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Michael J. Tardy, director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced his retirement effective August 1, 2017, following a sterling 40-plus year career with the Judicial Branch. Tardy was named acting director in September 2011 and was officially appointed as director in January 2012.

"Throughout his long career, Mike has been an invaluable asset to the Supreme Court. An innovative administrator, a gifted leader, and a skillful diplomat, Mike has helped steer the Third Branch of Illinois government through some of its most difficult challenges. During a period of budgetary uncertainty, social change and rapid technological innovation, Mike has been instrumental in insuring that the judicial system remains available to all who need its protections," said Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier. "He has overseen the implementation of statewide electronic filing and the introduction of new measures to improve pretrial release practices. He has helped place Illinois at the forefront of initiatives to improve access to justice, and his contributions have been critical to our implementation of new measures to insure that Illinois judges receive the best possible training and education."

Director Tardy served in both clinical and administrative positions within the Illinois judicial branch for the past 41 years. He initially worked for the Circuit Court of Cook County Social Service Department, a court agency charged with providing community-based supervision for adult misdemeanor and DUI offenders in Cook County. In his 13 years with the Cook County department, he started as a case worker and worked his way to district supervisor, managing three offices and a staff of 40.


ISBA President-Elect Hon. Russell Hartigan and Evan Schanerberger visited St. Ignatius College Prep to speak with students who are interested in the law. These students are involved in and compete in mock trial competitions around the state. As an alumnus to St .Ignatius, Judge Hartigan wants schools like St. Igantius to be aware of opportunities with the ISBA as early as possible. St Ignatius is looking to the ISBA for direction on starting a new course in law. 

Jeffrey D. Shelley
Jeffrey D. Shelley
Sugar Felsenthal Grais & Hammer LLP (“SFGH”) announced Monday that Jeffrey D. Shelley has joined the firm as counsel in its Chicago office.

Jeff focuses his practice on estate planning, estate and trust administration, charitable planning, tax matters, business transactions, and intellectual property. His scientific, tax, and business background gives him unique insights when providing individuals, entrepreneurs, business owners, and family offices with personal and business solutions.

Before joining SFGH, Jeff was the principal estate planning attorney at another law firm, where he also worked on business and intellectual property matters. Prior to entering private legal practice, Jeff worked as a Big Four professional services firm consultant, where he advocated for clients in complex business tax credit matters. He has also prepared patent applications before the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Before practicing law, Jeff gained extensive business experience as a research scientist for a Fortune 500 company that manufactures and markets consumer and health care products worldwide. During his career there, he developed and launched next-generation products and manufacturing processes and was granted several product and process patents. Jeff has been named as an inventor in multiple utility patents.

Thomas J. Knitter, 86, of Northbrook, IL passed away on April 19, 2017. Served in the U.S. Air Force during the Korean War. During his career, Tom was a former special agent for the U.S. Treasury, a prosecutor for the Illinois and United States Attorney General's Office and an attorney at law for the Cook County Public Defender's Office. 

John J. O'Malley
John J. O'Malley
John J. O'Malley passed away suddenly and is survived by his loving wife of 34 years, Cynthia (nee Salazar). Loving father to Jonathan, Mark, Jennifer Daly, & Joseph Daly; loving Papa to his "Honey Bunnies," Abigail Farias and Madelyn Daly; preceded in death by his devoted parents, Austin and Rosetta (nee Rich); beloved brother of Mark, Patrick (Donna), and the late Michael (Mary); fond brother-in-law to Victoria (David ) Mackowiak, late Robert, Michael and Manuel Salazar; cherished nephew, uncle, cousin, and friend to many.

John was a long time criminal defense attorney in Cook County and was generous with his time and expertise to help those in need of counsel. He will be missed by all.  Visitation Wednesday, May 3rd at Nativity of Our Lord Church, 653 W. 37th Street, Chicago, from 9:30 am until 12:30 pm Mass of Christian burial. INT. St. Mary Cemetery. (773)927-6424. www.pomierskifuneralhome.com

Chief Justice Karmeier, portrait artist Greg McNair, Emily Schnitker, Mary Karmeier, and Karianne Schnitker
Chief Justice Karmeier, portrait artist Greg McNair, Emily Schnitker, Mary Karmeier, and Karianne Schnitker
An oil portrait of Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier was unveiled on Tuesday, May 16, at the historic Illinois Supreme Court building in Springfield. The painting hangs in the second floor hallway with the portraits of nine other chief justices, with additional portraits hanging in Chicago's Bilandic Building. The painting was done by artist Greg McNair of St. Louis. Chief Justices in Illinois are selected by their colleagues on the Supreme Court bench in a rotational pattern and serve for three years as the administrative head of the judicial branch. Chief Justice Karmeier's granddaughter, Emily Schnitker, performed the unveiling. She was on a Springfield visit with her 7th and 8th grade class from Trinity Lutheran School in Hoyleton. The class also heard the day's third oral argument, People v. Byron Boykins

Among those attending from Washington County were Circuit Judge Daniel Emge, Circuit Clerk Cynthia Barczewski and Court Reporter Brenda Engele along with Chief Justice Karmeier's wife, Mary, daughter, Karianne Schnitker and office staff.

Bruce Terlep
Bruce Terlep
With much sadness, Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the death of equity partner Bruce S. Terlep. Mr. Terlep, a partner in the firm’s Lisle, Ill. office, passed away suddenly last week.

Mr. Terlep practiced with Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP since the firm’s inception in 1992. He served as national counsel for numerous global auto manufacturers for over two decades. Mr. Terlep was frequently asked to handle matters across the country in state and federal courts, litigating matters in approximately 30 jurisdictions and going to trial in more than 15 states. In addition, Mr. Terlep regularly counseled clients on legislative and statutory compliance concerning consumer-related issues.

A resident of Naperville, Mr. Terlep was born October 29, 1958 in Elkhart, Indiana. He graduated magna cum laude from DePauw University in 1981 and from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1985, where he was Phi Beta Kappa. He joined the firm of Wildman, Harrold, Allen and Dixon out of law school, and then was one of the 13 attorneys who left the Wildman firm to found Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP on June 1, 1992.


The Illinois Supreme Court hosted 'Law School for Legislators' on May 9, 2017, with all seven Supreme Court Justices and leadership and new members of the Illinois House of Representatives and Senate in attendance.

The event, held at the Illinois Supreme Court Building in Springfield, was intended to familiarize the legislative branch with court operations and to foster dialogue of communication, cooperation and coordination between the legislative and judicial branches.

Chief Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier, Justice Rita B. Garman, AOIC Director Michael J. Tardy addressed the attendees and spoke on topics including the role of the Supreme Court and its relation to the legislative branch and how cases are initiated and proceed through the Illinois Courts. The Justices took comments and questions at a reception following the program.

The legislators who attended were Senate President John Cullerton, Senator Tom Rooney, Representative Melissa Conyears-Ervin, Rep. Randy Frese, Rep. LaToya Greenwood, Rep Brad Halbrook, Rep. Michael Halpin, Rep. Theresa Mah, Rep. David Olsen,  Rep. Lindsay Parkhurst, Rep. Dave Severin and Rep. Daniel Swanson.

Sheryl E. Fuhr
Sheryl E. Fuhr
Sheryl E. Fuhr, age 63, died on April 17, 2017 in her home in Berwyn, IL.

She was born in Bronx, New York to Donald and Miriam (Lepow) Fuhr and was the oldest of three children. Sheryl spent her childhood in New York City, Orlando, Florida, Syracuse, New York and Highland Park, Illinois. After graduating from high school Sheryl attended South Hampton College. She then moved to San Francisco and ultimately attended the Golden Gate University School of Law. While attending law school Sheryl also worked in the halfway house system with significant satisfaction.

Upon graduation from law school and passing the California bar exam, Sheryl decided to leave her beloved San Francisco and return to Chicago where she initially worked with other Attorneys before establishing her own law firm, Sheryl E. Fuhr & Associates, specializing in wills, trusts, estates, elder exploitation, probate, and guardianship litigation. Sheryl was gratified with her victory before the Illinois Supreme Court where the supreme court reversed an appellate court decision and affirmed a trial verdict in a guardianship proceeding after an extended trial.

Sheryl was preceded in death by her parents and remarkable canine Shimar. She is survived by her sister Robin Shue, brother Richard, sister-in-law Catherine, and nieces and nephews Jessica and Matthew Chiarizio, Jeremy and Jill Shue, Alexandra Fuhr and Audrey Fuhr. Sheryl will be remembered for her passion for the law, caring of others, long discussions on a variety of topics, strong opinions, and enjoyment of reading and card games.

Joseph Gregorich
Joseph Gregorich
Joseph E. Gregorich died on April 6, 2017 in Marina del Rey, CA. 

Born on January 21, 1938 in Joliet, he was the son of the late Joseph and Ann Gregorich. Joe attended St. Mary's Nativity and Joliet Catholic High School and went on to study engineering at St. Joseph's College and the University of Illinois. After graduating, Joe moved to Los Angeles, where he worked as an engineer for Hughes Aircraft Company for many years before attending Loyola Law School. He worked as an attorney at several firms, including Kirkland & Packard LLP and Schwartz & Janzen LLP, where he specialized in aviation and construction law. Joe argued a number of high-profile cases in state and federal courts and enjoyed serving as a mentor to young attorneys.

Joe was a devoted sports fan-supporting both the Chicago Cubs and teams from his alma maters, including Joliet Catholic High School and the University of Illinois. He had a wide range of hobbies, including model trains, coin collecting, and being an airplane pilot. He also loved animals, especially his cats. Beloved by his extended family, Joe was proud of and generous with his nieces and nephews.

Joe is survived by his sister, Patricia (Richard) Hellman; brother, Robert (Mary Jo); nieces, nephews, grandnieces, and grandnephews.