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Smith, Hahn, Morrow & Floscki P.C. takes pleasure in announcing the expansion of its Oregon law office and welcomes attorney Deborah S. Maas as an associate. Ms. Maas is a graduate of the Northwestern School of Law of Lewis & Clark College, Portland, Oregon.  She began the practice of law in 2001 with the Bloomington office of Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., and has been in private practice the past six years.  She transitions her private practice from Ronda Glenn Law Offices in Bloomington and Pontiac, Illinois.  She will continue a practice of general civil law with a focus on family law matters, guardianships, probate, estate planning, civil litigation, real estate transactions and litigation. Ms. Maas has completed both Divorce and Family Mediation Training and Supreme Court Rule 900 Training.  She has been approved by the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit to serve in the capacity of a Guardian Ad Litem, Child Representative or Attorney For Child, as well as to serve as Mediator to families in need. Smith, Hahn, Morrow & Floscki P.C. has offices in Oregon at 129 S. Fourth Street and in Byron at 131 W. Second Street. The Oregon office can be reached at (815) 732 - 6124 and the Byron office at (815) 234 - 5454.
Ungaretti & Harris LLP announced today that Litigation Partner Michael A. Ficaro has been named Chair of the firm's expanding Gaming Practice. Illinois lawmakers recently passed legislation legalizing video lottery in the state. "This new gaming industry will distribute up to 45,000 electronic devices in bars, restaurants, and fraternal and charitable locations. That means 9,000 new licensees, plus manufacturers, distributors, and terminal operators who will all need legal counsel," said Mr. Ficaro. Lawyers in the Ungaretti & Harris Gaming Practice will work in conjunction with its Sports and Entertainment and Government groups in order to meet the needs of this rapidly expanding industry. Mr. Ficaro is a member of the International Masters of Gaming Law and serves on the Board of Governors of the International Society of Barristers. Among his many distinctions are inclusion in: Illinois Super Lawyers every year since 2005 when he was named in the Top 100 of Illinois Super Lawyers for Litigation; Best Lawyers in America for Gaming Law (2006-2010); Gaming's Legal Eagles: A Guide to the World's Pre-eminent Gaming Attorneys; Leading Lawyers Network for Commercial Litigation, Criminal Defense, White Collar Defense, Gaming (2004-2009). Mr. Ficaro was formerly the First Assistant Attorney General of Illinois and the Chief of Criminal Division of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.
William Owen Mays, Sr. died on August 6, 2009.  He was 88 years old and a graduate of The University of Michigan School of Law. He began his practice in Quincy in 1950 and practiced continuously since that time. At the time of his death, he was a partner in the law firm of Mays, Walden and Anastas.  He is survived by his son, William O. Mays, Jr., a Circuit Judge in Adams County. Read the full Quincy Herald Whig story here.
The Illinois Supreme Court Historic Preservation Commission has presented retired U.S. District Judge George Leighton with the first Honorable George N. Leighton Justice Award.
Over the years, George Leighton has been honored with a number of awards that are named for great Chicagoans, such as Harold Washington and John Paul Stevens. On Wednesday, he will receive an award named for another outstanding Chicago citizen: himself. Leighton, 96, is not as widely known as some of Chicago's most famous leaders. Perhaps that's because he didn't follow a politician's path, he lived a life in the law. But his is an incredible story of perseverance, patience and principle. Best of all, it's a story still in progress.
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Catherine Locallo
Catherine Locallo
Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor, Ltd. is pleased to announce the addition of Catherine R. Locallo and Susan E. Nicholas. Catherine Locallo practices in the Chicago office where she concentrates on labor and employment law.  She counsels employers in all aspects of employment law including hiring, terminations, reductions in force, unemployment compensation, employee discipline issues, labor relations, policies and practices, employment agreements, settlement agreements and severance matters, nonimmigrant worker visas, and federal and state employment discrimination matters. Susan Nicholas joins our Decatur office where she focuses her practice on serving employers, educational entities and other public bodies in all aspects of labor and employment law and general student matters.  Susan was previously an Assistant State's Attorney in the Macon County State's Attorney's Office.
Susan Nicholas
Susan Nicholas
Since its founding in 1970, Robbins, Schwartz, Nicholas, Lifton & Taylor Ltd.
Judge Alfred Gene Burton Jr., 56, died Sunday, Aug. 2 following complications related to multiple myeloma.
Judge Burton was appointed by President George H.W. Bush in 1989 as an administrative law judge for the federal Social Security Administration in Chicago. He remained in the job until his death and distinguished himself with relentless devotion to fair, impartial judgments and a scholarly approach to the law, said Judge Paul Lillios, regional chief administrative law judge for the Chicago region of the Social Security Administration. "He felt compassion for those who came before him, but at the same time always acted with the highest professionalism and did the right thing," Lillios said.
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Jean M. Prendergast
Jean M. Prendergast
ISBA member Jean M. Prendergast, a shareholder with Chicago-based Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C., has been named Vice President of the Appellate Lawyers Association, following respective terms as a member of the Board of Directors, Treasurer and Secretary. For the last decade, Ms. Prendergast has played an integral role in the Appellate Lawyers Association's development as a sought-after educational resource on all aspects of appellate law in the State of Illinois. In addition, Ms. Prendergast has served the Association with distinction for the last nine years as Co-Chair of the Committee on Illinois Supreme Court Cases Pending and Co-Author of the Civil Section of Cases Pending (a role in which she is assisted by Schuyler, Roche & Crisham associate, Clare Quish). Under the Association's bylaws, Ms. Prendergast will become the next President of the Association in 2010. For more information on the Appellate Lawyers Association, visit www.applawyers.org.
Longtime Cook County Criminal Courts judge Fred Suria Jr. passed away on July 11. Mr. Suria, known to many as "Fair Fred," spent 44 years on the bench - most of those at the 26th and California courthouse. He was also the judge in the trial of U.S. Rep. Mel Reynolds, who was imprisoned for having sex with a minor. Click here to read the full Sun-Times story Click here to read the Daily Herald story
Daniel Welytok
Daniel Welytok
Daniel S. Welytok, formerly with Whyte Hirschboeck Dudek S.C. in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, has moved his practice to the Milwaukee office of von Briesen & Roper, S.C. as a partner.  Dan practices in the areas of business, employee benefits and tax. Dan is a 1987 graduate of the University of Wisconsin Law school and received his LI.M. from DePaul Law School in 1989.
Michael Weissman
Michael L. Weissman
Michael L. Weissman, of Levin & Ginsburg, Ltd., will be a featured speaker at the American Bar Association's International Senior Lawyers BLA Project in Capetown, South Africa, from August 17 to August 27, 2009. The Project, which is undertaken with the cooperation and support of indigenous South African lawyers and law firms, is designed to assist black South African lawyers in enhancing their commercial law skills.