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Starved Rock State Park Conservation Officer presented with Law Enforcement Award

Posted on October 19, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Illinois State Bar Association 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey (far right) presented an ISBA Law Enforcement Award to Illinois Department of Conservation Officer Hank Frazier (second from left) on Oct. 18 at JJ’s Pub in Ottawa. (Also pictured: James T. Reilly [far left] and LaSalle County Bar Association President Michelle A. Vescogni [second from right]). Illinois Department of Conservation Officer Hank Frazier, of Utica, received a 2016 Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) on October 18 during a LaSalle County Bar Association meeting at JJ’s Pub in Ottawa.

The ISBA’s 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. ISBA 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey presented the award.

CLE: Real Estate Law Update 2016

Posted on October 10, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Stay up to date on current developments and trends in the real estate law arena with this full day seminar that offers a look at new legislation and case law, as well as best practices tips resulting from actual ARDC cases and discussions on a potpourri of interesting short topics! The program is available in Bloomington on October 27, 2016 and in Lombard on November 2, 2016. Commercial real estate attorneys, residential estate lawyers, and general practitioners with basic practice experience who attend this program will better understand: the recent case law developments and real estate legislation that can impact your client; the ethical issues raised by recent ARDC decisions; whether or not to recommend a trust in connection with real estate transactions; how to advise clients on homeowner and commercial real estate insurance policies; what to do when the seller fails to vacate the premises; damages to property that occur immediately prior to closing; contractor mechanic’s lien priority issues; and more!

David D. Koski 1944-2016

Posted on September 28, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

David KoskiDavid D. Koski, 72, of Rockford went up to heaven on Saturday, September 17, 2016. Born August 8, 1944, in DeKalb, IL to Carl and Dora (Mosher) Koski. David married his sweetie, Gail Sherven, on December 15, 1973. Together, they raised four kids, of whom he was immensely proud, Lisa (Dawn) Koski of Janesville, WI, John (Christy) Koski of Wichita Falls, TX, Katie (Gordie) Johnson of Roscoe, IL and Daniel (Paola) Koski currently of Tirana, Albania.

Gregory Andrew Brown 1968-2016

Posted on September 28, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Gregory Andrew BrownGregory Andrew Brown, 47, of Sycamore completed his life story on September 11, 2016 after a fierce nine-month battle with cancer. 

Greg entered the world in Newport News, Virginia on October 2, 1968, son of Virginia and Ralph Brown. He spent much of his childhood living abroad in Spain, relocating for a short time to Beaumont, Texas before moving to Barrington, Illinois after finishing middle school. He attended Barrington High School where he met his future wife Donna and proceeded to follow her to the University of Illinois (though he might tell a slightly different version of the story). After graduating with a Bachelor’s Degree in Political Science, he headed to DeKalb where he attended law school at Northern Illinois University. He graduated in 1993 and was sworn into the Illinois Bar the same year. 

Justice Kilbride seeks comment on applicants for 14th Circuit vacancy

Posted on September 22, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride is seeking public comment on three attorneys who have applied to fill a resident Circuit Court vacancy in Whiteside County in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy will be created upon Circuit Judge John L. Hauptman's retirement, effective December 5, 2016. Under the Illinois Constitution, judicial vacancies are filled by Supreme Court appointment. Justice Kilbride uses an extensive application, evaluation and interview process to make recommendations to the full Court for judicial vacancies in the Third Judicial District.

The three attorneys who have applied to fill the vacancy are Colleen M. Buckwalter of Morrison, Trish A. Joyce of Sterling, and Associate Judge William S. McNeal of Morrison.

Lindsey appointed associate judge in 15th Circuit

Posted on September 6, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Clayton LindseyMichael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, has announced that the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Clayton L. Lindsey as an associate judge of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Lindsey received his undergraduate degree in 1981 from Illinois State University in Normal, Illinois, and his Juris Doctor in 1984 from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. Mr. Lindsey is currently affiliated with WilliamsMcCarthy LLP in Oregon, IL.

Hon. Leonard J. Wojtecki 1947-2016

Posted on September 2, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Hon. Leonard J. WojteckiThe Honorable Leonard J. Wojtecki, 69, grew up in Cary, IL., passed away Saturday, August 13, 2016 surrounded by his family at home. He was born July 6, 1947 in Chicago, IL. the son of Leonard and June (Larsen) Wojtecki. He was united in marriage to Frances Robertson on August 23, 1969 in Cary, IL.

Judge Wojtecki graduated from Marquette University in 1969 and went on to earn his law degree from John Marshall Law School, Chicago, IL in 1976. Right out of law school, he joined the Cook County State's Attorney's office as a prosecutor. He then moved to private practice as a trial attorney in Aurora, IL. He also served as an assistant public defender in Kendall County before his appointment as an associate judge in the 16th Judicial Circuit in August 2000 retiring from the bench in July 2015.

Justice Kilbride announces vacancy in 14th Circuit

Posted on August 12, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride has announced an application process for appointment to a resident Circuit Court vacancy in Whiteside County in the Fourteenth Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy will be created by Circuit Judge John L. Hauptman's retirement, effective December 5, 2016. Judge Hauptman has been a judge since 1997, and currently serves as the resident judge at the Whiteside County Courthouse in Morrison.

NIU Law reception to honor ISBA President Cornelius

Posted on August 11, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Vincent F. CorneliusNorthern Illinois University College of Law is hosting a reception to honor ISBA President and NIU Law alumnus Vincent F. Cornelius (’89). Cornelius, the principal of the Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius - with offices in Wheaton and Joliet - concentrates his practice in civil and criminal litigation. A major focus of Cornelius' year as president will be the future of young lawyers and preparing them for the profession.

Date and Time

  • Wednesday, August 24, 2016
  • 5 p.m. - 7 p.m.


  • NIU College of Law
  • Marshall Gallery
  • DeKalb, IL

Complimentary cocktails and hors d'oeuvres will be served.


Please rsvp to by August 18