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ISBA President John O'Brien with Illinois Third District Justice Mary McDade
ISBA President John O'Brien with Illinois Third District Justice Mary McDade
Illinois State Bar Association President John O'Brien helped kick off the Legal Services campaign at a luncheon on Tuesday. The Campaign for Legal Services Donor Recognition and Kick-Off Luncheon was held at the Packard Plaza Building in Peoria. Justice Mary McDade delivered an inspired speech on the importance of legal services.
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SLU's Danielle Jacoby (from left), SLU recipient Elizabeth Nguyen and SLU Law Dean Lewis receive the check from Madison County Bar President Elizabeth Levy and Committee Co-chair Mary Nalefski.
The Madison County Bar Association invited representatives from Saint Louis University School of Law to its October Meeting to celebrate SLU as the winning school of the bar association's scholarship contest. Dean Lewis and Danielle Jacoby from SLU School of Law attended the meeting along with this year's recipient, Elizabeth Nguyen, to accept the contribution of $7,339.06 for the SLU scholarship fund. Scholarship committee chairs were Mary Nalefski, Irv Slate and Lawrence Taliana. The scholarship committee held a good-natured competition over a several month period between law school graduates from Saint Louis University, Washington University, Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois to match donations from each school's member alumni with funds set aside by the entire membership of the Bar Association to benefit current and future law students. The lawyers donated a total of $18,321 to the law schools. The committee decorated the tables at Sunset Hills in Edwardsville with St.
Emily Adelman
Emily Adelman
In response to the continued growth of its trademark practice, Brooks Kushman law firm announced today that it has hired Emily S. Adelman as an associate attorney. Adelman will be responsible for counseling clients on trademark issues, managing large portfolios and supporting the enforcement needs of Brooks Kushman's trademark clients. Most recently, Adelman served as an associate attorney at Cook Alex Ltd. of Chicago, where she focused on U.S. and international patent and trademark prosecution matters, litigation, and patent validity and infringement analyses, as well as collaborated on various papers and presentations relating to developing patent and trademark law. Adelman earned a juris doctor degree and a Master of Laws in IP Law from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Additionally, she participated in the Pierce Law IP Summer Institute in Beijing, studying comparative IP law, and has taken courses at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1983 by five intellectual property (IP) attorneys, Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading IP and commercial law firm based in Southfield, Mich. with an office in Los Angeles. Since its inception, the firm has grown to approximately 70 lawyers and patent agents, gaining a reputation both nationally and internationally as a leader in providing cutting-edge, timely and cost-effective IP counseling.
Longtime ISBA member and personal-injury attorney Jeffrey Kroll was featured in the October issue of Chicago Lawyer. Kroll started his own practice two years ago after 17 years at Clifford Law Offices.
While the path traveled by the 45-year-old Kroll, of The Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll, has been followed by many an aspiring attorney fortunate enough to have been mentored at one of the elite personal-injury law firms in Chicago, there was nothing in Kroll’s upbringing that fated him to a career in the law. Kroll did not come from a family of lawyers. He was the first person in his family to go to college. His father worked as a truck driver and his mother as a bank teller. And he readily admits that he was not one of those children who dreamed of becoming a lawyer.
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The Defense Research Institute (DRI), a half-century-old, international member-driven research and educational voice for civil defense attorneys, has elected ISBA member Charles H. Cole as Secretary-Treasurer. Cole, a shareholder with Chicago firm Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C., has been an active member of DRI for more than 25 years, serving in varied roles on its Executive Committee and Board of Directors since 2002. "I've always felt an obligation to help educate and mentor younger attorneys," said Cole. "Our profession is all about learning from our past and, more specifically, our predecessors. Abraham Lincoln practiced law In Illinois in a manner that taught us all about serving a higher ethical purpose. That is a fundamental message of DRI as it relates to defense litigation. And it is why we should all think of ourselves as mentors to future generations." Cole's litigation practice includes commercial and employment, construction contracts and professional liability. He is a past president of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and is annually named among the Illinois Super Lawyers by Law & Politics.

In the latest ISBA Bench and Bar Section newsletter, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald shared the following remembrance of Cook County Circuit Court Judge Fred G. Suria, who died last July (read his obituary in the Daily Herald).

"Judge Suria was a gentleman’s scholar and a good and valued friend. Of his 44 years on the bench, almost all of them were spent in Criminal Court at the 26th and California courthouse. Fred loved 26th street, both the place and the people. He loved his fellow judges, the lawyers, the court employees, the jurors and even the defendants who were treated just as respectfully as the others.

"He was called 'Fair Fred,' a name he had earned by the way he did business and performed his duties. He treated everyone with dignity. As one former juror who experienced his courtroom wrote after his death: Judge Suria imparted a sense of faith in the judicial system, and was the ideal ambassador for the criminal court system in Chicago.

"Judge Suria was born in Philadelphia to an Irish mother. His father was an eastern-European immigrant who came to America as a cabin boy. The family moved to Chicago when Fred was eight. He graduated from Morgan Park High School, served in the Marine Corps and, after World War II, used the GI bill to earn degrees from the University of Illinois and Loyola University School of Law.

Carl H. Stowe, of Greenville, passed away on Sept. 15 at the age of 89. Mr. Stowe served as the Bond County State's Attorney from 1956-1960, conducted a simultaneous private practice and thereafter taught in business and public schools. In 1981, he engaged in private practice with his son, Charl K. Stowe. He was an honorary member of the Illinois State Bar Association and in 2003 celebrated his 50th year as an attorney. Mr. Stowe served in England and France with the Army-Air Force during World War II and was an active supporter of veterans groups.
Jennifer M. Van Fossan has joined Dennis W. Fox & Associates and will be assisting with representation of Social Security Disability clients. Van Fossan is a 2002 graduate of the University of Illinois and received her J.D. in 2005 from Southern Illinois University School of Law. She is licensed in Illinois and Missouri and has been practicing Social Security Disability law since 2005.
Alexander Morris
Alexander Morris
U.S. District Judge Richard Mills of Springfield has announced the appointment of Alexander Morris to his staff as Law Clerk. Mr. Morris graduated from Western Michigan University and received his law degree from George Mason University School of Law. He is fluent in Spanish. Mr. Morris and his wife, Susana, now reside in Springfield with their two children.
Michele M. Jochner, Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, accepts the Fraternity's 2009 "Outstanding Alumni Chapter" award on behalf of the Chicago Chapter from Rhonda Hill, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International Justice.
Michele M. Jochner (right), accepts the award from Rhonda Hill, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International Justice.
The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, was recently selected as the Fraternity's "Outstanding Alumni Chapter" for 2009. In order for an alumni chapter to receive this prestigious honor, it must exhibit extraordinary accomplishments in carrying out the Fraternity's mission of service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. In earning this recognition, the Chicago Alumni Chapter bested all other alumni chapters across the country. Michele M. Jochner, Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, accepted the award on behalf of the Chicago Chapter during Phi Alpha Delta's District XI Conference.