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Robert J. O’Connell, age 86, of Evanston formerly from Fairbanks, Alaska. Veteran U.S. Army Korean War. Distinguished law professor at Marquette University, Kent Law School and John Marshall Law School as well as a recreational pilot.

Beloved brother of the late Franklin, Jr. M.D. (the late Mary Lou) O’Connell, the late Jerome M.D. (Ellen) O’Connell and the late Regina (the late James, Sr.) Nash.; dear uncle of Thomas (Terri) O’Connell, Deirdre (Edmond) deVlam, Meg (Michael) Hawkins, John O’Connell, Anne O’Connell,M.D. (Ethan Kunz), Patricia O’Connell (Stephen Bell), Edward (Julie) O’Connell, Peter O’Connell, Catherine Nash, James, Jr. (Nancy) Nash, Maura (Ted) Kennedy and Regina Nash; fond great uncle to many ; will be greatly missed by friends in Finland, Northern Wisconsin, Alaska and the Amish Community.

ISBA President Paula H. Holderman was the dinner speaker at the Lake County Jefferson Inn of Court meeting in Lake Bluff on February 24, 2014.  Pictured are (from left) Inn President Greg Nikitas, Associate Judge Christy Bishop, President Holderman and Circuit Judge James Booras.

Please join us at the 7th Annual Bean Bag Tournament and show your support for the IBF/ YLD Children’s Assistance Fund. The Children’s Assistance Fund has distributed grants in excess of $285,000 over the past fifteen years, due to the widespread support of our donors and participation in events like the Bean Bag Tournament.

  • When:  Saturday, March 8, 2014, Noon - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Mahoney's Pub and Grille, 551 N. Ogden, Chicago, IL 
  • What:  Open bar, warm appetizers and an afternoon full of friends and competition!
  • Cost: $35.00 per person/per wristband or $100.00 per two-member team (team fee includes two wristbands and entry in the Bean Bag Tournament). You must be 21 or older to participate. 

Championship team will receive $350 and runner up will walk away with $150!

Register now! 

All teams must be registered by Tuesday, March 4, 2014. Wristbands can also be purchased online through March 4, or purchased at the door the day of the event. No refunds will be given after March 4.

Questions? Email Marron Mahoney, or Tony Bruno,

Illinois Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon will make a guest appearance at the IBF’s Lawyers Rock Legends on Thursday, February 27, 2014. Lt. Gov. Simon will perform with the 5-thirty band; which consists of lawyers John Locallo, Carlos Vera, and Thomas Battista among other talented musicians. Lawyers Rock Legends is the IBF’s second largest fundraiser of the year. Proceeds from this event go towards helping lawyers in need and ensuring access to justice. Tickets for the event are still available. Doors open at 6:30 pm.

Learn more and register at or by calling the Illinois Bar Foundation at 312.726.6072.

Proceeds from this event benefit the charitable programs of the IBF.

Haskin, Corrigan & Galasso P.C. is proud to announce that Bruno W. Tabis, Jr. has joined the firm. Mr. Tabis has been in practice for 40 years concentrating on Business and Corporate Law, Commercial Real Estate, Commercial Finance, Environmental, and Probate and Estate Planning. Prior to joining Haskin, Corrigan & Galasso P.C., Mr. Tabis was most recently a partner in Crowley Barrett & Karaba, Ltd. of Chicago.

Joan C. Williams, a law professor and prolific author on work and family issues, will be the keynote speaker at a “Celebration of Women in the Profession” luncheon hosted by the Illinois State Bar Association on Thursday, March 13, at the Union League Club, 65 W. Jackson, Chicago.

Jay Schultz
Jay Schultz
James (Jay) R. Shultz concentrates his practice on toxic tort matters, with an emphasis on defending industrial manufacturers facing asbestos-related claims. Previously, Mr. Shultz worked as an associate with a general practice firm, litigating commercial, employment, product liability, and personal injury claims on behalf of Illinois businesses and individuals.  Mr. Shultz also has considerable experience negotiating and executing various commercial and real estate transactions. He holds a J.D. from University of Illinois College of Law (2010) and a B.S. from University of Illinois (2006). Mr. Shultz is active in the Illinois State Bar Association, and serves on the general practice, solo, and small firm section counsel.

ISBA 3rd Vice President Vincent F. Cornelius was honored by the Black Bar Association of Will County at the group’s Annual Barrister’s Ball on Feb. 15 at the Bolingbrook Golf Club. On hand for the event were (from left) President-elect Richard D. Felice, President Paula H. Holderman, Cornelius and 2nd Vice President Umberto S. Davi.

Don’t miss ISBA’s 13th Annual Illinois Environmental Law Conference in Chicago on March 6-7, 2014! Once again, this premier conference features annual updates on agency activities and priorities in Illinois and the Region presented by top representatives from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency, the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, and other state agencies.

The ISBA Young Lawyers Division hosted its third Professional Development Luncheon on Feb. 11 at the Chicago Regional Office. This luncheon, focused on alternative careers for attorneys, featured (from left) speakers Tarek Fadel of AdaptiGroup LLC, Michael Negron of the Chicago Mayor’s Office and Elizabeth Ellis Simek of the City of Chicago Law Department, ISBA President Paula H. Holderman, YLD Chair and ISBA Board member Jean Kenol, program organizer George Schoenbeck and program moderator Heather Pfeffer.