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Richard S. Brennan
Richard S. Brennan

Richard S. Brennan, 74, of Amboy, died Oct. 10, 2012, after a three-week illness.

Mr. Brennan was born March 18, 1938, in St. Louis, the only son of Anna Pearl and Clarence R. Brennan. In 1963 he married Margaret (Jill) Wilson in Muskegon, Mich.

The family lived in Collinsville, Mo., and Memphis, Tenn. before settling permanently in Shorewood, a suburb of Milwaukee, Wis. Mr. Brennan received a BA from Princeton University in 1960 and a law degree from the University of Michigan in 1963.

He and his wife moved to New York City where Mr. Brennan began his law career with Shearman & Sterling. Two years later they transferred to Mayer Brown in Chicago, where he continued his long career. In 1969, the family, which now included two sons, was transferred to the Paris office of Mayer Brown, where they spent three years and had one more child, a daughter.

They returned to the U.S. in 1972, but were reassigned to London, England in 1974 to move the Paris office to London. That practice, of which Mr. Brennan was the leading partner, now numbers hundreds of lawyers. Mr. Brennan returned to Chicago in 1977 and in 1982 became the General Counsel of the Continental Bank. He remained General Counsel throughout the bank's transition into Bank of America, leaving in 1994. Mr. Brennan retained Mayer Brown as his base but served as General Counsel for J.I. Case in Racine, Wis., from 1995 - 1999, when it was purchased by Fiat. He subsequently served as temporary General Counsel for Stepan Company for three years.

Jacob J. Frost
Jacob J. Frost
Jacob J. Frost has formed a new law practice in Spring Valley. He serves individual and corporate clients with expertise in estate planning, real estate, elder law, banking, business, and other fields.    

Mr. Frost is a double graduate of University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana; he received his Juris Doctorate in 2006 and his B.A. in Political Science in 2003. He also received his A.A., summa cum laude, in 2001 from Illinois Valley Community College. He is active in the Illinois State Bar Association Trusts & Estates Section Council and has served as co-chairman of its Newsletter Committee for a number of years.

Mr. Frost may be reached at (815) 323-4851.

Here are the results for Tuesday's judicial elections for all circuits outside of Cook.

Click here for the 1st District results

Candidates must receive 65% on the question of Meets Requirements of Office in order to be Recommended. Winners in bold


4th District Supreme Retention

Candidate Recommended/ Not Recommended Meets Requirements of Office
Rita B. Garman R 95.87

August B. Black passed away on October 20, 2012. August (Augie) was born in Morris, Illinois on August 1, 1915, the son of Frank Black and Kate (Ryan) Black.

Augie graduated from Morris High School in 1933. He attended St. Viator's College and graduated from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1940. He was admitted to the practice of law in 1940. He served 51 months in the U.S. Army during World War II as a Special Military Intelligence Agent.

Augie and his brother, John Black, formed the law partnership of Black & Black in 1947, and Black & Black has continued with sons George, Frank, Donald, Richard, James, and grandsons, Timothy and Bryan Black. Augie Black was elected State's Attorney of Grundy County in 1948. He was re-elected 3 times for 16 years of public service. He became President of the Illinois State's Attorney's Association.

Augie married Marie Weber of Bellwood, Illinois on October 19, 1944. He is survived by Marie and their 9 children: George, Don, (Kathy), Frank, Jean, Ed, Linda, Jim (Marifran), Michael (Tricia), and Richard. Also surviving are his sister, Sister Lorraine Black, Sisters of The Holy Cross, Notre Dame, Indiana; 11 grandchildren and 6 great grandchildren; many nieces and nephews.

The Illinois State Bar Association's Special Committee on Law School Debt, formed by President John E. Thies, will hold five open hearings throughout the state. ISBA members are encouraged to attend these meetings to discuss how increasing law school debt is impacting the delivery of legal services.

The Committee is particularly interested in hearing about the impact of law school debt in the following situations:

  1. Recruitment and retention of new lawyers in small- and medium-size firms
  2. Decisions by lawyers to open practices in small communities
  3. Recruitment and retention of new lawyers working for legal aid organizations
  4. Financial ability of new lawyers to open solo practices (and possible liability and ethical consequences resulting there from);
  5. Availability of lawyers being willing to perform pro bono services;
  6. Opportunity for new lawyers to advance from entry level positions in the profession.

Hearing Schedule

The hearings will held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Monday that the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select John C. Redington as an associate judge of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Redington received his undergraduate degree in 1987 from Western Illinois University in Macomb and his Juris Doctor in 1990 from Northern Illinois University in DeKalb. Mr. Redington is currently affiliated with the law firm Tess & Redington, Rochelle.

Robert “Bob” Paul Revenaugh, 82, of Elizabeth, formerly of Barrington, died on Tuesday, Aug. 21, 2012, at home. He was born on March 1, 1930, the son of the late Paul and Edna (Kiles) Revenaugh. While serving on the Army ski patrol, he met his wife Helga. Bob married Helga Just on Dec. 12, 1956, in Germany.

Bob was president and owner of Professional Business Management. He was past president of the Society of Professional Business Consultants. He was a member of the St. John’s Evangelical Lutheran Church in Massbach.

Bob enjoyed skiing and volunteering at Wilmot Mountain Ski Patrol. He loved music and singing at social events and church. He played the piano and banjo. He loved the peace of his farm, driving his tractors, and working in his shop.

He is survived by his wife, Helga; daughter, Barbara (Art) Garcia of Elizabeth; two sons, Jim Revenaugh of Salt Lake City, Utah, and Mark (Chrissy) Revenaugh of Portland, Ore.; and four grandchildren, Dana Spoerl, Elli, and Miles and Taye Revenaugh. He was preceded in death by his parents; and two brothers, Jim and Bill.

A memorial fund has been established for the Doctors Without Borders.

Condolences and remembrances can be shared with family at

Read the full obituary in the Chicago Sun-Times

Robert Park
Robert Park
Califf & Harper, P.C. is pleased to welcome Robert T. Park, Steven L. Nelson, and Joseph N. Van Vooren as the newest additions to the firm.  As of July 1, 2012, Park, Nelson, and Van Vooren have joined Califf & Harper as shareholders bringing along their expertise relating to new and existing firm practice areas. In addition to the many practice areas Califf & Harper, P.C. already offers its clients, the firm will now assist clients with insurance defense, creditor bankruptcy claims, and workers’ compensation defense.

About the new shareholders:

Robert T. Park practices mainly in the areas of general civil and commercial litigation and insurance defense, has appeared before the Illinois Supreme Court, and is licensed to appear before the United States Supreme Court.  Mr. Park has a long-standing history of involvement with the Illinois State Bar Association and Rock Island Optimist Club.  He earned both his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science and his law degree from the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana.  Mr. Park has practiced law in the Quad Cities area for more than 37 years adding to Califf & Harper, P.C.’s proud service in this area since 1869.

Larry Ferolie
Larry Ferolie
Former ISBA Board member Lawrence "Larry" J. Ferolie passed away on July 29, 2012, at his Rockford home. Funeral Mass will be at 10 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 4, at St. James Catholic Church, 428 N. Second St., Rockford. Burial in Calvary Catholic Cemetery. Visitation is from 4 to 7 p.m. Friday, Aug. 3, at Fitzgerald Funeral Home & Crematory, 1860 S. Mulford Rd., Rockford, and from 9 a.m. Saturday to time of service at the church.

An elite committee of the American Bar Association (ABA) has honored the 17th Judicial Circuit, Winnebago County Bar Association and the Boone County Bar Association for pioneering a local initiative designed to enhance professionalism and civility in the legal profession.

The ABA Standing Committee on Professionalism will award the three northwestern Illinois entities with the 2012 E. Smythe Gambrell Award and a $3,500 check during the ABA’s annual meeting this summer. The presentation will take place at a luncheon on Friday, August 3 at 12:15 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency in Chicago.

The Gambrell Award is given each year to organizations that contribute to the understanding of professionalism among lawyers. The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (ILSCCP) nominated the three organizations for working together in designing and implementing an Aspirational Code of Conduct, Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program, and Peer Review Council.

All three initiatives have become models for the profession, not only in Illinois but in other jurisdictions as well.

"Three successive Chief Judges in the 17th Circuit have, in collaboration with the leadership of the two bar associations, not only initiated and maintained a vibrant professionalism initiative in the 17th Judicial Circuit, but also have actively collaborated with the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism in replicating the initiatives throughout the state," said Justice Robert R. Thomas of the Illinois Supreme Court. "I commend all of them for their efforts which led to this award. They have done much to craft innovative ways to promote the ideals of professionalism, and we are all better off as a result of their commitment."