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The Honorable Kimberly L. Dahlen

Class of 1979

Dahlen looks back on career as one of Illinois' first female judges.

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Robert C. Rakers

Class of 2013

Robert C. Rakers has joined Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Madison County (Edwardsville) office as an associate.


Greg Odom

Class of 2008

Greg Odom has been elected partner of HeplerBroom LLC and practices in the firm’s Edwardsville office.

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Doug Bieller

Class of 2006

Doug Bieller has been elected partner of HeplerBroom LLC and practices in the firm’s St. Louis office.

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Scott Andresen

Class of '96

Scott Andresen received high honors from Super Lawyers and Benchmark Litigation. 

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Mary Rudasill

Class of '80

Mary Rudasill is retiring after founding Dispute Resolution Institute (DRI) and serving for many successful years as its Executive Director. She will be replaced by Melissa Greathouse. 

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Melissa Greathouse

Class of '08

Melissa Greathouse named Executive Director of Dispute Resolution Institute

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Kyle Oehmke

Class of '09

Kyle Oehmke

Kyle Christopher Oehmke, '09, was recently elected partner with the international, AmLaw 200 firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP.  

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Reona J. Daly

Class of '94

Reona J. Daly

SIUC's Reona Daly selected Magistrate at federal court in Benton.

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James W. Buckley

Class of '89

James W. Buckley (JD 1989 Law) was recently presented the Prosecutor Award by the Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission and Southern Illinois Police Chief’s Association read more here


Timothy Ting

Class of '08

Timothy Ting

Tim Ting received the Illinois State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award during their Annual Meeting in June, 2015 read more here


Brady Barke

Class of' '08

Brady Barke

Brady Barke begins new role as Southeast Missouri State interim director of athletics read more here


Abbey A. Fritz

Class of '14

Abbey Fritz joins Swanson, Martin and Bell, LLP as a Lateral Associate read more here


Gregory W. Odom

Class of '08

Edwardsville attorney Gregory W. Odom is the recipient of Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s (IDC) 2015 Rising Star Award. Odom distinguished himself as chair of the Young Lawyers Division (YLD). To read more about the award click here


Krissi Geary-Boehm

Class of '05

Selected as an Assistant Editor for the next issue of the Journal of Legal Writing, which is the Legal Writing Institute's journal.


John P. Cunningham

Class of '86

John P. Cunningham (SIU Law School, J.D., 1986), Principal at Brown & James, P.C., was named  Madison County’s winningest civil defense attorney in 2014 by The Madison-St. Clair County Record, the Metro East's legal journal.

Last year, Mr. Cunningham won three cases in which the plaintiff had sought more than $50,000 in damages. He had back-to-back wins in February 2014.

Mr. Cunningham specializes in the areas of first-party insurance claims and tort law, including arson and fraud litigation, premises liability, product liability and automobile litigation. He is also a 2014 Illinois “Super Lawyer” in the category of insurance coverage.


Sean Smoot

Class of '95

Sean Smoot '95 appointed to work on the President's Task Force on 21st Century Policing.

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Elizabeth Schuerman

Class of '06

Elizabeth Schuerman Class of  2006, named in the Top 25 Women in Indiana Super Lawyers.

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Giovanni Randazzo

Class of '04

Giovanni Randazzo to be named IL Senate Parliamentarian and Chief Legal Counsel

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Andrew Carruthers

Class of '06

HeplerBroom LLC elects new partner

Carruthers is a general practice attorney with a primary emphasis in: estate planning, probate litigation, wills and trusts, business succession planning, corporate, general business law, real estate, municipal and government law, banking law, election law, and political and campaign finance law. He practices in HeplerBroom's Edwardsville office.

Carruthers is licensed to practice law in Illinois, Missouri, and Florida. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, the Eastern District of Missouri, and the United States Court of Appeals 7th Circuit.
Carruthers is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Madison County Bar Association, The Missouri Bar, and Florida Bar Association. He graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law, obtaining his J.D. in 2006.


Michael Murphy

Class of '04

HeplerBroom LLC elects new partner

Michael Murphy has experience in the defense of a wide variety of cases, including: premises liability, personal injury, contract disputes, insurance coverage, the Illinois Dram Shop Act, wrongful death, products liability, property damage, and employment discrimination. He practices in HeplerBroom's Springfield office.

Murphy is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri. He is admitted to practice in the United States Court of Appeals 7th Circuit, and the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois. He received his J.D. in 2004 from Southern Illinois University School of Law.

Murphy is a member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel, Defense Research Institute, Sangamon County Bar Association, and Lincoln-Douglas Inn of Court.


Noel Smith

Class of '01

HeplerBroom LLC elects new partner

Noel Smith focuses his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters including: asbestos, toxic tort, product liability, and personal injury. He practices in HeplerBroom's Edwardsville office.

Smith is licensed to practice law in Illinois and Missouri. He is admitted to practice in the United States District Courts for the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois, and the Eastern District of Missouri. He attended Southern Illinois University School of Law, where he obtained his J.D in 2001.


Phoebe Bowers

Class of '03

Phoebe Bowers, a 2003 graduate of Southern Illinois University School of Law, was sworn is as an associate judge of the 6th Judicial Circuit during a ceremony at the Macon County Circuit Court in Decatur, Ill. on January 23, 2015.

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Lance Trover

Class of '06

Lance Trover, Class of '06, named Communications Director for Gov. Rauner.

Read Southern Illinoisan article.