Special Committee on Serving Lawyers in Rural Practices

This special committee was created to augment the work of the Standing Committee on the Rural Practice Initiative. By definition, the special committee will have a limited time in which to accomplish its charge. The special committee will be asked to focus on examining and making recommendations on how best ISBA can serve the needs of lawyers practicing in rural areas of Illinois. The special committee will, as part of its charge, need to address the segue between the needs of rural practitioners and the Rural Practice Fellowship Program, including recommendations of the structure of the Rural Practice Fellowship Program.

Listening Tour Events

As the only statewide bar association in Illinois, the ISBA strives to provide services and programs that help Illinois lawyers successfully and effectively represent clients and operate their practices. To gain a deeper understanding of the experiences of rural practitioners in Illinois and how the ISBA can best meet their needs, the ISBA’s Special Committee on Serving Lawyers in Rural Practices will be holding a series of listening tours (in person and via Zoom) throughout Illinois in the coming months.
The ISBA wants to hear from you!

RSVP for a listening tour event

Rock Falls - October 6, 2022 at 5:30 pm
Register with Northwest Illinois Bar Association

Macomb - October 7, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Old Dairy (private meeting room), 210 S. Lafayette St

Zoom - October 11, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Zoom - October 13, 2022 at 12:00 pm

Zoom - October 19, 2022 at 3:00 pm

Moline - November 4, 2022 at 9:00 am
WIU- QC Campus, 3300 River Dr.

Danville - November 29, 2022 at 12:00 pm
Register with Vermilion County Bar Association

If you would like to host a listening tour event in your area or have questions, please email Courtney or call  (217) 525 -1760.

Not able to attend a Listening Tour? Let us know about your needs as a rural practitioner and how the ISBA could help.


Committee Roster

  • Angelica W. Wawrzynek, Armstrong Grove & Wawrzynek LLC, Mattoon, Chair
  • Michael G. Bergmann, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), Chicago, Member
  • Trent L. Bush, Ward Murray Pace & Johnson PC, Sterling, Member
  • Jonathan R. Cantrell, Hart Cantrell, Benton, Member
  • Chad E. Chojnicki, McDevitt Osteen Chojnicki & Deters LLC, Effingham, Member
  • Dustin Thomas Clark, Clark & Jones, Rushville, Member
  • Kurt R. Dittmer, Rasmussen & Dittmer LLC, La Harpe, Member
  • Clarissa P. Gaff, Land of Lincoln Legal Legal Aid Inc, East St. Louis, Member
  • Jennifer L. Kincaid, Pepping Balk Kincaid & Olson Ltd, Silvis, Member
  • Sarah J. Taylor, Barrett Twomey Broom Hughes & Hoke LLP, Carbondale, Member
  • Alison B. Vawter, Macomb, Member
  • Letitia B. Wiggins, Wiggins Law LLC, McLeansboro, Member
  • Courtney Masters, Illinois State Bar Association, Springfield, Staff Liaison