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Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman announced today the formation of a judicial screening committee for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

The screening committee was formed for the purpose of assessing the qualifications of those persons who have applied for appointment to the Office of Judge of the Circuit Court for the Sixth Judicial Circuit created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Arnold F. Blockman on September 16, 2016. Under the Illinois Constitution, the vacancy will be filled by Supreme Court appointment.

Discover what’s new in the tort law arena with this informative half-day seminar in Champaign on April 22, 2016! Tort law attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: the do’s and don’ts of medical expert testimony preparation; the current trends and issues with medical malpractice; the vocational expert’s role in determining key factors to your next case; how workers’ compensation issues intersect with Section 5 liens; the Illinois Lien Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act; how to make the most out of the mediation process; and the relationship between Medicare and tort law.

Meyer Capel, the largest, most diversified law firm headquartered in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois proudly announces the addition of Champaign attorney Marc J. Ansel as a shareholder of the firm and attorneys Alyx J. Parker and Dane C. Amundson as associates with the law firm. Attorneys Ansel, Parker and Amundson practiced law together as Ansel Law, Ltd. prior to joining Meyer Capel’s litigation department.

A veteran litigator, Marc Ansel, has practiced law continuously in Champaign County, Illinois for over 40 years and is a graduate of both the University of Illinois and the University of Illinois College of Law. Mr. Ansel is a respected trial lawyer concentrating in civil litigation, including complex business and commercial litigation, construction disputes, unfair competition, arbitration, mediation, injury and insurance matters. He is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, as advocate, arbitrator and mediator. He has handled numerous jury and bench trials, as well as appeals before all Illinois appellate courts, the Illinois Supreme Court, the Federal court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Ansel has also been involved in alternative dispute resolution as an advocate, arbitrator and mediator.

Please join us on Friday, April 8 for the Joseph R. Bartylak Dinner benefiting the Lawyers Assistance Program. The event will be held at the Sangamo Club at 227 E. Adams Street in Springfield. 

The event will consist of a reception beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cheif Justice Rita B. Garman will be the keynote speaker. Judge John Gorman will receive the Joseph R. Bartylak Award and Matthew Hutmacher will receive the President's Award.

Tickets are available for $100 per person. 

Contact Bridget McLaughlin at 312-726-6607 or for general information or assistance with tickets, sponsorship, or donations.

Robert JennettenRobert H. Jennetten, 71, of Peoria passed away at 4:36 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 28, 2016, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Bob was born on Jan. 13, 1945, in Belleville, Ill., to the late Peter and Marie (Wienstroer) Jennetten. He married Suzanne M. Clemens on June 8, 1968, in West Point, Iowa. She survives.

He is also survived by four sons, Peter (Jolie) Jennetten and Robert (Megan) Jennetten, both of Peoria, Joseph Jennetten of Nome, Alaska, and Nathaniel (Alexandra) Jennetten of Des Moines, Iowa; one daughter, Amy (Ali) Brown of Oak Park, Ill.; 13 grandchildren, Leo, Gustav, Hal, Abe, Adeline, Amelia, Henry, Jackson and Theodore Jennetten and Bella, Amor, Noble and Immanuel Brown; one brother, John (Judi) Jennetten of Edwardsville, Ill.; and one sister, Donna (Charles) Pruemer of Bruceville, Texas.

Joeseph "Jody" V. Toohill Jr.
Joeseph "Jody" V. Toohill Jr.
Joseph “Jody” V. Toohill, Jr. He passed away peacefully with his family at his side on Monday, February 29, 2016.

He was born in Peoria, IL, September 30, 1942, the son of Joseph, Sr. and Juanita (Taggert) Toohill. They preceded him in death.

He married Diane L. Myers on September 16, 1967 Canton, IL. She survives along with 3 daughters: Sarah Elizabeth Borkowski (Michael) of Inverness, IL. Kathleen Anne Palmer (Jeff) of Washington, IL., and Jennifer Jean Currey (John) of Savoy, IL, 6 grandchildren: Jacob Palmer, Alexandra Palmer, Isabelle Borkowski, Victoria Borkowski, Matthew Currey, and Kathryn Currey, 2 sisters: Judith A. Toohill of Farmington and Jeanne C. Flaherty of Gulfport, FL.

Chief Justice Rita B. Garman of the Supreme Court of Illinois has begun an application process for an At-Large Circuit Court vacancy in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy will be created by the retirement of Judge Arnold F. Blockman on September 16, 2016. Judge Blockman has been an At-Large Circuit Judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit since 1996.

Under the Illinois Constitution, judicial vacancies are filled by Supreme Court appointment. The application process will lead to the final Court approval. Applicants will undergo an evaluation and screening process.

Notice of the vacancy has been posted in the courthouses throughout the Circuit. The application form and instructions may be obtained by visiting the Illinois Supreme Court’s website at and following the instructions in the “Latest News” scroller announcing the Sixth Judicial Circuit vacancy.

Deadline for submission of an application is Friday, April 1, 2016.

Amy L. McFarland
Amy L. McFarland
The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts announced Wednesday that the Eleventh Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Amy L. McFarland as associate judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

Ms. McFarland received her undergraduate degree in 1996 from Illinois State University and her Juris Doctor in 1999 from the University of Denver. Ms. McFarland is currently affiliated with Bloomington Legal Services.

Chief Justice Rita B. Garman and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced the appointment of Quincy attorney Amy C. Lannerd as a Circuit Judge in the Eighth Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Lannerd was appointed Wednesday to fill the at-large vacancy created by the retirement of Judge William O. Mays, Jr. Her appointment takes effect April 12, 2016, and terminates December 3, 2018, when the position is filled by the 2018 General Election.

Back by popular demand! Enhance your professional excellence by attending this full-day seminar in Quincy on March 18, 2016 that gives you the opportunity to update your knowledge in a number of general practice areas! Attorneys with basic to intermediate levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: how new technology can help you run your practice more efficiently; the recent cases and rulings of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission; the changes in family law that affect how divorces are handled in Illinois; how to avoid abusing social media in your practice; the common tax issues affecting farm corporations; the special issues and considerations that can arise when representing disabled or injured clients; the recent cases involving search and seizure at both the state and federal level; the recent changes to how attorneys represent banks and financial institutions; and how to incorporate civility into your practice.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section and qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 2.25 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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