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Emily Adelman
Emily Adelman
In response to the continued growth of its trademark practice, Brooks Kushman law firm announced today that it has hired Emily S. Adelman as an associate attorney. Adelman will be responsible for counseling clients on trademark issues, managing large portfolios and supporting the enforcement needs of Brooks Kushman's trademark clients. Most recently, Adelman served as an associate attorney at Cook Alex Ltd. of Chicago, where she focused on U.S. and international patent and trademark prosecution matters, litigation, and patent validity and infringement analyses, as well as collaborated on various papers and presentations relating to developing patent and trademark law. Adelman earned a juris doctor degree and a Master of Laws in IP Law from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago and a Bachelor of Science degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor. Additionally, she participated in the Pierce Law IP Summer Institute in Beijing, studying comparative IP law, and has taken courses at the University of New South Wales in Sydney, Australia. Founded in 1983 by five intellectual property (IP) attorneys, Brooks Kushman P.C. is a leading IP and commercial law firm based in Southfield, Mich. with an office in Los Angeles. Since its inception, the firm has grown to approximately 70 lawyers and patent agents, gaining a reputation both nationally and internationally as a leader in providing cutting-edge, timely and cost-effective IP counseling.
Longtime ISBA member and personal-injury attorney Jeffrey Kroll was featured in the October issue of Chicago Lawyer. Kroll started his own practice two years ago after 17 years at Clifford Law Offices.
While the path traveled by the 45-year-old Kroll, of The Law Offices of Jeffrey J. Kroll, has been followed by many an aspiring attorney fortunate enough to have been mentored at one of the elite personal-injury law firms in Chicago, there was nothing in Kroll’s upbringing that fated him to a career in the law. Kroll did not come from a family of lawyers. He was the first person in his family to go to college. His father worked as a truck driver and his mother as a bank teller. And he readily admits that he was not one of those children who dreamed of becoming a lawyer.
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The Defense Research Institute (DRI), a half-century-old, international member-driven research and educational voice for civil defense attorneys, has elected ISBA member Charles H. Cole as Secretary-Treasurer. Cole, a shareholder with Chicago firm Schuyler, Roche & Crisham, P.C., has been an active member of DRI for more than 25 years, serving in varied roles on its Executive Committee and Board of Directors since 2002. "I've always felt an obligation to help educate and mentor younger attorneys," said Cole. "Our profession is all about learning from our past and, more specifically, our predecessors. Abraham Lincoln practiced law In Illinois in a manner that taught us all about serving a higher ethical purpose. That is a fundamental message of DRI as it relates to defense litigation. And it is why we should all think of ourselves as mentors to future generations." Cole's litigation practice includes commercial and employment, construction contracts and professional liability. He is a past president of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel and is annually named among the Illinois Super Lawyers by Law & Politics.

In the latest ISBA Bench and Bar Section newsletter, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas R. Fitzgerald shared the following remembrance of Cook County Circuit Court Judge Fred G. Suria, who died last July (read his obituary in the Daily Herald).

"Judge Suria was a gentleman’s scholar and a good and valued friend. Of his 44 years on the bench, almost all of them were spent in Criminal Court at the 26th and California courthouse. Fred loved 26th street, both the place and the people. He loved his fellow judges, the lawyers, the court employees, the jurors and even the defendants who were treated just as respectfully as the others.

"He was called 'Fair Fred,' a name he had earned by the way he did business and performed his duties. He treated everyone with dignity. As one former juror who experienced his courtroom wrote after his death: Judge Suria imparted a sense of faith in the judicial system, and was the ideal ambassador for the criminal court system in Chicago.

"Judge Suria was born in Philadelphia to an Irish mother. His father was an eastern-European immigrant who came to America as a cabin boy. The family moved to Chicago when Fred was eight. He graduated from Morgan Park High School, served in the Marine Corps and, after World War II, used the GI bill to earn degrees from the University of Illinois and Loyola University School of Law.

Carl H. Stowe, of Greenville, passed away on Sept. 15 at the age of 89. Mr. Stowe served as the Bond County State's Attorney from 1956-1960, conducted a simultaneous private practice and thereafter taught in business and public schools. In 1981, he engaged in private practice with his son, Charl K. Stowe. He was an honorary member of the Illinois State Bar Association and in 2003 celebrated his 50th year as an attorney. Mr. Stowe served in England and France with the Army-Air Force during World War II and was an active supporter of veterans groups.
Jennifer M. Van Fossan has joined Dennis W. Fox & Associates and will be assisting with representation of Social Security Disability clients. Van Fossan is a 2002 graduate of the University of Illinois and received her J.D. in 2005 from Southern Illinois University School of Law. She is licensed in Illinois and Missouri and has been practicing Social Security Disability law since 2005.
Alexander Morris
Alexander Morris
U.S. District Judge Richard Mills of Springfield has announced the appointment of Alexander Morris to his staff as Law Clerk. Mr. Morris graduated from Western Michigan University and received his law degree from George Mason University School of Law. He is fluent in Spanish. Mr. Morris and his wife, Susana, now reside in Springfield with their two children.
Michele M. Jochner, Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, accepts the Fraternity's 2009 "Outstanding Alumni Chapter" award on behalf of the Chicago Chapter from Rhonda Hill, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International Justice.
Michele M. Jochner (right), accepts the award from Rhonda Hill, Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity International Justice.
The Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, International, was recently selected as the Fraternity's "Outstanding Alumni Chapter" for 2009. In order for an alumni chapter to receive this prestigious honor, it must exhibit extraordinary accomplishments in carrying out the Fraternity's mission of service to the student, the school, the profession and the community. In earning this recognition, the Chicago Alumni Chapter bested all other alumni chapters across the country. Michele M. Jochner, Justice of the Chicago Alumni Chapter of Phi Alpha Delta Law Fraternity, accepted the award on behalf of the Chicago Chapter during Phi Alpha Delta's District XI Conference.
Rebecca McClintock Barnett
Rebecca McClintock Barnett
Registered patent attorney Rebecca McClintock Barnett has joined the law firm of Nashville, Tenn. firm of Waddey & Patterson, P.C., as an Associate. Barnett is a member of the firm's patent prosecution team.  She was previously an Associate in the intellectual property practice group at Michael Best & Friedrich, LLP, Chicago, Illinois. Barnett received her Juris Doctor from Loyola University Chicago School of Law in 2008. She is a 2005 graduate of the Vanderbilt University School of Engineering with a B.E. in Biomedical Engineering. Waddey & Patterson, P.C. is a full service intellectual property law firm handling patent, trademark, copyright, trade secret, and domain name related matters for its clients. For additional information, visit Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A head shot in the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to
Heather Navarro
Heather Navarro
Heather B. Navarro recently joined the Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C., which has offices in St. Louis and Alton. Navarro is a recent graduate of Washington University School of Law and brings with her an enthusiasm and passion for public interest law. She has spent the past three years in private practice as a student associate, an associate attorney and a contract attorney. Prior to law school she was the Social Justice Coordinator at the Newman Center on the campus of Washington University and spent three months in Guatemala working with women and children. She is licensed to practice in Missouri and Illinois and is fluent in Spanish. The Law Offices of Thomas E. Kennedy, III, L.C. is one of a few private law firms in the country dedicated solely to plaintiffs' civil rights, disability rights, special education law, representation of not-for-profits and public interest representation. Illinois Lawyer Now is happy to announce transitions for ISBA members. Please include name, position, law firm, practice areas, education information and former employer. A head shot in the JPG file format may also be included. Send information to