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Justice John T. McCoullough
Justice John T. McCoullough
Justice John T. McCullough; fondly referred to as "The Judge", 81, of Lincoln, passed away at his home on Tuesday, Oct. 30, 2012.

Born June 15, 1931 in Streator, he was the son of Mark and Margaret Manes McCullough, the youngest of four children. His family moved to Lincoln when he was 10 years old, where he remained in the town he loved.

Thomas E. Harrington Sr. passed away at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday (Aug. 8, 2012) at home in Champaign.

Tom was born March 2, 1931, in Urbana, the son of Earl C. and Genevieve E. Harrington. He attended Holy Cross School and Champaign High School, graduating as a member of the 1949 class known as the 49er's. Tom loved athletics and lettered in golf, basketball and football in high school. He attended the University of Illinois, graduating in 1953 and was a member of varsity golf team from 1950 to 1953. He then graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law school in 1955.

Tom married Andrea Gunn on Aug. 21, 1954, in Danville, and she survives. They raised four sons, Tom Harrington Jr. (Barb) of Champaign, Dan Harrington (Marianne) of Delray Beach, Fla., Tim Harrington (Kris) of Champaign and Steve Harrington (Lee) of Cocoa Beach, Fla. He is also survived by grandchildren, Elizabeth Wellman (Rob) of Indianapolis, Thomas E. Harrington III of Peoria, Patrick Harrington, Andrew (Emily) Harrington, Danielle (Ryan) Bender, Blakely Harrington, Richard Harrington, Jack Harrington, Joe Harrington, Genevieve Harrington, Kassie Jones and Kyler Jones, all of Champaign, and Amelia Harrington, Michael Harrington, Hannah Jane Harrington and Katherine Harrington, all of Cocoa Beach, Fla.

Also surviving are brother and sister-in-law, Donald J. Porter and Peggy Porter of Urbana. In addition to his parents, he was preceded in death by brother and sister-in-law, W. Kenneth Porter and Leta Porter, and sister, Sister Teresa Ann Harrington OSB.

This two-day program – which takes place in Champaign on November 1-2, 2012 – is designed as an update to the programs that were presented in 2006, 2008 and 2010 to help attorneys who represent children in Illinois courts fulfill the training requirements. Under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 906(c), attorneys should receive ten hours of education every two years in child development; roles of guardian ad litem and child representatives; ethics in child custody cases; relevant substantive state, federal, and case law in custody and visitation matters; and family dynamics, including substance abuse, domestic abuse, and mental health issues.

August B. Black passed away on October 20, 2012. August (Augie) was born in Morris, Illinois on August 1, 1915, the son of Frank Black and Kate (Ryan) Black.

Augie graduated from Morris High School in 1933. He attended St. Viator's College and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1940. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1940. He served 51 months in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Special Military Intelligence Agent.

Augie and his brother, John Black, formed the law partnership of Black & Black in 1947, and Black & Black has continued with sons George, Frank, Donald, Richard, James, and grandsons, Timothy and Bryan Black. Augie Black was elected State's Attorney of Grundy County in 1948. He was re-elected 3 times for 16 years of public service. He became President of the Illinois State's Attorney's Association.

Augie married Marie Weber of Bellwood, Illinois on October 19, 1944. He is survived by Marie and their 9 children: George, Don, (Kathy), Frank, Jean, Ed, Linda, Jim (Marifran), Michael (Tricia), and Richard. Also surviving are his sister, Sister Lorraine Black, Sisters of The Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana; 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

Gain a better understanding of Illinois Evidence-Based Sentencing principles with this informative full-day seminar!

Whether your case ends with a plea by the defendant or goes to a full-fledged trial, it is likely that some form of sentencing will be involved. For this reason, it is imperative that attorneys stay up-to-date on the principles of evidence-based sentencing in Illinois. Attorneys attending this seminar will gain a better understanding of: the full-implementation of Illinois’ evidence-based sentencing pilot project; how Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) can effect sentencing; Hardcore Drunk Driving (HCDD) and Adult Substance Use and Driving Survey-Revised for Illinois (ASUDS-RI); how “The Containment Model” is used in the treatment of sex offenders; Illinois’ Mandatory Minimums and Determinate Sentencing; how to reduce recidivism; and the ethical issues that can arise in criminal justice cases.

The program will be available in Normal on October 25th and again in Chicago on October 26th. It qualifies for 6.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval) and is presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Corrections and Sentencing, and co-sponsored by the ISBA Criminal Justice Section, the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor, the Illinois Public Defender Association, and the Illinois State University Criminal Justice Sciences Department.

The Illinois State Bar Association's Special Committee on Law School Debt, formed by President John E. Thies, will hold five open hearings throughout the state. ISBA members are encouraged to attend these meetings to discuss how increasing law school debt is impacting the delivery of legal services.

The Committee is particularly interested in hearing about the impact of law school debt in the following situations:

  1. Recruitment and retention of new lawyers in small- and medium-size firms
  2. Decisions by lawyers to open practices in small communities
  3. Recruitment and retention of new lawyers working for legal aid organizations
  4. Financial ability of new lawyers to open solo practices (and possible liability and ethical consequences resulting there from);
  5. Availability of lawyers being willing to perform pro bono services;
  6. Opportunity for new lawyers to advance from entry level positions in the profession.

Hearing Schedule

The hearings will held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

Join us in Bloomington on October 12th for this in-depth discussion on the increasingly complex issues occurring in traffic and DUI court, including the complicated sentencing options mandated by the Illinois General Assembly. State’s attorneys, public defenders, and attorneys practicing in the DUI and Traffic courts – with all levels of practice experience – will benefit from the following educational topics: immersing your practice in the Secretary of State administrative process; understanding the difference between “blood serum” and “blood whole” in alcohol detection cases; discovering how new legislation could affect the traffic law arena; refreshing your knowledge on Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and Preliminary Breath Tests; preserving and protecting the record on appeal; understanding how civil discovery can affect statutory summary suspensions; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Traffic Laws & Courts Section and qualifies for 5.50 hours MCLE credit.

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Joseph Z. Sudow, a community leader and noted attorney with more than seven decades of legal experience, formerly of Peoria, died Sept. 9. He was 98.

Born April 15, 1914, in Sioux City, Iowa, to Sam and Sarah Sudow, Joe was raised in Aberdeen, S.D. Joe graduated from the University of Michigan in 1935 before going on to earn his Juris Doctor from Harvard Law School in 1938.

After practicing law in Chicago, Joe became the Peoria District rationing attorney in 1943, where he worked to help provide government rations of gasoline and fuel oil during World War II. In 1945 he opened his own law practice in Peoria, and in 1950, served as supervisor of the U.S. Census for the 10th Congressional District in Illinois. Joe joined the law firm of Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White and Frederick LLP as a partner in 1958 and retired as Of Counsel in 2011 after his 97th birthday, when he and his wife Shirley moved to Washington, D.C.

Walter Scott Clifton Jr.
Walter Scott Clifton Jr.
Walter Scott Clifton, 60, of Urbana, died of complications from Multiple Sclerosis on Sept. 13 at the Veteran’s Administration Illiana Healthcare System in Danville, surrounded by family.

Mr. Clifton was born May 29, 1952, in Chicago, to Anne and Walter Clifton Sr. along with four sisters including Jennifer, Pamela, Gail, and Norma. Coming from humble beginnings, Mr. Clifton was a shining example of the American Dream. He went to the military and later worked his way through undergraduate school. He graduated from The University of Illinois Law School in 1980, and subsequently served as an attorney.

Walter Clifton married Dora A. Pope and had 4 children: Rodedrick, Dionne, Vernon and Justin.

Mr. Clifton spent his entire life in service, tirelessly serving God, his country, his family, and his community. Mr. Clifton accepted Jesus Christ as his Lord and Savior and served as a member of Greater Holy Temple Church. He was truly an extraordinary human being and he will be forever loved and missed.

Services have been held.

The family asks that donations of time and volunteer work be made to Veteran organizations in Mr. Clifton's memory. Condolences may be sent to

Gary L. Brown
Gary L. Brown
Gary L. Brown, 64, of Chicago, formerly of Kankakee, died Tuesday (Aug. 28, 2012). A memorial Mass will be celebrated at 6 p.m. today at Maternity BVM Catholic Church in Bourbonnais. Clancy-Gernon Funeral Home, Bourbonnais, is in charge of arrangements.

He was born Feb. 9, 1948, in Donovan, the son of Dorothy Anderson and Delmar Brown. He spent his childhood in Beaverville working on the family farm, attending school and playing sports. He especially enjoyed playing baseball.

After graduation from high school, Gary attended Indiana University, where he played basketball and baseball for the university. Since baseball was his passion, he decided to play professionally for the Montreal Expos minor league team from 1969 to 1971. He graduated from The John Marshall Law School in 1976 and chose to practice in Kankakee. His legal career included work as an assistant states attorney, a private practice with the law firm of Butz, Mortell, Jaffe, Smith, O'Connor and Brown, and the city attorney under former Mayor Russell Johnson for eight years.

After more than 20 years in law, Gary switched careers to work for a not-for-profit agency, Howard Area Community Center. At the resource center, Gary structured and organized the computer literacy program.

Gary will be remembered by his family as the dad who taught his son to pitch like a pro and play chess like a master; by his daughter, Jessica, as the dad who celebrated even the smallest achievement; and by his daughter, Chrissy, as the dad who encouraged her to strive for excellence and embrace each individual along the way.