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Noted civil liberties attorney Burton Joseph, 79, of Evanston, passed away late last month in San Francisco. Mr. Joseph was a partner in the Chicago law firm of Joseph, Lichtenstein & Levinson. He defended activists arrested at the 1968 Democratic National Convention, acted as executive director of the Playboy Foundation and was a founding member of  Lawyers for the Creative Arts.
In his most celebrated case, in the late 1970s, he successfully persuaded the American Civil Liberties Union to back the National Socialist Party of America --a Nazi group -- in its efforts to be allowed to march through heavily Jewish Skokie. As the son of Jewish cemetery owners on Chicago's West Side, Mr. Joseph's stand cost him some friends, but "though he violently disagreed with what the Nazis said, he strongly believed in their right to say it," his daughter Jody said. The Nazis were eventually allowed to march but decided to do so in Chicago instead. The battle was later dramatized in the TV movie, "Skokie," and inspired scenes in "The Blues Brothers."
Obituaries for Mr. Joseph: Chicago Sun-Times, Chicago Tribune, New York Times
Dean W. Jackson, 55, passed away on April 11 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield. Mr. Jackson graduated from Galena High School and went on to study at Western Illinois University, University of Iowa, Oxford University England Queen's College Law School and Southern Illinois University School of Law. He was an attorney and was employed as the ICC Chief Administrative Law Judge since 2004. Click here to read the full obituary in the Springfield State Journal-Register.
Hon. Michael A. Orenic, 85, passed away at his Joliet home last Friday. Orenic was an ISBA Laureate Award Winner in 2006. The Laureate Award, the supreme honor bestowed by the Academy of Illinois Lawyers, is awarded to those deemed to exemplify the highest ideals of the profession. A graduate of the DePaul University College of Law, he was an Army Air Corps officer during World War II. Elected to the bench in 1964, Orenic was presiding judge in Will County for 16 years while the circuit included Kankakee and Iroquois Counties. He served as chief judge from 1977 to 1982 and from 1986 to 1988, and he retired in 1990 to spend more time with his nine children and ailing wife, who died in 1996.
Even before he retired in 1990, Orenic was "legendary" in the Will County courts, said Joliet attorney George Mahoney III, who had nominated Orenic for the laureate honors. "He was a fascinating guy -- a brilliant guy," Mahoney said. "He was a big guy with flowing white hair. He had this physical aura about him. He looked like a judge."
The 2006 Laureate Award Winners Obituary: Will County loses a "brilliant" judge
Retired attorney Philip G. Feder, 80, passed away late last month at Memorial Care Center in Belleville. Mr. Feder received both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from St. Louis University. His education at St. Louis University Law School was interrupted in 1952, when he was called to active duty in the Army. Read the full obituary in the Belleville News-Democrat
Roger W. Barrett, 94, a partner for many years with Mayer Brown, died earlier this year in Rancho Mirage, Calif., of complications from pneumonia.
Mr. Barrett had already started his law carer in Chicago when he joined the Army in 1943. Eventually a captain, he was enlisted for the team led by U.S. Supreme Court Justice Robert Jackson that would prosecute top Nazis in Nuremberg. He was assigned the task of assembling the government's evidence, which included everything from letters and diaries to lampshades made of human skin. He went over some of the evidence with Luftwaffe commander Hermann Goering, who he remembered as highly intelligent, arrogant and amoral. "He said that Goering was completely immoral, there was no sense of right or wrong," said his son, Oliver.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.
Henry James Marquard, 88, of Glenview formerly of Northbrook, passed away on April 6. A graduate of DePaul University School of Law, he was one of the founders of Kralovec and Marquard. He was commissioned on the USS Heywood and served on the USS George Klymer during the Gaudalcanal Campaign in World War II. Visitation will be on Friday from 5 to 9 p.m. at Trinity Lutheran Church, 3637 Golf Road, Evanston, where a funeral service will be held on Saturday at 11 a.m. Interment private at Memorial Park Cemetery. In lieu of flowers memorials may be made to the church. Funeral info: 847-998-1020. Click here for the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.
Kenneth Lewis Strong, 82, of Bourbonnais, passed away late last month. He graduated from Wabash College in Crawfordsville, Ind., in 1949 and graduated from Northwestern Law School in 1952. Strong was appointed Assistant State's Attorney for Livingston County in 1956. In 1962, he became a member of the firm of Adsit, Thompson and Stock in Pontiac and remained with the firm and its successors until his retirement in 2002. Read the full obituary in the Kankakee Daily Journal.
Effingham attorney Frank H. Schiederjon passed away over the weekend. A former State’s Attorney of Effingham County, he founded the law firm now known as Schniederjon, Weber & Orr. Click here to read the full obituary.
Patrick Moriarity, 66, a longtime attorney with the Cook County public defender's office, passed away last Wednesday in south suburban Burbank. Moriarity graduated from Leo High School and the University of Illinois at Chicago. He worked as a Chicago police officer in the late 1960s and early '70s, while taking law classes at DePaul University.
Mr. Moriarty spent several years on the public defender's Homicide Task Force, a group of seasoned attorneys who handle capital murder cases. That led to his nickname, "Dr. Death," his son said.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.
George E.Q. Johnson Jr.
George E.Q. Johnson Jr.
George “Gene” E.Q. Johnson Jr., 93, a prominent Chicago attorney, died March 23 at his home in Lakeside, Mich. He was the loving husband of Mary Ann (nee:Barry) Johnson, father of Charles E Johnson, stepfather of Philip W. Collins III and Tierney Eson, endearingly known as “Poppy” to the grandchildren whom he loved, Christopher Eson, Erin Collins, Michelle Eson and Mackenzie Collins. A native of Chicago's South Shore neighborhood, Gene attended Bryn Mawr Elementary School, University High School, Northwestern University, and Northwestern University Law School. A World War II Veteran, Gene served as a LT Commander in the US Navy. As commanding officer of the USS PC 1243, a “sub chaser,” and Executive Officer of the USS Courage, Gene served in the South Atlantic, North Atlantic, Pacific, South and North China Seas. Upon returning from military service, Gene began his career as an attorney with his father, specializing in probate law. Having practiced law for well over fifty years, Gene became an authority on probate law and served as a special arbitrator for the Illinois Attorney General's Office into his 80's. He was a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations. Gene was very active in church work and was a past chairman of the Board of Trustees of Bryn Mawr Community Church in Chicago.