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The Illinois State Bar Association helped provide a special photograph of Abraham Lincoln to Beecher City High School. The photograph, made by Alexander Hesler in 1860, was reproduced from glass plates and made available through the Illinois State Historical Society.

The ISBA and Beecher City Merchants Association purchased the photo for the school. At the school assembly presentation of the photo, photographer PJ Ryan talked about the photographic significance of the image; area Lincoln buff and businessman Jerry White told the students about Lincoln, the poet and leader, and attorney William Austin of Effingham, representing the Illinois Bar Association, talked about Lincoln, the self-educated lawyer. Posing with the photo are (from left) Jerry White, student council officers Mitch Kline, Mitchell Zacha and Breeanna Strauch, William Austin and PJ Ryan.

Hon. Don A. Foster
Hon. Don A. Foster
The Honorable Don A. Foster, 79, of Ridgway passed away Sunday, Jan. 15, 2012, at Harrisburg Medical Center, after a lengthy struggle with cancer.

Judge Foster was born March 2, 1932, west of Ridgway on the family farm, to Joseph and Lottie (Baker) Foster. He graduated from Ridgway High School in 1949.

Don served his country from 1952 to 54 in the U.S. Army in Korea; he was awarded the Korean Service Medal. In 1957 he graduated from Southern Illinois University with a degree in zoology. He received his Doctor of Jurisprudence from Vanderbilt University School of Law in 1960. While in Nashville he met and married Fay Smith on Sept. 2, 1959. Upon graduation, he returned to Ridgway and practiced law.

In 1962 he was elected Gallatin County Judge. Two years later he was appointed Associate Circuit Judge, and he became a Circuit Judge in 1970. He served the citizens of Gallatin County and the Second Circuit for over 46 years until his retirement in 2008.

He is survived by his wife, Fay, and four daughters, Kelly Foster of Marion, Tracy Kimbro of Apex, N.C., Meridith (Steve) Carder of Champaign and Mariah (Jason) Knight of Thompsonville. He was grandfather to seven grandchildren: Mary and Jeff Kimbro, Jolie and Savannah Knight, and Ella, Ava and Liza Carder. His eldest brother, Bertis J. Foster of Metropolis, also survives. Judge Foster was preceded in death by his parents; brother, Gene Foster; and sister, Wilma Wathen.

E.C. Eberspacher III
E.C. Eberspacher III
E.C. “Chris” Eberspacher III of Shelbyville died at 1 p.m. Friday, Feb. 10, 2012, from injuries received as a pedestrian in a crosswalk in Fort Myers, Fla.

He was born on Sept. 28, 1949, in Shelbyville to the late Judge Edward C. Eberspacher Jr. and Josephine Yantis Eberspacher. He married Jacqueline Dunaway on July 1, 1972, in Shelbyville. He graduated from Shelbyville High School and Culver Summer Naval School in 1967. 

He received a Bachelor of Arts in liberal arts and science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign in 1971, with high honors, where he was a member of Beta Theta Pi social fraternity and Phi Beta Kappa academic fraternity.

He was a recipient of a Rotary International Scholarship and studied at the University of Tel Aviv, Remat Aviv, Israel, for more than a year before entering law school. He received his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1974 and was admitted to practice before the Illinois Supreme Court in 1974. He joined the firm of Dove & Dove, Attorneys at Law, as an associate that fall. 

He was admitted to the bar of the U. S. Supreme Court in 1981 and was admitted to practice before the Central and Southern Districts of the U. S. District Court in Illinois. In 1976, he was elected State’s Attorney for Shelby County, a position in which he served until 1980, when he became a partner with the firm of Dove & Dove. 

Granite City lawyer Dennis Orsey has been supplying ISBA public information brochures to the Circuit Clerk's offices in Madison County since the early 1990s when he was president of the Madison County Bar Association and a member of ISBA's Public Relations Committee.
Orsey, also a former member of the ISBA Board of Governors, is shown presenting brochures recently to Sarah Betz, deputy clerk in Circuit Clerk Matt Melucci's office. ISBA client brochures and booklets are available on 26 topics of common interest in printed form or downloadable from ISBA's website. Brochures are free for noncommercial uses and for sale to law firms and others in business.
Details about available brochure titles is at or contact Janice Ishmael at ISBA - 800.252.8908,

William J. "Bill" Novick, 91, passed away suddenly at 12:30 p.m. Monday, Jan. 23, 2012, at his home.

He was born Thursday, Jan. 20, 1921, in West Frankfort, the son of Alex and Rose Novick.

He was united in marriage to Clara Ruth Paul on Friday, Sept. 16, 1949, in Piggott, Ark. Together they shared more than 57 years of marriage until her death Jan. 13, 2007.

In his early years, he followed his brothers to the Detroit area to work in various factories.

In 1942, he answered the call of this nation and proudly enlisted in the U.S. Navy and became a Navy pilot, serving during World War II and afterwards until the time of his honorable discharge in 1947.

Longtime ISBA member Don Brandon received an early Christmas gift recently when he walked into his office to find that his 7-year-old cat, Comiskey, had returned after a four-month hiatus. Brandon and other office staff had posted missing posters around the southern Illinois town of Herrin.

The office has a pet door that allowed Comiskey to come and go as he pleased. He had last been seen on Aug. 7.

"He showed up 7 years ago as a kitten and I gave him a cup of milk," Brandon said. "He stuck around with him and we became very fond of him. He sits wherever he wants."

Brandon attended law school at Chicago-Kent and said the dog's black coat and white paws reminded him of the Chicago White Sox.

R. Stanley Tyler, age 82 of Charleston, passed from this life on Tuesday, October 4, 2011 at Heartland Christian Village in Neoga, Illinois.

Stanley was born March 5, 1929 in Martinsville, Illinois, a son of the late Elmer and Zella (Atkins) Tyler. He married Lorain Lambdin of Marshall, Illinois on August 21, 1949.

In addition to his parents he was preceded in death by two brothers and two sisters. Stanley received a B.S. degree from Indiana State University and a Juris Doctor degree from the University of Illinois where he graduated first in his law class of which he was also president. While still a student, he passed the Illinois Bar Exam and was admitted to the practice of law. Later in his career, he was also admitted to practice in the Federal District Court and the Supreme Court of the United States.

After two years in a Chicago law firm, Stanley came to Charleston in 1954. He first practiced law with the late Wayne Shuey and later joined the Reasor Corporation as Legal Counsel and as a member of the Board of Directors. He left Charleston in 1970 to accept a faculty position in the College of Business and Administration at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale.

Russell K. Scott
Russell K. Scott
The Illinois Bar Foundation will honor Belleville attorney ISBA Board member Russell K. Scott with the foundation’s prestigious 2011 Distinguished Service to Law and Society Award. The award will be presented at a meeting of the ISBA's Midyear Meeting in Chicago.  Past recipients of the award include U.S. Senators Alan Dixon and Paul Simon, Illinois Supreme Court justices, federal judges and noted attorneys. Scott is a senior litigation officer with Greensfelder, Hemker & Gale, P.C. and co-manager of the firm’s Southern Illinois Practice Group, based in Belleville.

The award honors Scott for significant contributions to law, society and the Illinois Bar Foundation and The Fellows program. Founded more than 50 years ago, the foundation ensures meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those of limited means, and assists lawyers who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity.  Find our more at

With Greensfelder, Scott’s practice includes the defense of legal and medical malpractice suits, product liability actions, industrial accident cases, premises liability, automobile, construction, insurance coverage, class action, toxic tort, general commercial and personal injury litigation. He is also a certified mediator.

Scott was inducted into the Academy of Illinois Lawyers in 2009. He is a fellow of the Litigation Counsel of America and fellow and board member of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution.

The Supreme Court of Illinois announced Thursday the appointment of Jefferson County State's Attorney Nicole L. Villani as a Circuit Judge in the Second Judicial Circuit.

Ms. Villani was appointed to fill the resident Circuit Court seat which will become vacant upon the December 31, 2011 retirement of Circuit Judge Terry H. Gamber.

The appointment is effective January 1, 2012 and will expire December 3, 2012, when the position will be filled by the winner of the 2012 General Election.

Prior to serving as Jefferson County state's attorney, Ms. Villani, 41, practiced in family law, civil litigation and criminal defense with the Mt. Vernon law firm of Villani and Villani for six years. From 1998-2004, she worked as first assistant state's attorney in Jefferson County. For two years, Ms. Villani served as assistant state's attorney for Franklin County.

Ms. Villani received a B.A. degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois in 1992. She received her juris doctor degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law in l995.

She was admitted to practice law in Illinois in l995, and has also been admitted to practice in the United States District Court for the Southern District of Illinois and is certified as lead counsel by the Illi-nois Supreme Court to handle death penalty cases.
Ms. Villani is member of the Illinois State and Jefferson County Bar Associations. A member of several local civic organizations, Ms. Villani was appointed board member of the Court Appointed Special Advocates (C.A.S.A) of Jefferson County from 2006-2009.

Attorney Jim Lemonds was presented with the Land of Lincoln Joseph R. Bartylak Pro Bono Award on October 27, 2011, at a meeting of the St. Clair County Bar Association. Mr. Lemonds is lead trial attorney with Brown and Crouppen in St. Louis and has spent over 200 volunteer hours in the past six years assisting attorneys in the Central Regional Office of Land of Lincoln in East St. Louis. Mr. Lemonds has participated in multiple trial advocacy skills trainings held for Land of Lincoln attorneys, performed demonstrations, and provided critiques of individual staff performances during these intensive, multiple-day trainings.  In addition, he has also served as a consultant on a number of predatory lending cases in the Central Region, helping our attorneys to evaluate damage claims.

“Jim has dramatically improved the quality of our skills training, because of his vast deposition and trial experience,” states Richard Chase, Litigation and Training Specialist with Land of Lincoln. “He has handled more than 1,000 depositions and tried more than 100 jury trials to verdict. He is able to draw on this experience to give our attorneys invaluable advice on how to improve their litigation skills.”

“I very much appreciate the Board recognizing my work,” Jim Lemonds states. “But the real award goes to the lawyers and staff of Land of Lincoln who work their hearts out every day, just as Joe Bartylak did, to serve those among us who would otherwise be denied access to our justice system because of a lack of financial resources.”