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LAP Board of Directors Announces Diana Uchiyama as Executive Director

Posted on May 8, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) has announced that Diana Uchiyama, JD, PsyD, has been named executive director. 

LAP Board President Mary K. O’Brien said: “Dr. Uchiyama was selected from a number of talented candidates because her qualifications as an attorney, psychologist, and program administrator demonstrated to our board that she will be successful in increasing the reach of LAP to every part of Illinois. We are looking forward to working with Dr. Uchiyama in her new role as executive director and offer her our sincere congratulations.” 

Temporary ISBA Service Interruption Scheduled on May 7

Posted on May 7, 2019 by Timothy A. Slating

All ISBA systems will be down due to a network upgrade beginning Tuesday, May 7 at 5:00 p.m. The interruption is expected to be short (20 minutes), but could last up to two hours. During this time the ISBA website will not be available. As a result you will also not be able to log into Fastcase, online CLE, and ISBA Central. Here is what you need to know and steps you can take to ensure continued service.

Over 300 New Illinois Lawyers to Be Admitted on Thursday

Posted on May 6, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

New attorneys will be admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, May 9, with Illinois Supreme Court justices presiding and administering the attorney's oath to 335 new attorneys across the state. 

All of the candidates set to be 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 will bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 96,300.

The largest group, 245, will be admitted in the First Judicial District during three ceremonies at the James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall, located at 100 W. Randolph St., in Chicago. The ceremonies will be at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2 p.m. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke will preside over the 9 a.m. ceremony, Illinois Supreme Court Justice P. Scott Neville, Jr. will preside over the 11:30 a.m. ceremony, and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis will preside over the 2 p.m. ceremony.  

Lathrop Gage’s Chicago Office Welcomes Danielle Twait to Business Litigation Team

Posted on May 1, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Lathrop Gage has announced that Danielle N. Twait joined the firm’s Chicago office as Of Counsel.

Twait began her legal career with Lathrop Gage 10 years ago and rejoins the firm’s Business Litigation team.

DuPage County Attorney Dion U. Davi Receives Super Lawyers Honor

Posted on April 17, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Davi Law Group, LLC has announced that attorney Dion U. Davi has been named to the 2019 Super Lawyers list as a top-rated family law attorney in Wheaton.

Davi has now earned the designation for five consecutive years. 

Super Lawyers, a nationally recognized rating service, annually chooses the best attorneys in every state based on independent peer evaluation. Selected Super Lawyers are among the top 5 percent of attorneys nominated in their state.

Michael T. Haughan 1968-2019

Posted on April 16, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Michael T. "Mike" Haughan, 51, died Friday, April 12, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

He was born in Jan. 12, 1968, in Oak Park, the only son of Robert and Joyce Haughan. Michael received a bachelor’s degree in political science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, followed by a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law at IIT.

Geneva Attorney Glenn M. Sowa Founds Solo Practice

Posted on April 11, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Attorney Glenn M. Sowa has announced the formation of a new solo legal practice – the Law Office of Glenn M. Sowa, LLC.

Sowa began his legal career after he served as a special agent with the Illinois Bureau of Investigation and as the assistant state’s attorney for DuPage County. Those roles have aided Sowa as a criminal defense attorney for more than three decades.

Lloyd John Tyler Jr. 1924-2019

Posted on April 9, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Lloyd John Tyler Jr., 94, of Geneva, formerly of Aurora, died Thursday, April 4, 2019, surrounded by his loving family.

Lloyd was born May 28, 1924, in Aurora, the son of Lloyd and Dorothy (nee. Curtis) Tyler Sr. He was united in marriage to his first wife Mary Lou Council on Sept. 3, 1953. After her passing, Lloyd found love again and married Inez C. Busener, on Feb. 25, 1972, in Cincinnati, Ohio.

Knight Nicastro Expands into Illinois, Welcomes Five Attorneys

Posted on April 8, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Knight Nicastro has opened offices in Chicago and Peoria, and added five attorneys to its team of skilled litigators.

The attorneys add to Knight Nicastro’s significant experience representing clients in the transportation industry and continue the firm’s impressive momentum attracting top-talent this year. During the first quarter, four attorneys joined the firm’s Missoula, Montana, office, including the former Senior General Attorney for BNSF Railway and a former assistant United States attorney.