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Chris Kanis, 41, of Savoy, IL died on March 21, 2013 of a heart attack while on a cruise with his wife of 9 years, Laura Steigmann Kanis.

Chris was an assistant states attorney for Champaign County since 2005. Prior to that he worked for the law firms Thomas Mamer & Haughey of Champaign and Wildman, Harold, Allen & Dixon in Chicago. He also clerked for IL Supreme Court Justice Judge James Heiple. Chris was a graduate of Palatine High School '90, Notre Dame University '94 and DePaul University Law School '97.

Chris is survived by his parents Michael (Ellie) Kanis of Palatine, Michelle (Bill) Hudson of Elgin, his sister Kathleen (Luke) Williams and their children King, Patrick, Matthew and Isabel of Madison, WI. Step-brothers: COL William (Mae) Hibner of Belleville, IL, Michael (Maryanne) Hibner of San Clemente, CA, Daniel Hibner of Phoenix, AZ and Mark (Kori) Hibner of Lake Zurich, Great-aunts Patricia Gasparo and Dorothy Kanis, many cousins, friends, colleagues and his in-laws Judge Robert and Sherry Steigmann of Urbana.

Memorial services were held on March 29th at Mt. Hope Cemetery Mausoleum Chapel in Champaign, IL. A Celebration of Life Mass will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday, April 27th at St. Thomas of Villanova Church, 1201 East Anderson Dr., Palatine, IL 60074, 847-358-6999. Please omit flowers.

Join us in Springfield on June 6th and learn how to effectively and ethically address social media issues in your practice – from the various types of social media available and the challenging issues that can arise when incorporating it into your practice, to using social media as evidence in the courtroom and the issues that can arise when jurors use social media and the Internet during a trial.

The program, which qualifies for 3.0 hours MCLE credit, including 3.0 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval), is presented by the Illinois State Bar Association and the Sangamon County Bar Association.

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The Outstanding Pro Bono Attorney of the Year for 2012, selected by Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance and the Champaign County Bar Association, is Bruno Law Offices of Urbana.  Ramona Sullivan, the Pro Bono Coordinator of Land of Lincoln and a member of the CCBA Board of Governors, presented the award at the CCBA Law Day Banquet on May 1, 2013.

Thomas Bruno and his sons, Anthony Bruno and Evan Bruno, were recognized for their outstanding delivery of pro bono legal services in 2012.                

ISBA Executive Director Robert E. Craghead (left) presents Jacksonville Detective Brad Rogers with the ISBA’s Law Enforcement Award at a ceremony on May 1 at the Illinois State Police Training Academy in Springfield. Also pictured is Morgan County Circuit Judge Chris Reif, who nominated detective Rogers for the award.

The ISBA’s Law Enforcement Award was created to recognize sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system.

 “Ask a Lawyer Day” will be held on Saturday, April 27, from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. We hope you will be able to volunteer again this year to contribute to the ongoing success of this event. We are seeking lawyer volunteers to answer phones at the Illinois Bar Center in Springfield from 9-11:30 a.m. and/or 11:30–2 p.m. Continental breakfast and lunch will be provided by the ISBA.

Please complete this form if you are able to volunteer your time and expertise again this year. You can fax the completed form to (217) 525-9063 attention Tracy Potter, or you may call Tracy at (800) 252-8908 or email your response to

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride announced Wednesday the expansion of an e-project that allows attorneys, parties and appellate justices to view, access and work electronically from the official record of cases on appeal in the Fourth Judicial District.

The Supreme Court has authorized Logan County to allow the electronic transfer of the official court record of cases on appeal filed after July 1, 2013. Logan joins Adams and Moultrie counties in the Fourth Judicial District and 14 other counties that participate in the pilot project.

Since he became Chief Justice in 2010, Justice Kilbride has pledged to make the Illinois courts more user friendly by implementing improvements in technology. Since then, the Supreme Court has opened avenues for e-filing, creating a special E-Business Committee in June 2011; announcing in October 2012 statewide standards and new and amended Supreme Court rules that will allow all courts in Illinois to begin electronic filing in civil cases; and greatly expanding the pilot project that allows the e-filing of the trial record in the Appellate courts.

"Logan County becomes the 17th county in Illinois that will file the trial record on appeal electronically," Chief Justice Kilbride said. "We've come a ways since announcing the first two counties to participate in the pilot project back in 2011.

"We give a big thank you to all who have helped us and the courts make progress."

C. Stuart Broad
C. Stuart Broad
Charles Stuart “Stu” Broad, resident of Westminster Village in Bloomington, passed away there Saturday (March 23, 2013) peacefully, with family by his side.

His memorial service will be at 2 p.m. May 11 at Westminster Village. He was a retired attorney and devoted husband and father.

Stu was born Sept. 24, 1927, in Lincoln, Neb., son of Elizabeth G. and Robert A. Broad; and he grew up in Amery, Wis., and Richfield, Minn. He met Mary Lavery, later his wife of 61 years, as a student at the University of Minnesota. Stu and Mary graduated, married, started a family and lived in the Washington, D.C., and Chicago suburbs, settling in Chevy Chase, Md., where they lived for 43 years. Stu earned a bachelor of laws at George Washington University Law School while working on the Capitol Hill Police Force. He started his career as a trial attorney, later specializing in industrial and labor relations law. In Washington, D.C., he participated in early civil rights sit-ins for desegregation.

During his 58-year career, he supported and headed the civil rights and labor relations programs at the National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA), Department of Defense, Atomic Energy Commission and Department of Energy.

He and Mary raised five children. He valued education, self-initiative and friendship. He shared with his family his love of bicycling, hiking and camping, bird-watching, whale-watching, tennis, outdoor sports and American history, as well as his love of music and guitar.

ISBA President John E. Thies participated in a discussion on law school debt Tuesday on the WILL-AM 580 program Focus. Thies was joined in the discussion by Northwestern Professor Steven Harper, author of the new book "The Lawyer Bubble."

Listen to the discussion at
Read the report and recommendations of the ISBA's Special Committee on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Delivery of Legal Services at

Join us in Monmouth on April 19th for an opportunity to update your knowledge on creating, perfecting and liquidating Uniform Commercial Code security interests! Attorneys with basic practice experience working in the commercial litigation, banking, collections, and/or bankruptcy environment who attend this seminar will better understand: how to create and perfect liens; how to fix defective Uniform Commercial Code liens; how to conduct traditional Uniform Commercial Code sales; how to seize and liquidate personal property under the Uniform Commercial Code; how to handle competing lien claims; and much more.

The program is presented by the ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections and Bankruptcy Section and qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit.

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Robert W. Dodd
Robert W. Dodd
Robert W. Dodd, 75, of Champaign passed peacefully at home on March 28.

Funeral Mass will be held at 10 a.m. April 2 at St. Patrick's Catholic Church, Urbana. Father Joe Hogan and Father Ronald Dodd will officiate. Burial will be in St. Mary's Catholic Cemetery, Champaign.

Mr. Dodd was the president and managing attorney for Dodd & Maatuka in Champaign. He was mayor of Champaign from 1983-1987.

Survivors include his wife of 43 years, Joyce; his six children, Cathy Dixon of Aurora, Steve (Jill) Klein of Paxton, Joan Harry of Indianapolis, Ind., Jean Wynn of Champaign, Brenda Nelson of Champaign and Jim (Marnie) Klein of Indianapolis, Ind.

Mr. Dodd was the grandfather of 13 children and the great-grandfather of 10 children. He is also survived by his siblings, Carol Maroon of Florida, Fran (Tom) Frederick of Florida, Rita of Chatham, Father Ronald Dodd of O'Dell and Brother John Dodd of Las Vegas, Nev.

Mr. Dodd was preceded in death by his parents, Warren and Florence Dodd; his brother, Gene Dodd; and a grandson, Jeremy Nelson.

Memorials may be made to St. Patrick Church Building Fund.