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Patrick Dempsey (center), a retired police officer who is director of the Jeanine Nicarico Children’s Advocacy Center, received a 2014 Law Enforcement Award from the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) on July 24. ISBA President Richard D. Felice (right) presented the award as DuPage County State’s Attorney Robert B. Berlin looks on. Berlin nominated Dempsey for the award.

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 is given to recognize those who truly excel in the field of law enforcement. In addition to Dempsey, four other law enforcement officers from judicial districts throughout Illinois are being honored.


The Illinois State Bar Association's Board of Governors elected a new secretary and treasurer at its meeting Friday in Chicago.

Lisa Nyuli (left), of South Elgin, was named treasurer. She is a partner with Ariano Hardy Ritt Nyuli Richmond Lytle & Goettel P.C. She has been on the Board of Governors since 2009. She served as Chair of the Solo and Small Firm Conference Committee in 2011 and 2012 and is a past president of the Kane County and Elgin bar associations.

Karen Enright (right), of Chicago, will serve as secretary. Enright is a partner at McNabola Law Group where she practices personal injury cases. She has been a member of the Board of Governors since 2010 and served as treasurer from 2011-2012. She received the ISBA Board of Governors Award in 2009 and is a past president of the Women's Bar Association.

The Board welcomed new members Hon. Russell Hartigan of Western Springs, Mark Karno of Chicago, Anna Krolikowska of Northbrook and Chantelle Porter of Lombard.

Alexis Simmons
Alexis Simmons
Juan Mejia
Juan Mejia
Emily Vaughan
Emily Vaughan
The Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has awarded its inaugural Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program grants to three 2014 law school graduates.

Post graduate legal fellowships were awarded this summer to Alexis Simmons, Northern Illinois University College of Law; Juan Mejia, University of Illinois College of Law; and Emily Vaughan, Loyola University Chicago School of Law. The fellowships will provide clinical support for three law school legal clinics.

The foundation launched its Post Graduate Legal Fellowship Program to fund public interest jobs for recent law graduates, according to James Lestikow, IBF president. The foundation will award $25,000 to each of the three fellowships. The law schools will each contribute a stipend to help fund the positions.

“There is a growing need for more public interest lawyers to serve the underrepresented members of our community,” said David M. Anderson, IBF executive director. “The fellowship program was created to provide on-the-job training for new lawyers while simultaneously helping to fill the gap in legal aid services. We are extremely pleased to partner with these three top law schools on this inaugural fellowship program.”


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Here are the results for June 2014:


Please join the ISBA Board of Governors and the IBF Board of Directors at a reception honoring ISBA Immediate Past President Paula H. Holderman. The reception will be held on Thursday, July 17, from 5-7 p.m. at the ISBA Chicago Office. Tickets are $50.

Register online or by calling the IBF at 312.726.6072.

Sponsorship opportunities are also available.

The Illinois Bar Foundation is the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association and is dedicated to improving access to justice to those most vulnerable, helping attorneys and their families in need, and to providing year-long legal Fellowships to new attorneys working in legal aid clinics.

Sergeant Joel Marquez (center), of the Downers Grove Police Department, received a 2014 Law Enforcement Award from the ISBA on June 18 in Wheaton. On hand for the presentation were Robert J. Anderson (far left), a circuit judge in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court who nominated him for the award, and Vincent F. Cornelius, second vice president of the ISBA, who presented the award.
Sergeant Joel Marquez (center), of the Downers Grove Police Department, received a 2014 Law Enforcement Award from the ISBA on June 18 in Wheaton. On hand for the presentation were Robert J. Anderson (far left), a circuit judge in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court who nominated him for the award, and Vincent F. Cornelius, second vice president of the ISBA, who presented the award.
Sergeant Joel Marquez, of the Downers Grove Police Department, received a 2014 Law Enforcement Award from the ISBA on Wednesday, June 18  during a ceremony at the DuPage County Administration Building Auditorium in Wheaton.

Sergeant Marquez was nominated by Robert J. Anderson, a circuit judge in the 18th Judicial Circuit Court. ISBA Second Vice President Vincent Cornelius presented the award.

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 is given to recognize those who truly excel in the field of law enforcement. In addition to Sergeant Marquez, four other law enforcement officers from judicial districts throughout Illinois are being honored.

Sergeant Marquez was recognized for his exceptional work to educate his fellow law enforcement officers on the long-term impact that the crime of domestic violence has on families in DuPage County.

Richard D. Felice is sworn-in as the 138th ISBA President by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas.
Richard D. Felice is sworn-in as the 138th ISBA President by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert Thomas.
Richard D. Felice, a lawyer in private practice in Wheaton, was installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting on Friday, June 20 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis. View photo galleries from the Annual Reception and the Annual Installation Dinner.

During his year as president, Felice will place special emphasis on three projects. The first is the formation of a Task Force on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Future of the Profession to address the tremendous challenges facing new lawyers, including staggering law school debt and a stifling job market. The task force “will study in depth the concept of practice-ready new lawyers and consider constructive changes to law school curricula,” he said.  Second district appellate Justice Ann Jorgensen will chair the committee.

The second initiative is the formation of a Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute Series, offering educational programs to solo and small firm practitioners in five settings throughout the state. Working with other stakeholders in the practice of law, the institute will provide a variety of programming to help lawyers enhance their practices.

Richard D. Felice
Richard D. Felice
Richard D. Felice, a lawyer in private practice in Wheaton, was installed as president of the Illinois State Bar Association at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting on Friday, June 20 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis. View photo galleries from the Annual Reception and the Annual Installation Dinner.

During his year as president, Felice will place special emphasis on three projects. The first is the formation of a Task Force on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Future of the Profession to address the tremendous challenges facing new lawyers, including staggering law school debt and a stifling job market. The task force “will study in depth the concept of practice-ready new lawyers and consider constructive changes to law school curricula,” he said.  Second district appellate Justice Ann Jorgensen will chair the committee.

The second initiative is the formation of a Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute Series, offering educational programs to solo and small firm practitioners in five settings throughout the state. Working with other stakeholders in the practice of law, the institute will provide a variety of programming to help lawyers enhance their practices.

The Illinois State Bar Association will present several awards recognizing individuals for their commitment and service to the profession and their communities at an Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 20, at the organization’s 138th Annual Meeting at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, Wis. Award recipients are: