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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.

Warren E. Burgard
Warren E. Burgard
Warren E. Burgard, 85, of Urbana died at 5:30 p.m. Friday, March 15, 2013 at home.

Mr. Burgard was born on September 15, 1927 in Fayetteville, the son of Emil and Rose Frantz Burgard. He married Jo (Ann) Seales on November 14, 1954 in Waverly, she survives.

Survivors include two sons; Curtis A. Burgard of Urbana, Galen E. Burgard of Deltona, Florida and three grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by one sister and two brothers.

Mr. Burgard graduated from Mascoutah High School, Belleville Junior College and St. Louis University school of Law. He was a Lawyer and Trust Officer until his retirement.

Mr. Burgard was a U.S. Navy Veteran. He was a member of Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church, Urbana, The Illinois State Bar Association and Kiwanis. Mr. Burgard was a St. Louis Cardinals Baseball and Illini Basketball fan.

Memorial contributions may be made to the Pennsylvania Ave. Baptist Church Building fund.

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Two panels of historians and legal experts will examine the issue of Habeas Corpus in “Personal Liberty: A Discussion of Habeas Corpus from Joseph Smith to Guantanamo.” It runs from 2:30 to 4:30 in Room 212 (Senate Hearing Room) of the Illinois Capitol. The Illinois State Bar Association is a co-sponsor of this event and will be providing 2 hours of MCLE credit. This program is free, but advance reservations are required.

Habeas corpus in the era of Joseph Smith will be examined by Richard Turley, assistant historian for the LDS church; Jeffrey Walker, editor of the Joseph Smith Papers; Leslie C. Griffin, professor of law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas; Lachlan Mackay, board member of the Joseph Smith Sr. Family Association; Reg Ankrom, an expert on Stephen Douglas; William Ray Price, former justice of the Missouri Supreme Court; and Baker & McKenzie attorney Thomas Campbell.

Guantanamo and modern habeas corpus will be the subject of a second panel, with Turley; Walker; Jeffrey Colman, partner at Jenner & Block; Thomas Sullivan, partner at Jenner & Block; the Hon. Sue Myerscough, U.S. district judge for the Central District of Illinois; David Owens from the University of Chicago Law School’s Exoneration Project; and Andrea D. Lyon, law professor at DePaul University.

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E. Michael O'Brien
E. Michael O'Brien
Judge E. Michael O'Brien, 82, of Peoria passed away Friday, March 1, 2013 at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center.

Eugene Michael O'Brien was born in St. Joseph, Mo., on Nov. 22, 1930, to Evelyn (Hitt) and Eugene O'Brien. He married Terry Reynolds on July 28, 1979. She survives.

He also is survived by his children, Mary (Rich) Washelesky of Northbrook, Ill., Michelle (Charlie) Middleton of San Diego, Calif., Erin (Tom) Maloney of Peoria, Conor O'Brien of Chicago, Ill., Michael O'Brien of Springfield, Ill., Matt (Jennifer) O'Brien of Springfield, Ill., Dr. Amy O'Brien-Ladner of Kansas, Kathryn O'Brien of Kansas, Bridget Moreland of Kansas and Mary Adams of California; and 25 grandchildren. He also is survived by his mother- and father-in-law, Victor and Lucille Reynolds.

He was preceded in death by his parents and an infant sister.

In 1953, he entered the U.S. Navy flight training program and served as an aviator until 1958, attaining the rank of lieutenant commander, and then entered the U.S. Navy Reserve flying program at U.S. NAS Glenview, Ill. He served as LTJG of Patrol Squadron Six, VP-6 Blue Sharks during the Korean War. During his military service he received Navy Commendation, the China Service Medal and the National Defense Service Medal.

He graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1961.

He worked as assistant attorney general for the state of Illinois from 1961 until 1964. He was with the U.S. District Attorney's office until 1966 and then was an assistant state's attorney for the state of Illinois from 1966 until 1969.

Daniel Jamieson Schifeling
Daniel Jamieson Schifeling
Daniel Jamieson Schifeling died Wednesday, Feb. 27, 2013, in his home with family. Dan was born Feb. 16, 1923, to Lois Jean and Walter Schifeling in Peoria.

After Pearl Harbor, he enlisted in the Army and became a B-24 Pilot. He married Anna Lee Leech May 21, 1944. They had hoped to celebrate their 70th wedding anniversary next year.

When the war concluded, Dan and Anna Lee returned to Illinois, where Dan completed his education, graduating from the University of Illinois Law School in 1949. Dan and Anna Lee then settled in St. Charles to create a solo practice of law and raise three sons. During this time, Dan was the first chair trumpet player and an active supporter of the Aurora American Legion Band. He also developed a love of photography. For years he taught an adult Bible study class at the Congregational United Church of Christ.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Wednesday the appointment of Morgan County State's Attorney Chris E. Reif as a resident circuit judge in the Seventh Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Reif was appointed to fill the Circuit Court vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Richard T. Mitchell on January 2. The appointment is effective March 22, 2013 and will expire December 1, 2014, when the position will be filled by the 2014 General Election.

Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman recommended the appointment to the Supreme Court after a review process by a special citizen screening committee.

"I am absolutely thrilled and honored with the appointment," Mr. Reif said. "I look forward to serving the citizens of Morgan County and will continue to put forth the same work effort as I have as state's attorney for 8+ years. I will uphold the standards expected of a circuit court judge.

"I thank the Supreme Court and Justice Garman for the opportunity."

Mr. Reif graduated from Illinois State University in 1993 with a degree in criminal justice. He received his juris doctor degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1998. After graduation, Mr. Reif was hired as an associate with the law firm then known as Grosboll, Becker, Tice & Smith and was engaged in the general practice of law. He became a named partner of the firm within a couple of years and worked there until 2004.

Don’t miss ISBA’s annual Quincy Regional Event in Quincy on March 8th! Enhance your professional excellence by attending this full-day seminar that gives you the opportunity to update your knowledge in a number of general practice areas with an emphasis on office practice updates. Topics include: mediation and alternative dispute resolution (non-mandated mediation); developments in real estate law; professional responsibility; Supreme Court rules; and risk management issues. Additionally, the program is comprised of two breakout sessions dealing with estate planning, family and domestic relations update, criminal law, elder law, evidence-based sentencing, employment law, and current trends in crime. General practice attorneys with all levels of practice experience will benefit from attending this informative seminar.

The program is presented by the ISBA General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section and the Adams County Bar Association, and qualifies for 7.0 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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