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2013

Brian Lee ‘13, 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  11/5/2013


2012

Congratulations to Michael Sinha '12 JD/MD, who married Kristina Dzara in Barcelona, Spain on May 31, 2014. The couple reside in Hamden, Connecticut. 7/2014.


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, joined the national foreclosure defense team at Consumer Attorney Services.  Read more information here.  6/2013

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


2010

Ashley Niebur ‘10, accepted the position of ICUL’s manager-state governmental affairs.  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. 1/14/2013


2009

Brian Salmo '09, was the focal point in the article How A Business-Minded Attorney Is Helping St. Louis Entrepreneurs


2008

Amy Campbell ’08, 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, 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. 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.


2007

Nate Bailey, '07 cum laude graduate, patent attorney, 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, was 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.  11/4/2013


2006

Edward R. Albin, ’06, joined the growing law firm of Williams Venker & Sanders LLC (St. Louis, MO) as an associate.  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, who was elected to membership at Kopon Airdo in Chicago. See profile here.


2005

Nathan Craig, ‘05, became the new owner of the law firm of Francis & Fentress, PSC. The law firm name has changed to Francis, Fentress & Craig, PSC. He continues to represent disabled clients in their pursuit for disability benefits before the Social Security Administration. 1/12/2012

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.

Sandra Cook, ‘05, gave a presentation on “Asbestos:  Current Issues and Effective Litigation Tactics” at a seminar hosted by the National Business Institute. 5/29/2012


2003

Tom Coupé, ’03, worked 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, was named a partner with the Decatur law firm of Fuller & Quigg. Read full story here 7/2013

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


2002

Jen Daulby, ’02, returned 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 her what she has been up to since graduation in 2002. Click here to read article.


2001

Eric Hall, ‘01, was 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. 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, was 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.  6/2013

Laura Beasley, ’01, was elected to the board of directors of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. Read story here 6/2013


2000

Jamiela Kassem, '00served as deputy inspector general in Springfield where her responsibilities included supervising 4 assistant inspectors general and 6 investigators. Jamiela has also served as an assistant state’s attorney for the Sangamon County State’s Attorney’s Office.

Rob Shumaker, '00, fourth novel, D-Day in the Capital, is now out.  The political thriller is available at teapartynovels.com and amazon.com. 2/2010


1998

Thomas J. Sanzi, ’98 was appointed as an Administrative Law Judge for the Social Security Administration's Office of Disability Adjudication and Review.  He is currently serving in the Madison, WI office. 7/2011

Christopher Koelker, '98, appointed associate judge in 20th Judicial Circuit (IL). He received his undergraduate degree in 1989 from Arizona State University in Tempe, Arizona and his Juris Doctor from Southern Illinois University - Carbondale. Mr. Kolker is currently engaged in practice with the Kolker Law Offices, P.C., in Belleville. Read the press release here. 2/2013

Karren S. Farmer, '98, was awarded the volunteer attorney of the year 2013 by Prairie State Legal Services. Read article here. 9/2014


1997

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

Robert Bonjean III, ’97, an assistant state’s attorney since 2004, was named Morgan County state’s attorney by the county commissioners.  Read the full story here.  6/2013

Steven C. Langhoff, ’97, joined the Decatur law firm of Bolen Robinson & Ellis LLP as a partner. Read the full story here.  7/2013


1996

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

Stephen Friedel, ’96, former Fayette County State’s Attorney, joined the law firm of Tapella & Eberspacher LLC.  Read the press release here 7/2013


1995

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


1994

Matthew J. Nielsen, ’94, was promoted to Vice President of Commercial Claims at Founders Insurance Company, a member company of Des Plaines, IL-based Utica National Insurance Group.


1993

Neil T. Schroeder, '93, was elected as an associate judge in the Third Judicial Circuit. Read article here. 2/11/2013

Nancy J. Rosenstengel, ’93, was 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, class of ‘78.  Murphy, 64, retires on December 1.  Read the press release here.   11/2013


1985

Bruce Lovering, ’85, 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.


1982

Thomas Pajda, ’82 cum laude, was recently recognized at a dinner celebrating his 30 year service anniversary with AT&T. Upon graduation, Pajda served as an Assistant State's Attorney in St. Clair County Illinois, and a Law Clerk for the Supreme Court of Illinois. Pajda then began his AT&T career in St. Louis in 1984, and is currently General Attorney – National Policy and Marketing in the Wholesale group of the AT&T Legal Department in Dallas, Texas, where he advises on legal matters relevant to business relationships between AT&T and other telecommunications companies such as Sprint and Verizon.


1979

Dennis Orsey, ’79, received the 2013 Board of Governors Award from the Illinois State Bar Association. This was the organization’s 137th annual meeting held at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI.  Read copy of article here. 7/21/2013  


1976

David Atchison, ’76, was named to the Board of Trustees and 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, was selected as a United States Magistrate Judge for the Central District of Illinois.  The appointment filled the vacancy created by the resignation notice of United States Magistrate Judge Byron G. Cudmore, class of ‘77.  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 - Carbondale and law school at Southern Illinois University School of Law, also in Carbondale.  2/7/2014