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Stephen Balsley '72

(11/13/19)
Stephen G. Balsley has been a partner in the Rockford law firm of Barrick, Switzer , Long, Balsley and Van Evera for 47 years. He also served as a bankruptcy trustee continuously since 1973. After 46 years, he retired from the position in June 2019, as one of the longest serving trustees in the United States.

Harvey Temkin '78

(11/12/19)
Harvey Temkin of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. has been recognized on the 2019 Wisconsin “Super Lawyers” list. He is based in the Madison office.

Michael Jones '77

(10/29/19)
In June, Michael D. Jones was elected Chair of the Oil, Gas & Energy Resources Law Section of the State Bar of Texas. OGERL is the oldest section of the SBOT and has over 4500 members. Michael has been Board Certified in Oil, Gas & Mineral Law and Civil Trial Law by the Texas Board of Legal Specialization since 1992.

Frances Hulin '71

(9/24/19)
Frances C. Hulin died at home in Urbana on Sept. 23, 2019 after a long battle with congestive heart failure.

Marshall Eisenberg '71

(9/20/19)
Neal Gerber Eisenberg is pleased to announce that founding partner Marshall E. Eisenberg is being honored by American Friends of the Hebrew University (AFHU) with the prestigious 2019 Jerold S. Solovy Torch of Learning Award. The Torch of Learning Award is presented to a leading individual who has influenced the course of higher learning in the United States and Israel.

John D. Spear '78

(8/20/19)
John Spear has joined the Bonita Springs office of Henderson, Franklin, Starnes & Holt, P.A. Spear is a Florida Bar Board Certified real estate expert. For nearly 40 years, he has been representing owners and tenants in Bonita Springs, Estero, Naples and Fort Myers in all aspects of residential and commercial real estate.

Harvey Temkin '78

(8/16/19)
Harvey Temkin of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c has been named to the 2020 Best Lawyers in America.

Ralph Turner '73

(8/12/19)
Ralph T. Turner passed away May 7, 2019 in Normal, IL. He was a partner at Hartweg, Turner, Wood & DeVary in Bloomington for more than 40 years, until his retirement at the end of 2018.

Dennis Jacobsen '72

(5/10/19)
Retired longtime Monroe County Circuit Judge Dennis J. Jacobsen of Waterloo passed away May 4 at the age of 76. Jacobsen, a Democrat, was elected Monroe County State’s Attorney in 1976. He was appointed to be an associate judge in the 20th Circuit Court for five years. In 1984, he was elected the resident circuit judge. He retired from the bench in 2001.

William Coulson '72

(4/24/19)
Chicago attorney William R. Coulson published a feature history article in the June 2019 edition of "World War II Magazine". The article describes the battle of Galloping Horse Ridge on the Pacific island of Guadalcanal and Coulson's recent hike across the battlefield and down the cliffs to the Matanikau River. This is the second of three articles Coulson is writing for the magazine. In the August 2018 edition, Coulson wrote about his hike across the battlefield on Peleliu Island.

John Paul Kelly '74

(4/4/19)
John Paul Kelly (Bus '71, Law '74) has been inducted as a Senior Life Fellow in the Dallas Bar Foundation. Fellows of the Dallas Bar Foundation are attorneys who have distinguished themselves in their legal careers and in their civic contributions. Induction as a Fellow is recognition of dedication and commitment to service, education, and philanthropy.

Pamela Strobel '77

(1/29/19)
The Music Academy of the West has announced the appointment of Pamela Strobel to its Board of Directors for three-year terms. “Pam Strobel’s exceptional history of Arts advocacy and serving the community, so much in line with the academy’s mission, make her a dynamic addition to our board,” said Scott Reed, Music Academy of the West president/CEO.

Strobel is the director of Domtar Corporation, Illinois Tool Works Inc., and State Farm Mutual Automobile Insurance Company.

She serves on the board of the UI Labs of Chicago and the Chicago High School for the Arts, and was a past trustee of the University of Illinois, past chair and life trustee of the Ravinia Festival, and past chair and life trustee of the Civic Consulting Alliance.

Strobel is also a member of the Economic Club of Chicago, the Chicago Network, and the Commercial Club of Chicago where she serves on the executive committee.

Carol Brook '76

(1/18/19)
Carol Brook has been hired by The John Marshall Law School as a Distinguished Practitioner-in-Residence to teach Criminal Procedure. Brook is a prominent Chicago attorney, having recently retired as the Federal Defender for the Northern District of Illinois. She previously served in the Federal Defender Program as Deputy Director, Chief Appellate Attorney, and Staff Attorney. 

Brook has worked in the legal field for more than 40 years and has been active in many professional organizations, such as the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers, the National Association of Federal Defenders and more. Brook has also been a leading authority in criminal defense and often speaks to the media about various criminal defense topics, including radical disparity in criminal justice, criminal discovery, ethics, appellate advocacy and sentencing. 

Phyllis Holmen '74

(11/29/18)
Phyllis Holmen recently received a Distinguished Service Award, the highest honor bestowed by the State Bar of Georgia, for conspicuous service to the cause of jurisprudence and to the advancement of the legal profession in the state of Georgia.

Harvey L. Temkin '78

(11/15/18)
Harvey Temkin of Reinhart Boerner Van Deuren s.c. has been recognized on the 2018 Wisconsin “Super Lawyers” list. He is based in the Madison office.

Stanley Eisenstein '73

(10/16/18)
Stanley Eisenstein has been named as the top Labor Union attorney in Illinois by Leading Lawyers.

Mike Lause '73

(8/16/18)
Mike Lause, partner at Thompson Coburn LLP, has been named 2019 Best Lawyers St. Louis Public Finance Law Lawyer of the Year.

Steven Olswang '71

(7/24/18)
In February 2017, Steven Olswang helped launch Washington Technology University, where he is now president. He has spent the last 40-plus years working in higher education. Olswang was part of the University of Washington’s administration when it opened the Tacoma and Bothell campuses in 1990 and later served as chancellor at both schools when they transitioned from two-year to four-year universities in 2006. 

James Brusatte '77

(6/24/18)
James Brusatte has been appointed as a commissioner for the Third Appellate Court District of Illinois to the Board of Commissioners of the Office of the State Appellate Defender.

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.

Charles Bernardini '72

(4/25/18)
Nixon Peabody LLP Partner Charles R. Bernardini (Law 1972) has been conferred the title of "Knight of the Order of Merit of the Italian Republic" by the President of Italy. The order is the highest ranking honor in the Italian republic and is awarded for "merit acquired by the nation" in the arts, economy, literature, public service, and social, philanthropic and humanitarian activities.

Martha Coultrap '74

(4/20/18)
Martha F. Coultrap has joined Dorsey & Whitney LLP in New York as a Partner. Her practice focuses on private investment funds and fund investors.

William Showtis '73

(3/26/18)
William "Bill" Showtis, 69, of Springfield, Illinois, passed away at 12:30 a.m. on Tuesday, March 20, 2018. He is survived by his wife, Vicki Showtis; one son, Joey (Theresa Waxler) Showtis; two sisters, Barbara (husband, Joe) Conti and Beth (husband, Tom) Hamilton; several nieces and nephews; and his beloved dog, Amos.

Michael E. Rose '75

(3/19/18)
Michael E. Rose, senior partner in Creighton & Rose, PC, in Portland, Oregon, along with his partner, Beth Creighton, and co-counsel David Park, just obtained the largest jury verdict in a police shooting case in Oregon history.

James Moroni '73

(3/6/18)
James "Jim" Moroni, dad of Jordan Reno Moroni, brother of Renee Berg and the late Bonnie (beloved brother-in-law Jack) Berg, uncle to Dina (Ron) Blazek and the late Cory Berg, great uncle of Carter Blazek, cousin to many and great friend to many, passed away on December 14, 2017.

Janet Goldberg McEnery '75

(1/8/18)
Janet Goldberg McEnery has joined the Tampa office of Stearns Weaver Miller as a Shareholder in the Labor & Employment Department.

John Foltz '73

(12/21/17)
Longtime Monticello attorney John Foltz has retired from the legal profession as of November 7, 2017. His legal career has included time as a circuit attorney out of Bloomington, IL, an assistant states attorney in Logan County, but most of those years have been spent practicing in Monticello, IL.

Harvey Temkin '78

(11/15/17)
Harvey L. Temkin has been named a 2017 Wisconsin Super Lawyer.

Dale G. Haake '79

(10/23/17)
Dale G. Haake successfully argued (Jan 2017) in the Third District Court of Appeals (Ottawa) defense of a $1.5 million Oct 2015 jury verdict (Whiteside Co) (Benzakry v. Singh et al. Decision April 2017). The case included unusual circumstances of an appellate court not only granting cross-appeal, but entering judgment in appellate court rather than a remand.

David Dorris '73

(10/13/17)
David V. Dorris has been presented the Alumni Achievement Award from Blackburn College. Dorris graduated from the college, located in Carlinville, in 1969. He went on to receive a law degree from the University of Illinois. The award is presented each year to an alum for significant achievement in professional and public service. Dorris has served in a number of professional leadership positions, including as president of the Illinois Trial Lawyers Association. He also served as a trustee for the University of Illinois. He continues to practice law in Bloomington at the Dorris Law Firm, P.C.

Stanley Eisenstein '73

(9/20/17)
Stanley Eisenstein has just been named in “Who’s Who in America” by Marquis Publications. He also is included in “Who’s Who in American Lawyers.” In 2016, he was named as one of the 10 Best in its Labor and Employment Law Division by the American Institute of Legal Counsel. He has been elected a Fellow in the College of Labor and Employment Lawyers. In 2013, his firm Katz, Friedman, Eagle, Eisenstein, Johnson & Bareck P.C., of which he is its senior labor counsel, was named by U.S. News & World Report as Law Firm of the Year in Labor Law – Union and Workers’ Compensation.

Brian McPheters '73

(9/14/17)
After 13 years on the bench, Champaign County judge Brian McPheters has announced he's ready to retire. Brian McPheters, 72, of Champaign, IL said that his last day as an associate judge will be Dec. 11.

William Conlon '70

(9/5/17)
On November 28th, 2017, Leo Catholic High School will present William Conlon with the Leo Lifetime Achievement Award at their scholarship benefit at the Four Seasons Hotel in Chicago, IL.

James Brusatte '77

(8/24/17)
James Brusatte has been chosen by Prairie State Legal Services as a "Hero of Justice" along with 40 other recipients in the state of Illinois. This recognition is presented for pro bono services over a 40 year period. James is a retired judge from Ottawa, Illinois.

Howard Gum '76

(6/27/17)
The family and bankruptcy law firm of Gum, Hillier & McCroskey, PA, is proud to announce that Howard L. Gum was elected to the Board of Governors of the North Carolina Bar Association at its Annual Meeting in Asheville on June 24, 2017. Howard is elected to a three year term of office, the first meeting of which was held Sunday morning. The Board of Governors provides leadership and governance to the NC Bar Association. The Board of Governors also serves as the Board of Directors for the North Carolina Bar Foundation, the endowment branch of the Association through which the Association gives back to the state and the communities served by the membership.

Bill Coulson '72

(6/16/17)
Bill Coulson has been reappointed by the Cook County Board to a third five year term on the Board of Directors of the Regional Transportation Authority. The RTA is the funding, budgeting, and oversight agency for mass transit - the CTA, Metra, and Pace Bus - in the six-county metropolitan Chicago area.

Raymond Myles Sr. '77

(6/12/2017)
Judge Raymond Myles Sr. passed away on April 10, 2017 in Chicago, IL. Having maintained a prolific career spanning four decades, Raymond was most recently assigned to the Criminal Division of the Cook County Courts at 26th and California where he presided over trials involving misdemeanor offenses and presided over Calendar 4 Courtroom, juvenile court hearing matters.

Michael Closen '74

(5/5/2017)
I am Professor of Law Emeritus, John Marshall Law School, Chicago, where I taught for 27 years , and where I am proud to say I was voted a "Professor of the Year" by the law students seven times. I have now published 20 books. I have authored 10 law books, including co-authoring the first and only law school casebooks in the country on Aids Law & Policy and on Notary Law & Practice. My 10th law book, "Notary Public Best Practices," will be released later in 2017. And, I continue to lecture, consult, and testify as an expert witness in legal cases. I have also written 10 fun coffee-table type books on a variety of subjects (mostly about my favorite pastime of RVing and traveling), such as "Maine Memories: A Vintage Picture Postcard Tour." My 10th coffee-table book "Don't Call Them Trailer Trash" was just released in 2017.

Patricia Pierman Larson '79

(5/4/2017)
Patricia Pierman Larson has retired from Thomson Reuters (formerly West Publishing) after 37 years of service. Patricia began her career as a headnoter and spent the last 19 years as a Director of Judicial Editorial overseeing 100+ attorney editors.

Craig Mousin '78

(4/11/2017)
Craig Mousin was recently invited to speak as part of the Visiting Artist Series of DePaul University’s School of Cinematic Arts and the Office of Mission and Values to explore the pressing challenges of forced migration. The audience had viewed part of a documentary on Syrian refugees, Exodus. View a video of the panel event

Paul Williamson '73

(3/1/2017)
Mr. Williamson was recently named one of the top trademark attorneys in the U.S. in the 2017 edition of World Trademark Review’s WTR 1000. He earned Silver status in the national “Enforcement and Litigation” category.

Tom Lamont '72

(2/24/2017)
Tom Lamont has recently re-located back to Springfield after serving in Washington D.C. as Assistant Secretary of the Army and subsequently, Vice-Chair of the National Commission on the Future of the Army. He is the principal of Lamont Consulting Services LLC.

Dan Flannell '77

(12/12/2016)
Dan Flannell, chief judge of the sixth judicial circuit and presiding judge of Moultrie County, is trading his robe for a newly created position as city administrator of Sullivan, IL.