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Famous Abraham Lincoln Portrait Unveiled at Daley Center in Chicago

Posted on November 28, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was unveiled Tuesday at the Daley Center in honor of the state’s bicentennial.

ISBA President James F. McCluskey participated in the ceremony, which was presided over by Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans. The ceremony was part of a statewide initiative to place framed photographs of the 16th U.S. president in courthouses in each of Illinois' 102 counties.

Clark Hill Adds Political Law Attorney John G. Fogarty, Jr., to Firm

Posted on November 27, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Clark Hill PLC today announced the addition of John G. Fogarty, Jr. to the firm as Senior Counsel in its Chicago office, where he is a member of the Government and Public Affairs Practice Group.

He joins the firm from his private practice. A graduate of Northwestern University and Chicago Kent College of Law, Fogarty represents candidates, office holders, political committees, individuals, corporations, and nonprofits in all aspects of the electoral and legislative processes, including ballot access, campaign finance and disclosure, lobbying and government affairs, media issues and party governance. 

Lavelle Law Group Adds New Attorney

Posted on November 19, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Schaumburg-based Lavelle Law has welcomed attorney Matthew Case to the firm. The firm is now home to 29 attorneys.

Case joins Lavelle Law’s taxation, estate planning and administration, and business practice groups after serving as a law clerk with the firm. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Case is excited to start serving the community he’s been working with for the past year and a half.

Louis Apostol Receives Public Service Award from Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council

Posted on November 15, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Cook County Public Administrator Louis G. Apostol recently received the public service award from the Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council.

Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society Announces New President and Board of Directors

Posted on November 13, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi, a 150-year-old law student-based organization dedicated to professionalism and civility in the practice of law, has announced the election of its international officers for the 2018-2020 biennium: President Patricia Hodny, Vice President Alma Esperanza Santa Ana Vara, Director Michael Phillips, Director Javier Christian Súarez Torres, and Director Constance Mutong, who collectively will serve as members of the Phi Delta Phi Board of Directors, known as its council. Executive Director Tim Wheat will continue his service to Phi Delta Phi as an ex officio member of the council.  Also elected were three justices of Phi Delta Phi’s court of appeals (its board of trustees): Chief Justice Joseph F. Vitu, Jr., Justice Jeffrey Flint Buebendorf, and Justice Julie Sumner.

Emery L. Duffy 1930-2018

Posted on November 12, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Emery Laurence Duffy, 87, of Crystal Lake, died Monday, Nov. 5, in McHenry. He was born November 14, 1930, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Joseph P. and Laura (nee Schulte) Duffy.

Duffy was a devoted family man and well-known attorney in McHenry County. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951, fought in the Korean War, and was honorably discharged in 1953 as a master sergeant. During his service, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He started his law practice in Savannah, Georgia, in 1960 alongside his brother, attorney Robert Duffy. He moved to Illinois in 1971 to be closer to his wife’s parents and his mother, and was admitted to the Illinois Bar. He practiced law in Crystal Lake until his retirement.

November 2018 Bar Admission Ceremony Highlights

Posted on November 9, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices welcomed 1,283 new attorneys to the legal profession on Nov. 8 during admissions ceremonies held at five different locations across the state. 

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

All of those who were 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 bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 98,000.