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    1976
    David Atchison
    ’76
    has been named to the Board of Trustees and was elected Vice Chair of the new health system created by the merger of Edward Hospital & Health Services and Elmhurst Memorial Healthcare. Read the full article here.  7.2013

     

    1979
    Dennis Orsey ’79 will receive the 2013 Board of Governors Award from the Illinois State Bar Association at the organization’s 137th annual meeting on Friday, June 21, at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI.  Read copy of article here. 7.2013 

     

    1985
    Bruce Lovering ’85
    has joined the law firm of Honigman Miller Schwartz & Cohn in Bloomfield Hills, MI.  His practice focusses on retail lease negotiations and general real estate matters.  Contact Bruce at blovering@honigman.com, he would enjoy hearing from and reconnecting with classmates.

     

    1986
    Robert J. Harvey ‘86
    has joined the law firm of Ciklin Lubitz Martens & O'Connell, in West Palm Beach, Florida. Ciklin Lubitz Martens & O'Connell www.ciklinlubitz.com, is a full service law firm with an established securities litigation and arbitration practice, which now will include nine attorneys.  As stated in his press release, "I joined this firm with the goal of expanding my ability to represent a broader range of clients who are involved in business and securities litigation, and to handle the increased number of regulatory inquiries and investigations facing my clients today."

     

    1993
    Neil T. Schroeder '93 elected associate judge read article here

     

    1994
    Matthew J. Nielsen ’94 was promoted to vice president of commercial claims at Founders Insurance Company, a member company of Des Plaines, Ill-based Utica National Insurance Group.

     

    1996
    Peter Borkon ‘96 recently became a Partner at Hagens, Berman, Sobol, LLP in Berkeley, CA.  You can read his firm bio.

    Stephen Friedel ’96, former Fayette County State’s Attorney, has joined the law firm of Tapella & Eberspacher LLC.  Read the press release here 7.2013

     

    1997
    Chad Turner ’97 has been hired as prosecutor in Morgan County, Illinois.  Read the full article here

    Robert Bonjean III ’97, an assistant state’s attorney since 2004, has been named Morgan County state’s attorney by the county commissioners.  Read the full story here.  June, 2013

    Steven C. Langhoff ’97 has joined the Decatur law firm of Bolen Robinson & Ellis LLP as a partner.  Langhoff has been a practicing attorney for 17 years and is a 1996 graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Law.  Read the full story here.  7/2013

     

    1998
    Thomas J. Sanzi ’98
    was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review in July, 2011.  He is currently serving in the Madison, WI office.

    Michael J. Tardy, Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced Wednesday that the circuit judges of the 20th Judicial Circuit voted to select Joseph D. Christ and Christopher T. Kolkeras associate judges of the 20th Judicial Circuit. Chris Kolker received his undergraduate degree in 1989 from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and his Juris Doctor in 1998 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Mr. Kolker is currently engaged in practice with the Kolker Law Offices, P.C., in Belleville. Read the press release here.

    Christopher Koelker, Class of '98, appointed associate judge in 20th Judicial Circuit (IL) read story here.

     

    2000
    Jamiela Kassem 2000
    , will serve as deputy inspector general in Springfield where her  responsibilities will include supervising 4 assistant inspectors general and 6 investigators. Jamiela most recently served as an assistant state’s attorney for the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

    Rob Shumaker, 2000, Rob's fourth novel, D-Day in the Capital, is now out.  The political thriller is available at teapartynovels.com and amazon.com.


    2001
    Eric Hall ‘01 has been elected partner of HeplerBroom LLC.  Eric works in the Edwardsville office. He focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters including: toxic torts, product liability, and personal liability.   Hall is licensed in Illinois and Missouri. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts in the Southern and Central Districts of Illinois. He graduated from the Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2001. He obtained his Bachelors of Arts degree from the University of Illinois in 1997. Hepler Broom has 87 attorneys and offices in St. Louis, MO; Edwardsville, IL; Springfield, IL; and Chicago, IL. The firm traces its history to 1894. Read press release here.

    Carey C. Gill ‘01, an associate attorney with the Carbondale law firm of Barrett, Twomey, Broom, Hughes & Hoke, LLP, has been elected to the Board of Governors of the Illinois State Bar Association. Gill, who concentrates in estate planning, probate litigation, eminent domain, civil litigation and federal tax, is a member of the ISBA’s Assembly and its Finance Committee, and the ISBA Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education.  June, 2013

    Laura Beasley, Class of ’01,  elected to the board of directors of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Read story here
    June, 2013

     

    2002
    Jen Daulby ’02
    will be returning to Capitol Hill as the Chief of Staff for Cong. Rodney Davis who won the 13th District Congressional race for the U.S. House

    Catch up with the Honorable Mary Lucille “Lucy” Goffinet '02 and she what she has been up to since graduation in 2002. Click here to read article.

     

    2003
    Tom Coupé ’03 works as supervising attorney over both the Judge’s Action Center and the Office of Advocate for Noncustodial Parents at Memphis-Shelby County Juvenile Court to Protect City’s Most Vulnerable. Read the full article here. 5/2013

    Phoebe S. Bowers,’03, has been named a partner with the Decatur law firm of Fuller & Quigg. Read full story here 7/2013

     

    2005
    Nathan Craig‘05 has recently become the new owner of the law firm of Francis & Fentress, PSC. The law firm name has changed to Francis, Fentress & Craig, PSC. effective January 1, 2012. He continues to represent disabled clients in their pursuit for disability benefits before the Social Security Administration.

    Daryl Jones ’05 was named Chief of Intergovernmental Relations for the Illinois Department of Corrections.  http://www2.illinois.gov/idoc/aboutus/Pages/ChiefofIntergovernmentalRelations.aspx Previously, Daryl was with the Cook County State's Attorney's Office.

    On May 29, 2012, Sandra Cook ‘05 gave a presentation on “Asbestos:  Current Issues and Effective Litigation Tactics”  at a seminar hosted by the National Business Institute. 

     

     

    2006
    Edward R. Albin ’06 is one of the newest associates to join the growing law firm of Williams Venker & Sanders LLC in St. Louis, Missouri.  Ed will work primarily within the toxic torts practice group, serving the firm’s many clients across the country.  For years, he has practiced within this area of the law along with insurance and personal injury defense. 

    Congratulations Mollie (Nolan) Werwas,'06, on her election to membership at Kopon Airdo in Chicago. See profile here.

     

     

    2007
    Nate Bailey, '07
    cum laude graduate, Patent attorney, has joined Waddey & Patterson, P.C. in Nashville, Tennessee as its newest Associate. Bailey, like all Waddey and Patterson attorneys, is a registered patent attorney. His practice areas with the firm will include all aspects of patent and other intellectual property litigation, including practice before both the Trademark and Patent Trial and Appeal Boards. Having attended Southern Illinois University, Bailey obtained both a Doctor of Jurisprudence degree and a Master of Science in Electrical and Computer Engineering in 2007 (cum laude). There he was inducted in the Order of the Barristers and recognized with the McGee National Civil Rights Moot Court Competition Best Brief Award, the Intramural Moot Court Competition Best Oralist Award, Lawyering Skills Oral Advocacy Honors Award, and he served as the Intellectual Property Society President. 

     

     

    2008
    Jessica Galanos ‘08 has joined HeplerBroom LLC in the Springfield office as an associate attorney. Galanos received her Juris Doctorate, summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2008. While in law school, she was a casenote/comment editor for Law Journal, staff member of the SIU School of Law Domestic Violence Clinic, and Oral Argument Award Recipient.  She received her B.S. in Paralegal Studies from Southern Illinois University. She is licensed to practice law in Illinois and U.S. District Court for Central and Southern Districts of Illinois. She is a member of the Illinois State and Sangamon County Bar Associations.

    Amy (Campbell) Spector, Class of 2008, has joined forces with fellow SIU Law Alum, Kelly Garrett-Hicks, Class of 2005, and formed Hicks & Spector, L.L.C. in Belleville, Illinois.  Hicks & Spector, L.L.C. practices in a variety of legal settings, but focuses primarily on family law based casesIf you would like more information on Hicks & Spector, L.L.C., please contact us by telephone at (618) 551-0300.  You can also email Amy at amy@lawyerforfamilies.com or Kelly at kelly@lawyerforfamilies.com.   7.2013

     

    2009
    Brian Salmo, Class of '09: How A Business-Minded Attorney Is Helping St. Louis Entrepreneurs

     

     

    2010
    Ashley Niebur ‘10 accepted the position of ICUL’s manager-state governmental affairs, effective January 14, 2013.  Niebur will be based in ICUL’s Springfield office and assist with its advocacy efforts at the Illinois General Assembly.  A native of Edwardsville, Illinois, Niebur holds a law degree from SIU-Carbondale and her Bachelors' degree from SIU-Edwardsville.  Prior to joining ICUL, she worked as a lobbyist/staff attorney for the Illinois Municipal League over the last two years. Read the press release here.

     

    2011
    Congratulations to Kelly Greco ‘11, Springfield, who co-wrote "The Effects of Public Act 97-0848 on Post-Judgment Proceedings in Illinois” This article was a winner in the ISBA’s 2013 Lincoln Award Legal Writing Contest.

    The contest was sponsored by the ISBA Young Lawyers Division.

    read the press release here

    Letisha Luecking Orlet ‘11 has joined the national foreclosure defense team at Consumer Attorney Services.  Read more information here.  June, 2013

    Rochelle S. Knapp, Class of ’11, was sworn in as Justice of the Peace - Sussex County, Delaware, on May 20, 2013.


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