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Illinois Bar Foundation to Honor Tyrone C. Fahner at Annual Gala

Posted on July 12, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Bar Foundation, the fundraising arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, will hold its 20th annual black-tie Gala fundraiser on Friday, October 19, at the Four Seasons Hotel, 120 E. Delaware Place, Chicago.

During the event, Tyrone C. Fahner, a partner at Mayer Brown, will receive the foundation’s 2018 Distinguished Award for Excellence. Fahner is a former Illinois attorney general and has served as director of the Illinois Department of Law Enforcement and as an assistant United States attorney.  

ISBA Mutual Founders Celebrate 30th Anniversary of Company’s Incorporation

Posted on July 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

ISBA Mutual Chair Paula Holderman and President/CEO Jeff Strand congratulate the two surviving ISBA Mutual “founders,” Richard L. Thies, of Urbana, and Donald C. Schiller, of Chicago, on the 30th anniversary of the incorporation of the company.  The third “founder,” Jerome Mirza, died in 2007. All three were ISBA presidents. ISBA Mutual has grown to nearly 7,700 insured lawyers and $80 million in admitted assets.

Ronald Mervin Gonsky 1936-2018

Posted on July 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Ronald Mervin Gonsky, 82, died Sunday, July 1, 2018. He was born June 20, 1936.

The son of Janet (Klinsky) and Henry, Ronald was born on June 20, 1936 on the west side of Chicago, where he was raised with his brother, Paul, in a close extended family. He became the first college and law school graduate of his family. After a stint in the national guard, Ron spent 18 months traveling in Europe, North Africa, and Russia before starting his law office in Chicago.

DWK Law Firm adds Family Law Attorney Joshua Beyer

Posted on July 9, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Dussias Wittenberg Koenigsberger LLP (DWK) has added a new partner, family law attorney Joshua Beyer.

Beyer joins the firm this month, bringing with him years of experience in complex matters and a client base that includes Chicagoland and its surrounding counties.

ISBA Presents Law Enforcement Award to Orland Park Police Chief

Posted on July 3, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Orland Park Police Chief Timothy McCarthy received the ISBA Law Enforcement Award on July 2 during an Orland Park Village Board of Trustees meeting. ISBA President James McCluskey and ISBA President Elect David Sosin presented the award.

The ISBA Law Enforcement Award was created to recognize sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system. It recognizes those who excel in law enforcement.

Oakbrook Terrace Attorney Sherby Dianne Scurto Receives 2018 Elite Lawyer Award for Family Law

Posted on July 3, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Attorney Sherby Dianne Scurto, of the Law Office of Sherby Dianne Scurto, P.C., has been honored with a 2018 Elite Lawyer Award for the area of family law. 

The Elite Lawyer rating service recognizes attorneys who display a high level of competence in their practice and receive acknowledgment from their peers, community, bar and committees.

Chicago-Kent Welcomes New Library Director

Posted on July 3, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Jean M. Wenger has been appointed Director of the Law Library and Senior Lecturer at Chicago-Kent College of Law. 

Wenger has served as president of both the American Association of Law Libraries its Chicago chapter. She has also served the profession as chair of the Board of Directors of the Legal Information Preservation Alliance, a consortium of law libraries and legal professionals who strive to ensure preservation of legal materials. 

Several Lateral Associates Join Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP recently announced new lateral associates to the firm.

John H. Boyd is an associate in the Lisle office focusing on general litigation, as well as land use and zoning matters. He also currently serves as a hearing officer for McHenry County. He was previously an associate at Prime Law Group in Woodstock, Illinois.

Peter Coblentz 1953-2018

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Peter Coblentz, attorney for the village of Rosemont for the last eight years, died on June 23 with his wife Maureen by his side in their family home.

Coblentz was born on May 2, 1953, in Milwaukee, Wis., and grew up in Rockford, Ill. He earned his bachelor's degree from University of Illinois in 1975 and his law degree from Loyola University in 1978.

U.S. Attorney's Office Seeks Assistant U.S. Attorney

Posted on June 29, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The U.S. Attorney's Office Central District of Illinois is accepting applications for an assistant United States attorney opening in its Criminal Division.

Applicants must possess a J.D. degree, be an active member of the bar (any jurisdiction), and have at least two years post-J.D. legal experience. U.S. citizenship is required.

Preferred qualifications: excellent academics, significant litigation experience, criminal law experience, strong legal writing skills, and a demonstrated commitment to public service

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