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The United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit is accepting applications from all qualified applicants for the position of Federal Public Defender for the Southern District of Illinois headquartered at East St. Louis. The appointment is for four years at a current salary of $160,300.

Barry Noeltner
Barry Noeltner
Dana Hughes
Dana Hughes
Brian Smith
Brian Smith
Lynsey Welch
Lynsey Welch

Heyl Royster is pleased to announce that four attorneys have become partners with the firm: Dana Hughes in the Peoria office, Barry Noeltner in the Edwardsville office, Brian Smith in the Urbana office, and Lynsey Welch in the Rockford office.

Ms. Hughes represents employers in workers' compensation claims. She frequently speaks and writes on Workers' Compensation law, including co-authoring Southern Illinois University Law Journal's "Survey of Illinois Law: Workers' Compensation." Ms. Hughes graduated cum laude from Northern Illinois University College of Law. In 2015, she was named to Leading Lawyers Emerging Lawyers list. 

Judge William Stiehl
Judge William Stiehl
U.S. District Judge William D. Stiehl, born Dec. 3, 1925, in Belleville, Ill., passed away Monday, Feb. 8, 2016.

Judge Stiehl was married for 69 years to his wife, Celeste Stiehl, nee Sullivan, whom he married on June 6, 1947. Judge Stiehl also will be missed by his son, William D. (Mary) Stiehl Jr., and daughter, Susan M. (Bruce) Guthrie; grandchildren, Kathryn (Clay) Frauenfelder, Christina Stiehl (John Austin), William Guthrie and Andrew Guthrie; and great-granddaughter, Gretchen Frauenfelder.

Mediation is designed to resolve differences both in and out of the courts. It requires a very different mindset than courtroom litigation. Join us in Carbondale on March 14, 2016 for this week-long mediation training and learn how to resolve conflicts in a non-adversarial, non-confrontational manner, allowing peaceful resolutions between parties.

The program is taught by Richard Calkins and Fred Lane – two nationally recognized mediators, authors and educators. Until 20 years ago, both Mr. Calkins and Mr. Lane were well-known and highly regarded litigators. Since then, however, they have successfully mediated over 5,000 cases.

​Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C., one of the most experienced litigation firms in the nation, announced that Joel Kunin has joined the firm in Edwardsville as Of Counsel, effective February 1.  Kunin has extensive experience in bankruptcy law, commercial law and debtor and creditor rights law.  He joined the firm from the Kunin Law Offices, LLC in Collinsville.

“We are thrilled that Joel has joined our firm and his experience complements our rapidly growing business and commercial law group, which includes the full-range of business transactions and litigation, business law, employment law, real estate law, banking law and taxation,” said Mark Goldenberg, founder and managing partner of Goldenberg Heller & Antognoli, P.C. 

The Law Offices of William E. Miller III is very happy and proud to announce that William E. Miller IV has joined the firm as an associate attorney. Bill is a 2007 honors graduate of Marquette Catholic High School in Alton, Illinois. Bill then continued his formal education at the University of Missouri - Columbia, earning a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, graduating in 2011. Bill then completed his education at Southern Illinois University - Carbondale where he graduated with a Juris Doctorate in May 2015. Bill is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and is now available for client appointments in the firm's office located at 1403 East Broadway, Alton, Illinois. 

The Jackson County Bar Association, an Illinois State Bar Association-affiliated bar association located in Carbondale, recently held its Ninth Annual Holiday Food Drive to benefit the Murphysboro Food Pantry, a volunteer-operated food pantry that serves all of Jackson County. Donations were collected from individual members throughout the month of December. Members, Michael Fiello, Alice Noble-Allgire and Craig Reeves challenged members to match their combined donation of $1,500, and the members rose to the challenge, collecting a total of $3,620 for the Food Pantry. This money will help the Food Pantry purchase food at discounted rates to distribute to local families and support the Pantry’s other programs.  

On December 11, 2015, the Illinois Supreme Court issued an Order appointing John Kujawski of O’Fallon, Illinois to the Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism. The Mission of the Commission is “to promote a culture of civility and inclusion, in which Illinois lawyers and judges embody the ideals of the legal profession in service to the administration of justice in our democratic society.” The Commission is charged by Supreme Court Rule 799 to promote among both lawyers and judges in Illinois greater integrity, professionalism and civility; to foster commitment to the elimination of bias and divisiveness within the legal and judicial systems; and to ensure those systems provide equitable, efficient and effective service to the citizens of Illinois.

John Kujawski is the founding member of Kujawski Marcus, LLC, based in O’Fallon, Illinois. Mr. Kujawski is a resident of the Central West End, and has been practicing law since 1973 in the areas of Federal Employers’ Liability Act (FELA) and personal injury. Mr. Kujawski has earned Martindale-Hubbell's AV Preeminent peer review rating. Mr. Kujawski is a former Commissioner for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission and is a member of the International Union of Operating Engineers, Local 520. Recently in 2011, Mr.
Kujawski and his partner Bob Marcus prevailed in the United States Supreme Court in the case of CSXT v. McBride, which solidified the application of the FELA in fully protecting injured railroad workers and their families. Kujawski Marcus, LLC’s practice extends regionally to over 20 states.

King Law Firm, LLC is proud to announce that Stephanie A. King will be joining the firm as an Attorney in January 2016.

Stephanie – a licensed Attorney in Illinois and Missouri – brings valuable and instrumental courtroom skills, legal ability, management experience, and strong professional relationships with courthouse staff and a variety of government offices. She is a member of the Alton-Wood River Bar Association, Madison County Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, and American Bar Association. Stephanie earned a Bachelor of Science in Business Management from Bridgewater State University and Juris Doctor from Thomas M. Cooley Law School. From 2010-2015, Stephanie served as an appointed Assistant State’s Attorney in Madison County, Illinois.

George Ripplinger, managing partner of the law firm Ripplinger & Zimmer, LLC, of Belleville, Illinois, and St. Louis, Missouri, has been appointed to the Illinois Access to Civil Justice Council.

The Illinois Access to Civil Justice Council was created by the Illinois legislature by Public Act 099-0281 to enable and fund the development and support of a legal hotline and network of legal assistance to help active duty, Reserve, National Guard, retired service members, veterans and military families in need throughout the state. It is a five year pilot program funded by a temporary $2.00 add-on to civil filing fees that began collection on September 1, 2015 and will sunset at the conclusion of the pilot project on 2020.