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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.

Benjamin Watts 1962-2017

Posted on September 29, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Benjamin Hooker Watts, 55, died at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 19, 2017) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. He was born March 1, 1962, in Urbana, to Emily Stipes Watts and Robert Allan Watts. He married Judith Diane Argentieri on Oct. 25, 1997, in Chicago. They have a daughter, Olivia Argentieri Watts (18), and a son, Samuel Argentieri Watts (16).

Ben is survived by his wife and two children. He is also survived by his mother and brothers, Edward and Thomas, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father.

Ben graduated from Champaign Central High School and Dartmouth College and played football for both CHS and Dartmouth. He later graduated from the University of Michigan School of Law, going on to practice law with Gardner Carton & Douglas, Chicago. He returned to Champaign to join Stipes Publishing where he was a partner in the publishing business.

Hon. Russell Hartigan Pays Tribute at Memorial Service

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Hon. Russell Hartigan pays tribute to the late Justice StamosThe Illinois Supreme Court hosted a memorial service today in honor of the late Justice John J. Stamos at the Illinois Supreme Court in Springfield. Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier delivered the opening and closing remarks. Among those in attendance to pay tribute to Stamos was Hon. Russell Hartigan. 

Stamos passed away in January 2017 at the age of 92. He was first appointed to the bench in 1968 and served on the First District Appellate Court of Illinois for 20 years before his appointment to the Illinois Supreme Court in 1988. Read Hon. Stamos's full obituary on Illinois Lawyer Now.

 

Robert P. LeChien 1952-2017

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Robert LeChienHonorable Robert P. LeChien, 65, of Belleville, born August 29, 1952, in Belleville, Ill., passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

A lifelong resident of St. Clair County, Bob graduated from Althoff Catholic High School in 1970, and three years later obtained his B.S. in administration of justice administration from SIU-C. He proudly entered Southern Illinois University School of Law and graduated with its first class of distinguished alumni in 1976. He then embarked on an esteemed legal career. From 1976 to 1980, he served as an assistant state's attorney in St. Clair County and then joined his brother in private practice at LeChien & Associates. In 1985, he founded the Consumer Law Center where he undertook precedent setting cases which continue to provide protection for homeowners today.

In 1987, Bob began 30 years of dedicated service to the bench when he was appointed as associate circuit judge of the 20th Judicial Circuit. Judge LeChien was elected as resident circuit judge of St. Clair County in 1998, and most recently was re-elected to that position in 2016. He will be remembered not only for his respect for and dedication to the law, but for the empathy he showed to those who appeared in his courtroom.

Russell R. Goehl 1935-2017

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Russell R. GoehlRussell R. "Russ" Goehl, 81, of 6231 Horseshoe Valley Road, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1935, in Fowler, a son of Raymond and Johanna Bockenfeld Goehl. He married Annette Ashdown on June 22, 1957, in Elmhurst. She survives.

Russ was a partner in the law firm of Goehl, Schuering, Cassens and Bier, practicing law in the Quincy area for over 55 years. Russ was honored by the Illinois State Bar Association for 50 years of practicing law. He was dedicated to his profession and was a mentor to many people throughout his career.

Russ was an ideal man who had a passion for life and touched many people with his rigorous life journey. Russ came from a family of dedicated farmers, and he loved riding his horses and giving Sunday buggy rides.

Most of all, Russ loved his family unconditionally. He treated his children and grandchildren as though each was his favorite, and that each of their activities were equally and vitally important to him. He was a model family man and was loved by all.

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