Rural Practice Initiative

The mission of the ISBA Standing Committee on the Rural Practice Initiative is to increase access to attorneys in rural areas of Illinois. In furtherance of this mission, it will identify and implement a viable program to support the establishment of young lawyers in the practice of law in rural parts of the state in need of lawyers. This program may include a clearinghouse to connect young lawyers willing to join or establish a law practice in rural areas with experienced practitioners looking to transition their practice. The Standing Committee will also identify potential sources of funding to support the young lawyers as they join or establish a practice, including potentially support for student debt payments, moving expenses, and the expenses associated with starting a practice. 

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Committee Roster

  • Sarah J. Taylor, Barrett Twomey Broom Hughes & Hoke LLP, Carbondale, Chair
  • Angelica W. Wawrzynek, Armstrong Grove & Wawrzynek LLC, Mattoon, Vice-Chair
  • Laurel A. Rigertas, Northern Illinois University College of Law, DeKalb, Secretary
  • John R. Bailen, Bruce Farrel Dorn & Assoc, Highland Park, Member
  • Perry J. Browder, Simmons Hanly Conroy, Alton, Member
  • Amelia Sue Buragas, Bloomington, Member
  • Cindy G. Buys, Southern IL University School of Law, Carbondale, Member
  • Elvis C. Cameron, Cameron Law Firm LLC, Anna, Member
  • John F. Erbes, Murphysboro, Member
  • Clarissa P. Gaff, Land of Lincoln Legal Legal Aid Inc, East St. Louis, Member
  • Jordan D. Gremmels, Fisher Kerkhover Coffey & Gremmels, Chester, Member
  • Ebony R. Huddleston, The Law Office of Ebony R Huddleston PC, Alton, Member
  • Jennifer L. Kincaid, Pepping Balk Kincaid & Olson Ltd, Silvis, Member
  • Andrea Lynn McNeill, Attorney Andrea McNeill, Marion, Member
  • Sara Ellen Stephenson Peska, Mahoney & Mahoney LLC, Freeport, Member
  • Megan Ryan, Jacksonville, Member
  • Michael G. Bergmann, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), Chicago, Board Liaison/Member
  • Krista L. Appenzeller, Illinois State Bar Association, Springfield, Staff Liaison
  • Stacey Marie Jonas, Illinois Bar Foundation - Illinois Justice Corps, Chicago, Staff Liaison
  • Stacey Hacker Meehan, Illinois Bar Foundation, Chicago, Staff Liaison
  • Samantha Raymond, Illinois State Bar Association, Springfield, Staff Liaison