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Joseph S. Farrell, of Chicago, was born on February 1, 1970, in Chicago, to Neal and Barbara (nee Kuhn) Farrell. He passed away on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Glenview.

Joe graduated from St. Viator High School in 1988. He then received his degree in accounting from Marquette University in 1992, and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School in 1995. Joe practiced law in Chicago for the past 19 years, working at Weiss & Block Chartered, Levenfeld Pearlstein, LLC and Access Group, and was a well-respected transactional attorney.

Joseph is survived by his wife, Kristen (nee Benedict); his daughters, Caroline, Katlin and Lauren Farrell; his mother; his sisters, Anne (John) McKay, Susan Farrell, Karen (Dave) Regan and Kathleen (TJ) Perreault; and his three nieces and 11 nephews. He was preceded in death by his father. Joe will be greatly missed and forever remembered by all who knew him.

Services have been held. Condolences can be given at or 847-253-0168.

Jacqueline Stephens Breisch
Jacqueline Stephens Breisch
The law firm of Schiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP announces the addition of Jacqueline Stephens Breisch as a new associate in the Lake Forest office. She has extensive experience in family law cases involving custody, maintenance, child support, property division, and finding creative solutions to deal with complex financial matters associated with divorce.  

A child of divorce and an older sister to six half-siblings from both her parents’ second marriages, Breisch understands first-hand what it means to be a “modern family” and the increasing challenges facing divorcing couples.

“It is an incredibly exciting time to be a family law attorney. As social norms continue to change and family dynamics become increasingly complex, so does the divorce process and related issues. Schiller DuCanto & Fleck is the leader in the practice of family law and I am honored to be part of a firm who continues to be an innovator in this area,” said Breisch. “I believe in the collaborative, team approach they bring to each case. I am thrilled to have the opportunity to work with a group of such well-respected attorneys.”

United States Bankruptcy Judge Bruce W. Black of the Northern District of Illinois has applied to be reappointed by the United States Court of Appeals to a new 14-year term when his current term expires on August 12, 2015. A United States Bankruptcy Judge is a judicial officer of the United States District Court who exercises the authority of the district court with respect to any action, suit, or proceeding under Chapter 6 of Title 28 of the United States Code. 28 U.S.C. § 151. Comments are invited from the public and the bar as to whether Judge Black should be reappointed. Those comments should be in writing and sent by September 30, 2014 to:


Chief Judge John T. Elsner has announced that applications for the Office of Associate Judge of the 18th Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois, DuPage County have been received from those on the list below.

The vacancy is the result of the retirement of Associate Judge Thomas C. Dudgeon.

As part of the review process conducted by the Circuit Judges, Chief Judge Elsner invites public comment by letter before Aug. 21, 2014 to:

  • Chief Judge John T. Elsner
  • 18th Judicial Circuit Court
  • 505 N. County Farm Road, Room 2015
  • Wheaton, IL 60187

The applicants are:

Brooke Whitted
Brooke Whitted
We are terribly saddened to report that our friend and colleague, Brooke Whitted, passed away Sunday, July 27th. He was a partner in the Northbrook law firm of Whitted Takiff + Hansen, LLC.

Brooke made thousands of lives better for more than four decades as a probation officer, a lawyer, and a friend to many. He was one of the most caring individuals we have known. Brooke spent his life using his creative mind and positive energy to help others. He saved children’s lives by getting them the services they needed and helped school districts develop and implement child-focused educational practices. Brooke helped plan and create schools that have helped multitudes, and that will continue to help children and their families far into the future.

Brooke’s legacy is immense. He was a wonderful, warm and powerful force, who helped families in some of their darkest times.

He will be missed.

A memorial reception celebrating Brooke Whitted’s life will be held at Westmoreland Country Club on Saturday, August 16th from 2-5 p.m.

Westmoreland Country Club
2601 Old Glenview Road
Wilmette, Illinois 60091

In lieu of flowers, the family requests donations to:

The HIGASHI HONGANJI Buddhist temple

505 E 3rd St, Los Angeles, CA 90013 or

The Leslie Shankman School Corporation

6254 S. Ellis Avenue; Chicago, Illinois 60637

Join your peers for an afternoon of socializing and horse racing at this annual event! 

ISBA YLD Golf ClassicWhen: Saturday, September 13, 2014, Noon – 6:00 p.m.
Tickets will be available for pick up at 11:15 AM on race day at the will call window, Grandstand Entrance (east side off of Wilke Road entrance).

Where: Arlington Park Racecourse, Arlington Heights - ISBA will be at umbrella covered picnic tables located near the 1/8 mile pole.

Cost: $9.00 per adult, $2.00 per youth age 4-17. Tickets are complimentary for children 3 and under. General Admission cost includes admission to the park, a daily racing guide, and a fabulous day of Thoroughbred racing! Lunch is not included.

Deadline: Register by Wednesday, September 3, 2014 at

For information on permitted and prohibited items in the park, please visit:

Questions: Please email Lynne Davis, or Rachel McDermott,

Mediation is designed to resolve differences both in and out of the courts. It requires a very different mindset than courtroom litigation. Join us in Chicago on September 29th for this week-long mediation training and learn how to resolve conflicts in a non-adversarial, non-confrontational manner, allowing peaceful resolutions between parties.

The program is taught by Richard Calkins and Fred Lane two nationally recognized mediators, authors and educators. Until 20 years ago, both Mr. Calkins and Mr. Lane were well-known and highly regarded litigators. Since then, however, they have successfully mediated over 5,000 cases.

Mr. Calkins and Mr. Lane have developed an approach that encourages the mediator to be a peacemaker, deemphasizing the antagonism involved in formal litigation. This five-day course has considerable hands-on training and requires each participant to complete two full mediations as a mediator. Course topics include an introduction to mediation, caucus form of mediation, qualities of a peacemaker, ethical considerations, other Alternative Dispute Resolution mechanisms, advanced mediator techniques, and arbitration.

The program qualifies for 40.0 hours MCLE credit, including 40.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

William B. Raines has been appointed as a circuit judge of Cook County, at Large. This position was formerly held by the Hon. Gregory Emmett Ahern, Jr. It is effective Aug. 15, 2014, and terminates on Dec. 1, 2014.

Jennifer L. Friedland
Jennifer L. Friedland
Momkus McCluskey, LLC is pleased to announce the promotion of Jennifer L. Friedland to the position of Partner. Prior to her partnership, Ms. Friedland was an Associate Attorney at Momkus McCluskey, LLC for nearly eight years. She focuses her practice in commercial and business litigation, civil litigation, and appellate law.

"Jennifer is, and has always been, a great asset to our firm.  She is bright, articulate, and extraordinarily dedicated to her practice and clients. I am proud to call her my partner," says Partner James F. McCluskey.

Most recently, Ms. Friedland has achieved success at the trial and appellate court levels in a breach of contract case wherein she defended a manufacturer of parts to be used by the United States Army in mine-resistant ambush protected vehicles. Ms. Friedland also prevailed in an appeal of a summary judgment order entered pursuant to the Illinois Trade Secrets Act.  She has presented oral argument before the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals and the Illinois Second District Appellate Court.

Ms. Friedland graduated from Tulane University Law School in 2006 and earned an Environmental Law Certificate and was awarded the Community Service Award for Commitment to Public Service. Her undergraduate degree was obtained in 2001, magna cum laude, from the University of Kentucky.  

In 1991, Anita Hill told the truth about an unjust workplace reality many women were silently facing and still are today: sexual harassment. Join us for a film screening as we look back twenty-three years to one woman's raw testimony, which ignited a national conversation about gender equality and power in the workplace. Tickets are $20 and ISBA members can use the code below to buy one ticket and get one free (limited availability).

What: "Anita: Speaking Truth to Power" Film Screening and Speak Out

When: Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 5–8 p.m.

Where: Corboy Law Center, 25 E. Pearson St., Chicago, IL


Discount code: ISBABOGO

Come enjoy appetizers, a drink, and a powerful film screening followed by a speak out with other Chicagoland women about the risks and rewards of speaking truth to power.