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In a continued effort to expand our legal network and better serve the ISBA, President Umberto S. Davi was sworn-in by Chief Justice Patience Drake Roggensack of the Wisconsin Supreme Court and admitted to the Wisconsin Bar on a Motion made by State Bar of Wisconsin President Ralph Cagle. The ceremony took place on Friday, August 28, 2015, in the Wisconsin Supreme Court, which is located in the Capitol Building, in Madison, Wisconsin. Pictured are (from left) Jan Davi, President Davi, Justice Roggensack, Wisconsin Bar Past President Michelle Behnke, President Cagle and Marie Sarantakis.

Amy Leonas, 39, beloved daughter of Ted and Marla Leonas. Loving sister of Melinda Leonas, Lynsey (Casey) Johnston, Carley Leonas, Elizabeth Leonas and Teddy Leonas. Cherished aunt of Eva Johnston. Best friend of cousin Jennifer (Connor) Ford. Amy was preceded in death by her biological mother, Carole Brady. She was fond of her many aunts, uncles, cousins and close friends.

Amy was an attorney. She was a graduate of Valparaiso University and received her law degree from Washington University in St. Louis. Amy began her law career as a Cook County Assistant States Attorney where she spent a great deal of time prosecuting cases in the domestic violence division. Eventually Amy branched into entertainment law, where she served as legal advisor to the Daytime Emmy Award winning "Judge Pirro" show, followed by her last positions where she served as legal advisor for ITV's nationally syndicated "Jeremy Kyle" and "Bill Cunningham" television shows in New York City.

Amy enjoyed a number of close friends, many of which were law school classmates and former colleagues, who played an instrumental role in helping both Amy and her family cope with Amy's terminal diagnosis, and her 20-month courageous battle with Glioblastoma Multiforme.

Services are being held privately. The family is asking that in lieu of flowers, donations be made in the name of Amy Leonasto the American Brain Tumor Association (ABTA.org), 8550 W. Bryn Mawr Ave. Ste 550, Chicago, IL 60631, and/or the Musella Foundation for Brain Tumor Research (Virtualtrials.com) 1100 Peninsula Blvd, Hewlett, NY 11557. Arrangements by Gerardi Funeral Home, Frankfort, IL, 815 469-2144. Sign our guestbook at: gerardifuneralhome online.com

Stanley J. Dale, MA, JD, a mediator in West Hollywood, California has been named Visiting Assistant Professor and Acting Director of the Banta Center for Business, Ethics and Society at the University of Redlands in Redlands, California.


Walter Adams
Walter Adams
Walter L. Adams, 83 of Valparaiso, passed away Friday, May 8, 2015. He was born June 8, 1931 in Middletown, NY, the son of Walter L. and Gladys (Coburg) Adams.

Walter graduated from Duke University with a BA and Michigan University with a J.D. Degree. He was a labor lawyer, and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association. Walter was a US Army Veteran with the CIC.

Walter began his career in Chicago with Seyfarth, Shaw, Fairweather and Geraldson. In the 1970's, he co-founded the law firm of Adams, Fox, Marcus, Adelstein and Gerding. Most recently, he was of counsel for Schuyler, Roche and Crisham. In addition, Walter was a long time volunteer with the VNA Hospice in Valparaiso, IN.

Surviving are his children: Mark (Melissa) Adams of Moscow, ID, Lisa (Mark) Patton of Lagos, Nigeria and Samuel Adams of Valparaiso, IN and four grandchildren. He was preceded by his wife Eleanor Morgan Adams and his parents. Services will be held in mid-June at the Glencoe Union Church in Glencoe, IL. Memorial Contributions may be made to V.N.A. Hospice, 2401 Valley Drive, Valparaiso, IN 46383.

Bartholomew Funeral Home in charge of arrangements.


The deadline to register online for the 139th Annual Meeting is June 12. Join us in Lake Geneva to celebrate! We will celebrate the many accomplishments of ISBA President Richard Felice and, we will celebrate the induction of 2015-16 President Umberto Davi. The Grand Geneva Resort provides an ideal setting for this gathering of the profession. So plan to bring your family and be a part of the 2015 ISBA Annual Meeting.

  • June 18 - 20, 2015
  • Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, Wis.

Register at www.isba.org/annual/registration

Chester Blair
Chester Blair
It was during a visit to a hometown library in the segregated South that a young Chester Blair had one of his earliest encounters with racism.

Pulled aside by a disapproving librarian after going through the checkout line, the Texas native was told not to return to that library — one serving mostly whites — and to bring his book back to the library closer to where he lived in a black section of town.

"He was just a boy, but he knew that wasn't right," said his wife of 46 years, Judith. "He knew you don't treat people like that."

Years later, after moving to Chicago and attending college, Mr. Blair taught in Chicago Public Schools before earning a law degree and building a law practice.

"He was the kind of person that kept pushing his life forward, and by doing so, he advanced the lives of so many others," his wife said.

Mr. Blair, 86, the first elected African-American president of the Chicago Bar Association, died Monday, March 16, at a special care facility in Cincinnati, of complications related to Alzheimer's disease. Formerly a longtime resident of Chicago's Hyde Park neighborhood, he and his wife had moved to Cincinnati two years ago to be closer to family members.

Read the full obituary in the Chicago Tribune.

Bruce E. Friedman
Bruce E. Friedman
Bruce E. Friedman, a principal with the Clayton-based law firm of Paule, Camazine & Blumenthal, P.C., has been elected as Chair of the Family & Juvenile Law Section of The Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis for the 2015-16 term. The section strives to improve the practice of family law and juvenile law, including domestic relations and related areas, and provides programs to discourage child abuse.


Join ISBA members for a group admission to the Supreme Court of the United States on Monday, June 8, 2015 in Washington D.C.

Sign up by Friday, Feb. 27 for the ISBA's biennial trip to the U.S. Supreme Court! A special group hotel room rate is available at the Willard Intercontinental Hotel for the admittee, family and guests.

To be eligible, you must be an active lawyer member of the ISBA, admitted to practice more than 3 years, and not have any adverse disciplinary action pronounced or in effect during that 3-year period.


ISBA Officers attended the ABA House of Delegates meeting earlier this month in Houston. On hand for the meeting were (from left): ISBA 2nd Vice President Vincent F. Cornelius, ISBA Immediate Past President Paula H. Holderman, ISBA President Richard D. Felice, ABA Past President Laurel G. Bellows, ISBA President-elect Umberto S. Davi and ISBA 3rd Vice President Hon. Russell W. Hartigan.

The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held at the Grand Geneva in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin from June 18th – 20th. Take advantage of this opportunity to make your reservations for lodging early. To make reservations at the Grand Geneva, please call 855.833.5345 and reference reservation code #75O0D6 or indicate you are attending the Illinois State Bar Association’s Annual Meeting. Rates for 2015 are $177 for single or double occupancy, plus resort fee and tax. A deposit of first night’s lodging is required. Check-in after 4:00 p.m. and check-out before 12:00 p.m.