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Judge Rodney Equi
Judge Rodney Equi
Judge Rodney W. Equi of Wheaton has been named Lawyer of the Year by the DuPage County Bar Association.  The award was presented on June 18 in recognition of his many years of distinguished leadership and meritorious service to the bar and legal community. "Judge Equi has dedicated his career to serving DuPage County families and the legal community," remarked outgoing DCBA President Thomas A.


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A revised version of the following jury instruction was just posted to the Illinois Supreme Court Web site: "110.04 Liability of Owner or Keeper of a Dog or Other Animal--Statutory Strict Liability."
isbaletterbudgetcutsISBA leaders have sent a letter to Gov. Quinn and four legislative leaders in a bid to prevent cuts of up to 50% for legal aid in the current State budget. Read the letter from ISBA President Jack Carey and ISBA President-elect John G. O'Brien.
The Supreme Court ruled today that Texas is entitled to a Voting Rights Act exemption, parents who remove their disabled children from public school can be reimbursed for a private education, and the Army Corps of Engineers can issue permits for dumping dredge into waterways. From On the Docket.
Ray Koenig
Ray J. Koenig III
Ray J. Koenig III has become a member of the Litigation Practice Group in the Chicago office of Clark Hill PLC. Koenig practices in the areas of probate litigation, trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, elder law, estate planning and estate administration -- with a special emphasis on will, trust, guardianship, advance directive contests and other fiduciary litigation. He graduated from DePaul University School of Law in 1999 and Michigan State University in 1995. Clark Hill prides itself on more than 110 years of successful litigation experience in Illinois and throughout the United States. Its Litigation Practice Group includes more than 60 attorneys and support professionals committed to a tradition of integrity, experience and hard work in the service of its clients and communities. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A mug shot in  the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to
Illinois Bar Foundation Grants Committee Member Tony Romanucci presents a $5,000 grant to Modesto Tico Valle, Executive Director for the Center on Halsted.
Illinois Bar Foundation Grants Committee Member Tony Romanucci presents a $5,000 grant to Modesto Tico Valle, Executive Director for the Center on Halsted.
The Illinois Bar Foundation Board of Directors is pleased to announce a $5,000 grant to the Center on Halsted for its Legal Information Center, one of 32 grants awarded this year totaling $304,995. The Legal Information Center consists of the Legal Advice Clinic, offering a weekly advice clinic and providing pro bono attorney consultation an indicated; Legal Education Workshops, comprised of nine workshops on such topics as individual and couple legal agreements, family legal issues, transgender rights, LGBT violence and others; Internet-based resources; and Crisis Line/Information Line Resources. The Center currently maintains a pool of 14 volunteer attorneys. Specifically, this grant will allow the Center to develop podcasts of its legal education workshops and post those as well as relevant handouts on their website. Serving Chicago’s lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community since 1973, Center on Halsted (COH) began as an information clearinghouse and meeting space.
Firm principal Laurel Bellows
Firm principal Laurel Bellows
Bellows and Bellows is a boutique business firm located in the historic Rookery Building at 209 S. La Salle. The firm is nationally renowned for its leadership and advocacy. Longtime ISBA member and firm principal Laurel G. Bellows is a business lawyer with over 30 years of expertise in employment law, counseling of senior executives and corporations worldwide in connection with executive compensation issues. The firm moved into new space at the Rookery, built in 1888, four years ago. The Rookery is on the National Register of Historic Places and is a National Historic Landmark. "We get to start each day with [building architects] Daniel Burnham and Frank Lloyd Wright in this beautiful and sunny place," Bellows said. "The sheer beauty of it can bring a smile and make even a rainy day worthwhile." And the building has also been a big hit with clients. "We are an international practice and this building is known everywhere in the world.