the firm’s Peoria office.

Menold focuses his practice on commercial ligation. Prior to joining Howard & Howard, he concentrated his practice on health care and medical malpractice defense.

Charles H. Wilhelm 1935-2018

Posted on December 18, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Charles H. Wilhelm, 83, of Lewistown, died Thursday, Dec. 13, 2018, at his home.

He was born Jan. 27, 1935, at Dunfermline, the son of William D. and Kathryn (Jenkins) Wilhelm. He married Connie Grzanich on Sept. 15, 1962, in Bryant. She survives along with three sons, Thomas Wilhelm of Canton, Charles Wilhelm of Wilmington, North Carolina, and Bill Wilhelm of Lewistown; five grandchildren, Ryan, Alana, Jesse, John and Jacqueline; and three great grandchildren, Lindsey, Rory and Jayce. He was preceded in death by his parents.

ISBA Offices Closing for Holidays

Posted on December 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holidays beginning at 3 p.m. Friday, Dec. 21. They will reopen Wednesday, Jan. 2, 2019. During this time, members can expect the following:

  • E-Clips will not be delivered for the duration of this period.
  • Illinois Lawyer Now will not be delivered on Thursday, Dec. 27.

All business and e-newsletter distribution will resume as usual on Jan. 2, 2019.

ISBA Launches New Search Engine on Website

Posted on December 12, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA has launched a new search engine that includes filters to help users more easily find resources and information online.

The main search now includes CLE programs, Illinois Lawyer Now posts, and YouTube videos. Users can filter search results by content type, practice area, year, and more.

Steven L. Blakely 1964-2018

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Steven L. Blakely, 53, died Tuesday, Dec. 4, 2018.  He was born to David and Marilyn Neet Blakely on Dec. 22, 1964. 

He married Kimberly Edwards in Zimbabwe, Africa, on July 7, 1998. They have three sons, Tom (17), John (15) and Henry (12).

Improvements Coming to University of Illinois College of Law Library Reading Room

Posted on December 4, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The University of Illinois College of Law Library Reading Room will be undergoing renovations beginning Dec. 26.

Sprinklers will be added and the ceiling and lights will be upgraded. University officials anticipate the project will be completed in late April or early May 2019.

ISBA Hosts Reception for New Legislators

Posted on November 27, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois State Bar Association hosted a reception for new legislators on November 26 at the Sangamo Club in Springfield. Pictured with ISBA Second Vice President Dennis Orsey are state Senator-elect Rachelle Aud Crowe and state Rep. Monica Bristow.