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Karen Williams
Karen Williams
Karen S. Williams, 42, Rockford, died Wednesday, August 27, 2014, in OSF St. Anthony Medical Center as the result of injuries received in an automobile accident.

Born March 2, 1972, in Taiwan Taichung, daughter of Bennie L. and Ching-Pi Wu Williams. Karen graduated from Jefferson High School in 1990, received her bachelor's degree from the University of Illinois, her master's degree from Villanova and her juris doctor degree from the University of Baltimore.

Karen was a practicing attorney in the Chicago area for nine years before moving back home to Rockford. While in Chicago, she worked as a contract attorney in the litigation department at Shefsky & Froelich, Ltd. She was currently a certified arbitrator at the 17th Judicial Circuit Court of the State of Illinois. Karen was an activist and a high energy cheerleader in every aspect of her life. She served as president and member of the Metropolitan Board of the Chicago Urban League, an organization that identifies young professionals and develops them into future community leaders.

Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit judges voted to select Glenn R. Schorsch as an associate judge of the Fifteenth Judicial Circuit.

Mr. Schorsch received his undergraduate degree in 1981 from Bradley University in Peoria, IL, and his Juris Doctor in 1988 from John Marshall Law School in Chicago, IL. Mr. Schorsch is currently affiliated with the Stephenson County Public Defender's Office in Freeport, IL.

The law firm of Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton & Noe, LLP is pleased to announce that Daniel F. Hardin has joined the firm as an Associate.

Daniel graduated magna cum laude from the University of Illinois College of Law in 2012. While in law school, Daniel was the Managing Editor for the Journal of Law, Technology and Policy. Daniel received the Rickert Award for Excellence in Legal Writing, one of the College's highest honors. Daniel is originally from Portland, Oregon and graduated magna cum laude from Portland State University in 2007.

Prior to joing the firm, Danield worked as a judicial law clerk for Justice Mary W. McDade of the Illinois Appellate Court. He also served as a volunteer attorney at a legal aid clinic in Rock Island. Daniel is licensed in Illinois and will sit for the Iowa Bar examination in July of 2014. Daniel is engaged in general practice with a focus on litigation.

Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton and Noe was founded in 1954 by Virgil Bozeman and has been located in the 5th Avenue Building in downtown Moline since its founding. The firm also has offices in Davenport and Cambridge.

The firm now consists of 11 partners, 2 associates and 4 of counsel attorneys. BNPN provides consistent, professional and quality representation for its many clients in Western Illinois and Eastern Iowa.

Nerino J. Petro, Jr.
Nerino J. Petro, Jr.
The law firm of Holmstrom & Kennedy, P.C. is pleased to announce that Attorney Nerino J. Petro, Jr. has joined the firm as its new Chief Information Officer.

A native of Rockford, Illinois, Petro graduated from Northern Illinois University College of Law, in May 1988.  He received a B.A. degree in Political Science, from NIU in May 1985. Admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1988 and the Wisconsin Bar in 2007, Petro is a member of the American, Illinois and Wisconsin State, and Winnebago County Bar Associations. He practiced as a solo attorney in Winnebago County for more than 16 years.

Recognized nationally as a speaker and author on legal technology and practice management, Petro speaks throughout the US and abroad on these topics. He is an active member and past Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Committee on Legal Technology. He has accepted the position of Chair of the Winnebago County Bar Association Practice Management Committee for the upcoming year. He served as the first Practice Management Advisor for the State Bar of Wisconsin, and its more than 24,000 members, from 2006-2014.   

Holmstrom & Kennedy is a century-old, 18-lawyer firm providing innovative solutions to complex issues throughout Northern Illinois, with offices in Rockford and Byron. In addition to business transactions, its attorneys practice in health care, bankruptcy/creditors’ rights, employment and labor, intellectual property, civil litigation, estate planning, real estate, and immigration law.

ISBA Past President Herb Franks
ISBA Past President Herb Franks
A roast to celebrate ISBA Past President Herb Franks' more than 50 years of service in the legal profession will be held on Aug. 8 at Donley's Village Hall Banquets, 8512 S. Union Road in Union. The evening begins with cocktails at 6 p.m. and dinner and roast at 7 p.m. Donation levels range from $75-$500. All proceeds from the event will benefit Prairie State Legal Services.

Featured roasters include Illinois Supreme Court Justices Anne Burke and Thomas Kilbride, Secretary of State Jesse White, Cook County Sheriff Tom Dart, McHenry County Judge Michael Caldwell, Appellate Court judges Richard Goldenhersh and Mary Schostock and ISBA Past Presidents Paula H. Holderman and Tim Eaton. Attorney General Lisa Madigan will make the opening remarks.

For more information, contact Ann Sprague at or (815) 923-2107.


Stanley J. Roszkowski, 91, former district judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois, passed away on July 7 in Rockford.

On July 19, 1977, President Jimmy Carter nominated him to a seat on the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Judge Roszkowski initially was assigned to hear cases in Chicago, where he served full time for seven years, while also hearing cases part time in Rockford.

He advocated for a permanent court in Rockford. On November 1, 1984, Judge Roszkowski was assigned as the first full time District Court Judge in the Western Division. He served in the Western Division until his retirement in 1988.

In 2009, Senator Richard J. Durbin introduced legislation to name the United States Courthouse in Rockford, then under construction, for Judge Roszkowski. The legislation became Public Law 111-14 when President Obama signed the bill into law on April 23, 2009. The Stanley J. Roszkowski U.S. Courthouse was officially opened and dedicated on October 29, 2011.

Chief Judge Ruben Castillo said, “Judge Roszkowski was an outstanding jurist and a wonderful colleague. Stan was a true American hero and patriot who served his country admirably in World War II as a member of the Air Force. He flew numerous combat missions over Europe in the infamous Flying Fortress Bomber Squads. Prior to his appointment to the bench, Judge Roszkowski was one of Rockford’s premier trial attorneys. We will miss him greatly, and our hearts go out to his entire family.”

The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed the Hon. Bradley J. Waller, currently Associate Judge of the 23rd Judicial Circuit, to Resident Circuit Judge of of the 23rd Judicial Circuit, DeKalb County. This appointment is effective July 28, 2014 and terminates on Dec. 5, 2016.

Hon. Raymond J. Conklin
Hon. Raymond J. Conklin
The Honorable Raymond J. Conklin, 64, of Moline, gourmet chef, bread baker extraordinaire and master gardener, died July 4, 2014, at his home, surrounded by his family, after living for nine months with Stage IV cancer.

Raymond James Conklin was born Sept. 17, 1949, in Rockford, Ill., to Raymond and Doral (Oskins) Conklin. On Sept. 13, 1986, in Davenport, he married Renee Fallow, who survives.

Ray attended St. Olaf College, Minnesota, and received his undergraduate degree and Juris Doctorate from University of Iowa, Iowa City, graduating Summa Cum Laude. He was very proud of the fact that he only missed one point on his LSAT exam to get into law school. He was a partner at Robertson & Conklin Law Offices for many years. In 2004, he was appointed Associate Judge to the 14th Judicial Circuit Court, State of Illinois. He also was appointed to the Illinois Special Supreme Court Advisory Committee for Justice & Mental Health Planning. He held memberships in the Illinois Judges Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Rock Island County Bar Association and Illinois Association of Drug Court Professionals.

Throughout Ray’s life, he was a champion of social justice in both his career as a judge, and his personal life, where he focused on helping those without a voice. He was the first judge and co-founder of Rock Island County Mental Health Court, and believed that an integrated approach combining the justice system with mental health services was the key to reducing repeat offenders with mental illnesses.

Marvin Andich
Marvin Andich
Marvin S. Andich, 92, of Rock Island, died Saturday, March 1, 2014, at Silver Cross Nursing Center, Rock Island.

Funeral services are 3 p.m. Tuesday at Congregation Beth Israel at the Tri City Jewish Center, Rock Island. Burial is in the Hebrew Cemetery, Rock Island. Wheelan-Pressly Funeral Home, Rock Island, is assisting the family. Memorials may be made to the Congregation Beth Israel, the Jewish Federation of the Quad-Cities or to the American Cancer Society/Relay for Life — Marla's Marvels' Team.

Marvin S. Andich was born Jan. 5, 1922, in Rock Island, a son of Louis and Sadie Pollack Andich. He married Beverly A. Shapiro on May 27, 1948, in Davenport. She died Jan. 22, 2013.

Marvin graduated from Rock Island High School and Augustana College. He received his juris doctorate from the University of Iowa School of Law. He practiced law in Rock Island for almost 60 years at the law firm of Andich and Andich. In early years, he served as a hearing officer for the Illinois Department of Revenue and in later years served as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General. Marvin also owned with his late brothers the Readmore Book World stores in Rock Island and Moline, as well as the Andich Brothers News Agency.

Tom Meyer
Tom Meyer
Thomas O. Meyer, 63, of Rockford died Saturday, May 24, 2014 at home with his wife, Lydia, by his side holding his hand. Tom fought a six year battle with cancer, which he tackled with unbelievable strength and courage. He was born March 5, 1951 in Rockford, IL to Eugene and Ellen (Roland) Meyer. He married the love of his life, Lydia Salucka Lindstrom, on February 6, 1993 in Rockford, Illinois. He was a member of Rockford Country Club and Winnebago County Bar Association.

Tom graduated from Auburn High School, Illinois State University and John Marshal Law School. He practiced law for 38 years with several partners—all of whom remained friends long after their law partnerships dissolved---including Tom Nash, Gordy Ring, Barney Natale and Tim Horning. He assisted thousands of friends, family and clients in his practice of law; and had the honor and pleasure of practicing law with his son, Nick, for five years.