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Back by popular demand! Don’t miss this full-day seminar on October 9, 2017 in Chicago or Fairview Heights that arms you with the information you need to successfully handle your next workers’ compensation case! Labor and employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners attending this seminar will better understand: how orthopedic physicians diagnose and treat workers’ compensation injuries; the recent rule changes at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission; the ethical issues to avoid during your next workers’ compensation case; how to prepare and present your arbitration case; how to coordinate workers’ compensation benefits with the Public Employee Disability Act; and recent case law updates that may affect your client.

Christine T. Cody has been named associate judge of the 18th Judicial Court in DuPage County, filling the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Bruce R. Kelsey.

She received her law degree from the Loyola University School of Law and has been a partner with the Law Offices of Rohde & Cody in Addison since 2011.

She has also served as an adjunct professor at the College of DuPage, a partner with Cody, Mitacek & Rohde, an assistant state's attorney for the DuPage County State's Attorney's Office; and an associate at DiMonte, Schostack & Lizak. 

David Brown
David Brown
David Emerson Brown, 91, was a long time Wilmette resident, and departed this earth surrounded by family August 10, 2017. He was known for his strong leadership, great athleticism, and his deep devotion to his family.

Emerson attended the U of I, where he oined Beta Theta Pi fraternity, in which he remained active all of his life, serving a national treasurer for many years. He joined Kemper Insurance as a CPA and later as an attorney with legislative affairs.

He was elected Republican State Central Committeeman for several terms, was treasurer of the Illinois Republican party and was head of the New Trier Republican Organization for over 30 years. He hosted dignitaries, including Presidents Regan and George H.W. Bush. He was active in the United Way, United Charities, Clearwater Camp, the Northwestern Settlement, and Trinity church.

James "Jim" Williams, 88, of Hinsdale, Illinois, passed away Friday August 18, 2017. James was born December 15, 1928 in Chicago, Illinois to Fred and Frances Williams. He graduated from St. Rita High School in 1946. He graduated DePaul University in 1951 with a J.D. He served in the United States Army stationed in Germany from 1951-1953. On January 6, 1962, he married Hannelore (Wehlus) in Chicago, Illinois.

James became an attorney in Illinois, working at Foote Cone Belding, and US Gypsum. He spent 21 years at American Bakeries as senior legal counsel and chief financial officer. He also worked for Doty and Jarrow and for Charles D. Spencer and Associates as he returned to business community after retirement.

James was a Knight of Columbus 3rd degree and enjoyed volunteering through his parish St. Isaac Jogues. He was a loving husband, father and grandfather. He often attended St. Rita High School reunions to visit with friends and classmates. He will be remembered by his devotion to his wife, family and community.


Register now to join your peers for an afternoon of socializing and horse racing at this annual event! 

When: Saturday, September 23, 2017 1 PM – 6 PM

Tickets will be sent via ground mail upon purchase. Any tickets purchased after today, Monday, September 18, will available for pick up on-site on the day of the event. Further information will be provided upon purchasing tickets.

The Circuit Judges of the 18th Judicial Court, DuPage County, unanimously elected Judge Daniel P. Guerin to the position of chief judge at a meeting held September 13. Judge Guerin's term as Chief Judge will commence on December 4, 2017. Judge Guerin will succeed Chief Judge Kathryn E. Creswell.

In honor of Prairie State Legal Services' 40th anniversary, the organization will be hosting two events to honor 40 Heroes for Justice, including Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride and Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan. The events will be held on Thursday, September 28 in Peoria, and Friday, October 27 in Oak Brook.



ISBA hosted a two-day CLE program designed to help attorneys who represent children from September 7-8 at the Chicago Regional Office. Back by popular demand, the Guardian ad Litem, Child Representative, and Attorney for Minor Child Training covered the role, scope and limitations of representation; the conflicts that will limit the role of the appointment; child development issues, including mental health, milestones, attachment, and parental separation; and much more. The program wound down on Friday evening with a networking reception for attendees to network and mingle. 

Robert F. Harris has been appointed a Cook County Circuit Judge in the 5th Subcircuit by Justice Mary Jane Theis and the Illinois Supreme Court. 

Mr. Harris was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the retirement of Judge Edward Washington.
The appointment takes effect September 21, 2017, and will conclude on December 3, 2018, when the position will be filled by the 2018 General Election.

"I'm deeply honored to be chosen from a field of accomplished and talented people to be selected as a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County," Harris said. "I look forward to this new path as a servant to the public and I will work hard to become an exemplary member of the judiciary."

Charles S. Beach was appointed as a Cook County Circuit Judge in the 6th Subcircuit by Justice Mary Jane Theis and the Illinois Supreme Court.

Mr. Beach was appointed to fill the vacancy created by the resignation of the Hon. Richard C. Cooke. The appointment takes effect Sept. 15, 2017 and will conclude on Dec. 3, 2018, when the position is filled by the November 2018 General Election.