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Two JAG officers will be on hand to answer general legal questions of service members and their families at the Illinois State Fair on Sunday, August 14, from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m., courtesy of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).

Timed to coincide with the fair’s Veterans Day celebration, the officers will be available at the ISBA tent on the fairgrounds located on Central Avenue across from the Dairy Building.

On Monday, August 15, during Senior Citizens Day, an elder law attorney will be available at the tent to answer general questions about the law related to seniors.

Throughout the 12-day event, the ISBA tent will distribute free legal pamphlets on a wide variety of legal issues.  Other freebies include gavel-like pencils, notepads, Abe Lincoln coloring books and temporary tattoos.

Fair-goers who want to assume a Lincoln identity can have their photo taken not WITH but AS the “Great Emancipator.”  The ISBA’s tent will have a life-size figure of Lincoln with a hole where his face should have been (sorry Abe) so visitors can have a free keepsake photo of themselves portrayed as the man considered Illinois’ most famous lawyer and one of the nation’s greatest U.S. Presidents.

The Illinois State Bar Association incorporates an image of Lincoln in their advertising and promotional materials with the tag line: “Our state has a history of some pretty good lawyers; we’re out to keep it that way.”

The Illinois State Bar Association will once again have a tent at the Illinois State Fair, starting today and continuing through August 21. The tent will look to help the public through the promotion of the ISBA's new Illinois Lawyer Finder public website.

The tent offers legal brochures for the public and an Abraham Lincoln photo opportunity for state fair patrons who want to put their face in Lincoln's image. There is also a laptop connected to the Illinois Lawyer Finder site that visitors can try out and visit the ISBA's new consumer website. Visitors can also receive giveaways including: the infamous gavel pencils, small notepads and ISBA temporary tattoos.

More information on the state fair is available at

You asked for more programming on how to start and run a law office and we’re giving it to you! Attend all 11 “Hanging Out Your Shingle” programs or mix and match them with the other programs available to choose from at the ISBA's Solo and Small Firm Conference Oct. 27-29 at the Springfield Hilton. You choose the topics that best fit your needs. “Hanging Out Your Shingle” sessions include:

  • The Secure Firm: Best Practices, Policies and Strategies
  • It’s Your Law License – How to Protect It in Your Office
  • New Office Technology Shopping List: What Do I Really Need to Get Started?
  • How to Get Orders of Protection to Stick
  • Backup and Disaster Recovery: Oh No, My Hard Drive Crashed and It Can’t Get Up
  • How to Create a Website in 60 Minutes – Ethical and Practical Tips
  • The Biggest Mistakes Lawyers Make and How to Avoid Them
  • DUI and Traffic Fundamentals for the New Solo
  • Social Media: Ethical Issues
  • Fighting City Hall: Administrative Actions at the Local Level
  • Using Technology to Avoid Malpractice

For more information about the 11 “Hanging Out Your Shingle” sessions and the other 26 sessions held throughout the Conference – including program descriptions and speaker listings -- visit our Conference Schedule.

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Geri Lynn Arrindell
Geri Lynn Arrindell
Geri Lynn Arrindell, an attorney in the Springfield, Illinois office of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, has been elected President of Central Illinois Women's Bar Association (CIWBA). The appointment became effective on July 1, 2011. Ms. Arrindell also serves on the Illinois State Bar Association's Judicial Evaluations Committee and the ISBA Labor and Employment Law Section Council.

The CIWBA was founded in 1982 and promotes the full participation of women in the practice of law and the judiciary, to facilitate interaction between the practicing bar and women attorneys in alternative careers and public service, and to promote and foster interests of women attorneys, including but not limited to community outreach service.

Ms. Arrindell has been a member of CIWBA for several years and most recently served as the Vice President for the bar association. As President, Ms. Arrindell seeks to increase the involvement of governmental attorneys in CIWBA and to honor the contributions of women in Central Illinois to the field of law during the organizations 30th Anniversary.

Ms. Arrindell focuses her practice in commercial litigation matters, including labor and employment law, governmental affairs and regulation. She is a former Assistant Attorney General in the General Law Bureau of the Illinois Attorney General’s office. Ms. Arrindell earned her J.D. in 2006 from the University of Illinois College of Law, an M.S.W. from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill in 1996, and a B.S.W. in 1995 from Clark Atlanta University, where she graduated magna cum laude.

Judge James N. Sherrick of Villa Grove passed away on June 20, 2011, at Meadowbrook Health Center in Urbana.

He was born on April 13, 1918, the sixth child of Noah and Josephine (Gabel) Sherrick, in South Greenup Township, Ill.

He married Phyllis Vines on Dec. 21, 1947. She died in August 1966. He then married Frances Linafelter on Nov. 28, 1981.

He is survived by his loving wife, Frances; his three children, Elizabeth (Robert) Roman of Pinehurst, N.C., John (Mindy) Sherrick of Mansfield and Richard (Susan) Sherrick of Albion; one stepson, Steve (Shirley) Bradbury of Tuscola; six grandchildren; four stepgrandchildren; three great-grandchildren; five step-great-grandchildren; and one sister, Edna Bradley of Carbondale.

He was preceded in death by three brothers, Connie, Ralph and William, and three sisters, Lena, Mary and Betty.

Mr. Sherrick was a captain in the U.S. Army during World War II. He was a POW and received the Distinguished Service Cross, the Purple Heart and the Silver Star.

He was a teacher and a lawyer before serving as Douglas County judge from 1954 to 1958. He served as circuit judge in the Sixth Judicial District from 1968 to 1984.

He was a member of the Villa Grove United Methodist Church, where he served in many capacities, as well as the Tuscola and Villa Grove Rotary Clubs, the Villa Grove Lions Club, Walter Jones VFW Post 2876, the Moose Lodge, Tuscola American Legion, the Tri-City Country Club, the Douglas County Bar Association and other service clubs and organizations.

Memorials may be made to the Villa Grove United Methodist Church, the ALS Association or to the American Diabetes Association.

Oral C. Kost
Oral C. Kost
Oral C. Kost, 82, of Lewistown and Sheldons Grove, Ill., died June 30, 2011, at the Mason District Hospital emergency room in Havana, Ill.

He was born May 24, 1929, in Rushville, Ill., the son of Troy and Eva (Curless) Kost. After graduating from Monmouth College in 1950, he received his doctor of jurisprudence from the University of Illinois in 1953.

He had the privilege of practicing law for over 58 years. He held the offices of Fulton County Public Defender, Fulton County State's Attorney and State of Illinois assistant attorney general.

He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, American Bar Association and National District Attorney's Association. He was the Fulton County Republican Party chairman for many years and was a 32nd-degree Mason.

He served as a reservist in the U.S. Army from 1953 through 1956.

He was very proud of his family and loved the Northwoods of Wisconsin.

He is survived by his wife of 24 years, Shirley (Briney) Kost; five children, Karl (Pam) Kost, Keith (Beth) Kost, Karen (Chris) Baker, Kelly (Holly) Kost and Kim Kost; six stepsons, Mike (Rochelle) Briney, Marty (Joanie) Briney, Mark (Jenny) Briney, Matt (Rhonda) Briney, Milt (Ginger) Briney and Melvin (Jennifer) Briney; 28 grandchildren; and four great-great-grandchildren.

He was preceded in death by his first wife of 24 years, Edna Mae (Wilner) Kost, and his parents.

He will be fondly remembered as a gentleman, a man of great integrity and loyalty.

The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that retired Associate Judge Charles J. Gramlich has been recalled to duty in the 7th Judicial Circuit. This appointment was required by the recent death of Judge Lois Bell. This recall is effective Aug. 1, 2011, and terminates on Dec. 3, 2012.

Lawrence "Bud" Hatch
Lawrence "Bud" Hatch
Lawrence "Bud" Raymond Hatch passed away at 7 a.m. Monday (July 25, 2011) at Meadowbrook Health Center in Urbana.

A memorial service will be held in his honor at 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 4, at Clark Lindsey Village, 101 W. Windsor Road, Urbana. The Rev. Katherine Kussmaul and the Rev. Steven Shoemaker will officiate. There will be a Celebration of Life gathering at 5 p.m. at the Champaign Country Club.

Mr. Hatch was born Feb. 4, 1912, to parents Walter and May (Lawrence) Hatch.

After graduating from Urbana High School in 1930, Bud graduated from the University of Illinois College of Commerce in 1934 and received his degree from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1937.

Bud married Ellen Ainsworth on June 4, 1938, in Mason City, Ill. She preceded him in death on April 29, 1995.

Survivors include one son, William Hatch (Nancy) of Champaign; one daughter, Anne Collins (Norman) of Venice, Fla.; six grandchildren, Susan DiLeonardo (Frank) of Chicago, Lori Wildasin (Craig) of Venice, Fla., Cynthia Parker (Jason) of Michigan, Amy Lou Akin (Travis) of Champaign, Russell Hatch (Nicole) of Toronto, Canada, and Andrew Hatch (Laura) of Champaign; and 13 great-grandchildren.

Bud was preceded in death by his five siblings.

Mr. Hatch served as a lieutenant in the U.S. Navy during World War II and was stationed in the Pacific Theater and Pearl Harbor.

He practiced law for 74 years, first with H. I. Green Law Office and then with his own firm. He enjoyed his law practice with many partners and clients over the years.

Patricia J. Naylor
Patricia J. Naylor
Nabil G. Foster
Nabil G. Foster

The national law firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP is proud to announce the election of the following ISBA members to partnership:

Nabil G. Foster, of Chicago, defends attorneys in professional liability and disciplinary matters. He also represents clients in commercial litigation and has handled matters involving subjects such as internet gambling, breach of contract, civil rights, consumer fraud, ERISA, eminent domain, employment discrimination, insurance coverage, products liability and professional liability. Mr. Foster is an Adjunct Professor at Northwestern University School of Law. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Mr. Foster earned his J.D. in 2000 from Northwestern University School of Law, and his A.B. from Harvard College in 1994.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that David A. Brown, received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Tenth Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge.

Mr. Davis received his undergraduate degree in 1986 from Purdue University in Lafayette, Indiana and his Juris Doctor and M.S. in 1990 from Indiana University in Bloomington, Indiana. Mr. Brown is currently affiliated with Black, Black & Brown in Washington, Illinois.