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Eva Matela Kogut and Bryan J. Wilson are pleased to announce the opening of their family law firm Kogut & Wilson, L.L.C. 

Eva Matela Kogut has practiced exclusively in family/divorce law since 2004.  She is an experienced Collaborative Law attorney and mediator.  She is a graduate of The John Marshall Law School and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and is on the Board of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois. Eva can be contacted at

Bryan J. Wilson has practice exclusively in family law since 2008. He is an experienced litigator.  He graduated from DePaul University College of Law and is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He serves on the ISBA Assembly and the Young Lawyers Division. Bryan can be reached at

The new office is located at 155 N. Michigan Ave., Ste. 715, Chicago, IL 60601. They can be reached via phone at 312-565-4100.

Joseph R. Tybor
Joseph R. Tybor
Joseph Tybor, the longtime Chicago journalist and press secretary for the Illinois Supreme Court, died Saturday at his home in Countryside. He was 68.

Tybor’s 30-year journalism career included comprehensive coverage of a broad array of subjects, including the Vietnam War, Notre Dame football and his must-read “On the Law” column that ran weekly in the Chicago Tribune.

For the past decade and a half he was a diligent advocate for the Illinois Supreme Court and spearheaded key changes to the Open Meetings Act, which allowed cameras into Illinois courtrooms for the first time.

"My colleagues and I are deeply saddened by Joe’s passing. He was truly dedicated to his role as the voice of the Illinois Supreme Court, and we watched in awe as he continued to carry out his duties even as he fought his illness," Chief Justice Rita B. Garman said. "He was an example to us all of courage and strength. We extend our deepest condolences to his family, in which he took such great pride. We will miss his professionalism, his optimism, and his cheerful demeanor."

“His relationships with reporters and his love and passion for the law made him such an absolute great fit at the Supreme Court,” Tybor’s son, Adam Tybor, said. “He was amazing at his job - he fought for his beliefs."

Join us for a mock trial program in Chicago on October 23, 2015 that offers you a greater understanding of the complexities surrounding a construction trial involving a design-build project where the plaintiff is claiming breach of contract, negligent and defective design, while the defense claims that the fault lies with the work performed by the plaintiff’s other contractors. Construction law attorneys and real estate practitioners with all levels of practice experience who attend this full-day seminar will learn how to construct a strong opening statement, examine witnesses, and present a strong closing argument.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Construction Law Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Real Estate Law Section. It qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 6.0 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is pleased to announce the appointment of Deborah L. Thorne to a 14-year term as United States Bankruptcy Judge for the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. She will take office on October 22, 2015.

Ms. Thorne earned her bachelor's degree from Macalester College, her Master of Arts in Teaching degree from Duke University and her law degree from the Illinois Institute of Technology, Chicago Kent College of Law. She was admitted to practice in Illinois in 1983.

Ms. Thorne is a partner in the Chicago office of Barnes & Thornburg LLP. She is Vice President of the American Bankruptcy Institute for Communications and Information Technology and serves on the Executive Committee. Ms.Thorne is a Fellow of the American College of Bankruptcy and is also a member of the Federal Bar Association, Turnaround Management Association, International Women's Insolvency Confederation, and Decalogue Society.

Please join the ISBA Environmental Law Section Council for a Professional Development Luncheon to discuss the Clean Power Plan - the first-ever national standards addressing carbon pollution from power plants. This program will be held on Wednesday, Oct. 21, from noon-1 p.m. at the ISBA Chicago Office, 20 S. Clark.


  • Mr. James Gignac, Environmental & Energy Counsel, with the Office of the Attorney General. Mr. Gignac will provide an overview of the historic regulations as well as provide insight into the rule's political and legal hurdles as well as implementation issues


  • Patricia Sharkey, Environmental Law Section Council Chair

Cost: $15 includes lunch.

Register at

For general inquiries, please contact: Kent Mohr at

Deadline to register is Friday, October 16th. No refunds will be given after October 16th.

No MCLE credit is available for this program.

Edwin (Ted) Henning Conger
Edwin (Ted) Henning Conger
Edwin (Ted) Henning Conger was born in Grand Rapids, Michigan to parents Julia Lathrop Henning and Ralph Gilbert Conger, the youngest of four brothers. He grew up there, developing a life-long love of reading and a flair for Ping-Pong. At Ann Arbor, he earned his undergraduate degree in Political Science and an MBA from the University of Michigan in 1955 and, further east, received his L.L.B/J.D., cum laude from the Harvard Law School.

Back in the Midwest, he joined the Chicago firm of Tenney and Bentley in 1957. Later, a partner, he continued to practice law there, his "first job out school", for the rest of his life. Not much of one for job swapping, nor the retirement scene by the golf course, he believed in keeping active and engaged. A good example set.

He met Elizabeth Silvers in Chicago and continued his courtship when she moved with her family to Portugal. Annual summer trips successful, they were married in Gibraltar on July 27, 1960.

A longtime resident of Hyde Park, he was a member of The Savoyards, the local Gilbert & Sullivan company, providing choral as well as business acumen. He served as a board member of the Hyde Park Neighborhood Club, and of the University of Chicago Hospitals.

Mary "Molly" Margaret Lien
Mary "Molly" Margaret Lien
Molly Warner Lien, age 67, died on September 11, 2015, at the Meijer Heart Center in Grand Rapids as a result of cardiomyopathy and complications of heart surgery. She was born in Chicago, Illinois on May 26, 1948, the only child of the late Cornelius and Donna (Dora M.) Beukema. She grew up in Homewood, Illinois, and she attended the Interlochen Arts Camp, and finished her last two years of high school at the Interlochen Arts Academy, graduating in 1966 with a major in voice. She won the concerto competition twice at the Arts Camp and again during her senior year at the Arts Academy. She also played the leads in several productions, including those by Gilbert & Sullivan, and the high school musical. 

After attending the University of Michigan her freshman year, she graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in music. She sang numerous operatic roles, but ultimately was drawn to a career in law. She graduated with honors from the Emory University School of Law in Atlanta in 1978 where she was President of the Women’s Law Student Association, Articles Editor of the Law Review, a member of Omicron Delta Kappa National Leadership Honorary Society, and a member of the Order of the Coif. She was also voted the Wall Street Journal Award by the Faculty for Outstanding Academic Achievement in the field of law. 

Riele Sims
Riele Sims
Sims joins Ice Miller’s 2015 Fall Associate Class; will be based in Chicago

Ice Miller LLP is pleased to announce the arrival of attorney Riele Sims, who will be based in Ice Miller’s Chicago office. Every member of the 2015 fall class has professional experience as a law clerk, summer associate, legal intern or in a previous non-legal career. Riele is a member of the 10-attorney 2015 Fall Class.

Riele Sims is an associate in Ice Miller's Litigation Group.  She obtained her Bachelor of Arts in Sociology from Vanderbilt University, with minors in Political Science and Corporate Strategy. While there, she was an executive board member of the Alpha Kappa Delta honor society, Tennessee Iota chapter. Riele is admitted to practice law in the State of Indiana.

About Ice Miller LLP

Founded in 1910, Ice Miller LLP is an Am Law 200 Firm with a nationally recognized reputation in many of its practice areas. Ice Miller offers a broad array of capabilities in virtually all areas of legal practice including: corporate, patents and trademarks, bankruptcy, lobbying, labor and employment, litigation, employee benefits, environment, tax, trusts and estates, real estate, municipal finance and government law. With offices in Chicago; Cleveland; Columbus; DuPage County, Ill.; Indianapolis; New York; and Washington, D.C., the Firm has more than 300 lawyers and 40 paraprofessionals.

A memorial session honoring the memory of the late Honorable Richard D.Cudahy, Senior Circuit Judge for the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, will be held on Monday, November 30, in the Ceremonial Courtroom on the 25th Floor of the Dirksen Federal Courthouse at 219 South Dearborn Street in Chicago.

Judge Cudahy was appointed to the court in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter and continued to serve until his death on September 22, 2015. He is survived by his widow Janet, seven adult children, and thirteen grandchildren. Served by 83 law clerks and two secretaries during his 36 years on the bench, he set a high standard for all to follow and is greatly missed.

Get the information you need regarding the various issues surrounding guardianship estates for disabled persons with this full day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on October 16, 2015! Master the essentials of guardianship, including who qualifies as a disabled person, why a guardian may be necessary, the types of guardianship estates, and more. Attorneys with basic to intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will gain a better understanding of: the roles of Guardian ad Litem, Public Guardian, and the State Guardianship in the guardianship process; the powers, duties, and limitations of the guardian; how a power of attorney compares to a guardianship; the guardianship procedure; the investment requirements and allocation of expenses under the Principal and Income Act; contested estates and how to avoid and/or settle them; and the ethical issues that may arise in guardianship matters.

The program is presented by the ISBA Trusts & Estates Section and qualifies for 6.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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