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Dale Allan Schempp, 68, passed away in his home in Springfield, at 10:45 a.m. on Wednesday, September 29, 2010.

He was born on August 23, 1942 in Cleveland, the third child of Elmer and Blanche Schempp. He grew up in Chagrin Falls, Ohioo, where he met his wife Carol Ann Samstag - they were married on December 25, 1965.

He graduated from the U.S. Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD in 1964, graduating with a degree in nuclear engineering. He then started his first career as a naval officer, serving for 6 years in the US Navy on one of the first nuclear submarines, the USS John Marshall, under Admiral Hyman Rickover. He rose to the rank of Lieutenant before being honorably discharged in 1970.

He next embarked on his second career as a successful businessman. He worked as an engineer for the Quaker Oaks Company in Rockford, earning his MBA from the University of Chicago during that time. After several years, he started an independent business career as co-owner and CFO of what became TKI Foods, a manufacturer of health food products in Springfield.

Following a successful business career, he began this third career as a lawyer. While still working as CFO of TKI, he completed law school at night at St. Louis University in 1996. After passing the bar exam, he then founded his own practice, Schempp Law in Springfield.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Wednesday that Associate Judge Paul G. Lawrence has been appointed a circuit judge at-large in the Eleventh Judicial Circuit.

Judge Lawrence was appointed to fill the Circuit Court vacancy created by the upcoming retirement of Judge G. Michael Prall on November 2, 2010. The appointment is effective November 3, 2010 and will expire December 3, 2012.

Justice Rita B. Garman recommended the appointment of Judge Lawrence after a review process by a special citizen screening committee. The committee unanimously recommended Judge Lawrence’s appointment to Justice Garman to fill the vacancy.

Judge Lawrence graduated from University of Illinois in 1982 with a B.S. degree in Accounting. He received his juris doctor degree from University of Missouri in 1985. Before his appointment to the bench, Judge Lawrence practiced at the law firm of Lawrence, Moore and Ogar.

He was appointed as an associate judge in the Eleventh Circuit in 2002, serving as a trial judge for over eight years until Wednesday’s appointment by the Supreme Court as a Circuit Judge.

A resident of Bloomington, Judge Lawrence is married with five children.

The Eleventh Judicial Circuit is comprised of five counties: Ford, Livingston, Logan, McLean and Woodford.

The Office of the Senate President, John J. Cullerton, is seeking highly motivated attorneys for the 2011 legislative session.  This is a temporary position from January to May. All applicants must be licensed to practice law in Illinois. Attorneys will work on contract in Springfield and will be paid weekly travel expenses and a per diem to cover living expenses for those not residing in Springfield

Attorneys are assigned to several Senate committees and are responsible for conducting research, drafting legislation, analyzing legislation, and drafting legal memoranda. Successful candidates must be able to work well in a fast-paced environment and must possess excellent writing skills, outstanding communication skills, and the ability to exercise independent judgment. This is a great opportunity to gain invaluable insight into the legislative process

Applicants should send a cover letter, resume, two professional references, and a short writing sample to the address below by October 12, 2010.  Interviews will be conducted in October and early November, with hiring decisions made in late November. Information may be submitted via mail, fax, or e-mail. Please use the title “Assistant Counsel Position” in all fax and e-mail correspondence.

This office is an equal opportunity employer. Applications are evaluated on the basis of job qualifications and not race, sex, color, disability, national origin, religion, creed, age, marital status, sexual orientation, citizenship or authorized alien status, or veteran status.

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The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Alan D. Tucker as Resident Circuit Judge of Mason County, Eighth Judicial Circuit. Tucker replaces the Hon. Thomas L. Brownfield, who is retiring from judicial service on Oct. 15, 2010. Tucker's appointment is effective Nov. 1, 2010 and terminates on Dec. 6, 2010.

Bloomington attorneys Scott Kording (left) and Mick Hall (second from right), as well as Thomas McClure, a professor and director of legal studies at Illinois State University in Normal, display the “Lawyers Care” plaques they received from Illinois State Bar Association President Mark D. Hassakis (right) at a reception on September 9 at the Bone Student Center on the university campus.

Kording, Hall and the university were honored for their many hours of pro bono service to the ISU Mock Trial Program.

The Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that Brian T. Otwell, received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Seventh Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge.

Mr. Otwell received his undergraduate degree in 1980 from the Illinois State University in Normal and his Juris Doctor in 1984 from the Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Mr. Otwell is currently affiliated with the Sangamon County Public Defender’s Office in Springfield.

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The current term of office of the Honorable David G. Bernthal, United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of Illinois at Urbana, is due to expire on April 30, 2011. The Court is considering the reappointment of Judge Bernthal for an additional eight-year term and is soliciting comment from the bar and public as to whether Magistrate Judge Bernthal should be recommended for reappointment.

Written comment should be sent to Pamela E. Robinson, Clerk of Court, 210 U.S. Courthouse, 600 E. Monroe, Springfield, Illinois, 62701 by September 30, 2010.

All comments received by the Court will be provided to the Merit Selection Panel of attorneys and private citizens from the Urbana Division of the Court. This panel will consider the comments received and will assess Judge Bernthal’s performance in office. The Panel will then make its recommendation to the Court regarding reappointment.

James T. Foley, 79, died on Aug. 18 at his Bloomington home.

Mr. Foley was born April 2, 1931, in Chicago, the son of Thomas and Emily Golden Foley. He married Corrine Osterland on Feb. 7, 1959, in Chicago. She survives.

He graduated from St. Leo High School and the University of Notre Dame in 1953. He served with the U.S. Army in Germany and graduated from the DePaul Law School in 1958.

Mr. Foley moved to Bloomington in 1959 and joined the Livingston-Barger-Brandt-Slater-Schroeder Law Firm, where he later became a partner. He practiced law in Bloomington-Normal for over 50 years and was a past city attorney, a public administrator and had served as a special assistant attorney general for the State of Illinois.

His professional memberships include the McLean County Bar Association of which he was a past president, the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. He was the former McLean County Democratic Party chairman.

Mr. Foley was a member of St. Patrick Church of Merna, Bloomington; Lakeside Country Club; the CCHS Booster Club; and Father John D. Ring Knights of Columbus Council 574. He was a 4th Degree Knight.

He was a devoted fan of Notre Dame, the Chicago White Sox and the Chicago Bears.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Wednesday that Sangamon County State’s Attorney John P. Schmidt has been appointed a circuit judge at-large in the Seventh Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Schmidt was appointed to fill the Circuit Court vacancy created by the appointment of Judge Thomas Appleton to the Fourth District Appellate Court. The appointment is effective October 1, 2010 and will expire December 3, 2012.

Justice Rita B. Garman recommended the appointment of Mr. Schmidt after a review process by a special citizen screening committee. The committee unanimously recommended Mr. Schmidt’s appointment to Justice Garman to fill the vacancy.

Mr. Schmidt graduated from Western Illinois University in 1987 with a B.S. degree in History. He received his juris doctor degree from University of Tulsa in 1990. Before his appointment to the bench, Mr. Schmidt served as special assistant U.S. attorney from 1990-1992; he was responsible for prosecution of federal law violations, advising federal law enforcement agencies and preparing briefs for the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.

From 1992-1995, he served as Sangamon County assistant state’s attorney. While there, he prosecuted various types of traffic, misdemeanor and felony cases. Subsequently, Mr. Schmidt served as first assistant state’s attorney for four years until his appointment as Sangamon County State’s Attorney in 1999. He has since won election to that position three times, most recently in 2008.

Mr. Schmidt has served as member of the board of directors, treasurer and president of the Mental Health Centers of Central Illinois and as chairman of the Sangamon Child Advocacy Center.

A resident of Springfield, Mr. Schmidt is married with one child.