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Simmons Hanly Conroy Shareholder Amy Garrett Promoted to Assistant Managing Partner

Posted on August 19, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Simmons Hanly Conroy, one of the nation’s largest mass torts firms, is proud to announce the promotion of shareholder Amy E. Garrett to assistant managing partner.

Garrett joined Simmons Hanly Conroy’s asbestos team in 2003 and became the firm’s first female partner in 2009. She oversees the Madison County and St. Louis dockets and works closely with attorneys in both the asbestos and complex litigation departments to ready cases for trial. Her asbestos litigation work has resulted in millions of dollars for the firm’s clients.

Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian Recognized During Madison County Bar Association Meeting

Posted on July 26, 2019 by Rhys Saunders
(L-R) Fifth District Appellate Court Justice Thomas Welch, Judge Matoesian, ISBA President Elect Dennis Orsey. Standing: Illinois Judges Association Second Vice President Hon. Barb Crowder (ret.), Julia Matoesian.

Circuit Judge Andreas Matoesian was recognized for his 54 years on the bench during a Madison County Bar Association meeting held Thursday, July 25.

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.

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.

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice Adds Beasley as Member in Belleville, Illinois, Office

Posted on May 6, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Kansas City-headquartered Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice LLC, has added Laura K. Beasley to the firm’s Belleville, Illinois office. 

Beasley, who joined the firm as a member, practices in the areas of civil litigation defense, general liability, class action/mass torts, insurance coverage, personal injury, and product liability. She brings to the firm clients in the medical device and other manufacturing sectors.

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.  

Ralph Derango 1937-2019

Posted on April 30, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Ralph John Derango Jr., 81, of Swansea, died Tuesday, April 23, 2019, from complications related to heart surgery, at Missouri Baptist Medical Center in St. Louis, Missouri.

He was born on Aug. 12, 1937, in LaSalle. After graduating from LaSalle-Peru High School in 1955, he attended LaSalle Peru Junior College and the University of Illinois. He graduated at the top of his class from John Marshall Law School in Chicago in 1961. Shortly thereafter, he began practicing law in Belleville and continued practicing part-time until his death. He fought hard for his clients and never hesitated to help anyone who needed legal advice. In addition to his law practice, he worked briefly as an assistant state's attorney and an assistant public defender. He served for many years as school board attorney for Belleville Township District #201, O'Fallon District #203, Central District #104, Pontiac-William Holliday District #105, and High Mount District #116.

St. Clair County Bar Association Hosts Law Day Breakfast

Posted on April 29, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The St. Clair County Bar Association held their annual Law Day breakfast on April 26 in Bellville.

More than 150 people attended the event.

Pictured are ISBA Second Vice President Dennis Orsey, Judge Julie Katz, Nathaniel Elwood, Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson, and Judge Stacy Campbell. Elwood, an attorney at Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance, received the Hudlin Memorial Award.

Illinois Supreme Court Assigns Circuit Judge Boie to Fifth District Appellate Court

Posted on April 17, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court has assigned Circuit Judge Mark M. Boie of the First Judicial Circuit as an appellate court justice in the Fifth District. 

Judge Boie was assigned to fill the vacancy created by the election of Justice David K. Overstreet to the Fifth District Appellate Court. The assignment of Judge Boie takes effect on May 1, and will remain in effect until further order of the court.