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Dennis Rose
Dennis Rose
Dennis Rose, born in East St. Louis, Illinois April 24, 1947, passed away September 17, 2017 at the age of 70 in St. Louis, Missouri. Mr. Rose's parents, William Edward Rose and Bertha Beatrice Rose (nee Oliver), preceded him in death. He is survived by the god children he adored, Annamarie Bindenagel Sehovic and Carl Bindenagel, their parents James D. and Jeanne Bindenagel, and by his many friends around the world too numerous to list. Mr. Rose attended the University of Illinois at Champaign-Urbana graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in the teaching of social studies in 1969 and with a juris doctorate degree in 1972. Mr. Rose was admitted to the Illinois Bar in 1972 and the Missouri Bar in 1978. In addition, he was admitted to practice before the U.S. District Courts for the Southern and Eastern Districts of Illinois, the Eastern District of Missouri, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit, and the Illinois Supreme Court. He began the practice of law in 1973 retiring in 2007 as a Partner in the Belleville, Illinois firm bearing his name - Donovan Rose Nester & Joley PC. Mr. Rose was a member and Chairman of the Missouri Ethics Commission having been appointed by then Missouri State Governor Jay Nixon. He was a supporter of many arts and civic organizations including Forest Park Forever, Gateway Regions YMCA, Human Rights Campaign, St. Louis Art Museum, St.

Frederic F. Brace, Jr. "Fritz" was born in Greenville, Michigan on January 24, 1934 and passed away peacefully in Tucson, AZ on Monday, September 25, 2017. He was preceded in death by his parents Frederic F. Brace and Mary Louise Ranney and sister Millison Brace and is survived by sister Susan Lovell (Raymer). He was the beloved husband of Janet Brace (Punch), nee Kahlenberg and father of three sons and one daughter; Frederic F. Brace III (Jake) (Judy) of Aspen, CO, George K. Brace (Terry) of Harwood Heights, IL, Anthony R. Brace of Sleepy Hollow, IL and Mary Scharff (Eric) of Marietta, GA.; loving grandfather of Frederic F. Brace IV (Beau), Charlotte Brace, Marshall Brace, Sara Scharff and George Scharff. Fritz was a trial attorney specializing in antitrust law. He received his B.A. and J.D. from the University of Michigan (1959) and was Michigan Chapter of The Order of the Coif (1959). He then went to work in Chicago at the law firm of Sidley Austin Burgess and Smith (now known as Sidley Austin LLP). He was an associate attorney from 1959-1968 and became a partner in 1969. He left his position as a senior partner at Sidley Austin to begin his own successful law practice in 1981. 

Marian Higgins
Marian Higgins
Marian M. Higgins Donohue, 78, of Quincy, died Saturday, Sept. 23, 2017, at her home.

A daughter of Arthur R. and Emily Morey Gard Higgins, she was born Nov. 24, 1938, the eldest of nine children. She spent her childhood in Adams County and graduated from Quincy High School in 1956.

Marian continued her education at Culver-Stockton College and University of Illinois. She took a break to rear a family of three boys in the Chicago area. During this time she was very active as a board member of the Algonquin Public Library. She also was a substitute teacher, was active in PTA and performed such functions as den mother and volunteering at her sons' schools.

When her children were grown, she resumed her education, completing a bachelor's degree, and in 1983 earned a law degree from Chicago-Kent College of Law. Marian was licensed to practice law in Illinois and for a time in Missouri and other states. She was a member of the Illinois State Bar Association.

Following law school she worked as a clerk for Illinois 1st District Appellate Court Judge James C. Murray, a position she found enlightening as well as fulfilling. In 1996, Marian moved back to the Quincy area and continued working in the area of law, editing and working on bar examinations and legal briefs.

ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan and CBA President Hon. Thomas Mulroy
ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan and CBA President Hon. Thomas Mulroy
ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan attended the Chicago Bar Association's Justice John Paul Stevens Award Luncheon on Tuesday, October 10, 2017, at The Standard Club in Chicago. The event honored Hon. Ruben Castillo, Robert A. Clifford, Hon. Nathaniel R. Howse, Jr., Hon. Joan Humphrey Lefkow, Richard J. Prendergast, Larry R. Rogers, Sr., Ronald S. Safer, Hon. Mary Jane Theis, and Dan K. Webb. 

Laura Inns
Laura Inns
Laura B. Inns has joined Bruning & Associates, PC in Chicago. A graduate of Creighton University School of Law, Laura Inns’ legal career began with general civil litigation with her cases including real property disputes, eminent domain defense, agriculture litigation, and estate litigation. She decided to focus her practice on family law because she is compassionate for clients in traumatic times and tenacious about protecting children. Clients appreciate her candor and patience in guiding them through the legal system. Her family law work has included complex employment income structures, removing children from unsafe parents, and creative settlement negotiations. 

Michael Lied
Michael Lied
Howard & Howard Attorneys PLLC's Michael R. Lied has been appointed co-chair of the American Bar Association’s Trial Evidence Committee for the 2017-2018 bar year.  Mr. Lied will be working to promote the goals and core values of the Section of Litigation, as well as advancing the Section’s work through commitment to engaging the diverse members of the divisions, committees and task forces within the Section.

As an attorney, Mr. Lied focuses his practice in the areas of labor and employment law and related litigation and immigration law, representing employers. He has been a member of the American Bar Association since 1983.


ISBA and DuPage Bar presidents participated in memorial ceremony for Hon. John (Jack) Darrah at a DuPage County Board meeting held Tuesday, Oct. 10, at the County Board Room in Wheaton. 

Judge Darrah passed away on March 23, 2017. He was elected to serve in the state court in 1986, assigned to the Chancery Division of the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County. He served in this capacity until 2000, when he was appointed to the United States Federal District Court for the Northern District of Illinois by President Bill Clinton. 

Hon. John Darrah's full obituary is available on Illinois Lawyer Now

Peter J. Birnbaum, president and CEO of Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc. has thrown his hat in the ring to help support Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, an organization that provides homes, education and support systems to Chicago’s most vulnerable and disadvantaged youth.

Along with other contenders from the financial services and legal professions, Birnbaum will participate in a boxing match at Mercy Home’s fundraiser, “Ringside for Mercy’s Sake,” on Saturday, Oct. 14, 2017. He is matched up against Quarles and Brady Managing Partner Paul Langer.” The black-tie gala, which takes place from 6 p.m. to midnight at The Chicago Marriott Grand Ballroom, 540 N. Michigan Ave., Chicago, also features premium cocktails, fine dining, celebrity appearances from boxing legends and Chicago media celebrities, dancing to The City Lights Orchestra, and exclusive live and silent auctions. 

While ATG is a longtime supporter of Mercy Home for Boys & Girls, this is the first time one of its executives has duked it out at the annual fundraiser. One expects to see attorneys of Birnbaum’s caliber in the boardroom or in the courtroom, but in the boxing ring?

Hon. David J. Watt Jr.
Hon. David J. Watt Jr.
Retired Judge of the 1st Judicial Circuit Court David W. Watt, Jr., 74, of Murphysboro, passed away at 2:04 a.m. Monday, October 2, 2017, at his residence in Murphysboro in the company of his wife and sons.

David was born on April 19, 1943, in Springfield, Illinois, to David W. Watt, Sr. and Marietta (Cullen) Watt.

David was a 1961 graduate from the Springfield High School in Springfield, Illinois. He did his undergraduate studies at the University of Wisconsin, graduating in 1965. He was a member of the Theta Delta Chi Fraternity and served as the business manager of the University of Wisconsin Daily Cardinal. He received his law degree from the University Of Illinois College Of Law in 1968 and was admitted to the Illinois Bar that same year. He was admitted to practice before the U.S. Supreme Court in 1977. From 1968 to 1970, he served with the Jackson County State’s Attorney’s Office and from 1970 to 1980 with Hendricks and Watt; and from 1980 to 1982, a partner with Hendricks, Watt and Grace.

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.