March 2019 • Volume 107 • Number 3 • Page 8
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It’s ISBA Election Season!
Spring is almost here, and that means it's election season at the ISBA. There are contested races for the Cook County, Area 2, Area 7, and Under Age 37 (Outside of Cook County) Board of Governors seats. There are also contested races for Assembly seats for Circuit 3 and Circuit 4. This election section of the Illinois Bar Journal has background information about the candidates to help you make an informed decision.
Ballots will be distributed soon. Paper ballots will be mailed and e-ballots will be emailed on March 27. Voting concludes April 30 at 4:30 p.m. CDT. All members of the Association (except non-lawyer members) with dues paid up by March 1 of this year are eligible to vote for races in their area. Find out more on our election page..
Third vice-president. Candidates for third vice-president are chosen from Cook County and downstate (outside Cook) in alternating years. This is a downstate year and Rory T. Weiler of St. Charles is running unopposed. Learn more about him by reading his bio on this page. This year's third vice-president winner will serve as the ISBA's president in 2022-23.
Board and Assembly. In the Cook County board race, eight candidates (Nora Devine, Mark L. Karno, Dennis M. Lynch, Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Arlette G. Porter, Sarah E. Toney, Cory White, and E. Kenneth Wright, Jr.) are vying for five open seats. In Area 2, Michael J. Chmiel, Susan Brazas Goldberg, Mark Rouleau, and Tamika R. Walker are running for one open seat. In Area 7, Ted Graham, Jr. and Morris Lane Harvey are running for one open seat, and Amanda G. Highlander and Kaylan Huber are vying for the one Under Age 37 (Outside of Cook County) seat. Find out more about board candidates on pages 9-13. There is no contest in the Cook County Assembly race, where 31 candidates are running and 45 seats are open. All successful candidates-for third vice-president, Board of Governors, and Assembly-take office in June.
Don't stand on the sideline. Casting your vote is easy and only takes a few minutes. Be on the lookout for your ballot and do your part to shape the ISBA's future!
Rory T. Weiler, St. Charles. Principal of Weiler & Lengle, P.C., St. Charles, Illinois, a firm concentrating in the practice of family law. B.S., Northern Illinois University (1975); J.D., John Marshall Law School (1979). Admitted November 1979. ISBA activities: ISBA Board of Governors (2015-present); treasurer (2018-19). Member, Budget and Audit; and Investment committees. Assembly (2007-11; 2013-present). Chair, Assembly Rules and Bylaws Committee (2014-2015). Member, Family Law Section Council (2002-2011, 2014-2016; chair 2010-11; co BOG liaison 2016-present). Co-editor Family Law Section monthly newsletter (2012-present). Member, ISBA Standing Committee on Legislation (2013-present) and Special Task force on Collaborative Law (2015-16). Illinois Bar Foundation: Diamond Fellow; Board of Directors (2015-present); chair, nominating committee (2018). Fellow, American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers (2009-present, Board of Directors 2012-2015). Member, DuPage, Kane, Peoria and St. Clair county bar associations, Justinian Society, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and Women's Bar Association of Illinois. Member, Illinois Supreme Court's Committee on Character and Fitness, Second district (2003-2014). Presenter/Speaker of over 50 ISBA and county bar association CLE programs since 2002. Author of book on family law practice, Divorce Tools and Techniques (2012, James Publishing Co.). Awards: Kane County Bar Association Pro Bono Award (2001), ISBA John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award (2005), Legal Services Corporation certificate of appreciation for service to the indigent (2011). Honoree, Prairie State Legal Services "40 for 40" (2018). Best Law Firms in America, Leading Lawyers (Member Advisory Board), Super Lawyers. Currently resides in Batavia with his wife Sue. ISSUE STATEMENT: ISBA faces the same challenges voluntary professional associations face to provide real value for our members' dues. We exist to serve our members, and we need to continue to prioritize value to members. We need to expand our efforts to promote diversity in our association and work more closely with ethnic, specialty and local bar associations.
Board of Governors - Cook County
CONTESTED - (5 to be elected)
Nora Devine (formerly Doherty), Chicago. Incumbent. Attorney focused on real estate law at Steven B. Pearlman & Associates where she has developed a statewide practice including administrative law and litigation. B.A., Loyola University-Chicago (2001); J.D., Loyola University School of Law (2005). ISBA activities: She currently represents Cook County on the ISBA Board of Governors. She is past chair of the State and Local Taxation Section Council (SALT). Nora has contributed extensively to the leadership of the Chicago Bar Association (CBA) where she has served on and chaired several committees and appeared in the Bar Show. She continues to author a chapter on Specific Objection Lawsuits for the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education (IICLE), has lectured numerous times for bar and other voluntary associations, and teaches for the Illinois Property Assessment Institute. Nora is the president of the Women's Property Tax Association. ISSUE STATEMENT: As a member of SALT, Nora has been very active in combating the unlicensed practice of law state-wide. She was instrumental in bringing the successful lawsuit against the Illinois Department of Financial and Professional Regulation on behalf of ISBA members. I will continue to defend the profession from the unlicensed practice of law and from attacks from the IDFPR. I will continue to use my voice to improve how the ISBA attracts, engages, values, and retains younger lawyers. I will continue to use my voice and influence to make the ISBA more relevant and more affordable to government lawyers whose contributions to the bar so often exceed the benefits that they receive. I have never mistaken activity for accomplishment, and I will be an efficient leader with respect for the time of others.
Mark L. Karno, Chicago. Owner of Mark L. Karno & Associates LLC, a five-attorney law firm with offices located in Chicago and Aurora. Practice area is primarily plaintiff personal injury and general civil litigation and transactional matters. Education: B.S. Finance with high honors, University of Illinois-Champaign (1979); J.D., I.I.T./Chicago-Kent College of Law (1982). Admitted: Illinois (1982), Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (1984), U.S. District Court N.D. Illinois (1982), Trial Bar (1985) and S.D. IL (2018). ISBA activities: Assembly (2010-2014), Board of Governors (2012-2013, 2014-2017). Board of Governors liaison to section councils on Elder Law (2015-2017), Tort Law (2015-16), Civil Practice and Procedure (2016-2017), and Intellectual Property Law (2014-2015), and standing committees on Professional Conduct (2015-2017) and Military Affairs (2014-2015). Chair of Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council (2011-2012) and Insurance Law Section Council (2002-2003). Co-chair of the 2013 Allerton House Conference, member of steering committees that put on various Allerton House Conferences (2008, 2011, 2014 and 2018). Thirty-year member of the Tort Law Section Council, and former member of the ISBA Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations Cook County (1998-2000). Contributor and former co-editor of ISBA's Tort Trends (1999-2003). Lecturer and moderator at ISBA seminars. Testified before the Illinois General Assembly regarding ISBA sponsored legislation. Illinois Bar Foundation: Platinum Fellow, treasurer (2017-2019), Board of Directors (2014-present), co-chair of the 2015 IBF GALA Fundraiser. Past chair of two sub-sections of the Chicago Bar Association Civil Practice Committee (1995-1996, 1997-1998). Member of ITLA, AAJ, National Trial Lawyers, Justinian Society of Lawyers, WBAI, and Decalogue Society of Lawyers. Rated AV Preeminent by Martindale-Hubbell, Super Lawyer from 2009 to 2019, Lead Counsel Rated, Multiple-Million Dollar Advocates Forum. ISSUE STATEMENT: I strive to see the ISBA initiate more lawyer friendly legislation. I also want to see more outreach to younger members of the bar.
Dennis M. Lynch, Chicago. Member, Healy Scanlon (f/k/a The Healy Law Firm). Concentrates in complex personal injury cases, including interstate trucking, insurance bad faith claims, products liability, construction, and medical malpractice as well as workers' compensation litigation. He has arbitrated, mediated, and tried numerous cases to a successful outcome and pursued and defended multiple appeals, including appeals accepted for review in the Supreme Court of Illinois. In addition to multiple counties in Illinois, he has prosecuted cases in Colorado, Kentucky, Michigan and Indiana. B.A. with highest honors, Lewis University; J.D. magna cum laude, Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Admitted Illinois (2007). ISBA activities: appointed to the Under Age 37 seat on the ISBA Board of Governors (2016-17). Member of the ISBA Tort Law Section Council (2008-present) where he was chair and served as legislative liaison and CLE coordinator. Member, ISBA Membership Strategy Committee; chair, Election Policy and Procedures Special Committee. Illinois Bar Foundation Silver Fellow. Guest lecturer at Loyola University School of Law. Frequent invited lecturer and author for ISBA, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, Association of Plaintiff's Interstate Trucking Lawyers of America, and American Association for Justice ("AAJ"). Former member of the Board of Directors, AAJ Interstate Trucking Litigation Group; secretary, AAJ Motorcycle Litigation Group; member, Justinian Society of Lawyers, Appellate Lawyers Association and Workers' Compensation Lawyers Association. Awards: Super Lawyers, Illinois Rising Star; Leading Lawyers, Emerging Lawyer. Volunteer, American Mock Trial Association and Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade Committee.
Pamela Sakowicz Menaker, Chicago. Incumbent. Employer: Communications Partner, Clifford Law Offices. Education: Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism; Bachelor of Science, Master of Science, Loyola University School of Law (1984). Admitted: Illinois (1984), U.S. Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit (1987). Menaker currently sits on the ISBA Board of Governors and serves as liaison to four standing committees: ARDC, Legal Technology, Delivery of Legal Services, and Bar Journal Editorial Board. She served on ISBA's standing committees on SCOPE, and Marketing and Communications. She was elected to two terms on the ISBA Assembly. She chaired the ISBA Ask-A-Lawyer Day (2016) and co-chaired IBF's Host Committee Annual Gala (2006). Menaker served on the Host Committee of the 120th Anniversary of "30 Female Blackstones" (2013). As a member of the CBA, she was elected to the Board of Managers (2016-2018) and served on the Editorial Board, Judicial Evaluation Committee, and Public Affairs Committee. She served as co-chair of Pro Bono Week in 2006 that marked the first time Chicago's Mayor and Illinois' Governor proclaimed it Pro Bono Week. She has served on the ABA's Litigation News and Litigation Journal editorial boards and as a member of the Annual Meeting Host Committee and its Human Trafficking Task Force, an ABA Presidential appointment. She is vice president of the Chicago Catholic Lawyers Guild and on the Board of the Advocates Society. She is a member of ITLA and the Justinian Society. ISSUE STATEMENT: My focus is to increase membership through effective marketing. It is particularly important to engage and retain younger and underrepresented attorneys through leadership positions, which I have helped through mentoring in my leadership roles. This can be enhanced through business development aspects via the website, effective email blasts, active committee work, networking events, CLE and working through the law schools, which I will continue to do.
Arlette G. Porter, Chicago. Sole Practitioner: family law, real estate closings only. Practice: divorce, child support, allocation of parental responsibilities (custody), guardianship of minors, real estate closings only. Education: B.A., Lake Forest College-Lake Forest, Illinois (1976); M.A., Chicago State University (1984); John Marshall Law School (2004). Admitted: Illinois (2005), Northern District of Illinois (2005), United States Supreme Court (2009), Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals (2014). Certified mediator/arbitrator. ISBA activities: Assembly. Assembly Agenda and Program Committee, Assembly Finance Committee, and Assembly Governance Committee. Standing committees on Continuing Legal Education, Judicial Evaluations-Cook County, Law Related Education for the Public, and Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law. Section councils on Family Law; and Civil Practice, Solo and Small Firm. Young Lawyers Division Council. Illinois Bar Foundation Silver Fellow and volunteer for the Illinois Bar Foundation Gala. Other activities: Domestic Relations Courtroom facilitator, Cook Country Guardian Ad Litem/child representative, ARDC Hearing Board member (2006-2010), and ARDC Oversight Committee (2008-2010). Member of the ISBA and CBA. CBA Christmas Spirits cast member (2005-2014). CIVIC: WTTW Community Advisory Board (2006-2008), Lake Region Conference of Seventh-day Adventists Constitution and By-Laws Committee and delegate to the Convention. Player, coach and commissioner, Christian Fellowship Volleyball and Basketball League (1997-present). Cheerleader, Chicago Bears Organization (1975-1976). Mother to two adult sons, Gerod (BNSF Railroad) and Daniel (Cook County Dept. of Corrections). ISSUE STATEMENT: Provide innovative and fresh ideas to the Board and membership; encourage retention of members and explore ways to attract new members with special emphasis on diversity; join with other Board members in researching and implementing programs and procedures to enhance the legal profession; and explore the necessity of providing assistance to lawyers dealing with mental health issues.
Sarah E. Toney, Chicago. Employer: The Toney Law Firm, LLC with a focus in criminal and DUI defense. Education: B.S., Miami University; J.D., Loyola University Chicago School of Law. Admitted: Illinois (2004) and United States Supreme Court (2009). ISBA activities: Assembly (2012-present); chair, LAWPAC (2017-2018); Standing Committee on Law Office Management and Economics (2016-2017) and Traffic Laws and Courts Section Council (2012-2013); vice-chair, Standing Committee on Marketing and Communications (2017-2018). Newsletter editor, Traffic Laws and Courts Section Council (2008-present) and Standing Committee on Women and the Law (2018-present). CLE co-chair, Standing Committee on Women & the Law (2016-2017); member, Criminal Justice Section Council (2017-present), Standing Committee on Member Services (2018-present), Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute Planning Committee (2016-present). Former member of the Young Lawyers Division (2009-2014) and co-chair of the Holiday Party (2013). ISBA Speaker at 17 seminars. ISBA Young Lawyer of the Year (2014) and Newsletter Service Award (2013, 2018). Other activities: Attended Gerry Spence's Trial Lawyer's College (September 2016), F. Warrior Alumni Board member (2016-present), staff invite to Trial Lawyers College (2018). Mentor, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (2015-2016); adjunct professor, Loyola University School of Law (2006-present); Board of Directors, DUI Defense Lawyers Association (2014-2018); trustee, Justice Foundation (2019-present); secretary, Women's Criminal Defense Bar Association (2018-present). Illinois Super Lawyer (2015-2019). Native of DuPage County. Resided in Chicago for the past 18 years. Currently with her husband Patrick and their golden retriever Nola. ISSUE STATEMENT: To continue to make ISBA a resource for practicing lawyers through connections. This includes networking, access to information through colleagues, seminars, and online information, and opportunities to market oneself.
Cory White, Chicago. Counsel at The International Business Law Group, LLC, located in Chicago, Illinois. Cory specializes in general business representation, transactional drafting, and securities compliance and regulation. He received his B.A. from Georgetown University in Washington, DC (2005) and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law in Chicago (2009). Admitted: Illinois (2009), District of Columbia (2012) and New York in (2015). Cory's most prominent area of expertise is in securities compliance and regulation, particularly the private placement of securities and the solicitation of proxies, subjects which he teaches at Chicago Kent College of Law as an adjunct professor. ISBA activities: For nearly a decade Cory has served the Illinois State Bar Association in a number of roles: Board of Governors (2017-present), Assembly (2013- 2016, 2017-present), ISBA delegate to the American Bar Association (2016-2018). Past chair and current CLE coordinator, Business and Securities Law Section Council (2011-present); past chair, Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law (2011-2016); and two term past chair, The Diversity Leadership Council (2011-2017). Board liaison to Corporate Law Departments Section Council (2017-present), Federal Taxation Section Council (2017-present), and the Standing Committee on Legal Technology (2017-2018). ISSUE STATEMENT: To listen to our members and to provide bar services that address our members' needs and concerns.
E. Kenneth Wright, Jr., Chicago. Incumbent. Presiding Judge of the First Municipal District, Cook County, Illinois. Education: B.S., University of Arkansas-Pine Bluff, Arkansas; M.S., University of Arkansas-Fayetteville, Arkansas; Ph.D., University of Illinois-Urbana, Illinois and J.D., Northwestern University School of Law. ISBA Activities: Board of Governors, Assembly. Board liaison to the Bench and Bar, Trust and Estates and State and Local Government section councils and Standing Committee on Government Lawyers. Chair, Special Committee on Health and Wellness. Other activities: Past member of the Board of Managers, past treasurer and past president of the Chicago Bar Association. Member of the Editorial Board of the CBA Record, a monthly magazine of the Chicago Bar Association. Past member of the Supreme Court IPI- Civil Jury Instruction. Judge Wright is a frequent contributor of articles published in the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. He has published numerous articles in the ISBA Bench and Bar newsletter. ISSUE STATEMENT: His goals in serving on the Board of Governors are to provide instruction, advice, and programs aimed at legal, administrative, financial, and technological and wellness information and services for lawyers in solo and small firms. Perhaps as important for the ISBA is the challenge of the Standing Committee on Member Services, established for the entire assembly during its December meeting, for development of a program to strengthen membership by encouraging each member to recruit, sponsor, and cajole colleagues and friends to join the ISBA. All we have to do is ask.
Board of Governors - Area 2 (Circuits 17, 19, and 22)
CONTESTED - (1 to be elected)
Michael J. Chmiel, Woodstock. Circuit Judge, 22nd Judicial Circuit. Current Civil Division Presiding Judge. Past Juvenile Judge and Family Division Presiding Judge. Former law clerk to the late Honorable Richard DeGunther, U.S. Bankruptcy Judge. Formerly engaged in the general practice of law with offices in Chicago, Rockford, and Crystal Lake. Appointed by the Supreme Court of Illinois to fill a vacancy in the 19th Judicial Circuit, then elected as circuit judge in the new 22nd Judicial Circuit. Education: B.A. in Economics, University of Notre Dame; J.D., University of Illinois College of Law. ISBA activities: Associate newsletter editor and past chair of the Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy Section Council. Member, ADR, Bench and Bar, and Privacy and Internet Security Law section councils. Past chair of the section councils on International and Immigration Law, and Bench and Bar. Member and past chair of the Standing Committee on Law-Related Education for the Public and chair of its Civics Education subcommittee; past chair, ISBA Special Committee on Rule 711. Other activities: Appointed to first MCLE Board and elected as its first treasurer. Member, American, Illinois State, McHenry County, and Winnebago County bar associations; Advocates Society, Illinois Judges Association, and Illinois Township Attorneys Association. Co-chair of the Court and Family Security Committee of the IJA and past co-chair of its Educational Programming and Annual Meeting committees. Chair, Constitution and Bylaws Committee and co-chair of Speakers Bureau of the Advocates Society. MCBA chair of Civil Practice Section and member of the Board of Governors. Past president of ITAA. Involved in civic and community organizations, youth sports coach, and participant in various educational programs for judges, attorneys, elected officials, and students.
Susan Brazas Goldberg, Rockford. Managing attorney, UAW Legal Services, Belvidere, IL. Former sole practitioner and associate attorney in general practice, plaintiff, and defense firms. B.S., magna cum laude, M.B.A., Bradley University; J.D., magna cum laude, University of Illinois College of Law. Rotary Scholar, University of Rennes, France. Admitted: Illinois (1990), Wisconsin (2006), Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, Western District of Wisconsin, and Northern District of Illinois. ISBA activities: Past Assembly member. Member and past chair, Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council; General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council; and the Special Committee on Women and the Law. Member of Child Law, and International and Immigration Law section councils. Past member, Insurance Law Section Council; Standing Committee on Minority and Women Participation; Standing Committee on Judicial Evaluations-Outside Cook County; and Special Committee on Bar Elections Supervision. Illinois Bar Foundation Gold Fellow, past Board member, and past chair of the Fellows Committee. Author of state court digests for ISBA E-Clips since 2011. Contract author for LEXIS/NEXIS since 2008. Past instructor, Harper College Paralegal Program. Past member of Character and Fitness Committee, Second District. Current member and past secretary of the Winnebago County Bar Association, and past president of the Winnebago County Women's Bar Association. Volunteer Guardian ad Litem, Boone County CASA since 2006. Volunteer attorney for Legal Action of Wisconsin since 2009. Current board member of Northern Illinois Justice for our Neighbors, Mendelssohn Performing Arts Center, Center for the Arts and Spirituality, and Sinnissippi Audubon Society. Past board member of Womanspace of Rockford. Married to Daniel Goldberg; three adult children. ISSUE STATEMENT: Increase the relevance of ISBA membership to meet the needs of new attorneys and to adapt to changes in the practice. Expand our CLE and Practice Tools to incorporate advances in technology and the need for greater efficiency.
Mark Rouleau, Rockford. He currently practices in the area of civil litigation. Mark has argued multiple criminal and civil cases before our State Supreme and Appellate courts. Mark became a licensed Illinois attorney in 1983. B.A. in Political Science (1980); J.D., DePaul University College of Law (1983); SIU-C President's Scholar B.A. in Economics (1980). ISBA activities: He has served the ISBA as a member of the Assembly, past chair of the Young Lawyers Division, past chair of the Tort Law Section Council, current vice-chair of the Insurance Law Section Council, and member of the Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council and Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education. He served on several significant task forces. He has been a frequent presenter at numerous legal seminars and conferences, and guest lectures at Illinois law schools. He has authored numerous legal articles and publications. In addition to numerous newsletter articles, some of his publications appear in legal textbooks including Toxic Tort: Medical and Legal Elements, 3rd. Ed. ISBN-13: 978-1479784349; Unreliability of the Horizontal Gaze Nystagmus Test 4 Am.Jur. Proof Facts 3d 439; and practice tips to several chapters of Lexis/Nexus Illinois Civil Procedure ISBN: 978-1-5221-365-4. He is a multiple recipient of the ITLA William J. Harte Amicus Volunteer Award, and was a member of the Editorial Advisory Board for James Publishing Company. ISSUE STATEMENT Mark views the law as a calling and learned profession that is integral to a flourishing society. He believes that our individual positions as leaders come with a commensurate responsibility to set positive examples for our communities by maintaining professional excellence and demonstrating respect for others. To that end Mark has also been active in multiple community organizations over the years. His full resume can be found at his website www.rouleau-law.com.
Tamika R. Walker, Rockford, Illinois. Associate, DeRango and Cain, LLC. Current area of practice is family law. Former practice with a focus in criminal law. Education: BSW, Indiana University-Indianapolis; MSSA (MSW Equivalent), Case Western Reserve University; J.D., Case Western Reserve University. Admitted to practice 2005. ISBA activities: Assembly (2013-present), Board of Governors at Large Under-Represented member (2018-present). Board liaison to the Diversity Leadership Council and the Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities. Diversity Leadership Institute Fellow (2010-2011), Family Law Section Council (2010-present, chair-2017-2018, ex-officio-2018-2019), Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute Planning Committee, and Standing Committee on Professional Conduct. ISBA speaker. Winnebago County Bar Association Family Law Section (chair 2018-2019), Lawyer's Trust Fund of Illinois Board of Directors (2017-present). Other activities: Board of Directors, YWCA of Northwestern Illinois (2010-present). Awards: Super Lawyers Illinois Rising Stars (2012-2019). Additional Licensure: LSW (Ohio). Native of Indianapolis, IN. Currently resides in Rockton, Illinois with her husband John and daughter. ISSUE STATEMENT: Continue the current work of the ISBA. Recruit and retain young and diverse attorneys as members of the association.
Board of Governors - Area 5 (Circuits 5, 6, and 11)
Mark C. Palmer, Champaign. Professionalism Counsel, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Adjunct Professor and Practitioner in Residence, University of Illinois College of Law. Education: B.A., University of Illinois; J.D., The John Marshall Law School. Admitted Illinois (2006). ISBA activities: Assembly (2013-2019); past chair, Local Government Law Section Council; past chair and current member, Standing Committee on Legal Technology; past member, Standing Committee on Marketing & Communications. ISBA reoccurring speaker. Other activities: Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) 6th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee (chair 2012-present). Member, Champaign County Bar Association (Board of Governors 2018-present), Chicago Bar Association, and American Bar Association. "Professionalism on Point" column contributor, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin. "Ask the Experts" column contributor, Attorney at Work online. Native of Champaign. Currently resides in Champaign with his wife Emily and their two daughters. ISSUE STATEMENT: Improve, empower, and support the legal profession, especially the next generation of Illinois lawyers, with primary focus on future law issues impacting the practice of law and the administration of justice.
Board of Governors - Area 7 (Circuits 1, 2, and 4)
CONTESTED - (1 to be elected)
Ted Graham, Jr., Taylorville. Principal at Beavers, Graham & Calvert, a Taylorville general practice firm. He specializes in general civil litigation including insurance defense, family law, and the representation of tax-exempt not-for-profit corporations who provide housing services to low and middle income and elderly persons. He was previously employed as assistant state's attorney for Montgomery County where he was responsible for the prosecution of juvenile, misdemeanor, and various felony matters. He is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin-LaCrosse and the John Marshal Law School. ISBA activities: He has been a member of ISBA since 1982 and was first elected to the Assembly in the Fourth Judicial Circuit in 2001-2004. He was re-elected to three-year terms in 2004-2007, 2007-2010, 2013-2016 and 2016-present. He was an associate member of the Criminal Justice Section Council (1990). He was a member of the Standing Committee on Law Office Management and Economics (2004-2015, chair 2013-2014) and the Assembly Finance Committee (2006-2007). He is a member of the General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section Council (2014-present) and will serve as its chair in 2019. Other activities: He is a member of the Christian County Bar Association (president 1991), Sangamon County Bar Association (2007-present) and American Bar Association (1995- present). He is also a member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel (1998-present) and serves on its Amicus Committee (2010-present). He is a barrister at the Lincoln-Douglas American Inns of Court (2001-present). Awards: He is a member of the Leading Lawyers Network since 2012. Ted is a native of Wheaton and presently resides at Springfield with his wife Kelli Gordon and daughters Meghan and Addi.
Morris Lane Harvey, Mount Vernon, Illinois. Principal of Harvey Behme & Associates, P.C., a practice with a focus on civil litigation, especially family law. Education: B.S., Murray State University (1972); University of Kentucky College of Law (1974). Admitted to practice 1975. ISBA activities: Member of the Family Law Section Council (chair 2016-2017). Other activities: member of the Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, American Association for Justice. Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers. Awards: Designated Super Lawyer and Leading Lawyer in Family Law (2005-present), Illinois State Bar Association Section Council CLE Award (2013-2014). Civil activities: Current member of the Mount Vernon Illinois Rotary Club, past district governor of Rotary District 6510, current assistant coordinator of membership for Rotary Zone 31. Currently resides in Mount Vernon, Illinois with wife Mary.
Board of Governors - Under Age 37 Cook County
UNCONTESTED - (1 to be elected)
Daniel R. Saeedi, Chicago. Incumbent. Partner at Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, practicing employment law and commercial litigation. B.A., University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign; J.D. magna cum laude, The John Marshall Law School. Admitted 2008. ISBA Board of Governors (2015-2017, 2018-present). ISBA Assembly (2010-2014). Current chair of the Standing Committee on Member Services, current CLE subcommittee chair of the Privacy and Information Security Law Section Council. Former chair of ISBA's Special Committee on Membership (2017-2018), Standing Committee on Marketing and Communications (2017-2018), and Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities (2012-2013). Former active member of the ISBA Business and Securities Law Section Council and the Diversity Leadership Council. Frequent CLE seminar speaker for ISBA. Awards: Super Lawyers, Illinois Rising Star (2014-present). Currently the Moot Court coach for The John Marshall Law School's Willem C. Vis International Commercial Arbitration Moot Court Team, which competes in Hong Kong. Native of Chicago. Currently resides in Logan Square neighborhood of Chicago with wife Daniela and sons Lucas and Nicolas. ISSUE STATEMENT: Focus for future term: (1) improve ISBA technology platforms to provide cutting-edge services to members, (2) grow CLE content tailored to practitioner needs across a variety of experience levels and subject matters, and (3) increase young lawyer membership and participation in the ISBA. These three initiatives ultimately will assist in attorney recruitment and retention, and ensure that our beloved organization maintains its strong standing in an ever-changing industry.
Board of Governors - Under Age 37 Outside Cook County
CONTESTED - (1 to be elected)
Amanda G. Highlander, Edwardsville. Of Counsel with The Shaw Law Group, P.C., a U.S. News "Best Law Firm," focusing on divorce, parentage, and adoption. Education: B.A., Vanderbilt University; J.D., Washington University St. Louis School of Law. Admitted in Illinois and Missouri. ISBA activities: Child Law Section Council (2018-present), Standing Committee on Women and the Law (2013-2015), and CLE coordinator for the Standing Committee on Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity (2018-present). Illinois Bar Foundation Silver Fellow and 2018 Gala Program Committee. Other activities: Illinois Department of Children and Family Services Panel Attorney, Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, and Madison County Bar Association. Past president of the Board of Directors, Metro East Humane Society. Golden Quill Award winner, Wiley Rutledge Moot Court Competition at WUSTL School of Law. Resides in Glen Carbon with her husband and two young daughters. ISSUE STATEMENT: To serve the ISBA by promoting its inherent economic and social value while encouraging new membership and enrollment, particularly among young and downstate lawyers. The ISBA offers its members unique career advancing and personally rewarding opportunities, which often go underutilized by young and downstate attorneys. I will foster a direct route to inclusion and participation for these attorneys so that they may not only enrich their practice but engage with the ISBA community. My strategy for broadening recognition and increasing involvement can be summarized in three words: Enroll. Enrich. Engage.
Kaylan Huber, Danville. Attorney with Davis and Delanois, P.C., maintaining a general practice with a focus in civil litigation, estate planning, and family law. B.A., Indiana University-Bloomington; J.D. Indiana University-Indianapolis. Admitted 2015. Current activities: Treasurer of the Vermilion County Bar, Guardian ad Litem for domestic relations cases in Vermilion County, volunteer with expungement summits in Vermilion and Macon counties, board member of Your Family Resource Connection in Danville, board member of the Fifth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, and Chapter Advisory board member for Kappa Delta at University of Illinois. Past activities: President of the Young Lawyers of Vermilion County and board member of Vermilion County CASA program. Recipient of the Fifth Judicial Circuit Public Interest Law Initiative Pro Bono Service Award for 2018. Currently resides in Danville with her German shepherd Luke.
Assembly - Cook County
UNCONTESTED - (45 to be elected) | Denotes incumbent*
- Michael G. Bergmann, Chicago*
- Dan Breen, Chicago*
- Edward J. Burt, Oak Forest*
- Robert H. Butzow, Chicago
- Tomas Cabrera, Chicago
- Anita M. DeCarlo, Chicago
- Gerardo Julian Delgado, Chicago
- Al Durkin, Chicago
- Karen McNulty Enright, Chicago*
- Brian E. Fliflet, Chicago
- Mitch Friedman, Chicago
- Erika Gilliam Booker, Chicago
- Judson M. Graham, Chicago*
- Pat Grim, Chicago
- Jennifer A. Haase, Chicago
- Russell W. Hartigan, Western Springs
- Anthony Iosco, Elk Grove Village*
- Jennifer P. Irmen, Chicago*
- David J. Kupiec, Chicago
- Brian LaCien, Chicago*
- Samuel Levine, Chicago*
- Lisa Longo, Chicago
- Kenneth M. Lubinski, Niles
- Kenneth Matuszewski, Chicago
- Mary L. Milano, Chicago*
- Dina Ninfo, Chicago*
- Katherine Amari O'Dell, Chicago*
- Letitia Spunar-Sheats, Chicago
- Corey J. Tallent, Chicago
- Carlos Vera, Chicago
- Edward John Wasilewski, Oak Lawn*
Assembly - Downstate
(88 to be elected) | Denotes incumbent*
1st Circuit - 3 to be elected
- Tambra K. Cain, Vienna*
- Megan Orso, Carbondale
- Jennifer L. Thompson, Marion
2nd Circuit - 2 to be elected
- James M. Ruppert, Mount Vernon*
3rd Circuit - Contested (4 to be elected)
- Melissa "Missy" Greathouse, Edwardsville
- Amanda G. Highlander, Edwardsville
- Jo Anna Pollock, Alton
- Jennifer Shaw, Edwardsville*
- David A. Weder, Edwardsville*
4th Circuit - Contested (1 to be elected)
- Dennis Berkbigler, Effingham*
- Wesley A. Gozia, Carlyle
5th Circuit - 1 to be elected
6th Circuit - 6 to be elected
- Shane M. Mendenhall, Decatur
- John T. Phipps, Champaign*
7th Circuit - 5 to be elected
- William Davis, Springfield*
- Carl R. Draper, Springfield *
- Robert P. Osgood, Springfield*
8th Circuit - 1 to be elected
- Natalie L. Oswald, Quincy*
9th Circuit - 1 to be elected
- Emily Sutton, Macomb*
10th Circuit - 5 to be elected
- Timothy J. Howard, Dunlap*
- Richard W. Zuckerman, Perioa*
11th Circuit - 3 to be elected
- Amelia Buragas,Bloomington*
- Laura Castagna, Bloomington*
12th Circuit - 4 to be elected
- Kristine Honiotes, Joliet
- Edward J. Jarot, Jr., Joliet*
- Amber L. Mikula, Plainfield*
13th Circuit - 2 to be elected
- Douglas B. Olivero, Peru
- James T. Reilly, Streator*
14th Circuit - 2 to be elected
- Jennifer L. Kincaid, Silvis*
15th Circuit - 1 to be elected
16th Circuit - 5 to be elected
- Nicholas J. Feda, St. Charles*
- Deborah Lang, Aurora
- Lisa M. Nyuli, South Elgin*
- Susan W. Rogaliner, South Elgin
- Colleen G. Thomas, Carpentersville
17th Circuit - 4 to be elected
- John J. Holevas, Rockford
18th Circuit - 16 to be elected
- Robert B. Anderson, Wheaton*
- Robert J. Anderson, Wheaton
- Joseph Beck, Wheaton*
- Brian R. McKillip, Warrenville
- Marissa N. Spencer, Glen Ellyn
- Angel M. Traub, Lombard
- Richard J. Veenstra, Wood Dale*
- Marc D. Wolfe, Woodridge*
19th Circuit - 11 to be elected
- Michael Strauss, Libertyville
20th Circuit - 5 to be elected
- Jack Carey, Belleville*
- Thomas J. Hunter, Belleville
- Kristin Olsen, Belleville
21st Circuit - 1 to be elected
22nd Circuit - 3 to be elected
- Michael Cortina, Woodstock*
23rd Circuit - 2 to be elected
- Mary F. Petruchius, DeKalb*