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Mark your calendars for the ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational, March 24-25, 2018, at the University of Illinois College of Law in Champaign-Urbana!

Help us make the 2018 invitational a success by participating! All lawyers, judges, law students, and paralegals are invited to volunteer as judges and jurors. No trial experience is necessary. Volunteer registration information will be distributed in January 2018.

The Mock Trial Handbook, Problem, and Registration Packets will be made available by November 1, 2017.

For information about the program, please visit the ISBA’s Law-Related Education for the Public’s website or email the mock trial coordinator, Katy Karayannis.

Benjamin Hooker Watts, 55, died at 5:45 a.m. Tuesday (Sept. 19, 2017) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana. He was born March 1, 1962, in Urbana, to Emily Stipes Watts and Robert Allan Watts. He married Judith Diane Argentieri on Oct. 25, 1997, in Chicago. They have a daughter, Olivia Argentieri Watts (18), and a son, Samuel Argentieri Watts (16).

Ben is survived by his wife and two children. He is also survived by his mother and brothers, Edward and Thomas, as well as numerous nieces, nephews and cousins. He was preceded in death by his father.

Ben graduated from Champaign Central High School and Dartmouth College and played football for both CHS and Dartmouth. He later graduated from the University of Michigan School of Law, going on to practice law with Gardner Carton & Douglas, Chicago. He returned to Champaign to join Stipes Publishing where he was a partner in the publishing business.

The Illinois Supreme Court hosted a memorial service today in honor of the late Justice John J. Stamos at the Illinois Supreme Court in Springfield. Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier delivered the opening and closing remarks. Among those in attendance to pay tribute to Stamos was Hon. Russell Hartigan. 

Stamos passed away in January 2017 at the age of 92. He was first appointed to the bench in 1968 and served on the First District Appellate Court of Illinois for 20 years before his appointment to the Illinois Supreme Court in 1988. Read Hon. Stamos's full obituary on Illinois Lawyer Now.

 

Robert LeChien
Robert LeChien
Honorable Robert P. LeChien, 65, of Belleville, born August 29, 1952, in Belleville, Ill., passed away on Thursday, August 31, 2017.

A lifelong resident of St. Clair County, Bob graduated from Althoff Catholic High School in 1970, and three years later obtained his B.S. in administration of justice administration from SIU-C. He proudly entered Southern Illinois University School of Law and graduated with its first class of distinguished alumni in 1976. He then embarked on an esteemed legal career. From 1976 to 1980, he served as an assistant state's attorney in St. Clair County and then joined his brother in private practice at LeChien & Associates. In 1985, he founded the Consumer Law Center where he undertook precedent setting cases which continue to provide protection for homeowners today.

In 1987, Bob began 30 years of dedicated service to the bench when he was appointed as associate circuit judge of the 20th Judicial Circuit. Judge LeChien was elected as resident circuit judge of St. Clair County in 1998, and most recently was re-elected to that position in 2016. He will be remembered not only for his respect for and dedication to the law, but for the empathy he showed to those who appeared in his courtroom.

Russell R. Goehl
Russell R. Goehl
Russell R. "Russ" Goehl, 81, of 6231 Horseshoe Valley Road, died Sunday, Aug. 13, 2017, at his home. He was born Sept. 6, 1935, in Fowler, a son of Raymond and Johanna Bockenfeld Goehl. He married Annette Ashdown on June 22, 1957, in Elmhurst. She survives.

Russ was a partner in the law firm of Goehl, Schuering, Cassens and Bier, practicing law in the Quincy area for over 55 years. Russ was honored by the Illinois State Bar Association for 50 years of practicing law. He was dedicated to his profession and was a mentor to many people throughout his career.

Russ was an ideal man who had a passion for life and touched many people with his rigorous life journey. Russ came from a family of dedicated farmers, and he loved riding his horses and giving Sunday buggy rides.

Most of all, Russ loved his family unconditionally. He treated his children and grandchildren as though each was his favorite, and that each of their activities were equally and vitally important to him. He was a model family man and was loved by all.

Kenneth G. Boles Sr., age 67, passed away suddenly on Tuesday, August 15, 2017.

Kenneth is survived by his beloved wife of 39 years, Maria (nee Flores); daughters, Christian E. (Douglas Hawksworth) Boles and Laura M. Boles; grandchildren, Emma and Adhalia Boles-Hawksworth; brother, Garret (Charla) Boles; sister-in-law, Diana (the late Joseph III) Boles; numerous nieces and nephews.

Preceded in death by his son, Kenneth G. Boles Jr.; parents, Joseph and Shirley (nee Thompson) Boles; and brother, Joseph Boles III.

Kenneth was born and raised in Joliet, and graduated from Providence High School and from Boston University. He then went on to graduate from Lewis University College of Law, obtaining his J.D.. Kenneth retired as an attorney from Macon County in Decatur, IL. He was a member and past Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Holy Trinity Council #4400 in Joliet. Kenneth will be dearly missed by all who knew him.

Raymond Schultz
Raymond Schultz
Raymond Karl Schultz, 54, of Swansea, Ill., passed away on Tuesday, August 22, 2017 after a courageous battle with cancer. He was the beloved husband of Susan, nee Sheppard, Schultz, and loving father of Raymond Kyle Schultz, Joseph Schultz and Danielle Schultz.

Raymond was born in Hoboken, New Jersey on November 6, 1962, and grew up in Jersey City, New Jersey and later in Topeka, Kansas. He was the son of Raymond T. Schultz and Dorothy Davenport, Step-Son of Walter Davenport; and son-in-law of William and Phyllis Sheppard.

Raymond received his  J.D. from Washburn University in 1988, and practiced employment law for approximately 30 years. 

He also leaves behind his sisters Dorothy Schultz and Mari Henson; his sisters-in-law, Jeannie (Gary) McFalls, Mary Peterson, Kristie (John) Moore, Elizabeth (Josh) LaRose; brothers-in-law, William (Jeanine) Sheppard Jr. and Michael (Melissa) Sheppard; 22 nieces and nephews; as well as numerous aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.
 

The Illinois Supreme Court will host a memorial service in honor of the late Justice John J. Stamos at 2 p.m. tomorrow, Wednesday, September 20, at the Illinois Supreme Court at 20 E. Capitol Avenue in Springfield.

The opening and closing remarks will be delivered by Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier. Tributes will be given by Supreme Court Justice Mary Jane Theis; the Honorable Benjamin K. Miller, a former Supreme Court Justice; the Honorable Gino L. DiVito, a former Appellate Justice; Mr. James J. Stamos, Esquire, of Stamos & Trucco LLP, the son of Justice Stamos; and ISBA president, the Honorable Russell W. Hartigan, a former Cook County Circuit Judge.


Presented by the ISBA Traffic Laws and Courts Section, attendees will have the option of two different programs on the same date and at the same location.

Friday, October 6, 2017
Holiday Inn and Suites – East Peoria

Beginner DUI and Traffic Law Updates – Fall 2017

8:55 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (breakfast served prior)  |  6.75 MCLE hours

Attorneys with beginner-levels of practice experience will benefit from this comprehensive look at a number of key traffic law issues, including Illinois’ new case law and legislation that may affect your next client.

Click here for more information and to register.


Rex L. Brown, 86, died on September 10, 2017. He was born on October 3, 1930 in Harvel, IL, the son of Loyd and Helen Sanders Brown. Rex is survived by his wife Marilyn M., with whom he enjoyed 67 years of blissful marriage and their 4 children: Bruce (Marilyn K.), Cynthia Zimdar (Bill), Britt (Laurie) and Brad (Michelle), 10 Grandchildren, 7 Great-Grandchildren, sister Sharon Rose Bright, and sister-in-law Sue Brown. He was preceded in death by his parents, brother Max, sister Carole Ann and Step-mother Helen Martin Brown.

As a youth, Rex helped run his family grain farm, cattle ranch and Brown’s Grocery. They also ran a chicken production operation during WWII. Rex attended Knox College, graduated from Illinois State University and the University of Illinois Law School. While in college, he was a butcher, bartender, sports official, newspaper reporter, and photographer. Upon graduation from U of I Law School in 1957, Rex moved his family to Decatur to practice law. He was the senior partner at Brown, Hawkins & Basola, and had several distinguished lawyers in his firm throughout the years. He was loved by his thousands of clients, many of whom became friends.