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Chicago Area

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that 22 of its associate attorneys have been promoted to partners as a result of superb performance and the promise of furthering the future for the firm and its clients. The new partners are in the firm's Chicago, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. offices.

The new partners in Chicago are Maria Frenn Kallmeyer and Anne M. O'Brien.

The Illinois Supreme Court amended its rules in 2013 to allow attorneys to enter limited scope appearances in civil cases and to make it easier for attorneys to provide unbundled services to their clients. Even so, many attorneys remain hesitant to incorporate limited scope representation into their practices. Join us in Chicago or via live webcast on October 13, 2016 for a look at how limited scope representation can benefit both attorneys and clients, the best practices and ethical considerations in limited scope, and how attorneys are using limited scope representation in their daily practices. The need for pro bono services in Illinois and the availability of limited scope pro bono opportunities are also discussed.

Competent representation not only requires legal knowledge, skill, and preparation, but also requires you to keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with technology. Don’t miss this program in Glen Ellyn on October 14, 2016 that’s designed to give you the individualized, personal, hands-on computer training you need that’s directly applicable to the practice of law! Attorneys lacking basic computer skills who attend this seminar will better understand: how to use computer hardware, including the keyboard and mouse; how to create documents in Microsoft Word; how to create an email account and what to do with it once it’s created; the dangers of opening attachments and spam; using the Internet for your online legal research; the importance of converting documents to PDF; how to safeguard yourself and your practice against the dangers of advanced technology; and much more! Register Early; Space is Limited to 24 Attendees!

Chief Judge Kathryn E. Creswell announced Friday 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 attached list.

The vacancy is the result of the retirement of Associate Judge Mary E. O'Connor.

As part of the review process conducted by the Circuit Judges, Chief Judge Creswell invites public comment by letter before October 7, 2016:

  • Chief Judge Kathryn E. Creswell
  • 18th Judicial Circuit Court
  • 505 N. County Farm Road, Room 2015
  • Wheaton, IL 60187

Christopher Bonjean
Christopher Bonjean
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Christopher Bonjean as Director of the Office of Communications and Public Information, effective October 3, 2016. He will head a newly reorganized communications operation, which has been charged with developing strategies to inform and educate a diverse public about the judicial branch of state government and promote public confidence in the administration of justice.

Chief Justice Rita Garman explained that the impetus to expand and emphasize the public information function came, in part, from the results of a survey conducted in the spring of 2015. Under the leadership of Fourth District Appellate Justice Carol Pope, chairperson of the Court’s Strategic Planning Committee, the survey was carried out in every courthouse in the state. Questionnaires were distributed to all users of the court facility including parties, witnesses, jurors, and other visitors.

James Brooks Kinzer
James Brooks Kinzer
James Brooks Kinzer, age 92 - husband of the late Vaida; responsible and caring father of his children Jamie of Los Angeles; James Brooks (Margaret Morris), a Circuit Court judge in Watseka, Illinois; John Byron (Mary Kate Tobin), a physician in Lake Forest, Illinois; and twins Margaret Kirk (John Meyers) of Philadelphia, and Janet Deering (Alan Abrams), a librarian at the Library of Congress - passed away peacefully on Friday, September 2.

Born on July 10, 1924 in Roaring Spring, Pennsylvania, to James "Brooks" Kinzer and Lillian Williams, Jim is best remembered as intelligent, resourceful, and truly one-of-a kind, not to mention a "character" by those who knew him well. His final years were spent in Lake Bluff where he became known simply as "granddad" to his family and the community. Jim could often be seen whipping around in his motor scooter at the age of 85. An adventurist, Jim's best known phrase, "Ain't life grand," was indicative of his enthusiastic love and curiosity for the natural world.

Illinois State Bar Association President Vincent F. Cornelius (far right) and 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey (far left) presented an ISBA Law Enforcement Award to Naperville Police Officer Shaun Ferguson on Sept. 20 at Naperville City Hall.
Illinois State Bar Association President Vincent F. Cornelius (far right) and 2nd Vice President James F. McCluskey (far left) presented an ISBA Law Enforcement Award to Naperville Police Officer Shaun Ferguson on Sept. 20 at Naperville City Hall.
Naperville Police Officer Shaun Ferguson received a 2016 Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) and ISBA President Vincent F. Cornelius on September 20 during the Naperville City Council Meeting at Naperville City Hall.

The ISBA’s Law Enforcement Award was created to recognize sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system. It recognizes those who excel in law enforcement.

The Illinois State Bar Association and the Illinois Judges Association are pleased to invite you to celebrate the profession and consider issues of mutual interest to the bench and bar during our annual Midyear Meeting (and joint meeting with the Illinois Judges Association). 

December 8-10, 2016

The Sheraton Grand Chicago
301 East North Water Street, Chicago, Illinois

Mauro Glorioso
Mauro Glorioso
Governor Bruce Rauner has appointed ISBA member Mauro Glorioso to be the new Chairman of the State of Illinois Property Tax Appeal Board (PTAB).
Glorioso has been a member of the statewide five member board for eight years and was recently appointed its Chairman. Board members are appointed by the Governor with the advice and consent of the Senate. The Senate confirmed Glorioso’s appointment by a vote of 52-0.

“I am honored by Governor Rauner’s confidence in me to serve the Citizens of the State of Illinois as the Chairman of the PTAB," Glorioso said. "The PTAB exists to insure that the Taxpayers of the State have an avenue of relief to make certain that their real property assessments are fair and uniform.”

The PTAB provides that taxpayer service through the Administrative Law Process and does not charge to file cases at its offices. Cases are then assigned to administrative law judges (ALJ) to be heard and considered. A written decision is prepared which is reviewed by the board. The Board’s charge is to determine the correct assessed value of the property under consideration. It does not determine tax bills. Appeals can be made to the PTAB only after a board of review determination from any county in Illinois. Prior to becoming a board member, Glorioso served as an ALJ at the agency for eight years.

Henry Jackson Burt Jr.
Henry Jackson Burt Jr.
Henry Jackson Burt Jr. passed away on August 25, 2016. Beloved husband of Diane "Dini" for 58 years. Loving father of Henry J. (Linda) Spring Valley, IL, Stephen M. (Emily) Glen Ellyn, IL and Cynthia Burt Lafuente. Preceded in death by his parents Henry and Yvonne and also his daughter Cynthia. Grandfather of Madeleine Burt, Claire Burt and John Burt. Fond brother of Patricia B. Tylman (Vince). Uncle of several nieces and nephews.

Henry attended Wheaton Community High School, Yale University and Northwestern School of Law. Henry was a partner of the former law office of Rathje-Woodward-Dyer & Burt. Henry was president of the Chairmans Club of the B.R. Ryall YMCA, president of the Glen Ellyn Jaycees. Served 7 years on the Glen Ellyn Park Board and was president of the DuPage County Bar Association.