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Skadden Arps attorney and ISBA YLD Council member Justin Heather has been selected the winner of the 2009 American Bar Association National Outstanding Young Lawyer Award.  Cheryl Camin of Texas and Keathan Frink of Florida are the other finalists.The award will be presented at the ABA Midyear Meeting on Saturday, February 6, 2010.
Attorney John F. McCabe died on October 24, 2009, at age 51 at Lutheran General Hospital in Park Ridge after a long battle with cancer. John was a man of integrity and humility, who dedicated his life to his family and profession. John graduated in 1984 from Ohio State School of Law. He spent 15 years at the Will County State's Attorney's Office where he served for several years as Supervisor of the Felony Division and Chief of White Collar Crimes Unit. John obtained verdicts in over 50 felony criminal cases and had 14 1st degree murder convictions. Will County State's Attorney James Glasgow said "John had a brilliant mind, a heart-felt compassion for others, a great sense of humor and a gracious but masterful ability to read people. These qualities made him a phenomenal prosecutor and an incredible human being. He never complained about his personal travails, but he was always the first to step up to help others. I'm a much better person for having known John McCabe." Former colleagues described John as a "truly fine thinker who worked tirelessly to bring about justice," a "quiet giant of the law," "tough but compassionate," and an "excellent lawyer but an even better person," who was "honest and honorable." John was recently employed at Codilis and Associates where John practiced real estate law representing mortgage bankers. According to his law firm, John's reputation in this area was "unparalleled." He handled contested litigation and was responsible for Cook and Will County matters. He was well respected by judges, colleagues and support staff.
Baker Hostetler has announced that it has opened a Chicago office as part of its national growth strategy. "Opening an office in Chicago is another step in Baker Hostetler's strategy of measured growth," said national Executive Partner Steven Kestner, citing the Firm's success in New York where it opened an office in 2001 with three lawyers and now is approaching 100. Under the leadership of Ron Okada as Partner-in-Charge, two lateral partners and one associate, Baker Hostetler will expand the Firm's commercial litigation and corporate practice capabilities. With this addition, Baker Hostetler will have offices in the four largest cities by population in the United States: New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and Houston. ISBA member Bill Kane, most recently a partner with Lovells, represents clients in complex business disputes involving contracts, business torts, non-competition agreements, trade secrets, the Computer Fraud and Abuse Act, unfair competition laws, and antitrust statutes.  Drawing upon his service with the Illinois Attorney General’s Office, Mr. Kane also assists corporations with internal fraud investigations and white collar criminal proceedings.
John Carlton Parkhurst "Parky", of Peoria, passed away last month in Peoria. Mr. Parkhurst graduated from Wabash College and served in the Army Air Forces from 1942-1945, earning the Bronze Star. He graduated from the University of Michigan Law School in 1948.
He will forever be remembered as the "Father of Home Rule," creating the powers of local government later used by the City of Peoria to finance the Peoria Civic Center. He also served as Assistant Illinois Attorney General in charge of pollution prosecution and consumer fraud from 1969-1972. He retired from politics undefeated and returned to Peoria to raise his family and pursue his legal career.
Click here to read the full obituary in the Peoria Journal Star.
ISBA 3rd Vice President John Thies (standing, center) and ISBA President John O'Brien (seated, center) meet with the Champaign County Bar Association Board of Governors on Tuesday night.
ISBA 3rd Vice President John Thies (standing, fifth from right) and ISBA President John O'Brien (seated, center) meet with the Champaign County Bar Association Board of Governors on Tuesday night.
Illinois State  Bar Association President John O'Brien and ISBA 3rd Vice President John Thies attended a dinner with the Champaign County Bar Association Board of Governors on Tuesday night.
Attorney Jacob J. Frost has joined Wimbiscus Law Firm, Spring Valley. Frost practices in the areas of estate/trust administration, residential and commercial real estate purchases and sales, business organizations, governmental law, and wills and trusts. Attorney Frost has served and represents clients in the Illinois Valley area. Frost earned his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, with high honors in Legal Research and Writing. He received his Associate of Arts degree, summa cum laude, from Illinois Valley Community College and his Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He was admitted to both Phi Beta Kappa and Phi Theta Kappa academic honor societies. Attorney Frost is a member in good standing of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA). In addition, he has recently been re-appointed to the ISBA Trusts & Estates Section Council, a state-wide organization whose purpose is to propose and review new legislation impacting estate planning and administration in the state of Illinois. Frost is active in the Ottawa Sunrise Rotary Club, the Illinois Valley Area Chamber of Commerce and the Illinois Valley Estate Planning Council. He resides in Ottawa with his wife, Chrissie, a veterinarian. He can be reached via phone at (815) 664-4151, fax at (815) 663-4351, or email at or .
[caption id="attachment_5538" align="alignright" width="221" caption="From left to right: Ryan Schermerhorn, Co-Justice of Story Chapter; Dawn Dalton, Executive Director of the Network; Lauren Chibe, Co-Justice of Story Chapter; Michele Jochner, Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter and Board Member of the Network. "]Student leaders of the Joseph Story Law School Chapter at DePaul University College of Law present a check for $2,000 benefiting the Chicago Metropolitan Battered Women's Network from proceeds from their annual fundraiser.  From L to R:  Ryan Schermerhorn, Co-Justice of Story Chapter; Dawn Dalton, Executive Director of the Network; Lauren Chibe, Co-Justice of Story Chapter; Michele Jochner, Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter and Board Member of the Network.</div>
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Lori Levin
Lori Levin
Lori G. Levin, former Executive Director of the Illinois Criminal Justice Information Authority and Supervisor of the Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Division of the Cook County State's Attorney's Office announces the opening of her Law Office at 222 South Riverside Plaza, Suite 1550, Chicago, IL 60606. She can be contacted at 312-972-3756, 312-568-5495 (fax) or via e-mail at Prior to opening her firm, she directed an agency dedicated to improving criminal justice statewide and oversaw an annual budget of $100 million of criminal justice research and grants. She chaired the Illinois Integrated Justice Information Systems Implementation Board, Chaired the Statewide Task Force for the Update of the Model Domestic Violence Protocol and served on the Illinois Violence Prevention Authority board, Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Council, Illinois Sex Offender Management Board, City of Chicago Mayor's Domestic Violence Advisory Coordinating Council, Juvenile Justice ReDeploy Illinois Steering Committee, Governor's Community Safety and ReEntry Working Group, Metropolis 2020's Justice Violence Advisory Council, GoTo 2040's Crime and Justice Planning Initiative Advisory Board and State of Illinois/City of Chicago Collaborative on Re-Entry Advisory Council. As Supervisor of the Cook County State's Attorney's Seniors and Persons with Disabilities Division, Ms.
ISBA President John O'Brien with Illinois Third District Justice Mary McDade
ISBA President John O'Brien with Illinois Third District Justice Mary McDade
Illinois State Bar Association President John O'Brien helped kick off the Legal Services campaign at a luncheon on Tuesday. The Campaign for Legal Services Donor Recognition and Kick-Off Luncheon was held at the Packard Plaza Building in Peoria. Justice Mary McDade delivered an inspired speech on the importance of legal services.
SLU's Danielle Jacoby (from left), SLU recipient Elizabeth Nguyen and SLU Law Dean Lewis receive the check from Madison County Bar President Elizabeth Levy and Committee Co-chair Mary Nalefski.
The Madison County Bar Association invited representatives from Saint Louis University School of Law to its October Meeting to celebrate SLU as the winning school of the bar association's scholarship contest. Dean Lewis and Danielle Jacoby from SLU School of Law attended the meeting along with this year's recipient, Elizabeth Nguyen, to accept the contribution of $7,339.06 for the SLU scholarship fund. Scholarship committee chairs were Mary Nalefski, Irv Slate and Lawrence Taliana. The scholarship committee held a good-natured competition over a several month period between law school graduates from Saint Louis University, Washington University, Southern Illinois University and the University of Illinois to match donations from each school's member alumni with funds set aside by the entire membership of the Bar Association to benefit current and future law students. The lawyers donated a total of $18,321 to the law schools. The committee decorated the tables at Sunset Hills in Edwardsville with St.