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Bar leaders speak out against discrimination at the Aug. 22 press conference
Bar leaders speak out against discrimination at the Aug. 22 press conference
ISBA joined Chicago-based lawyer organizations to condemn acts of racism, anti-Semitism, and discrimination yesterday, August 22, at a press conference held at the Chicago Loop Synagogue.

The press conference was held in response to recent violent events throughout the United States targeting racial and ethnic minorities. Recognizing that acts of hatred existed long before last week's protests in Charlottesville and present an ongoing challenge as the country moves forward, yesterday's press conference was an effort to unite the Illinois legal community and encouraged others to stand together against acts of violence and intimidation. 

Bar leaders took to the stage to speak about historical and present-day systematic racism, and the need to confront this problem together as a society. They spoke to the role lawyers and professional associations play in upholding the rule of law and ensuring all individuals receive the right to protection under the law, and called upon national, state, and local leaders to take decisive action against all such acts of hatred and racism.

President Hon. Russell Hartigan represented the ISBA at the event.

The press conference was hosted by the Decalogue Society of Lawyers, the Cook County Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, and the Black Women Lawyers Association. ISBA was a co-sponsor, along with several other bar groups. 


With the 2017-18 season quickly approaching, we would like to offer you an exclusive opportunity to purchase preseason tickets.

Purchase four or more preseason tickets in the 100 or 200 Level to receive a framed commemorative print autographed by Jonathan Toews or Patrick Kane!*

Note: Purchase 8 or more tickets to receive BOTH frames. (Ex. 4 tickets to 2 games, 8 tickets to 1 game etc.)

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  • Thursday, Sept. 21 vs. Detroit at 7:30 p.m.
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  • Saturday, Sept. 30 vs. Boston at 7:30 p.m.

Please contact Kevin Kowynia with the Chicago Blackhawks ticket office at 312-455-7191 with any questions

*Details regarding print pick-up will be communicated the week leading up to your game date. Prints are distributed at random. Autographed print giveaways are exclusive to this offer. Prints must be picked up at the preseason game purchased. 300 Level seats do not apply to the autographed print offer. Offer available while supplies last. 

Carl DeBroux
Carl DeBroux
Carl H. DeBroux, 82, of North Aurora, passed away Tuesday, July 25, 2017 at his home. He was born June 27, 1935 in Kaukauna, WI. Carl DeBroux was a good man, beloved by many. He was a kind, loving and humble man who made the most out of his life.

Carl worked as an air traffic controller with the Air Force in Fukuoaka, Japan, where he was also instrumental in creating an orphanage for the deaf children of Fukuoka. Carl was an honored guest at the governor's thank you dinner. Carl and his wife Jan eventually settled in North Aurora.

Although Carl worked at the Aurora Air Traffic Control Center, his true purpose in life was to team with others to improve situations he believed could be better. Carl was influential in forming PATCO which improved the working conditions of the air traffic controllers. Carl was also a long standing member of the Lions Club. He also spent time working on the North Aurora Library and Fire Boards.

Later, Carl earned his J.D. and had a very successful career as a lawyer, including, successfully litigating a case in front of the Supreme Court of the United States in 1985. He did this on behalf of several air traffic controllers.

Charles Kierscht
Charles Kierscht
Charles (Chuck) Mason Kierscht, 78, passed away peacefully at his home in Hinsdale, IL, surrounded by his loved ones on June 29, 2017. Born April 4, 1939 in Des Moines, Iowa, he was preceded in death by his parents, Charles and Florence Kierscht. Chuck was the beloved husband of Marion, devoted and loving father to Charlie (Jennifer), Matthew (Brenda), Susan (Denny) Georgopulos, and Cynthia. Adored by his grandchildren, Michael, Alex, Ryan, Kennedy and Leah, he was proud and happy to be with them. Chuck received his bachelor's degree in psychology from the University of Iowa in 1960 and his J.D. from the University of Iowa College of Law in 1962.  After proudly serving in the Navy, Chuck joined Kemper Financial Services as an attorney in 1966 and retired from the company in 1995 as chairman, president and CEO. Putting all others before himself, he generously gave his time volunteering for many organizations, including 26 years on the University of Iowa Foundation and 24 years on the Law School Foundation. He recently served as chairman of the Grant Park Music Festival, and chairman of Friends of the Forest Preserves in Cook County. His service also included support for the Field Museum, Boy Scouts of America, Chicago Urban League, the Crusade of Mercy/United Way, and the Greater Chicago Food Depository, among others. His smile and gentle manner will be missed by all who knew him. 

James Curtin
James Curtin
James K. Curtin passed away peacefully July 14, 2017. Best friend and wonderful husband of Donna (nee Havle) for 57 years. Jim was born in Chicago November 4, 1935 to Thomas and Helen Curtin. Father of James W. (Rita) Curtin and Donna Lynn Curtin, grandfather of Bridget and Margaret Curtin, brother of Dolores (late Charles) Singleton, Audrey Curtin, Charles (Joan), late Thomas (late Phyllis), late John (Lucilla) and late William (Myrna Curtin Fry), uncle to several nieces and nephews. Teacher at Hyde Park HS, Kennedy King College, Becker CPA Review, and attorney and tax professional. 

Robert Stewart
Robert Stewart
Robert Cowl Stewart passed away at 75 on July 20, 2017 at Rush Medical Center in Chicago after a three year struggle with cancer. He is lovingly survived by his two children, Dan and David Stewart, and four grandchildren: Hugh, Cole, McAllister ,and Louge Stewart. Robert was born in Leon, Iowa, on December 31, 1941, to John Cowl and Gene Louge Stewart. He graduated from Leon High School and then went on to the University of Iowa where he earned a J.D. in 1965. He was married in Iowa City to Marilyn Leuz in 1964 and they were happily married for 29 years until her passing in 1993. Bob loved to live life and try new things. As a child, he was always busy riding horses, being an Eagle Scout and playing his trombone. Later in life, he loved skiing, scuba diving, wine tasting, tracking family genealogy, and taking trips to new places with his loving partner of 20 years, Mary Prow. Robert had several successful careers: he was county attorney of Decatur County Iowa for ten years, a local futures trader at the Chicago Board of Trade, and then founder and president of a real estate management company for the remainder of his life. 

Patrick Flaherty
Patrick Flaherty
ISBA member and personal injury attorney Patrick Flaherty has been awarded a 2016 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award by the Jury Verdict Reporter. The annual Jury Verdict Reporter Awards for Trial Lawyer Excellence recognize case and career achievements of Illinois lawyers. Mr. Flaherty was one of only 13 Illinois lawyers to receive a JVR Award for case achievement in 2016. The awards were presented at an invitation-only ceremony at the Chicago Cultural Center in downtown Chicago.

Mr. Flaherty is an accomplished trial lawyer who has devoted his professional life to helping victims of negligence and wrongdoing. He has been a partner for many years at Kinnally Flaherty Krentz Loran Hodge & Masur, P.C., a well-regarded personal injury and commercial litigation law firm in Aurora, Illinois. The JVR Award was given to Mr. Flaherty for achieving the largest paraplegia verdict or settlement in Kane County history on behalf of a woman who became paralyzed due to the delayed diagnosis of a thoracic spinal infection. He has also obtained other record setting verdicts and settlements, including the highest birth injury award in Kane County and the highest wrongful death award in Will County.


Back by Popular Demand! This two-day program in Chicago on September 7-8, 2017 is designed to help those attorneys who represent children. Under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 906(c), an attorney should receive ten hours of education every two years in child developments; roles of guardians ad litem and child representatives; ethics in child custody cases; relevant substantive state, federal, and case law in custody and visitation matters; and family dynamics, including substance abuse, domestic abuse, and mental health issues. Topics for this seminar include: the role, scope and limitations of representation; the conflicts that will limit the role of the appointment; child development issues, including mental health, milestones, attachment, and parental separation; working with impaired and high-conflict families; restricting parental responsibilities; how to assess and analyze a child’s best interest on a limited budget for testing and evaluation; domestic violence and how it affects children; conducting the child interview and the developmental issues you need to consider beforehand; cultural competency; and more.

The program is presented by the ISBA Family Law Section. It qualifies for 14.5 hours MCLE credit, including 13.0 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

ISBA member Thomas V. Linguanti, a leading federal court tax controversy trial lawyer, recently joined Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP's Chicago office as a partner. Mr. Linguanti, a former trial and appellate attorney in the Tax Division of the US Department of Justice, was the leader of the North American tax practice at his previous global law firm. His arrival brings additional recognition to the firm’s already top-ranked, market-leading tax practice.

Mr. Linguanti advises individual and corporate clients worldwide in developing strategies in disputes with the US Internal Revenue Service during audits, alternative dispute resolution proceedings, and trial and appellate litigation. He has represented tax clients before numerous federal courts and the US Tax Court and was the lead lawyer in Medtronic Inc. v. Commissioner, in which the court’s ruling slashed the medical device company’s tax deficiencies from $1.36 billion to $14 million in a transfer pricing dispute involving its Puerto Rico operations. The case is on appeal to the US Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit, with Mr. Linguanti as lead counsel.

Mr. Linguanti speaks frequently on federal tax controversy issues and negotiation strategies. He is also a faculty member of the National Institute for Trial Advocacy, teaching advocacy skills to government, public interest, and private firm lawyers.

Marie Sarantakis
Marie Sarantakis
ISBA member and founding member of the North Shore Law Group, Ltd. Marie Sarantakis has been recognized as one of the 2017 Top 10 Family Law Attorneys Under 40 in Illinois by the National Academy of Family Law Attorneys (NAFLA).

NAFLA employs a competitive multi-phase selection process in determining the top family law attorneys across the nation. NAFLA's Board of Governors selected attorney Sarantakis as a 2017 recipient of this award based on her professional competence, reputation, and experience in the legal community.

Sarantakis concentrates her practice in family law in Western Springs, Illinois. She is the incoming co-chair of the American Bar Association Young Lawyers Division Family Law Committee, an appointed council member of the Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division, and young professional board member of Illinois Legal Aid Online and the Illinois Lawyers Assistance Program. Sarantakis maintains a 10.0 Superb rating on Avvo.com based on her peer endorsements, client reviews, and credentials.