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Melissa (Missy) Greathouse
Melissa (Missy) Greathouse
The Board of Directors of Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. (DRI), based in Carbondale, Illinois, is pleased to announce that it has selected Melissa (Missy) Greathouse to become its new Executive Director, effective immediately.  Greathouse will replace Mary Rudasill, who is retiring after founding DRI and serving for many successful years as its Executive Director.  The Board expresses its appreciation to Rudasill for her leadership and dedication to DRI.

“We are excited to welcome Missy into this new role.  As Executive Director, she will provide strong and innovative leadership for DRI’s mediation programs in Southern Illinois and the Metro East regions and continue to build positive relationships and expand DRI’s programs and funding sources,” says DRI Board President Sarah Taylor.  Greathouse has worked for DRI since 2009, most recently serving as Program Administrator for DRI’s mediation programs.

Orr Law, LLC of Effingham, Illinois is proud to announce that Madison Mullady-Winter has joined the firm.

Madison is a graduate of Central High School, Champaign, Illinois.  She graduated from the University of Illinois with a bachelor's degree in 2006, and from DePaul University College of Law with a J.D. in 2011.  She is licensed in both Illinois and Florida.

George L. Schoenbeck III
George L. Schoenbeck III
The law firm of Sosin, Arnold & Schoenbeck, Ltd., located in Orland Park, Illinois, is pleased to announce that Attorney George L. Schoenbeck III is now a named partner of the firm.

Orland Park Business Law and Estate Planning Attorney George L. Schoenbeck, III graduated with honors from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, and went on to earn his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law. He focuses his practice in estate planning and estate administration, business succession planning, business general counsel matters and commercial transactions.

Schoenbeck is an active member of the Justinian Society of Lawyers and the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), in which he serves as Chairman of the Young Lawyers Division, and as a member of the Trusts & Estates Section Council.

Health care and litigation law firm Brennan Garvey LLC has changed its name to Brennan Burtker LLC. Firm partner Robert S. Burtker is a renowned trial lawyer with three decades of courtroom experience, and he joins Mark M. Brennan as a name partner. Founding partner Catherine L. Garvey accepted the Associate General Counsel position at one of the nation’s leading academic medical institutions earlier this year. More on the firm at www.brennanburtker.com

Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP announced today that it has launched a Consultants and Coaches for the Profession Practice™. The new practice will focus on helping law firm leaders address complex business- and management-related challenges and opportunities involved in effectively managing their firms.

Chicago-based partner Donald L. Mrozek — who served as Hinshaw's chairman from 1989–2015 — will lead the practice. Under his watch, Hinshaw grew from a small Chicago-area law firm to a national firm with 25 offices, approximately 500 attorneys and more than $225 million in revenues.

Sherer Law Offices is pleased to announce the addition of our new associate attorney, M. Caitlin Embrich, to our practice.

"I am thrilled to join the team at Sherer Law Offices and have the opportunity to work with Barb Sherer.  I truly enjoy helping clients through some of the most important times in their lives and I look forward to continuing to serve those in our community."

Caitlin is a graduate of Althoff Catholic High School, Belleville, IL.  She graduated Magna Cum Laude from St. Louis University in 2007 with a Bachelor of Science in Business administration. 

Michael Pisano
Michael Pisano
Ice Miller LLP is pleased to announce that Michael Pisano has joined the Firm as an Associate in the Litigation group. He concentrates his practice in prosecuting and defending civil litigation matters.  Michael represents clients in a wide variety of litigation matters with an emphasis in representing professionals in the construction area including owners, developers, designers and general contractors.  He also has experience in defending consumer claims brought against clients in regard to the Telephone Consumer Protection Act (TCPA) laws and defending employers in employee disputes. 

“As we continue to grow our Illinois offices, we are excited to have Michael join the firm,” said Dave Hight, DuPage office managing partner at Ice Miller. “Michael’s varied litigation experience in the construction and class action arena complements nicely our current litigation attorneys’ practices.”

The national law firm of Quarles & Brady LLP today announced that 22 of its associate attorneys have been promoted to partners as a result of superb performance and the promise of furthering the future for the firm and its clients. The new partners are in the firm's Chicago, Indianapolis, Madison, Milwaukee, Phoenix, and Washington, D.C. offices.

The new partners in Chicago are Maria Frenn Kallmeyer and Anne M. O'Brien.

Christopher Bonjean
Christopher Bonjean
The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Christopher Bonjean as Director of the Office of Communications and Public Information, effective October 3, 2016. He will head a newly reorganized communications operation, which has been charged with developing strategies to inform and educate a diverse public about the judicial branch of state government and promote public confidence in the administration of justice.

Chief Justice Rita Garman explained that the impetus to expand and emphasize the public information function came, in part, from the results of a survey conducted in the spring of 2015. Under the leadership of Fourth District Appellate Justice Carol Pope, chairperson of the Court’s Strategic Planning Committee, the survey was carried out in every courthouse in the state. Questionnaires were distributed to all users of the court facility including parties, witnesses, jurors, and other visitors.

Craig C. Martin, Thomas J. Miles, Sarah M. Konsky and David Strauss
Craig C. Martin, Thomas J. Miles, Sarah M. Konsky and David Strauss
Jenner & Block and the University of Chicago Law School are pleased to announce the opening of the Jenner & Block University of Chicago Law School Supreme Court and Appellate Clinic, a rigorous education and training program for University of Chicago law students to help litigate cases before the United States' highest court.

The Clinic represents parties and amici curiae in cases before the US Supreme Court and other appellate courts. Students participate in the researching and drafting of merits briefs, amicus briefs, and cert petitions, conduct research on cases that may be suitable to bring to the Court, and help prepare and participate in oral arguments.  Assistance is provided pro bono.  Although the Clinic's focus is the US Supreme Court, the Clinic may also handle cases at the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit and the Illinois Supreme Court.