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Nathan D. Leming
Nathan D. Leming
Williams Venker & Sanders LLC is pleased to announce the addition of Nathan D. Leming ( as the newest associate to join the growing law firm.

Leming previously practiced at a general liability firm in the St. Louis area. He will continue to work in defense litigation throughout the firm’s many practice areas including insurance defense, products liability, transportation law, medical malpractice and employment law.

About Williams Venker & Sanders LLC:  
Located in St. Louis, Missouri, Williams Venker & Sanders LLC is one of the Midwest’s leading trial law firms. The firm is committed to timely service and the aggressive defense of clients, both inside and outside the courtroom. Providing focused, comprehensive strategies designed to achieve the best possible result, the firm’s lawyers represent clients in legal matters ranging from commercial litigation, employment law and health care law to personal injury, product liability and toxic tort litigation. For more information, visit

New ISBA President John E. Thies is sworn-in by his father, former ISBA President Richard L. Thies
New ISBA President John E. Thies is sworn-in by his father, former ISBA President Richard L. Thies
John E. Thies, a shareholder at Webber & Thies, P.C., in Urbana, was installed Friday as the 136th president of the Illinois State Bar Association at the Annual Meeting at The Abbey Resort in Fontana, Wis. His installation marks the first time both a father and son have led the Association. Thies’ father, Richard L. Thies, was ISBA president from 1986-87. View pictures from the Annual Dinner and Reception.

“It’s a great responsibility and opportunity. As the largest state-wide organization of Illinois lawyers and judges, the ISBA has an enormous capacity to champion the core values of our system of justice, and the lawyers who serve it,” John Thies said. “As ISBA President, it is my top priority to make the most of this capacity for the benefit of our membership and the public our members serve.”

During his term as president, Thies will place special emphasis on four major projects that derive from his own experiences in life and the law. A Law School Debt task force will examine the heavy educational debt burden faced by new lawyers as they begin their careers and how that impacts the delivery of legal services. A Committee on Fair and Impartial Courts will coordinate the ISBA’s efforts to identify and publicize threats to fair and impartial courts due to lack of funding.

ISBA President John E. Thies presents Young Lawyer of the Year Awards to Angela Baker Evans of Peoria and Steven Hunter of Chicago.
ISBA President John E. Thies presents Young Lawyer of the Year Awards to Angela Baker Evans of Peoria and Steven Hunter of Chicago.
The Illinois State Bar Association presented several awards to recognize individuals for their commitment and service to the profession and their communities at the Awards Luncheon on Friday, June 15. Click here to view the photo gallery from the luncheon.
•    Law Student Division Public Service Award: Alejandra Lara, University of Illinois College of Law;
•    Young Lawyers of the Year: Angela Baker Evans, of Peoria, a lawyer at the law firm of Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll & Keller, LLC; and Steven Hunter, of Chicago, a partner with the Chicago law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP;
•    Diversity Leadership Award: E. Lynn Grayson, partner, Jenner & Block;
•    Matthew Maloney Tradition of Excellence Award: Warrenville attorney William Price;
•    Community Leadership Award: Hon. Sebastian Patti, presiding judge, Domestic Violence Division, Circuit Court of Cook County;
•    Elmer Gertz Award for Human Rights: Hon. Martha A. Mills, Circuit Court of Cook County;
•    Joseph R. Bartylak Memorial Legal Services Award: John Lafond, of Urbana, a telephone counselor at the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation;

Illinois State Bar Association President John G. Locallo invites you to the 136th Annual Meeting on the banks of Lake Geneva. The festivities will occur from June 14-June 16 in Fontana, Wis. Find out more at

The Illinois Bar Foundation will host its annual Baseball Classic on July 20 at 7:15 p.m. The game will feature the Chicago Cubs vs. the St. Louis Cardinals at Busch Stadium.

Tickets are $225 and include all food and beverages. Sponsorships are available. Contact the IBF at (312) 726-6072 for more information or click here to purchase tickets.

Kim L. Kirn
Kim L. Kirn
Kim L. Kirn, Attorney and Mediator, has recently been approved as an Ombudsperson with US Department of Defense, Employer Support of the Guard and Reserves (“ESGR”). Ms. Kirn will mediate workplace conflicts between service members and their private sector employers.

ESGR’s mission includes promoting employer support for US service members by advocating relevant initiatives, recognizing outstanding support, increasing awareness of applicable laws, and resolving conflict between employers and service members. Federal law, known as the Uniformed Services Employment And Reemployment Rights Act Of 1994 (“USERRA”), provides workplace protection for service members throughout their military career.

Ms. Kirn has been trained on USERRA and her volunteer work will include mediating USERRA disputes in Missouri, as well as employment counseling and USERRA education. Ms. Kirn works as a mediator and arbitrator with United States Arbitration & Mediation Midwest, Inc. (USA&M) in St. Louis, MO.

Join Judge Anthony A. Iosco in Washington D.C. on Monday, June 18, 2012, for admission to the U.S. Supreme Court.
Any attorney who has been a member of the Illinois Bar for at least 3 years is eligible for membership.
Call Judge Iosco at (847) 818-2501 ASAP for more details.
The ISBA has space for up to 50 members to be admitted to the U.S. Supreme Court every two years. The next ISBA trip will be on June 3, 2013.

David Russell Green, age 46, died February 7, 2012, in Scottsdale, Arizona. He was born on January 28, 1966 in Waukegan, Illinois, son of Thomas and Leatrice Russell Green.

He attended elementary schools in Waukegan and graduated from Libertyville High School in 1984. He received degrees from Western Illinois University and Lewis University prior to entering John Marshall Law School. David received his law degree and was admitted to the Illinois Bar in April 2001.

He practiced in Illinois until 2003 when he moved to Arizona, where he practiced until his death.

He is survived by his parents and a sister, Lisa A. Green of St. Louis, Missouri. He will always be remembered for his sparkling humor, tremendous love for golf and relentless courage during many difficult times. He is greatly loved and will be greatly missed. A private family burial will take place in Libertyville, Illinois.

James F. Graves
James F. Graves
Best Lawyers of America has named James F. Graves the "2012 Lansing Personal Injury Litigation-Plaintiffs Lawyer of the Year" for the second consecutive year.

Graves, a partner with the Sinas Dramis Law Firm, has been recognized by The Best Lawyers in America in the field of personal injury litigation each year since 2006. He is licensed to practice in Michigan and Illinois. He received the Leo A. Farhat Outstanding Attorney Award from the Ingham County Bar Association in 2004. Graves is the Past President of the Ingham County Bar Association and the Ingham County Bar Foundation. He is a sustaining member of the Michigan Association for Justice and a member of the American Board of Trial Advocates.

The Sinas Dramis Law Firm represents personal injury clients throughout Michigan and Illinois. Jim Graves and other members of the Sinas Dramis firm can be reached at (517) 394-7500. Firm bios can be viewed at

John and Terry Thies
John and Terry Thies

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Dear ISBA members,
We invite you to join us on our Fall 2012 ISBA President’s Trip – a magnificent tour of China!

Take a moment away from your busy day, close your eyes and picture yourself in a land steeped in thousands of years of history. Picture a place where the echoes of distant empires can still be heard above the urban roar of modern technology, where natural landscapes stand in stark and beautiful contrast to contemporary cityscapes. You are in a land rich in tradition and ripe with possibility.