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ISBA Offices to Close During Holidays

Posted on December 13, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The ISBA Springfield and Chicago offices will be closed for the holidays beginning Friday, Dec. 22. They will reopen on Jan. 2, 2018. During this time, members can expect the following:

All business and e-newsletter distribution will resume as usual on Jan. 2, 2018. 

Charles Garnati 1952-2017

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Charles R. “Chuck” Garnati, 65, passed away peacefully at 2:10 a.m. Nov. 14, 2017, surrounded by his loving family in St. Louis University Hospital. Chuck was born Oct. 21, 1952, in Herrin, to Sam and Helen (Hemlock) Garnati.

He received a B.A. in history and pre-law at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIUC). He also attended University of Tennessee in Knoxville, Tennessee. He completed his law degree at SIUC.

He was first elected as Williamson County state’s attorney in 1984 and continued to serve eight consecutive four-year terms. Chuck was the longest continuous serving state's attorney in the State of Illinois. He retired Sept. 8, 2014, having served 30 consecutive years. Chuck built his career being tough on crime. He tried 30 murder cases in 30 years as the county’s top prosecutor, gaining first-degree murder convictions in 29 of them and manslaughter in the other.

Chuck also initiated programs such as a domestic violence program which provided assistance and advocacy for both adults and juveniles. He also started a bad check program which collected thousands of dollars for the county and businesses.

Advocating for and supporting children was one of the primary goals for his office. He was a man who gave his life to public service. That service helped him to support two groups he helped create. The Williamson County Child Advocacy Center and CASA, a court appointed advocacy for children who are abused and neglected. Garnati’s Annual Golf Day Tournament raised large amounts of money for these programs to continue helping children. Brandon Zanotti has continued that tradition with the amount raised approaching a half million dollars.

Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation Seeks Staff Attorney

Posted on November 29, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, a non-profit organization that provides free legal services to low-income individuals and groups in civil cases, is seeking a staff attorney at the Central Regional Office in East St. Louis.

The position includes representing clients in the areas of foreclosure and landlord/tenant law, and giving presentations to members of client population about their rights.

To be considered for this position, you must be admitted to practice law in Illinois and demonstrate a commitment to the representation of low-income individuals. Prior legal services experience is preferred.

Gregory Paul Erthal 1962-2017

Posted on November 20, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Gregory Paul ErthalGregory Paul Erthal passed away at 55-years-old at 12:52 AM on Monday, November 13, 2017 at Alton Memorial Hospital. He was born in Alton on January 14, 1962 the son of the late Paul and Mary (Abbott) Erthal. After his parents passed he was then raised by his aunt and uncle Bonnie and Dick Peipert. Greg was a 1980 graduate from Marquette Catholic High School and then went on to graduate cum laude with his B.A. from Bradley University in Peoria, where he was nominated for the Harry S. Truman Scholarship and on the Dean’s List. He earned his J.D. from Saint Louis University School of Law in 1987. Greg was an attorney for over 25 years and joined the Simmons firm in 2005. He has extensive trial experience prosecuting both felonies and misdemeanors as an assistant state’s attorney in Madison and Jackson counties. In addition, Greg served as the city attorney for Alton. On October 11, 2014 he married the former Michelle (Puckett) in Las Vegas and she survives. Also surviving are one step daughter; Leslie Gossard of Bethalto, a step grandson; Noah Gossard and two cousins that are like brothers; Rich Peipert of Godfrey and Scott Peipert of Charlotte, NC.

Elisha Deen Joins SI Elder Law

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Elisha DeenElisha S. Deen has joined SI Elder Law, LLC as an associate Elder Law Attorney.

Deen is a graduate of Southeast Missouri State University with a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration with a major in accounting. She is a graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law with a certificate in Business and Transactional Law. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri.

Deen has extensive experience in estate planning, probate, personal injury, worker's compensation, wrongful death, business litigation and real estate litigation. She is the Secretary of the Williamson County Bar Association, member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association, the Missouri Bar Association and the American Bar Association.

Don R. Lucas 1935-2017

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Don R. Lucas passed away Nov. 6, 2017. Born, raised, provided, prospered, and now passed, Don Lucas’s life story began, thrived, and ended in West Frankfort. A loving patriarch to his family, a devoted friend and attorney to his community, and a passionate defender of small town governance and the sheer joy in the natural bounty of Southern Illinois.

Don was a gifted athlete and multiple sports fueled his youth at F.C.H.S. achieving honorable mention to the 1952 Illinois All State Basketball Team. He attended SIU on a track scholarship where academic pursuits led him to both bachelor of science and master of science degrees while teaching government at SIU on a resident teaching fellowship.

After graduating from SIU in 1959, he taught history and coached basketball at Murphysboro and West Frankfort High Schools. Don’s only extended leave from Southern Illinois was to pursue a law degree and teach legal writing at the University of Wisconsin-Madison, graduating with a Juris Doctor of Law in 1963.

Dwight Taylor 1932 - 2017

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Dwight TaylorDwight Taylor, 85, of Collinsville, Illinois, born Feb. 11, 1932, in Carrollton, Illinois, passed away Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017 at St. Louis University Hospital, St. Louis, Missouri.

Dwight grew up in Shipman, Illinois, and graduated from Southwest High School. He attended Washington University, St. Louis, where he earned his J.D. He served in the U.S. Army during the Korean Conflict. Mr. Taylor was employed for many years as an attorney at the Collinsville Building and Loan, and he also served as the Collinsville city attorney for over thirty years. He was instrumental in city development, including the Eastport Plaza and the Gateway Conference Center. He enjoyed golfing, loved his dogs, and took great pride in his yard, twice earning him "Yard of the Month" title.

He was preceded in death by his parents, Carroll "Casey" and Irene, nee Travers, Taylor; his son Dennis, and his sister Dottye.

November 2017 Bar Admission Ceremony Highlights

Posted on November 15, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Three generations of Illinois lawyers at the 3rd District ceremonyLast Thursday, Nov. 9, 1,335 new attorneys were admitted to practice law in Illinois after taking the attorney's oath at five separate ceremonies across the state, bringing the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 98,000. Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices presided over the ceremonies.

ISBA staff members were in attendance at all five ceremonies to welcome the state's newest attorneys to the profession, take photos, and talk about the benefits of ISBA membership, which is free for one year for new admittees. Member benefits can be activated by filling out the New Admittee Membership Form

The photo galleries of highlights from the ceremonies are listed below:

1st District Admission Ceremony, November 2017

2nd District Admission Ceremony, November 2017

3rd District Admission Ceremony, November 2017

4th District Admission Ceremony, November 2017

Over 1,300 New Illinois Lawyers to Be Admitted on Thursday

Posted on November 8, 2017 by Sara Anderson

New attorneys will be admitted to practice in Illinois on Thursday, Nov. 9, with Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Appellate Court justices presiding and administering the attorney's oath to 1,335 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 98,000.

The largest group, 1,022, will be admitted in the First Judicial District during two ceremonies at the Arie Crown Theater, located at 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive, in Chicago. The ceremonies will be at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis will preside over both ceremonies.

Guests of the morning ceremony will include Dartesia Pitts, president of the Cook County Bar Association; Randy K. Johnson of the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar; and Hon. Cecilia Horan, president of the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association. Judge Stuart E. Palmer will move for admission of the class. Judge Robert W. Bertucci will second the motion.

Legal Community Honors Land of Lincoln Executive Director for Service

Posted on November 7, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The legal community from central and southern Illinois gathered to honor Lois Wood in Collinsville on Saturday, Nov. 4. Wood retired after 13 years as executive director at the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation (LOLLAF) and a total of 43 years of service with the organization in pursuit of equal justice for low-income and senior residents of central and southern Illinois. Ebony Huddleston, Land of Lincoln Board of Directors; Land of Lincoln President and ISBA Past President John Thies; and ISBA Third Vice President Dennis Orsey were in attendance to thank and congratulate Wood. 

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