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Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee Sets Public Hearing on Proposals

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court Rules Committee will hear comments June 19 at a public hearing in Chicago on six proposals, including a proposal to establish a protective order for the release of medical information and a proposal involving the use of deposition testimony by a party.

The committee will also consider proposed changes to Supreme Court rules involving petitions for leave to appeal, amicus curiae briefs, and an appendix to briefs filed by appellants.

Illinois Supreme Court Amends Rules 68, 472, and 558

Posted on May 17, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court on May 17 announced amendments to Rules 68, 472, and 558. The changes are effective immediately.

Supreme Court Rule 68 requires judges to file a written statement of economic interests and relationships of the judge and members of the judge’s immediate family with the Supreme Court’s clerk. The amendment requires the clerk to redact the judge’s email address contained in any statement filed pursuant to the Rule.

David H. “Herk” Lucas 1938-2019

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

David H. "Herk" Lucas, 83, of Oakbrook Terrace, died after a long struggle with pulmonary fibrosis.

Beloved husband of 61 years to Virginia, nee Trainor; loving father of Cathy (Tom) Moore, David (Resureccion) Lucas Jr., Karen (David Chmelina) Lucas, Marty (Cathy) Lucas, Helen (Robert) Huette, Peter (Theresa) Lucas, and Stephen (Lillian Hogan) Lucas; devoted grandfather of Ryan, Katie, Allison, Kevin, Anastasia, David III, Tara, Alyssa, Micaela, Cormac, Virginia, Sarah, Robby, Christen, Anna, Karoline, Elizabeth, Audrey, Aoife, and Niamh; great-grandfather of Grace, Kaitlin, Maeve, Clara, Conor, Corinne, and Valerie; preceded in death by his parents, Ira J. Lucas and Helen Lucas, nee Brink, and siblings, Jack Lucas, Gerry Roche, and Francie Creevy; loving uncle of many nieces and nephews.

Petric Sworn in as President of Justinian Society of Lawyers

Posted on May 16, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Natalie Petric was sworn in as president of the Justinian Society of Lawyers on May 15 at Gibson’s Steakhouse in Chicago. She is pictured with ISBA President Elect David B. Sosin.

Illinois Supreme Court Appoints Cushing as At-Large Circuit Judge of Cook County

Posted on May 15, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Thomas M. Cushing as an at-large Cook County circuit judge.

Cushing was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of the Hon. Nicholas R. Ford on April 12. The appointment is effective June 19 and will conclude Dec. 7, 2020, when the position will be filled by the November 2020 General Election.

Donald P. Reynolds 1929-2019

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Donald Patterson Reynolds was born in Plattsburgh, New York, in 1929 to Thomas and Mary (Patterson) Reynolds. He grew up in Willsboro and Ossining, NY.

After his Navy service, he went to college on the G.I. Bill. He earned a bachelor’s in electrical engineering (1953) from Cornell University, a J.D. from Cornell Law School (1955), and a master’s of electrical engineering degree from Syracuse University (1964). Don taught electrical engineering for four years at University of Tennessee in Knoxville. He then moved to the Chicago area and became a patent attorney and educator.

May 2019 Bar Admission Ceremony Highlights

Posted on May 9, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Illinois Supreme Court justices welcomed 335 new attorneys to the legal profession on May 9 during admissions ceremonies held at four different locations across the state. 

ISBA staff members were in attendance at all five ceremonies to welcome the state's newest attorneys to the profession, take photos, and talk about the benefits of ISBA membership, which is free for one year for new admittees. Member benefits can be activated by filling out the New Admittee Membership Form

All of those who were sworn in have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. They bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 96,300.

Greensfelder Names Thadford Felton Managing Officer for Chicago Office

Posted on May 8, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., has announced that Thadford A. Felton has been named managing officer of the firm’s Chicago office, effective May 3.

Felton succeeds David B. Goodman, who recently left the firm after serving as the Chicago managing officer since March 2014.