Section Newsletter Articles on Biographies

Judicial profile: Judge Gary S. Feinerman By Marron Mahoney Federal Civil Practice, March 2011 Get to know Gary S. Feinerman, one of the newest district court judges for the Northern District of Illinois.
Someone you should know: Debbie Simpson, Assistant Attorney General By Ronald A. Rascia Government Lawyers, March 2011 As someone who has devoted her career to government work and public service, Debbie Simpson is someone you should know.
Dr. Liu Xiaobo: I have no enemies By Peter Y. Qiu International and Immigration Law, January 2011 Last month Dr. Liu Xiaobo, currently incarcerated as a political prisoner, became the first Chinese citizen to win the Nobel Peace Prize.
A tribute to Madalyn Maxwell By Marc Christopher Loro Administrative Law, January 2011 Remembering retired Assistant Attorney General and ISBA Laureate Madalyn Maxwell.
Chief Justice Fitzgerald ends a long and distinguished career By Joseph Tybor Bench and Bar, November 2010 A look at the career of Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald.
Thomas L. Kilbride elected as next Supreme Court Chief Justice By Joseph Tybor Bench and Bar, November 2010 Learn more about the newly elected Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.
Member spotlight: Diana M. Law By Melissa M. Olivero Women and the Law, October 2010 A closer look at this accomplished lawyer and member of our Committee, who recently won the ISBA’s 2009-2010 Young Lawyer of the Year Award.
E. Lynn Grayson’s Introduction of Judge George Leighton receiving the ISBA Diversity Leadership Award Diversity Leadership Council, June 2010 An description of the ISBA Diversity Leadership Award and background of its first recipient, Hon. George N. Leighton.
Mangum’s experience running for the ISBA Assembly Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, June 2010 The journey of Jameika Williams Mangum from an Assistant State's Attorney in McHenry County to the ISBA Assembly representing the 22nd Judicial Circuit.
Profiling professionals in the field: Jon Gilbert By Laurel White Alternative Dispute Resolution, May 2010 Get to know attorney Jon Gilbert.
In memoriam By J.A. Sebastian Administrative Law, April 2010 Remembering Roz Kaplan.
Profiling professionals in the field: Larry Schaner By Laurel White Alternative Dispute Resolution, April 2010 Get to know attorney Lawrence Schaner.
Profiling professionals in the field: Philip Aka profile By Laurel White Alternative Dispute Resolution, February 2010 When Philip Aka joined the Illinois State Bar Association’s Alternative Dispute Resolution committee two years ago, he didn’t fit the profile of a “typical” ADR committee member.
Profiling professionals in the field: H. Case Ellis By Laurel White Alternative Dispute Resolution, November 2009 H. Case Ellis is currently collaborating with the Law Office of Stephen E. Walter to run WE Mediate, an alternative dispute resolution practice in Crystal Lake.
Profiling professionals in the field: Judge Allen S. Goldberg directs mediation efforts of Cook County Circuit Court By Laurel White Alternative Dispute Resolution, October 2009 The first in a series of profiles of professionals in ADR.
Interview with former YLD Chair Gregg Garofalo By Marron Mahoney Young Lawyers Division, August 2009 Get to know more about Gregg Garofalo, who chaired the YLD in the 2007-2008 bar year.
Where are they now: An interview with former YLD Chair Franco Coladipietro By Marron Mahoney Young Lawyers Division, June 2009 Find out what Franco Coladipietro has been up to since his term as YLD Chair during the 2002-2003 bar year.
From the Chair By Kenneth Dobbs Human Rights, May 2009  The Chair of the Human Rights Section shares why he chose his profession.
Where are they now: A look at former YLD Chair David Thies By Marron Mahoney Young Lawyers Division, April 2009 Find out what former David C. Thies is doing today, nearly 30 years after his term as Chair of the YLD.
Freedom for the thought we hate: A Biography of the First Amendment by Anthony Lewis By Kathryn E. Eisenhart Human Rights, June 2008 It won’t take long to read this book. But I finished the book with a sense of the sweep and changes of freedom of expression and freedom of the press that is often lacking in the tomes often published about the topic.
From State ALJ to Federal District Court Judge: Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer’s professional progression By J.A. Sebastian Administrative Law, March 2008 On February 4, 2008, the Administrative Law Judges Committee of the Chicago Bar Association presented the Honorable Rebecca R. Pallmeyer as the guest speaker at its monthly lunch meeting.
Our very own ‘Tish’ Spunar-Sheats joins the ranks of ISBA Laureates! Women and the Law, March 2008 We announce with great pride the fabulous news that fellow Committee member Letitia Spunar-Sheats has been selected by the Board of Regents of the ISBA Academy of Illinois Lawyers to be one of the six distinguished attorneys of the 2008 Class of Laureates, for which she was nominated by our Committee.
Ann Breen-Greco, Chicago Kent College of Law ’84, Administrative Law Judge Administrative Law, December 2007 Learn more about Administrative Law Judge Ann Breen-Greco.
Committee Member Spotlight on our very own 2007 Young Lawyer of the Year, Heather M. Fritsch By Mary F. Petruchius Women and the Law, November 2007 It was with great pleasure that I nominated Heather M. Fritsch for the 2007 ISBA Young Lawyer of the Year Award because I firmly believe that Heather possesses all the attributes of a “lawyer of the year.”
Spotlight on women in ISBA leadership: A conversation with ISBA Board Member Michele Jochner By Sandra Crawford Women and the Law, November 2007 One of the goals of the Women and the Law Committee, through its quarterly newsletter, is to share with our readers information about women in leadership positions within and outside of the ISBA.
Magistrate Judge Susan E. Cox By Patricia M. Fallon Federal Civil Practice, September 2007 In April 2007, Susan E. Cox was selected as the Northern District’s newest magistrate judge.
Someone You Should Know—Meet Jerry Larkin, Administrator of the ARDC Government Lawyers, September 2007 Between February 1, 1973, and March 16, 2007, the ARDC was led by only three Administrators; on March 19, 2007, Jerry Larkin took over the corner office as the fourth lawyer in Illinois to hold that title.
Committee member spotlight: Patrice Ball-Reed, former committee member Women and the Law, May 2007 Patrice Ball-Reed, former long-time member of the Women and the Law Committee, was recently honored by the Chicago Defender as a member of the newspaper’s inaugural Class of Women of Excellence.
U.S. Magistrate Judge Ian H. Levin By Patricia M. Fallon Federal Civil Practice, March 2007 U.S. Magistrate Judge Ian H. Levin retired on July 1, 2006 after 17 years of dedicated service to the bench.
Ann Breen-Greco is a “woman with vision” By Paul E. Freehling Administrative Law, December 2006 For nearly three decades, Ann Breen-Greco has been a political and community activist. She has focused much of her efforts on reducing violence against women, working with women’s groups and elected officials to promote the Violence Against Women Act, and continuing to lobby for its funding.