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Phi Alpha Delta Law DePaul Chapter donates $1,800 to Battered Women's Network

Posted on November 17, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
From left to right: Andrea Kitamura, Development Coordinator for the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network; Ian Rexroad, Story Chapter Treasurer; Sierra Falter, Story Chapter Justice; and Ashley Steitz, Story Chapter Fundraising Chair.
The Joseph Story Law School Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity at DePaul University College of Law recently held its 6th Annual Founder's Day Auction. This event commemorated the 108th anniversary of the founding of the Chapter. In accordance with the fraternity's mission of service to the community, the students directed that a portion of the proceeds from the event be donated to the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network. At the conclusion of the event, a check for $1,800.00 was presented to the Network, an organization which not only administers the City of Chicago/State of Illinois 24-hour, toll-free Domestic Violence Help Line - which has assisted over 100,000 women and children in need since its inception in 1998 - but also spearheads advocacy efforts to improve the practices of the legal system in regards to domestic violence issues.

Otis receives CVLS Distinguished Service Award

Posted on November 17, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Donna Otis
The national law firm of Quarles & Brady announced that Donna L. Otis, an attorney in the Firm's Chicago office, has been selected as the recipient of the Distinguished Service Award by Chicago Volunteer Legal Services ("CVLS"). The award was presented at CVLS' 2010 annual ceremony on November 10, 2010 Ms. Otis is a member of the Firm's Trusts & Estates group. Her experience includes preparing wills and trusts; financial and health care powers of attorney; traditional bypass trust and marital deduction planning, generation-skipping transfer tax planning, probate of decedents' and disabled adults' estates and trust administration; and Guardian Ad Litem for minors' and adult estates. She earned her law degree from John Marshall Law School and her undergraduate degree from Roosevelt University. CVLS is the first and pre-eminent pro bono civil legal aid provider in Chicago. Their staff and 3,000 volunteer attorneys provide a wide range of free legal services and offer the most comprehensive, efficient and cost-effective civil legal aid and representation to Chicago's poor and working poor. Quarles & Brady LLP is a full-service law firm with more than 450 attorneys practicing from offices in Phoenix and Tucson, Ariz.; Chicago, Ill.; Naples and Tampa, Fla.; and Milwaukee and Madison, Wis.

Madalyn Maxwell 1926-2010

Posted on November 16, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Madalyn Maxwell died Saturday, November 6, 2010 at St. John’s Hospital, Springfield after a brief illness.  Ms. Maxwell was born in Nashville, Illinois on January 9, 1926, the daughter of (Illinois Supreme Court Justice) Ralph L. Maxwell and Beulah House Maxwell.  She attended schools in Urbana and Nashville, Whitworth College in Brookhaven, Mississippi, and received her law degree from the University of Illinois in Urbana.  She married Thomas H. McGary in Springfield on July 4, 1968.  He preceded her in death in 1999.

Lawrence Schad 1945-2010

Posted on November 16, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Lawrence Schad passed away last week after a golf-cart accident at the Evanston Golf Club in Skokie. Schad was a partner in the Chicago firm of Schad, Diamond and Shedden. Schad specialized in plaintiff class-action law. He recently was the lead attorney on a case representing policyholders of Royal Maccabees Life Insurance Co., and negotiated a $93 million settlement, which included more than $421,000 for the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Wojcik inducted into Gay, Lesbian Hall of Fame

Posted on November 16, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Mark Wojcik
ISBA Secretary and John Marshall Law School Professor Mark E. Wojcik was inducted into the Chicago Gay and Lesbian Hall of Fame last week at the Chicago Cultural Center during a ceremony presided over by Mayor Richard M. Daley. Wojcik is a professor and scholar on international law and sexual orientation law at John Marshall, where he has been teaching since 1992. He was honored for his leadership in the legal profession and for promoting legislative change - including lobbying for civil unions and for a repeal of the military's "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy. He founded the Gay and Lesbian Law Association while as a student at John Marshall.

Susan H. Brandt 1950-2010

Posted on November 12, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Susan H. Brandt, 59, Bloomington, died at 7:23 a.m. Tuesday (Nov. 9, 2010) at Advocate BroMenn Medical Center, Normal. Susan was born Dec. 20, 1950, in Bloomington, the daughter of William R. and Jean Kuhle Brandt. Susan grew up as a member of Second Presbyterian Church and had attended the Unitarian Universalist Church, both in Bloomington. She graduated from Bloomington High School in 1969, received her B.A. degree in economics from the University of Colorado in 1973 and her J.D. from the University of Georgia in 1977. Susan was a partner at Livingston, Barger, Brandt and Schroeder Law Firm, Bloomington. She was a member of the Illinois Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and the McLean County Bar Association. She also helped organize the Women’s Lawyer Association. Her memorial service will be at 11 a.m. Saturday at Second Presbyterian Church, Bloomington, with the Rev. Susan Baller-Shepard officiating. A private family burial will be in Funks Grove Cemetery, Funks Grove. Visitation will be from 4 to 8 p.m. Friday at Carmody-Flynn Williamsburg Funeral Home, Bloomington. In lieu of flowers, contributions may be made to the Community Cancer Center, 407 E. Vernon Ave., Normal, IL 61761. She is survived by one son, Samuel H. Brandt, Bloomington; her father, William R.

Frank DeSchepper 1925-2010

Posted on November 11, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Frank E. DeSchepper, 85, passed away late last month at OSF St. Joseph Medical Center in Bloomington. He was a longtime member of the ISBA Tort Section. Mr. DeSchepper was born in Chicago and graduated from DePaul University and DePaul Law School. He was a veteran of WWII, serving in the Pacific on the aircraft carrier USS Intrepid from 1943-1946. He was employed by Insurance Company of North America - which later became CIGNA - first in Chicago before transferring to Bloomington and then Peoria. Read the full obituary in the Bloomington Pantagraph.

Macklin, Rose and Tank join Stellato and Schwartz

Posted on November 10, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Stellato & Schwartz, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of three new associates, who are recent admittees to the Illinois Bar: Jeremy S. Macklin, a graduate of John Marshall Law School; Matthew D. Rose, a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law; and Jordan M. Tank, also a graduate of Chicago-Kent College of Law.

Phi Alpha Delta Law awards Ward Scholarships

Posted on November 10, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Front, left to right: Scholarship Recipients Jennifer Weston, Nicholas J. Liadis and Janet Soave.  Rear, left to rigth:  Chicago Alumni Chapter Scholarship Chair Hon. Julie-April Montgomery; Committee Member Sharon Hunt; Recipients Sierra Marie Falter, Megan Liston and Julie Pirtle; Chicago Alumni Chapter President Michele M. Jochner.
The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity recently held its 2010 Justice Daniel P. Ward Law Student Scholarship Dinner.  The Chicago Alumni Chapter annually awards scholarships to deserving law students, named in honor of the late Daniel P. Ward, who served the profession in a number of distinguished positions: Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court, Cook County State's Attorney, and Dean of DePaul University College of Law. Justice Ward was a model for the Fraternity's mission of service to the student, the school, the profession and the community, which is exemplified by this year's six recipients, who received a total of $5,000.  $1,000 Awardees: Nicholas J. Liadis, DePaul University College of Law; Janet Soave, Loyola University School of Law.  $750 Awardees: Megan Liston, The John Marshall Law School; Jennifer Weston, Northern Illinois University College of Law.

Soucie joins Spiros Law

Posted on November 4, 2010 by Chris Bonjean
Miranda L. Soucie has joined the Central Illinois law firm of Spiros Law, P.C. as an associate attorney. Soucie recently graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2010. Soucie is a member of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Illinois State Bar Association - where she served as an Assembly Member in 2009, and the Vermilion County Bar Association. Spiros Law, P.C. offers experienced representation in a variety of person injury cases, including medical negligence, workplace injuries, serious traffic and trucking accidents, nursing home neglect and abuse and wrongful death.