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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.

ISBA Leaders Attend Joint Bar Meeting

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Over 150 attorneys attended this year's Madison County Bar Association-St. Clair County Bar Association joint meeting in Collinsville on Thursday, March 22. This included members of ISBA's Board of Governors, who were visiting the Metro-East area in anticipation of the March 23 Board meeting.

Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice and Williams Venker & Sanders Announce Merger

Posted on March 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The law firms of Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice (BSCR) and Williams Venker & Sanders (WVS) will be merging July 1, 2018.

The merged firm will continue to be known as Baker Sterchi Cowden & Rice and will be headquartered in Kansas City, Missouri. Scott Kreamer will remain managing member, responsible for the day-to-day operations and long-term planning of the firm. Mike Hunter will serve as the manager in charge of the merged firm’s St. Louis and Illinois offices.

ISBA Judicial Ratings Available for March 20 Primary Election

Posted on March 7, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Illinois voters are responsible for electing and retaining judges. To assist them in making informed decisions, ISBA provides information about the qualifications of judicial candidates and judges seeking retention. Lawyers who practice alongside candidates and judges are in a unique position to assess the professional qualities that are necessary for good judges. 

In anticipation of the March 20 primary election, judicial evaluations, poll results, candidate biographies, and information about Cook County's 15 subcircuits are now available.

Erin Reilly 1969-2018

Posted on March 1, 2018 by Sara Anderson
Erin Reilly
Erin Reilly

Erin Elizabeth Reilly was born on January 14, 1969 in St. Louis, Mo. She was the second child of Dennis and Jan (Stelloh) Reilly of Edwardsville.

She married the love of her life, Jim Logan, on November 10th, 2000. Together they are the parents of Nick, Katie, Layne, and the late "Baby Jake" Logan. She is the step-mother of Jared Meyer and Joanna Holmin. When she was not busy being a loving wife and mother, she spent her time practicing family law in Edwardsville. 

Erin loved attending baseball and basketball games, gymnastic meets, soccer games, and being a Girl Scout Leader. She loved people. She was constantly donating her time through Pro Bono work, helping others without seeking credit or asking for anything in return. 

ISBA to Hold Ask A Lawyer Day on April 28

Posted on February 28, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Each year, the Illinois State Bar Association sponsors Ask A Lawyer Day to recognize and celebrate Law Day, which celebrates the role of law in our society and cultivates a deeper understanding of the legal profession. During Ask A Lawyer Day, volunteers respond to telephone calls from the public to answer general legal questions free of charge. The calls help members of the public resolve their legal issues or assist them in taking the next steps toward resolving those issues. This is a state-wide public relations effort that receives considerable attention from the public and the media.

This year's Ask A Lawyer Day will be held on Saturday, April 28, from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. at the Illinois Bar Center in Springfield and the Chicago Regional Office.

If you are interested in volunteering, please complete the online form at www.isba.org/askalawyervolunteer

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