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Wright receives ABA YLD Star of the Year Award

Posted on August 14, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA Board of Governors member Kenya Jenkins-Wright received a YLD Star of the Year Award from the American Bar Association at its Annual Meeting Aug. 8-10 in Boston. Jenkins-Wright, an attorney with Greene and Letts in Chicago, received the award for her work during the 2013-2014 bar year. She is pictured receiving the award from outgoing ABA YLD Chair Mario Sullivan.

Brummond joins DLA Piper

Posted on August 8, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

DLA Piper announced today that David J. Brummond has joined the firm’s Insurance and Reinsurance practice as of counsel in the Washington, DC, office.  Brummond had previously served as senior sanctions advisor – insurance for the US Treasury Department’s Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC) from 2006 to 2014.

In this position at OFAC, Brummond assisted in the development of compliance policy for the insurance industry by providing counsel and guidance on insurance matters to OFAC as well as the Office of Undersecretary for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence, by assisting in the drafting of licenses for insurance transactions, and by serving as case officer for enforcement actions involving sanctions violations within the insurance sector. He also promoted understanding and awareness of OFAC sanctions programs through outreach activities to all segments of the insurance industry.

At DLA Piper, Brummond will provide strategic advice and guidance on international trade and economic sanctions issues implicating the insurance industry, as well as counseling and advocacy for insurance regulatory issues at state, federal and international forums. He will also advise on issues related to enforcement actions brought by OFAC and other US federal agencies for alleged violations of US sanctions.

Richard D. Felice installed as 138th ISBA President

Posted on June 23, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Richard D. Felice is sworn-in as the 138th ISBA President by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas.Richard D. Felice, a lawyer in private practice in Wheaton, was installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting on Friday, June 20 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis. View photo galleries from the Annual Reception and the Annual Installation Dinner.

During his year as president, Felice will place special emphasis on three projects. The first is the formation of a Task Force on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Future of the Profession to address the tremendous challenges facing new lawyers, including staggering law school debt and a stifling job market. The task force “will study in depth the concept of practice-ready new lawyers and consider constructive changes to law school curricula,” he said.  Second district appellate Justice Ann Jorgensen will chair the committee.

The second initiative is the formation of a Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute Series, offering educational programs to solo and small firm practitioners in five settings throughout the state. Working with other stakeholders in the practice of law, the institute will provide a variety of programming to help lawyers enhance their practices.

ISBA Awards to be presented at 138th Annual Meeting

Posted on June 17, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

The Illinois State Bar Association will present several awards recognizing individuals for their commitment and service to the profession and their communities at an Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 20, at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis. Award recipients are:

Deadline for Annual Meeting advanced registration is June 13

Posted on June 4, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Join us as we reflect on our accomplishments and outline initiatives for the coming bar year.

Deadline for advanced registration is June 13!

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The 2014-15 standing committees and section councils will hold their organizational business meetings at various times during the Annual Meeting. A schedule of business meetings being conducted may be viewed closer to the date.

ISBA's own professional liability insurance company, ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, will be an important participant in the Annual Meeting. Be sure to learn about the company, loss prevention, and programs from senior executives at their exhibit.

CLE: Reel MCLE Series: How Many Ethical Dilemmas Can You Spot?

Posted on June 3, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Lake Geneva on June 20th (during ISBA’s Annual Meeting) for this unique program in which the hit TV show “Boston Legal” (Season 1, Episode 4)** and two additional videos containing ethical legal scenarios are used as a sounding board for identifying, understanding, and analyzing the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct – making this the perfect educational tool for learning about professional responsibility.

Lashly & Baer announces Courtney R. Logan has joined the firm

Posted on May 12, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Courtney R. LoganThe law firm of Lashly & Baer, P.C. announces that Courtney R. Logan has joined the firm as an associate. Logan is a trial attorney whose practice involves defending health care providers and health care institutions.  He handles a vast array of litigation including personal injury, workers’ compensation, wrongful death, product liability, premises liability, commercial litigation, and professional negligence in Illinois and Missouri. He holds a J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law.

RoxAnne L. Rochester 1961-2014

Posted on April 15, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

RoxAnne RochesterRoxAnne L. Rochester passed away on Saturday, April 12, in Florida after valiantly battling cancer. There will be burial services in Florida and a memorial service in Chicago, details are below.

She was a staff attorney in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Law Division, where she was responsible for reviewing, analyzing and recommending the appropriate disposition of contested pre-trial motions in legal disputes involving personal injury, contracts, business torts and construction litigation.

Before joining the Circuit Court of Cook County, Ms. Rochester worked for 17 years in the private practice of law. Ms. Rochester was the founder and principal of the Law Offices of RoxAnne L. Rochester, a firm she spearheaded for over a decade.

Prior to her work in the private sector, Ms. Rochester served as a legal extern with the United States District Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Illinois, and as a Law Clerk to Judge Richard L. Curry in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Chancery Division.

Richard Gordon Harbinger 1923-2014

Posted on April 10, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Beloved Richard Harbinger of Brentwood, Calif., passed away January 17 in Santa Monica. The family interred him at Mount Sinai Memorial Park Hollywood Hills.

He was born in Los Angeles in 1923 to Louis and Anne. He was married to his loving and lovely wife Annette Wong Harbinger.

He was a graduate of Fairfax High, UCLA, Princeton University and Notre Dame Law School. Richard was a member of the American Bar Association, the California Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the Beverly Hills Bar Association. He also served on the board of the Beverly Hills Bar Foundation and the International Association of Jewish Lawyers and Jurists. A mentor and teacher of the Chinese students and scholars at UCLA, he taught at law schools in China.

Rodney Pitts 1948-2014

Posted on March 28, 2014 by Chris Bonjean

Rodney PittsRodney Joseph Pitts, 65, of Lake Tapawingo, Mo., passed away Feb. 27, 2014 at his home.

He was born May 15, 1948 in Litchfield, Il to Bill and Lola (Fensterman) Pitts. Rodney was a graduate of St. Louis University with a Juris Doctorate. He was an Attorney at Law in the Law Office of Rodney J. Pitts in Wood River, IL. He was an Assistant State Attorney in Madison County from (1973-1982). State of Illinois Special Attorney General (1976-1982), attorney for the St. Louis Regional Airport, Bethalto, IL, City Attorney for Village of East Alton, IL (1976-2004), Wood River Township Attorney (1991-2004), Adjunct Professor, Criminal Law, Lewis and Clark Community College, Godfrey, IL (1974-1977). He served as an Alderman in the City of Lake Tapawingo. On December 1, 1982 he was united in marriage to Nicole Kileen. Rodney was a Presbyterian by faith. He enjoyed fishing, guns, target shooting, and spending time with family and friends. Rodney was a tissue donor and encourages others to do likewise. He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister, Mary Gaye Pitts.

In addition to his wife Nicole, he is survived by his son, Jason Walter Pitts of Maryland Heights MO; daughter, Alaina Marie Pitts of Wood River IL; grandchild, Haley Marie Monroe, brother, Gregory William Pitts of Lake Tapawingo, MO; sister, Barbara Ann Smith and husband Craig of Brighton, IL; one nephew Craig Smith II, his wife Michelle, and great niece Addyson.