1 Kurt B. Bounds directs the sales and marketing functions for ISBA Mutual. He has over 20 years of experience in the insurance industry, with 15 years of selling and marketing professional liability insurance. Prior to joining ISBA Mutual, Mr. Bounds worked as the Midwest Regional Marketing Manager for Great American Insurance s Legal Professional Liability Program. He received his B.A. from North Central College. Mr. Bounds is an active member of PLUS, (Professional Liability Underwriting Society), North Central College s Alumni Association, and The Morton Arboretum.
2 Juliet Boyd was born in Vereeninging, South Africa. She attended the University of the Witwatersrand, in Johannesburg, and graduated with a Bachelor of Arts degree with a double major in English and International Relations. Juliet completed a year of study towards an LLB in Roman/Dutch law at the Randse Afrikaanse Universiteit in Johannesburg where she studied in Afrikaans. She obtained a J.D. from the University of Dayton in Juliet is an attorney at Boyd & Kummer, LLC in Chicago, Illinois. She is an experienced civil litigator and her practice is in the Circuit Courts of Cook and the collar counties and in Federal Court. She was named in Illinois Super Lawyer and Super Lawyer Corporate Counsel for 2009, 2010, and 2011 for business litigation. Juliet will also appear in the 2012 Super Lawyers Business Edition for litigation. She was also named as one of Illinois top lawyers in the February 2011 edition of Chicago Magazine. Juliet has litigated cases involving contract disputes; the Residential Real Property Disclosure Act; specific performance of contracts; construction defects; the Consumer Fraud and Deceptive Practices Act; equitable mortgages and condominium disputes. Juliet has litigated complex litigation actions involving RICO and fraud suits involving millions of dollars. Juliet is also experienced in criminal law and has litigated cases ranging from first-degree murder, reckless homicide, aggravated criminal sexual assault and aggravated DUI to simple DUI cases. She has litigated Operating Under The Influence ( O.U.I. ) cases involving boats and snowmobiles, and has represented clients in the trial and appellate courts, including the Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals. Juliet is the past Chair of International and Immigration Law Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. She is currently the Continuing Legal Education ( CLE ) coordinator for the International and Immigration Law Section Council and the secretary of the Traffic Law Section Council. She is a past member of the Civil Practice & Procedure Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. Juliet is a frequent speaker at seminars for CLE. In addition, she has several articles published by the Illinois State Bar Association and the American Bar Association.
3 Prof. Thomas C. Britton is a member of the Charter Class of the SIU School of Law, the Class of He maintained his association with the School of Law while he pursued a lengthy and successful career in SIU central administration prior to joining the School of Law full-time in He has served as an aide or advisor to four of the six most recent Presidents of Southern Illinois University. He was named to his first Vice Chancellor/Vice President post at age thirty-six. During his seventeen years in University central administration, he served as Administrative Counsel to the SIU Board of Trustees, Executive Assistant (chief of staff) to the President, Vice Chancellor/President for Administration, and Vice Chancellor for Institutional Advancement. He joined the SIU School of Law on a full-time basis in early 1992 as associate dean. He was the first SIU Law graduate to hold that post. He was also the first SIU graduate to serve as Acting Dean ( ). Professor Britton taught courses in the area of public law, including administrative law, legislative and administrative process, state and local government law, and education law. He also taught and practiced negotiation for many years, and he continues to teach at SIU Law and elsewhere periodically. As Director of Graduate Legal Studies, Professor Britton oversaw the development and inclusion of the first non-jd graduate programs of the law school, the Master of Legal Studies (MLS) program and the Master of Law (LLM) program. In addition he launched the school's first semester in practice program and was an early adopter of distance learning technologies. As chair of the clinic and experiential learning committee, he led the school's efforts to organize and regularize experiential education in the law school curriculum. Related to education law, Professor Britton served, along with a colleague from the SIU College of Education, as a senior consultant to Illinois State Board of Education and trained administrative law judges who heard cases involving special need students. Professor Britton gives his volunteer time to a variety of causes. At SIU, in the years immediately prior to his retirement from the University, he served as chair of the University Graduate Council, the first law professor to do so, and also served as the co-chair of the campus' strategic planning initiative and as co-chair of the chancellor search committee. Now in private practice, Professor Britton serves as principal of the firm of BRITTON and Associates which provides legal, educational and consulting services to a variety of individuals and organizations.
4 Michael Flaherty is best known as a legal malpractice lawyer. For more than 20 years, he has served as lead trial counsel in virtually every type of legal malpractice case, representing plaintiffs and defendants. Mr. Flaherty also represents lawyers in ethics, discipline, and business disputes and serves as outside general counsel to several law firms. Mr. Flaherty has been licensed to practice law in Illinois since 1983 and is an admitted member of the Federal Trial Bar for the Northern District of Illinois and the 7 th Circuit Court of Appeals. He is rated AV Preeminent in the Lexis-Nexis Martindale-Hubbell peer rating system and a Lifetime Fellow of the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Flaherty has been included in the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 Chicago Magazine Illinois Super Lawyers publications in the area of legal malpractice. Mr. Flaherty is an Adjunct Professor (Professional Responsibility), Northwestern University School of Law, since He has been a Faculty Member at the National Institute for Trial Advocacy and the Professional Responsibility Institute of the Illinois Supreme Court. He is a Member of the ABA Center of Professional Responsibility, the ABA Professional Liability Litigation Committee, and the ABA Ethics and Professionalism Litigation Committee. He has served as President of the Association of Professional Responsibility Lawyers, Chair of the Chicago Bar Association Committee On Legal Malpractice, Editorial Board Member of the American Bar Association Center for Professional Responsibility, Member of the American Bar Association Joint Committee on Lawyer Regulation, Liaison to the American Bar Association s Standing Committee on Lawyers Professional Liability, Co-Chair of the 2002 Global Forum on International Legal Ethics and Risk Management, Florence, Italy, Co-Chair of the 2000 Global Forum on Multi-Discipline and Multi-Jurisdictional Practice, Cambridge, England, and ABA Reporter at the 2000 U.S. Chief Justices Conference on Multi-Jurisdictional Practice. Mr. Flaherty regularly presents ethics and law of lawyering CLE presentations in Illinois and nationally, including serving as the featured Speaker for a number of webinars. On more than 50 occasions, Mr. Flaherty has spoken at national and international conferences concerning lawyers professional liability and risk management. Mr. Flaherty also regularly provides firm-specific risk management continuing legal education programs to law firms.
5 Hon. Mark S. Goodwin earned his B.A. at Illinois State University in 1984 and his J.D. at the John Marshall Law School in He has served as an Associate Circuit Judge for the 5 th Judicial Circuit in Danville, Illinois since December Judge Goodwin is a member of the Alternative Dispute Resolution Coordinating Committee and the Associate Judge Committee for the Illinois Judges Association.
6 James J. Grogan is both the Deputy Administrator and the Chief Counsel (DACC) of the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC). For over 31 years, he has investigated and prosecuted hundreds of charges of lawyer misconduct and has argued dozens of disciplinary cases in the Supreme Court of Illinois. He is a Past President of the National Organization of Bar Counsel (NOBC), the bar association of lawyer regulators. For over 25 years, Mr. Grogan has taught legal ethics, first at the DePaul University College of Law and then at the Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, where he is an Adjunct Professor. He has presented hundreds of speeches, lectures and workshops to law firms, bar associations, corporations and judicial and governmental groups and agencies on various professional responsibility and lawyer regulation topics.
7 Jeanne Bigham Heaton joined ISBA as the Director of Continuing Legal Education in November As Director, Ms. Heaton supervises and coordinates the planning, implementation and delivery of CLE programs for the Association, in conjunction with the Standing Committee on CLE and a staff of four. Ms. Heaton also represents the ISBA on the CLE Advisory Committee to the Illinois Supreme Court s Commission on Professionalism. She is active in the International Association of CLE Providers, ACLEA. Before joining the ISBA, Ms. Heaton worked as an environmental law attorney with the firm of Hodge Dwyer Zeman in Springfield, Illinois where she specialized in regulatory and administrative law issues for firm clients, including the Illinois Environmental Regulatory Group. Prior to private practice, Ms. Heaton served as Assistant Counsel and then Acting Chief Counsel for the Illinois Emergency Management Agency. While at the agency, she coordinated the administrative rulemaking for local emergency management agencies, served on the Legal Team for the TOPOFF 2 anti-terrorism training exercise, conducted legal review of grant agreements and performed other general counsel functions. She also assisted in the administration of the Emergency Planning and Community Right to Know Act and in the development of legislative initiatives related to the Act. Ms. Heaton has also worked as Assistant Counsel in the Bureau of Land of the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency where she coordinated rulemakings, assisted in the development of legislative proposals and performed other general regulatory counsel functions. She earned her Juris Doctor degree, cum laude, from Indiana University School of Law- Bloomington, completing her last year of law school as a visiting student at the American University Washington College of Law. She earned her undergraduate degree in Political Science with Phi Beta Kappa distinction from the University of Illinois-Champaign. During and immediately after law school Ms. Heaton worked for Senator Paul Simon as a professional staff assistant to the Constitution Subcommittee of the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington D.C. Ms. Heaton is admitted to the Illinois bar and is a member of the ISBA and the Central Illinois Women s Bar Association. Ms. Heaton is originally from southern Illinois.
8 Hon. David A. Hylla was elected Circuit Judge in 2006 and Chief of the Third Judicial Circuit in May He had been Chief of the Civil Division and continues to handle a civil trial docket. Judge Hylla also serves on the Special Illinois Supreme Court Advisory Committee on Justice and Mental Health Planning and the Illinois Supreme Court Committee on Automation and Technology. Judge Hylla began practicing law in 1985 and is a member of the bar in Illinois, Missouri and West Virginia, having tried cases in those states and Ohio and Montana. He was also a City Attorney, Special Public Defender and legal counsel for the Service Employees International Union. Judge Hylla also served as President of the Madison County and Tri-City Bar Associations. Since 1989, he has been on the Board of Directors of New Opportunities, a workshop for the developmentally challenged, serving as President from He was the first in his family to attend college and earned his B. A. degree in Government at Southern Illinois University at Edwardsville and his J.D. degree at St. Louis University School of Law. Judge Hylla was certified as a mediator by the National Judicial College and chaired the committee which established mandatory mediation for medical and nursing home malpractice cases in his circuit.
9 Hon. Michael B. Hyman was assigned to the First Appellate District on January 8, He was appointed to the Circuit Court of Cook in The people of Cook County elected him to a countywide seat for a full-six year term in Before joining the judiciary, Justice Hyman was a principal at Much Shelist, Chicago, which he joined in 1979 after serving two years as an Assistant Illinois Attorney General in the Antitrust Division. He graduated from Northwestern University, Medill School of Journalism, with honors in 1974, and from Northwestern University School of Law in As a judge of the Circuit Court Of Cook County, Justice Hyman sat in the General Chancery Division (Oct Jan. 2013); Domestic Relations Division (Mar Sept. 2010); Supplementary Proceedings, Courtroom 1401 (mid-dec Mar. 2009); Municipal Court, nonjury, contract and tort trials (mid-sept mid-dec. 2006); and Traffic Court (July 2006 mid- Sept. 2006). The Illinois Supreme Court has appointed Justice Hyman to serve as the chairperson of the Illinois Judicial Conference Committee on Strategic planning for the Conference year Justice Hyman has a habit of getting involved in causes he cares about and has been active in numerous professional organizations. Among them are: Chicago Bar Association (President, and Editor-in-chief of the CBA Record and columnist, , , and present); Illinois Judges Association (First Vice-President, and Board member present); Illinois Judicial Ethics Committee (Committee member, present); Illinois Judges Foundation (Board member, present); Chicago Bar Foundation (Secretary, present and Board member, present); Lend-A-Hand to Youth Program (Executive Committee, and acting treasurer ); American Bar Association (House of Delegates, Chicago Bar Association representative, ; Coalition on Racial & Ethnic Justice, chair, present and member, present; Judicial Division, Lawyers Conference, Chair, and executive committee member, ; Section of Litigation; Editor-in-chief, Litigation News, ; Founding editor-in-chief, Litigation Docket, ; Chair of a number of Section committees); and the Illinois State Bar Association (elected representative, Assembly, ; ; ; Chair of a number of ISBA Committees or Councils); and Jewish Judges Association of Illinois (president, present). Other leadership roles of Justice Hyman include the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois (Board member, present); SCRIBES, The American Society of Writers on Legal Subjects (First vice-present, 2012-present and board member, 2004-present); Coalition for Equal Justice (Chair, present); and Decalogue Society of Lawyers (president, ). Justice Hyman has written numerous articles and columns on a variety of subjects which have appeared in legal publications including CBA Record, ISBA newsletters, ABA Judges Journal, Chicago Lawyer, Chicago Daily Law Bulletin, and The Bencher (American Inns of Court publication), among others. In addition, he frequently speaks at education programs for attorneys, law students, and judges. Among awards Justice Hyman has received are the CBA's inaugural Diversity Initiative Award (2006); the IJA Presidential Service Award (2007); and the Court of Honor Award from Chicago Volunteer Legal Services (2008).
10 Jean A. Kenol grew up in Joliet, Illinois. In 1998 Jean graduated from the University of Notre Dame with a B.A. in Government. While at Notre Dame, Jean participated in student government, campus ministry, several intramural sports and served as a resident assistant. He also completed the American University Semester program on public policy in Washington, D.C., where he clerked for Congressman Jerry Weller of the 11th Congressional District of Illinois. After college, Jean attended the University of Illinois College of Law on a full tuition Lincoln scholarship, graduated in 2001 and that year was admitted to practice law in the State of Illinois and the United States District Court Northern District of Illinois. During his law school career, Jean had the honor of interning for the Honorable Ann C. Williams, United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. Jean s practice areas include corporate and business law, real estate law, zoning and land use, and local government law. Jean has represented clients in a wide range of matters, from singlefamily residential closings to multi-million dollar commercial transactions. Jean has an attorney rating of BV by Martindale-Hubbell and is listed as a rising star in the 2009 Illinois Super Lawyers & Rising Stars magazine. Jean enjoys being active in the Joliet community as well as with his alma maters. He served as the President of the Notre Dame Club of Joliet and is on the Board of Directors for United Cerebral Palsy of Will County and the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce and Industry. In February of 2008, Jean was appointed as a Commissioner of the Joliet, Police and Fire Commission and served for two years. Jean has been an active member of the Young Lawyers Division Council for the Illinois State Bar Association since May 2007 and will serve as its Chair in From 2010 to 2012, Jean was honored to serve as the ISBA s under 35, outside of Cook County delegate to the American Bar Association. In June of 2012 Jean was appointed to Illinois State Bar Association Board of Governors, which is the 27 member board that oversees the operations and management of ISBA. In September 2012, Jean was honored to be named the Joliet Area Young Professional of Year by the Joliet Region Chamber of Commerce.
11 Pamela J. Kuzniar, Esq., is practices family law in Cook, Lake and DuPage Counties. She is a sole practitioner and her practice is located at 161 North Clark Street, 47 th Floor, Chicago, Illinois Her address is She is a graduate of Loyola University (1980: Biology/Chemistry/English) and Loyola University of Chicago School of Law, J.D She was admitted in Illinois, 1991, Northern District of Illinois 1991, and the Supreme Court of the United States of America, She was designated and elected a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers Fellow in She serves by appointment as a Cook County Child Representative from 2006 to present. She is an Illinois Bar Foundation Fellow, member of the Chicago Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Association, and Lake County Bar Association. She is an Author and presenter for CLE seminars sponsored by the Illinois State Bar Association, American Academy of Matrimonial Law, Dupage County Bar Association, National Business Institute and Circuit Court of Cook County. She has authored articles for the Chicago Daily Law Bulletin and ISBA Family Law Newsletter. Her ISBA Membership Activities include: Assembly 2007-present, Family Law Section Council and 2009 to present and CLE Coordinator for Family Law 2007 to present. She is a Leading Lawyer, Super Lawyer and AV rated by Martindale-Hubbell.
12 Paul A. Osborn is a partner in the Sterling firm Ward, Murray, Pace & Johnson, P.C., which is a regional firm representing corporations, municipalities, hospitals, banks, school districts and individuals in northwest Illinois. Paul has been with the firm since graduating from the University of Illinois School of Law in His undergraduate degree is a BSIM (Bachelor of Science in Industrial Management) from Purdue University in His practice is split between family law and transactional law emphasizing banking and bankruptcy. He has served for 10 years on the ISBA Commercial, Banking and Bankruptcy Section Council chairing the Council in During his tenure on that Section Council, he was a frequent seminar speaker, including presentations at several programs on Revised Article Nine of the Commercial Code. In 2012, ISBA President, John Theis, reappointed Paul to the Commercial, Banking and Bankruptcy Section Council and the Standing Committee on Continuing Legal Education for the year. Additionally, in the last year, Paul accepted an appointment to the Solo & Small Firm Conference Committee. Mr. Osborn has also served the ISBA as a member of the Family Law Section Council and is currently that Council s liaison to the Continuing Legal Education Committee. Paul has presented CLE programs for Family Law Section Council seminars in Lake Geneva, Bloomington, Rockford, Chicago, Collinsville, New Orleans and in March of 2012 in Peoria. Topics include: Nuts and Bolts of Divorce Trials, Creative Drafting to Avoid Post-Decree Hell; Trial Tips on Examining Opposing Parties; The Impact of the Bankruptcy Reform Act on Family Law; Enforcement of Child Support Orders, Divorce Law for Agriculture Lawyers, Initial Interview Techniques, Post-Majority Educational Expenses and Enhancing Business and Minimizing Accounts Receivable. He has also been a presenter for the ISBA Basic Skills Course for New Admittees each year since its inception. His résumé also includes presentations for the Real Estate Section and Agriculture Law Section on bankruptcy and divorce issues. Mr. Osborn is in his 13 th year on the Continuing Legal Education Standing Committee, which he chaired from 2007 to He also served on the ISBA Task Force on MCLE and is a member of the ISBA Commercial, Banking and Bankruptcy Section Council, which he chaired in and the American Bankruptcy Institute. His CLE programs on bankruptcy topics include Real Estate in Bankruptcy, Bankruptcy for Divorce Lawyers, Revisions to Article 9 and Banking Law Updates. He was also appointed by past ISBA President John Locallo to the special committee on membership enhancement.
13 Mary Robinson is a principal in RobinsonNiro LLC, and provides representation, consultation, and expert witness services in matters involving lawyer ethics and professional responsibility, including defense of lawyer discipline cases. She also serves as Compliance Administrator for Cook County, Illinois, by appointment of the federal court overseeing implementation of decrees which prohibit unlawful political employment practices by the County. Ms. Robinson began her legal career in 1975 as an assistant defender for the office of the State Appellate Defender in that agency s Third District Office and was later promoted as Deputy for the Agency s Second District Office. In 1982, she entered private practice as a solo practitioner and then, with Josette Skelnik, founded the first all-female law firm in Kane County. The firm concentrated in appellate, criminal and family law practice. In 1989, Ms. Robinson was appointed to the volunteer position of Commissioner of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission of the Supreme Court of Illinois (ARDC), the board that oversees the Illinois lawyer disciplinary agency. In 1992, she was appointed as the ARDC s Administrator, responsible for managing the agency and supervising its investigative and prosecutorial work. She served as Administrator for fifteen years, until 2007, when she left to start her own practice. Ms. Robinson is a frequent speaker for national, state and local bar association programs on ethics and professional responsibility issues. She is a member of the American Bar Association, the Illinois State Bar Association, the Chicago Bar Association, the Kane County Bar Association, and the Appellate Lawyers Association. She has taught Professional Responsibility at Northwestern University Law School and Northern Illinois University School of Law. She received her law degree from the University of Southern California, and is licensed in Illinois and California.
14 Sarah E. Toney is the Managing Attorney at the Toney Law Firm, LLC. She has concentrated in the areas of Criminal and DUI Defense since she was admitted to the bar in She is in her 8 th year as Adjunct Professor at Loyola University of Chicago School of Law where she teaches two classes. She attended Miami University where she received a B.S. in Education and Loyola University Chicago School of Law where she received her J.D. Ms. Toney has been named an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star for the past 4 years. She is exofficio of the Traffic Laws and Courts Section Council, which she has been appointed to since She has been Editor of the Traffic Laws and Courts Newsletter for six years. She is a member of the IBSA Assembly and LAWPAC and was appointed to the Illinois State Bar Association Young Lawyers Division since 2010 where she is currently serving as Social Media Chair. She has also been appointed to the Standing Committee on Law Office Management and Economics. Ms. Toney has been invited to speak by the Chicago Bar Association, the Illinois Association of Criminal Defense Lawyers and the Illinois State Bar Association at various seminars. She is admitted to practice in the United States Supreme Court, the United States District Court, Northern District of Illinois, General Federal Bar, United States District Court, Central District of Illinois and the United States Court of Appeals, Seventh Circuit. She is a member of the National College for DUI Defense, the Illinois State Bar Association, and the Women s Criminal Defense Bar Association.
15 Hon. Neera L. Walsh earned her B.A. at the University of Illinois Champaign-Urbana in 1986 and her J.D. at IIT-Kent College of Law in She is an Associate Judge for the Cook County Circuit Court Criminal Division in Chicago, Illinois. Judge Walsh is a member of Women Everywhere, the Women s Bar Association, Asian American Bar Association, and the Illinois Judges Association.
16 Jean M. Wenger is the Government Documents/Foreign & International Law Librarian (Law Librarian III) at the Cook County Law Library in Chicago. Jean previously worked at the Cornell Law Library as a Reference Librarian and Legal Research Instructor at the Cornell Law School. Jean has many years training and assisting practitioners, judges, faculty, government officials, and the public with print and electronic legal research. She is a frequent presenter at bar and law library professional conferences. Jean is a member of the ISBA Law Ed (CLE) Faculty. Jean served as the President of the American Association of Law Libraries (AALL), the national professional association for law librarians, and previously served on the AALL Executive Board. She is also a member of the Chicago Association of Law Libraries (CALL) having served as its President in Jean is a member of the American Bar Association (ABA), Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), Chicago Bar Association (CBA), the International Association of Law Libraries (IALL), and the American Library Association (ALA). Jean received her B.A. from St. Mary s of Minnesota, her J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law, and her M.L.I.S. from Dominican University.