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The Illinois State Bar Association's Special Committee on Law School Debt, formed by President John E. Thies, will hold five open hearings throughout the state. ISBA members are encouraged to attend these meetings to discuss how increasing law school debt is impacting the delivery of legal services.

The Committee is particularly interested in hearing about the impact of law school debt in the following situations:

  1. Recruitment and retention of new lawyers in small- and medium-size firms
  2. Decisions by lawyers to open practices in small communities
  3. Recruitment and retention of new lawyers working for legal aid organizations
  4. Financial ability of new lawyers to open solo practices (and possible liability and ethical consequences resulting there from);
  5. Availability of lawyers being willing to perform pro bono services;
  6. Opportunity for new lawyers to advance from entry level positions in the profession.

Hearing Schedule

The hearings will held from 2 to 4 p.m. at the following locations:

Attorney Don Edwin Johnson, 73, formally of Pinckneyville, Illinois, died on September 27, 2012, in St. Louis, Missouri, where he had resided since retiring in 2006.  

 He was born on January 29, 1939, in Decatur, Illinois, the son of Benjamin Edwin Johnson and Mary Louis Pitzer Johnson.   He spent his childhood on the family farm in Assumption, Illinois.

He enrolled at Millikin University in Decatur, Illinois at age 16 and graduated cum laude in 1959 with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science. He also spent a semester at American University in Washington DC. In 1961 he received a Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois specializing in Taxation and Mineral Law.

He married Suzanne Curtis in Mt. Vernon, Illinois on August 23, 1959.

He was appointed law clerk for Justice Byron O. House of the Illinois Supreme Court and joined the law firm of House and House in Nashville, Illinois.  He then started the law offices of Hohlt, House, DeMoss, and Johnson in Pinckneyville and DuQuoin, Illinois, and later became the senior partner of Johnson, Seibert, and Bigham in Pinckneyville.

He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and Chairman of the Federal Taxation and Mineral Law Section Councils.    He was also a member of the Illinois Bar Foundation, American Bar Association and Foundation, Eastern Mineral Law Foundation, and the Perry County Bar Association.

He held three public offices:  States Attorney of Perry County, City Attorney of DuQuoin, Illinois, and City Attorney of Pinckneyville, Illinois for twenty years.

John Stewart
John Stewart
John L. Stewart, 96, died on Sept. 12 in Carbondale.

John was born Dec. 4, 1915, in Murphysboro, a son to the late Leroy and Josephine Antoinette Eck Stewart.

He was united in marriage to Lucy P. Phillips on Sept. 3, 1942, in Jackson, Mo.; Lucy preceded him in death Dec. 1, 1996.

John was a member of First Presbyterian Church in Murphysboro and was a U.S. Army veteran, serving as a sergeant in military intelligence during World War II.

John was an attorney and operated his own private practice in Murphysboro for many years. He was a graduate of University of Illinois School of Law in 1939. After his service in the Army, he returned to Murphysboro and joined his father, Leroy, in his law practice and formed Stewart and Stewart in Murphysboro. John was a member of Murphysboro Elks Lodge BPOE 572. He was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association and University of Illinois Alumni Association.

Survivors include one son and daughter-in-law, John W. and Barbara Stewart of Orland Park; one granddaughter, Joy Stewart and her fiancé, Eric Anderson; one grandson, David Stewart; and one great-grandson, Collin Anderson.

Services have been held.

For additional information or to send a condolence, visit www.crawshawfuneralhome.com.

Art Martin, who died Saturday (Aug. 11, 2012) at age 64, was a nationally known labor lawyer, who often represented low-paid employees working in health care. He lived in University City, Mo.

As a young man, he was a union factory worker. He became a union organizer before deciding he could win more fights as a lawyer.

Last year, he was the only witness to testify for unions before a Republican-dominated U.S. House committee investigating whether labor laws are unfair to business.

Arthur Joseph Martin died Saturday after a morning bicycle trip near Fredericktown, Mo., with his wife, Janine Martin, also a labor attorney. Doctors later found that he had suffered a heart attack, she said Wednesday.

Mr. Martin was one of the relatively few labor lawyers here or elsewhere who represent workers.

"Unions simply cannot pay that kind of hourly rate," said Mike Wolff, a professor at St. Louis University School of Law.

Read the full obituary in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The Illinois Supreme Court announced Monday that the Fifth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Mark E. Bovard as an associate judge of the Fifth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Bovard received his undergraduate degree in 1994 from Eastern Illinois University in
Charleston and his Juris Doctor in 1997 from Indiana University. Mr. Bovard is currently affiliated with Heller, Holmes & Assoc., P.C. in Mattoon.

Patrick "Rick Davis
Patrick "Rick Davis
Patrick Carl "Rick" Davis, 58, of Carrollton, died June 15 at Memorial Medical Center in Springfield.

He was born on April 28, 1954 in Alton, and was the son of Carl F. & Patricia (Wall) Davis. Rick grew up in Alton, and graduated in 1972 from Alton Senior High School, where he was president of the National Honor Society. He went on to the University of Illinois where he graduated with B.A. in Accounting, and obtained his law degree from Illinois State University in Normal.
 
He was currently employed as an attorney with the Gustine & Theivagt LTD. law firm in Carrollton and was a member of the Greene County Bar Association, and a former member of the Carrollton Lions Club.
 
He married the former Elaine Turner on Sept. 13, 1997 at the First Assembly of God in Jerseyville, and they have shared nearly 15 wonderful years together.
 
Surviving are his wife, Elaine Davis of Carrollton; his mother, Patricia Davis of Jacksonville; a brother & sister in law, Edward & Laura Davis of Gillespie; his mother in law, Anna Turner of Jerseyville; a brother in law & sister in law, Rev. Terry & Debbie Turner of Virden; a sister in law, Tammy Purcell of Jerseyville; numerous nieces and nephews, and his faithful canine companion, Otis.
 
In lieu of flowers and plants, memorials would be appreciated to Simplicity of St. Louis, which is a church recently established by his niece & her husband, Revs. Shaun & Shelly Williamson.


The ISBA/JTBF Law and Leadership Institute (LLI) will kick off its first residential program this Sunday at the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale. The downstate program is a one week residential program running from Sunday, June 24 through Saturday, June 30.

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 and will be hosted by the Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale and the John Marshall Law School in Chicago. The Chicago commuter program will be held from Monday, July 23 through Friday, August 10.

The LLI involves a combination of classroom lectures, logic and critical thinking exercises, writing and oral advocacy instruction, guest speakers, and field trips to area law firms, government offices and courthouses. Many ISBA members participate as program speakers and activity sponsors. Students who participate in the LLI will:

James L. Foreman
James L. Foreman
The Honorable Judge James L. Foreman, 85, of Paducah and Key Largo, Fla., and formerly of Metropolis, passed away at on June 3, 2012, in Lourdes Hospital in Paducah.

Judge Foreman served in the U.S. Navy during World War II.

He attended University of Illinois, where he was a member of Lambda Chi Alpha Fraternity and received a Bachelor of Science from the university in 1950. In 1952, he received a law degree from University of Illinois and began practicing in Metropolis, establishing the law office of Chase and Foreman in 1955. From 1953 to 1960, Judge Foreman served as assistant attorney general for the state of Illinois, state's attorney for Massac County, 1960 to 1964, and special assistant attorney general for the state of Illinois, 1969 to 1972. In 1972, he was appointed U.S. federal judge by then President Richard M. Nixon for the Eastern District (now the Southern District) of Illinois. He became chief judge in 1978, serving in this capacity through 1992 when he became a senior district judge until his retirement from the bench in 2006.

A lot has changed on the Benton Public Square since William Henry Hart was admitted to the Illinois Bar Association on May 10, 1887.

Successor and grandson Richard O. Hart said that date, May 10, marked 125 years in business for the family of attorneys.

“My grandfather didn’t go to law school,” Richard Hart said. “Back then, you were not required to go to law school. I’m not even sure there was such a thing as law school. You studied and were certified by your teacher. He studied and was admitted to the bar association in 1887. There is a photo in the courthouse of Judge Duff’s law class that includes my grandfather.

Read the full article in the Benton Evening News

Russell K. Scott
Russell K. Scott
ISBA Secretary Russell K. Scott has been selected to receive the American Inns of Court 2012 Professionalism Award for the Seventh Circuit. The award was presented by Judge J. Phil Gilbert, U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois on May 7 in Chicago.

Scott is an officer and practice group manager in the Belleville firm of Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C., and is also a certified mediator. Well-known for his skill, professionalism, and integrity as a trial attorney, Scott has several areas of specialty including the defense of legal and medical malpractice suits, product liability actions, industrial accident cases, insurance matters, and commercial litigation.

Scott was a partner at Dunham, Boman, and Leskera in Belleville from 1976–1999 and served as senior law clerk for the Honorable John Marshall Karns, Jr. of the State of Illinois, Fifth District Appellate Court, from 1975–1976. Scott earned his undergraduate degree from Earlham College in Richmond, Indiana, and his JD from Washington University in St. Louis in 1974.