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The newly organized Illinois Model Government student organization at The John Marshall Law School hosted its first program on Saturday, June 13. Carrie Clark (second from left), chair, welcomed members of the panel (from left) Professor Ann Lousin; Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Jeanne Wrenn; ISBA member and former Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch; and Illinois Sen. Kwame Raoul.
The newly organized Illinois Model Government student organization at The John Marshall Law School hosted its first program on June 13. Carrie Clark (second from left), chair, welcomed members of the panel (from left) Professor Ann Lousin; Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney Jeanne Wrenn; ISBA member and former Illinois Comptroller Dawn Clark Netsch; and Illinois State Sen. Kwame Raoul.
Kevin Millon
Kevin Millon
Kevin H. Millon is the recipient of the 2009 DuPage County Bar Association's Ralph Gabric Award.  This is one of the highest honors that can be awarded to a lawyer or judge by the bar association.  First conferred in 1997, the award is presented to that member of the DCBA whose personality, leadership and professionalism has significantly enhanced the organization as exemplified by the characteristics of Ralph A. Gabric, President of the DCBA from 1981 to 1982, who also later served as President of the Illinois State Bar Association. "I can't think of a more fitting recipient of the Ralph A. Gabric Award than Kevin Millon," stated outgoing DCBA President Thomas A.
Kent Gaertner
Kent Gaertner
Kent A. Gaertner of Aurora was installed as President of the DuPage County Bar Association for the 2009-2010 term at the annual installation of officers and directors on  June 18. In remarks to several hundred of the DCBA's 2,200 member attorneys and their guests, Gaertner said: "The DuPage County Bar Association will continue to work to provide its members with unmatched services and support.  This will allow our members to serve their clients more efficiently.  Our programs will also be directed to helping our members balance their professional lives with their family lives so the practice of law becomes more fulfilling for them." Gaertner is a partner in the Wheaton law firm of Springer Brown Covey Gaertner and Davis, and has focused on bankruptcy law for over twenty-five years.  He has represented both individuals and corporations in all manner of bankruptcy proceedings and workouts.  His practice includes representing debtors, creditors and bankruptcy trustees.  He received his J.D.
Judge Rodney Equi
Judge Rodney Equi
Judge Rodney W. Equi of Wheaton has been named Lawyer of the Year by the DuPage County Bar Association.  The award was presented on June 18 in recognition of his many years of distinguished leadership and meritorious service to the bar and legal community. "Judge Equi has dedicated his career to serving DuPage County families and the legal community," remarked outgoing DCBA President Thomas A.
Ray Koenig
Ray J. Koenig III
Ray J. Koenig III has become a member of the Litigation Practice Group in the Chicago office of Clark Hill PLC. Koenig practices in the areas of probate litigation, trust litigation, fiduciary litigation, elder law, estate planning and estate administration -- with a special emphasis on will, trust, guardianship, advance directive contests and other fiduciary litigation. He graduated from DePaul University School of Law in 1999 and Michigan State University in 1995. Clark Hill prides itself on more than 110 years of successful litigation experience in Illinois and throughout the United States. Its Litigation Practice Group includes more than 60 attorneys and support professionals committed to a tradition of integrity, experience and hard work in the service of its clients and communities. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A mug shot in  the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to cbonjean@isba.org.
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Kathryn Kennedy
The Internal Revenue Service has named Kathryn J. Kennedy, Associate Dean for Advanced Studies and Research at The John Marshall Law School, to its Advisory Committee on Tax Exempt and Government Entities (ACT).  She is the only current member of the panel to be associated with a law school. Kennedy, one of 10 new members of the 21-member panel, was introduced - and began serving a two-year term - June 10 at a public meeting in Washington D.C. ACT members are appointed by the Secretary of the Treasury. Established in 2001, the panel advises the IRS on operational policies and procedures – and provides an organized forum for discussion of relevant issues. In addition to Kennedy’s role as an associate dean at The John Marshall Law School, she also serves as the Director of the school’s Center for Tax Law and Employee Benefits program. In this role, she established the first LLM program in the nation for employee benefits, and has since developed the curriculum for more than 20 employee benefits courses at The John Marshall Law School. Kennedy has also served on the Department of Labor’s ERISA Advisory Council, and co-authored an employee benefits textbook.
ISBA President-elect John G. O'Brien, Algonquin Police Chief Russell Laine, McHenry County State's Attorney Louis A. Bianchi
ISBA President-elect John G. O'Brien, Algonquin Police Chief Russell Laine, McHenry County State's Attorney Louis A. Bianchi
ISBA President-elect John G. O'Brien recently presented the ISBA's 2009 Law Enforcement Award to Russell B. Laine, police chief of the Village of Algonquin. Laine was nominated by McHenry County State's Attorney Louis A. Bianchi. The Law Enforcement Award was created to recognize sworn law enforcement officers for conduct that promotes justice and to distinguish those individuals whose service to the public brings honor and respect to the entire criminal justice system. The award is given sparingly to those who truly excel in the field of law enforcement.
Anthony C. Porcelli
Anthony C. Porcelli
Anthony C. Porcelli has joined the Chicago office of Polsinelli Shughart PC as a shareholder. Porcelli is an experienced trial attorney with a strong financial background and has an AV Peer Review Rating. Porcelli earned his J.D., from Northwestern University School of Law in 1994 where he graduated cum laude. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame, magna cum laude, in 1991 with a bachelors degree in business administration, accounting concentration. Porcelli spent the last 15 years with Jenner & Block. Polsinelli Shughart PC is a national law firm with more than 480 attorneys in 13 offices across the U.S. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A mug shot in  the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to cbonjean@isba.org.
[gallery link="file" columns="2"] Mary Cascino and Daniel C. Cole have joined the Chicago firm Handler Thayer, LLP. Cascino, J.D., P.C. joins the firm as Senior Counsel in the Advanced Planning and Family Office Practice Group at Handler Thayer, LLP.  Her primary areas of practice are Estate, Asset Protection and Tax Planning, related Corporate and Real Estate matters and Trust and Estate administration. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A mug shot in  the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to cbonjean@isba.org. Cole, C.P.A., J.D. joins the firm as Senior Counsel in the Commercial Practice Group.  He concentrates his practice in the areas of commercial real estate, finance, and business and corporate law. Handler Thayer's practice is concentrated in the areas of Business, Real Estate & Securities Law, Federal, State & International Taxation, Financial & Estate Planning, and Sports & Entertainment Law. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A mug shot in  the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to cbonjean@isba.org.
Daniel L. Conklin
Daniel L. Conklin
Daniel L. Conklin recently joined Plunkett Cooney's Banking, Bankruptcy & Creditors' Right Practice Group in its Kalamazoo office. A member of the Banking, Bankruptcy and Creditors’ Rights and Real Estate/Transactional practice groups, Conklin concentrates his practice in the areas of real estate law and banking law on behalf of building owners, lenders and many other corporate clients. Established in 1913, Plunkett Cooney is one of the Midwest's oldest and largest full-service law firms with more than 150 attorneys in nine Michigan cities, Columbus, Ohio, and Indianapolis.