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    Appellate Justice James Wexstten ’76 of the 5 th District in Mount Vernon has been appointed to the board of directors of the Lawyers’ Assistance Program.

    John Ryan '76 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '08 in Illinois.

    John Brewster,'76, a partner in the law firm of Winters Brewster Crosby & Schafer LLC in Marion, has been named city attorney for Herrin. Brewster, who serves on the board of the Bank of Herrin and chaired the board of Southern Illinois Healthcare, is a former member of the SIU Board of Trustees. Brewster replaces Patricia McMeen, '81, longtime Herrin city attorney who died in May.

    John C. Ryan ‘76 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '09 in Illinois.

    W. Campbell Brown '76, a West Frankfort-based attorney/accountant, is giving his clients an opportunity to support the American Cancer Society and Relay for Life of Franklin County this tax season. Brown’s clients may write one check to him for 50% of his tax preparation fee and another check for 50% to the ACS.


    Timothy Neubauer '77 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '08 in Illinois.

    Charles Schmidt '77 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '08 in Illinois.

    The Honorable Ronald Spears '77 was a recipient of the 2008 ISBA Board of Governors Award.

    Wenona Whitfield ’77 was sworn in to the US Supreme Court in the 1st SIU School of Law alumni group admission.

    Charles E. Schmidt ‘77 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '09 in Illinois.

    Best Lawyers, the oldest and most respected peer-review publication in the legal profession, has named J. Timothy Eaton '77 as the “Chicago Best Lawyers Appellate Lawyer of the Year” for 2010. After more than a quarter of a century in publication, Best Lawyers is designating “Lawyers of the Year” in high-profile legal specialties in large legal communities.  Only a single lawyer in each specialty in each community is being honored as the “Lawyer of the Year.” The lawyers being honored as “Lawyers of the Year” have received particularly high ratings in our surveys by earning a high level of respect among their peers for their abilities, professionalism, and integrity. Eaton heads the Appellate Practice Group at Shefsky & Froelich Ltd.  He is a past president of the Appellate Lawyers Association and Illinois State Bar Association, and a member of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.  He also currently serves as Secretary of The Chicago Bar Association.

    Mary Beth Nebel ’77  retired from her career as a corporate attorney for an insurance company and launched I Know You Like a Book.   The bookstore is located in Peoria Heights, IL.  She is enjoying her career change.

    Associate Judge Richard A. Brown '77 was appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court to fill the Circuit Court vacancy created by the retirement of the resident Circuit Judge William A. Schuwerk Jr.   Read more:


    Roger Clayton ‘78, a senior partner with the law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, has been elected President of the Illinois Association of Healthcare Attorneys which comprises more than 500 healthcare attorneys in the state. Clayton is the Chair of Heyl Royster’s statewide healthcare practice group. He has defended more than 700 medical malpractice cases and recently co-authored the chapter on Trials in the Medical Malpractice Handbook published by the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education. Clayton also recently co-authored a chapter for the Law of Medical Practice in Illinois published by West Publishing. He is a frequent speaker on healthcare issues, medical malpractice and risk prevention.

    The law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen has more than 100 lawyers among its offices in Peoria, Springfield, Urbana, Rockford and Edwardsville, Illinois. It is the largest law firm in the state that is based outside of Chicago. The firm provides legal services for businesses, professionals, healthcare organizations, universities, insurance companies, and other major institutions.

    Bill Harazin '78, N.C. attorney, wins International Section Award; SIU Law, Illinois State alumnus The International Law & Practice Section of the North Carolina Bar Association recently recognized Bill Harazin of Raleigh as the 2009 recipient of the John J. Dortch International Service Award. The award was presented in conjunction with the section's annual meeting and CLE. Scott Hile who chairs the ILPS Section presented the award. The Dortch Award was established to recognize lawyers who (1) have served as a role model for international law attorneys, (2) have demonstrated the highest level of ethical standards, and (3) have shown professional competence. Harazin has been a member of the section since its inception in 1992 and served as chair in 1998-99. Most recently, he has been instrumental in the creation of the NCBA Lawyer Exchange and served as the delegation leader of the inaugural exchange to Taiwan in 2006. He also was a delegation member for the 2008 exchange with Argentina. In addition to his extensive record of service within the NCBA, Harazin has served as chairman of the board for the World Trade Center North Carolina and president of the N.C. World Trade Association. He is a member of the Advisory Board for the Center for International Understanding and a past vice chair and board member of the International Visitors Council/World Affairs Council. He has served on the International Committee of the Business Law Section of the American Bar Association, the International Committee of the N.C Board of Science & Technology and North Carolina District Export Council. He is a former member of the 2006 Foreign Service Selection Board for the U.S. Dept. of Commerce and a charter member of the board of directors of the N.C. Center for World Languages and Culture.


    Anthony Abate ‘79 has been named for inclusion in the 2008 Florida Super Lawyers for his practice in the areas of construction and business litigation. Mr. Abate is a shareholder at Abel Band and practices in the firm’s litigation and alternative dispute resolution practice groups. Mr. Abate is board certified in construction law by the Florida Bar and focuses his practice on all aspects of construction disputes including contracts, liens, breaches of contract, and negligence, in addition to representing clients in all forms of business litigation and arbitration. Mr. Abate is admitted into practice in Florida and Illinois, before the Supreme Court of the United States of America and the United States District Court for Middle District of Florida.

    William Enyart ’79 was named state adjutant general in Illinois.  In that position he will command 13,000 members of the Illinois National Guard and will serve as director of the Illinois Department of Military Affairs and as chief adviser on military matters. 

    Attorney Dennis J. Orsey '79 of Glen Carbon has been elected treasurer of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) by its 25-member Board of Governors. To read about the appointment please visit

    John Erbes ’79 was the recipient of the 2012 Lindell W. Sturgis Memorial Public Service Award.  Read the press release here.

    William Enyart ’79, Democratic candidate for the 12th Congressional District, opened a campaign office in Belleville and is exploring opening a second office farther south in the district.  Enyart, 62, of Belleville, is an attorney and recently retired major general who commanded the Illinois National Guard.  He was selected as the Democrats’ candidate in June after primary winner Brad Herriman withdrew from the race for health reasons.

    Major General (ret) William L. Enyart ’79, is the Democratic nominee for Congress for the 12th Congressional District, Illinois.  The 12th District includes 12 Southern Illinois counties and runs from Madison County on the north to Alexander County and up to Jefferson County.  It includes Jackson County, home of the law school.  Bill retired as commanding general of the Illinois National Guard on June 6th and was selected as the Democratic nominee on June 23. 

    John Erbes ’79 was the recipient of the 2012 Lindell W. Sturgis Memorial Public Service Award.  Read the press release here.


    John C. Buford ‘80 and his wife Caryl, both retired from the US Army in 2007 at the rank of Colonel. They are now living in their hometown of Orangeville, IL, where they met when he was 9 and she was 7 years old. John, a member of the Illinois Historic Preservation Agency Advisory Council, has guided five local properties onto the National Register of Historic Places. Caryl and John have restored three of the historic buildings in their hometown, all on the National Register, and in their spare time, run a small dinner theater in one of them.

    Michael Twomey ‘80 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '08 in Illinois.

    Eric T. Ruud ’80 recently retired from the McLean County State's Attorney’s Office in Bloomington, Illinois. 

    Mary Rudasill ’80 retired June 30, 2009 from the SIU School of Law after 23 years of service.

    James R. Murphy '80 was elected to preside as Judge in the 16 th Judicial Circuit serving DeKalb, Kane and Kendall counties.

    Michael R. Twomey ‘80 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '09 in Illinois.

    Mary Rudasill ’80 is on the board of directors of the new 1 st Circuit Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. located in Carbondale, Illinois.

    Sue Myerscough ’80 of Springfield has unanimously been approved for a federal judgeships in the Central District of Illinois, which spans much of Illinois' midsection. She was nominated by President Barack Obama last year but did not complete the Senate confirmation process before the end of the 111th Congress. She was again nominated in January.


    Barnes & Thornburg LLP attorney Mark D. Stuaan ‘81 was recently appointed by the president of the Seventh Circuit Bar Association to serve as general chair of the Committee on Criminal Law and Procedure for 2007-2008.

    A partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP’s Indianapolis office, Stuaan is a member of the firm’s Litigation Department as well as the Appellate and White Collar Crime practice groups. He focuses his practice in white collar criminal defense, and represents and advises clients in connection with civil and criminal matters in state and federal district courts.
    Stuaan is a member of the Indiana State Bar Association as well as the Indianapolis Bar Association. He is admitted to practice in the states of Indiana and Illinois.

    Stuaan received his bachelor’s degree from Wabash College in 1978. He earned his law degree from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1981, during which time he was selected to the Order of Barristers and served as editor-in-chief of the SIU Law Journal.

    With nearly 475 attorneys and other legal professionals, Barnes & Thornburg is one of the largest law firms in the Midwest and ranks among the 100 largest law firms in the United States. The firm serves clients worldwide from its offices in Chicago, Indiana, Michigan and Washington, D.C.

    Karen Kendall, class of 1981, is president-elect of the American Academy of Appellate Lawyers.  The Academy also offers an Eisenberg Prize who was a former director of the SIU School of Law Legal Clinic. 

    Treva O’Neill ’81 is on the board of directors of the new 1 st Circuit Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. located in Carbondale, Illinois.

    Mark Stuaan '81, a partner in Barnes & Thornburg LLP's Indianapolis office, has received the Pro Bono Publico Award from the Indiana Bar Foundation for his outstanding pro bono services.

    Stuaan was one of only four recipients to be recognized for their pro bono efforts. Stuaan, along with the three other award recipients, will be recognized at the Indiana State Bar Association's annual meeting on Oct. 26 at the J.W. Marriott.

    The Pro Bono Publico Award annually recognizes the extraordinary contributions that are made toward ensuring legal services are available to people who otherwise could not afford them. The award serves to focus public awareness on the substantial voluntary services rendered annually by Indiana lawyers.

    Stuaan is a member of Barnes & Thornburg's Litigation Department where he focuses his practice in white collar criminal defense in state and federal district courts. He has handled 10 pro bono criminal appeals before the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit as appointed counsel and an estimated six cases where he has assisted other lawyers handling appeals. Stuaan also possesses a strong passion for helping young attorneys learn about the appellate system and instilling in them the value of pro bono work.

    The Indiana Bar Foundation is a nonprofit dedicated to strengthening access to justice and understanding the rule of law. In order to fulfill this desire, the Foundation gathers and directs resources toward three main areas: assisting people who have difficulty accessing the justice system, providing civic education for Hoosiers of all ages, and improving Indiana's judicial system and the legal profession.



    Anthony L. Martin ’82 is working in the new Sandberg Phoenix and vonGontard office in downtown Edwardsville.  Anthony and three other attorneys opened the firm’s second Illinois office in February, 2008.

    Kenneth Hughes '82 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '08 in Illinois.

    Kevin Mechler '82 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '08 in Illinois.

    Kenneth R. Hughes ‘82 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '09 in Illinois.

    Kevin L. Mechler ‘82 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '09 in Illinois.

    Judge Mike McHaney ’82 is Rend Lake College’s 2010 Alumnus of the Year.  Read the article here.


    Inspector Kevin D. Eack ‘83, Senior Terrorism Advisor for the Illinois State Police was chosen by the FBI to serve a Director's Fellowship in Counter Terrorism in Washington, D.C.  He was selected as one of two police senior executives for the 2009 FBI Director's Fellowship. Insp. Eack will serve as a fellow for a period of six months through July, 2009, before returning to the Illinois State Police in charge of the Office of Counter Terrorism.  

    Quincy attorney Bob Adrian ’83 formally announces judge candidacy.  Read his announcement here.

    Dean Jackson, ’83, died on Sunday, April 11, after an extended illness.  Read his obituary here.

    Robert Adrian ’83 was recently sworn into the 8th Circuit by his classmate Judge Richard Greenlief.  Adrian is the seventh person from the class of 83 to become a judge.

    Carolyn Smoot ‘83 was appointed the first women circuit judge in Williamson County on December 15, 2010. She will be running for election in 2012.

    Timothy J. Londrigan ‘83 is running for Judge in the 7th Judicial Circuit which is comprised of Sangamon, Macoupin, Morgan, Scott, Greene and Jersey Counties. Your support (financial or otherwise) is more than welcome!

    Paul W. Lamar '83, lives, works with ‘local folks’ read story here



    Broadstripe (formerly Millennium Digital Media) announces that it has hired Bruce E. Beard ‘84 as its general counsel. Prior to joining the company, Mr. Beard was senior counsel with Cinnamon Mueller, a Chicago based law firm.

    After 19 years as a partner at Townsend and Townsend and Crew LLP, William J. Bohler ‘84 recently left to become a partner at 1100 lawyer international firm Wilmer, Cutler, Pickering, Hale and Dorr LLP ("WilmerHale"), where he will continue to focus on litigating and trying complex patent infringement and related matters.

    Cozen O’Connor member Peter A. Lynch ‘84 has been awarded the Bronze Star in recognition of his meritorious service as deputy rule of law officer, 2nd Marine Expeditionary Force, during Operation Iraqi Freedom. Lieutenant Colonel Lynch received his medal at Camp Pendleton from Lieutenant General Helland, commander of the Marine Corps forces central command, Marine Expeditionary Force. Resident in the firm’s San Diego office, Lynch concentrates his practice in representing individuals, companies and insurers impacted by catastrophes to include subrogation and recovery, environmental matters, contracts and other civil matters. Lynch is a weekly Internet columnist for interFIRE, a legal advisor to the San Diego County Fire Investigators Association, and a legal columnist for California Fire/Arson Investigator Magazine, published by the California Conference of Arson Investigators. He has also published more than 65 articles on fire investigation and litigation and is a frequent lecturer on these topics. Lynch was awarded a California Lawyer Attorney of the Year Award (CLAY) in the Pro Bono category in recognition of his representation of a woman whose son was killed while serving as a fire fighter. The award is given to those attorneys “who have left a lasting impact on the way those who follow them will practice.” The Brett Alan Laws Act was enacted and signed by the governor to protect emergency response personnel based on Lynch’s work.

    Michael J. Maslanka '84, (Chicago, IL) has been appointed to the ISBA's Section Council on Human Rights, and Standing Committee on Bar Services and Activities. He is also the current Treasurer of the American Prepaid Legal Services Institute in affiliation with the ABA.

    Kenneth Werts ‘84 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '08 and '09 in Illinois.

    Dan Sitarz '84 latest book: "Greening Your Business: The Hands-On Guide to Creating a Successful and Sustainable Business" was awarded the Best Business Reference Book of 2008 in the National Best Book Awards, sponsored by USA Book News. The book's website is:

    Mike Maurizio ’84 is on the board of directors of the new 1 st Circuit Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. located in Carbondale, Illinois.

    Webb Smith ’84 is on the board of directors of the new 1 st Circuit Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. located in Carbondale, Illinois.

    Brian Otwell ‘84, Sangamon County’s chief public defender, was named Thursday as an associate judge in the 7th Judicial Circuit.  Read about his appointment here.

    Terry S. Prillaman, Jr. ‘84 has recently been appointed as General Counsel, Executive Vice-President and Chief Operating Officer of First Community Title Services, Inc., a full service regional title insurance company with offices in Champaign, Bloomington, Pekin and Peoria.  First Community Title is underwritten by Commonwealth Land Title and First American. After being in private practice for 16 years in Urbana, Illinois, including being a title agent for ATG, Terry has been a staff attorney, underwriter and manager of the title services department for a ATG, a regional underwriter; as well as President and General Counsel of Associated Capital Title, a regional title insurance agency underwritten by Chicago Title and ATG.  Terry is presently on the ISBA Real Estate Section Council. Terry makes his home in Champaign, Il.

    Matthew Duensing ’84 is now the managing partner of the St. Thomas, U.S. Virgin Islands law firm of Duensing, Casner, Dollison & Fitzsimmons. The firm website is

    Otwell '84 relates to underdogs read article here


    Nancy L. Strohmeyer ‘85 passed the Florida bar exam and is a fully licensed member of the Florida Bar now.  She is still working as a law librarian at Barry University School of Law in Orlando, Florida.

    Douglas A. Antonik ‘85 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '09 in Illinois.

    Mitchell Waldman's '85 new short story collection, Petty Offenses and Crimes of the Heart, was released by Wind Publications in August, 2011, and has been receiving rave reviews. You can check it out at his website at:



    Ed Collins '86 serves as National Director of, a coalition striving to develop awareness, educate public and policy makers and offer public policy solutions to better prepare and protect America from catastrophe. Read complete article here.

    Dean Engelbrecht ’86 was promoted to Chief Assistant State’s Attorney, Child Support Division, for McLean County.

    Donald Shawler ’86, received his LLM in 2009 from the London School of Economics and Political Science.

    John Cunningham ’86, principal and shareholder with Brown & James, P.C., has been recognized with a service award from the Illinois Chapter of the International Association of Arson Investigators for his continued service and dedication to the training of individuals seeking their Certified Fire Investigator (CFI) designation. The CFI program is a comprehensive, accredited process for identifying and recognizing a fire investigator’s expertise. John practices in the firm’s Belleville, IL office and focuses on first-party insurance claims and tort law, including arson and fraud litigation, premises liability, product liability and automobile litigation. He has spent numerous years donating his time and expertise to training individuals in classroom presentations and courtroom testimony, subjecting individuals to direct and cross examination concerning hypothetical fire investigations.

    John P. Cunningham ‘86 co-presented with Julia Jackson of Illinois Casualty Company, at the Property Loss Research Bureau (PLRB) national seminar in Orlando, Florida on April 16 and 18, 2012.  The presentation was entitled “Alcohol-Related Injury Liability” and explored liability and defense issues in dram shop and negligence claims involving alcohol. 


    John S. Rendleman, III ‘87 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '09 in Illinois.

    Carolyn Taft Grosboll, class of 1987, has been chosen to become the new Clerk of the Illinois Supreme Court, effective January 3, 2011.

    The Clerk of the Illinois Supreme Court is responsible for setting and managing the docket of cases before the Supreme Court and ensuring that all filings are compliant with Supreme Court rules. The Clerk is also responsible for releasing the Court’s decisions and maintaining the Court’s four automated record tracking systems. In addition, the Clerk maintains the registry of all of the state’s lawyers and law firms. The Clerk administers a staff of fourteen people, primarily based in Springfield. The Supreme Court requires the Clerk to be a lawyer. Prior to 1975, the position of Clerk of the Illinois Supreme Court was filled through statewide election. Carolyn’s father, the late Justin Taft, Jr. was the last person elected statewide to the position and he served as the Supreme Court Clerk from 1969 to 1975. Growing up, Carolyn became very familiar with the Supreme Court and her father’s work. Following her appointment, she stated, “I never dreamed I would some day be honored to fill the same position my Dad served in for six years. This is a great honor and privilege and I am grateful to the Court for this opportunity.” Carolyn was an attorney and partner at Giffin, Winning, Cohen and Bodewes P.C. in Springfield. Prior to her legal practice, she worked eleven years at the Illinois Nature Preserves Commission, as both an attorney and as the Commission’s Director. She worked five years at the Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau. Carolyn also worked for the Illinois Secretary of State’s Office working on rules and procedures and as legal counsel to the state’s driver stations. Read Chicago Daily Bulletin article here.

    Pieter N. Schmidt ‘88 has been named managing partner of Feirich, Mager, Green and Ryan.  He joined FMGR in 1988 and was names as a partner in 1994.  Schmidt’s practice concentrates in workers’ compensation and other employment related matters.

    Patricia Hoke ‘88 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '08 in Illinois.

    Pieter N. Schmidt ‘88 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '09 in Illinois.

    Rebecca O’Neill was recently featured in the Southern Business Journal.  Check out her story here.  From teaching at the School of Law to being president of ArtStarts, Becky serves the southern Illinois community in many different ways.

    Paul Evans, Class of 1988, an O'Fallon attorney, was selected Saturday to serve as state representative of the 102nd Illinois House District.
    Evans was the unanimous selection of the Republican County chairpersons in the 102nd District, which includes the counties of Bond, Clinton, Effingham, Fayette, Madison, Shelby and St. Clair. Evans will serve the remainder of the term of former state Rep. Ron Stephens, R-Greenville, who announced his resignation last week.  To read the entire press release, please click here.

    John Kim ’88 was appointed Interim Director of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency effective Oct. 25, 2011. John Kim has served as chief legal counsel and ethics officer at Illinois EPA since 2009. Kim has worked to protect Illinois’ environment since 1988, previously serving as acting general counsel at the Illinois Department of Agriculture, managing attorney and staff attorney at the Illinois EPA, and assistant attorney general and special assistant attorney general for the Illinois Attorney General.


    David Rumley ‘89 was sworn in to the US Supreme Court in the 1 st SIU School of Law alumni group admission.

    Brad Elward ‘89, is currently serving as Treasurer of the Appellate Lawyers Association and an Assistant Editor of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel IDC Quarterly. He is also celebrating the publication of his sixth book, Nimitz Class Aircraft Carriers (Osprey Publishing 2010), available on He is a partner with Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen in Peoria and concentrates in appellate practice.

    Brad Elward ’89 was elected Vice President of the Appellate Lawyers' Association. He is also an Assistant Editor of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel's IDC Quarterly journal.


    Steve Stone ‘90 attorney and partner in the Marion law firm of Howerton, Dorris & Stone was admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court of the United States. 

    Alice Noble-Allgire ‘90 was a recipient of the 2008 ISBA Board of Governors Award.

    Rod Irvin '90 died suddenly August 10, 2008.  Irvin was the current State’s Attorney of Hamilton County in Illinois.

    Alice-Noble Allgire ‘90 was sworn in to the US Supreme Court in the 1 st SIU School of Law alumni group admission.

    Defense attorney Tony Dulin Caldwell ’90, of Novi, Michigan died Wednesday, March 3, 2010, after a long illness.  Read her obituary here.

    Chuck Pierce ’91 has opened his own firm, focused primarily on defense of civil litigation.  The address is #3 Executive Woods Ct, Belleville IL 62226.

    The Class of 1991 is in the process of setting up a scholarship that will be given to a law student at the annual awards ceremony. Classmate Beth Boggs ‘91 has agreed that when the fund reaches $12,500 that she will match that amount and the scholarship will be endowed.

    Daniel W. L. O’Brien ‘91 was sworn in to the US Supreme Court in the 1 st SIU School of Law alumni group admission.

    Patricia A. Hoke ‘91 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '09 in Illinois.

    After nine and a half years as Shelby County state's attorney and previous stints as Edgar County state's attorney and an appellate prosecutor, Allan Lolie '91 has been appointed an associate judge in Illinois' Fourth Judicial Circuit.  Lolie received the appointment last week after receiving a majority of votes cast by Fourth Circuit Judges.

    Mark E. Wiemelt '91 has recently been admitted to practice law in the state of Michigan.  His Chicago-based intellectual property law firm, the Law Offices of Mark E. Wiemelt, P.C., has opened a branch office in Coloma, MI, serving Southwest Michigan.

    Bill Hutton ‘91 was appointed Senior Vice President, General Counsel and Secretary of Reinsurance Group of America, Inc. in St. Louis, Missouri.

    Gina D. Dunning ‘92 has relocated her office to 532 N. 8th Street in Paducah, Kentucky.

    Nancy Stanley ’92 was recently named Assistant Dean for External Relations, at the University of Arizona College of Law, and Executive Director for International Training and Consulting (ITC), a private nonprofit organization dedicated to citizen diplomacy and international professional exchanges.

    Ed Renshaw ’92 is a regular Southern Business Journal contributor.  His latest article on Employment Law can be viewed here

    Assistant State’s Attorney Marzenia Vandeburgt ’92 was named Prosecutor of the Year.  Marzenia joined the Kane County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1997 in the DUI Division, and in 2000 became the First Chair ASA in the Child Support Division.  In her 10 years Child Support, Marzenia has distinguished herself as a voice for the voiceless. It is the Child Support Division’s duty, among other duties, to ensure that children receive the child support payments that are due to them. It is a task that Marzenia performs with aplomb. In 2009, the Child Support Division collected nearly $15 million in child support payments, a staggering sum considering the state of the economy. From 2006-09, the division collected a total of nearly $60 million in child support payments. In addition in 2009, the division under Marzenia conducted 335 contested hearings with a 73 percent success rate. Marzenia is lauded by her staff for her compassion and leadership. Perhaps Marzenia’s compassion can be found in her roots. She immigrated to Chicago from Tarnow, Poland, when she was 15 years old with limited knowledge of the English language. Marzenia is a graduate of the University of Illinois-Chicago, where she earned Phi Beta Kappa honors. She earned her Juris Doctor from the Southern Illinois University School of Law.  Before she joined the Kane SAO, Marzenia worked for four years as an Assistant State’s Attorney in St. Clair County, and worked as an intern at the Williamson County State’s Attorney’s Office.

    Nancy Stanley ‘92 has found a significant and addictive avocation in standup comedy, debuting in June 2011 at the Gotham Comedy Club in NYC (beginners stage), and more recently performing at open mics on the Lewis Black Comedy Cruise, Laff's Comedy Club in Tucson, and several Phoenix area venues. She will be keeping her day job, however. 



    Connie Fraizer ’93 is teaching a divorce education class for parents.  This course meets the four hour mandatory Parent Education requirement in the state of Illinois. The goal is to assist divorcing and/or separating families accomplish the transition in a healthy and functional manner, while reducing the trauma to all individuals involved, particularly the children. Participants learn about the impact of divorce on families and children, the legal process, and mediation of custody and visitation issues. Grandparents/ Caregivers may also attend.

    Matthew Guzman ‘93 was sworn in to the US Supreme Court in the 1 st SIU School of Law alumni group admission.


    Will Jordan, SIU Carbondale School of Law 1994 Graduate, Executive Director, The Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council
    (EHOC) received the Illinois Human Rights Award.

    Sharon D. Shanahan ‘94 was recommended by peers to be among the TOP LAWYERS '09 in Illinois.

    Paige Reed ‘94 has accepted the position of Senior System Legal Counsel for the University of Wisconsin.  Paige has served with distinction as the Associate General Counsel for the Southern Illinois University for more than six years serving both the Carbondale and the Edwardsville Campus.

    Reona J. Daly '94 is working at SIU Office of General Counsel.  Ms. Daly will serve as Associate General Counsel Carbondale and will focus on employment and Court of Claims litigation, implementation of revised Illinois Freedom of Information Act (FOIA), selected provisions of the Federal Higher Education Act; and assisting in the review of University contracts and business matters. Ms. Daly brings more that fifteen (15) years of private law firm litigation and counseling experience representing various clients, including the State of Illinois, before such judicial forums as state and federal courts, and the Court of Claims.  In addition, Ms. Daly has significant experience in the public sector having served as Illinois Assistant Attorney General for more than four (4) years.  Ms. Daly is licensed to practice law in Illinois and before the Federal Court of the Southern District of Illinois. Associate General Counsel Daly is a Magna Cum Laude graduate of Illinois Wesleyan University where she received a B.A. in English and Business Administration.  Ms. Daly is also a Cum Laude graduate of the Southern Illinois University School of Law and has served as an adjunct professor in the University’s Paralegal Studies Program where she taught legal writing and research.

    Dr. Allan J. Berg ’94 serves as vice president and director of UMUC Europe. In this position, he executes the academic, administrative, and fiscal policies of UMUC Europe and assures compliance with the Tri-Services Contract. With UMUC Europe, Dr. Berg previously held positions as area director for the Benelux, North Central Germany, and the United Kingdom, director of downrange operations, and associate dean. Prior to joining UMUC Europe in 2003, he had served as an undergraduate and graduate faculty member, director of graduate programs, and area director in UMUC’s program in Okinawa, Japan.

    Dr. Berg earned his BA at Augsburg College in psychology and business, his MS and PhD in clinical psychology at the University of Georgia, and his JD at Southern Illinois University. He was a tenured professor teaching undergraduate and graduate psychology at Washington College in Maryland and Hanover College in Indiana for many years before joining UMUC’s overseas program in 1994. Additionally, he is an experienced mediator and a licensed psychologist.

    Matthew J. Nielsen, '94 has been promoted to Vice President of Commercial Claims at Founders Insurance Company, a member company of the Utica National Insurance Group, of Des Plaines, IL.
    The announcement was made by Jane Abed, President of Founders.

    Mr. Nielsen’s responsibilities include leading a unit of claims managers and analysts, providing guidance and direction in working with commercial policyholders to resolve liability claims against their businesses. He will lead the development of coverage and claim handling protocols to enhance operational efficiency in the commercial unit.

    Mr. Nielsen is filling a leadership role which will better position Founders for expansion of its surplus lines business into new product lines.

    He joined Founders in August 2011 as a Commercial Claims Manager, bringing to the position extensive experience in the legal and insurance industries. He served as an associate, senior associate and then partner with respected insurance coverage law firms, later working in the Excess Casualty unit of Zurich Insurance Company before joining Founders.

    Sean M. Smoot, '94 becomes officers 'voice' read article here.


    Thomas J. Dinn III, Class of '95, has been appointed as an associate judge in the Second Judicial Circuit.

    Nicole Villani ’95, current Jefferson County State’s Attorney, will vacate the position on January 1, 2012 to begin serving as resident circuit judge.  Villani will be replacing Judge Terry Gamber.

    Nicole Villani ’95, will resign her seat as Jefferson County State’s Attorney to fill a seat in the Second Judicial Circuit.  Read the story here.



    Derek K. Hiroharta '96 ( was awarded Bronze Star Medal for service in Iraq.

    The law firm of Simmons Cooper LLC was recognized at the 2008 ISBA Annual Meeting and was awarded the John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award. Ted Gianaris ‘96 was the program coordinator.

    Melissa Marlow ’96 and husband Eric are proud to announce the birth of their son, Vincent Marlow Perkins, born on May 1, 2008 weighing 8 pounds 10 ounces.

    Yvonne Spencer ’96  was sworn in to the US Supreme Court in the 1st SIU School of Law alumni group admission.

    The Simmons firm today announced the appointment of two new partners, Myles Epperson '96 and Michael Stewart. Epperson '96 and Stewart provide the proven experience required to help further the commitment of the Simmons firm's fight against asbestos-related diseases, including mesothelioma.

    Epperson joined the firm in 2002 as an attorney and works directly with patients and families affected by mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by exposure to asbestos. He graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois in 1996.

    To read the full article, click here 

    Rich Whitney '96 is the Green Party candidate for Governor in the State of Illinois.  Read his profile here.

    Richard L. Saville, Jr., Robert J. Evola ‘97 and Ethan A. Flint are proud to announce the opening of their law firm, Saville, Evola & Flint, L.L.C.  The firm will specialize in representing seriously injured plaintiffs, particularly victims of mesothelioma and lung cancer from asbestos exposure, and victims of leukemia from benzene exposure.  Although the firm will handle cases nationwide, they will focus their practice in Illinois, Missouri and Kentucky.  Their office is located on 322 East Broadway in Alton, Illinois.

    Samuel L. Fieber ’97, has been killed in a tragic oil field explosion.
    CARMI, Ill. — Samuel L. Fieber, 49, died Oct. 29, 2008, in Crossville.
    He was an attorney and owner of French Creek Oil Company, First Mortgage, Eldorado Inc., Tri-State Supply, Lee Land Inc. and Lake View Farms and was a member of First Christian Church of Grayville.
    Surviving are wife, Lisa; sons, Max and Lee; parents, Louie and Marilyn; sister, Audrey Roberts; and a brother, Lawrence.
    Services are pending at Campbell Funeral Home.  Published in the Courier Press on 11/1/2008

    On November 4 2008 Lee Ann Hill ’97 was appointed to be associate Judge in McLean County.  The Circuit Judges of the 11th Judicial Circuit voted to fill the vacancy with Hill. Hill was selected from among 19 applicants for the position.  Hill graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 1997. She began her legal career as a McLean County Assistant Public Defender that same year.  She will be sworn in on Dec. 5 and take the bench on Dec 8, 2008.

    Roger Holland  ’97 was sworn in to the US Supreme Court in the 1st SIU School of Law alumni group admission.

    Stephen C. Williams ‘97, now an assistant federal public defender in that district, will replace U.S. Magistrate Judge Clifford Proud, who is retiring Jan. 1.  Williams, 41, has been a federal public defender for six years. He worked as a public defender in St. Louis and for a private civil firm, the Womick Law Firm, before that.  Williams graduated summa cum laude from Southern Illinois University's law school in 1997, according to the news release announcing his appointment.


    David Greer ‘98 has moved to Chisinau, Republic of Moldova to assume the position of Chief of Party for the USAID Regulatory Reform and Tax Administration Reform Project, a three year USAID technical assistance project implemented by DAI, Inc., a Bethesda, Maryland based Development Consulting Firm. David had previously performed similar duties with Emerging Markets Group, Ltd., leading the USAID Ukraine Commercial Law Center Project in Kyiv, Ukaine.

    Kamran Khan ‘98  has joined the Law Department at Philip Morris USA in Richmond, Virginia.  Kamran will help manage litigation matters for the company.  Prior to joining the Philip Morris USA Law Department, Kamran was a Partner in the National Products Liability Division at Shook, Hardy and Bacon in Kansas City, MO.  Kamran had previously represented Philip Morris as national counsel.

    April Troemper ‘98 ,has recently been appointed to a vacancy on the 11 member Prairie Capital Convention Center board.  Her interim term will expire in April, 2009.

    Vickie J. Brady ‘98 was one of the eleven attorneys from Baird Holm LLP that was selected by their peers and appeared for the first time in The Best Lawyers in America 2007. Vickie works in health care law.

    Donna White McCann '98 was elected as State's Attorney in Pulaski County, Illinois.  She took office on December 1, 2008.  Her office is located in Mound City, Illinois.  She lives in Olmsted, Illinois.  The Assistant State's Attorney is Lisa M. Casper ‘06. 

    Cynthia Y. Cobbs Director of the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, announced today that Ericka A. Sanders'98, received a majority of the votes cast by the circuit judges in the Fourth Judicial Circuit and is declared to be appointed to the office of associate judge. Sanders received her undergraduate degree in 1995 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale and her Juris Doctor in 1998 from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Ms. Sanders is currently affiliated with the Marion County Public Defender’s Office in Salem.

    April Troemper '98 sworn in as associate judge.  Read article here

    Keith A. Good '98 recently interviewed Chairman of the U.S. House Agriculture Committee, Collin Peterson (D-Minn.) about the recently passed financial reform bill. A transcript and audio replay is available at is the founder of, an Internet based newsletter that provides a daily summary of news relating to U.S. farm policy.

    David Greer '98 has moved to Pristina, Republic of Kosovo to assume the position of Chief of Party (Director) for the USAID Systems for Enforcing Agreements and Decisions (SEAD) Program, a three year USAID technical assistance project implemented by Checchi and Company Consulting, Inc., a Washington, DC based Development Consulting Firm. David had previously performed similar duties with DAI, Inc. in Moldova, with Emerging Markets Group, Ltd.,in Ukaine, and ARD, Inc., in Bishkek, Kyrgyz Republic.

    Keith Good ’98 recently interviewed U. S. Senate Agriculture Committee Chairwoman Debbie Stabenow (D-Mich.) about the 2012 Farm Bill and other issues for Senator Stabenow noted during the interview that she reads every morning.

    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.



    Frank Janello ’99 and Lori Jo Chaney were united in marriage on April 5 th, 2008.  Frank is a managing associate attorney for Blatt, Hasenmiller, Liebser and Moore, LLC in Bloomington.

    ST. LOUIS, March 11, 2010 – The international law firm Bryan Cave LLP announced that on April 1, 2010, it will expand and strengthen its securities litigation practice.  Carrie J. Bechtold ’99 will join the firm.  Bechtold’s practice focuses on business and securities litigation. She represents broker-dealers, investment advisers, financial institutions and corporations in arbitration, federal and state litigation and investigations by regulatory organizations.

    Bechtold received her J.D., magna cum laude, in 1999 from Southern Illinois University-Carbondale and her B.S., magna cum laude, in 1996 from Quincy University.

    Anne Clough ‘00 has a private practice in Carrollton with her father, Richard Clough and Craig Grummel, a 2007 SIU graduate.  She is also an assistant public defender in Morgan and Jersey Counties.  She lives in Carrollton with her husband and two daughters, Ryan and Emma.  She would like any and all of her classmates to contact her by e-mail and let her know how they are doing.“Can't wait to hear from you” email me at

    Michael S. Seneca, Class of 2000, of Peoria, passed away on Sunday evening, April 5, 2009 at OSF St. Francis Medical Center.  For additional information:

    Tracy Wilkinsen 2000 was sworn in to the US Supreme Court in the 1st SIU School of Law alumni group admission.

    Carole Wesenberg 2000 was sworn in to the US Supreme Court in the 1st SIU School of Law alumni group admission.

    John Hinkle, Class of 2000, was named CFO and General Counsel for CPAY, a national credit, debit and gift card processor.  You can read the press release here

    Rob Shumaker 2000 -- Rob's second novel, Showdown in the Capital, is now out.  The political thriller is available at His first novel, Thunder in the Capital, is also available.

    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 and


    Vihar R. Patel ‘01 completed a Masters of Law in Intellectual Property (IP) from DePaul University School of Law in May of 2006 and wrote two papers.  He co-authored the “Federal Circuit Review of Claim Construction Cases 2005” available at: and authored "Are patented research tools still valuable? Use, intent, and a rebuttable presumption: A proposed analysis for exemption from patent infringement under 35 USC § 271 (e) (1)" pre-print copy available at   He continues to work as a full time Assistant Attorney General for the Illinois Attorney General’s Office in Chicago.  Vihar would like to transition into an IP position and teach IP law.

    Sarah Mallory Williamson and Michael Olson were united in marriage on April 12, 2008.  Sarah is working at the Department of Children and Family Services.

    Adam Stone’s new novel, The New Harmonies, is now out. It will be available from Amazon, and in bookstores, in mid-October, but you can buy signed copies now directly from my new website:

    Scott Matteson ’01 recently was promoted to Senior Counsel for AREVA; a large French multinational, nuclear engineering and manufacturing company.

    Tamara Schaeffer ‘01 spoke on Leadership of Patient Safety at the National Quest for Excellence Conference on April 5, 2011, in Washington D.C. The Conference, in its 23rd year, is the official Conference of the Malcolm Baldridge National Quality Award, the only national quality award given by the President of the United States, and is sponsored by the National Institute of Science and Technology, a Division of the U.S. Department of Commerce. Tamara is the Director of Patient Safety for Advocate Good Samaritan Hospital in Downers Grove, Illinois, winner of the 2010 Malcolm Baldrige Award. Tamara recently married Steven Schaeffer in Hawaii on March 7, 2011.


    Carmody MacDonald P.C. announces that Michelle N. Dibadj ‘02 has joined the firm as an associate. Ms. Dibadj concentrates her practice in the area of medical professional defense litigation.

    Peter Olson ’02 is running for the ISBA Board of Governors Cook County (Under age 37).

    Lucy Goffinet ‘02 (FKA Lucy Rhodes-Moore) has been elected State Judge in Perry County, Indiana, after beating the incumbent candidate in the primary election.  She is the first female judge in Perry County and the youngest judge to be elected in the State of Indiana. 

    After clerking for Judge Herndon in the federal court in the Southern District of Illinois, Theresa Phelps ‘02 joined the law firm of Lewis, Rice & Fingersh.  Theresa left Lewis Rice to accept a position at a new Clayton-based branch office of a Quincy, Illinois firm, Schmiedeskamp, Robertson, Neu & Mitchell.  The biggest news is that Ryan and Theresa added a new addition to their family, a daughter.

    Clarksville patent attorney David Winters ‘02 was recently a guest judge at the British Inventors Show in London, England. Read the full story here:

    Matthew J. Goetten ’02 who was re-elected as Greene County State’s Attorney in November, 2008 anticipates being called to duty soon as an Army judge advocate.  He has recommended that Carrollton attorney Craig M. Grummel ’07 serve in his absence by contract.

    On January 1st, Mandi J. Karvis, ’02 will be an owner (partner) at her firm Sanders & Parks, P.C. in Phoenix, AZ. She practices primarily in the area of medical malpractice defense, and also does work in the area of municipality defense.

    Jennifer Daulby Kaleta ’02 recently joined Land O ’Lakes as a Lobbyist.  She resides in Arlington, VA with her husband, Ed, and daughter, Reagan.

    Sebrina A. Barrett ‘02 will join The Missouri Bar as its deputy executive director in February 2011.Sebrina most recently served as senior director of public affairs and administrative services for the New York State Bar Association. She supervised the Departments of Media Services and Law, Youth & Citizenship, as well as provided direct support to Bar officers, the executive director, and the board of directors of The New York Bar Foundation.Barrett previously served as staff attorney, law clerk and judicial clerk with the New York State Court of Appeals, the Appellate Division, Third Department, and the Supreme Court of Missouri. She served as a confidential law clerk to the Hon. Michael A Wolff, Supreme Court of Missouri. She was an adjunct professor of media law at the State University of New York at Albany.A Missouri native, Barrett received her undergraduate degree in agricultural journalism from the University of Missouri-Columbia. She graduated first in her law class from Southern Illinois University School of Law, where she was editor-in-chief of the SIU Law Journal and the recipient of several writing, research and service awards. 

    Bob Marcus ‘02 has been reappointed as a Hearing Officer for Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission. In the spring of 2011, Marcus, with co counsel, will appear before the Supreme Court of the United States in protection of the Federal Employers' Liability Act. CSX Transportation, Inc. v. McBride 10-235. This landmark case will affect railroaders and FELA practitioners nationwide. Marcus tried the case for locomotive engineer Robert McBride in 2008 which resulted in a $275,000.00 verdict. The appellate issue involves the causation standard applicable in FELA cases.

    Behr, McCarter & Potter, P.C. is proud to announce the appointment of a new partner, Jason W. Kinser ‘02.

    Jason received a B.A. in Political Science from Northern Illinois University in 1994 and then served with the U.S. Army.  As a U.S. Army officer, Jason traveled extensively throughout Central America.  Jason obtained his J.D., cum laude, from the Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2002.  While in law school, Jason received the Edward L. Welch Labor Law Award and was a member of the Law Journal Staff.

    Jason recently joined the Leadership committee of the Children's Advocacy Center of Greater St. Louis.  The center serves children impacted by all types of traumatic events, including childhoold sexual abuse, physical abuse, and neglect.  He also serves as a Patient Volunteer with Alternative Hospice. Jason resides in St. Charles County, Missouri with his wife, Missy, and 2 children, Callie and Kyle.



    Craig Newbern '03 and wife Candice are pleased to announce the birth of their second son, Craig F. Newbern, III (Tre'). Tre' was born on August 7, 2008. Craig, currently residing in Lexington, Kentucky, is an Assistant Attorney General with the Kentucky Attorney General's Office.

    Tambra Cain ’03 was sworn in to the US Supreme Court in the 1st SIU School of Law alumni group admission.

    Thomas Maurice Miller '03 passed away August 8, 2009.  He had been working for the TN Department of Health and had never lost a case during his tenure there.  During the last couple of years however, he was also suffering from chronic pancreatitis and could find no relief from any medical treatment.  Tom loved what he was doing and his wife Sharon wanted the professors and graduates from SIU School of Law to know just how much he enjoyed the time he had with you all. You may contact his wife Sharon A. Miller at

    Casey Parker White ’03 is on the board of directors of the new 1 st Circuit Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. located in Carbondale, Illinois.

    Thomas Coupe’ 03 has been certified as a Juvenile Law and Child Welfare Specialist by the Tennessee Commission on Continuing Legal Education and Specialization.  Coupe’, a staff attorney at Juvenile Court of Memphis and Shelby County who also serves as coordinator of the Judge’s Action Center, is only one of 300 attorneys statewide who have completed the certification process required by the Tennessee Supreme Court.  Coupe’ also has been certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist by the National Association of Counsel for Children.

    Alisha L. Huls '03 joins Husch Blackwell read story here


    Michael P. Murphy ‘04 and his wife, Tami, had a baby girl on June 28, 2007 - Mackenzie Payton Murphy.  

    Sarah Holsapple-Miller ‘04 and her husband Brandon are proud to announce the birth of their first child, a son, Reed Owen Miller, born March 25, 2008 in Mattoon, IL.


    Nicholas E. Owens ’05 and Jeff Hall have opened a law firm in Peoria, Hall, Owens & Wickenhauser, L.L.C.  Check out our website @  

    Nate Hwang ‘05 and Nicole Poirier ‘05 were married on March 17, 2007 in St. Louis, MO.

    Nathan Craig '05 will be leaving his current position of Associate Professor of Legal Studies at Utah Valley University and has accepted an attorney position with the Social Security Disability law firm of Francis and Fentress in Cadiz, Kentucky effective May 1, 2007.

    Davina Smith '05 and George Lottritz are happy to announce the birth of their son, Flynn Alexander Smith-Lottritz, on October 17, 2008 in Eureka, California.

    Bradley Hammond '05 married Kelli Tande of Bismarck, North Dakota in Estes Park, Colorado on August 25, 2007.  They reside in Naperville, Illinois.

    Daryl Jones ’05 was sworn in to the US Supreme Court in the 1 st SIU School of Law alumni group admission.

    Judi Ray ’05 was sworn in to the US Supreme Court in the 1 st SIU School of Law alumni group admission.

    Tiffany Sievers ’05 has opened SI Elder Law in Marion to help protect the assets of seniors needing long-term care.  Sievers is accredited by the Veterans Administration.  The firm provides estate protection and disability, VA and Medicaid assistance.  Sievers has years of elder law experience working for Habiger and Associates Elder Law Office in Carbondale.  She also has practiced workers compensation and personal injury law in Springfield and Marion.

    Tiffanny H. Sievers ‘05, has been elected president-elect of the Illinois Chapter of the National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys. Sievers is the owner of SI Elder Law in Marion. SI Elder Law protects clients' assets who are in need of long-term or assisted living care by finding alternative ways to pay for care, rather than paying out of pocket.  The National Academy of Elder Law Attorneys, Inc. (NAELA) was founded in 1987 as a professional association of attorneys who are dedicated to improving the quality of legal services provided to seniors and people with special needs.

    Heather Mueller-Jones ’05 is an Associate at Knapp, Ohl and Green in Edwardsville, IL. She resides in Maryville with her husband Clint Jones, her daughter Merin, 9 years-old, and her son Luke, 3 years-old.

    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. 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. 

    Sandra Cook ’05 was appointed to the SIU Board of Trustees.  Gov. Pat Quinn announced the appointment on Monday, February 25, 2013.



    Tabbert Hahn Earnest & Weddle, LLP, an Indianapolis based law firm, announces that Elizabeth Schuerman '06 has joined the firm as an associate. Schuerman will practice in the areas of medical malpractice, construction litigation, and general litigation. She was admitted to the Indiana Bar in 2006. Prior to joining Tabbert Hahn Earnest & Weddle, LLP, Schuerman was an associate in a private law firm in Indianapolis. A 2006 cum laude graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law in Carbondale, Illinois, Schuerman was on the Dean's List each semester and received two academic scholarships. She participated as a staff writer and articles editor for the Southern Illinois University Law Journal. Schuerman was also a member of Phi Alpha Delta law fraternity and served as its fundraising chair. She was a visiting student during the 2005-06 school year at the I.U. School of Law- Indianapolis. Schuerman received her Bachelor of Arts in English from Truman State University in Kirksville, Missouri, in 2009. Active in the community, Schuerman serves on the board of directors of Heritage Place an volunteers for the Protective Order Pro Bono Project.

    Lisa M. Casper ’06 is the assistant State’s Attorney in Pulaski County.  Her office is located in Mound City, Illinois. 

    Chad Kruse '06 is working as Assistant Counsel at Illinois EPA in Springfield, IL  He writes for Springfield Business Journal as an Environmental Correspondent.  Chad completed Ironman 70.3 Racine this past Sunday and his legs are still very much in pain. 

    Elizabeth “Lizzie” Schuerman ‘06, an associate with Tabbert Hahn Earnest & Weddle, LLP, was selected as the 2010 Indianapolis Bar Association Young Lawyer of the Year.  Read the full story here.

    Kimberly Rykhus '06 joined Archer Daniels Midland Company in July 2010 as an attorney in ADM's legal department. 

    Patrick Rykhus '06 joined ADM in August 2010 as a contracts manager. 

    Kimberly & Patrick Rykhus '06 welcomed their son, Callan Michael Rykhus, into the world on November 6, 2010. 

    Elizabeth Schuerman ’06 is working at Bose McKinney & Evans, LLP in Indianapolis, IN.

    Doug Hoffman '06 was appointed by the Jefferson County Board on Monday as the Jefferson County State’s Attorney.  Hoffman, currently an assistant state’s attorney for Jefferson County, will begin on Jan. 1, 2012

    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. 



    Matthew J. Goetten ’02 who was re-elected as Greene County State’s Attorney in November, 2008 anticipates being called to duty soon as an Army judge advocate.  He has recommended that Carrollton attorney Craig M. Grummel ’07 serve in his absence by contract.



    Andrew R. Roszak ’08 earned his degree in May, he will begin a year-long David A. Winston Health Policy Fellowship.  A dual-degree graduate student, he also received a master’s degree in public administration.  Roszak’s fellowship, one of only two granted this year, will provide an opportunity to learn about the political system through exposure to public and private sector roles in health policy development.

    Brian J. Lambert ‘08 joined the law firm of Sivia Business & Legal Services, P.C. on Jan. 2 as an associate.

    Lambert graduated cum laude from Southern Illinois University School of Law. There, he was vice-president of Phi Delta Phi and a member of the Environmental Law Society. Lambert has experience in the areas of business law, family law, criminal law and general civil litigation. While in school, he interned at the office of the Illinois Attorney General and primarily worked on consumer protection issues. He also interned at the office of the Jackson County Public Defender where he assisted clients on misdemeanor and traffic cases. Additionally, Lambert was involved in the SIU School of Law Domestic Violence Clinic where he assisted clients in obtaining orders of protection, while aiding them in filing for divorce through Land of Lincoln Legal Services. He graduated from the University of Illinois in Champaign-Urbana, where he received a bachelor of science degree in Broadcast Journalism. He obtained his law degree from Southern Illinois School of Law and is licensed to practice law in Illinois. He will be preparing to take the Missouri Bar Exam this February. Lambert is a member of the American Bar Association, Illinois State Bar Associations, and the Madison County Bar Association. Lambert is originally from Blue Island, and he currently resides in Carlyle.

    Missy Greathouse ’08 is the Program Coordinator for the Pro Bono Family Mediation Program at Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc.  She handles the logistics of the family mediation program as well as the development of the organization's relationship with judges and programs of the First Judicial Circuit.  She screens case referrals from the Court and prepares appropriate cases for mediation.

    John Persell ‘08 recently joined the staff of Pacific Rivers Council, based in Portland, Oregon, where he will work on issues concerning the watersheds of Mt. Hood National Forest.  John will also continue to represent Wyoming-based Biodiversity Conservation Alliance in public lands management matters.  He is licensed in both Oregon and Wyoming.

    Jennifer Walsh Hammer ‘08, was elected to the Under-37 position on the ISBA’s Board of Governors. Congratulations!

    Andrew Roszak ’08 was recently appointed by the National Quality Forum (NQF) to serve as Co-Chair to a new NQF Steering Committee on Regionalized Emergency Medical Care Services. The Steering Committee will provide guidance on the NQF project that seeks to identify approaches for systematically regionalizing emergency care services at the national, state, and regional levels. The framework report will assess current regionalized emergency medical care services' measures and guide future measure development while identifying measure gaps. Andrew Roszak currently serves as Senior Health Policy Counsel for the Office of Special Health Affairs, Health Resources and Services Administration, US Department of Health and Human Services.

    More information is available at:

    Caleb Briscoe ‘08 has declared his candidacy for the Republican nomination for Greene County state’s attorney.

    Andrew Roszak '08 serves as Senior Preparedness Advisor at MESH, a public/private non-profit agency based in Indianapolis. Read about his experience with the ‘Super Care Clinic’ during Super Bowl 46

    Amy Campbell ’08, recently accepted a position with Stange Law Firm, L.L.C., a family law practice handling St. Louis, St. Charles, Jefferson County, Missouri and St. Clair County, Illinois County Child Custody, Divorce, Paternity and Other Issues.

    Elizabeth Gastelum, Class of '08, featured in Chicago Daily Law Bulletin read story here.




    Brian R. Salmo '09 has joined the practice of Polsinelli Shughart in St. Louis, MO more information available here. Brian is a member of the business law practice group and assists clients on a variety of issues, including entity formation, governance, financing, and mergers and acquisitions.

    Addison Waid '09, of Lake Barrington, has been hired as assistant state's attorney of Iroquois County, replacing Susan Barker, more information available here.

    The law firm of Hassakis and Hassakis,PC in Mt. Vernon and Effingham, IL is pleased to announce the addition of Joshua A. Humbrecht '09 as associate attorney as the firm prepares to celebrate its 60 th year of service to the region. Joshua grew up in Will county, Illinois and attended Lincoln-Way High School.  He went on the Illinois State University double majoring in history and political science, graduating with a Bachelor of Science degree in 2005.  He received his Juris Doctorate, Magna Cum Laude, from Southern Illinois University School of Law in 2009.  He recently moved to Benton, Illinois and is proud to call Southern  Illinois home. His focus in the practice of law will be in civil litigation, including personal injury, wrongful death and workers’ compensation law.  He will practice in State and Federal Courts and before the Workers’ Compensation Commission. He can be reached at the offices of Hassakis & Hassakis, PC, in Mt. Vernon, IL.

    Steve Krake ’09 has been sworn in and admitted to the Bar of the Cherokee Tribal Courts.


    Rachael Keehn ’10 recently accepted a job with the City of Carbondale, you can read more about this here.

    Ryan Minton ’10 has started working as a legal editor for the Rocky Mountain Mineral Law Foundation located in Denver, CO. The Foundation is an educational organization dedicated to the study of the legal systems and issues affecting domestic and international mineral and water resources. As a part of his duties, he is the Executive Editor of the Gower Federal Services, which is a subscription service that is available electronically on Westlaw.

    Davor Mitrovic ’10 works as an assistant state’s attorney in Cook County in the 1st Municipal Division.  Here is part of his story that was reported in the Chicago Lawyer Magazine, June, 2011. 

    It’s a safe bet that most of the other assistant state’s attorneys didn’t come from as far away as Davor.  Born in the mid-1980s in the former Yugoslavia, Mitrovic spent his pre-adolescent years living through the Bosnian War, a civil conflict that took place in the country between 1992 and 1995.  Mitrovic’s life was peppered by air attacks where he was required to take shelter and that made it unsafe to simply walk the streets.  He escaped unscathed, but some family members were not so lucky – including a cousin who lost a leg by stepping on a land mine.  “We just did our best to try to continue leading normal lives,” he said.  “The police and the justice system was there, but they just stopped working.”  Mitrovic moved with his family to Chicago’s South Side at the end of 1997.  He attended Mount Carmel High School, after which he earned his dual history and criminology/law studies degree from Marquette University.  He attended law school at SIU at the behest of his mother, who insisted Mitrovic be next to his older brother, Bojan, as he completed his doctorate at the school.  It was the dissolution of Yugoslavia’s court system and ethnically driven erosion of civil rights that drove Mitrovic to become a prosecutor.

    “In a war-torn country, you still had an organized society behind the front lines, but all sense of law disappeared,”  he said.  “I realized from an early age that what lawyers do is keep societies together.  We keep people accountable for what they’ve done and that not only deters some people from doing crimes, but it also helps victims heal.” to read the full article click here.

    Eric and Lacy Rakestraw, both graduated in 2010, we're married October 29, 2011.  Congratulations!

    Ashley Nierbur, Class of 2010, featured in article about her work at the
    Illinois Municipal League read story here.


    Michelle Hook Dewey ‘11 was appointed to the SIU Board of Trustees by Gov. Pat Quinn on Tuesday, July 12, 2011.  Michelle was elected by the students at SIU Carbondale, according to the board’s website.  Dewey is a native of Vernon Hills.  She earned a bachelor’s degree in history and English from Northeastern University in Chicago in 2006.  Dewey earned her law degree from the SIU School of Law in 2011 and is pursuing a master of law degree at SIU Carbondale,  Dewey and her husband, Justin, also an SIUC alumnus, live in Murphysboro.



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