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ISBA Awards to be Presented at 142nd Annual Meeting

Posted on June 5, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois State Bar Association will present several awards recognizing individuals for their commitment and service to the profession and their communities at the organization’s 142nd Annual Meeting at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wis. Award recipients are:

  • ISBA Board of Governors Award: Barry Hines, John Phipps, Evan Schanerberger, and Janette Strzalka.
  • Medal of Merit Award: Russell Scott.

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice and Williams Venker & Sanders Announce Merger

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The law firms of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice (BSCR) and Williams Venker & Sanders (WVS) will be merging July 1, 2018.

The merged firm will continue to be known as Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice and will be headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Scott Kreamer will remain managing member, responsible for the day-to-day operations and long-term planning of the firm. Mike Hunter will serve as the manager in charge of the merged firm’s St. Louis and Illinois offices.

ISBA to Hold Ask A Lawyer Day on April 28

Posted on February 28, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Each year, the Illinois State Bar Association sponsors Ask A Lawyer Day to recognize and celebrate Law Day, which celebrates the role of law in our society and cultivates a deeper understanding of the legal profession. During Ask A Lawyer Day, volunteers respond to telephone calls from the public to answer general legal questions free of charge. The calls help members of the public resolve their legal issues or assist them in taking the next steps toward resolving those issues. This is a state-wide public relations effort that receives considerable attention from the public and the media.

This year's Ask A Lawyer Day will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Illinois Bar Center in Springfield and the Chicago Regional Office.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the online form at www.isba.org/askalawyervolunteer

Temporary ISBA Service Interruption Scheduled on March 4

Posted on February 27, 2018 by Sara Anderson

All ISBA systems will be down due to electrical work between 7 a.m. and 12 p.m. on Sunday, March 4. During this time the ISBA website will not be available. As a result you will also not be able to log into Fastcase, online CLE, and ISBA Central. Here is what you need to know and steps you can take to ensure continued service.

Online CLE

You will not be able to access online CLE at all during the outage. We urge you to plan your weekend CLE needs around the outage.

Evan (Shelly) Kjellenberg 1936-2018

Posted on February 20, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Evan (Shelly) KjellenbergEvan (Shelly) Kjellenberg, 82, of Sister Bay, died peacefully in his sleep on Jan. 18, 2018. Born in Peoria, Ill. and raised in Cincinnati, Ohio. Shelly earned a full scholarship to Dartmouth College and finished his last year at Tuck School graduating in 1957. He went on to the University of Chicago Law School and earned a J.D. degree.

Book Your Hotel Room for the 2018 Annual Meeting

Posted on February 6, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The 2018 Annual Meeting will be held at The Abbey Resort located in Fontana, Wisconsin from June 14–16, and you can now make your hotel reservations. To make reservations at The Abbey, please call 800.709.1323 then press #2 and reference the Illinois State Bar Association Annual Meeting. The deadline for making reservations for lodging is on or before May 11. Reservations received after this date will be subject to availability.

John F. Laughlin 1928-2018

Posted on February 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

John Francis Laughlin passed away Thursday January 4, 2018 at Bickford Cottage assisted living community in Portage, Michigan. John was born to Edward and Margaret (Gorman) Laughlin in Gary, Indiana on August 25, 1928. John received a BA from DePaul University where he studied English and a Law Degree from Notre Dame. He was a Corporate Attorney for Wausau Insurance for over 40 years.

John C. (Jack) Feirich 1933-2018

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Jack Feirich

John C. (Jack) Feirich, 85 years of age, of Spokane, Washington and formerly of Sandpoint, Idaho; Scottsdale, Arizona; Naples, Florida; and Carbondale, Illinois passed away Jan. 14 after a year-long battle with cancer.  He was born Jan. 2, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of John K. and Mary M. Feirich. 

He is survived by his wife, C. Kay Feirich, two children, John Charles Feirich of Oceanside, California and Elizabeth Feirich Nebot of Sausalito, California, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren all of Vista, California, sister, Gretchen Lewellyn, Scottsdale, AZ, stepson, Jeffrey Brummer (Alisa) of Fairview, Oregon and two step-grandchildren.

John attended Northwestern University and the University of Illinois College of Law, and thereafter engaged in the private practice of law in Carbondale with his father and grandfather. He continued practicing law in Carbondale until he retired in 1988. He then moved to Naples, Florida, where he pursued his love of sailing in retirement and met and married his wife Kay. After many years, they moved to the Pacific Northwest; first to Idaho and then to Washington, where they became avid golfers. John also spent five years attempting to obtain authority from the State of Washington to rebuild David Thompson's Historic Trading Post. 

During his legal career, he gave freely of his time for the betterment of the legal profession and for the benefit of those members of the public who needed lawyers but could not afford them. He co-founded the Lawyer's Trust Fund of Illinois that has raised millions of dollars to provide legal services for those needy persons.

Mark Sargent 1952-2017

Posted on December 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mark SargentMark S. Sargent, 65, of Manitowoc, WI, formerly of Springfield on November 12, at The Felician Village, Manitowoc, Wisconsin.

Mark was born on September 2, 1952 in Springfield, he son of Marian Kienzler Sargent and Steven O. Sargent. He attended Campion High School in Prairie Du Chein, WI and Washington University, St Louis, MO where he obtained a Bachelor of Arts and Juris Doctorate.

Mark practiced law in Springfield. He was preceeded in death by his parents. A devoted Roman Catholic, Mark enjoyed gardening, music, reading and spending time with his family.

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