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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.

Lewis D. Murphy 1929-2017

Posted on October 25, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Lewis D. Murphy, 88, of Monmouth, died Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, at his home. He was born July 2, 1929, in Monmouth, the son of former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Loren E. and Besse Ditto Murphy.

He attended Monmouth public schools graduating from high school in 1947. He attended Monmouth College for three years and graduated from Bradley University in Peoria in 1951. He served in the United States Air Force from 1951 until 1955, achieving the rank of staff sergeant. He attended and graduated from Georgetown University Law School, Washington, D.C., in 1958. He commenced practicing law in the firm of Lauder and Murphy with Fredrick Lauder. During those years he was an assistant attorney general for Warren and Mercer Counties for the State of Illinois. He spent over 10 years as the government appeal agent for the local draft board. He spent many years as a member of the Warren County Library Board, a former member of the Elks Club, Illinois State Bar Association, the Henderson and Warren County Bar Associations and a lifetime member of the American Legion.

In 1969 he was appointed as associate judge for the Ninth Judicial Circuit from which he retired in 1987. He was a member of the Illinois Judge's Association.

Harold L. Turner Jr. 1943—2017

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Harold L. TurnerHarold L. Turner Jr., was born and raised in Moline, Illinois. Hal earned his law degree from University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana, and served as assistant state's attorney until he was drafted by the Army in 1967. Following his service in the Vietnam War, Hal established a law firm in Rockford, Illinois, where he practiced law for 40 years. After his retirement, he and his wife, Susan Turner moved to Denver, Colorado. Hal is survived by Susan, his wife of 49 years; his sons and daughters-in-law, Matt and Lori Turner and Ben and Lyric Turner; granddaughters, Lilia, Grace, and Ellery; twin sister, LuAnn Christiansen and sister, Mary Beth Turner; mother-in-law, Helen Milligan; brothers- and sisters-in-law, Michael and Theresa Milligan and Patrick and Connie Milligan; and numerous nieces and nephews. 

Marian M. Higgins Donohue 1938-2017

Posted on October 23, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Marian HigginsMarian M. Higgins Donohue, 78, of Quincy, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at her home.

A daughter of Arthur R. and Emily Morey Gard Higgins, she was born Nov. 24, 1938, the eldest of nine children. She spent her childhood in Adams County and graduated from Quincy High School in 1956.

Marian continued her education at Culver-Stockton College and University of Illinois. She took a break to rear a family of three boys in the Chicago area. During this time she was very active as a board member of the Algonquin Public Library. She also was a substitute teacher, was active in PTA and performed such functions as den mother and volunteering at her sons' schools.

When her children were grown, she resumed her education, completing a bachelor's degree, and in 1983 earned a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Marian was licensed to practice law in Illinois and for a time in Missouri and other states. She was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Following law school she worked as a clerk for Illinois 1st District Appellate Court Judge James C. Murray, a position she found enlightening as well as fulfilling. In 1996, Marian moved back to the Quincy area and continued working in the area of law, editing and working on bar examinations and legal briefs.

Save the Date for the ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational

Posted on October 10, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mark your calendars for the ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational, March 24-25, 2018, at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign-Urbana!

Help us make the 2018 invitational a success by participating! All lawyers, judges, law students, and paralegals are invited to volunteer as judges and jurors. No trial experience is necessary. Volunteer registration information will be distributed in January 2018.

The Mock Trial Handbook, Problem, and Registration Packets will be made available by November 1, 2017.

For information about the program, please visit the ISBA’s Law-Related Education for the Public’s website or email the mock trial coordinator, Katy Karayannis.

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