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Sandra Franco
Sandra Franco
The national law firm of Arnstein & Lehr LLP has added lateral partner Sandra A. Franco in the Chicago office.

Franco joins the firm’s Chicago office as a partner in the Litigation and Banks and Financial Institutions Practice Groups. She concentrates her practice in commercial litigation, banking law, and real estate law. Ms. Franco represents financial institutions and has extensive experience in secured transactions, collections, bankruptcy, commercial foreclosures, negotiating and drafting contracts.

Additionally, she is a volunteer attorney with Minority Legal Education Resources, Inc. where she tutors and prepares prospective attorneys for the Illinois Bar Exam. She is fluent in Spanish. Ms. Franco earned her J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 2005 and her B.A. in 2000 from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.

The Illinois State Bar Association’s Law Student Committee would like to invite you to a "Speed Networking Event" on Wednesday, April 15 from 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark. Borrowing concepts from speed dating, the event will facilitate short, focused conversations between current law students and distinguished ISBA members in a relaxed setting. Topics that will be addressed include networking, business development, and landing your first job.  

If you would like to meet seasoned attorneys with a wealth of information about practicing law in Illinois, while gaining some insight into the forward-thinking events and services offered by the ISBA, please register for this free event at

Hon. Henry A. Budzinski
Hon. Henry A. Budzinski
Presiding Judge Henry A. Budzinski (Retired), age 91, passed away in his sleep on February 24, 2015. He is survived by his children; Henry, an Engineer with the Department of Defense at the Pentagon and Wife Lisa; Elizabeth, who is an Illinois Circuit Court Judge; beloved grandchildren Julia and Ladd. Fond brother of Jenny, Louis, Olga and Eddie; including nieces and nephews.

He served honorably in the United States Army Air Corps during World War II. Judge Budzinski was one of the longest serving judges in Illinois, retiring after 34 years on the bench, including 18 years as Presiding Judge of the Probate Division of the Circuit Court of Cook County. He also served as Interim Acting Chief Judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County.

Notable cases he presided over included the estates involving Helen Vorhees Brach, a candy heiress, George Halas Sr. and George Halas Jr. who both had ownership interests in the Chicago Bears and the distribution of the assets of Elijah Muhammad, founder of the Nation of Islam. While he served as a high-ranking judge for years and handled significant cases, he preferred to remain in the background, explaining it was just his nature. Judge Budzinski was known for his intelligence, contributions to the law, leadership, wit, humility and compassion.

Chief Circuit Judge Kathryn E. Creswell is pleased to announce that following a tabulation of ballots, the Circuit Judges of the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, have appointed Joseph T. Bugos to the position of Associate Judge.

Davi Law Group, LLC is pleased to announce the opening of the firm’s newest office at 58 N. Chicago Street, 7th Floor, Joliet, Illinois 60432. The Joliet law office marks the fourth location for Davi Law Group, LLC, which already has established law offices in Warrenville, Wheaton and Downtown Chicago.

“We are excited about moving into Joliet and the continued growth of the firm. We hope this new office will help meet the legal needs of individuals and families in the Will County area,” says Principal and Founding Attorney of Davi Law Group, LLC, Dion U. Davi.

Will County divorce attorneys Dion U. Davi, Adam C. Gynac and Lana K. Eliopulos will serve clients from the Joliet office. The experienced legal team will assist clients with family law matters including divorce, child support, child custody, parentage and guardianship. The Joliet attorneys also have experience handling estate planning matters and real estate transactions.

Circuit Clerk Keith S. Brin today announced the launch of his office’s 2015 Summer Internship Program. The application process opens on Monday, March 16th.  Ten paid full-time summer internships will be available.  

The internship program, dubbed the New Initiatives Internship, provides undergraduate and graduate students the opportunity to gain experience and exposure to public service and government.  Interns will work extensively on outreach and program development.     

“Interns in our office will be doing meaningful work,” explained Circuit Clerk Brin.   The internship experience is designed to be a hands-on experience.  Students working as interns in the Circuit Clerks office will learn how the different pieces of government and law are inter-connected and fit together to make the big picture work.   

 “Not only does the internship provide a chance for college students to earn money over the summer, but it also provides them with exposure to people, places, contacts and a professional work environment that will, ultimately, give them a truly competitive edge in the job market, “ said continued Brin.   

The application process, expected to be highly competitive, opens March 16th.  Applications will be available on the Circuit Clerks website.    

Interns must be enrolled full-time in an accredited college or university, demonstrate strong written and verbal communication skills, and possess the ability to work in a fast past environment.  

Calvin Campbell
Calvin Campbell
In his early 20s, Calvin Campbell saw college as a nearly impossible dream for an African-American in the segregated South during the Depression, his family said.

He had returned from combat in World War II permanently scarred — losing a finger and part of his left hand — and it took a wily Army guidance counselor to convince this battle-scarred veteran to try college for a semester, said Mr. Campbell's daughter, Cathy.

"She told him, 'You can always quit.' But she must have seen something in my father that made her believe in him."

Mr. Campbell went on to graduate with a bachelor's degree from Howard University in Washington in 1948, and then earned a law degree from the University of Chicago Law School in 1951.

In November 1978, he became the fourth African-American elected to the Illinois Appellate Court.

"He was a mentor of mine," said First District Appellate Court Judge Shelvin Louise Marie Hall. "He was a very courtly, gentlemanly and kind person, who taught me a lot."

Mr. Campbell, 90, died of respiratory failure on Thursday, Feb. 12, at The Carlton at the Lake, a nursing facility in Chicago, his family said.

Rebecca Neubauer
Rebecca Neubauer
Romanucci & Blandin, LLC, a leading personal injury and civil trial practice law firm in Chicago, proudly appoints Rebecca Neubauer to associate attorney. Prior to this recent appointment, Neubauer served as law clerk for the firm and contributed to cases concerning police misconduct, excessive force and school bullying and hazing.  

“We welcome the addition of Rebecca on our team as an associate attorney,” said Stephan Blandin, Principal and Partner at Romanucci & Blandin. “Rebecca has proven herself a dedicated legal advocate of those who have been wrongly abused or neglected, and we look forward to her support on behalf of our clients.”

Rebecca Neubauer began her tenure at Romanucci & Blandin as a law clerk in late 2013 following law clerk appointments since 2012 at other Chicago-based law firms. At these firms, her work focused on plaintiffs’ personal injury, medical malpractice, and sexual abuse matters. Rebecca also clerked for the Honorable Elizabeth M. Budzinski, Cook County Circuit Court, where she prepared judicial opinions on civil cases. Rebecca’s passion for helping those who have suffered injustices inspired her to become a personal injury attorney.

Chief Judge Kathryn E. Creswell has announced that as of March 2, 2015, the 18th Judicial Circuit Court in DuPage County has dedicated Courtroom 3005 as a full time Pro Se (self-represented) courtroom for Domestic Relations matters. Judge Elizabeth Sexton will be presiding. The Pro Se Courtroom will focus on families of married or previously married couples. The Hon. Blanche Hill Fawell, Presiding Judge of Domestic Relations states "This program fits seamlessly with the Illinois Supreme Court mandate for access to justice for self-represented litigants."

The ISBA Marketing & Communications Committee invites ISBA members to march in the Chicago St. Patrick's Day Parade on March 14. Members can meet the committee at the ISBA Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark, Ste. 900 or join the committee at the parade site, Columbus and Balbo. The exact ISBA parade number will be released the week of the parade.

Contact Chris Bonjean at if you would like to participate.