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George Weldon Hamman 1934-2017

Posted on September 29, 2017 by Sara Anderson

George HammanGeorge Weldon Hamman, 83, USAF Vet-Korea, beloved husband of the late Merrill nee Hubbell; loving father of James (Molly) Hamman; cherished grandfather of Susan and Stephen; dear brother of Nora (Tony) Velasquez, Linda (Michael) Struble, Jerry (Julie) Hamman and Dan (Juanita) Hamman; fond uncle to many. He was preceded in death by his brothers, James (Betty) and Murray (Pat) Hamman, and by his niece, Julie (George) Fogel. A practicing attorney in Chicago for over 50 years, his interests included golf and history.

Robert W. Castendyck 1922-2017

Posted on September 29, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Robert CastendyckRobert William “Bob” Castendyck, 95, of Pompano Beach, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach.

He was born March 6, 1922, to Otto F. and Helen (Ward) Castendyck in Sterling. As a young man, Robert graduated with scholastic honors from Sterling High School, and was an Eagle Scout. Bob went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College, where he was an active member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, and a J.D. from Northwestern University Law School, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity. Bob’s studies were interrupted briefly during World War II while he served as a navigator on a B-24 Bomber stationed in Okinawa, Japan, receiving the rank of first lieutenant. At Knox College, Robert met his wife of almost 70 years, Margaret Lord. They were married in September 1947 in Davenport, Iowa.

Roger B. Gomien 1934-2017

Posted on September 29, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Roger B. GomienRoger B. Gomien passed away peacefully on August 27, 2017 at Morris Community Hospital after a prolonged and valiant battle with Parkinson's disease. Mr. Gomien was a native of Colfax, IL born on December 31, 1934 to the late Roy B. and Julia (nee Reed) Gomien. He graduated from Colfax High School in 1952 and from the University of Illinois School of Agriculture in 1956. As an undergraduate, he was a member of Chi Psi Fraternity and was elected to the honor society, Ma-Wan-Da. While in law school at the University of Illinois College of Law, he held a graduate assistantship in agricultural law and was a member of Phi Delta Phi honorary society. Mr. Gomien received his law degree and was admitted to the bar in 1962. In 1959 he married Penny Malina of Deerfield. 

Mr. Gomien rose to be a respected and highly accomplished attorney, learning from older mentors and in turn guiding and mentoring many young attorneys. Notable among these is Joan Harrop, who began as Mr. Gomien's secretary at the age of 22 and ultimately became his partner in the firm Gomien & Harrop. Mr. Gomien was a member of the Grundy County Bar Association, Livingston County Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, and the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association.

Lynn Walter Schock 1947-2017

Posted on September 27, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Lynn Walter Schock died on August 29 at the age of 70 in his home in Bartlett, Illinois. Lynn, the son of Walter and Dorothy Schock, was born March 26, 1947 in Elgin, Illinois. He attended Larkin High School, graduating with the class of 1965. He went on to attend American University and later John Marshall Law School and practiced law in Illinois for many years. He served as the chairman of Elgin Community College Board of Trustees, as well as assistant attorney general for the state of Illinois. In later years he was vice president of Burren Transfer Company. Additionally, Lynn served in the US Army from 1969 to 1971. He achieved the rank of Specialist 5 and was stationed in Europe.

He married Jo Anne Barnes in 1970, and they were divorced in1983. Lynn had a quick wit and could make anyone laugh. He loved to watch college basketball and horse-racing, and was passionately interested in cooking -- often creating gourmet meals. He was a wonderful father and was devoted to his children. Lynn will be dearly remembered and greatly missed by his two daughters, Katherine Schock and Alice Schock, as well as by his brother James Schock. He was preceded in death by his parents and his brother Charles Schock.


President Hartigan Attends Law Fraternity Ceremony

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Hon. Russell Hartigan delivered remarks at a Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity induction ceremony, held on Friday, Sept. 22, at the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois in Chicago. The inductees at the ceremony included law students from several Chicago-area law schools, including Chicago-Kent College of Law (Blackstone Chapter), DePaul University College of Law (Story Chapter), and John Marshall Law School (Lincoln Chapter). Inductees took an oath of membership, signed their chapter's official roll, and received the fraternity's official greeting, which consists of a handshake with the index finger extended along the wrist of the other member touching the pulse.

ISBA Members Met with Supreme Court of Ireland on President's Trip

Posted on September 22, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Travelers on the recent ISBA-sponsored trip to Ireland met with members of the Supreme Court of Ireland and toured Dublin’s historic Four Courts building, which houses the Irish Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the High Court, and the Dublin Circuit Court. Pictured from left to right are ISBA member Hon. Martin J. Mengarelli of the Third Judicial Circuit, Irish Supreme Court Justice Peter Charleton, ISBA member Hon. Michael P. McCuskey of the Illinois 10th Judicial Circuit, ISBA President Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.), Irish Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Dunne, and ISBA member and Oak Brook lawyer Margaret A. Bennett.

Joseph R. Brown Jr. 1949-2017

Posted on September 22, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Joseph R. BrownJoseph R. “Joe” Brown, Jr. 68 of Troy, Illinois passed away on Wednesday, September 20, 2017 surrounded by his family and friends after a long battle with cancer. 

Joe was born on June 6, 1949 in Kansas City, Missouri; a son to the late Joseph Ross and Elizabeth (Etter) Brown Sr. Joe graduated from Pekin Community High School in 1967. He attended Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, graduating in 1971 with a bachelor of arts degree in English literature. In 1974 he graduated from law school at the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana and became licensed to practice the same year.

Following graduation, Joe became an assistant state's attorney in Edwardsville, Illinois, where he handled many prosecuting assignments, including felony trials. In 1978, he left to work for Paul E. Riley and J. William Lucco, following the death of the legendary Dick Mudge. Becoming a partner in 1980, he practiced law in Edwardsville for 39 years with his great friend and partner, Bill Lucco, until shortly before his death. Joe served as a Madison County prosecutor and assistant state's attorney from 1974 to 1978.

He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Madison County Bar Association, and the Missouri Bar Association. 

Robert P. LeChien 1952-2017

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Robert LeChienHonorable Robert P. LeChien, 65, of Belleville, born August 29, 1952, in Belleville, Ill., passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

A lifelong resident of St. Clair County, Bob graduated from Althoff Catholic High School in 1970, and three years later obtained his B.S. in administration of justice administration from SIU-C. He proudly entered Southern Illinois University School of Law and graduated with its first class of distinguished alumni in 1976. He then embarked on an esteemed legal career. From 1976 to 1980, he served as an assistant state's attorney in St. Clair County and then joined his brother in private practice at LeChien & Associates. In 1985, he founded the Consumer Law Center where he undertook precedent setting cases which continue to provide protection for homeowners today.

In 1987, Bob began 30 years of dedicated service to the bench when he was appointed as associate circuit judge of the 20th Judicial Circuit. Judge LeChien was elected as resident circuit judge of St. Clair County in 1998, and most recently was re-elected to that position in 2016. He will be remembered not only for his respect for and dedication to the law, but for the empathy he showed to those who appeared in his courtroom.

Christine Cody Appointed to 18th Judicial Circuit Court

Posted on September 20, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Christine T. Cody has been named associate judge of the 18th Judicial Court in DuPage County, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Bruce R. Kelsey.

She received her law degree from the Loyola University School of Law and has been a partner with the Law Offices of Rohde & Cody in Addison since 2011.

She has also served as an adjunct professor at the College of DuPage, a partner with Cody, Mitacek & Rohde, an assistant state's attorney for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office; and an associate at DiMonte, Schostack & Lizak. 

Russell R. Goehl 1935-2017

Posted on September 19, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Russell R. GoehlRussell R. "Russ" Goehl, 81, of 6231 Horseshoe Valley Road, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1935, in Fowler, a son of Raymond and Johanna Bockenfeld Goehl. He married Annette Ashdown on June 22, 1957, in Elmhurst. She survives.

Russ was a partner in the law firm of Goehl, Schuering, Cassens and Bier, practicing law in the Quincy area for over 55 years. Russ was honored by the Illinois State Bar Association for 50 years of practicing law. He was dedicated to his profession and was a mentor to many people throughout his career.

Russ was an ideal man who had a passion for life and touched many people with his rigorous life journey. Russ came from a family of dedicated farmers, and he loved riding his horses and giving Sunday buggy rides.

Most of all, Russ loved his family unconditionally. He treated his children and grandchildren as though each was his favorite, and that each of their activities were equally and vitally important to him. He was a model family man and was loved by all.