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The Illinois State Bar Association's Board of Governors elected a new secretary and treasurer at its meeting Friday in Chicago.

James F. McCluskey (left) will serve as secretary. McCluskey is a founding member of Momkus McCluskey, LLC in Lisle. He is in his fifth year on the Board. He has served as Chair of the ISBA Assembly Agenda & Program Committee and is a past member of the ISBA Civil Practice & Procedure Council.

Judge Celia G. Gamrath (right) of Chicago was named treasurer. She is serving her second stint on the Board after being the Under 37 representative for Cook County from 2005-2008. She was a partner at Schiller, DuCanto and Fleck before becoming a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Domestic Relations Division. She has served on the Assembly and was a member of the ISBA Young Lawyers Division from 1998-2006.

The Board welcomed new members Bridget Duignan, Al Durkin, Gamrath and Kenya Jenkins-Wright of Chicago, Carey Gill of Carbondale, Hon. Elizabeth Rochford of Lake Forest, David Sosin of Orland Park and Angel Wawrzynek of Mattoon.

Gilbert Gordon
Gilbert Gordon
Gilbert W. Gordon, age 64, Beloved husband of Bobbie, nee Rosenthaler. Cherished father of Richard (Jessica) and Jamie (Joost) Maier. Devoted grandfather of Molly and Charlie. Dear brother of the Hon. Robert (Marilyn) and Barry (Janice) Gordon. Fond brother in law of Susie and Howard Schwartz. Dear uncle and great-uncle to many.

Gordon was a partner of Gordon Rappold & Miller LLC in Chicago. He was best known for winning a consumer-rights case against United Airlines on behalf of members of the airline's frequent flyer program. He argued the case before the U.S. Supreme Court and it eventually settled for more than $100 million.

Services will be Tuesday, July 23 at 10:30 a.m. at Congregation Solel, 1301 Clavey Rd., Highland Park. Interment Memorial Park Cemetery-Skokie. Contributions to Loyola University School of Law, Gilbert W. Gordon Scholarship Fund, 25 E. Pearson #1216, Chicago, IL 60611 would be appreciated.

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Manny Sanchez
Manny Sanchez
The Illinois Bar Foundation will honor Manny Sanchez of Sanchez Daniels & Hoffman, LLP with the Distinguished Award for Excellence at Gala 2013 on Oct. 18. The Gala will take place at 6:30 p.m. at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago. This year’s leadership includes Robert A. Clifford of Clifford Law Offices and William A. Von Hoene Jr. of Exelon Corporation as Gala Chairs, as well as the Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, Circuit Court of Cook County and Shawn S. Kasserman, of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman as Board Gala Chairs.

The night includes cocktails, live and silent auctions, a raffle, dinner and dancing. To become a sponsor or purchase tickets, please call the IBF at 312.726.6072.

A special thank you to our generous sponsors and table purchasers:

Gala Partner
Jerome Mirza Foundation

Wine Sponsor
ISBA Mutual Insurance Company

Valet Sponsor
Hassakis & Hassakis, P.C.

Violin Trio Sponsor
Hon. Russell W. Hartigan

Coat Check Sponsor
Hon. Debra B. Walker

Patron Table Sponsors:
Chris Mullen
Tabet DiVito & Rothstein

For more information, visit the IBF website at

Elroy "Sandy" Sandquist III
Elroy "Sandy" Sandquist III
Elroy "Sandy" C. Sandquist III was born October 19, 1953 in Chicago to the late Elroy and Sally, nee Dunham, Sandquist. He went home to the Lord after a brief illness, on Saturday, July 6, 2013 in the loving arms of his wife and daughters, surrounded by family and dear friends. 

Sandy was the beloved husband of Colleen Sandquist, nee Molohon, and dear father to Kylen and Kara Sandquist; He is also survived by his siblings, Deirdre, Ellen, and Peter Sandquist; his parents-in-law Patrick and Peggy Molohon; his sisters-in-law Carolyn (Frank) Schiefelbein, Cathy (Joe) D'Alessandro and Courtney (Dennis) Bond; dear uncle to many; and countless friends whose lives he touched in many ways throughout his life. 

Sandy was a proud graduate of Francis W. Parker School, Brown University, and Northwestern University School of Law. In addition to his law practice, Sandy graced the stage as a musician, songwriter, actor, and most recently the founder of the Fremont Street Theater Company, a 501(C) 3 organization. He was an active member of Holy Family Parish in Inverness where his beautiful, rich voice brought inspiration to all.

Interment St. Michael the Archangel, Palatine, IL. Sandy's dream was to further the arts for children and the community. In lieu of flowers and in support of Sandy's love of the arts, donations can be made to the Fremont Street Theater Company, 800 E. NW Hwy, Ste. 960, Palatine, IL 60067. (Better yet, come see his next show "The Drowsy Chaperone" in August at Cutting Hall in Palatine.) As Sandy would say, "The show must go on!"

Hubert E. Hermanek Sr., 84, a longtime resident of Riverside, died July 2, 2013 at MacNeal Hospital in Berwyn.

Mr. Hermanek was raised in Berwyn, attending Hiawatha School and Morton High School, where he was valedictorian of his class. He spent two years at Morton College before being accepted at the University of Chicago Law School, where he was classmates with Abner Mikva, Robert Bork and former U.S. Attorney General Ramsey Clark.

He graduated from law school in 1951 and was drafted into the U.S. Marines during the Korean War, following in the footsteps of his brother, Tom, who was a Marine who fought on Iwo Jima and was part of the patrol that reached the top of Mount Suribachi and raised the American flag over the island.

During the Korean War, Mr. Hermanek was stationed in San Diego and was a member of the Judge Advocate General's Corps.

While on leave, he was admitted to the Illinois Bar. After the war, he worked independently and had a long career as a trial lawyer handling personal injury cases.

After the war, he married Betty Jo St. Charles, and the couple moved to a home on Maplewood Road in 1962 and lived in Riverside for the next half century.

Mr. Hermanek was also active in the Riverside Auxiliary Police Corps for more than 30 years, retiring at the rank of captain.

"He just absolutely loved it," said his son, Hubert Hermanek Jr., who was elected North Riverside's mayor in April. "His two loves were being an auxiliary police officer and being a lawyer. He never took vacations. He just loved it."

Mr. Hermanek practiced law, joining his son's law practice about 20 years ago. He worked in the practice until about two months ago, according to his son.

Judge Russell Hartigan
Judge Russell Hartigan
Cook County Circuit Judge and former ISBA Board member Russell Hartigan will be honored for 40 years of high school and college officiating by the Illinois High School Association (IHSA) on July 20 at 3:15 p.m.

IHSA Assistant Executive Director Craig Anderson will make the presentation at the Officials Conference Awards Reception at the Embassy Suites Hotel in East Peoria.

In August of 1893, thirty women lawyers from across the United States met in Chicago for the first-ever national meeting of women lawyers. The meeting was sponsored by the Queen Isabella Association and held in conjunction with the World's Columbian Exposition where the Chicago Legal News billed the event as "30 Female Blackstones Gather in Chicago”.

Paula Hudson Holderman, Illinois State Bar Association President and Julie Bauer, 7th Circuit Bar Association President, together with their host committee invite you to attend an event commemorating the 120th Anniversary of this historic milestone for women. The program and reception will be held from 3-7 p.m. on Aug. 22 at the offices of Winston & Strawn LLP, 35 W. Wacker, Chicago, 47th Floor.

Winston & Strawn LLP will apply for 2 Professional Responsibility Credit Hours from the Illinois MCLE Board.

Additional information will be coming soon.

Sandberg Phoenix Managing Partner John Sandberg, ISBA President Paula H. Holderman, and Kathleen Pine, a lawyer in Sandberg Phoenix's Carbondale office
Sandberg Phoenix Managing Partner John Sandberg, ISBA President Paula H. Holderman, and Kathleen Pine, a lawyer in Sandberg Phoenix's Carbondale office
The ISBA/JTBF Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) wrapped up its residential program last week at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale. The downstate program is a one week residential program that ran from Sunday, June 23 through Saturday, June 29.

The LLI is a statewide initiative to assist students from minority, ethnic, and other groups who are currently underrepresented in the legal professions achieve academic success and aspire to a career in the law.

The two current programs in Illinois were spearheaded by the ISBA Diversity Pipeline committee. The Chicago commuter program will be held from Monday, July 22 through Friday, August 9 and hosted by the John Marshall Law School.

Chris Mollet
Chris Mollet
Chris Mollet has been named Executive Vice President and General Counsel for the new health system created by the merger of Edward Hospital (Naperville) & Health Services and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare.

Mollet has more than 30 years of experience in healthcare law.  He was previously the Associate University Counsel (Chief Health Law Counsel) at the University of Illinois at Chicago, including the University of Illinois Medical Center, Medical Faculty Practice Plans and Health Sciences Colleges. 

He was Senior Vice President and General Counsel for American Pharmaceutical Services, Inc. in Naperville, and Partner and Chair, Chicago Health Practice Group of the Foley & Lardner law firm in Chicago. 

Mollet earned his law degree and a Bachelor of Arts with Distinction from the University of Wisconsin.

The merger, finalized on July 1, creates one of the larger integrated health systems in Illinois and is comprised of three hospitals – Edward, Elmhurst Memorial and Linden Oaks at Edward – with revenues of about $1 billion and more than 50 outpatient locations across a service area of 1.7 million residents in the west and southwest suburbs of Chicago.  The system employs nearly 7,700 and has more than 1,680 physicians on staff.