By an order of the Illinois Supreme Court, Brett Gorman has been appointed for a new term of service on the court’s Rules Committee. Gorman has served on the Committee since 2008, and is currently the Vice Chair. The Rules Committee studies and recommends new Supreme Court rules or modifications to existing rules applied in Illinois courts.
Forbes Magazine has named Quincy, Illinois, our firm’s home town, as #8 among the 15 "Best Small Cities to Raise a Family". Mayor John Spring said "It says we are doing some great things – and that we should be proud of ourselves for all of the improvements that have been made." The Forbes rankings formula was based on "solid average incomes, good educational prospects, low costs, short commute times and high rates of home ownership" according to the Forbes article. Amy Looten, who is executive director of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce, said "Quincy truly is a great place to raise a family, and I hope this helps the rest of the world get to know what we’ve known all along."
Delmer Mitchell was named as a Super Lawyer for 2011 by the Illinois Super Lawyer Magazine in the area of business litigation. Mr. Mitchell has been named as Super Lawyer each year since 2005.
On October 23, 2010 Del Mitchell, Brett Gorman and Chris Pratt acted as volunteer judges for the seventh annual Quincy University Riverside Classic Mock Trial Tournament, a sanctioned American Mock Trial Association (AMTA) event that draws participation from various distinguished colleges and universities across the country. The one day tournament featured two-rounds and 16 teams and was held in the Adams County Courthouse in Quincy, Illinois. The tournament is hosted by the QU Political Science Department and Pre-Law Program and is judged by lawyers from the Adams County Bar Association as well as Eighth Judicial Circuit Judges.
Christopher Pratt was a guest lecturer at the University of Illinois College of Law for the Federal Civil Rights Clinic. He and his co-counsel discussed their experiences in the preparation, research and trial presentation of the litigation of a Section 1983 claim in front of the Federal District Court in the Central District of Illinois. The Federal Civil Rights Clinic affords the opportunity for law students to provide representation to people who otherwise would not have counsel in connection with civil rights claims.
William M. McCleery, Jr. has been reappointed by Supreme Court Justice Rita Garman to serve another three-year term on the Supreme Court’s Character and Fitness Committee for the Fourth Judicial District. The new term is January 1, 2011 through December 31, 2013. McCleery has served on the Committee since January 1, 2004. The Committee evaluates and makes recommendations to the Supreme Court on the admission of recent law school graduates to the bar based upon their character and fitness to practice law. The Supreme Court then acts on those recommendations.
Leading Lawyers Magazine has named as Leading Lawyers for 2010, Dennis W. Gorman in the areas of school law and banking and financial institutions law, William G. Keller, Jr. in the areas of closely and privately held business law and Ted M. Niemann in the areas of commercial real estate law and closely and privately held business law. The list of Leading Lawyers is the result of thousands of contacts with Illinois lawyers asking them which of their peers comprise the top lawyers. Only those lawyers who are most often recommended by their peers are selected to be a Leading Lawyer.
Jim Hansen has been appointed secretary for the upcoming year for the Illinois State Bar Association Insurance Law Section Council and as president for the Illinois State Bar Association Standing Committee on Mentoring.
Chris Pratt has been appointed by the City of Quincy to the Quincy Public Library Board of Trustees. He also was recently appointed to the Membership Committee of the Quincy Area Chamber of Commerce.
Hal Oakley participated in the VHA Mid-America Executive Leadership Conference in Las Vegas, Nevada. VHA (Volunteer Health Associates) is a nationwide network of community-owned health care systems, and the presenters at the conference offered the latest information concerning health care initiatives especially regarding the integration of health care delivery systems.
Recently, our colleagues performed a variety of services for the community. Hal Oakley completed a two-year term as chairman of the Great River Economic Development Foundation (“GREDF”) by presiding over its annual meeting celebrating the 2009 economic development projects. The event was attended by hundreds of community members and out-of-town guests. Ted Niemann has been named to Board of Trustees of Sunset Home, which is a facility offering living options and services to senior citizens. Mike Bickhaus has become chairman of the Board of Directors of The Good Samaritan Home of Quincy, a nursing home and assisted living facility, and will be instrumental in overseeing a $22 million expansion project at the home.
Delmer Mitchell was named as a Super Lawyer for 2010 by the Illinois Super Lawyer Magazine in the area of business litigation. Mr. Mitchell has been named as a Super Lawyer each year since 2005.
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