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The Illinois State Bar Association's Task Force on the Impact of Law School Curriculum and Debt on the Future of the Profession will hold seven open hearings throughout the state. The Task Force was established by President Richard D. Felice and is chaired by Hon. Ann Jorgensen, Justice of the Second District Appellate Court. ISBA members are encouraged to attend these hearings to discuss the core skill sets that new lawyers should have and how law schools can graduate more “practice ready” lawyers.

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President Felice to speak at historic event

In 1938, Walter T. Gunn was sworn in as the 70th Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. A self-described "ordinary country lawyer by profession", the Danville attorney continued to serve on the Court until his retirement in 1951. Justice Gunn also served as Chief Justice from 1940-1941, the second from Vermilion County to do so.

Nearly 76 years later, Champaign resident and internationally renowned vocalist Nathan Gunn will perform in the same building that his great-grandfather once heard oral arguments. He and his wife Julie Jordan Gunn are special guest performers at the Court's rededication ceremony of the restored Supreme Court Building on Tuesday, October 7 at 6 p.m.

Chief Justice Rita B. Garman of the Supreme Court of Illinois has begun an application process for an at-large Circuit Court vacancy in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy is created by the announced retirement of Judge Elizabeth A. Robb on December 31, 2014. Judge Robb has been a Circuit Judge since 2000.

Edward C. Moehle
Edward C. Moehle
Edward Carl Moehle, 88, of Pekin, passed away on September 13, 2014 at his home.

He was born December 7, 1925 in Okawville to Walter August and Minna Elizabeth (Miché) Moehle.

Ed was a World War II Army veteran, serving in the Pacific Theater as Chief Clerk at the headquarters of General Douglas MacArthur and worked for the International Military Tribunal of the Far East in Tokyo, Japan. He attained the rank of Staff Sergeant.

The Illinois State Bar Association's Task Force on the Impact of Law School Curriculum and Debt on the Future of the Profession will hold seven open hearings throughout the state. The Task Force was established by President Richard D. Felice and is chaired by Hon. Ann Jorgensen, Justice of the Second District Appellate Court. ISBA members are encouraged to attend these hearings to discuss the core skill sets that new lawyers should have and how law schools can graduate more “practice ready” lawyers.

Those who provide comments should focus on:

Hon. Garry Bryan
Hon. Garry Bryan
Judge Garry William Bryan, 6th Judicial Circuit, 60, of Clinton, passed away peacefully on August 21, 2014, at Evanston Hospital surrounded by his family. His heroic fight to overcome a long illness is a testament to his love for his family, friends, and his work.

Garry was born on October 8, 1953, in Harvey, Illinois, the son of George W. and Helen Bryan. He is survived by his beloved wife: Joyce; son: Jason Bryan and partner Michele Carroll; son: Jeremy Bryan and wife Amber; precious granddaughters: Mackenzie and Marley Bryan; brother: Corey Bryan and wife Lorraine Gallagher; and numerous much-loved family and friends.

He was preceded in death by his parents.

He began his childhood in Harvey, IL and moved to Naperville, IL where he met Joyce, the love of his life, in high school. They married in 1975.

Judge Bryan received his bachelor’s degree in English from Lewis University and his law degree from John Marshall Law School. His career included working for the Public Defender’s Office, the State’s Attorney’s Appellate Service Commission, and serving as a clerk for Judge A. G. Webber. He spent the majority of his career in law practice with Ray and David Moss. Ultimately, he became the DeWitt County Circuit Judge.

Garry was an avid fisherman, epicurean, connoisseur of fine wine, and gardener. He loved growing orchids, faceting gemstones, and prided himself in preparing gourmet meals for his friends and family.

Walter Winget
Walter Winget
Walter W. Winget, 77, of Peoria, Ill., passed away peacefully on Saturday, August 16, 2014, at his home, surrounded by many of his loved ones.

He was born Sept. 12, 1936, in Peoria, Ill., the son of Walter and Arabella (Richardson) Winget. He married Alice (Bagdade) Winget on Sept. 23, 1995, in Ann Arbor, Mich. She survives.

Also surviving are his loving children, Marie Winget, recently of Richmond, Va., and Marshall (Carol) Winget of Kirkland, Wash. He also was blessed with loving stepchildren, Vicki (Chuck) Lantz of Saint Charles, Ill., and Julie (Dan) Machock of Venice, Calif.; and two grandchildren, Nathan Winget and Benny Machock.

Walter was preceded in death by his parents.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Sixth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Jeffrey S. Geisler as an associate judge of the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Geisler received his undergraduate degree in 1982 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and his Juris Doctor in 1986 from Memphis State in Memphis, Tennessee. Mr. Geisler is currently affiliated with Geisler Law Offices in Decatur.

Kurt Paul Froehlich
Kurt Paul Froehlich
Kurt Paul Froehlich, 71, of Champaign, Illinois, passed away at 11:02 a.m. Friday, August 22, 2014, at Champaign-Urbana Nursing & Rehab, Savoy, Illinois.

A funeral Mass will be celebrated at noon on Friday, September 5, 2014, at Holy Cross Catholic Church, 405 W. Clark St., Champaign, Illinois 61820, with the Reverend Father David Sajdak officiating. Burial will be in Roselawn Cemetery, Champaign, with military rites by American Legion Post 71. Visitation will be from 10 a.m. to noon at Holy Cross Catholic Church.

Kurt was born on March 23, 1943, in Moline, Illinois. He was the son of Dr. Kurt P. and Loris J. Barrett Froehlich. He married Bonnie J. Froehlich on August 27, 1966, who died January 1, 2009.

He is survived by a son, Kevin Paul Froehlich of Phoenix, Arizona. He married Peggy Ann Sancken Smith on July 31, 2010, in Pontiac, Illinois. She survives.

Also surviving is one brother: Jeff E. Froehlich (Karen), Jackson, Michigan; one sister: Paula Bennett (Rik), Placentia, California; and many nieces, nephews and great-nieces and -nephews. He was preceded in death by his parents.

He was a member of Holy Cross Catholic Church, Champaign.

Kurt was a partner in the Champaign law firm of Evans, Froehlich, Beth & Chamley, where he concentrated his practice in public and municipal finance and local government law. Kurt was an expert on local government law, municipal finance and taxation.

He counted as friends and colleagues scores of municipal attorneys and officials from across the state and nation and served as a mentor to many.

Chief Justice Rita B. Garman of the Supreme Court of Illinois has begun an application process for a Circuit Court vacancy in the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

The DeWitt County resident circuit vacancy is created by the death of Judge Garry W. Bryan. Judge Bryan had served as a resident circuit judge in the Sixth Judicial Circuit since 2008.

Under the Illinois Constitution, the Supreme Court holds the authority to fill interim judicial vacancies until the next General Election. The application process will lead to final Court approval. The applicants will undergo an evaluation and screening process.

Notice of the vacancy has been posted in courthouses throughout the Circuit. The application form and instructions may be obtained by visiting the Supreme Court’s website at www.illinoiscourts.gov and following the instructions in the “Latest News” scroller announcing the Sixth Judicial Circuit vacancy. Applications must be submitted by mail to: