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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.

Harold Belsheim II
Harold Belsheim II
Harold G. Belsheim, II, 63, of O'Fallon, Ill., born July 4, 1948, in Fort Dodge, Iowa, passed away peacefully on Monday, April 9, 2012, at his home in O'Fallon.

Mr. Belsheim was a partner in the law firm of Belsheim & Bruckert, L.L.C., O'Fallon, Ill.

He earned a bachelor of arts degree from Concordia College in Fort Wayne, Ind., an MBA from Washington University in St. Louis, Mo., and his Juris Doctor (J.D.) from Washington University School of Law in St. Louis, Mo. He had been practicing law in Missouri and Southwestern Illinois for more than 30 years. Mr. Belsheim practiced specifically in the areas of municipal law, real estate law, large-tract commercial development, and business law.

Mr. Belsheim was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, St. Clair County and St. Louis Metropolitan Bar Associations, Illinois Municipal League, the Illinois Tax Increment Association, and the Southwestern Illinois Council of Mayors.

Mr. Belsheim also served on the Board of Trustees at McKendree University, Lebanon, Ill. He was a former alderman for the City of O'Fallon, vice chair of the St. Clair County GOP, and a Republican precinct committeeman for Precinct 16 in St. Clair County, Ill.

While his work was very important to him and brought him much satisfaction, spending time with his wife and family was paramount. He enjoyed hiking, biking, golfing, and being outdoors. He was a private pilot and spent many hours in the skies. His faith in Jesus Christ was strong and unwavering.

The Illinois Supreme Court announced today that the Third Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Donald M. Flack as an associate judge of the Third Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Flack received his undergraduate degree in 1993 from Southern Illinois University in Edwardsville, IL, and his Juris Doctor in 1998 from St. Louis University in St. Louis, MO. Mr. Flack is currently affiliated with the Flack Law Office in Wood River, IL and the MadisonCounty State’s Attorney’s Office in Edwardsville, IL.

Lorraine Cavataio
Lorraine Cavataio
Sandberg Phoenix & von Gontard P.C. welcomes Lorraine Cavataio to the firm as a new shareholder. Lorraine’s practice focus is business law, estate planning, estate and trust administration, litigation and real estate.

Lorraine has more than 17 years experience in representing a wide range of clients. She is a Certified Public Accountant and has effectively resolved numerous estate tax issues over the years. Her proficient knowledge of the Illinois and Missouri state court systems has time and again proven beneficial in providing superior legal counsel to her clients.

Lorraine’s in-depth experience in the estate planning practice has elevated her stature in the legal community and made her a well-respected and sought after lecturer, including being contracted by the state of Illinois to conduct a series of estate planning presentations. She has also authored chapters for the Illinois Institute of Continued Legal Education.

About Sandberg Phoenix
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