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Jeffrey S. MacKay
Jeffrey S. MacKay
The Illinois Supreme Court has announced that the 18th Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Jeffrey S. MacKay as an associate judge of the Eighteenth Judicial Circuit. Mr. MacKay fills the vacancy created by the elevation of Judge Robert G. Kleeman to Circuit Judge.

Mr. MacKay received his undergraduate degree in 1989 from the University of Illinois and his Juris Doctor in 1992 from Chicago Kent. Mr. MacKay is currently affiliated with Ekl, Williams & Provenzale LLC in Lisle, IL.

First courthouse in system-wide rolling implementation

Circuit Court of Cook County Chief Judge Timothy C. Evans announced that starting Monday, April 15, the court will begin the enforcement of the full ban on all electronic communications and Internet devices at the George N. Leighton Criminal Court Building at 26th and California.

Paul W. Kaiser, Jr., age 85, a life-long resident of Waukegan, Illinois died on Sunday, March 24, 2013 at Northwestern University Hospital.

Paul graduated from Waukegan High School and then attended the University of Illinois, Urbana, graduating with a degree in business in 1950. He served with the United States Air Force in Japan during the Korean War.

Following his discharge, he attended the University of Denver Law School. He served three years as a Lake County Assistant State's Attorney. While building his private practice, he was appointed as a part-time Public Defender. He served as secretary and treasurer of the Lake County Bar Association.

His experiences serving in the criminal justice system led him to become involved in the Lake County Family Service Agency and Lake County Mental Health Society. He worked with the late Rev. Ralph Smith to organize a group home for young men on probation in need of guidance called "Young Men's Fellowship." The group home was one of the first programs of its kind in the State of Illinois. Now called, "Rebound," it is still in operation. Later, he and Rev. Smith created "Contact," a telephone crisis-intervention hotline.

A brand new firm continuing a tradition of excellence, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC, opens its doors this week.  After decades with the greats of Chicago law, Corboy & Demetrio partners Dan Kotin and Shawn Kasserman and Clifford Law Offices partner Tim Tomasik now are joining forces to build a practice proudly dedicated to representing the interests of those seriously injured or killed as the result of wrongful conduct.

Collectively, the attorneys of the TKK law firm have won more than $400 million in settlements for their clients over the years, working on some of the highest-profile legal cases in popular memory.  Tomasik, who frequently handles aviation and personal injury issues, represented victims of the 2002 John Hancock Center scaffolding collapse and was part of the team handling the World Trade Center property damage litigation in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks.  Kotin, a personal injury and wrongful death attorney, represented victims in the 2003 Cook County Administration Building fire and has served as lead counsel in numerous high profile cases involving fires, train derailments and other catastrophes.  Kasserman, who is best known for his work representing the families of children killed by defectively designed products, has also served as lead counsel in matters including train derailments, bus crashes, the Nicor mercury spill and the Amoco cancer cluster in Naperville.

Join us in Chicago on April 25th for an in-depth look at the basic estate planning tools you need to effectively assist your estate planning clients! Learn the essentials of the initial client meeting, the appropriate use of advanced directives and the ethical considerations in the estate planning process. Don’t miss this opportunity to update your basic knowledge of wills, trusts, and formulating your client’s estate plan. Trusts and estate professionals, new attorneys, small and closely-held business counsel, financial planners and accountants with beginning to intermediate experience who attend this seminar will: learn how to obtain relevant information during the initial client meeting; be better prepared to draft dispositive provisions in a will; understand how to personalize a client’s will; learn to recognize potential gift and estate tax issues; understand the importance of funding trusts; learn to recognize potential gift and estate tax issues; be able to avoid the various pitfalls that may arise throughout the estate planning process; and better understand the ethical considerations in estate planning, including engagement letters, identifying conflicts, and complying with the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct.

The program is presented by the ISBA Trusts & Estate Section Council and qualifies for 6.25 hours MCLE credit, including 1.75 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

Northern Illinois University College of Law will open a free legal clinic this fall in Aurora, focusing on legal issues that may contribute to health problems in the area’s indigent population. NIU Law will partner with both Hesed House - a comprehensive homeless resource center in Aurora that will house the clinic - and Aunt Martha’s Health Center.

On hand to present Judge Bellows with the award were (from left): IJA President Rita Novak, ISBA Past President Richard Thies, Judge Bellows, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans, Judge Shelly Sutker-Dermer and Judge Grace Dickler.
On hand to present Judge Bellows with the award were (from left): IJA President Rita Novak, ISBA Past President Richard Thies, Judge Bellows, Cook County Circuit Court Chief Judge Timothy Evans, Judge Shelly Sutker-Dermer and Judge Grace Dickler.
Illinois Judges Association President Hon. Rita M. Novak presented the organization’s Distinguished Service Award to Judge Carole Kamin Bellows on March 28 at the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago.

The Distinguished Service Award is intended to recognize judges who have demonstrated exemplary service to citizens, bench, and bar as shown by devotion to the law, efforts to improve the legal and judicial communities, reputation for honor, integrity, legal knowledge and diligent service, and otherwise distinguishing him or herself as an Illinois judicial officer.

Judge Bellows was first appointed to serve as a judge of the Circuit Court, Domestic Relations Division, by the Illinois Supreme Court in 1986. By being successfully retained by the voters, she continued to serve on the bench for 26 years. Prior to becoming a judge, she was an attorney for 26 years.

Norman N. Berkson, age 84, cherished father of Rabbi Jill Berkson (Ely) Zimmerman, David Berkson and Keith (Lori) Berkson. Proud and loving grandfather of Josh, Ben, Justin and Zachary. Dearest brother of the late Jerry, Alvie and Arnie Berkson and Rose Warren. Special companion of Carol Nerius.

Friend and former husband (29 years) of Marlene Marks Kornick. Norm was an attorney, accountant and professor. He was an avid tennis player and model train enthusiast.

In lieu of flowers, donations in his memory may be made to Northshore Hospice 4901 Searle Parkway, Suite 160, Skokie, IL 60077. For information (847) 255-3520 or to leave tributes and condolences.

Miles William Hughes, 44, known for his singular wit, passion for life and love of his family, passed away suddenly in the arms of his lifelong love, Leigh Ann Hayward Hughes, in Oak Park on March 17.

Miles met Leigh Ann while in Raa Middle School in Tallahassee, Florida, forming a strong friendship that blossomed into love, marriage and two adored children, Ragan 16, and Reece 10.

He was born on June 20, 1968 in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, to William and Jane Hughes, joining his sisters, Cindy and Sallie. They moved to Tallahassee in 1977, where Miles grew up in the extended family First Presbyterian Church. Miles graduated from Lincoln High School in 1986 before attending the University of Florida, where he received a Bachelor's degree in political science with a minor in history.

Miles married Leigh Ann on May 16, 1992, in Tallahassee. He attended Florida State University College of Law, where he served on the law review and earned a JD in 1997. He was honored to clerk for Justice Ben Overton of the Florida Supreme Court. At the time of his passing, he was an Income Partner for the McDermott, Will & Emery law firm in Chicago. 

Ken Schmetterer
Ken Schmetterer
Lawrence Wojcik
Lawrence Wojcik
Lawrence Wojcik and Ken Schmetterer, partners in DLA Piper’s Chicago office, received the Pillars of Justice Awards from Appleseed for their pro bono work. They were honored at Appleseed and Chicago Appleseed’s annual Pillars of Justice Awards reception on Wednesday, March 20 at the House of Blues in Chicago.

Lawrence Wojcik received the Pro Bono Champion Award for his more than 30 years of litigation.  He has represented children in juvenile courts and researched obstacles that children face leaving juvenile detention and returning to school.  He has also advocated for the fair sentencing of children and against juvenile life in prison without the possibility of parole. For more than 30 years, hehas focused his law practice on the defense of auditors, accountants, lawyers and other business entities and professionals. He has handled litigation involving business, securities, tax and intellectual property disputes, including representations before federal, state, and municipal regulators. He has represented clients throughout the country and has tried cases in federal and state courts in several jurisdictions.