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Steven R. Wolke, '18 has joined the law firm of Craig & Craig, LLC as an associate in the Mattoon office. Read about it here. 5/2019.

Cody Benway, '18 student note for Law Journal has been cited in an amicus brief in a pending Supreme Court case; you can see the brief here 5/2019.

Connor Oehmke, '18 has joined FMGR and will focus his practice in the area of civil litigation. 1/19.

John Wagener, '18 has joined the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services National Records Center in Lee’s Summit, MO, as a FOIA specialist. 11/14

Connor Oehmke, '18 called for national legislation regarding amusement park safety in the Journal of Legal Medicine ( and was quoted in the article, Parents often lack amusement-park safety plans in 


Elliot Stratton, ’17 is clerking for Judge Ryan T. Holte on the United States Court of Federal Claims in Washington, D.C. 2/2020

Willie Lyles, III, '17, is returning to Washington DC to work for Congressman Clyburn as his Legislative Director and Counsel. 1/23/19 

Myron Grant, '17 joined the Legal Council team in August 2017. Read more here 1/19


Aaron Goldman,'16, is an Associate with Disparti Law Group P.A. in Chicago, a law firm with offices in Chicago, Florida, and Beverly Hills, CA. He is a litigator advocating on behalf of individuals who have applied for and been denied Social Security benefits in administrative law hearings, including vigorous cross-examination of medical, psychological, and vocational expert witnesses. More more here. 7/2018


Andrew (AJ) Sheehan '15 has joined Heyl Royster’s Springfield office. Mr. Sheehan focuses his practice on the defense of Workers’ Compensation claims. Prior to joining Heyl Royster, he was in a civil practice for three years representing employers and insurers throughout Illinois and Missouri. Mr. Sheehan has appeared before both the Illinois and Missouri Workers’ Compensation Commissions. Mr. Sheehan earned his J.D., cum laude, in 2015 from the Southern Illinois University School of Law and his B.S. in Political Science from the University of Illinois. He joins the firm as an Associate. 7/2018

Daniel Heil, '15 is an Associate at Freeark, Harvey,and Mendillo, P.C. in Bellville, Illinois. 8/2016

Elisha Deen, ’15, Associate at Winters, Brewster, Crosby & Shafer LLC in Marion, Illinois. Elisha will practice in civil trial litigation, medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability, retaliatory discharge and workers’ compensation law. 4/2015

Kolby Smithpeters, ’15, Associate at Winters, Brewster, Crosby & Shafer LLC in Marion, Illinois. Kolby will practice in civil trial litigation, medical malpractice, personal injury, product liability, retaliatory discharge and workers’ compensation law. 4/2015

William E Miller IV, ’15, Associate at The Law Offices of William E. Miller III. 4/2015

Alisha L. Biesinger'15, has joined the Edwardsville, IL office of Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen, P.C. Read more here.

Ms. Christina M. Kuta '03 (B.S. 1996, M.S.W. 1998, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign; J.D. 2003, Southern Illinois University School of Law; LL.M. 2004, Saint Louis University School of Law) has joined the law firm of Roetzel & Andress LPA as an associate.  Ms. Kuta will work from the firm’s Chicago office and focuses her practice in the areas of regulatory and transactional health care.


Paula Roa,'14, is a fellow at Equal Justice Works. Read more here. 2/14/19

Marshal Rinderer, '14, is one of the Illinois 2019 Super Lawyers. Read more here. 1/22/19

Ariana Calderaro, '14, became a shareholder with Oldfield Myers Apke & Payne Law Group, Ltd. Read more here 3/2018

Arryn Carson, '14, joined Bigler Law Office in Anna, IL (as of 6/1/17). Read more here 10/5/17

Christian Cyphers, ’14, is an attorney at COUNTRY Financial focusing on corporate law, contract law, and regulatory compliance. 9/2017.

Jessica Sarff, '14, has joined the Heyl Royster team for commercial litigation. Read more here 4/2017

Shanna Crafts, ’14, Associate at Andrew Cores Family Law Group, a division of Esp Kreuzer Cores LLP located in Wheaton, Illinois. Crafts will concentrate her practice on family law matters including divorce, child support, child custody, alimony, spousal support, visitation, and litigation. Crafts is an active member of the Illinois State Bar Association, Chicago Bar Association, the DuPage County Bar Association, and the DuPage Association for Women Lawyers. 9/2015

Abbey Fritz, ’14, Associate at Swanson, Martin and Bell, LLP in Madison County, Illinois. Abbey Fritz  focuses her practice on Asbestos Litigation and Toxic Tort Litigation. 7/2015


Caroline Colby Bruder ’13 has accepted a position at her undergraduate alma mater, Millikin University, in Decatur, IL, as Special Counsel to the Vice President of Alumni and Development.  In this role, she works closely with the development team in handling estate gifts and bequests, and also works for the university campus at large.  This is a newly created position at Millikin.  Previously, she worked as an associate at Brady Connolly & Masuda, PC, practicing worker’s compensation defense, and at Moore, Susler, McNutt & Wrigley, LLC, where she concentrated in family law and estate planning. 8/2017

Robert C. Rakers, '13, has joined Swanson, Martin & Bell, LLP’s Madison County (Edwardsville) office as an associate. 7/2017

Anne Mergen, '13, has joined the Heyl Royster team and specializes in environmental and government law. Read more here 4/2017

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

Heyl Royster is pleased to announce that Mitchell Martin, ‘13, has become an associate at the firm. Mitchell focuses his practice on the defense of medical malpractice and toxic tort litigation. Before joining Heyl Royster, Mitchell worked for a southern Illinois law firm, focusing on insurance defense. He graduated cum laude with a J.D. from the Southern Illinois University School of Law and summa cum laude from Harding University. While in law school, he interned with the United States Attorney's Office for the Southern District of Illinois.

Heyl Royster is pleased to announce that Robert Rakers,‘13, has become an associate at the firm. Robert defends clients in civil litigation with an emphasis on toxic tort litigation. Prior to joining the firm, Bob practiced at a successful Central Illinois law firm for nearly two years where he represented a variety of businesses in collection disputes, individuals seeking workers compensation benefits, individuals involved in domestic disputes, and individuals charged with misdemeanors and felonies. He obtained a bachelors degree from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and a J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law. During law school, Bob served as a judicial extern for the Honorable Vernelis K. Armstrong of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Ohio. 


Stephanie A. Black, '12 has joined Groves Powers, LLC, of St. Louis. 11/12/18

Stephanie A. Black, '12 has accepted a position with Beatty Motil, in Glen Carbon, IL. Read more here. 1/19/18

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.


Michele Hook Dewey '11, received a national award  - American Association of Law Libraries Emerging Leader Award. She is a Legal Research Services Manager at BakerHostetler in Atlanta, GA. 4/2019.

Jonathan Ingram '11, appointed to the Illinois Health Facilities and Services Review Board.

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.


Bruce Zywiec, '10 a former cop and prosecutor, is now helping low-income people at Prairie State Legal Services in Bloomington. Read the complete story here. 5/2019

Kylee Jordan, '10 became partner at Culley, Feist, Kuppart & Jordan 3/2018 

Rick A. Garcia, ’10, has accepted a position as Associate General Counsel with the Association of Village Council Presidents and will be relocating from sunny Miami, Florida to artic Bethel, Alaska.  The Association of Village Council Presidents (AVCP) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit tribal consortium of fifty-six federally recognized tribes. Tucked away between two of Southwest Alaska’s major rivers in an area the size of the State of New York, the Yukon-Kuskokwim Delta is the traditional home of the Yup’ik, Cup’ik, and Athabascan people. 12/2017

Amy Ohtani, '10, has joined the Rockford, IL office of Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen, P.C.

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


Danielle Johnson, '09, has accepted a position as a Senior Staff Attorney at Chicago Alliance Against Sexual Exploitation. She in charge of Criminal Justice Advocacy. She represents rape victims in two roles. The first role is the pre-indictment stage and the second is the post indictment stage. Her profile can be found on and click on meet CAASE Staff. 3/2018 

Kyle Christopher Oehmke, '09, was recently elected partner with the international, AmLaw 200 firm of Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP.  Based in Hinshaw's Belleville, Illinois office, Kyle has a robust litigation practice with several trials and successful verdicts under his belt. He routinely defends physicians, hospitals and other medical providers in malpractice litigation, while also handling a variety of tort and commercial litigation matters throughout Illinois and Missouri. Before joining Hinshaw, Kyle served as a law clerk to the Honorable J. Phil Gilbert, U.S. District Judge for the Southern District of Illinois, for two years.


Jessica Galanos, '08 is a assistant director and deputy Title IX coordinator at the The Office of Equal Opportunity and Access (OEOA). Read more here. 1/23/19

2Civility the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s communication channel featured, Missy Greathouse, '08, about her role as Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Institute, (DRI), read the complete article here. 11/14

Greg Odom, '08, has been elected a partner of HeplerBroom LLC. Bieller practices in the firm’s Edwardsville office and concentrates his practice on trials involving complex business litigation matters, including toxic torts, personal injury, product liability, premises liability, environmental Law, and commercial litigation. He is licensed to practice in Illinois, Missouri, and the United States. District Courts for the Northern, Central, and Southern Districts of Illinois and the Eastern and Western Districts of Missouri. 

Melissa Greathouse, '08 is the new Executive Director of the Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. (DRI). She will replace the founder and former Executive Director of the DRI, Mary Rudasill '80 who is retiring effective immediately. Read more here. 10/2016.

Gregory Odom, ’08 Associate at HelplerBroom LLC is the 2015 recipient of Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel’s 2015 Rising Star Award. Odom distinguished himself as the chair of the Young Lawyers Division. 7/2015

Luke DeSmet, ’08, Assistant City Attorney for City of Des Moines 7/2015

Timothy Ting '08 received the Illinois State Bar Association’s Young Lawyer of the Year Award during their Annual Meeting in June, 2015 read more here

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.


Jesse A. Placher, '07 received the Jury Verdict Reporter’s 2018 Trial Lawyer Excellence Award.  Mr. Placher, an attorney with Hinshaw & Culbertson, practices primarily in the areas of personal injury defense and property damage litigation. Read the complete story here 11/27.

Justin W. Chasco, ’07 Associate attorney at Wheeler, Van Sickle, & Anderson, S.C. in Madison Wisconsin. 5/2016

Nate Bailey, ’07 is a new partner of Waller Lansden and Davis, LLP in Nashville, Tennessee. Nate Bailey focuses on acquiring and enforcing intellectual property rights in the area of patent, trademark and copyright law. His work involves litigation and proceedings in federal district court, Patent Trial and Appeal Board, and Trademark Trial and Appeal Board. Before working with the firm, Bailey worked with the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office, where he worked in areas of electrical, computer, and chemical arts. 5/2016

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


Casey E. A. Bloodworth, '06, on being appointed to the First Judicial Circuit as associate judge. Read more here. 1/22/19 ‬

Josh Stratemeyer, '06, appointed as the new Massac County State’s Attorney.  He will finish out Massac County State’s Attorney Windhorsts’ term, which will end Nov. 30, 2020. Read complete article here.  1/17/19

Doug Bieller, '06, has been elected a partner of HeplerBroom LLC. Bieller practices in the firm’s St. Louis office and concentrates his law practice in toxic tort, product liability, and construction litigation. He is licensed to practice in Illinois, Missouri, and the United States District Court for the Western District of Missouri.

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.


Anthony R. Jumper, '05, Appointed Associate Judge in the Third Judicial Circuit, Mr. Jumper is currently affiliated with Callis, Papa & Szewczyk, P.C. in Granite City, MO. 4/9/18

Jill Helene Simpkins, '05passed away on July 3, 2016 in Winston-Salem, N.C.

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


Pamela Gamble, '04, became partner at HeplerBroom office in St. Louis. Read the complete story here 1/17/19



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.

Heyl Royster is pleased to announce that J. Michael Ward ‘03, has become Of Counsel at the firm. Michael focuses his practice on the defense of companies involved in complex litigation in the areas of products liability, toxic tort and environmental litigation. Michael began his career at a mid-sized Illinois firm focusing on the defense of premises owners and various manufacturers against claims involving toxic exposures and product liability actions. He then worked for a national law firm where he led a team of individuals representing a former major manufacturer of boilers who had been named in asbestos litigation. Michael earned his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law and a B.S. in Accounting from Southern Illinois University.


Lieutenant Commander David Winters '02 (ret) will present a paper, A ROGUE SECURITY REVOLUTION, for the 2017 Symposium on Cryptologic History, at Johns Hopkins University, 19-21 Oct 2017. 6/2017 

Sarah Taylor, '02, received the ISBA Board of Governors Award on June 18, 2016. Read story here

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.


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.

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


Jacob Mihm, '00trial and appellate lawyer for Hoke LLC, a Chicago-based boutique law firm has a case that has been named one of the five “Biggest Insurance Rulings of 2017” in the U.S. The firm obtained the decision, which was affirmed on appeal, on behalf of its mining company client. The case is the most complex civil lawsuit in Connecticut history (based on the number of pleadings filed), with Hoke LLC’s victory helping its client secure more than 30 years of historical insurance coverage dating back to 1956 for alleged asbestos and talc-related claims. 8/2017

Bill Nuckols, '00 earned his Ph.D. In Higher Education Administration from Old Dominion University in Norfolk, VA in May 2016, with the dissertation "The Perception Of The Value Added From Accruing Student Debt To Earn A Degree Or Graduate Certificate From A Public Institution Of Higher Education: A Descriptive Study." Bill has been working at Old Dominion University since 2010, where he oversees academic partnerships and state authorization/ compliance for ODU's distance education division, ODU Online which currently has over 100 degree and certificate programs reaching domestic and international students. 

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 and 2/2010


 Suzanne Patton, '99 named first female judge in Stark County. Read more here. 7/2018

Assistant prosecutor Suzanne Patton, '99 named an associate judge in Peoria County.


Keith Good, ’98,  will be joining the farmdoc Daily team as the Social Media Manager. Keith is well known in agricultural circles for the daily News Summary, which for 12 years (2003-2015) provided a succinct recap of U.S. agricultural policy developments and current issues impacting the agricultural economy.  Read more here. 10/2016

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


Jeffrey Shuck, '97, has been appointed as Commissioner to the Illinois Human Rights Commission. Read more here. 6/2019.

Stephen Williams, '97, has joined the Belleville law firm of Kuehn, Beasley, and Young. Read more here. 2/2019.

Kenneth Davies, '97, has joined the Peoria, IL office of Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen, P.C. Read more here

Chad Turner, ’97, was hired as prosecutor in Morgan County, Illinois.

Robert Bonjean III, ’97, an assistant state’s attorney since 2004, was named Morgan County state’s attorney by the county commissioners. 

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


Peter E. Borkon, '96, has joined the firm Bleichmar Fonti & Auld LLP (“BFA”). Read more here. 2/2019.

Scott Andresen '96 received high honors from a few national rankings outfits. Read more here.

Peter Borkon, ‘96, became a partner at Hagens, Berman, Sobol, and LLP in Berkeley, CA.

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


Jason Matthews, '95, co-creator of the board game Twilight Struggle — with its re-creation of a world in which the United States and Russia locked horns — is closer to describing current reality than at any point since it was released. “It definitely feels relevant now,” says Ananda Gupta, 41, who invented the game with Matthews. “All you’d need to do is add a few more cards and you could just extend it to today. ... If I had a mind to, I’m confident we could do a Cold War game along the lines of the current one that’s happening.” read the full article in the Washington Post here.

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


Reona J. Daly, '94, SIUC's Reona Daly selected Magistrate at federal court in Benton. Read more here 4/2016

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.


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. 


Randy Cox ’91, partner at FeldmanWasser in Springfield, IL, has been re-appointed to Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF). Cox practices primarily in the areas of criminal defense, administrative proceedings, wills, estates, and probate. He has held several leadership positions in the Illinois State Bar Association in addition to serving on the IBF Board. The IBF’s mission is to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means and to assist lawyers and their families who can no longer support themselves due to incapacity. Randy continues to support access to justice initiatives throughout Illinois. 7/2019

Boggs, Avellino, Lach & Boggs, LLC, received a 2018 Corporate Philanthropy Award for the “Highest Percentage of Revenue Allocated to Philanthropy” from the St. Louis Business Journal. SIU alumnus Beth C. Boggs (1991) is the firm’s managing partner. SIU alumni T. Darrin Boggs (1990), Martine Jackson (1997), Michael J. Lach (1989), Steven J. McMahon (1990), and David A. Nester (1990) are partners with the firm, and SIU alumni Erik W. Moore (2018) and Catherine L. Robilio (2017) are associates at the firm.


Ronald A. Runkle, ’90 passed away on Monday, April 20, 2015. Ron was born in Aurora, IL on October 28, 1955, the son of Shirley Brando and the late Ronald D. Runkle. He graduated from Round Lake High School and later earned his Master's and Law degrees at Southern Illinois University. Ron also spent four years proudly serving his country in the United States Army. When he returned to Lake County, Ron became very active in his community as a member of a variety of committees and boards, particularly in the Exchange Club and the Lions Club. He was also a beloved attorney through his law practice in Lake Villa and Grayslake for 22 years. He was an avid reader, history buff and Cubs and Packers fan. He will be remembered as an honorable, honest, hard- working man of great integrity.


James W. Buckley '89 was recently presented the Prosecutor Award by the Southwestern Illinois Law Enforcement Commission and Southern Illinois Police Chief’s Association. Read more here. 1/28/16


John Kim '88 was recently appointed as head of the of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency. He is a 25-year veteran of the Illinois EPA . Read more here. 1/22/19


Robert J. Harvey, ’86, currently a principal of Jenks & Harvey, LLP, has been reappointed to Florida's Fifteenth Circuit Judicial Nominating Commission by Governor Ron DeSantis with his term ending July 1, 2023. Read the story here. 7/2019


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


Jeffrey Goffinet, Class of 1984, appointed associate judge in the First Judicial Circuit of Illinois. Read more here


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.


Ed Light, ’81,passed away after a short battle with cancer. He will be remembered as a defendant's best friend and champion of the underdog. Read his obituary here. 10/2016


Marilou Clark Shaner, '80, of Cape Girardeau, died on Friday, May 4, 2018, in St. Francis Heart Hospital in Cape, Girardeau.

As an attorney, Marilou was a skilled professional and a dedicated representative for her clients. She epitomized the balance of knowledge and wisdom, of justice and mercy.

It had been noted that it would have been a mistake to underestimate her. She was a formidable champion for her clients, especially when cases involved children.

Marilou served as an assistant state's attorney in Jackson County, Illinois, from 1986-1988, securing a high rate of convictions. Then Marilou served as a public defender for many years variously for Alexander County, Pulaski County and Massac County. As a public defender she represented indigent criminal defendants, juveniles and/or their parents or guardians, disabled adults, and others.

Read her complete obituary here

Mary Rudasill, ’80, is retiring after founding Dispute Resolution Institute, Inc. (DRI) and serving for many successful years as its Executive Director. Melissa Greathouse '08 will be the new Executive Director effective immediately. Read more here 10/2016


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  


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