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CLE: 40 Hour Mediation/Arbitration Training

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Mediation is designed to resolve differences both in and out of the courts. It requires a very different mindset than courtroom litigation. Join us in Carbondale on March 14, 2016 for this week-long mediation training and learn how to resolve conflicts in a non-adversarial, non-confrontational manner, allowing peaceful resolutions between parties.

The program is taught by Richard Calkins and Fred Lane – two nationally recognized mediators, authors and educators. Until 20 years ago, both Mr. Calkins and Mr. Lane were well-known and highly regarded litigators. Since then, however, they have successfully mediated over 5,000 cases.

Joel Kunin Joins as Of Counsel at Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C.

Posted on January 26, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Joel Kunin​Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C., one of the most experienced litigation firms in the nation, announced that Joel Kunin has joined the firm in Edwardsville as Of Counsel, effective February 1.  Kunin has extensive experience in bankruptcy law, commercial law and debtor and creditor rights law.  He joined the firm from the Kunin Law Offices, LLC in Collinsville.

“We are thrilled that Joel has joined our firm and his experience complements our rapidly growing business and commercial law group, which includes the full-range of business transactions and litigation, business law, employment law, real estate law, banking law and taxation,” said Mark Goldenberg, founder and managing partner of Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. 

William E. Miller IV joins The Law Offices of William E. Miller III

Posted on January 12, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

The Law Offices of William E. Miller III is very happy and proud to announce that William E. Miller IV has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Bill is a 2007 honors graduate of Marquette Catholic High School in Alton, Illinois. Bill then continued his formal education at the University of Missouri - Columbia, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, graduating in 2011. Bill then completed his education at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate in May 2015. Bill is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and is now available for client appointments in the firm's office located at 1403 East Broadway, Alton, Illinois. 

Local Bar Association raises money for Murphysboro Food Pantry

Posted on December 23, 2015 by Morgan Yingst

The Jackson County Bar Association, an Illinois State Bar Association-affiliated bar association located in Carbondale, recently held its Ninth Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Murphysboro Food Pantry, a volunteer-operated food pantry that serves all of Jackson County. Donations were collected from individual members throughout the month of December. Members, Michael Fiello, Alice Noble-Allgire and Craig Reeves challenged members to match their combined donation of $1,500, and the members rose to the challenge, collecting a total of $3,620 for the Food Pantry. This money will help the Food Pantry purchase food at discounted rates to distribute to local families and support the Pantry’s other programs.  

John Kujawski Appointed to the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Posted on December 21, 2015 by Morgan Yingst

On December 11, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court issued an Order appointing John Kujawski of O’Fallon, Illinois to the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. The Mission of the Commission is “to promote a culture of civility and inclusion, in which Illinois lawyers and judges embody the ideals of the legal profession in service to the administration of justice in our democratic society.” The Commission is charged by Supreme Court Rule 799 to promote among both lawyers and judges in Illinois greater integrity, professionalism and civility; to foster commitment to the elimination of bias and divisiveness within the legal and judicial systems; and to ensure those systems provide equitable, efficient and effective service to the citizens of Illinois.

John Kujawski is the founding member of Kujawski Marcus, LLC, based in O’Fallon, Illinois. Mr. Kujawski is a resident of the Central West End, and has been practicing law since 1973 in the areas of Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) and personal injury. Mr. Kujawski has earned Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent peer review rating. Mr. Kujawski is a former Commissioner for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and is a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 520. Recently in 2011, Mr.
Kujawski and his partner Bob Marcus prevailed in the United States Supreme Court in the case of CSXT v. McBride, which solidified the application of the FELA in fully protecting injured railroad workers and their families. Kujawski Marcus, LLC’s practice extends regionally to over 20 states.

Stephanie King to Join King Law Firm, LLC

Posted on December 17, 2015 by Morgan Yingst

King Law Firm, LLC is proud to announce that Stephanie A. King will be joining the firm as an Attorney in January 2016.

Stephanie – a licensed Attorney in Illinois and Missouri – brings valuable and instrumental courtroom skills, legal ability, management experience, and strong professional relationships with courthouse staff and a variety of government offices. She is a member of the Alton-Wood River Bar Association, Madison County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, and American Bar Association. Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Bridgewater State University and Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. From 2010-2015, Stephanie served as an appointed Assistant State’s Attorney in Madison County, Illinois.

Ripplinger appointed to Illinois Access to Civil Justice Council

Posted on November 30, 2015 by Morgan Yingst

George Ripplinger, managing partner of the law firm Ripplinger & Zimmer, LLC, of Belleville, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri, has been appointed to the Illinois Access to Civil Justice Council.

The Illinois Access to Civil Justice Council was created by the Illinois legislature by Public Act 099-0281 to enable and fund the development and support of a legal hotline and network of legal assistance to help active duty, Reserve, National Guard, retired service members, veterans and military families in need throughout the state. It is a five year pilot program funded by a temporary $2.00 add-on to civil filing fees that began collection on September 1, 2015 and will sunset at the conclusion of the pilot project on 2020.

Hodge Dwyer & Driver merges with HeplerBroom

Posted on November 23, 2015 by Morgan Yingst

Illinois and Missouri litigation firm, HeplerBroom, will be joined by the Springfield-based environmental attorneys of Hodge Dwyer & Driver on January 1, 2016, as the firm expands its Springfield office. Together with its 120 attorneys situated in key jurisdictions, HeplerBroom can now add environmental legal representation to the broad services currently provided to a wide variety of clients across many industries in the Midwest.

“We grow in response to client demands for more diverse services. We’ve worked well with the firm in the past. Hodge Dwyer & Driver’s environmental regulatory and litigation skills are a natural fit as we diversify our offerings,” said Larry Hepler of HeplerBroom. “The firm brings extensive regulatory talent to bear for our clients who have operations in Illinois and Missouri or companies who are considering expanding into these states.”

Businesses are faced with the challenge of complying with extensive and complicated national, state and local environmental regulations. With the addition of Hodge Dwyer & Driver, HeplerBroom can now be in close touch with regulators in Springfield and Chicago. If disputes in any part of Illinois cannot be resolved at the agency level and litigation results, Hodge Dwyer & Driver now finds increased depth with the entire HeplerBroom litigation team.

Madison County Courthouse celebrates 100th birthday

Posted on November 12, 2015 by Chris Bonjean

The 100th birthday of the Madison County Courthouse in Edwardsville featured a presentation by Third Judicial Circuit Chief Judge David Hylla of framed Declarations of Independence hand-rolled from the plates at the Bureau of Printing and Engraving. The circuit judges and the Madison County Bar Association were the donors of one framed declaration for each circuit judge's courtroom and one for the lobby of the 100-year-old courthouse. Circuit Clerk Mark Von Nida spoke of the history and mysteries from the courthouse following the dinner held on the first floor atrium of the courthouse sponsored by the Madison County Historical Society.

Pictured at the 'Dining in History' event held in the Madison County Courthouse on Nov. 8 are (from left) Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier, Von Nida and Hylla.

Supreme Court Justices swear-in 1,605 new attorneys at 5 locations around the state

Posted on November 3, 2015 by Morgan Yingst

Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court administered the attorney’s oath to 1,605 new attorneys on Thursday at five separate locations across the state.

The largest group —1,306—were admitted in the First Judicial District during two ceremonies at the Arie Crown Theater, 2301 Lake Shore Drive, in Chicago.

All of the candidates 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 bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 96,000.

Justice Anne M. Burke presided over the 9:45 a.m. ceremony in the First District and Justice Mary Jane Theis presided over the 12:45 p.m. ceremony.

At the 9:45 a.m. ceremony, Will County Circuit Judge Richard C. Schoenstedt made the move for admission of the class. Cook County Circuit Judge Sharon M. Sullivan and Chicago attorney Stephen Stern seconded the motion. They all have children who took the attorney's oath during the ceremony.

Other guests of the morning ceremony included: Patricia Brown Holmes, president of the Chicago Bar Association; and Cook County Circuit Judge Jessica A. O'Brien, ISBA Board member and president of the Women's Bar Association.