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The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts announced Monday that the Fifth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Derek J. Girton and Karen E. Wall as associate judges of the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Girton received his undergraduate degree in 1988 from Pennsylvania State University in University Park, and his Juris Doctor in 1993 from Ohio Northern University in Ada. Mr. Girton has been affiliated with Acton & Sndyer, LLP in Danville.

Ms. Wall received her undergraduate degree in 1994 from Illinois State University in Normal, and her Juris Doctor in 1997 from John Marshall Law in Chicago. Ms. Wall has been affiliated with Spiros & Wall, P.C. in Danville.

The Illinois State Bar Association and Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago are excited to offer an opportunity for Champaign County Attorneys to work with Champaign Public Middle Schools once again this year. Through the CRFC Champaign Lawyers in the Classroom program (LIC) you can bring your real-life legal experiences into 8th grade classrooms, serve as a positive adult role model, and expose middle school students to a career in the field of law.

Training Program: Tuesday, Oct. 5, 5:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Partner Classroom Visits Friday, Oct. 22; Friday, Nov. 5; Friday, Nov. 19

The Illinois Supreme Court has recalled retired Associate Judge Charles J. Gramlich effective August 2, 2010, to hold court in the Circuit Court of the Seventh Judicial Circuit through September 30, 2010.

Jacques W. Scott, 88, of Bethany, passed away at 8:40 a.m. Saturday, July 10, at McKinley Court in Decatur. Funeral services have been held with Military Rites by the Bethany American Legion Post #507.

Mr. Scott was born on April 22, 1922, in Decatur, the son of A. Jay and Clydia Jay (Heiland) Scott.  He was a World War II Army Veteran.  He served in the 2nd Army in the China-Burma-India Theater.  He served from October 1942 to February 1946 and attained the rank of Master Sergeant.  He married Leola Jane McCarty June 29, 1958, in Bethany.

He graduated from the Eastern Illinois State Teachers College, Charleston in 1947, and the University of Illinois College of Law, Champaign in 1951.  He practiced law in Bethany until his retirement in 2004.  He was a member of the United Methodist Church of Bethany.  He was also a member of the Bethany American Legion Post #507.

He is survived by his wife Leola; daughter, Mary Kay Scott and husband James Meehan of Kildeer, and son, Jay Scott and wife Judy of Decatur; grandchildren, Nathan, Emily, Meghan, Mackenzie, Andrew and Luke.

He is preceded in death by his parents.

Both his daughter and son are practicing attorneys and also graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law.  Mary Kay Scott is a shareholder with the Chicago law firm of Brenner, Ford, Monroe & Scott, Ltd., and Jay Scott is the First Assistant State’s Attorney with the Macon County State’s Attorney’s Office in Decatur.

Donna Schechter (with her husband Gary at right) has retired after 28 years in the ISBA's Legal Department.

Donna Schechter, the Illinois State Bar Association's longtime Assistant to Counsel in the Legal Department, has retired after 28 years.

Donna joined ISBA in September 1982 and was instrumental over the years in nurturing the ISBA High School Mock Trial Program, as well as other Association programs.

She worked closely with the ISBA Standing Committee on Law-Related Education for the Public. Thanks Donna, for all those years of wonderful service to the Association.

Justice Rita B. Garman of the Supreme Court of Illinois has begun an application process for a Circuit Court vacancy in the 11th Judicial Circuit.

The vacancy was created by the upcoming retirement of Judge G. Michael Prall on November 2, 2010. Judge Prall has been a judge for the 11th Circuit since 1991.

Under the Illinois Constitution, judicial vacancies are filled by Supreme Court appointment. The application process will lead to final Court approval. The applicants will undergo an evaluation and screening process.

Notices of the vacancy has been posted in courthouses throughout the Circuit. The application form and instructions may be obtained by visiting the Illinois Supreme Court’s website at and follow the instructions on the “Latest News” scroller announcing the Eleventh Judicial Circuit vacancy. Original applications must be submitted via mail to:

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman administered the oath of office to Matt Sullivan on July 9 at the Edgar County Courthouse in Paris. Pictured at the ceremony are: (seated) Circuit Judge Matt Sullivan; (standing, right to left) Judge James Glenn, Judge Teresa Righter, Justice Steven Garst, Justice Garman, Judge David Lewis, Chief Judge Tracy Resch, Judge Gary Jacobs, Judge Brien O'Brien, and Judge Mitch Shick.

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