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Jeffrey D. Colman is a Partner at Jenner & Block LLP in Chicago, where his practice is concentrated in civil and criminal litigation at both the trial and appellate court levels. He has served as counsel in a number of proceedings relating to city, state, and congressional redistricting issues. He is a member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations, the American College of Trial Lawyers, and the Chicago Council of Lawyers. Mr. Colman received his B.A. from the University of Wisconsin and his J.D. from Stanford Law School.
Hon. Mathias W. Delort is Presiding Justice of the Fifth Division of the Illinois Appellate Court, First Judicial District, and began service on that court following his election in 2012. He was an associate judge of the Circuit Court of Cook County from 2007 to 2012, serving almost exclusively assigned to the Chancery Division. He has also served as an adjunct professor at The UIC John Marshall Law School. He was a Partner and head of the Local Government Practice Group at Robbins Schwartz, focusing on local government and election law. In that role, he represented numerous Illinois municipalities and other governmental bodies for over 20 years. He is the primary author of the Mortgage Foreclosure Bench Book published by the Administrative Office of Illinois Courts. As a practicing attorney, he earned the distinction of being named a “Super Lawyer” and a “Leading Lawyer” in the field of cities and municipalities law and as a Local Government Fellow by the International Municipal Lawyers Association. He is the Past Chair of the Constitutional, Election, and Local Government Law Committees of the Chicago Bar Association and is a former member of its Board of Managers. Before being admitted to the bar, he worked on the professional staffs of both the Illinois House of Representatives and the Cook County Board of Commissioners. He has received the Chicago Volunteer Legal Services “Court of Honor” award in recognition of his work as a trial court judge, the Judge Howard Markey award for outstanding judicial service from The UIC John Marshall Law School, and the Robert J. Mangler Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement from the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association. He earned his B.S. cum laude from DePaul University, his M.P.A. (Pi Alpha Alpha honor society) from the University of Illinois, and his J.D. from The UIC John Marshall Law School, where he received the Dean’s Academic Scholarship.
Michael C. Dorf is the Managing Member at The Law Offices of Michael C. Dorf, LLC, in Skokie where he concentrates in election law. He coauthored CLEAR IT WITH SID: SIDNEY R. YATES AND 50 YEARS OF PRESIDENTS, PRAGMATISM, AND PUBLIC SERVICE (2019) with George Van Dusen. He is an adjunct full professor at the School of the Art Institute of Chicago and a Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Election Law Committee. Mr. Dorf received his B.A. from the University of Chicago and his J.D. from the School of Law of Columbia University.
Brian M. Funk is an associate at O’Halloran Kosoff Geitner & Cook, LLC, in Northbrook, where he focuses his practice on litigation and municipal law. He is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations. Mr. Funk received his B.S. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, his J.D. from the St. Louis University School of Law, and his LL.M. with honors in real estate law from The UIC John Marshall Law School.
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Anthony J. Jacob is a Partner at Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP in Chicago, where he concentrates in election law. He is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations. Mr. Jacob received his B.A. from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. and LL.M. in taxation and employee benefits from The UIC John Marshall Law School.
Thomas A. Jaconetty is a sole practitioner in Chicago. He is a member of the Chicago, Illinois State, and American Bar Associations as well as the Justinian Society of Lawyers and the Advocates Society. He has participated in 28 Chicago Bar Association Election Law Seminars, served as Chair of its Election Law Committee three times, and lectured at The UIC John Marshall Law School on ballot access and the “Suffrage and Elections” article of the Illinois Constitution. He often serves as a judge in the Julius Miner and First-Year Moot Court competitions at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and for the American Bar Association’s National Advocacy Program and on the boards for Regina Dominican High School and the Weber High School Alumni Association. Mr. Jaconetty received his B.A. summa cum laude from Loyola University Chicago and his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Michael J. Kasper is a Partner at Kasper & Nottage, P.C., in Chicago, where he concentrates in election law. He has been an adjunct professor at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law, Loyola University School of Law, and The UIC John Marshall School of Law, and he currently serves as General Counsel and Treasurer for the Democratic Party of Illinois. He was named one of the top ten most influential Democrats in the State of Illinois by Politics: Campaigns & Electionsmagazine. Mr. Kasper received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Keri-Lyn J. Krafthefer is an Equity Partner at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago, where she focuses on local government law, election law, and labor and employment law. She was named by Chicago Magazine as one of the top 50 female attorneys in the State of Illinois; one of the top 10 Leading Lawyers in government, municipal, and administrative law; and an Illinois Super Lawyer. Ms. Krafthefer received her B.A. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. from The UIC John Marshall Law School.
Daniel P. Madden is a Legal Advisor to the Cook County Clerk in Chicago, where he concentrates on election law. He has lectured on election law topics for IICLE® and the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Madden is a Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Election Law Committee and has served as a hearing officer for the Chicago Board of Elections. He has served as a special assistant state’s attorney for election-related cases. Since 1991, he has been the designee of Cook County Clerk David Orr on the Cook County Officers Electoral Board, where he has served as Chair. Mr. Madden received his B.A. cum laude from the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, his M.A. from Ohio State University, and his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
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Richard K. Means is a sole practitioner in Oak Park, where he concentrates in election law. He is twice Past Chair of the Chicago Bar Association’s Election Law Committee. He is a frequent author and speaker on election law for IICLE® and the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Means received his B.S. from Eastern New Mexico University and his J.D. from Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law.
Lisa Marie Raucci is a sole practitioner in Shorewood where she concentrates in election law and real estate. Ms. Raucci received her B.A. and her J.D. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.
Andrew M. Raucci is Of Counsel to Kisper & Raucci Chartered, in Chicago, where he focuses on legal representation. He is a member of the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar. He received his B.A. from DePaul University and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Ellen K. Raymond is a sole practitioner in Western Springs, concentrating in election law (candidates and referenda), real estate, zoning/land use litigation, TIF challenges, FOIA disclosure prosecution, and Open Meetings Act compliance. She serves as a City of Chicago Board of Election Commissioners Hearing Officer and is on the advisory board of the Citizen Advocacy Center (CAC) in Elmhurst. She is a recipient of the CAC’s Citizen Initiative Award for her efforts in the drafting, circulating, and passage of a citizen-initiated referendum creating a township park. Save the Timber, a not-for-profit corporation where she serves as president, received the International Society of Arboriculture’s Gold Leaf Award for the same efforts. Ms. Raymond received her B.S. from the University of Illinois and her J.D. cum laude from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
E. Leonard Rubin is a sole practitioner in Chicago, concentrating his practice in copyright, trademark, libel, and privacy law. He is the author of numerous articles on copyright and right of privacy law, he has participated as a panelist or leader in many seminars, and he has spoken both here and abroad on the areas of his law concentration. He is a certified mediator, and for over 30 years was the director, coauthor and co-producer of the Christmas Spirits musical political and social satire show produced every December through the auspices of the Chicago Bar Association. Mr. Rubin received his A.B. and his J.D. from the University of Miami.
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Blake P. Sercye is an associate at Jenner & Block LLP’s Chicago office, where he focuses on white collar criminal defense, complex commercial litigation, and class actions. He is the Chair of the Chicago Zoning Board of Appeals and the Vice President of the Illinois Medical District Commission. Mr. Sercye received his A.B. with honors from Princeton University and his J.D. from the University of Chicago Law School.
John R. Storino is a Partner at Jenner & Block LLP’s Chicago office, where he focuses on litigation, professional responsibility, real estate, and construction litigation. He is a member of the Illinois Supreme Court Character and Fitness Committee. He was named an Illinois Super Lawyer (2009, 2010, 2012 – 2016) and one of the 40 Illinois Attorneys Under 40 to Watch — 2008 by Law Bulletin Publishing Company. Mr. Storino received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. with honors from the University of Notre Dame Law School.
James G. Wargo is an associate at Ottosen DiNolfo Hasenbalg & Castaldo, Ltd., in Naperville, where he concentrates in municipal, pension, and employment law. Mr. Wargo received his B.A. from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
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