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Madison County Courthouse Receives Famous Lincoln Portrait

Posted on May 21, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
(L-R) IJA Board Member Hon. Judge Sarah Smith; IJA President Hon. John Coady; ISBA 3rd Vice President Dennis Orsey; Third Circuit Chief Judge David Hylla; IJA Treasurer Hon. Barbara Crowder.

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was presented during a ceremony Monday at the Madison County Courthouse.

The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler on June 3, 1860, for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. Printed on canvas, the image of the beardless Lincoln is encased in a richly stained wood frame and measures 30-inches wide by 40-inches tall.

The permanent installation is made possible by donations from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and their respective foundations – the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation. 

Richard O. Hart 1927-2018

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Richard O. Hart, 90, died Monday, March 12, 2018, in St. Louis. He was born December 13, 1927.

Surviving is his wife of 66 years, Carolyn Hart, of Benton; two sons, Murphy C. Hart and wife, Jody, of Benton, Paul R. Hart and wife, Kim, of Tampa, Fla.; three grandchildren, Ryan Hart of South Bend, Ind., Caleb Hart of Benton, Ali Herndon and husband, Dallas, of Tampa, Fla.; a great-granddaughter, Ruby Herndon; a niece, Janice Legendre and husband, Roger, of Johnston City; a nephew, James Hart and wife, Jayna, of Benton; Mr. Hart’s longtime assistant, Edie Jones and husband, John, of Benton.

Famous Lincoln Portrait Unveiled at St. Clair County Courthouse

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Anna Krolikowska

A high-quality reproduction of a famous Abraham Lincoln photograph was unveiled May 15 at a ceremony at the St. Clair County Courthouse.

The photograph was taken in Springfield by well-known photographer Alexander Hesler for Lincoln’s 1860 presidential campaign. It is considered to be one of the best taken of Lincoln during his pre-presidential years.

The permanent installation is made possible by donations from the Illinois Judges Association (IJA), the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and their respective foundations – the Illinois Judges Foundation and the Illinois Bar Foundation. 

More than 400 New Illinois Lawyers Admitted on May 10

Posted on May 14, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

New attorneys were admitted to practice in Illinois on May 10, with Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices presiding and administering the attorney's oath to 401 new attorneys at five separate locations across the state. 

All of the candidates passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. They bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 96,500.

The largest group, 275, was admitted in the First Judicial District during three ceremonies at the James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall, located at 100 W. Randolph St., in Chicago. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke presided over the first ceremony, Illinois Appellate Justice Cynthia Y. Cobbs presided over the second ceremony, and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis presided over the last ceremony.  

Kenneth Meyers 1944-2018

Posted on May 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders
Judge Kenneth Meyers

Judge Kenneth J. Meyers, 74, of Mount Vernon, Ill., died Saturday, April 14, 2018, at his home in Mount Vernon. He was born February 25, 1944, in Gary, Ind., to Charles J. and Luella (Krone) Meyers. 

He first married Susan Robbins on June 19, 1965, in Mattoon, Ill., and she preceded him in death on October 24, 2012. He later married Mindy E. (Bumpus) Koch on December 14, 2013, in Mount Vernon, and she survives.

Judge Meyers is survived by his wife, Mindy E. Meyers of Mount Vernon; daughter, Angela Kniery and husband, Dr. Paul Kniery of Bowling Green, Ky.; son, Greg Meyers of Edwardsville, Ill.; five grandchildren, Sam Kniery, Joe Kniery, Bridget Kniery, Alex Meyers, and Evan Meyers; stepsons, Kraig Koch and wife, Ashley of Chicago, Ill. and Brian Edward “Ed” Koch of Saint Louis, Mo.; brothers, Terry Meyers and wife, Darla of Kankakee, Ill. and Bill Meyers and wife, Carolyn of North Carolina; sister, Betty Logan of Effingham, Ill.; and several nieces and nephews.

Over 400 New Illinois Lawyers to Be Admitted on Thursday

Posted on May 8, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

New attorneys will be admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, May 10, with Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices presiding and administering the attorney's oath to 401 new attorneys at five separate locations across the state. 

All of the candidates set to be sworn in have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. They will bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 96,500.

The largest group, 275, will be admitted in the First Judicial District during three ceremonies at the James R. Thompson Center Assembly Hall, located at 100 W. Randolph St., in Chicago. The ceremonies will be at 9 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 2:30 p.m. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke will preside over the 9 a.m. ceremony, Illinois Appellate Justice Cynthia Y. Cobbs will preside over the 11:30 a.m. ceremony, and Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis will preside over the 2:30 p.m. ceremony.  

Land of Lincoln Seeks Staff Attorneys

Posted on May 1, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, a non-profit organization which provides free legal services to eligible individuals in central and southern Illinois, is looking to hire two staff attorneys at its Central Regional Office in East St. Louis.

Foreclosure Staff Attorney

Responsibilities for this opening include representation of clients in foreclosure. Responsible for giving presentations to members of our client population about their rights.   

IBF to Honor Downstate Attorneys

Posted on April 19, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) will honor Eugenia C. Hunter, Attorney at Law, and posthumously honor Hon. David W. Watt, Jr., 1st Judicial Circuit Court, at a Southern Illinois Fellows reception on Thursday, May 10, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Carbondale Civic Center, 200 S. Illinois Avenue in Carbondale. 

Tickets are $35 per person. Tickets and sponsorships are available on the IBF website.

Created in 1983, the Fellows Program consists of a special group of lawyers and Foundation supporters who have committed, by direct payment or pledge over ten years, sums of money ranging from $1,000 to $25,000 to support the mission of the IBF.

The IBF raises funds for distribution to Illinois nonprofit organizations whose mission is to provide free legal services to those with limited means. It also provides assistance to lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. The IBF also oversees the Illinois JusticeCorps program, which provides trained part-time student volunteers to serve as guides in courthouses. This year, the IBF will distribute more than $820,000 in funds.

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