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Michael Murer 1943-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Michael Anton Murer, 74, of Homer Glen and Begur, Spain, died Monday, April 30, 2018. He was born September 3, 1943, in Joliet to Sergio Arthur and Helen Eileen (nee Bolos) Murer. 

He was a graduate of Purdue University and Georgetown University Law School. In his early career, Mr. Murer practiced law and served as a public defender. In 1985, he and his wife, Cherilyn, founded Murer Consultants, Inc., one of the nation's leading health care, regulatory, and management consulting firms, where he served as managing partner. They retired in January of 2017. 

Jonathan G. Bunge 1936-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Jonathan G. Bunge, 81, died April 10, 2018. He was born October 20, 1936, is La Crosse, Wis.

In 1954, he matriculated at Princeton University where he studied at the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Policy, socialized as member of the Tiger Inn dining club, and served as an editor of the Daily Princetonian.

After graduating with honors from Princeton, Jon moved on to Harvard Law School. He married Trudy (nee Shoemaker) in 1961. After graduating with honors from law school, Jon was drafted and served in the U.S. Army. 

Julian Berman 1921-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Julian Berman, 96, died Thursday, April 19, 2018, at his home in Glenco, Ill. He was born on August 26, 1921, in Milwaukee, Wis., to parents Ezra and Francis (Heyman) Berman. 

Following his graduation from the University of Wisconsin, he enrolled in the Navy's Officer Candidate School in 1943. As a lieutenant, he served on the destroyer USS Conner, which saw action in several major invasions in the Pacific theater. After the war, he received a law degree from the University of Wisconsin under the G.I. Bill. 

Mercedes Luque-Rosales 1962-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Mercedes Luque-Rosales, 56, died Sunday, April 15, 2018, in Chicago. 

The daughter of the late Luis and Evangeliana (nee Cuentras) Luque-Rosales, Mercedes was born February 4, 1962. She attended Lowell grade school in Humboldt Park and Alvernia High School. She later attended Loyal University and won a full scholarship to Creighton University School of Law, graduating at the top of her class.

Richard S. Ratcliff 1931-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Richard S. Ratcliff

Richard S. Ratcliff, 86, died Tuesday, March 6, 2018, in Holland, Mich. 

A native of Oak Park and River Forest, Dick graduated from Oak Park High in 1948. In high school he developed his love of language and writing, and excelled in athletic activity, winning an award his senior year for best defensive guard in Cook County. He attended University of Michigan on a football scholarship and stayed for seven years, earning a bachelor’s degree in economics and a law degree. 

Dick met Patty Cullen on spring break in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. They grew up three blocks from each other and were two years apart at Oak Park High School, but did not meet until Dick was in law school and Patty was teaching in Indianapolis. They married on April 14, 1956. 

Attorney Stacey A. McCullough Appointed Director of Lawyers Trust Fund

Posted on May 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
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Stacey A. McCullough

Attorney Stacey A. McCullough has been named a director for the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois (LTF).

On April 20, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed Stacey to a term on the LTF’s nine-member Board of Directors, to serve from July 1, 2018, until June 30, 2021. The Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and Illinois Supreme Court each appoint three directors to the board. She is honored to have been chosen by Justice Robert R. Thomas, representing the Second District.


Amy Zdravecky Joins Barnes & Thornburg

Posted on May 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Amy Zdravecky recently joined Barnes & Thornburg LLP in Chicago as a partner in the Labor and Employment Department. 

Over 400 New Illinois Lawyers to Be Admitted on Thursday

Posted on May 8, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

New attorneys will be admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, May 10, with Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices presiding and administering the attorney's oath to 401 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 96,500.

The largest group, 275, will be admitted in the First Judicial District during three ceremonies at the James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall, located at 100 W. Randolph St., in Chicago. The ceremonies will be at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke will preside over the 9 a.m. ceremony, Illinois Appellate Justice Cynthia Y. Cobbs will preside over the 11:30 a.m. ceremony, and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis will preside over the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.