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Class Notes

The classes of '78, '83, '88, '93, '98, '03, and '08 celebrated reunions in September, 2013. See more here.


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

Thomas P. Schanzle-Haskins ’76 has been selected as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of Illinois.  The appointment fills the vacancy created by the resignation notice of United States Magistrate Judge Byron G. Cudmore ‘77, effective February 7, 2014.  The selection is made by the United States District Judges from the Central District of Illinois, after receiving, and considering, a report from the Merit Selection Panel. Mr. Schanzle-Haskins currently serves as a Partner and Member of the Management Committee at Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLP.  He has served in that capacity since October 2003.  Mr. Schanzle-Haskins attended college at Southern Illinois University at Carbondale and law school at Southern Illinois University School of Law, also in Carbondale.  (July, 2014)


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  


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, he would enjoy hearing from and reconnecting with classmates.


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

Nancy J. Rosenstengel ’93 has been nominated by President Barack Obama to fill an upcoming vacancy on the U.S. District Court in the Southern District of Illinois.   The position she has been nominated to fill is that of U.S. District Judge G. Patrick Murphy ‘78.  Murphy, 64, retires on Dec. 1.  Read the press release here.   11/13


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.


Will Jordan ‘95 is the Executive Director of the Metropolitan St. Louis Equal Housing Opportunity Council (EHOC), which works to ensure equal access to housing for all people through education, counseling, investigation and enforcement. EHOC was recognized in 2003 by FOCUS Saint Louis with a What's Right with the Region Award and received the Governor's Human Rights Award from the State of Illinois in 2005. EHOC serves the 8-county St. Louis metropolitan region in Missouri and Illinois. Jordan received his B.S. in Psychology from Southeast Missouri State University and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University in Carbondale. Before coming to EHOC, he served as program manager for the Emerson Park Development Corporation's YouthBuild Program in East St. Louis. He has also served as hearing officer for the Missouri Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, Regional Trainer for the Missouri Division of Youth Services and Community Outreach Coordinator for the Urban League of Metropolitan St. Louis. He is a member of Stand for Children's grassroots organizing initiative.  8.2013


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 here7.2013


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


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.


Jamiela Kassem 2000will 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


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


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.


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

Thomas Tedechi, Class of ’03, elected chief judge of Second Judicial Circuit. Read article here 10/2013


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., 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. 


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.


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. 

Delio A. Calzolari ‘07 has been named the associate director of The Paul Simon Public Policy Institute at Southern Illinois University. Calzolari has a law degree, with honors, from SIU’s School of Law and a bachelor’s degree in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign. He has served as a Navy officer, a manager with Caterpillar Inc., a campaign staffer for Obama for America ’08 and as a chief advisor for Lt. Gov. Sheila Simon.  (11.04.13)


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.

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.


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


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.


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.


Congratulations to Michael Sinha '12 JD/MD, who married Kristina Dzara in Barcelona, Spain on May 31, 2014. The couple reside in Hamden, Connecticut. July, 2014.


Brian Lee ‘13 has joined Hepler Broom LLC in the Springfield office as an associate attorney focusing on a wide range of areas including premises liability, construction injuries, contract disputes, nuisance, wrongful death, property damage, and employment discrimination. Read press release here  11.5.13