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An Honor Roll of more than 140 lawyers in the 3rd Circuit (Madison and Bond counties) were honored at a Pro Bono Luncheon on October 22 in Edwardsville.

From left: Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd Karmeier served as guest speaker; Chief Judge of the 3rd Circuit, David Hylla, welcomed a roomful of attendees; Judge Barbara Crowder chairs the 3rd Circuit Pro Bono Committee, the first to be formed in the state, and is secretary of ISBA's Delivery of Legal Services Committee; and Lois Wood, executive director of Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, is chair of ISBA's Delivery of Legal Services Committee.

Joel William Townsend
Joel William Townsend
Joel W. Townsend, 94, of Placida, Fla., formerly of Mt. Carmel, passed away Monday, Sept. 30, 2013 in Florida.

He was born Sunday, Nov. 17, 1918 in Mt. Carmel, to Ben H. and Madge (Simpson) Townsend.

Joel was an attorney; graduate of Northwestern University Law School and practiced law with his father, Judges Robert Keenan, George Timberlake and Stephen Sawyer. With his wife, they owned Radio Call, Inc. in Georgia.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Second Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Jerry E. Crisel as an associate judge of the Second Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Crisel received his undergraduate degree in 1970 from the University of Illinois and his Juris Doctor in 1973 from the University of Illinois College of Law. Mr. Crisel is currently engaged in solo practice in Albion, Illinois.

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier announced Tuesday that an application process has begun for a Circuit Court vacancy in Wayne County, Second Judicial Circuit.

The resident Circuit vacancy is being created by the announced resignation of Circuit Judge Bennie Joe Harrison, effective November 30, 2013.

Under the Illinois Constitution, the Supreme Court holds the authority to fill interim judicial vacancies.

Justice Karmeier uses a committee to evaluate and interview applicants before making a recommendation to the Court for vacancies in the Fifth Judicial District.

Applicants must submit a cover letter with the Requested Information of an Applicant Form to:

  • Justice Lloyd A. Karmeier
  • Supreme Court of Illinois
  • P.O. Box 266
  • Nashville, IL 62263

The form may be obtained from the office of Chief Judge Stephen G. Sawyer of the Second Judicial Circuit in Mt. Carmel; or from Wayne County Circuit Clerk Sharon Gualdoni; or from Resident Circuit Judge Bennie Joe Harrison at the Wayne County Courthouse; or from Justice Karmeier.

Applicants' cover letter and completed form must be received in Justice Karmeier's office no later than Friday, October 3, 2013. The person appointed to fill the vacancy will serve until the position is filled through the November 2014 General Election. The appointment will terminate December 1, 2014. To be eligible for appointment, a person must be a resident of Wayne County at the time of the appointment.

Update your knowledge on Social Security and SSI Disability law with this informative full-day seminar in Collinsville on September 27th! Get the information you need to better represent your clients in Social Security and Supplemental Security Income cases. Attorneys with basic to intermediate experience practicing in family law, disability law, mental health, or the general practice arena who attend this seminar will better understand: the eligibility requirements for Social Security and SSI disability; how to prove a disability and determine an onset date; how to represent clients with mental and/or behavioral health issues; the ethical issues and concerns that can arise during a Social Security and SSI case; how Social Security and SSI can impact workers’ compensation claims, veteran’s benefits, and unemployment insurance benefits; how Social Security and SSI can impact child support, maintenance, property distribution, and other family law matters; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Disability Law and qualifies for 8.0 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

 

Hon. Robert Raleigh
Hon. Robert Raleigh
The Honorable Robert Gerst Raleigh, 61, of Florissant, Mo., born Feb. 11, 1952, went to be with the Lord on Sunday, July 28, 2013.

Bob was of counsel at Armstrong Teasdale, LLP, and also served as a municipal court judge for the City of Florissant, Mo.

Bob graduated from McCluer High School in 1970, then received a bachelor's degree from Drury College in 1979. He graduated from St. Louis University School of Law in 1983 and was admitted to both the Missouri and Illinois bars.

Bob was a gifted with beautiful tenor voice and loved to sing. He glorified God by singing in the Chancel Choir of Central Presbyterian Church. He was invited to sing in the Home of Jack Buck on several Christmas Eves. He loved to make people laugh, and was a proud member of The Courthouse Steps and the Dogtown Tenors.

Bob was a member of the Order of the Veiled Prophet and loved dressing to the nines and escorting his girlfriend, Noelle, to the Veiled Prophet Ball every December. He was also a board member of the Hot City Theatre, a volunteer for the St. Louis Variety Club, and a member of Elks Lodge 9. Bob was a season ticket holder at the Muny and also was an avid fan of shows at the Fox Theater.

Bob had a deep compassion for all animals and was an ardent supporter of the Humane Society of Missouri and the Belleville Humane Society. He had a fierce love for his Cavalier King Charles Spaniel, Charlie, who served as the 2011 HSMO Bark in the Park Mascot. He was happiest simply sitting on his couch snuggling with and receiving canine kisses from Charlie and Noelle's dogs, Oscar and Fenway.

Harold Culley
Harold Culley
Harold B. Culley, Jr. passed away on Friday, July 26, 2013, at Heartland Regional Medical Center in Marion, Illinois. He was born February 26, 1930, at the Lightner Hospital in Harrisburg, Illinois. He resided in Raleigh, Illinois.

He is survived by his wife Kitty Culley, his children David Culley, Mary Murphy, Linda Kotner, and John Culley, as well as step-children Tina Kuppart, Jo Nipper, and Britt Partain. 16 grandchildren, and 3 great-grandchildren. 2 half-brothers Roby Culley and George Culley.

After graduating from West Frankfort High School in 1947, Harold attended Clemson University where he graduated with a degree in engineering textiles. He then enlisted in the U.S. Army where he was commissioned as a 1st Lt. During his military service he was a paratrooper jump instructor. Upon leaving the Armed Services he attended Washington University in St. Louis, Missouri, where he received his law degree in February, 1958.

Harold was admitted as a member of the Illinois Bar in May, 1958, and admitted as a member of the Georgia Bar in July, 1967. He was admitted to practice before the Appellate and Supreme Courts of Illinois, the United States District Court for the Eastern District of Illinois, the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit as well as the United States Supreme Court.

Retired Judge John W. Day, 94, went to his eternal reward at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Aug. 10, 2013, at his family home. He was assisted by the Last Rites of the Catholic Church.

He was born in Hamburg, Ill., Calhoun County, on Jan. 6, 1919, the son of former Calhoun Judge, John Day and Addie (Fowler) Day.

On May 8, 1942, he married Wannie L. Bell who survives. They were engaged and married while he was stationed at the USMC Base at Nilan, Calif., for artillery school.  He graduated from Pleasant Hill High School in Illinois, Culver Stockton College in Missouri, and after World War II, received his Doctor of Juris Prudence from Washington University in St. Louis, with the help of the GI Bill.  He worked for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC) in Jacksonville, Ill. and before the start of World War II joined the United States Marine Corps. He participated in action against the enemy during the Battle of Midway, and was involved in the occupation and defense of Tinian and the Marianas Island Group.  He always stated that the best time of his life was when he was in the Corps.  Had he not been married, he maintained that he would have made a career of it.  He received his Honorable Discharge on Sept. 17, 1945, as a Sergeant and by the Grace of God returned home safely to Hardin, Ill., two days later on the 19th.

John W. "Jack" Leskera
John W. "Jack" Leskera

John W. "Jack" Leskera, of Collinsville, IL, passed away on July 26, 2013 at his home.

Jack was born on June 19, 1931. He was preceded in death by his parents, John and Verna Leskera. Jack is survived by three children Karen Leskera (David Williams) of Belleville, Elizabeth Going (David) of St. Louis, and John H. Leskera (Jay) (Lillian) of Edwardsville, eight grandchildren, and his dog Merlot.

Jack graduated from Collinsville High School in 1949 and was a member of the Kahok basketball and tennis teams. He attended the University of Illinois graduating with honors and receiving a Bachelor of Arts degree in 1953 and a law degree in 1955. Jack served as varsity manager of the Illini Basketball team in 1954. Jack remained loyal to Illinois by donating to the School of Law and the athletic department through the Varsity I Club. At Illinois he met his wife, Adele Haven, whom he married on February 5, 1955 in Lake Forest, IL.

Sandberg Phoenix Managing Partner John Sandberg, ISBA President Paula H. Holderman, and Kathleen Pine, a lawyer in Sandberg Phoenix's Carbondale office
Sandberg Phoenix Managing Partner John Sandberg, ISBA President Paula H. Holderman, and Kathleen Pine, a lawyer in Sandberg Phoenix's Carbondale office
The ISBA/JTBF Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) wrapped up its residential program last week at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale. The downstate program is a one week residential program that ran from Sunday, June 23 through Saturday, June 29.

The LLI is a statewide initiative to assist students from minority, ethnic, and other groups who are currently underrepresented in the legal professions achieve academic success and aspire to a career in the law.

The two current programs in Illinois were spearheaded by the ISBA Diversity Pipeline committee. The Chicago commuter program will be held from Monday, July 22 through Friday, August 9 and hosted by the John Marshall Law School.