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R. Gerald Barris 1940-2017

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Jerry BarrisR. Gerald Barris, 77, of Springfield, passed away on Monday, Nov. 27 at his residence. Jerry was born on January 26, 1940 in Elwood, IN, the son of Harold E. and Ruth Allen Barris. He married Carolyn Evans on May 17, 1964 in Springfield. 

Jerry graduated from Rich Township East High School in Park Forest, IL in 1958. He then attended Denison University and after graduating from there in 1962, he served as a Ford Fellow and one of the first legislative interns with the Illinois General Assembly from 1962-63. He enlisted as a private in the U.S. Army in 1963, attended Officer Candidate School in Ft. Benning, GA and was commissioned as a second lieutenant in 1964. He served a two-year tour of duty in Munich, Germany, for the U.S. Army Intelligence. He was honorably discharged as a first lieutenant in 1966.

Jerry received his J.D. from Washington University in 1969 and joined Sorling Northrup of Springfield in 1972. He was a past chairperson of the Civil Practice and Procedure Section of the Illinois State Bar Association. He was a barrister and past president of the Lincoln-Douglas American Inn of Courts. Jerry was a member of the American Bar Association, The American Association for Justice, Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, and Defense Research Institute. Most recently, Jerry was the director of property management for the Secretary of State.

In his spare time, he enjoyed gardening, watching sporting events, tennis, and rollerblading. However, his favorite pastime was spending time with his grandchildren. 

Mike G. Patramanis 1934-2017

Posted on December 15, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mike Patramanis Mike G. Patramanis, 82, of Moline, Illinois, passed away Thursday, November 23, 2017, at Clarissa C. Cook Hospice House, Bettendorf, Iowa, surrounded by his family.

Mike was born on December 12, 1934, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, the son of George and Afrodite Ganakakis Patramanis. He graduated from McKinley High School in Cedar Rapids and subsequently from Coe College with a B.A. Degree in Political Science and Economics. While at Coe, he was elected to membership in Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Kappa Phi National Honor Societies. Mike was active in sports and lettered in tennis at both McKinley and Coe. After Coe, he attended the University of Iowa Law School. where he graduated in 1959 with a Juris Doctor Degree.

Mike married Vickie Leousi on June 21, 1964, in Peoria, Illinois. They were married for 53 years and had one son, Dr. George Patramanis, who was born in 1968. George and his wife, Alexia, have three daughters, who have been a joy to their Papou.

In 1959, Mike began his legal career as staff counsel for Collins Radio Company in Cedar Rapids. In 1964, he moved on to a position at the Rock Island Arsenal as a government attorney with the U.S. Army Weapons Command. During his years with the government, he worked for the various commands on the island holding positions of chief and acting chief counsel. He received numerous honors and awards including the commander’s award for Civilian Service and the award for Meritorious Civilian Service. He retired from the U.S. Army Field Support Command in June 2005 after 42 years of Government services.

Illinois Supreme Court Rule Amended to Allow Good Cause E-Filing Exemption for Self-Represented Litigants

Posted on December 13, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Illinois Supreme Court Rule 9(c)(4) was amended to allow a good cause exemption to e-filing for self-represented litigants (SRL). The rule change is effective immediately for proceedings in the supreme court and appellate courts. For proceedings in the circuit courts, the amended rule is effective on Jan. 1, 2018.

The amended rule defines the good cause exemption, which must be shown by certification and filed with the court before or with an initial pleading, that exempts SRLs from the e-filing requirement. It also specifies the procedures that must be followed to properly obtain the exemption.

The rule change comes less than three weeks before electronic filing in civil cases will be mandatory across Illinois, and reflects the Illinois Supreme Court's commitment to ensuring access to justice for everyone, including vulnerable SRLs.

Under the amended rule, good cause exists where a self-represented litigant is not able to e-file documents for the following reasons:

  • No computer or Internet access in the home and travel represents a hardship 
  • A disability, as defined by the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, that prevents e-filing
  • A language barrier or low literacy (difficulty reading, writing, or speaking in English)
  • If the pleading is of a sensitive nature, such as a petition for an order of protection or civil no contact/stalking order

Judges retain discretion to determine whether good cause is shown, or if, under particular circumstances, good cause exists without the filing of a certificate.

ISBA Offices to Close During Holidays

Posted on December 13, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holidays beginning Friday, Dec. 22. They will reopen on Jan. 2, 2018. During this time, members can expect the following:

All business and e-newsletter distribution will resume as usual on Jan. 2, 2018. 

Peter F. Ferracuti 1926-2017

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Peter F. Ferracuti Personal injury attorney Peter Ferracuti died at age 91. Ferracuti was a Navy veteran of World War II. Then he became a lawyer, working for the LaSalle County State’s Attorney’s Office in the 1950s.

In private practice, he became well known for working long after the office closed. He won some multi-million dollar verdicts for his clients.

Ferracuti’s daughter Alexis took over his Ottawa practice a few years ago.

November 2017 Bar Admission Ceremony Highlights

Posted on November 15, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Three generations of Illinois lawyers at the 3rd District ceremonyLast Thursday, Nov. 9, 1,335 new attorneys were admitted to practice law in Illinois after taking the attorney's oath at five separate ceremonies across the state, bringing the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 98,000. Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices presided over the ceremonies.

ISBA staff members were in attendance at all five ceremonies to welcome the state's newest attorneys to the profession, take photos, and talk about the benefits of ISBA membership, which is free for one year for new admittees. Member benefits can be activated by filling out the New Admittee Membership Form

The photo galleries of highlights from the ceremonies are listed below:

1st District Admission Ceremony, November 2017

2nd District Admission Ceremony, November 2017

3rd District Admission Ceremony, November 2017

4th District Admission Ceremony, November 2017

ISBA Represented at Morgan County Bar Association Thanksgiving Luncheon

Posted on November 14, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Judge Russell Hartigan (ret.), ISBA president, and Dennis Orsey, third vice president, joined Morgan County Bar members Bobby Bonjean, Samantha Dudzinski, Jenna Tucker, and Jerry Bauer last week. They met at the Morgan County Bar Association's annual Thanksgiving luncheon.

Kendall County State's Attorney's Office Seeks Assistant State's Attorney

Posted on November 9, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The Kendall County State's Attorney's Office is seeking to hire a full-time assistant state's attorney in the criminal/traffic/DUI division. This is an entry level position, and qualified candidates should have zero (0) to three (3) years of prior work experience. Salary is commensurate with experience. 

Interested candidates should submit a resume, writing sample, and professional references no later than Thursday, Nov. 30, by e-mail or addressed to:

The Office of State's Attorney
Kendall County
807 West John Street
Yorkville, IL
Tel: (630) 553-4157
Fax: (630) 553-4204

The Kendall County State's Attorney's Office is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Over 1,300 New Illinois Lawyers to Be Admitted on Thursday

Posted on November 8, 2017 by Sara Anderson

New attorneys will be admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, Nov. 9, with Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices presiding and administering the attorney's oath to 1,335 new attorneys at five separate locations across the state. 

All of the candidates set to be sworn in have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. They will bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 98,000.

The largest group, 1,022, will be admitted in the First Judicial District during two ceremonies at the Arie Crown Theater, located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, in Chicago. The ceremonies will be at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis will preside over both ceremonies.

Guests of the morning ceremony will include Dartesia Pitts, president of the Cook County Bar Association; Randy K. Johnson of the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar; and Hon. Cecilia Horan, president of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association. Judge Stuart E. Palmer will move for admission of the class. Judge Robert W. Bertucci will second the motion.

Edwin Frederick "Fritz" Goebig II 1953 - 2017

Posted on October 25, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Edwin Goebig IIEdwin Frederick "Fritz" Goebig II passed away in the company of family at home in Springfield after a long battle with cancer on Sunday, October 8, 2017. 

He was born in the Detroit area suburbs on Easter Sunday, April 4, 1953. He was the only child of Victor Herbert Goebig and Evelyn Berneice Swartz. Mr. Goebig was a dedicated public servant, serving as an attorney for his entire professional career at the Legislative Reference Bureau with the Illinois General Assembly, eventually retiring as its deputy director and returning in the capacity of a senior counsel thereafter on a contractual basis. He was also one of the founding members of the Government Bar Association.

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