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Richard Zuckerman Installed as President of the Peoria County Bar Association

Posted on July 16, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Richard Zuckerman, a former member of the ISBA Board of Governors and a long-standing, active member of the ISBA Family Law Section, was installed as president of the Peoria County Bar Association on July 9, 2018. Pictured at the ceremony are ISBA 3rd Vice President Anna Krolikowska, Mr. Zuckerman, Peoria County Bar Association Immediate Past President Michele Miller, ISBA 2nd Vice President Dennis Orsey, ISBA President Elect David Sosin, and ISBA President James McCluskey.

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

Posted on July 16, 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.

Admission to the Illinois bar is not required but is preferred. Criminal prosecution experience is preferred.

Steven Williams 1969 – 2018

Posted on July 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Steven R. Williams, 49, of Bloomington, died Monday, July 2, 2018. 

He was born on June 26, 1969, in Normal, to Robert and Mary (McCammon) Williams. He married Sara E. Klug on July 10, 1993, in Wausau, Wis.

Steve grew up in Bloomington and was a graduate of Bloomington High School, where he was a member of the speech team and was involved in the theater program. 

ISBA Offices to Close July 4-5

Posted on June 26, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holiday beginning Wednesday, July 4. They will reopen on Friday, July 6. During this time, members can expect the following:

  • E-Clips will not be delivered for the duration of this period.
  • Illinois Lawyer Now Weekly will not be delivered on Thursday, July 5. Instead, it will be delivered on Friday, July 6.

All business and e-newsletter distribution will resume as usual on Friday, July 6.

Rutherford Law Office to Merge with FeldmanWasser

Posted on June 25, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Springfield-based Rutherford Law Office will merge with FeldmanWasser effective July 1.

Roger Rutherford will become a partner within FeldmanWasser and will continue his practice concentrating in estate planning, real estate, legal entity formations, and municipal law. 

Michael Antoline 1951-2018

Posted on June 18, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Michael Lance Antoline, 66, of Champaign, died Friday, May 18, 2018, in Greenville.

He was born Sept. 20, 1951, in Harrisburg, to parents Luther and Doris Jean (Carrington) Antoline. They preceded him in death.

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
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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.

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