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Nearly two dozen volunteer attorneys helped answer hundreds of phone calls, emails and Skype calls at the 35th Annual Ask A Lawyer Day on Saturday, April 30. Those calls helped members of the public resolve their legal issues or gave them the next steps toward resolving those issues. The endeavor also garnered much positive media coverage throughout Illinois.

On hand to answer calls in the Chicago office were (seated, left to right) Cynthis Koroll, Pamela Menaker and Alexas Collier; (standing, left to right) Daniell Saeddi, Kristi Vetri, Frank Soto and Joseph Kramer. Volunteers not pictured because they were still answering calls were Jeffrey Bunn, Joyce Wixson, Margherita Albarello, Alice Dolan and James Coogan. The ISBA would like to extend a hearty thank you to volunteers in the Chicago and Springfield offices.

Terrence I. Stapleton
Terrence I. Stapleton
Terrence I. Stapleton, 67, of Olympia, Wash., formerly of Springfield, Ill., died April 1, 2016, following a long illness.

Terry was the son of the late John P. and Velma R. Stapleton. He was a 1966 graduate of Griffin High School and received his BA from University of Illinois at Springfield. 

Terry served two years in the U.S. Army from 1970-72, after which he received his Juris Doctorate degree from the University of Arkansas. 

Terry was formerly employed at Central Illinois Light Co. (CILCO). 

Meyer Capel, the largest, most diversified law firm headquartered in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois proudly announces the addition of Bloomington-Normal attorney Scott Kording as a shareholder of the firm in its Bloomington office located at 202 North Center Street in downtown Bloomington, Illinois. Kording has practiced law continuously in McLean County for over 10 years and graduated summa cum laude from Illinois State University and magna cum laude from University of Illinois College of Law.

In Meyer Capel's Bloomington office, Kording will continue handling cases involving criminal defense, civil litigation, and family law throughout Central Illinois, as well as continue serving as outside general counsel for a Bloomington-based agricultural commodities brokerage firm. His affiliation with Meyer Capel will allow him to expand the services available to his clients to include real estate, estates and trusts, mergers and acquisitions, employment law, intellectual property, and other areas handled by Meyer Capel's 36 other attorneys.

Nolan Seymore Lipsky
Nolan Seymore Lipsky
Nolan Seymore Lipsky, 71, of Petersburg, passed away on Sunday morning April 10, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center. He was born in Chicago on August 3, 1944 to Mandel and Ruth Meizel Lipsky. Nolan married Bobbie Cheaney on April 26, 2003 in Springfield and she survives.

Mr. Lipsky is also survived by three sons: Matthew Lipsky of Springfield, Ben (Kim) Lipsky of Lake of the Hills, IL., and Jeff (Woorim) Lipsky of South Korea, one daughter Rose (Beuford) Moore of Springfield, one cousin Myron Greenbaum, and two grandchildren: Autumn and Joseph. He was preceded in death by his parents.

W. Charles Witte
W. Charles Witte
W. Charles Witte, 74, of Bloomington, a devoted husband, father, grandfather, volunteer and civic leader, died peacefully at 10:21 a.m. Sunday (April 10, 2016) at Barnes-Jewish Hospital, St. Louis.

Services have been held. In lieu of flowers, memorials may be given in honor of W. Charles Witte to Illinois State University Foundation and Advocate BroMenn Foundation.

Chuck Witte was born Sept. 21, 1941, in Chicago, son of Dr. William B. and Caroline Hess Witte. He married Donna Vera Skrinskus, his college sweetheart, 10 days after returning from his Vietnam service on Oct. 12, 1968. She survives.

Marc Fuchs
Marc Fuchs
Marc E. Fuchs, 67, of Springfield, IL, passed away on April 4, 2016 at Memorial Medical Center. 

He was born on August 21, 1948, in Springfield, IL to Eldon and Darlene Fuchs. He married his wife, Cori, on September 15, 1973, in Joliet, IL. 

Marc graduated from Girard High School and from the University of Illinois with a BS in Finance in 1970 and a Juris Doctorate in 1973. Marc practiced law in Farmersville, Illinois from 1973 to 1990. In his second career, he was able to embrace his lifelong passion as a scholar of Abraham Lincoln. He worked and volunteered at the Lincoln Tomb and the Lincoln-Herndon Law Office Historic Sites for nearly 20 years. He was also a board member of the Lincoln Monument Association. 

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita B. Garman announced today the formation of a judicial screening committee for the Sixth Judicial Circuit.

The screening committee was formed for the purpose of assessing the qualifications of those persons who have applied for appointment to the Office of Judge of the Circuit Court for the Sixth Judicial Circuit created by the upcoming retirement of Judge Arnold F. Blockman on September 16, 2016. Under the Illinois Constitution, the vacancy will be filled by Supreme Court appointment.

Discover what’s new in the tort law arena with this informative half-day seminar in Champaign on April 22, 2016! Tort law attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: the do’s and don’ts of medical expert testimony preparation; the current trends and issues with medical malpractice; the vocational expert’s role in determining key factors to your next case; how workers’ compensation issues intersect with Section 5 liens; the Illinois Lien Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act; how to make the most out of the mediation process; and the relationship between Medicare and tort law.

Meyer Capel, the largest, most diversified law firm headquartered in Champaign-Urbana, Illinois proudly announces the addition of Champaign attorney Marc J. Ansel as a shareholder of the firm and attorneys Alyx J. Parker and Dane C. Amundson as associates with the law firm. Attorneys Ansel, Parker and Amundson practiced law together as Ansel Law, Ltd. prior to joining Meyer Capel’s litigation department.

A veteran litigator, Marc Ansel, has practiced law continuously in Champaign County, Illinois for over 40 years and is a graduate of both the University of Illinois and the University of Illinois College of Law. Mr. Ansel is a respected trial lawyer concentrating in civil litigation, including complex business and commercial litigation, construction disputes, unfair competition, arbitration, mediation, injury and insurance matters. He is also experienced in alternative dispute resolution, as advocate, arbitrator and mediator. He has handled numerous jury and bench trials, as well as appeals before all Illinois appellate courts, the Illinois Supreme Court, the Federal court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Ansel has also been involved in alternative dispute resolution as an advocate, arbitrator and mediator.


Please join us on Friday, April 8 for the Joseph R. Bartylak Dinner benefiting the Lawyers Assistance Program. The event will be held at the Sangamo Club at 227 E. Adams Street in Springfield. 

The event will consist of a reception beginning at 6 p.m. followed by dinner at 6:30 p.m. Cheif Justice Rita B. Garman will be the keynote speaker. Judge John Gorman will receive the Joseph R. Bartylak Award and Matthew Hutmacher will receive the President's Award.

Tickets are available for $100 per person. 

Contact Bridget McLaughlin at 312-726-6607 or bmclaughlin@illinoislap.org for general information or assistance with tickets, sponsorship, or donations.