• Washington University School of Law, J.D.

  • University of Illinois, B.S. (Honors)

  • Illinois
  • Missouri
  • District of Columbia, 2001
  • United States Supreme Court
  • U.S. Federal, Seventh, and Eighth Circuit Courts of Appeal
  • U.S. Central and Southern Districts of Illinois
  • U.S. Tax Court

  • Illinois State Bar Association
  • IThe Missouri Bar
  • The District of Columbia Bar
  • The Chicago Bar Association
  • The Adams County Bar Association (Past President)
  • NSBA Council of School Attorneys
  • Illinois Council of School Attorneys

  • Education Law, 1984 and twice-annual updates, author, seven-volume work published by LexisNexis (Matthew Bender & Company, Inc.).
  • Victim's Rights: Law and Litigation, 1989, lead author, published by Matthew Bender & Company, Inc.
  • Illinois Medical Malpractice - A Guide for the Health Sciences, 1987, co-author, published by The C. V. Mosby Company.
  • Illinois Domestic Relations System, 1983, co-author, published by Matthew Bender & Company, Inc.
  • Illinois Corporations System, 1984, editorial consultant, published by Matthew Bender & Company, Inc.
  • Squaring Corners: A Proposal for Legislative Application of Equitable Estoppel Against the Government, author, Illinois Bar Journal, 1976 (Lincoln Award winning article)
  • Students with Diabetes in Schools, 2005, author, published in National School Board Association Council of School Attorney’s Inquiry & Analysis
  • Legal Rights of Students with Diabetes, 2005, co-author, published by the American Diabetes Association (http://web.diabetes.org/Advocacy/legalmaterials/LegalRights/LR-StudentswithDiabetes.pdf)
  • Going to College with Diabetes: A Self Advocacy Guide for Students, 2011, co-author, published by the American Diabetes Association (http://www.diabetes.org/assets/pdfs/schools/going-to-college-with-diabetes.pdf)
  • Illinois Public Community College Act: Tenure Policies and Procedures, 1980, co-author, published by Illinois Community College Trustees Association and Illinois Institute for Continuing Education
  • School Safety Legal Anthology, 1985, contributor, published by the National School Safety Center
  • Safe Schools: Ancient Doctrine Rediscovered, 1986, co-author, 32 Education Law Reporter 871
  • Campus Safety: A Legal Imperative, 1986, co-author, 33 Education Law Reporter 981
  • School Crime and Violence: Victims' Rights, 1986, co-author, published by the National School Safety Center
  • The Need to Know: Juvenile Record Sharing, 1989, co-author, published by the National School Safety Center
  • School Records, Illinois School Law, 1984, chapter author, published by Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education
  • Taxable and Exempt Property, 1984, and chapter author and general editor, Real Estate Taxation, book published by Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education

James A. Rapp

Direct: 217.223.3030 ext. 143

James A. Rapp serves a wide range of clients with a depth and breadth of legal experience. His primary focuses are estate and trust planning and administration, elder law, real estate, business organization and succession planning, education law, agriculture law, and banking law.

Jim has extensive experience in estate, trust, and business planning, as well as real estate matters. He represents individuals and businesses, many from the agriculture community. Jim represents businesses in their general operations, transfers, and acquisitions, among them a worldwide manufacturer of agriculture equipment, along with many regional and local retailers, construction companies, design firms, service organizations, banks, and many others. Jim also handles real estate matters, whether residential, farm, commercial, or industrial.

Nationally recognized in education law, Jim represents colleges and school districts, in addition to individual teachers, parents, and students. With special interest is school safety, he has twice represented the National School Safety Center before the United States Supreme Court, written extensively in this area, and was a speaker at the National Press Club following the tragic Columbine High School shooting. He was also invited to consult with former Secretary of Education Dick Riley on school safety issues. Jim has been a hearing officer for the Illinois State Board of Education in teacher dismissal matters.

Professionally Jim is a charter member and current vice-chair of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Minimum Continuing Legal Education Board; a member of the American Diabetes Association’s School Litigation Work Group which works to protect the rights of those with disabilities in schools; and is a member of the American Arbitration Association’s Panel of Arbitrators. He is a frequent speaker on legal topics to both professional and lay groups.

Among civic volunteer activities, Jim is a current member and past president of the John Wood Community College Foundation Board of Directors. He has served on the Board of Directors of the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation; past president and board member of the United Way of Adams County, Illinois, and the Quincy Symphony Orchestra Association, and a past officer and board member of the Historical Society of Quincy and Adams County. He has assisted in the organization of many non-profit groups.

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