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With the recent devastation that has occurred from hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) is hiring temporary employees to assist with disaster relief efforts through December 31, 2017. SBA has 30-, 60-, and 90-day assignments available, and has lawyer, paralegal, and legal assistant positions to fill. If you are interested in helping hurricane victims, visit the SBA website for the full list of job openings and qualifications.

Professor Mark Wojcik of The John Marshall Law School in Chicago has been working at the Jigme Singye Wangchuck School of Law — the first law school in the history of the Kingdom of Bhutan, a country of 750,000 people located between China and India — in Thimphu, Bhutan since July.

Wojcik's work at the law school is part of the Fulbright Specialist Program, which sends U.S. faculty and professionals to serve as expert consultants on curriculum, faculty development, and institutional planning at academic institutions abroad. Leading up to the beginning of classes, Wojcik helped teach a month-long orientation program.

“It’s an incredible honor to help launch the first law school in Bhutan, a country that went from being an absolute monarchy to a constitutional monarchy less than ten years ago,” Wojcik said. “The Bhutanese Constitution entered into effect in 2008 and this new law school is going to train the lawyers that the country will need to implement that Constitution.”

The law school’s first class has a total of 25 students—13 women and 12 men—from all parts of Bhutan. Students were chosen from a national pool of 499 applicants. Successful applicants then took a special version of the LSAT. The top 50 candidates were then interviewed, and 25 were admitted based on their scores, grades, and a personal interview.

Robert Castendyck
Robert Castendyck
Robert William “Bob” Castendyck, 95, of Pompano Beach, died Monday, Aug. 14, 2017, at John Knox Village in Pompano Beach.

He was born March 6, 1922, to Otto F. and Helen (Ward) Castendyck in Sterling. As a young man, Robert graduated with scholastic honors from Sterling High School, and was an Eagle Scout. Bob went on to receive a Bachelor of Arts degree from Knox College, where he was an active member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, and a J.D. from Northwestern University Law School, where he was a member of Phi Delta Phi Law Fraternity. Bob’s studies were interrupted briefly during World War II while he served as a navigator on a B-24 Bomber stationed in Okinawa, Japan, receiving the rank of first lieutenant. At Knox College, Robert met his wife of almost 70 years, Margaret Lord. They were married in September 1947 in Davenport, Iowa.


Travelers on the recent ISBA-sponsored trip to Ireland met with members of the Supreme Court of Ireland and toured Dublin’s historic Four Courts building, which houses the Irish Supreme Court, the Court of Appeals, the High Court, and the Dublin Circuit Court. Pictured from left to right are ISBA member Hon. Martin J. Mengarelli of the Third Judicial Circuit, Irish Supreme Court Justice Peter Charleton, ISBA member Hon. Michael P. McCuskey of the Illinois 10th Judicial Circuit, ISBA President Hon. Russell W. Hartigan (ret.), Irish Supreme Court Justice Elizabeth Dunne, and ISBA member and Oak Brook lawyer Margaret A. Bennett.

Stanton Dotson
Stanton Dotson
L. Stanton Dotson, age 79, of Charleston, succumbed to ALS at his home on August 8, 2017. Stanton was born in New Orleans, LA on April 27, 1938, the son of Charles W. and Adele Jahncke Dotson. He is survived by his wife, Nancy K. Dotson, children, and grandchildren.

Stanton graduated from the University of Illinois Champaign in May 1960 with a BA in Agricultural Law. While at the U of I, he was associated with the Phi Delta Theta fraternity, received two major awards for public service as a student, the MA-WAN-DA and SACHEM. He was a senior football manager for the Fighting Illini Football Team. He was a member of the Army ROTC. After graduation he served his active duty time as part of the ROTC Program and was stationed at Fort Bliss in El Paso, TX. He continued service as a reservist reaching the rank of Captain. In 1961 he enrolled at Chicago Kent College of Law, graduating in 1964 and passing the bar exam in November 1964. He was hired as assistant state’s attorney by Ralph Glenn in Coles County Illinois in December 1964. In 1968 he was elected the state’s atorney and served until 1972 when he entered into private practice on Wabash Avenue in Mattoon where he remained as a sole practitioner until June 2014. He received recognition from the Illinois State Bar Association for fifty years in the practice of law in November 2014. His ALS diagnosis in January 2015 curtailed his activities, taking official retirement in January 2017.

Sheldon Reagan
Sheldon Reagan
Sheldon "Ted" Wilson Reagan, 82, died peacefully at home with family at his side on June 30, 2017.

Born in Chicago, on Jan. 8, 1935, he was the son of Dr. Sheldon and Maryan Reagan (Bryan). He was the eldest of three children.

Sheldon grew up in Aroma Park, and there learned his lifelong love of hunting and fishing on the Kankakee River. He graduated from Kankakee Senior High School, where he played football and golf.

While attending the University of the South, where he was a member of Phi Delta Theta fraternity, Sheldon was drafted into the U.S. Army and stationed in Germany. Upon completion of his service, he returned to school and married Eleanor Woehrle in 1958. They raised two children, daughter, Susan, and son, Scott.

During that time, he graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1966 and was immediately appointed as a magistrate in the Third Judicial Circuit Court of Kankakee. After serving on the bench for two years, Sheldon resigned and opened a private law practice, which he maintained as the sole practitioner for 22 years.

In 1977, Sheldon married Barbara Kuester. In 1980, they together had a son, Ted Kuester Reagan. Sheldon and Barb remained happily married until her death in 2007.

In 1989, he was appointed to be an associate judge, and remained on the bench in Kankakee until 2001, at which time he and Barbara both retired and moved to Missoula, Mont.

Thomas A. Hickey
Thomas A. Hickey
Thomas A. Hickey, Jr. ("Tom") 78, died May 1, 2017 in Greenville, SC. Tom leaves behind Patricia, his wife of 56 years, his two daughters Sara (TenBroek) and Mary (McCauley), and grandchildren Jake, Tommy and Katie McCauley, and Grace and Elizabeth TenBroek. He also leaves behind his siblings John and David Hickey, Phyllis Howe and Marilyn Lolas, cousins, nieces, nephews, and many dear friends.

Born in Chicago on November 25, 1938, Tom was the eldest son of Ruth and Thomas Alanson Hickey. Growing up in Elgin, Tom attended Elgin High School where he was Class President and a graduate of Class of 1956. He entered Dartmouth College in New Hampshire and was chosen Sachem Orator for the graduating Class of 1960. Tom graduated from John Marshall Law School in 1967. He was licensed to practice law in Illinois and before the U.S. federal bench. Tom worked at American National Bank, G. H. Walker & Co. and G.H. Walker, Laird & Co., before joining the Union National Bank and Trust Company, in Joliet, Illinois, which was acquired by First Midwest Bancorp (FMBI). Tom rose to CEO of First Midwest Bank, Illinois where he was CEO, and a SVP and Director of First Midwest Bancorp. He was also Chairman and CEO of First Midwest Trust Company, Chairman of First Midwest Insurance Company and Chairman of First Midwest Asset Management Company. In 1993, Tom retired from FMBI and founded Prairie Asset Management Inc., an investment advisory business in Illinois. He was also an owner in several rural Illinois banks.


Jeanne Bigham Heaton, ISBA’s Director of CLE, became the president of ACLEA last Tuesday at the association’s annual meeting in Montreal. The gavel was ceremoniously passed to Heaton after she previously served terms as ACLEA’s treasurer and secretary. She will serve as president until August of 2018. Heaton is the first ISBA staff member to rise to the presidency of this preeminent association for continuing legal education professionals.

Heaton joined the ISBA as the director of continuing legal education in November 2006.  As director, she supervises and coordinates the planning, implementation, and delivery of CLE programs for the association.  Before joining the ISBA, she worked as an environmental law attorney with the firm of Hodge Dwyer Zeman in Springfield, where she specialized in regulatory and administrative law issues. 

Prior to private practice, Heaton served as assistant counsel and then acting chief counsel for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency.  She graduated, cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law-Bloomington, completing her last year of law school as a visiting student at the American University Washington College of Law.

ACLEA, which was established in 1964, is an international association for CLE professionals.  While its members are primarily from the United States and Canada, they also hail from the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Africa, and Mexico. CLE administrators, trainers, managers, educators, publishers, programmers, and meeting professionals make up the membership of ACLEA. 

 

Charles C. Brewer of Silver Spring, MD, passed away on May 10. He was born in Aurora on October 21, 1937, the son of Rev. Jonathan Brewer and Arietta Dyer Brewer.

Charles graduated from East Aurora High School in 1955 where he was an outstanding student, played trombone in the band and orchestra, and also participated in cross country and track. Following graduation he attended Oberlin College (Ohio) for one year and then Aurora College for two years. After serving in the army from 1961-1963, he was employed as an analyst by Automatic Electric Company until August 1968. He then enrolled at Northern Illinois University and received his BA in 1970. In 1972 he received a MBA from Indiana University. Then he enrolled in law school at the University of Illinois and in 1975 received his J.D.

Following law school Charles was a professor at North Carolina A&T University, Greensboro, NC, where he taught business for two years. During this time period he also passed the bar exam. In 1977 he moved to Chicago and was employed as a manager at U.S. League of Savings Association. Then, in January 1981 he moved to Silver Spring, MD, and was employed by the Office of Thrift Supervision, a division of the Treasury Department and retired in August, 2015.

Charles was active in Toastmasters and the Association for the Study of African American Life and History and was a Frederick Douglass Scholar. He was a prodigious genealogist, an expert in Civil War Pension files and gave lectures at several conferences. A lover of music he also sang in several choral groups.

He is survived by his daughters Maya Ansong (Charles) and Ashley Childs, his son Joshua Childs and four grandchildren.

Jack Kuhlman
Jack Kuhlman
Jack Frank Kuhlman, 77, of Parker, CO, passed away peacefully April 23, 2017 after a valiant battle with cancer. He leaves his loving wife of 56 years, Vera Ann Kuhlman and his devoted children: son, John F. Kuhlman, (Parker, CO) and daughter and son-in-law, Elizabeth Ann and Rodolfo Gonzalez (Richardson, TX). He is also survived by three grandchildren: Alejandra Gonzalez, Hayden Kuhlman and Jessica Kuhlman; Sisters-in-law: Laura Collis Antrim, Vicky Collis Benson, Jonnina Collis Benson; Brother-in-law: David E. Antrim; Nieces: Amy McCurry, Jane Tilly; Nephews: Michael Antrim, Ted Antrim, Tom Benson, Andy Benson, John Benson.

Jack was born October 22, 1939 in Saint Louis, MO to parents Frank H. and Edna Postel Kuhlman. He graduated from Southwest High School in St. Louis, and from Westminster College in Fulton, Missouri in 1961 with a B.A. in Sociology. A member of Beta Theta Pi Fraternity, he served as president; president of the IFC; received the Outstanding Senior Award; and Who’s Who Among Students. Jack graduated from Chicago-Kent College of Law (IIT), Chicago, IL in 1967 with a Juris doctor degree. He was a member of the Law Review and was president of his senior class.

He was employed by Continental Casualty Company, Chicago, IL, as an organizational analyst (1962-67). Admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois (1967), Federal Court and The Supreme Court of the United States (1972) he was in private practice with Collis and Kuhlman, Hinsdale (1967-2000) concentrating on estates; trusts & wills; real estate; family law; zoning and small business matters.