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DuPage County Law Firm Expands Criminal Defense Practice

Posted on September 30, 2015 by Morgan Yingst

Pierina "Rina" InfeliseDavi Law Group, LLC, located in Wheaton, Illinois, is pleased to announce the expansion of its criminal defense practice. The firm welcomes Associate Attorney Pierina "Rina" Infelise to the team. Infelise brings extensive criminal law experience from her ten years working with the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office.

DuPage County criminal defense lawyer Pierina “Rina”Infelise obtained her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and obtained her B.A. in criminal justice with a minor in political science from the University of Illinois at Chicago. Prior to working with Davi Law Group, LLC, Infelise worked as a Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney. In addition to prosecuting felony cases, she worked in the Preliminary Hearing Division, Felony Review Unit, Branch 66 Homicide/Sex Unit, Domestic Violence Division, and the Appellate Division.

Infelise is an active member of the following professional legal organizations: the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the Justinian Society of Lawyers, and the DuPage Association for Women Lawyers.

William R. Stanczak 1937-2015

Posted on September 29, 2015 by Morgan Yingst

William R. StanczakWilliam R. Stanczak of Waukegan, died Tuesday, September 8 after a short illness. He was 78. Born January 10, 1937 to Celia (née Svedo) & Bruno W. Stanczak, Bill graduated from Holy Rosary Grade School, Waukegan High School and Marquette University Law School. 

A practicing attorney in Lake County since 1960, Bill was a long-time member of Glen Flora Country Club, City Club, The Lake County Bar Association and Marquette's "M" Club for former athletes. He was also a member of the Wilmot Mountain Ski School Bill loved skiing, golf, basketball, hunting and playing with his dogs. Friends and family will miss his twinkling eyes and mischievous smile.

Survived by his wife of 25 years Lynn Stanczak (née Murray) and five children: Lisa Stanczak (Skip Lemon) of Bloomfield Village, MI; Heidi Dyer (Timothy) of Mequon, WI; Kristine Stanczak of Libertyville, IL; Suzanne Stanczak of Gurnee, IL; Bill Stanczak (Jessica, née Olive) of Evanston, IL; and one step-son, Joshua Neuwirth (Marylu, née Pajente) of Waukegan, IL. Bill will be missed by ten grandchildren: Christian Lemon, Heidi Lemon, Gretchen Lemon, Neal Dyer, Phoebe Dyer, Gillian Dyer, Julia Elsmo, Sophie Elsmo, Olivia Stanczak and Emily Stanczak; and two step-grandchildren: Caleb Neuwirth and Cylla Neuwirth.

Bill is also survived by his brother Dr. Ronald (Patricia) Stanczak of Gurnee, IL and a sister, Susan (the late David) Everett of Canon City, CO and brother-in-law, Steve Murray, numerous nieces and nephews, cousins, golf buddies, former law partners, business associates and three very spoiled dogs: Joe Black, Maxine and Tootchie.

Courtroom to the Classroom visits Huntley Rotary Club

Posted on September 15, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Judge Michael J. Chmiel brought the "Courtroom to the Classroom" program to members of the Huntley Rotary club this week. Approximately 100 judges and 100 attorneys across the state through the Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Judges Association, donate their time to present facts about our government and to answer questions to enhance civic classes in our high schools and middle schools. ISBA President Umberto S. Davi has made it a priority to expand the "Courtrooms in the Classroom" program to adult groups such as Rotary Clubs, the VFW and the Jaycees.

Pictured: Judge Chmiel gave highlights from the Civics of Illinois outline provided to Huntley Rotarians including (from left) Rudi Welvers, Judge Chmiel, Jim Uszler, Ken Black and Jim Robinson on Sept. 10.

Barch appointed associate judge in 17th Circuit

Posted on August 20, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Thursday that the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Ronald A. Barch as an associate judge of the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Barch received his undergraduate degree in 1986 from Western Illinois University in Macomb, Illinois, and his Juris Doctor in 1992 from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois. Mr. Barch is currently affiliated with Cicero, France, Barch & Alexander PC in Rockford, IL.

Illinois Bar Foundation names 2015 Recipients of Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program

Posted on August 14, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Marishonta M. WilkersonBryan McIntyreCalli Burnett








The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has awarded its 2015 Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program grants to three 2015 law school graduates.

The Fellowships, which provide clinical support for three law school legal clinics, were awarded this summer to Calli Leigh Burnett, of Chicago; Bryan McIntyre, of Urbana, and Marishonta M. Wilkerson, of Milwaukee.

The foundation launched its Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program in 2014 to fund public interest jobs for recent law graduates, according to Shawn Kasserman, IBF president. The foundation will award $25,000 to each of the three fellowships. The law schools will each contribute a stipend to help fund the positions.

Wilkerson will serve at NIU Law’s Zeke Giorgi Clinic in Rockford; McIntyre will work in the Civil Litigation Clinic at the University of Illinois; and Burnett will support the Community Law Center Clinic at Loyola University Chicago.

Justice Kilbride announces 2nd vacancy in 9th Circuit

Posted on July 22, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride has announced an application process for appointment to a second Circuit Court vacancy in the Ninth Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy will be created by Chief Judge James B. Stewart's retirement, which takes effect on October 1, 2015. Chief Judge Stewart has been a judge since 1986 and served as chief judge of the six-county circuit since 2012.

Justice Kilbride's announcement comes about two weeks after he gave notice of an application process for an upcoming vacancy that will be created by the August 20, 2015 retirement of Circuit Judge Steven R. Bordner.

Under the Illinois Constitution, judicial vacancies are filled by Supreme Court appointment. Justice Kilbride will make a recommendation to the Court after applicants undergo an evaluation and screening process.

Notice of both vacancies has been posted at courthouses within the Ninth Judicial Circuit, which includes Fulton, Hancock, Henderson, Knox, McDonough and Warren counties. The application form and instructions may be obtained by visiting the Supreme Court’s website at and following the instructions on the “Latest News” scroller announcing the Ninth Judicial Circuit vacancy.

Applicants must submit one original and the requisite number of copies of the application and other documents as instructed in the application packet. To be considered for the vacancy created by Chief Judge Stewart's retirement, all documents must be received in Justice Kilbride’s office no later than 11:30 a.m. on Monday, August 20, 2015.

Cowlin appointed Resident Circuit Judge of McHenry County

Posted on July 7, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

The Hon. James S. Cowlin, Associate Judge of the 22nd Judicial Circuit, has been appointed Resident Circuit Judge of McHenry County effective Sept. 8, 2015. This position is presently held by the Hon. Gordon E. Graham, who is retiring Sept. 7, 2015.

Raymundo R. Luna 1933-2015

Posted on July 1, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Raymundo R. LunaRaymundo R. Luna, age 81, United States Army Vietnam War Veteran, went to be with the Lord June 2, 2015, at Morris Hospital.

Raymundo is survived by his beloved wife of 53 years, Joan K. Luna; proud father of Raymundo Luna, Kirk (Holly) Luna, Timothy Luna and Jennifer (Phil) Harvey; loving grandfather of Thomas and Rangel Luna and Erika, Cameron and Ryan Harvey; dear brother of Jesus (the late Margarita) Luna, Severiano (Beatrice) Luna, Soledad (the late Ramon) Rodriguez, and Felipa (the late Aurelio) Garcia. Numerous nieces and nephews also survive.

Preceded in death by his parents, Felix and Francisca Luna of San Antonio, TX; two brothers, Felix, Jr. and Cecilio Luna; and two sisters, Isidra Sanchez and Maria Rodriguez.

Holzwarth reappointed to Board of Directors of the Office of Compliance

Posted on May 22, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

Roberta HolzwarthOn May 13, 2015, Holmstrom & Kennedy attorney Roberta Holzwarth was reappointed to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Office of Compliance. The Office of Compliance is an independent agency in the Legislative Branch of the United States government. It administers and enforces the Congressional Accountability Act, which applies employment and workplace laws to the United States Congress and its Legislative Branch agencies, requiring them to follow many of the same laws applied to the private and public sectors.The Office of Compliance has a five-member, non-partisan Board of Directors that is jointly appointed by the majority and minority leaders of the House of Representatives and the Senate. The members of the Board of Directors come from across the United States and are chosen for their expertise in employment and labor law.  Ms. Holzwarth has served on the Board since May of 2000.

Roberta Holzwarth is the Chair of the firm’s Labor and Employment Group.  HolmstromKennedy is a century-old, 19-lawyer firm providing innovative solutions to complex issues throughout Northern Illinois, with offices in Rockford and Byron. In addition to employment and labor, its attorneys practice in health care, bankruptcy/creditors’ rights, business transactions, intellectual property, civil litigation, estate planning, real estate, and immigration law.

Job opening: Assistant U.S. Attorney for Rock Island Branch

Posted on May 6, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

The United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois is currently seeking qualified applicants for a position as Assistant United States Attorney (AUSA) in the Criminal Division for our Rock Island, IL location, which is one of four branch offices in the district. AUSAs in the Criminal Division supervise the investigation of and prosecute federal offenses involving among other things, financial fraud, hate crimes, identity theft, economic crimes, firearms trafficking, counterfeiting, program fraud, immigration violations, drug trafficking, violent crimes, domestic terrorism, bank robbery, human trafficking, child exploitation, transportation of stolen goods, and public corruption.

Responsibilities will increase and assignments will become more complex as your training and experience progress.

Required Qualifications: Applicants must possess a J.D. Degree, be an active member of the bar (any U.S. jurisdiction), and have at least 1 year post-J.D. legal or other relevant experience.

United States citizenship is required.

Preferred Qualifications: Applicants must demonstrate analytical ability, good judgment, and excellent communication and courtroom skills. Applicants must demonstrate superior oral and writing skills as well as strong research and interpersonal skills. Applicants should be proficient in the use of a computer. Applicants must exhibit the ability to work in a supportive and highly professional manner with other attorneys, professional support staff, client agency representatives, law enforcement officers / investigators, opposing counsel, and court staff.

You must meet all qualification requirements upon the closing date of this announcement.