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Frank J. Kopecky is an Emeritus Professor at the University of Illinois Springfield. He focuses on family law. He is a member of the Board of Directors and a Past President of the Juvenile Justice Initiative and of Prevent Child Abuse Illinois. Mr. Kopecky received his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law.
Steven N. Peskind is the Principal of Peskind Law Firm based in St. Charles, Illinois. His firm concentrates in family law matters throughout the State of Illinois. He is a Fellow of the American Academy of Matrimonial Lawyers and is an elected member of the American Law Institute and the American Bar Foundation. Mr. Peskind has also been elected as a diplomate of The American College of Family Trial Lawyers, which is a select group of 100 of the top family law trial lawyers from across the United States. He recently served on the Illinois Family Law Study Committee working to improve Illinois family laws. Mr. Peskind is a faculty member of the Family Law Trial Advocacy Institute, presented annually in Boulder, Colorado, by the ABA Family Law Section in conjunction with the National Institute of Trial Advocacy. Mr. Peskind also serves on the faculty of the Oklahoma State Bar Family Law Section Trial Institute. He speaks nationally on a variety of family law topics. He has been the keynote speaker for several state family law presentations and has spoken at conferences on such diverse topics as evidence, trial techniques, practice management, and divorce taxation. Mr. Peskind has written four books in addition to this IICLE® handbook: THE FAMILY LAW TRIAL EVIDENCE HANDBOOK, DIVORCE IN ILLINOIS, 100 DAYS BEFORE TRIAL, and IICLE®’s THE CHANGING FACE OF ILLINOIS FAMILY LAW: 2016 MARRIAGE AND DISSOLUTION OF MARRRIAGE ACT OVERHAUL. Mr. Peskind has also written numerous papers, chapters, and articles (including three academic law review articles) for various professional journals, conferences, seminars, books, and bar associations (including the ISBA, AAML, ABA, and others). In 2005, Mr. Peskind was inducted into Scribes, a legal writing honor society. He has been recognized as one of the Best Lawyers in America; the Leading Lawyers Network has designated him a Leading Lawyer since 2003; Super Lawyers has recognized him as a Super Lawyer since 2008; and in 2015, Best Lawyers honored him with the award of Family Lawyer of the Year in Chicago. Mr. Peskind received his B.A. from Tulane University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
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