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Lavelle Law Group Adds New Attorney

Posted on November 19, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Schaumburg-based Lavelle Law has welcomed attorney Matthew Case to the firm. The firm is now home to 29 attorneys.

Case joins Lavelle Law’s taxation, estate planning and administration, and business practice groups after serving as a law clerk with the firm. A graduate of the University of Michigan and Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Case is excited to start serving the community he’s been working with for the past year and a half.

Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program Installs Incoming President Justice Mary K. O’Brien

Posted on November 19, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) swore in the organization’s incoming president, Justice Mary K. O’Brien, during the LAP Annual Dinner on Nov. 1.

Louis Apostol Receives Public Service Award from Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council

Posted on November 15, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Cook County Public Administrator Louis G. Apostol recently received the public service award from the Northern Illinois University College of Law Alumni Council.

Phi Delta Phi International Legal Honor Society Announces New President and Board of Directors

Posted on November 13, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The International Legal Honor Society of Phi Delta Phi, a 150-year-old law student-based organization dedicated to professionalism and civility in the practice of law, has announced the election of its international officers for the 2018-2020 biennium: President Patricia Hodny, Vice President Alma Esperanza Santa Ana Vara, Director Michael Phillips, Director Javier Christian Súarez Torres, and Director Constance Mutong, who collectively will serve as members of the Phi Delta Phi Board of Directors, known as its council. Executive Director Tim Wheat will continue his service to Phi Delta Phi as an ex officio member of the council.  Also elected were three justices of Phi Delta Phi’s court of appeals (its board of trustees): Chief Justice Joseph F. Vitu, Jr., Justice Jeffrey Flint Buebendorf, and Justice Julie Sumner.

Emery L. Duffy 1930-2018

Posted on November 12, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Emery Laurence Duffy, 87, of Crystal Lake, died Monday, Nov. 5, in McHenry. He was born November 14, 1930, in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, to Joseph P. and Laura (nee Schulte) Duffy.

Duffy was a devoted family man and well-known attorney in McHenry County. He enlisted in the U.S. Air Force in 1951, fought in the Korean War, and was honorably discharged in 1953 as a master sergeant. During his service, he received the Distinguished Flying Cross. He started his law practice in Savannah, Georgia, in 1960 alongside his brother, attorney Robert Duffy. He moved to Illinois in 1971 to be closer to his wife’s parents and his mother, and was admitted to the Illinois Bar. He practiced law in Crystal Lake until his retirement.

Mark A. Braun 1925-2018

Posted on November 9, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Mark A. Braun, 93, died Nov. 3 surrounded by his family. He was born in Athens, Wisconsin on May 18, 1925, the second son of the late Albert and Florence (Brady) Braun.

He graduated from Athens High School in 1943. After three years in the U.S. Navy flight program and undergraduate studies at Marquette University, he graduated from the Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 1949. He began his career with Klohr & Merrick, whose practice concentrated in workers compensation law. Braun focused on that field, a distinct departure from common law. His practice included issues of interpretation in the evolution of the workers compensation statute and cases leading to the codification of the principles of indemnity and contribution.

Morgan Legal Group and Fairchild Law Offices Combine Practices, Launch Fairchild Morgan Law

Posted on October 31, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Morgan Legal Group, LLC and Fairchild Law Offices, LLC announced today they have combined their law practices to form Fairchild Morgan Law, a high-end corporate boutique law firm with offices in Chicago and Milwaukee.

Fairchild Morgan Law will provide a broad range of corporate legal services with a concentration in mergers and acquisitions, joint ventures, private offerings, inbound and outbound foreign investments, commercial real estate, commercial contract review, and outside general counsel services. The practice will serve private and publicly held companies and nonprofits operating both domestically and abroad.

A. Traub & Associates Adds Full-Time Licensed Clinical Social Worker to Staff

Posted on October 30, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

A. Traub & Associates has announced the hiring of Breanna Traub, MSW, LCSW, as its staff licensed clinical social worker.

She will focus on the firm’s need for social work services for its individual clients and support the firm’s broad base of representing the interests of children.

College of DuPage Paralegal Studies Program Receives Reapproval from American Bar Association

Posted on October 29, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The paralegal studies program at College of DuPage has received reapproval from the American Bar Association.

Sally Fairbank, coordinator of the program, said the second consecutive seven-year approval period reflects the program’s ability to meet the rigorous standards set by the ABA.

Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Luncheon Held in Edwardsville

Posted on October 26, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
(L-R) (Madison County Bar Association President David Weder; Judge Barb Crowder; Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier ; ISBA Second Vice President Dennis Orsey; Madison County Chief Judge David Hylla; Judge Julie Katz; and Land of Lincoln Legal Aid Director Clarissa Gaff.

Nearly 120 lawyers, judges, and guests attended the Third Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Luncheon on Oct.