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Harold Jensen '63

(11/11/19)
Harold Leonard Jensen, 85, of Urbana passed away  on November 4, 2019 at home surrounded by family. A retired circuit court judge of Champaign County (1975-1996, presiding 1988-1996), Harold Jensen served as a Lt. j.g. in the U.S. Navy on an LST (1955-57) in San Diego. He earned his law degree from the University of Illinois in 1963 and practiced law with the firm of Hatch, Corazza, Baker and Jensen from 1963-1975.

J. David Andrews '60

(11/11/19)
J. David Andrews died peacefully surrounded by his family on Friday, October 25, 2019. He was 86 years old. Dave joined Perkins Coie in 1960, and over the next 59 years he played a major role in the growth of the firm and the leadership of the Labor & Employment practice. 

Rex Arney '68

(10/9/19)
The Wyoming State Bar is pleased to announce that Sheridan attorney Rex O. Arney is this year’s recipient of its Gerald R. Mason Professionalism Award. The award was presented at the Bar’s annual meeting and judicial conference, which took place last week in Jackson. The Professionalism Award is given to a Wyoming lawyer who represents the highest standards of ethics and dedication to the law but also recognizes someone who contributes their time and energy to making the Wyoming Bar and its lawyers the best people they can be.

James Day '63

(8/26/19)
Circuit Judge James W. Day announced that he will not seek retention to the bench when his current term of office as the presiding circuit judge in Greene County expires December 2020. Day will mark 30 years on the bench in 2020. 

Larry Lee Spears '62

(8/21/19)
Larry Lee Spears of Key West, Florida, formerly of Monmouth, Illinois, died Saturday, Aug. 17, 2019, in Monmouth.

John Greanias '67

(7/11/19)
Judge John Greanias (Ret.) has completed four years of service as Chair of the City of Mountain View, California, Mediation Program, providing free dispute resolution services for the community. Judge Greanias is continuing to serve as an adjunct professor at Santa Clara University School of Law, and a member of the faculty teaching the Trial Advocacy Workshop at Stanford Law School.

Donald Aldeen '62

(6/20/19)
Donald Robert Aldeen passed away peacefully with his family by his side on March 21, 2019, at 6 p.m.

John Weinman '64

(10/12/18)
John Weinman of Decatur passed away in May, 2017. He was an accomplished lawyer and a member of Sigma Phi Epsilon Fraternity at Illinois.

Lawrence E. "Larry" Maus '64

(10/5/18)
Larry Maus, age 77, died September 12, 2018 in Austin, MN. He graduated from the University of Illinois Law School. He began work for the Baulder Law firm following graduation and began his practice in Spring Valley. He returned to Austin as a litigation attorney for the firm where he worked until his death.

Gordon R. Broom '69

(9/11/18)
The 2019 edition of Best Lawyers in America named 15 attorneys from the Midwest defense firm HeplerBroom, including Gordon R. Broom. He practices in class action defense and mass tort litigation in the Edwardsville office.

Leslie Gene Lemon '64

(8/27/18)
Gene Lemon passed away peacefully on June 30, 2018. In his final months, he enjoyed playing golf with friends and traveling to the beach in North Carolina which he loved. He is survived by his wife of 54 years, Cathie Lanier Lemon, his daughters Catherine Lemon Confer and Jennie Lemon Kitz, and his grandchildren Cathie Lanier Confer and Sebastian McIntire Kitz; his brother John Rodney Lemon, and several nieces, nephews, and cousins.

J.D. Epstein '67

(8/15/18)
J.D. Epstein has been included in the 25th Edition of The Best Lawyers in America. Epstein is of counsel at Greer, Herz & Adams, LLP in Galveston, Texas. 

Dave Downey '66 and Jane Hays '79

(5/17/18)
The Community Foundation of East Central Illinois has selected Dave Downey and Jane Hays to receive the Kyle and Phyllis Robeson Philanthropy Award.

Jay B. Ross '67

(4/20/18)
Jay B. Ross died of a heart attack at age 76 on Thursday, March 1. He specialized in trademark litigation, licensing, and contract law, and as conditions in the entertainment business evolved, he stayed up-to-date on sampling, streaming, and the use of music and voice talent in video games. His career touched some of the most important people and movements in Chicago's musical history. He was recently profiled on chicagoreader.com.

Larry Liberman '63

(3/7/18)
Congratulations to Larry Lieberman, who received a Special Award of Merit from the State Bar of Arizona at its annual convention in 2017 commemorating 50 years of practicing law in Arizona.

Larry Lieberman '63

(8/25/17) 
Larry Lieberman was honored by the State Bar of Arizona for 50 years of service to the profession and to the State Bar.

John Greanias '67

(8/24/17)
Judge John Greanias (Ret.) '67 is a Lecturer in Law at Santa Clara University School of Law. He teaches Advocacy for 2L students, and Introduction to U. S. Law for International LLM students. He also continues to serve on the faculty of the Trial Advocacy program for 2L and 3L students at Stanford Law School.

Richard Joy '69

(7/13/17)
Richard Marks Joy, 73, of Champaign passed away peacefully in the company of family and friends on Monday July 3, 2017 at Carle Foundation Hospital in Urbana, IL after complications from pancreatic cancer. Richard was a committed volunteer in the Law Competitions Program for 20 years.

Thomas Watts Johnston '61

(6/14/2017)
Thomas Watts Johnston, 81, passed away peacefully on Wednesday, June 7th, 2017, surrounded by his family. His obituary was featured in the Chicago Tribune. 

Peter Huizenga '63

(6/12/2017)
Peter and Heidi Huizenga have made a generous gift to further oncology research and to honor Kathy Albain, MD, FACP, FASCO at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine.

Clarence Redman '66

(3/3/2017)
Clarence O. Redman passed away on January 30, 2017.

Willis Tribler '60

(12/16/2016)
Willis R. (“Bill”) Tribler, a founding member and senior partner of the law firm of Tribler Orpett & Meyer, died early Saturday, December 3, after a brief hospitalization.