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Chief Justice Fitzgerald remembers Judge Suria

Posted on October 19, 2009 by Mark S. Mathewson

In the latest ISBA Bench and Bar Section newsletter, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald shared the following remembrance of Cook County Circuit Court Judge Fred G. Suria, who died last July (read his obituary in the Daily Herald).

"Judge Suria was a gentleman’s scholar and a good and valued friend. Of his 44 years on the bench, almost all of them were spent in Criminal Court at the 26th and California courthouse. Fred loved 26th street, both the place and the people. He loved his fellow judges, the lawyers, the court employees, the jurors and even the defendants who were treated just as respectfully as the others.

"He was called 'Fair Fred,' a name he had earned by the way he did business and performed his duties. He treated everyone with dignity. As one former juror who experienced his courtroom wrote after his death: Judge Suria imparted a sense of faith in the judicial system, and was the ideal ambassador for the criminal court system in Chicago.

"Judge Suria was born in Philadelphia to an Irish mother. His father was an eastern-European immigrant who came to America as a cabin boy. The family moved to Chicago when Fred was eight. He graduated from Morgan Park High School, served in the Marine Corps and, after World War II, used the GI bill to earn degrees from the University of Illinois and Loyola University School of Law.

Carl H. Stowe passes away

Posted on October 19, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Carl H. Stowe, of Greenville, passed away on Sept. 15 at the age of 89. Mr. Stowe served as the Bond County State's Attorney from 1956-1960, conducted a simultaneous private practice and thereafter taught in business and public schools. In 1981, he engaged in private practice with his son, Charl K. Stowe. He was an honorary member of the Illinois State Bar Association and in 2003 celebrated his 50th year as an attorney. Mr. Stowe served in England and France with the Army-Air Force during World War II and was an active supporter of veterans groups.

Van Fossan joins Dennis W. Fox & Associates

Posted on October 19, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Jennifer M. Van Fossan has joined Dennis W. Fox & Associates and will be assisting with representation of Social Security Disability clients. Van Fossan is a 2002 graduate of the University of Illinois and received her J.D. in 2005 from Southern Illinois University School of Law. She is licensed in Illinois and Missouri and has been practicing Social Security Disability law since 2005.

Morris named Law Clerk for Judge Mills in U.S. Central District

Posted on October 7, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Alexander Morris
Alexander Morris
U.S. District Judge Richard Mills of Springfield has announced the appointment of Alexander Morris to his staff as Law Clerk. Mr. Morris graduated from Western Michigan University and received his law degree from George Mason University School of Law. He is fluent in Spanish. Mr. Morris and his wife, Susana, now reside in Springfield with their two children.

Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law wins national award

Posted on October 6, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Michele M. Jochner, Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, accepts the Fraternity's 2009 "Outstanding Alumni Chapter" award on behalf of the Chicago Chapter from Rhonda Hill, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International Justice.
Michele M. Jochner (right), accepts the award from Rhonda Hill, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International Justice.
The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, was recently selected as the Fraternity's "Outstanding Alumni Chapter" for 2009. In order for an alumni chapter to receive this prestigious honor, it must exhibit extraordinary accomplishments in carrying out the Fraternity's mission of service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. In earning this recognition, the Chicago Alumni Chapter bested all other alumni chapters across the country. Michele M. Jochner, Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, accepted the award on behalf of the Chicago Chapter during Phi Alpha Delta's District XI Conference.

McClintock Barnett joins Waddey & Patterson

Posted on October 6, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Rebecca McClintock Barnett
Rebecca McClintock Barnett
Registered patent attorney Rebecca McClintock Barnett has joined the law firm of Nashville, Tenn. firm of Waddey & Patterson, P.C., as an Associate. Barnett is a member of the firm's patent prosecution team.  She was previously an Associate in the intellectual property practice group at Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP, Chicago, Illinois. Barnett received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2008. She is a 2005 graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering with a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering. Waddey & Patterson, P.C. is a full service intellectual property law firm handling patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and domain name related matters for its clients. For additional information, visit Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A head shot in the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to

Navarro joins the Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C.

Posted on October 6, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Heather Navarro
Heather Navarro
Heather B. Navarro recently joined the Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C., which has offices in St. Louis and Alton. Navarro is a recent graduate of Washington University School of Law and brings with her an enthusiasm and passion for public interest law. She has spent the past three years in private practice as a student associate, an associate attorney and a contract attorney. Prior to law school she was the Social Justice Coordinator at the Newman Center on the campus of Washington University and spent three months in Guatemala working with women and children. She is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois and is fluent in Spanish. The Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C. is one of a few private law firms in the country dedicated solely to plaintiffs' civil rights, disability rights, special education law, representation of not-for-profits and public interest representation. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A head shot in the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to

Edward J. Enichen 1929-2009

Posted on October 2, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Edward J. Enichen, 79, of Rockford died Sunday, Sept. 20, after a brief illness. Enichen was born Oct. 14, 1929 in Dixon, the son of Frederick and Louise (Mueller) Enichen. Enichen was an active attorney for nearly 55 years with the Rockford law firm of Guyer and Enichen, P.C. He was  a man who not only saw life as a cup full, but his cup was brimming over. His warm, joyful personality drew people to him like a magnet. He will always be remembered for his ready smile and easy laugh. He was a talented storyteller with a great sense of humor, who easily embellished a tale to make it funny. Besides his long legal career, Enichen gave service to many local community organizations. He was also connected to the land and loved spending time on his beloved farm in Durand and at his cabin on the pristine Brule River in Wisconsin. He loved hunting and fishing and the that camaraderie that came with it. There are many distinguished photos of Ed, but in the vast majority of his photographs, he is holding a fish. Survivors include his children, Peter Enichen of Boulder, Colo.; Jamie (Stephen) Malato and Julie Enichen, both of Chicago; the mother of his children, Alice Enichen; grandchildren, Grace and Samuel Malato and Ellie Enichen; special friend, Beverly O'Keefe; sister, Charlene Vaughn; and many nieces and nephews. Memorials may be made to the Natural Land Institute, 320 S. Third, Rockford, IL, 61104; Rockford Park District Foundation, 401 S. Main St., Rockford, IL, 61101 or the Rockford Symphony Orchestra Foundation, 711 N. Main, Rockford, IL, 61103. Visit the obituary on the Rockford Register Star

James Donnewald passes away

Posted on September 23, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime ISBA member and former Illinois state treasurer James Donnewald passed away on Sept. 18 in St. Louis.
Mr. Donnewald attended St. Louis University and graduated from the old Lincoln College of Law in Springfield, Ill. He won his first elective office in 1948 as Carlyle Township supervisor. In 1960, he was elected to the first of two terms in the Illinois House. He was elected to the state Senate in 1964 and served for many years. He served as assistant Democratic leader and chairman of the Reapportionment Commission. In 1982, Adlai Stevenson III ran for governor and asked Mr. Donnewald to run for state treasurer. The top of the ticket lost, but Mr. Donnewald won. After serving one term, he was defeated in his re-election bid.
Click here to read the full obituary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

Partner Randall R. Fearnow joins Krieg DeVault's Chicago Office

Posted on September 18, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Randall R. Fearnow
Randall Fearnow
The law firm of Krieg DeVault LLP is pleased to announce that Partner Randall R. Fearnow has relocated his practice to the firm's Chicago office at 33 North LaSalle Street and will assist Illinois clients in the areas of Health Care Law and Medicare and Medicaid Fraud and Abuse. Mr. Fearnow, a partner for the past nine years with Krieg DeVault, recently made the transition from the firm's Indianapolis office to Chicago in response to the firm's Midwest regional growth in health care. Mr. Fearnow is a core member of the firm's Health Care and Governmental Affairs Practice Groups. His experience includes trials in state and federal courts and arguments on behalf of health care providers before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. He began his legal career in 1981 with the Marion County (Indianapolis) Prosecutor's Office, where he served as a deputy prosecutor responsible for trying major felonies. Since 1987 he has been active in the representation of health care providers who have become the focus of state or federal audits or investigations. Mr. Fearnow is licensed to practice in the states of Illinois and Indiana and resides in Chicago. He will continue to serve his substantial base of health care clients with operations in Indiana.