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Lloyde Milton McClure
Lloyde Milton McClure
Lloyd Milton McClure, 98, of Beardstown, died Monday, Dec. 31, 2012, at Culbertson Memorial Hospital in Rushville.

He was born in Beardstown on Dec. 27, 1914, the son of Lloyd Milton and Beulah A. Glendinning McClure. He married Margaret J. Steadman on Feb. 29, 1940, and she preceded him in death in 1993.

He is survived by two sons, Lloyd Milton (wife, Suzanne) McClure and George Steadman (wife, Wyllia) McClure, both of Beardstown; one brother, James E. McClure of Fort Lauderdale, Fla.; six grandchildren; and nine great-grandchildren.

He graduated from Beardstown High School with the class of 1932; he attended Severn School, Marion Military Institute, and graduated from University of Illinois and the College of Law of the University of Illinois in 1939. At the time of his retirement in 1981, he was senior partner in the law firm of McClure, Brannan and Hardwick founded in 1883 by his grandfather, Milton McClure. He was state's attorney of Cass County for 12 years and served as an assistant attorney general and as city attorney for the City of Beardstown for many years.

Allen J. Oehlert
Allen J. Oehlert
Beloved husband, dad, grandpa, Allen J. Oehlert, JD, 65, of Chatham, died December 30, 2012 at his home. He was born June 3, 1947 in Melrose Park, IL to Walter J. and Dorothy Welch Oehlert. He married Sara Lamos on June 5, 1971, was a devoted and loving husband, and she survives. He was preceded in death by his parents.

Survivors include his wife, Sara; he was a great dad to four children, Matthew (Amie) Oehlert of Denver, CO, Elizabeth (Vladimir) Avila of Chicago, Emily (Aaron) Dufrene of Buffalo, NY and Katherine (Phillip) Galloway of Springfield; he was a doting, loving grandpa to seven grandchildren, Marcelina, Gus and Amelia Oehlert, Lucas Avila, Finn and Sophia Dufrene and Seraphina Galloway; brother-in-law, Mark (Jerry Jones) Lamos of Sherman, CT; and his beloved dogs, Burt and Madison. He was a caring, giving man, a true and loyal friend. He lived life to the fullest, loved to laugh and his family was his greatest treasure.

Guy C. Hall
Guy C. Hall
Robbins Schwartz is excited to announce the opening of our new office in Champaign-Urbana. From this office Robbins Schwartz will continue to provide our central Illinois clients with a full range of legal services.  

We are also pleased to announce that Guy C. Hall has joined the firm as a partner in our new Champaign-Urbana office.  

Guy has over 25 years of legal experience and has worked with local governmental entities, including park districts, on real estate transactions, taxation issues, creditor’s rights and general legal compliance issues. Guy also provides legal representation to a number of businesses, including electric cooperatives and health care institutions. Prior to joining Robbins Schwartz, Guy was a partner in the law firm of Dobbins, Fraker, Tennant, Joy & Perlstein.

About Robbins Schwartz: Since its founding in 1970, Robbins Schwartz has provided a full range of legal services to educational institutions, public entities and private sector clients. With offices in Chicago, Champaign-Urbana, Mokena, Decatur and Collinsville, Robbins, Schwartz is uniquely positioned to serve schools, colleges and municipal bodies, as well as clients in the corporate sector throughout Illinois.  For a complete description of the legal services provided by Robbins Schwartz visit the Firm’s website at    

Master the basics of administering a guardianship estate with this informative full-day seminar in Bloomington on February 15th! Discover the various issues surrounding guardianship estates for disabled persons as respected estate planning practitioners guide you through a number of topics, including who qualifies as a disabled person and why a guardian may be necessary; types of guardianship estates and who may serve as a guardian; the guardianship appointment process; requirements for opening and closing the guardianship estate; the powers, duties, and limitations of the guardian; investment requirements and fiduciary accountings; contested guardianships and how to avoid and/or settle them; the roles of the Public Guardian and Office of State Guardian; and the ethical issues to consider when acting as Power of Attorney.

The program is presented by the ISBA Trusts and Estates Section and qualifies for 6.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

Tom Schmidt
Tom Schmidt
Thomas "Tom" M. Schmidt, 60, of Springfield died at 11:57 am Friday, December 14, 2012 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born on December 8, 1952 in Melrose, MN to Frank and Clare Fergen Schmidt. He married Tina Saunderson. 

He is survived by his wife Tina; two daughters, Elizabeth and Caroline Schmidt; mother, Clare Schmidt of Des Moines, IA; two sisters, Ann (Tom) Hamilton of Cape Coral, FL and Jill (Jim) Rodriguez of Des Moines, IA; two brothers, Mark Schmidt of Cape Coral, FL and Bob (Tami) Schmidt of Rochester, MN; sister-in-law and brother-in-law, Lisa (Charles Menard) Saunderson of Glen Ellyn, IL. 

Tom was a devoted father to his beloved daughters and wonderful husband to Tina. He had a great fondness and respect for all of the partners and staff at the Livingstone, Mueller, O'Brien, and Davlin Law Firm and greatly enjoyed his 24 year career there. Before he joined the firm as a partner, Tom was Assistant Attorney General and Chief of Worker's Compensation for the State of Illinois. Prior to that, he served in the state's attorney's office in Rock Island, IL.

Tom was very active at Blessed Sacrament Parish and School where he was a leader in capital campaigns for both. He served as Home School Association president, served on the School Board, and was a Eucharistic minister. 

Tom earned his undergraduate degree from Brown University and his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Iowa. He was an avid fan of the Chicago Cubs and the Iowa Hawkeyes.

He waged a valiant fight against cancer for the last five years.

Two Central Illinois TV stations highlighted the Lawyers Feeding Illinois program in news reports last week. ISBA President John E. Thies led a group of local attorneys and bar leaders on a visit to the Central Illinois Food Bank in Springfield. The Lawyers Feeding Illinois competition begins Feb. 18 - but donate and sign your team up now at

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Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Wednesday that the Tenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Timothy J. Cusack as an associate judge of the Tenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Cusack received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Marquette University in Milwaukee, and his Juris Doctor in 1989 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Mr. Cusack is currently affiliated with the Peoria County Public Defender's Office in Peoria.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman will administer the judicial oath of office to Circuit Judge Lisa Holder White, this time as an Appellate Court justice, during her swearing-in ceremony starting at 9:30 a.m. on Monday, January 14 in the Ceremonial Courtroom of the Supreme Court Building.

"Just over four years ago, I had the privilege of swearing in Lisa Holder White as a circuit judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit," Justice Garman said. "Since that time, she has earned the respect and admiration of her colleagues on the bench and of the attorneys who appear before her. More importantly, she has earned the respect of the community she serves.

Are you a general practitioner or criminal law attorney with intermediate practice experience? Then you won’t want to miss this informative seminar in Bloomington on January 25, which offers an in-depth overview of Illinois sentencing – from preparing for the hearing and pleas of guilty, to mandatory sentences and additional financial assessments.

Thomas Q. Keefe, Jr., trial attorney and Interim Dean of the St. Louis University School of Law, will be honored at the Fourth Annual Joseph R. Bartylak Award Dinner on Friday, May 3, at the Governor’s Mansion in Springfield.         

The Lawyers’ Assistance Program has been confidentially assisting Illinois lawyers, judges, law students and their families with alcohol, substance abuse and mental health issues since 1980. LAP created the Joseph R. Bartylak Award to be awarded annually to deserving ‘downstate’ volunteers. Joe Bartylak served LAP since its inception as an incorporator, volunteer, Board member and as the Associate Director from 2002-2007. Joe also served as Director of Land of Lincoln Legal Services for many years.

This year we will honor Dean Keefe for his continued support of LAP and its mission. Tom exemplifies the qualities that Joe brought to this important work.

Dinner tickets are $75 per person. Tables of 8 may be purchased for $600. If you are interested in attending, please contact Hon. James Radcliffe (ret.), Associate Director, so that we can include you on our mailing list.  He can be reached via mail at 2217 West Main Street, Belleville, IL 62226; via e-mail at  and via phone at (618) 444-9706.