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Carl Lee 1927-2017

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Carl W. Lee

Carl W. Lee, 90, of Belleville, Illinois, born Monday, November 14, 1927, in Streator, IL, passed away Saturday, December 30, 2017 at Memorial Hospital in Belleville, Illinois.

Hon. John J. Phillips 1947-2017

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson
John Thomas Phillips

John Thomas Phillips, 70 years old, passed away at his home surrounded by his family on Saturday, January 6, 2018. He was born July 2, 1947 in Chicago, IL. On April 23, 1988, John married Catherine Amann. John was a graduate of East Leyden High School in Franklin Park, IL before attending Coe College in Cedar Rapids, IA, graduating in 1969.

Hon. John P. Schmidt 1965-2017

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson
John Phillip Schmidt

John Phillip Schmidt was born on January 8, 1965, in Springfield, the son of Phillip H. and Susan Conavay Schmidt. He married Robin Lee DuRocher on October 5, 2001 in Springfield. 

Dwight C. Adams 1943-2017

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Dwight C. Adams

Dwight C. Adams passed away surrounded by family on December 13, 2017 after a battle with cancer. Beloved husband of Diane, father of four children: Elisa Adams, David Adams (Allison), Jennifer Kennedy (Christopher), and Amy Ellingson (Eric, and grandfather of ten: Max, Delaney, Dylann, Brandon, Zachary, Sean, Teagan, Noa, Emma, and Talia.

James J. McClure 1920-2018

Posted on January 18, 2018 by Sara Anderson

James J. McClure Jr., age 97, of Evanston, formerly of Oak Park, veteran U.S. Navy, WW II; beloved husband of the late Lynn, nee Phelps; loving father of John P. "Jack" McClure, Julie (Fred) Giegler and Donald S. (Ruth) McClure; cherished grandfather of Jamison (Cody) Cornett and Corey (Danae) McClure, Andrew (Katie) and Laura Giegler, and Christine and Margaret McClure; great-grandfather of Evan Giegler; dear brother of the late John Baker McClure.

John C. (Jack) Feirich 1933-2018

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Jack Feirich

John C. (Jack) Feirich, 85 years of age, of Spokane, Washington and formerly of Sandpoint, Idaho; Scottsdale, Arizona; Naples, Florida; and Carbondale, Illinois passed away Jan. 14 after a year-long battle with cancer.  He was born Jan. 2, 1933 in Chicago, Illinois, the son of John K. and Mary M. Feirich. 

He is survived by his wife, C. Kay Feirich, two children, John Charles Feirich of Oceanside, California and Elizabeth Feirich Nebot of Sausalito, California, three grandchildren, four great grandchildren all of Vista, California, sister, Gretchen Lewellyn, Scottsdale, AZ, stepson, Jeffrey Brummer (Alisa) of Fairview, Oregon and two step-grandchildren.

John attended Northwestern University and the University of Illinois College of Law, and thereafter engaged in the private practice of law in Carbondale with his father and grandfather. He continued practicing law in Carbondale until he retired in 1988. He then moved to Naples, Florida, where he pursued his love of sailing in retirement and met and married his wife Kay. After many years, they moved to the Pacific Northwest; first to Idaho and then to Washington, where they became avid golfers. John also spent five years attempting to obtain authority from the State of Washington to rebuild David Thompson's Historic Trading Post. 

During his legal career, he gave freely of his time for the betterment of the legal profession and for the benefit of those members of the public who needed lawyers but could not afford them. He co-founded the Lawyer's Trust Fund of Illinois that has raised millions of dollars to provide legal services for those needy persons.

ISBA Members Receive Awards at Women in Leadership Dinner

Posted on January 16, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Orsey, Wood, Simon, and Krolikowska

The ISBA was well represented at the Women in Leadership Networking Dinner hosted by Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale on Jan. 12.

Lois Wood, former executive director of the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, was the keynote speaker and several ISBA members were honored with awards during the program. Hon. Kimberly Dahlen received the Lifetime Achievement Award. Kelly Giraudo received the Trailblazer Award. Kathy Pine received the Sandberg, Phoenix and Von Gontard Organizational Award for the Carbondale Office.

Hartigan Meets with Incoming West Suburban Bar Association President

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson
ISBA president Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.) with Emily Hansen, who will be installed as West Suburban Bar Association's president on Feb. 3, and Marie Sarantakis

ISBA Seeks Managing Editor

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) seeks a motivated professional to manage the production of the Illinois Bar Journal, the Association’s flagship publication. The Managing Editor will also oversee the production of ISBA section newsletters, the IBJ advertising program, and the Illinois Courts Bulletin. The Managing Editor position will preferably be based in the Springfield, Illinois headquarters of the ISBA, but candidates desiring to work in the ISBA’s Chicago Office are also invited to apply.

Bedwell and Stella are Elevated to Partner at MKFM Law Firm

Posted on January 9, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Stella and Bedwell

Joshua D. Bedwell and Lindsay C. Stella have become partners at Stella Mirabella, Kincaid, Frederick & Mirabella, LLC. Both attorneys practice primarily family law for the Wheaton  law firm.

Attorney Joshua Bedwell joined MKFM in January 2012. He earned his juris doctor from the John Marshall Law School in 2010 and worked as an assistant corporation counsel for the city of Chicago.

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