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Robert Dannehl 1926 – 2018

Posted on September 27, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Robert L. Dannehl, 92, died Sept. 23, 2018.  

A retired judge and attorney, Judge Dannehl was the ninth of twelve children born to his parents William Dannehl and Gussie Racuglen Dannehl on Labor Day, Sept. 6, 1926. Born in Thawville, he moved to Onarga and attended Onarga Public Schools, the University of Illinois and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in June of 1950. 

Thomas M. Harris 1923 – 2018

Posted on September 25, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Thomas Murray Harris Sr., 95, of Lincoln, died Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2018, at his home.

He is survived by his wife of 68 years, Britta Borgeson Harris, whom he married on April 15, 1950. He is also survived by his children, Jean (Doug) Brown, LaGrange; Dr. John (Tamara) Harris, Ponte Vedra Beach, Fla.; Julie Larson, Lincoln; Thomas (Regina) Harris Jr., Lincoln; and 12 grandchildren, Renee Brown, Andrew Brown, Janet Brown, Phillip Brown, Savannah Harris, John Harris Jr., Genevieve (Nathan) Neal, Britta (Kyle) Venstrom, Christina Larson, Thomas Harris III, Katherine Harris and Dean Harris.

Edward J. Alewelt 1932 – 2018

Posted on September 25, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Edward J. Alewelt, 86, of Springfield, died Wednesday, Sept. 19, 2018 at Concordia Village. 

He was born March 1, 1932, in Springfield, to Frederick R. and Marguerite (Walsh) Alewelt. He married Barb Kadyk on Jan. 10, 1959.

Daniel O'Day 1955-2018

Posted on September 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Dan O'Day, 63, of Peoria, died Thursday, Sept. 13, 2018, in the company of his wife and daughters.

Dan was born on June 14, 1955 in Dubuque, Iowa, to James and Cecelia (Hadacek) O'Day and moved to Peoria as a young child. During his teenage years, he worked at the A&W Root Beer stand, which gave him great stories to tell and friendships that lasted throughout his life. After receiving his bachelor’s degree from Bradley University, he graduated magma cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1981. While in law school, he was selected as a member of the Law Review, received the Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, and was Order of the Coif. Throughout his career, Dan was recognized by several professional organizations for his excellence in legal writing and criminal and civil defense. Practicing law was more than his career; it was his passion.

Traveling Bicentennial of Illinois Law Exhibit to Debut at College of DuPage

Posted on September 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The traveling Bicentennial of Illinois Law Exhibit will be on display beginning Friday, September 21, 2018, at the Student Service Center at the College of DuPage, 425 Fawell Blvd., in Glen Ellyn. 

The interesting and educational exhibit features prominent lawyers and cases in Illinois history, information about how the court system operates, and a general history of the judiciary’s first 200 years of existence. Cases featured include Block v. City of Chicago, which concerned the first movie censorship laws, and lawyers featured include Ferdinand Barnett, one of the first African-American attorneys licensed in Illinois. The exhibit also highlights the important role that the judicial branch has in upholding the rule of law, providing a forum for dispute resolution, and interpreting the law. 

Bicentennial of the Judiciary Gala

Posted on September 14, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission will be hosting a gala on October 9 to commemorate the bicentennial of the judicial branch at the Abraham Lincoln Presidential Museum in Springfield. 

The event starts at 6:30 p.m.

The gala will feature keynote speaker Scott Turow, an attorney with Dentons who is also a renowned author. Turow has published 10 bestselling works of fiction, including "Presumed Innocent" and "The Burden of Proof." He is also the author of two nonfiction books, including "One L," which is about his experience as a law student. Turow's books have been translated into more than 40 languages and sold more than 30 million copies worldwide.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Seeks Three Attorneys

Posted on August 13, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to low-income individuals and groups in civil cases, is seeking three staff attorneys at the Northern Regional Office in Springfield.

The first position includes providing civil legal services ranging from advice to representation to individuals referred by the health care partner; developing and presenting training programs to faculty doctors, nurses, residents and other healthcare professionals; creating and presenting community legal education programs; supervising an intake specialist; and drafting quarterly reports.

Norman Just Fombelle 1936-2018

Posted on August 13, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Norman Just Fombelle, 82, died Wednesday, Aug. 8, 2018.

He was born Aug. 2, 1936, to Hubert and Lucille (Hayes) Fombelle in Decatur and raised on the family Centennial farm. He graduated from Argenta High School in 1954. On Aug. 6, 1955, he married Virginia “Ginger” Joy Montgomery. He graduated from the University of Illinois with a B.S. in AgEcon in 1958, and from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1960.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Seeks Staff Attorney

Posted on July 30, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc. (LOLLAF) seeks to hire a staff attorney at LOLLAF's Central (East St. Louis) and Western (Alton) regional offices. LOLLAF is a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to low-income individuals and groups in civil cases. 

The staff attorney positions' responsibilities include representing low income persons in senior citizens in bankruptcy and consumer cases in a multi-county region, and participating in community legal education and outreach.

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

Posted on July 30, 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 one year post-J.D. legal experience. U.S. citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications include at least three years of 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, good interpersonal skills, the ability to work in a supportive and professional team environment with client agencies, support staff, and other attorneys, and sound legal and ethical judgment.

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