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David Hauptmann
David Hauptmann
David "Hauppy" Hauptmann passed away in April 2017. David was a resident of Harrisburg, Illinois at the time of passing.

David graduated from Harrisburg Township High School in 1965 and he remained active with his HTHS classmates in cheering on the Bulldogs and participating in their activities. David went on to attend Southeastern Illinois College, graduating in 1967. After Southeastern, the next stop in Hauppy’s professional education was Southern Illinois University. He graduated from SIU in 1969. David then moved on to Champaign and the University of Illinois where he received his law degree in 1972. 

David Hauptmann returned to Southern Illinois where he first practiced law in Pope County. He relocated back to Harrisburg, where he was elected Saline County State’s Attorney in 1980 and re-elected in 1984. He also served some time as assistant state’s attorney in Saline County. Until his retirement in 2016 David ran a successful practice aiding clients all around southeastern Illinois.

David was member of Harrisburg Elks BPOE 1058 and Sons of the American Legion George Hart Post 167. He donated his time and resources to a variety of worthy causes throughout Saline County. When at home in Rudement he enjoyed his flowers and plants, gardening, feeding the birds, and listening to music. He was an accomplished bridge dancer, road trip singer, and popular music musicologist with none to compare. Above all, he was loved by many.

Michael J. Henshaw
Michael J. Henshaw
Michael J. Henshaw, 72, passed away Wednesday evening, March 22, 2017, at his residence. He was born Nov. 21, 1944, in Harrisburg, the son of the late A.J. Henshaw and Morean Elms Henshaw. He married the former Lavon Tanner on Nov. 25, 1995, and she survives.

Michael was a graduate of Carrier Mills High School in 1963 and attended Southeastern Illinois College where he graduated in 1965. He then attended Southern Illinois University Carbondale where he received his B.A. from the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences in 1967. Then he attended IIT Chicago Kent College of Law where he obtained his juris doctor degree in 1971 and was admitted to the Illinois bar the same year.

He ran for Saline County states atorney in 1972 and was elected and served through 1976. After serving this term he went into private practice for two years before becoming circuit judge of Saline County in 1978. He then was the presiding Circuit Judge from 1978 through 1998 and he became the chief judge of the First Judicial Circuit until his retirement in November 2006. In 2008 he again ran for Saline County states attorney being elected and currently held this position at the time of his death.

Michael attended First United Methodist Church in Harrisburg.

The United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois is seeking a full-time term judicial law clerk to United States Magistrate Judge Clifford J. Proud in East St. Louis, Illinois. Responsibilities include reviewing legal submissions, performing legal research, preparing bench memoranda, and drafting orders and opinions addressing a wide assortment of issues arising in civil and criminal litigation. The selected candidate will also perform case management through the Case Management/Electronic Case Filing (CM/ECF) system, and perform office functions such as editing, proofreading, telephone communications, written correspondence, and scheduling. 

This position is for one year with the possibility of extension (not to exceed four years) and is available in April/May 2017. The applicant must be a law school graduate (or awaiting conferment of degree) from a law school approved by the American Bar Association or the Association of American Law Schools and have demonstrated one of the following accomplishments or proficiencies:

  • Standing within the upper third of the law school class;
  • Experience on the editorial board of a law review of such a school;
  • Graduation from such a school with an LLM degree; or
  • Proficiency in legal studies which, in the opinion of the judge, is the equivalent of one of the above.

Familiarity with social security disability and/or habeas corpus law is preferred.

The application deadline is Friday, April 14, 2017 at 12:00 pm. For additional information, visit the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois website

David C. Johnson
David C. Johnson
David C. Johnson, 79, died Saturday, Feb. 11, 2017, in Carbondale. He was born Dec. 11, 1937, in Finley, North Dakota, to Ben and Mabel (Carlson) Johnson.

He graduated from Finley High School in 1955 and earned a Bachelor of Science degree in 1959 from the University of North Dakota. He also was commissioned as a Lieutenant in the United States Army. David became a certified public accountant in 1960 and earned a Juris Doctorate degree in 1961 from University of North Dakota, where he was editor-in-chief of North Dakota Law Review. He earned the Masters of Law degree from University of Pennsylvania in 1964.

David married Karen Erdman on Sept. 9, 1962, in St. Paul’s Lutheran Church at Willow City, North Dakota. They made their first home at Fort McPherson in Atlanta, Georgia, and subsequently lived in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania; Decatur, Georgia; and Norman, Oklahoma, until moving to Carbondale in 1975. Karen died on June 23, 2016.

David taught law for 40 years; first at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia, from 1964 to 1971; then at University of Oklahoma in Norman, Oklahoma, from 1971 to 1975. He joined the School of Law at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale in 1975 as a member of the founding faculty. His teaching areas were tax law, estate planning and property law. He served five years as associate dean at the law school, and was a member of the Morris Library Friends and the Board of Visitors, which was instrumental in initiating the 2009-11 renovation and rebuilding of Morris Library. He was a past president and strong friend of the University Library support group.

The Illinois Supreme Court has assigned Mt. Vernon resident and Second Judicial Circuit Judge David K. Overstreet to the Illinois Appellate Court, Fifth District. He fills the vacancy created when Justice James R. Moore, who previously held the post, was elected to the fifth district court in November. The assignment takes effect February 27 and continues until further order of the court.

Effective March 3, the Illinois Supreme Court appointed David W. Dugan  to fill the Third Judicial Circuit Court vacancy created by the election of the Hon. John B. Barberis, Jr. to the fifth district appellate court. The appointment terminates December 3, 2018.

Chief Judge Diane P. Wood of the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit recently announced the appointment of Stephen R. Welby as Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Illinois headquartered at East St. Louis.

Welby earned his bachelor’s degree from St. Mary’s University in San Antonio, Texas and his law degree from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Missouri where he was on the Washington University Law Review and the Jessup International Moot Court team. He was both Order of the Coif and Order of the Barristers. He is admitted to practice law in Illinois and Missouri.

He has been in private practice focusing on criminal law for the last 13 years. Prior to that he was an Assistant United States Attorney in the Eastern District of Missouri.

Welby has been a guest lecturer in ethics classes at Washington University School of Law and at the FBI Academy in Quantico. He is on the Criminal Justice Act panel of lawyers for the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois and the Eastern District of Missouri. He has been on the planning committee for the Eastern Missouri Criminal Justice Act Panel Annual Training Seminar and was a past Member of the Eastern Missouri Magistrate Judge Selection Panel.

He is a member of the Illinois Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, National Associations of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Missouri Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis and National Trial Lawyers. He has served as district chairperson and member of the board of directors for the Boy Scouts and was involved in starting five new Cub Scout packs in economically-challenged areas of St. Louis.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced that the First Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Michael A. Fiello as an associate judge of the First Judicial Circuit.

Justices of the Illinois Supreme Court administered the attorney’s oath to 1,374 new attorneys on Thursday, November 10, at five separate locations across the state.

The largest group, 1,121, was admitted in the First Judicial District during two ceremonies at Arie Crown Theater, 2301 S. Lake Shore Drive in Chicago. The ceremonies were at 9:45 a.m. and 12:45 p.m. 

All of the candidates sworn in have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and a required ethics examination and were certified by the Supreme Court Committee on Character and Fitness. They bring the total number of licensed attorneys in Illinois to approximately 96,300.

Melissa (Missy) Greathouse
Melissa (Missy) Greathouse
The Board of Directors of Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. (DRI), based in Carbondale, Illinois, is pleased to announce that it has selected Melissa (Missy) Greathouse to become its new Executive Director, effective immediately.  Greathouse will replace Mary Rudasill, who is retiring after founding DRI and serving for many successful years as its Executive Director.  The Board expresses its appreciation to Rudasill for her leadership and dedication to DRI.

“We are excited to welcome Missy into this new role.  As Executive Director, she will provide strong and innovative leadership for DRI’s mediation programs in Southern Illinois and the Metro East regions and continue to build positive relationships and expand DRI’s programs and funding sources,” says DRI Board President Sarah Taylor.  Greathouse has worked for DRI since 2009, most recently serving as Program Administrator for DRI’s mediation programs.