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Spiros Law Files Suit against Peoples Gas on Behalf of 17 Mahomet-area Residents who had their Drinking Water Contaminated by a Gas Leak

Posted on June 14, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Spiros Law, P.C., filed a lawsuit June 13 in Champaign County Circuit Court against The Peoples Gas Light and Coke Company (Peoples Gas) on behalf of families affected by a gas leak from Manlove Field, an underground natural gas storage facility operated by Peoples Gas in rural Mahomet. 
 
The lawsuit is brought on behalf of 17 people who reside in six homes serviced by five private water wells. The complaint outlines 52 counts against Peoples Gas and one of its top employees, Thomas Davis, that include negligence, private nuisance, trespass, breach of contract, consumer fraud, and battery. The plaintiffs are seeking an award of damages for health exposures, property damage, financial loss for decreased property value, loss of use and enjoyment of their property, loss of quality of life, emotional distress, and punitive damages. The complaint also requests a court-ordered injunction prohibiting Peoples Gas from injecting any more natural gas into the ground below the Mahomet Aquifer.

PILI Announces Sarah J. Taylor as New Program Manager

Posted on June 12, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Heidi Wickstrom
Sarah J. Taylor

Carbondale attorney Sarah J. Taylor recently became program manager for the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI).  

She will be based in Champaign and oversee PILI’s pro bono program statewide, including PILI’s Pro Bono Initiative, Judicial Circuit Pro Bono committees, and new pro bono opportunities such as the Conflict of Interest Pro Bono Referral Panel and the Illinois Armed Forces Legal Aid Network.

Since 2004, Sarah has been an associate attorney with the Carbondale law firm Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP. Her practice areas have included probate, real estate, estate planning, family, civil litigation, property tax appeals, and small business representation. She has also represented Illinois in eminent domain cases as a special assistant attorney general. Additionally, she has been an adjunct law professor at Southern Illinois University School of Law, where she received her law degree, since 2010. 

U.S. Attorney's Office Seeks Assistant U.S. Attorney

Posted on June 1, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The U.S. Attorney's Office Central District of Illinois is accepting applications for an assistant United States attorney opening in its Criminal Division.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years post-J.D. legal experience. U.S. citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: At least five years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience, strong advocacy skills, academic credentials, superior legal research and writing skills, quick analytical ability to accurately and precisely articulate critical case-related issues, criminal prosecutorial courtroom experience, good interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a supportive and professional team environment with client agencies, support staff, and other attorneys, and a demonstrated instances of sound legal and ethical judgment.

Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Thursday, May 24

Posted on May 24, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down three opinions on Thursday, May 24. The court upheld the constitutionality of the Vehicle Code’s definition of "low-speed gas bicycle" in People v. Plank, considered the application of the officer suit exception to sovereign immunity in Parmar v. Madigan, and determined whether statutory changes apply retroactively to two Freedom of Information Act requests in Perry v. Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

U.S. Attorney's Office Seeks Assistant U.S. Attorney

Posted on May 24, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The U.S. Attorney's Office Central District of Illinois is accepting applications for an assistant United States attorney opening in its Criminal Division.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least three years post-J.D. legal experience. U.S. citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: At least five years post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience, strong advocacy skills, academic credentials, superior legal research and writing skills, quick analytical ability to accurately and precisely articulate critical case-related issues, criminal prosecutorial courtroom experience, good interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a supportive and professional team environment with client agencies, support staff, and other attorneys, and a demonstrated instances of sound legal and ethical judgment.

Glenn Owen Fuller 1930-2018

Posted on May 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Glenn Fuller

Glenn Owen Fuller, 87, died Sunday, April 29, 2018. He was born July 19, 1930, in Joliet. 

Glenn served in the U.S. Air Force and was honorably discharged in 1961. He attended Illinois State University for his undergraduate studies then graduated from the University of Michigan with a law degree. 

He worked briefly in the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office before transitioning to private practice as a criminal defense attorney. He practiced law in Decatur for more than 50 years. 

More than 400 New Illinois Lawyers Admitted on May 10

Posted on May 14, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

New attorneys were admitted to practice in Illinois on May 10, with Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices presiding and administering the attorney's oath to 401 new attorneys at five separate locations across the state. 

All of the candidates 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 96,500.

The largest group, 275, was 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. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke presided over the first ceremony, Illinois Appellate Justice Cynthia Y. Cobbs presided over the second ceremony, and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis presided over the last ceremony.  

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