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Sandra Crawford
Sandra Crawford
Sandra Crawford of the Chicago firm of Law Crawford, P.C., was installed as the 2009-2010 President of the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois on June 1. Currently, Crawford concentrates her practice in the areas of Family Law, Real Estate Law, Collaborative Practice and Mediation. Crawford obtained her Bachelors of Arts degree from DePaul University, Chicago, in 1984, and her Juris Doctorate from The John Marshall Law School in 1989. Collaborative Practice is an emerging model of dispute resolution which is actively practiced in 17 countries around the globe. The education in and growth of this newest dispute resolution model in Illinois is the primary mission of The Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois (CLII), a not-for-profit volunteer organization established in 2002. Crawford has been an active member of CLII since its inception. Crawford is a Fellow in the Collaborative Law Institute of Illinois and a member of the International Academy of Collaborative Professionals.  She is also a member of the Illinois State Bar Association (a member of the ISBA Assembly and Vice-Chair of the Women and the Law Committee), the Chicago Bar Association and the Illinois Real Estate Lawyers Association.
Dick Devine
Dick Devine
Former Cook County State's Attorney Richard A. Devine has joined Resolute Systems, LLC's Chicago office to provide mediation, arbitration, and Alternative Dispute Resolution services, the company announced. Mr. Devine, a partner at Meckler Bulger Tilson Marick & Pearson LLP, will concentrate his mediation practice on the resolution of complex commercial, public entity, employment and products liability disputes. "Mediation is an important alternative to litigation. It gives adversaries a vehicle for resolving disputes short of going to court and helps unclog our judicial system," said Dick Devine. "I am proud to be part of a team that seeks to settle conflicts fairly and economically and look forward to my work at Resolute Systems." Resolute vice-president of consulting Michael E. Weinzierl said that Mr. Devine will help fill the growing demand for mediators with the knowledge, skill and expertise to help Chicago lawyers and their clients settle complex litigation. Resolute Systems was founded in Milwaukee in 1988, Resolute Systems has offices throughout the country and mediates thousands of cases across the U.S. each year. Resolute established its Chicago office in 1992. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer.
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Forrest Lammiman
Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle is pleased to announce that Forrest Lammiman, for nearly three decades a respected leader in bankruptcy and restructuring, has joined its legal team. Mr. Lammiman comes to Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle after serving as a partner in the bankruptcy group at the Chicago office of DLA Piper US LLP. From 1991 to 2008, he was a partner at Locke Lord Bissell & Liddell in Chicago, where he served as chair of the bankruptcy and restructuring group from 2001 to 2008. Prior to that, he practiced for eight years in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A bankruptcy and restructuring attorney for 26 years, Mr. Lammiman represents corporate debtors, creditors, liquidating trustees, committees and other parties in interest in chapter 11 cases, liquidations and out-of-court restructurings, including related transactions and litigation. Mr. Lammiman received his law degree (with high distinction) from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1983. He also holds a master of divinity degree from Vanderbilt University and both a master of philosophy and doctorate from Yale University. Meltzer, Purtill & Stelle, with offices in Chicago and Schaumburg, is a transactional law firm dedicated to providing high-quality legal services to entrepreneurs, the corporate middle market, real estate developers, and financial institutions. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members.
Former ISBA Assembly member Georgia Lee Lipke recently passed away. She was born on May 6, 1925, in Chicago. Ms. Lipke attended Lawrence University and Chicago Kent College of Law. Ms. Lipke was an Assistant States Attorney for Cook County before entering private practice. She was president of the Women's Bar Association, a member of several committees of the Illinois and American Bar associations and the Chicago Bar Association.
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Peter Flowers
Peter Flowers of the Geneva firm Foote, Meyers, Mielke & Flowers was installed as the 56th President of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association in early June at its annual convention. Flowers, 41, obtained his Bachelor of Arts degree in 1989 from Loyola University and his Juris Doctor in 1992 from DePaul University. Currently, Flowers concentrates his practice in the areas of medical malpractice, wrongful death litigation, workers' compensation, personal injury and product liability litigation. He has a special interest in the representation of children who have been injured by the neglectful conduct of medical professionals. Flowers is a member of the American Association for Justice, Chicago Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association (a member of the ISBA Assembly), DuPage County Bar Association and Kane County Bar Association.
Dan Reinberg
Daniel Reinberg
Daniel S. Reinberg has joined Polsinelli Shughart PC, as a shareholder, to practice in health care compliance and white collar criminal litigation. Reinberg is a former Assistant United States Attorney, Northern District of Illinois, where he was responsible for investigating and prosecuting federal crimes involving police corruption, health care fraud, securities fraud and other white collar fraud. He is recognized in the legal community as a 2008 Outstanding Healthcare Litigator and one of 13 lawyers listed as a 2006 Outstanding Fraud & Compliance Lawyer by Nightingale's Healthcare News. In 2009, he was named an Illinois Super Lawyer®. Reinberg received his J.D., magna cum laude, in 1991 from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was managing editor of the Northwestern University Law Review. He graduated cum laude Miami University, where he received his B.S. in business administration. He was previously a partner at Foley & Lardner where he practiced white collar defense, corporate compliance and enforcement practices. 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.
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.