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Beaudet sworn in as President of Illinois Native American Bar Association

Posted on January 5, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald swears in Matthew Beaudet
Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald swore in Matthew Beaudet as President of the Illinois Native American Bar Association during the ISBA/IJA Joint Meeting last month in Chicago. INABA is a bar association for Native Americans and those interested in legal issues affecting Native Americans. Photo: Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Fitzgerald swears in Matthew Beaudet as President of the Illinois Native American Bar Association as other INABA officers and board members look on.

Elizabeth Kutyla-Miner passes away

Posted on January 5, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Elizabeth Kutyla-Miner passed away after a six and a half year battle with ovarian cancer on Dec. 21. Liz graduated from the University of Chicago in 1984 and from the University of Chicago School of Law in 1987. She held positions for two major law firms before finding her calling in 1994 as Associate General Counsel, then General Counsel of Barton Brands. During her 14-year tenure at Barton, Liz guided the company through many successful acquistions. Read the full obituary at

Sidney Davidson 1915-2009

Posted on December 30, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime Peoria lawyer Sidney D. Davidson passed away on Sunday, Dec. 28, at Saint Marys Hospital in Rochester, Minn. Mr. Davidson graduated from Manual High School and Bradley University. He received his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1939. He served in the Pacific during World War II, including stints at General MacArthur's headquarters in Manila and Tokyo. He was an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, serving as a member of its Estate Planning, Probate and Trust Section Council. Click here to read the full obituary in the Post-Bulletin.

Elmore Boeger 1914-2009

Posted on December 29, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Elmore Boeger, 95, has died of congestive heart failure at Bridgeway Christian Village in Bensenville. Mr. Boeger was born and raised in Hillside. Mr. Boeger graduated from Proviso High School in 1932 and received his undergraduate and law degrees from Valparaiso University. He joined his father's Chicago law firm in 1938.
Mr. Boeger may be best known for coming up with the name Triton College as a way to acknowledge the three west Cook County high school districts that came together to create the near west suburban junior college. Mr. Boeger was on Triton's board for the River Grove school's first dozen years and liked the sound of Triton, said his son, Milton.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune

Phil Alpha Delta Law awards $5,000 in scholarships to Chicago-area law students

Posted on December 28, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
pad-scholarship-awardsThe Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity recently awarded $5,000 in scholarships to students from several Chicago-area law schools.  The scholarships, named in honor of former Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Daniel P. Ward, recognize students who have outstanding records of academic excellence and community service, in furtherance of the fraternity's mission of service to the profession and the public. Photo: Phi Alpha Delta Chicago Alumni Chapter Justice Michele Jochner (far left) congratulates the recipients of the Chapter's Justice Daniel P. Ward Scholarship. Seated left to right: Natalie Lange (Dooley Chapter - Northern Illinois University Law School), Desiree Lauricella (Lincoln Chapter - The John Marshall Law School).  Standing: Michele Jochner, Daniel Powell (Lincoln Chapter), Michelle  Reed (Webster Chapter - Loyola University School of Law), Patrick Callahan (Story Chapter - DePaul University College of Law), and Sean Corsini (Lincoln Chapter).

Lolie elected President of Illinois State's Attorneys Association

Posted on December 18, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Allen Lolie thanks outgoing president Tom Brown of Livingston County.
Allen Lolie thanks outgoing president Tom Brown of Livingston County.
Shelby County State's Attorney Allan Lolie was elected President of the Illinois State's Attorneys Association earlier this month at the association's winter meeting. Lolie is in his third term as the Shelby County State's Attorney and his 18th year as a prosecutor. "I intend to work with the Association and the Legislature to promote legislation that will assist law enforcement in our endeavor to keep our communities safe," Lolie said.

Richard J. Berry passes away

Posted on December 17, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Streator attorney Richard J. Berry, 57, died in a two-vehicle crash last night. Berry was first licensed to practice law in Illinois in 1977 and has been with the firm of Myers, Berry, O'Conor & Kuzma, which has offices in Streator and Ottawa. Berry's firm issued a statement expressing their sense of loss on Thursday morning. "The firm of Myers, Berry, O'Conor & Kuzma, Ltd. has lost a valued partner and friend in Richard J. Berry. Mr. Berry was a vigorous litigator dedicated to upholding the rights and interests of his clients. He will be missed, as will the passion he brought to all he did." Click here to read the obituary in the Ottawa Times.

Bernard Grimes 1911-2009

Posted on December 16, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime ISBA member Bernard Grimes passed away last month at Martin Health Center, Bloomington. Bernard was a graduate of Trinity High School, Illinois State Normal University and the University of Illinois Law School. He practiced law in Bloomington his entire life. He was a member of Holy Trinity Church, Knights of Columbus, Bloomington Country Club and Lakeside Country Club, all in Bloomington. Click here to read the full obituary in the Bloomington Pantagraph.

D. Glenn Ofsthun, 1924-2009

Posted on December 16, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
D. Glenn Ofsthun, 85 of Barrington, died Dec. 9 at Brighton Gardens, Hoffman Estates. Visitation will be held on Thursday, Dec. 17, from 3-8 p.m. at Brust Funeral Home, 135 S. Main, Lombard. Mr. Ofsthun will be lying-in-state on Friday, Dec. 18, from 10 a.m. until time of funeral service at 11 a.m. at Presbyterian Church of Barrington, 6 S. Brinker Road. Internment will be held at White Memorial Cemetery, Barrington. Born in Minneapolis in 1924, Mr. Ofsthun spent his childhood in Duluth, Minn., and his summers on the family farms in Morton, Minn. He graduated valedictorian of Denfield High School in Duluth in 1941 and received a scholarship to Harvard University. During his undergraduate years, he served in the Army Air Force Meteorology program in 1943 and then in the Army Airway Communications System. When WWII ended, he completed his undergraduate degree and continued on scholarship to Harvard Law School, graduating in 1950. Mr. Ofsthun met his wife, Audrey, and married in 1951. The Ofsthuns lived in Chicago until 1955 when they moved to Mount Prospect. In 1960, they moved to the Barrington area to raise their four daughters. Glenn enjoyed golf, fishing and travel. He worked at the law firm of Lord, Bissell & Brook from 1950 until 1956 where he specialized in will, tax and corporate law, and managed complex litigation and bankruptcies. He spent the rest of his career at Rooks, Pitts, Fullager and Poust, both as a senior partner and then as the managing partner, where he specialized in corporate and business law, including counsel for several large U.S. and multi-national companies. He was perhaps the only U.S. lawyer to manage a case in front of the House of Lords in London. Mr.

Justice Kilbride to receive honorary doctorate from Lewis University

Posted on December 15, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Justice Thomas Kilbride
Justice Thomas Kilbride
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride will be honored and will receive an Honorary Doctorate Degree from Lewis University during the 2009 Winter Commencement ceremony to be held on Saturday, December 19 at 4 p.m. Justice Kilbride will be the recipient of the Doctorate of Humanities during Saturday's Graduate Ceremony that will be held in the University's Student Recreation and Fitness Center at its main campus in Romeoville. "The University is honored to recognize Justice Kilbride for his 10 years of distinguished service as a highly-respected member of the Supreme Court of Illinois and as an accomplished attorney and advocate for the poor," said Lewis University President Brother James Gaffney, FSC. Justice Kilbride, who grew up in Kankakee, received his B.A. degree magna cum laude from Saint Mary's in 1978; and his law degree from Antioch School of Law in Washington D.C. in 1981. While in law school, Justice Kilbride completed judicial internships for the administrative assistant to the Chief Justice of the United States Supreme Court and for U.S. District Court Judge Joyce Hens Green.