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2018 Midyear Meeting Highlights

Posted on December 12, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The 2018 Midyear Meeting was held Dec. 6-8, 2018, at the Palmer House Hilton Hotel in Chicago. Attendees celebrated the profession, discussed issues of mutual interest to the bench and bar, attended business meetings, earned CLE credit, and expanded their social and professional networks at receptions and dinners.  

Thirty Associates Join Faegre Baker Daniels in Seven Practices

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Thirty new lawyers have joined Faegre Baker Daniels as associates in seven practices across seven of the firm’s U.S. locations.

Associates are joining the firm’s locations in Chicago, Denver, Des Moines, Fort Wayne, Indianapolis, Los Angeles, and Minneapolis.

Attorney Bob Markoff Named Chairman Emeritus of National Creditors Bar Association

Posted on December 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Attorney Bob Markoff has been named chairman emeritus of the National Creditors Bar Association.

Markoff, of the Markoff Law, LLC, is a past president of the association. He is the first person after the association’s founder to hold the position.

ISBA Assembly Appoints Four “At Large” Delegates to the ABA House of Delegates

Posted on December 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The ISBA Assembly appointed four “At Large” delegates to the ABA House of Delegates during their meeting held Dec. 8 during the ISBA Joint Midyear Meeting in Chicago.

The two delegates from Cook County are Emily Masalski of Chicago and Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.) of Western Springs. The two delegates from outside Cook County are John Thies of Urbana and David Schaffer of Naperville.

Edelson PC Hosts Educational Seminar on ISBA’s High School Mock Trial Invitational

Posted on December 7, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Edelson PC hosted an educational seminar for south suburban Cook County high school students Dec. 7 in preparation of the Illinois State Bar Association’s High School Mock Trial Invitational.

The mock trial invitational program, which is co-administered by the ISBA and the Illinois Trial Team of the University of Illinois, provides an opportunity for students to learn what it is like to prepare and present a legal case before the Illinois courts. Participating students gain a better understanding of the justice system and improve their knowledge, skills, and ability to articulate in a reasoned, thoughtful manner.

Robert S. O'Shea 1925-2018

Posted on December 4, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Robert S. O'Shea, 93, of Springfield, died Nov. 18 surrounded by loved ones. He was born in Springfield on April 9, 1925, the son of Ralph and Glenn Rose O'Shea.

He attended Cathedral Boys and Springfield High Schools and earned bachelor’s and law degrees at Indiana University. He was awarded four bronze battle stars for service in World War II. He landed on Utah Beach in Normandy and fought in the Battle of the Bulge as a rifleman with the 825th Tank Destroyer Battalion.

ISBA Past President Vincent Cornelius Sworn in as Will County Circuit Court Judge

Posted on December 3, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Joliet attorney Vincent F. Cornelius was sworn in today as circuit judge for the Twelfth Judicial Circuit Court of Will County. 

The ceremony took place in the Joliet City Council Chamber, 150 W. Jefferson St., in Joliet. 

Cornelius is the founder and principal attorney of the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius in Joliet and Wheaton. He has tried hundreds of cases during his career as a prosecutor, criminal defense attorney, and civil litigator.

ISBA Receives Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership Training Academy’s Trailblazers Award

Posted on December 3, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
(L-R) ISBA Member Emily Masalski, ISBA Director of Legislative Affairs Jim Covington, ISBA President James F. McCluskey, ISBA Women and the Law Committee Chair Lori Levin, ISBA Board of Governors Member Julie Johnson, ISBA Women and the Law Committee Ex-Officio Melissa Olivero, ISBA Women and the Law Vice Chair Kelly Bennett, ISBA Member David P. Eldridge.  

The Illinois State Bar Association was among several groups that recently received the Illinois Women’s Institute for Leadership Training Academy’s Trailblazers Award.

The recipients of this year’s awards were organizations that helped pass the Equal Rights Amendment to the United States Constitution in Illinois. The amendment, which outlaws discrimination based on gender nationwide, was ratified in May.

Rody P. Biggert 1936-2018

Posted on November 29, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Rody Patterson Biggert, a longtime resident of Hinsdale, died Nov. 15, 2018. He was 82 years old.

His parents and two sisters preceded him in death. He is survived by his beautiful family consisting of his wife of fifty-five years, Judith (Judy) Borg Biggert; daughter Courtney Caverly (Marty) of Pacific Palisades, California, daughter Alison Cabot (Chris) of London, England, son Rody of New York, New York, and daughter Adrienne Morrell (Jarrett) of Bethesda, Maryland; his nine grandchildren, Martin "Bray," Gillian, and Grant Caverly, John Henry, Matthew and Ethan Cabot and Greer, Charlotte and William "Anders" Morrell. His wonderful family provided unending love and support to Rody during his battle with leukemia.