Articles on Biographies

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.
Judicial Profile: Chief Judge James F. Holderman of the Northern District of Illinois By Devlin J. Schoop Federal Civil Practice, December 2006 On February 25, 1985, President Ronald Reagan nominated James F. Holderman to serve as a United States District Judge for the Northern District of Illinois.
Meredith E. Ritchie, Attorney At Law By Maxine R. Weiss Young Lawyers Division, December 2006 Meredith Ritchie was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1991. She is a former Chair of ISBA’s Young Lawyers Division and recently finished her term as Chair of ISBA’s Women and the Law committee.
Someone you should know: Patti S. Gregory-Chang By Ronza M. Othman Government Lawyers, December 2006 Patti S. Gregory-Chang is undoubtedly someone you should know.
Someone you should know: Patti S. Gregory-Chang By Ronza M. Othman Administrative Law, November 2006 Patti S. Gregory-Chang is undoubtedly someone you should know.
Former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Seymour Simon, 1915-2006 By Michele M. Jochner Bench and Bar, October 2006 Justice Seymour Simon recently passed away at age 91, after an extraordinary career in law and politics that spanned nearly seven decades.
Judicial Profile: Hon. Virginia M. Kendall of the Northern District of Illinois Federal Civil Practice, September 2006 Judge Virginia M. Kendall is the newest appointed Article III district judge in the Northern District of Illinois. She was nominated by President Bush on September 28, 2005 with the bipartisan support of U.S. Senators Richard Durbin and Barack Obama.
Judicial Profile: Judge Samuel Der-Yeghiayan Federal Civil Practice, September 2006 Once you speak with Judge Sam Der-Yeghiayan for a few minutes, you realize how hard work (and a little luck) can make dreams come true.
Judicial Profile: Michael P. McCuskey, Chief Judge of the Central District of Illinois Federal Civil Practice, September 2006 Michael P. McCuskey has had a distinguished career in the law, having served the Central Illinois area as both a lawyer and judge since 1975.
The new Section Council Chair—Jim Chipman By Vickie Gillio Administrative Law, July 2006 As I settle into my new position as ex officio, it is my pleasure to introduce to you the newly installed chair of the Administrative Law Section Council, James W. Chipman.
Ann B. Jorgensen: First Woman Chief Judge of the Eighteenth Circuit Women and the Law, June 2006 A graduate of Loyola University and DePaul University College of Law in 1980, Judge Ann Jorgensen started her legal career as an Assistant State’s Attorney in DuPage County and in 1984 entered into private practice in the law offices of John F. Donahue, becoming a partner in the firm of Donahue, Jorgensen, Sowa and Bugos.
Chris Haaff—6+ years of greatness with the Law Student Committee By Robert Fink Young Lawyers Division, June 2006 After more than six years of hard work and extreme dedication, YLD member Chris Haaff is stepping down as Chair of the YLD Law Student Division Committee.
Irene F. Bahr, ISBA President Elect Women and the Law, June 2006 The Woman and the Law Committee is proud that one of its founding members, and a strong supporter of women in the legal profession, Irene F. Bahr, will be installed on June 16, 2006, as the 130th president of the Illinois State Bar Association, and only the third woman to hold this position.
William L. Cleaver, Moline: A profile of an Elder Law Attorney By Peter R. Olson Elder Law, June 2006 Learn more about Elder Law attorney William Cleaver.
Someone you should know: Lori G. Levin By Andrea M. Witcher Government Lawyers, April 2006 Lori G. Levin is unquestionably someone you should know. Her tenacity and curiosity have led to a very successful career in government.
Profile of Judge Mark Filip By Travis J. Ketterman Federal Civil Practice, March 2006 Growing up in Chicago, Mark Filip felt inspired to attend law school based, in large part, on the Greylord scandal.
Paul Freehling: 2006 Laureate, Illinois State Bar Association Academy of Illinois Lawyers By Terry Shafer Hoffman Administrative Law, February 2006 This award could not have been bestowed on a nicer, sweeter, more deserving guy than Paul Freehling.
Kathryn Zenoff: First Woman Chief Judge of the Seventeenth Circuit By Susan M. Brazas Racial and Ethnic Minorities and the Law, January 2006 A graduate of the Columbia University School of Law, also an honors graduate of Stanford University, walked into a midtown Manhattan law office seeking work.
John Erlenborn (1927-2005): Illinois Congressman known as “Father of ERISA” By Gerald D. Skoning Employee Benefits, December 2005 Former U.S. Rep., John Erlenborn, 78, who represented part of DuPage County in Congress from 1965 to 1985 in a career distinguished by his expertise in labor and pension issues, died on October 30, 2005, in his Virginia home.
Profile of our editor: Paul E. Freehling By Vickie Gillio Administrative Law, November 2005 We are a Section Council unique in ISBA history in that we have been privileged to have the same newsletter editor, Paul Freehling, since the inception of the Administrative Law Section.

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