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Laura Schrick
Laura Schrick
The law firm of Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. (MM&R), today announced that Laura E. Schrick has been named a shareholder effective Jan. 1, 2013. Schrick, a resident of the City of St. Louis, has been an associate with MM&R since 2009.

Schrick practices tort and commercial litigation.  She has successfully represented individuals and businesses in a variety of federal and state court matters. She is licensed in Illinois and Missouri and is admitted to practice before the Illinois and Missouri state courts, as well as the United States District Courts for the Southern District of Illinois, the Eastern District of Missouri, and the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals.  She was named to the 2013 Illinois Rising Stars list, an award recognizing the top 2.5 percent of attorneys in the state as determined by Super Lawyers, a Thomson Reuters business.

Schrick is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Missouri Bar Association, St. Clair County Bar Association, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis (BAMSL). She is active in her community serving as a member of the Leadership Belleville Class of 2013, Family Hospice Board of Directors, and an Adjunct Instructor of Paralegal Studies at Southwestern Illinois College.

For more information about Mathis, Marifian & Richter, Ltd. visit www.mmrltd.comor call 618.234.9800.

William Novick
William Novick
William Paul "Bill" Novick, 60, passed away at on Dec. 16 at his home.

He was born Wednesday, July 23, 1952, in Carbondale, the son of William J. and Clara Ruth (Paul) Novick.

Bill attended school in Marion and graduated from Marion High School in 1968. He continued his college education by attending at the University of Illinois in Champaign, and later at Southern Illinois University Carbondale, where he received his Law degree.

Most of his working career was with his law practice in Marion. He was in partnership with his father under the law firm name of Novick Law Office, until his father retired in 2011. The only time he practiced law outside of Marion was when he was a corporate attorney in Texas for three years.

Bill was united in marriage to Paula Anne Cox on Friday, Nov. 16, 2001, in Marion, and together they have shared the last 11 years of mar-riage.

He was of Baptist faith.

In his spare time, he enjoyed barbequing and spending time with his many friends that meant a lot to him; playing the guitar and singing many of his own songs that he had written and he was an avid sports fan. He also will be remembered for the many donated hours of legal advice and work he did for those who had a need.

Mary Teresa Schroeder
Mary Teresa Schroeder
Mary Teresa Schroeder, nee Balestri, 57, of Mascoutah, IL born Dec. 2, 1954 in LaSalle, IL, died Thursday, Nov. 22, 2012 at Cookeville Regional Medical Center, Cookeville, TN.

Mary was an attorney for the Schroeder and Schroeder Law Firm in Mascoutah for 32 years. During her years of service, Mary took a particular pride in ensuring the well-being of all her clients. She graduated in 1972 from LaSalle-Peru High School. Continuing her education she graduated from Augustana College in Rock Island, IL where she majored in history. She was in the Phi Beta Kappa honor society and graduated from St. Louis University School of Law in 1980. She was a member of Holy Childhood Catholic Church, Holy Childhood Church Board, Mascoutah Lioness Club, Main Street Mascoutah and Mascoutah Chamber of Commerce. Serving all these organizations, Mary held many official capacities.

She was preceded in death by her father Aldo J. Balestri, father-in-law, Meryl T. Schroeder, sister-in-law, Diane Balestri and a brother-in-law, Robert Connolly.

Here are the results for Tuesday's judicial elections for all circuits outside of Cook.

Click here for the 1st District results

Candidates must receive 65% on the question of Meets Requirements of Office in order to be Recommended. Winners in bold


4th District Supreme Retention

CandidateRecommended/ Not RecommendedMeets Requirements of Office
Rita B. GarmanR95.87

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

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.