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Frost joins Wimbiscus Law Firm

Posted on November 10, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Attorney Jacob J. Frost has joined Wimbiscus Law Firm, Spring Valley. Frost practices in the areas of estate/trust administration, residential and commercial real estate purchases and sales, business organizations, governmental law, and wills and trusts. Attorney Frost has served and represents clients in the Illinois Valley area. Frost earned his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, with high honors in Legal Research and Writing. He received his Associate of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Illinois Valley Community College and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was admitted to both Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Theta Kappa academic honor societies. Attorney Frost is a member in good standing of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). In addition, he has recently been re-appointed to the ISBA Trusts & Estates Section Council, a state-wide organization whose purpose is to propose and review new legislation impacting estate planning and administration in the state of Illinois. Frost is active in the Ottawa Sunrise Rotary Club, the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Valley Estate Planning Council. He resides in Ottawa with his wife, Chrissie, a veterinarian. He can be reached via phone at (815) 664-4151, fax at (815) 663-4351, or email at or .

Joseph Story Law School Chapter holds its 5th Annual Founder's Day Auction

Posted on November 10, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
[caption id="attachment_5538" align="alignright" width="221" caption="From left to right: Ryan Schermerhorn, Co-Justice of Story Chapter; Dawn Dalton, Executive Director of the Network; Lauren Chibe, Co-Justice of Story Chapter; Michele Jochner, Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter and Board Member of the Network. "]" alt="Student leaders of the Joseph Story Law School Chapter at DePaul University College of Law present a check for $2,000 benefiting the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network from proceeds from their annual fundraiser. From L to R: Ryan Schermerhorn, Co-Justice of Story Chapter; Dawn Dalton, Executive Director of the Network; Lauren Chibe, Co-Justice of Story Chapter; Michele Jochner, Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter and Board Member of the Network.

Levin opens Chicago office

Posted on November 9, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Lori Levin
Lori Levin
Lori G. Levin, former Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and Supervisor of the Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Division of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office announces the opening of her Law Office at 222 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1550, Chicago, IL 60606. She can be contacted at 312-972-3756, 312-568-5495 (fax) or via e-mail at Prior to opening her firm, she directed an agency dedicated to improving criminal justice statewide and oversaw an annual budget of $100 million of criminal justice research and grants. She chaired the Illinois Integrated Justice Information Systems Implementation Board, Chaired the Statewide Task Force for the Update of the Model Domestic Violence Protocol and served on the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority board, Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council, Illinois Sex Offender Management Board, City of Chicago Mayor's Domestic Violence Advisory Coordinating Council, Juvenile Justice ReDeploy Illinois Steering Committee, Governor's Community Safety and ReEntry Working Group, Metropolis 2020's Justice Violence Advisory Council, GoTo 2040's Crime and Justice Planning Initiative Advisory Board and State of Illinois/City of Chicago Collaborative on Re-Entry Advisory Council. As Supervisor of the Cook County State's Attorney's Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Division, Ms.

ISBA President John O'Brien helps kick off Legal Services campaign

Posted on November 3, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
ISBA President John O'Brien with Illinois Third District Justice Mary McDade
ISBA President John O'Brien with Illinois Third District Justice Mary McDade
Illinois State Bar Association President John O'Brien helped kick off the Legal Services campaign at a luncheon on Tuesday. The Campaign for Legal Services Donor Recognition and Kick-Off Luncheon was held at the Packard Plaza Building in Peoria. Justice Mary McDade delivered an inspired speech on the importance of legal services.

Saint Louis University wins Madison County Bar Association scholarship contest

Posted on October 30, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
SLU's Danielle Jacoby (from left), SLU recipient Elizabeth Nguyen and SLU Law Dean Lewis receive the check from Madison County Bar President Elizabeth Levy and Committee Co-chair Mary Nalefski.
The Madison County Bar Association invited representatives from Saint Louis University School of Law to its October Meeting to celebrate SLU as the winning school of the bar association's scholarship contest. Dean Lewis and Danielle Jacoby from SLU School of Law attended the meeting along with this year's recipient, Elizabeth Nguyen, to accept the contribution of $7,339.06 for the SLU scholarship fund. Scholarship committee chairs were Mary Nalefski, Irv Slate and Lawrence Taliana. The scholarship committee held a good-natured competition over a several month period between law school graduates from Saint Louis University, Washington University, Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois to match donations from each school's member alumni with funds set aside by the entire membership of the Bar Association to benefit current and future law students. The lawyers donated a total of $18,321 to the law schools. The committee decorated the tables at Sunset Hills in Edwardsville with St.

Brooks Kushman hires Adelman to support growing trademark practice

Posted on October 28, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Emily Adelman
Emily Adelman
In response to the continued growth of its trademark practice, Brooks Kushman law firm announced today that it has hired Emily S. Adelman as an associate attorney. Adelman will be responsible for counseling clients on trademark issues, managing large portfolios and supporting the enforcement needs of Brooks Kushman's trademark clients. Most recently, Adelman served as an associate attorney at Cook Alex Ltd. of Chicago, where she focused on U.S. and international patent and trademark prosecution matters, litigation, and patent validity and infringement analyses, as well as collaborated on various papers and presentations relating to developing patent and trademark law. Adelman earned a juris doctor degree and a Master of Laws in IP Law from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Additionally, she participated in the Pierce Law IP Summer Institute in Beijing, studying comparative IP law, and has taken courses at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1983 by five intellectual property (IP) attorneys, Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading IP and commercial law firm based in Southfield, Mich. with an office in Los Angeles. Since its inception, the firm has grown to approximately 70 lawyers and patent agents, gaining a reputation both nationally and internationally as a leader in providing cutting-edge, timely and cost-effective IP counseling.

Kroll featured in Chicago Lawyer

Posted on October 26, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Longtime ISBA member and personal-injury attorney Jeffrey Kroll was featured in the October issue of Chicago Lawyer. Kroll started his own practice two years ago after 17 years at Clifford Law Offices.
While the path traveled by the 45-year-old Kroll, of The Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll, has been followed by many an aspiring attorney fortunate enough to have been mentored at one of the elite personal-injury law firms in Chicago, there was nothing in Kroll’s upbringing that fated him to a career in the law. Kroll did not come from a family of lawyers. He was the first person in his family to go to college. His father worked as a truck driver and his mother as a bank teller. And he readily admits that he was not one of those children who dreamed of becoming a lawyer.
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Cole elected Secretary-Treasurer of Defense Research Institute

Posted on October 20, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
The Defense Research Institute (DRI), a half-century-old, international member-driven research and educational voice for civil defense attorneys, has elected ISBA member Charles H. Cole as Secretary-Treasurer. Cole, a shareholder with Chicago firm Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C., has been an active member of DRI for more than 25 years, serving in varied roles on its Executive Committee and Board of Directors since 2002. "I've always felt an obligation to help educate and mentor younger attorneys," said Cole. "Our profession is all about learning from our past and, more specifically, our predecessors. Abraham Lincoln practiced law In Illinois in a manner that taught us all about serving a higher ethical purpose. That is a fundamental message of DRI as it relates to defense litigation. And it is why we should all think of ourselves as mentors to future generations." Cole's litigation practice includes commercial and employment, construction contracts and professional liability. He is a past president of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and is annually named among the Illinois Super Lawyers by Law & Politics.

Chief Justice Fitzgerald remembers Judge Suria

Posted on October 19, 2009 by Mark S. Mathewson

In the latest ISBA Bench and Bar Section newsletter, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald shared the following remembrance of Cook County Circuit Court Judge Fred G. Suria, who died last July (read his obituary in the Daily Herald).

"Judge Suria was a gentleman’s scholar and a good and valued friend. Of his 44 years on the bench, almost all of them were spent in Criminal Court at the 26th and California courthouse. Fred loved 26th street, both the place and the people. He loved his fellow judges, the lawyers, the court employees, the jurors and even the defendants who were treated just as respectfully as the others.

"He was called 'Fair Fred,' a name he had earned by the way he did business and performed his duties. He treated everyone with dignity. As one former juror who experienced his courtroom wrote after his death: Judge Suria imparted a sense of faith in the judicial system, and was the ideal ambassador for the criminal court system in Chicago.

"Judge Suria was born in Philadelphia to an Irish mother. His father was an eastern-European immigrant who came to America as a cabin boy. The family moved to Chicago when Fred was eight. He graduated from Morgan Park High School, served in the Marine Corps and, after World War II, used the GI bill to earn degrees from the University of Illinois and Loyola University School of Law.

Carl H. Stowe passes away

Posted on October 19, 2009 by Chris Bonjean
Carl H. Stowe, of Greenville, passed away on Sept. 15 at the age of 89. Mr. Stowe served as the Bond County State's Attorney from 1956-1960, conducted a simultaneous private practice and thereafter taught in business and public schools. In 1981, he engaged in private practice with his son, Charl K. Stowe. He was an honorary member of the Illinois State Bar Association and in 2003 celebrated his 50th year as an attorney. Mr. Stowe served in England and France with the Army-Air Force during World War II and was an active supporter of veterans groups.