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Michael J. Tardy, director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced his retirement effective August 1, 2017, following a sterling 40-plus year career with the Judicial Branch. Tardy was named acting director in September 2011 and was officially appointed as director in January 2012.

"Throughout his long career, Mike has been an invaluable asset to the Supreme Court. An innovative administrator, a gifted leader, and a skillful diplomat, Mike has helped steer the Third Branch of Illinois government through some of its most difficult challenges. During a period of budgetary uncertainty, social change and rapid technological innovation, Mike has been instrumental in insuring that the judicial system remains available to all who need its protections," said Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier. "He has overseen the implementation of statewide electronic filing and the introduction of new measures to improve pretrial release practices. He has helped place Illinois at the forefront of initiatives to improve access to justice, and his contributions have been critical to our implementation of new measures to insure that Illinois judges receive the best possible training and education."

Director Tardy served in both clinical and administrative positions within the Illinois judicial branch for the past 41 years. He initially worked for the Circuit Court of Cook County Social Service Department, a court agency charged with providing community-based supervision for adult misdemeanor and DUI offenders in Cook County. In his 13 years with the Cook County department, he started as a case worker and worked his way to district supervisor, managing three offices and a staff of 40.


ISBA President-Elect Hon. Russell Hartigan and Evan Schanerberger visited St. Ignatius College Prep to speak with students who are interested in the law. These students are involved in and compete in mock trial competitions around the state. As an alumnus to St .Ignatius, Judge Hartigan wants schools like St. Igantius to be aware of opportunities with the ISBA as early as possible. St Ignatius is looking to the ISBA for direction on starting a new course in law. 

Jeffrey D. Shelley
Jeffrey D. Shelley
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP (“SFGH”) announced Monday that Jeffrey D. Shelley has joined the firm as counsel in its Chicago office.

Jeff focuses his practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, charitable planning, tax matters, business transactions, and intellectual property. His scientific, tax, and business background gives him unique insights when providing individuals, entrepreneurs, business owners, and family offices with personal and business solutions.

Before joining SFGH, Jeff was the principal estate planning attorney at another law firm, where he also worked on business and intellectual property matters. Prior to entering private legal practice, Jeff worked as a Big Four professional services firm consultant, where he advocated for clients in complex business tax credit matters. He has also prepared patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Before practicing law, Jeff gained extensive business experience as a research scientist for a Fortune 500 company that manufactures and markets consumer and health care products worldwide. During his career there, he developed and launched next-generation products and manufacturing processes and was granted several product and process patents. Jeff has been named as an inventor in multiple utility patents.

Last Thursday, May 18, 2017, The Future Is Now: Legal Services 2.017, hosted by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism and co-sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association, among others, brought legal practitioners and industry experts together for presentations and open discussions on the future of the profession.

The delivery of legal services is changing rapidly in light of new technology that has transformed the way we communicate, collaborate, and organize our work. As a result, the traditional landscape of legal services is falling behind and failing to meet client needs. Innovation is key to adapt to change and become more efficient at the practice of law.

This industry conference featured talks by experts on topics including:

  • Using online dispute resolution to open the virtual courthouse doors to the public
  • Preventative lawyering practices and insurance mechanisms that meet the needs of today's lawyer and consumer
  • A value-driven lawyer business model that rewards production rather than efficiency
  • How to invest in employees and boost impact by diversifying the workplace
  • Leveraging new technology to deliver legal services to clients where they are are, when they need them

Attendees were also given the opportunity to participate by asking questions and responding to the presentations during the town-hall discussions that followed each series of talks. 


Don’t miss this full-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on June 9, 2017 that offers valuable information on how to handle an assortment of complex issues facing certain families during the administration of an estate, including drafting appropriate estate planning documents, enforcing settlement agreements, repairing documents that do not work, understanding administrative provisions of trust instruments, administering qualified retirement assets, and preparing fiduciary tax returns. Attendees with intermediate or advanced experience in estate planning, probate, tax planning, trust construction, tax preparation, trust and estate administration, chancery, or charitable planning representing fiduciaries who attend this seminar will better understand: the role of the trust protector; statutory and common law techniques available to fiduciaries and beneficiaries; trust construction, modification, and decanting; charitable trust reformation and how to assure grantor’s intent is met; use of apportionment provisions in planning documents; inherited IRAs; typical issues faced in tax return preparation; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Trusts & Estates Section and qualifies for 6.25 hours MCLE credit.

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Thomas J. Knitter, 86, of Northbrook, IL passed away on April 19, 2017. Served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. During his career, Tom was a former special agent for the U.S. Treasury, a prosecutor for the Illinois and United States Attorney General's Office and an attorney at law for the Cook County Public Defender's Office. 

John J. O'Malley
John J. O'Malley
John J. O'Malley passed away suddenly and is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Cynthia (nee Salazar). Loving father to Jonathan, Mark, Jennifer Daly, & Joseph Daly; loving Papa to his "Honey Bunnies," Abigail Farias and Madelyn Daly; preceded in death by his devoted parents, Austin and Rosetta (nee Rich); beloved brother of Mark, Patrick (Donna), and the late Michael (Mary); fond brother-in-law to Victoria (David ) Mackowiak, late Robert, Michael and Manuel Salazar; cherished nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

John was a long time criminal defense attorney in Cook County and was generous with his time and expertise to help those in need of counsel. He will be missed by all.  Visitation Wednesday, May 3rd at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 653 W. 37th Street, Chicago, from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm Mass of Christian burial. INT. St. Mary Cemetery. (773)927-6424. www.pomierskifuneralhome.com


Need tips for marketing your practice or building a firm website on a limited budget? Want how-to’s for embracing the latest technology to boost your practice? Join us in Naperville for these take-aways and more, including: how to advertise cheaply; how to take advantage of keyword searches in Google; how to produce documents economically and securely without incurring liability or risking client confidentiality; knowing your billing software options; how to use Microsoft Outlook to its fullest potential; cybersecurity issues; using social media in your practice; and much more!

The program takes place on Friday, June 2, 2017 in Naperville, Illinois. It qualifies for 6.25 hours MCLE credit, including 6.25 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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Bruce Terlep
Bruce Terlep
With much sadness, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the death of equity partner Bruce S. Terlep. Mr. Terlep, a partner in the firm’s Lisle, Ill. office, passed away suddenly last week.

Mr. Terlep practiced with Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP since the firm’s inception in 1992. He served as national counsel for numerous global auto manufacturers for over two decades. Mr. Terlep was frequently asked to handle matters across the country in state and federal courts, litigating matters in approximately 30 jurisdictions and going to trial in more than 15 states. In addition, Mr. Terlep regularly counseled clients on legislative and statutory compliance concerning consumer-related issues.

A resident of Naperville, Mr. Terlep was born October 29, 1958 in Elkhart, Indiana. He graduated magna cum laude from DePauw University in 1981 and from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1985, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He joined the firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen and Dixon out of law school, and then was one of the 13 attorneys who left the Wildman firm to found Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP on June 1, 1992.


Do you have the skills you need to handle evidence issues in a litigation case? Don’t miss this half-day seminar in Chicago on May 25, 2017 that examines a myriad of litigation matters, including the latest developments from the appellate courts. Experienced trial attorneys involved primarily in litigation who attend this seminar will better understand: how to draft, present, and argue motions in limine; how to successfully object during a deposition, jury selection and/or opening statement; laying foundations for medical records/bills, tape recordings, photographs, and more; how to use and introduce medical literature and exclude evidence of informed consent as a defense; the standard objections that are frequently raised during trial; how to preserve the record for appeal, including voir dire examination of witnesses; how to handle lien issues; the controversy regarding applicability of Medicare Set-Asides; and the ethical issues to consider when submitting evidence.

The program is presented by the ISBA Tort Law Section and qualifies for 4.25 hours MCLE credit, including 0.50 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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