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Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Tuesday that Jeffrey A. Goffinet, received a majority of votes cast by the circuit judges in the First Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge.

Goffinet received his undergraduate degrees in 1981 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale, IL and his Juris Doctor in 1984 from Southern Illinois University, Carbondale. Mr. Goffinet is currently affiliated with Brandon, Schmidt & Goffinet in Carbondale.

Don’t miss this opportunity to experience a family financial trial from start to finish! Join us in Grafton on October 8-9, 2015 as judges, experts, and experienced practitioners come together for this two-day nonstop action mock financial trial regarding maintenance, child support, college support, and asset division. An entire formal trial is conducted, including opening statements, witness examinations, and closing arguments. The witnesses include a business valuation expert and vocational expert whose complete reports are included in the materials. Each witness examination is followed by an interactive discussion in which the Assistant Judges review and comment on the rulings and testimony, along with audience discussion of the witness’s impact and case theory. Breaks and lunches will be set and witness testimony will be held over until court reconvenes as in an actual trial. The Court will rule at the close of the case. Family law attorneys with all levels of practice experience will benefit from the breadth and scope of the lessons demonstrated through this mock trial, including how to analyze trial strategy and the effectiveness of witness testimony.

The program is presented by the ISBA Family Law Section and qualifies for 15.0 hours MCLE credit, including 15.0 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Sept. 4 that the Third Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Donald M. Flack, Maureen D. Schuette and Luther W. Simmons as associate judges of the Third Judicial Circuit.

J. Thomas Mudd
J. Thomas Mudd
J. Thomas Mudd has joined HeplerBroom LLC in the Edwardsville office as an Associate Attorney. Mudd focuses his practice on complex litigation matters, including toxic torts and product liability.

Mudd earned his J.D. in 2012 from St. Louis University School of Law and graduated with his B.A. in 2008 from Rhodes College. Mudd is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, the Missouri Bar, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. He is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Tuesday that the Third Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Jennifer L. Hightower and Sarah D. Smith as associate judges of the Third Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Hightower received her undergraduate degree in 2005 from the University of Missouri-Columbia in Columbia, MO and her Juris Doctor in 2009 from Thomas Cooley Law School in Lansing, MI. Ms. Hightower is currently affiliated with Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC in Alton; Lewis & Clark Community College in Godfrey and the Madison County State's Attorney's Office in Edwardsville.

Ms. Smith received her undergraduate degree in 1998 from Millikin University in Decatur, her Master's Degree from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA and her Juris Doctor in 2002 from Regent University in Virginia Beach, VA. Ms. Smith is currently affiliated with the Madison County State's Attorney's Office in Edwardsville.

Get the best practice tips and practical tools you need to run your law office efficiently and profitably with this full-day seminar in Fairview Heights on September 11, 2015! Gain a better understanding of: how to maintain your practice during an emergency; how to manage the financial side of your practice – from trust accounts and office expenses, to accounts receivable and payable; the human resources issues you need to be aware of; how document assembly can help you run your practice more efficiently; how to plan for the future given the current legal landscape; and much more!

The program – which is presented by the Illinois State Bar Association and sponsored by the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company – qualifies for 6.75 hours MCLE credit, including 6.75 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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Join us for the next ISBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series, A Closer Look: Managing Your Practice Like a Pro - Fall 2015 on Friday, Sept. 11 in Fairview Heights.

Find out more and register at https://www.isba.org/cle/2015/09/11/managingyourpractice

Get the best practice tips and practical tools you need to run your law office efficiently and profitably with this full-day seminar! Gain a better understanding of:

  • How to maintain your practice during an emergency;
  • How to manage the financial side of your practice – from trust accounts and office expenses, to accounts receivable and payable;
  • The human resources issues you need to be aware of;
  • How document assembly can help you run your practice more efficiently;
  • How to plan for the future given the current legal landscape; and
  • Much more!

Charles "Bill" King
Charles "Bill" King
Charles W. "Bill" King, longtime Edwardsville attorney, died August 5, 2015 at 12:18 am.

Mr. King was born September 27, 1934 in Mt. Carmel, Wabash County, IL to Dorothy (Steckler) King and Charles Grover King, spending the first years of his life on his maternal grandparents' farm, then moving with his parents during the World War II years to Nashville, TN.

He graduated from Father Ryan High School in Nashville and was then admitted to the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, IN. He spoke of his days in Nashville, holding many jobs including working as a laborer-assistant "dynamite man," blasting rock for sewer construction, and selling souvenirs at the Grand Ole Opry, then held in the Ryman Auditorium, seeing all the great performers of that era and once performing as Tom Sawyer in a playhouse production with the late Mrs. Sarah Cannon, widely known as "Minnie Pearl," who Mr. King remembered as "a lovely person".

At Notre Dame, Mr. King was the Wing Commander of the 300 Unit Air Force ROTC and received an award from the American Legion. He worked his way through Notre Dame, primarily as a promotional writer and member of the production crew at the CBS-TV affiliate in South Bend, WSBT-TV.

Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP announces the arrival of three lateral associates, including one to its Madison County, Ill. office.

Associate Kenneth C. Hoffmann joins Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP from Bollinger Connolly Krause LLC, where he was also an associate. He focuses his practice on Medical Negligence and Healthcare, Construction Litigation, and Product Liability. Mr. Hoffmann received his J.D from DePaul University College of Law in 2011 and his B.A. from University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 2008.

Associate Alejandra M. Rodriguez joins the firm from Huston, May & Fayez, LLC in Chicago, where she was also an associate. She concentrates her practice on Medical Negligence and Healthcare, Family Law and General Trial Practice. Ms. Rodriguez received her J.D. magna cum laude from Nova Southeastern University’s Shepard Law Center in 2012 and her B.S. with honors from Nova Southeastern University in 2009.

Associate Abbey A. Fritz, who practices in Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Madison County office, was previously an associate at Brown & James, P.C. in Belleville, Ill. She focuses her practice on Asbestos Litigation and Toxic Tort Litigation. Ms. Fritz received her J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2014 and her B.A. summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University Edwardsville in 2011.

Elizabeth Jeane Dibble (Elsey), age 56, of Freeburg, IL passed away on March 2, 2015 at her home, surrounded by family and friends after successfully surviving colon cancer for several years. Jeane was married to John Taylor Dibble on June 7, 1980 in Kewanee, IL. He survives as do their children, James Taylor (Anna Beasley) Dibble of St. Louis, MO and Katherine Elizabeth
Dibble of Austin, TX.

Jeane was born on May 26, 1958 in Hammond, Indiana to Janet D. Lane Elsey and Harold Elsey and older brother James. Shortly thereafter, the family moved to Kewanee, IL and was joined by second brother, Kenneth.

After graduating from Kewanee High School in 1976, Jeane enrolled at MacMurray College, Jacksonville, Illinois, earning a special education degree in three years. After a brief time teaching she enrolled at Southern Ilinois University School of Law, Carbondale, IL, graduating in 1983. Jeane welcomed her son, James, in 1983 and daughter, Katherine, in 1985. She was a devoted mother and confidant, spending much of her free time at her children's sporting events, relaxing at the family cabin and traveling with her family.