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ISBA member Joshua J. Muench recently became a partner in the firm Stellato & Schwartz, concentrating in general tort litigation. Mr. Muench is a graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law.

Susan T. Bart
Susan T. Bart
ISBA member Susan T. Bart recently joined Schiff Hardin LLP in Chicago as a partner in the Private Clients, Trusts and Estates Group.

Ms. Bart's practice focuses on estate and gift tax planning, trust and estate administration, charitable planning, and fiduciary counsel. Her clients include wealthy individuals and families, family business owners, corporate executives, banks and trust companies, trustees and executors, and private foundations.

Susan is a fellow, regent, and former Illinois state chair of the American College of Trust & Estate Counsel (ACTEC), the leading national association for trust and estate lawyers. She was the Reporter of the Uniform Trust Decanting Act, which is now being enacted in several states. She has also been active in Illinois trust law legislation.

A recognized industry thought leader, Susan has written extensively on trust and estate law topics with more than 30 published articles and two books. She has lectured to professional groups around the country, such as the Heckerling Institute on Estate Planning (University of Miami), ACTEC, the Notre Dame Trust & Estate Planning Institute, ALI-ABA, the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education, American Institute of CPAs (AICPA), and the American Bankers Association.

Richard Marks Joy, 73, of Champaign passed away peacefully in the company of family and friends on Monday, July 3, at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana after complications from pancreatic cancer.

Richard was a graduate of York High School in Elmhurst, the University of Michigan, and the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was an editor of the law review.

He clerked for Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Robert C. Underwood, was a former partner at the law firm of Dobbins, Fraker, Tennant, Joy, & Perlstein in Champaign, and a current partner at Tummelson Bryan & Knox in Urbana, with a practice focusing on business transactions, commercial and residential real estate, as well as workers' compensation.

He was an active member of the community, chairing committees and serving on various boards .

Four members from Fischel & Kahn, Ltd. were tapped for leadership roles within the association.

“Fischel & Kahn has always been an active supporter of the ISBA and the tremendous work it does to advance the practice of law in Illinois,” said David Inlander, a principal at Fischel & Kahn. “We are proud to have so many of our attorneys involved in guiding and shaping the Section Councils that drive its more than 30,000 members.”

Bob Kaufman has been named chair of the ISBA’s Trust & Estate Section Council, which has the goal of reviewing current, and producing new legislation regarding probate, trust and estate planning matters

David Inlander has been named vice chair of the ISBA’s Bench & Bar Section Council, which advocates for cooperation between judges and the practicing bar members for a more effective justice system.

Deborah Soehlig has been named secretary of the ISBA’s Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) Section Council, which strives to provide innovative substitutes to the conventional litigation procedures.

Ronald Menna has been named Secretary of the ISBA’s Civil Practice and Procedure Section Council, which aims to provide the professional skills and amplify knowledge of practicing attorneys in the civil law system.

Hon. Maxwell Stewart
Hon. Maxwell Stewart
The Honorable Max B. Stewart, 95, of Galesburg, formerly of Hamilton, died at 7:54 a.m. Friday, June 9, 2017 in Galesburg Cottage Hospital.

He was born Aug. 31, 1921, in Keokuk, Iowa, the son of Robert and Mildred (Foelker) Stewart. He married Dolores R. Dulak in December 1946, in Milwaukee, Wisconsin. She preceded him in death in October 1983. He later married Martha Schrage Kirchner on May 18, 1985, in Carthage. She preceded him in death April 2, 2013.

Max graduated from Hamilton High School in 1939 and from Carthage College in 1943. In 1941, typical of his generation, he answered the call to service and enlisted in the United States Navy following the bombing of Pearl Harbor. His enlistment was deferred until his graduation from college, at which time he was commissioned an officer. He served until being discharged in 1946. He served with the Amphibious Navy as a skipper on flat bottomed vessels. He and his crew navigated the Pacific Ocean, some 6,000 miles, from Hawaii to Okinawa, Japan.

After the war, he attended Case Western Reserve Law School in Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated with his Juris Doctorate in 1948. He returned to Illinois and practiced law in Hancock County. He was elected State's Attorney in 1956. He was a career prosecutor until being elected a Circuit Judge in 1974. In 1981, he was elected Chief Judge of the Circuit. He served until retiring in 1988.

Kenneth Vander Leest
Kenneth Vander Leest
Kenneth F. Vander Leest, 89, of Peoria passed away at 4:26 a.m. Monday, May 29, 2017, at OSF Saint Francis Medical Center in Peoria. Born May 13, 1928, in Mitchellville, Iowa, to Arthur and Marie (de Reus) Vander Leest, he married Sondra D. Matthew on September 10, 1955, in Pekin.

He was a United States Army veteran. A graduate of Iowa Wesleyan in Mount Pleasant, Iowa, he received his law degree from the University of Iowa in Iowa City, Iowa. He was a member of the Phi Delta Theta fraternity.
Kenneth was an attorney for Caterpillar, Inc. for over 35 years, working in Switzerland for five years and in Peoria. 

Kenneth enjoyed golfing, playing bridge and hiking in Arizona. He was a fan of the Chicago Cubs and Iowa Hawkeyes.

Daniel A. Weiler, 68, of Elgin, passed away peacefully on Saturday, June 3, 2017 after living courageously with ALS for nine years. Dan was born in Oak Park, IL to George and Bernice Weiler on October 19, 1948. He attended Quigley Preparatory Seminary North High School, graduating in 1966. He went on to attend Niles College Seminary and Loyola University, graduating in 1970. Dan earned his J.D. from John Marshall Law School in 1976, and spent his career as an attorney at Law in Elgin.

He was a forty year member of the Elgin Lions Club, and among his many volunteer works throughout that time were his service as a member of the Board of Directors of the Boys and Girls Club of Elgin, his service on the City of Elgin Planning and Zoning Commission, and his service as the chairman of the Catholic Foundation for the People of the Diocese of Rockford.

Dan is preceded in death by his Mother, Bernice Weiler; Father, George Weiler; and nephew Stephen Villeneuve. Dan is survived by his wife, Carol Weiler of Elgin; children Michael (Jocelyn) Weiler of Elgin, Sarah (Bob Mullenbach) Weiler of Denver, CO; grandchildren Abe, Grace, Ava, Cole, Emily, Marcus, Levi, and Annie; siblings Martha (Dan) Meyer, Marian (Vic) Villeneuve, Anne (Joe) Koron, Tom (Lynn) Weiler, and Gerry (Ellen) Weiler; several beloved nieces and nephews; and his beloved caregiver Rashana Robertson. 

Jack Kuhlman
Jack Kuhlman
Jack Frank Kuhlman, 77, of Parker, CO, passed away peacefully April 23, 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. He leaves his loving wife of 56 years, Vera Ann Kuhlman and his devoted children: son, John F. Kuhlman, (Parker, CO) and daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Ann and Rodolfo Gonzalez (Richardson, TX). He is also survived by three grandchildren: Alejandra Gonzalez, Hayden Kuhlman and Jessica Kuhlman; Sisters-in-law: Laura Collis Antrim, Vicky Collis Benson, Jonnina Collis Benson; Brother-in-law: David E. Antrim; Nieces: Amy McCurry, Jane Tilly; Nephews: Michael Antrim, Ted Antrim, Tom Benson, Andy Benson, John Benson.

Jack was born October 22, 1939 in Saint Louis, MO to parents Frank H. and Edna Postel Kuhlman. He graduated from Southwest High School in St. Louis, and from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri in 1961 with a B.A. in Sociology. A member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, he served as president; president of the IFC; received the Outstanding Senior Award; and Who’s Who Among Students. Jack graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT), Chicago, IL in 1967 with a Juris doctor degree. He was a member of the Law Review and was president of his senior class.

He was employed by Continental Casualty Company, Chicago, IL, as an organizational analyst (1962-67). Admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois (1967), Federal Court and The Supreme Court of the United States (1972) he was in private practice with Collis and Kuhlman, Hinsdale (1967-2000) concentrating on estates; trusts & wills; real estate; family law; zoning and small business matters.

Patrick J. Kelly, 65, of Riverside, beloved husband of Kimellen Chamberlain; loving father of Sean & Meaghan Kelly; devoted son of Frances & the late Edward; fond brother of Steven (Teri) , Edward (Laura), Michael (Cathy), Gerlyn (James) Delaney & Tim (Carrie) Kelly; uncle of many. Proud SGT USMC & Distinguished Cook County State's Attorney.

Calvin Kirsh, 80, beloved husband of Lois nee Levin for nearly 60 years; loving father of Pamela Kirsh (Maher Lutfallah), Allen (Jodi) Kirsh and Linda (David) Glick; cherished Pa of Erin, Cole, Corey, Kyra and Carli; devoted son of the late Esther and Paul Kirsh; dear brother of the late Sanford (Winnie) Kirsh; fond brother-in-law of Arlene Levin and Sam Levin; adored uncle of many nieces and nephews. Calvin was a prominent Cicero attorney for over 40 years. He will be missed by everyone he touched.