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Duane G. Walter
Duane G. Walter
Retired DuPage County Judge Duane Gerald Walter, 88, of Bloomingdale passed away on Sept. 7, 2014. He was known for his love of conducting weddings.

Duane was born on January 8, 1926, in Des Moines, Iowa; moved to Chicago and graduated from Lake View High School in 1943. He served in the U.S. Air Force during World War II and then obtained a law degree from Chicago - Kent College of Law in 1954. He had a distinguished career as an attorney before being appointed Associate Judge of the DuPage County 18th Judicial Circuit Court.

After retiring, Duane owned The Old Town Wedding Chapel in Bloomingdale, Illinois, for 16 years. Duane was an active member of the DuPage County Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association and the DuPage County Republican Committee.

He will be missed dearly by his wife, Beverly (nee Wise), children Gary (Katie) Walter, Linda (Jim) Rinella, Dawn (Paul) VanLaanen, Donna (Dave) Jansen, Bruce Walter, Lori Vanagunas, Lisa (Kirk) Schmitt, Dr. Kevin (Katie) Walter, Bob (Amy) Miller, sixteen grandchildren and two great grandchildren.

Duane is preceded in death by parents Gerald and May (nee Peppmeier) Walter, former wife Lois Belle Gibbs, and sister and brother in law, Glenys and Joe Dombrowski.

The Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series: Tech Tips & Tools to Transition to the Solo & Small Firm Setting will be held from 8:15 a.m.-5:15 p.m. on Thursday, Oct. 16. This program will be held at the ISBA Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark and will available via live webcast.

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ISBA President Richard D. Felice
ISBA President Richard D. Felice
ISBA President Richard D. Felice received the Alumnus of the Year Award from Northern Illinois University (NIU) College of Law on Wednesday, Sept. 17, at a ceremony at the University Club of Chicago. View photos from the event at

Felice (’79) was selected for the award based on outstanding achievements in his career, demonstrated service to the NIU College of Law, demonstrated service to his community, and professional integrity.

During his year as president, Felice is placing special emphasis on three projects. The first is the formation of a Task Force on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Future of the Profession to address the tremendous challenges facing new lawyers, including staggering law school debt and a stifling job market. The second initiative is the formation of a Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute Series, offering educational programs to solo and small firm practitioners in five settings throughout the state. The third program focuses on civics education. Working with the ISBA’s Law Related Education Committee, the organization is expanding its civics education programming to high school students and will also work with Illinois Judges Association on its “Courtroom in the Classroom” project.

Judge Michael Murray was a fair man who was a good father, a devoted husband, and an apolitical, independent-minded judge who seldom brought his work home with him, two of his sons said Tuesday.

Murray, 79, of Orland Park, and formerly a longtime resident of Chicago’s Beverly community, died Saturday, August 23, two weeks after he had a heart attack.

A native of Beverly, he grew up with five brothers in a home on Longwood Drive near Ridge Park. He and a younger brother hoisted an American flag every day on the corner during World War II, son Dave Murray said.

Judge Murray had a long career in law in private practice, as an attorney for Chicago Public Schools, and as a judge.

From 1987 to 2007, he served as an associate judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County. Based at the Bridgeview courthouse, he also heard a wide variety of cases in courthouses around the county, son Matt Murray said.

Read the full obituary in the SouthtownStar.

Eugene "Gene" Snarski
Eugene "Gene" Snarski
Eugene Mitchell "Gene" Snarski, a resident of Waukegan, Illinois, since 1958, passed away on September 2, 2014, after a long illness . Gene was born on April 15, 1927, to Charlotte R. Snarski and Narcyz (Nicholas) Snarski of North Chicago, Illinois. His maternal grandparents were Adam Ratajczak and Maryanna Ratajczak of 918 14th St., North Chicago, Illinois. His paternal grandparents were Anthony Snarski and Marcianna Malkiewich of Trusy, Poland.

Gene attended Holy Rosary Catholic Grade School in North Chicago starting in 1931, and graduated in May of 1940. Thereafter, he attended Waukegan Township High School (WTHS). He played in the Junior band for a half year and then entered into the ROTC program at WTHS as a private and progressed through the ranks, attaining the rank of Captain during the early stages of World War II. He graduated from WTHS in May of 1944.

In June of 1944, he began studies at the University of Notre Dame. His studies there were interrupted when he was drafted at the age of 18 into the United States Army at Fort Sheridan, Illinois. After completing basic training, he was transferred to Camp Hood, Texas, where he became an Infantry Rifleman First Class. He served at the Field Artillery Camp at Fort Sill, Oklahoma from June 21, 1945, to October 31, 1946, when he was honorably discharged as a private First Class Infantryman from the Headquarters Battery of the Fifth Field Artillery Group Army of the United States.

Chief Circuit Judge John T. Elsner is pleased to announce that following a tabulation of ballots by the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts in Springfield, the Circuit Judge of the 18th Judicial Court, DuPage County, have appointed Robert W. Rohm to the position of associate judge.

Mr. Rohm fills the vacancy created by the retirement of Associate Judge Thomas C. Dudgeon.

Orland Park divorce law firm Anderson & Associates, P.C. is pleased to announce the opening of their new law office. The Cook County family law firm has relocated their Orland Park office suite in order to better assist clients located in the Southwest Suburbs of Chicago. The new office suite is located at the Executive Tower at 15255 S. 94th Avenue, Suite 201, Orland Park, Illinois.

The Orland Park law office is located just east of LaGrange Road and is easily accessible for clients who live in either Cook County or Will County. The experienced Orland Park family attorneys represent clients at the Richard J. Daley Center in Chicago, the Fifth Municipal District Courthouse in Bridgeview, the Sixth Municipal District in Markham and the Will County Courthouse located in Joliet.

"We are excited to have a new space to work in as we continue to grow our firm to effectively meet our clients’ needs," says Founder and Attorney at Anderson & Associates, P.C. Jonathan G. Anderson.

Anderson & Associates, P.C. has proudly represented clients in Cook County and Will County for over 30 years. In its new office suite, the Orland Park family law firm continues to provide a wide-range of family law services including divorce, child custody, child support and maintenance, post-decree issues, prenuptial and postnuptial agreements, cohabitation agreements, division of property, high asset/complex divorce, collaborative law, adoption and guardianships. Additionally, the firm assists clients with legal matters pertaining to bankruptcy, loan modifications, foreclosures, estate planning and probate.

Elizabeth Felt Wakeman
Elizabeth Felt Wakeman
McHenry County family law firm Botto Gilbert Gehris Lancaster, PC is pleased to announce trial lawyer Elizabeth Felt Wakeman has joined the firm as Partner. Wakeman comes to Botto Gilbert Gehris Lancaster, PC with over 20 years in practice in litigation.

Experienced Crystal Lake trial lawyer Elizabeth Felt Wakeman combines her skills as a litigator and mediator to gain effective results for her clients. She focuses her legal practice primarily on family law, personal injury, medical malpractice, civil litigation, mediation and alternative dispute resolution. She has handled a wide variety of family law matters including complex divorce, high-value estates, custody issues, paternity claims and post-decree disputes. Wakeman also has experience representing both plaintiffs and defendants in complex personal injury and medical malpractice litigation including cases involving the failure to diagnose various types of cancer, dental malpractice and vaginal mesh claims. She has successfully litigated numerous personal injury cases dealing with car accidents, construction accidents, slip and fall accidents and wrongful death matters.

Peter J. Birnbaum
Peter J. Birnbaum
The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) will present its Distinguished Award for Excellence to Peter J. Birnbaum, president and CEO of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. on Oct. 17 at the 16th Annual Gala.

The 2014 Gala will take place at the Four Seasons Hotel, Chicago. The event is co-chaired by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Anne M. Burke, Illinois Senate President John J. Cullerton, and Illinois Secretary of State Jesse White. IBF board co-chairs are Deane B. Brown, Beermann Pritikin Mirabelli Swerdlove LLP, and Shawn S. Kasserman, Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC.

The award, selected by the Illinois Bar Foundation’s board of directors, celebrates one attorney each year for making a major contribution to law and society. Past winners include Mayor Richard M. Daley, Scott Turow, Mary A. Dempsey, Jerold S. Solovy, Joseph A. Power, Jr., Bernard M. Judge, Illinois Senate President John Cullerton, Illinois Supreme Court Justice Burke, and Newton N. Minow. IBF is the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association,

The Circuit Judges of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court, DuPage County, unanimously elected Judge Kathryn E. Creswell to the position of Chief Judge. Judge Creswell's term as Chief Judge will commence on Dec. 1, 2014. Judge Creswell will succeed Chief Judge John T. Elsner.

Judge Creswell is a graduate of DePaul University College of Law. She was appointed as an Associate Judge in 1995 and was elected a Circuit Judge in 2002. Prior to her selection as Chief Judge, she had served as Presiding Judge of the Felony Division of the 18th Judicial Circuit.