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Eric Lieberman 1950-2018

Posted on May 25, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Eric Joseph Lieberman, 67 of Galena, died Tuesday, May 8, 2018, at Mercy Medical Center, Dubuque, Iowa. 

He was born October 29, 1950, in Chicago to Esther (Kraus) and Archie Lieberman, the noted photojournalist.

He graduated with a law degree from Loyola University in 1978 and practiced law in the Chicago area until 1996, when he became in-house counsel for the software firm First Logic in La Crosse, Wis. The firm was on the verge of bankruptcy until Eric became president. He is fondly remembered by the hundreds of First Logic employees whose jobs were saved and whose lives were improved by his ethics and style of management. Eric was a visionary and was working for the past year to help a crypto currency company navigate the legal system. 

Quick Takes on Illinois Supreme Court Opinions Issued Thursday, May 24

Posted on May 24, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Supreme Court handed down three opinions on Thursday, May 24. The court upheld the constitutionality of the Vehicle Code’s definition of "low-speed gas bicycle" in People v. Plank, considered the application of the officer suit exception to sovereign immunity in Parmar v. Madigan, and determined whether statutory changes apply retroactively to two Freedom of Information Act requests in Perry v. Department of Financial and Professional Regulation.

More than 400 New Illinois Lawyers Admitted on May 10

Posted on May 14, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

New attorneys were admitted to practice in Illinois on 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 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 96,500.

The largest group, 275, was 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. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke presided over the first ceremony, Illinois Appellate Justice Cynthia Y. Cobbs presided over the second ceremony, and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis presided over the last ceremony.  

Joseph A. "Joe" Morrissey 1929-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Joseph A. "Joe" Morrissey, died Monday, April 2, 2018. He was born August 16, 1929, to William R. and Aileen (Brady) Morrissey

Joe grew up a resilient and entrepreneurial young man during the Great Depression. Although the family had little, they were rich in faith and love. 

Joe attended St. Anne Elementary, graduating from Amboy High School in 1947, and St. Ambrose University in 1951. Following college, Joe served 4 years in the U.S. Air Force. After service, Joe studied law at the University of Illinois, obtaining his Juris Doctorate in 1958. Upon graduation, Joe worked in the State Farm claims department until 1964, after which Joe began a private law practice in Rockford, concentrating in personal injury claims for over 50 years.

ISBA President Served as Keynote Speaker for the LaSalle County Bar Association’s Law Day Dinner

Posted on May 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Alexandra Brinkmeier
ISBA President Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.)

ISBA President Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.) served as keynote speaker for the LaSalle County Bar Association’s Annual Law Day Dinner on May 3 at Senica’s Deer Park Golf Club in Oglesby.

Hartigan discussed his ties to the Illinois Valley and ISBA member benefits, including Fastcase, free CLE, and the Lawyers’ Assistance Program.

Law Day, which is held on May 1 every year, began in 1958 through a proclamation by President Dwight Eisenhower. It is a day when Americans celebrate their liberties and appreciate the ideals of equality and justice under the law. 

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.  

IBF to Honor DeKalb County Attorney

Posted on April 11, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Richard Turner

The Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) will honor Richard L. Turner, Jr., partner at Turner & Sackett, LLC, for his leadership and dedication to the law at a DeKalb County Fellows reception on Thursday, May 17, from 5:30 to 7:00 p.m. at Kishwaukee Country Club, 1901 Sycamore Road in DeKalb. 

Tickets are $35 per person. To purchase tickets or sponsorships visit https://www.illinoisbarfoundation.org/dekalb-county-fellows-reception

Created in 1983, the Fellows Program consists of a special group of lawyers and Foundation supporters who have committed, by direct payment or pledge over ten years, sums of money ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to support the mission of the IBF.

William R. Penn 1928-2018

Posted on April 4, 2018 by Sara Anderson
William Penn

Judge William R. "Bill" Penn died peacefully on Tuesday, March 13, 2018.

Born in Chicago to Frederick William (Bill) Penn (1971) and A. Marie (Moore) Penn (1976).

He was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Robert John Penn (2010); first ex-wife, Marilyn Penn (2002); stepson, Paul Sinchak (2007); and an infant twin brother of daughter, Laura at birth.

He is survived by his daughters, Laura J. Penn and Lee Ann Penn; and nephews, Matthew Penn and Jeffrey Penn.

Bill attended New Lenox Grade School, Joliet Township High School graduating with the Class of 1946, the University of Illinois, and John Marshall Law School. He passed the Illinois Bar Exam and began to practice law in Illinois in 1951. In December of 1951 he was drafted into the USMC during the Korean War and he was honorably discharged in December of 1953.

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