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Central Illinois

Don’t miss this annual event in Quincy on Friday, March 27, 2015 that helps you strengthen your professional excellence, while updating your knowledge in a number of general practice areas! Topics include: search and seizure, guardians ad litem, legal writing, elder abuse, eavesdropping, courtroom administration, employment law updates, and medical marijuana. General practice attorneys with basic to intermediate levels of experience will benefit from attending this informative seminar.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA General Practice, Solo and Small Firm Section and co-sponsored by the Adams County Bar Association. It qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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The 21st Judicial Circuit, Iroquois and Kankakee Counties, Illinois, is seeking individuals interested in becoming approved mediators for non-divorce civil cases. The qualifications necessary in order to be approved as a mediator may be found at www.co.kankakee.il.us/21stJudicial/pdf/Rules.pdf

For further information and/or to request an application, interested parties may call:  Adrianne Haley 815/937-2915  or e-mail ahaley@k3county.net or send completed applications to:

  • Chief Judge’s Office/ Attn: Adrianne
  • Room 203 B
  • 450 E. Court St.
  • Kankakee, IL 60901-3917

Applications can also be found at the above internet link and sent to the same addresses listed above.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Eleventh Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Pablo A. Eves as associate judge of the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Eves received his undergraduate degree in 1994 from the University of Missouri, and his Juris Doctor in 1998 from the University of Illinois. Mr. Eves is currently affiliated with the McLean County State's Attorney's Office in Bloomington.

The Hon. Lloyd A. Karmeier, Illinois Supreme Court Justice, 5th District, will be honored at the 2015 Lawyers’ Assistance Program Joseph R. Bartylak Award Dinner on Friday, April 17, at the Sangamo Club in Springfield. The keynote Speaker will be the Hon. Robert J. Anderson, incoming President of the Illinois Judges Association. The reception begins at 6 p.m. and dinner is at 6:30 p.m.

Betsy Wong
Betsy Wong
Betsy Pendleton Wong, 65, of Champaign passed away peacefully on Friday morning (Jan. 23, 2015) at Carle Foundation Hospital, Urbana, after a courageous fight with cancer.

Betsy was born on Sept. 19, 1949, in Urbana, the daughter of John and Eleanor Pendleton. She met her soul mate and love of her life, Kam Wu Wong, on a float trip down the Grand Canyon and married him on Aug. 8, 1970, in Champaign.

She is survived by her loving husband; two sons, David (Adriane) of La Grange and Michael (Jennifer) of Elgin; a granddaughter, Allyssa, and two grandsons, Devin and Blake; her father, John (the late Eleanor) Pendleton; and siblings, Don (Julienne) Pendleton of Marshall, Ill., Pamela (Robert) Thickens of Mequon, Wis., Kip (Anne) Pendleton of Woodbury, Minn., and Sandie (Terese) Pendleton of Shorewood, Wis.

Also surviving are 11 nieces and nephews, three grand-nieces and nephews and her beloved dog, Bon-Bon.

Betsy received a B.A. degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1971, and her Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1974.

After graduating from law school, Betsy joined the law firm of Phebus, Tummelson, Bryan & Knox and subsequently opened her own law office and continued practicing law in Champaign County for 40 years.

Betsy practiced law with tenacity, a passion for justice, remarkable ingenuity and a deep loyalty to clients, often forging friendships with those whom she represented.

Betsy had a thirst for knowledge that led her to spend an endless number of hours reading books and frequenting the public library.

ALA's President Robert A. Stuart, Jr. (left) presents the award to ISBA Past President Richard Thies.
ALA's President Robert A. Stuart, Jr. (left) presents the award to ISBA Past President Richard Thies.
Urbana attorney Richard L. Thies was presented the prestigious “Lincoln the Lawyer” Award by The Abraham Lincoln Association (ALA) during the organization's annual Lincoln's Birthday Banquet February 12 in Springfield. Thies is just the eleventh person to receive the award, which recognizes individuals who reflect the character and ideals of Abraham Lincoln in their legal careers.

“For more than half a century, Richard Thies has served the interests of his clients with skill and integrity, has worked enthusiastically in support of countless civic and charitable organizations, and has provided leadership to the legal profession,” said ALA Board Member Thomas Johnson, who nominated Thies for the award. “Richard is an unfailing, unflinching exemplar of civic virtue and personal honor who is, in Vachel Lindsay's words, 'Lincoln hearted' – Lincoln hearted in every good way.”

The ethical issues government attorneys encounter differ from those faced by private practitioners. Join us in Springfield on March 6, 2015 for a lively program that’s comprised of skits, scenarios, and group discussions, allowing participants to gather invaluable information on identifying potential ethical dilemmas and applying the Rules of Professional Conduct in a fun and interesting way. Government attorneys with basic to intermediate practice experience will benefit from the ethical information presented throughout this seminar.

The seminar is presented by ISBA’s Standing Committee on Government Lawyers and qualifies for 4.0 hours MCLE credit, including 4.0 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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Shown here at the recent check presentation to the Ward F. McDonald Scholarship Fund in ATG’s Champaign office are (from left to right): Ward McDonald; Professor John Colombo, the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Professor of Law and the College of Law interim dean; Jerry Gorman, ATG senior vice president and current adjunct professor at the College of Law; and Peter J. Birnbaum, ATG president and chief executive officer.
Shown here at the recent check presentation to the Ward F. McDonald Scholarship Fund in ATG’s Champaign office are (from left to right): Ward McDonald; Professor John Colombo, the Albert E. Jenner, Jr. Professor of Law and the College of Law interim dean; Jerry Gorman, ATG senior vice president and current adjunct professor at the College of Law; and Peter J. Birnbaum, ATG president and chief executive officer.

ATG Makes Annual Scholarship Donation in His Name

Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. announces the retirement of former leader, board member, and board chairman Ward F. McDonald of Mahomet, Illinois.

McDonald helped shape ATG from a concept to a viable business, went on to conduct a successful law practice, and served as an adjunct professor at the University of Illinois College of Law and College of Business. “ATG would not be the success it is today without Ward's efforts,” said Peter J. Birnbaum, president and CEO. “Ward worked tirelessly from the late 1960s—first as a law clerk, then in the company’s top position as Executive Vice President—through the early 1980s, then served on our board for decades, always offering thoughtful guidance and leadership.”

Boyd O. Roberts III
Boyd O. Roberts III
The law firm of Hasselberg, Grebe, Snodgrass, Urban & Wentworth is pleased to announce that Boyd O. Roberts III has become a partner in the firm. Boyd has been with Hasselberg, Grebe, Snodgrass, Urban & Wentworth for over nine years and focuses his practice in the areas of worker’s compensation, personal injury, criminal defense, traffic defense and family law. Boyd is a native of Wheaton and received his Bachelor of Arts in Political Science from the University of Illinois. Boyd then obtained his J.D. from the DePaul University College of Law.

Boyd currently serves on the Board of Directors for the Hult Center for Health Living along with the Peoria Soccer Club.  He was a previous recipient of the Peoria area “40 Leaders Under 40” Award in 2009. Boyd resides in Dunlap, Illinois with his wife Alison and their five children.

Clyde Meachum
Clyde Meachum
Clyde Meachum, 94, of Danville passed away on Jan. 26, 2015 at Colonial Manor in Danville. Clyde was born Feb. 3, 1920, in Hallsville, the son of Fred and Ruth Meachum. He married Virginia Harvin on Dec. 30, 1942, in Chicago. She precedes him in death, having passed on Feb. 23, 2010.

Clyde is survived by a son, Bruce (Sharon) Meachum of Danville; two daughters, Carol (Kim Walter) Meachum of Seattle and Connie (Elizabeth Most) Meachum of Harbor Springs, Mich.; two grandchildren, Lynette Baisch of Seattle and Grant Meachum of New York City; and two great-grandchildren, Ruben Baisch and Marco Baisch.

Clyde graduated from Illinois State University with a Bachelor of Education degree. Following service as an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II, he received a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1948.

Clyde was an attorney for nearly 60 years, retiring in 2008. He began his legal career in Danville in 1948, as a law clerk for U.S. District Court Judge Walter Lindley. From 1949 to 1961, Clyde was the Referee in Bankruptcy for the U.S. District Court, covering 45 counties in eastern and southern Illinois. He entered the private practice of law in Danville in 1951, in partnership with Ray Foreman. At the time of his retirement in 2008, he had been a partner in the law firm of Meachum & Martin in Danville.