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Here are the Supreme, Appellate and Circuit results for Tuesday's judicial elections for all circuits outside of Cook. Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier was retained with a 60.7% yes vote in his retention race, according to results in The Southern Illinoisan.

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Candidates must receive 65% on the question of Meets Requirements of Office in order to be Recommended. Winners in bold

SUPREME

5th District Supreme Retention

CandidateRecommended/ Not RecommendedMeets Requirements of Office

Lloyd A. Karmeier

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80.45

The Illinois JusticeCorps is an AmeriCorps program which places volunteers in courthouses to provide legal information and navigation to vulnerable and unrepresented members of our communities.

The Illinois JusticeCorps, as a result of ongoing statewide expansion, is recruiting Illinois JusticeCorps Fellows for new sites in Champaign, Galesburg, and Macomb. Each JusticeCorps Fellow commits to a year of service, and is responsible for taking a leadership role for the student JusticeCorps volunteers, as well as assist in coordinating the role of the JusticeCorps in their county. JusticeCorps Fellows are the daily face of the JusticeCorps in their courthouse, and provide leadership and guidance to the staff of student volunteers serving with them.

Fellows have traditionally been recent graduates, of undergrad or law school, looking for a way to spend a transition year doing community service while they work towards their next step in life. This, however, is not the only type of person who could be successful in the role of JusticeCorps Fellow. It could be a great position for a retired attorney looking to provide service but stay out of practice. It could be a person looking to start a second career, or even someone who wants to make the most out of retirement. One of the many exciting aspects of the Illinois JusticeCorps program is that people from all backgrounds and types of experience can bring great things to the program, and do great things for the legal community.

By Michael T. O'Connor

Robert Muir of Peoria was the 2014 recipient of the John C. McAndrews Award.  He exemplifies what this award stands for, and at 80 years of age, Attorney Muir will celebrate 50 years of practice this coming November. 

After retirement from Caterpillar Inc. in 2004, where he was the head of the Intellectual Property Department, managing 50 people and a budget of more than $16 million, he took it upon himself to establish expertise in family law so as to provide pro bono assistance in a subject area of high need.  Since 2004, Attorney Muir has served 128 clients and has given 2,093 hours of his time.  Attorney Robert Muir began his long volunteer career with Prairie State Legal Services in October of 1999, the first time he volunteered at one of our divorce clinic.  It was the beginning of a long and rewarding partnership.  He was well aware that family law is the single biggest need for Prairie State’s clients, and that Prairie State’s scarce resources prevent us from assisting with all but the most egregious cases involving domestic violence. 

In 2013, Attorney Muir closed 11 cases for a total of 416 hours.  As a result, he obtained $22,764 in annualized child support, future pension payments, and college expenses for clients.  He has six cases pending and is in the process of taking on new cases. 

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:


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.