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Erin M. Baker is an associate at Ancel Glink Diamond Bush DiCianni & Krafthefer, P.C., in Chicago, and concentrates her practice in local government law. Ms. Baker is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association Local Government Section. She is the author of The (un) democratic nature of supermajority voting, ISBA Local Government Law Newsletter (May 2015 Vol. 51 No. 5), and is a frequent contributor for Ancel Glink’s law blog, Municipal Minute. Ms. Baker received her B.A. cum laude from DePaul University and her J.D. from DePaul University College of Law. She also studied comparative employment law at the University of New York in Prague. Prior to her legal career, Ms. Baker interned at the European Union, where she served on the staff of an Irish member of the European Parliament. During her internship, Ms. Baker also studied European Union law at the Leuven Institute for Ireland in Europe.
Terrence M. Barnicle is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe, and Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on municipal and school law. Mr. Barnicle is a member of the Chicago and Illinois State Bar Associations; a member and Past Chair of the Standing Home Rule Attorneys Committee of the Illinois Municipal League; and a member of the Illinois Institute for Local Government Law, receiving its Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement in Recognition of Distinguished Service to Local Government Law. Mr. Barnicle has also been recognized as a Leading Lawyer in the area of municipal law. He received his B.S. cum laude from Loyola University and his J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, where he was Editor of the Northwestern Law Review.
Robert E. Browne, Jr. is a Partner at Troutman Sanders, in Chicago, and focuses his practice on intellectual property law and business litigation. Prior to private practice, he served as an Assistant Cook County State’s Attorney as well as a federal judicial clerk. Mr. Browne received his B.A. from the University of Notre Dame and his J.D. from Marquette University Law School, where he was a Founding Member of the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review Note and Comment Editor of the initial publication of the Marquette Intellectual Property Law Review.
John F. Costello, Jr., concentrates his practice in regulatory compliance and government relations and served as Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Officer in the Office of Illinois Attorney General in the wake of the 2010 substantial amendments to both laws. Mr. Costello is a commentator on public access laws for media groups, in addition to providing advice and counsel on public access requests. He received his B.S. from Quincy University and his J.D. from UIC John Marshall Law School.
Donald M. Craven is Owner of the Law Offices of Donald M. Craven, P.C., in Springfield, where he focuses his practice on media law. Mr. Craven serves as General Counsel to the Illinois Press Association, the Illinois Broadcasters Association, and the Illinois News Broadcasters Association. He received the James C. Craven Freedom of the Press Award from the Illinois Press Association (2015), and the Central Illinois ACLU Civil Liberties Award (2014). Mr. Craven is a member of the Illinois State and Sangamon County Bar Associations and is on the Media Law Defense Counsel Committee. He received his B.A. from St. Olaf College and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University School of Law.
Brian Day is Corporation Counsel for the Town of Normal, Illinois, where he focuses on local government law. Mr. Day is a member of the Board of Directors of the Illinois Institute for Local Government Law, serves as Illinois State Chair of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, and was appointed to the Illinois Municipal League Home Rule Attorney’s Committee. He received his B.A. from Washington State University and his J.D. from UIC John Marshall Law School.
Jane N. Denes is a Partner at Posegate & Denes, P.C., in Springfield, where she concentrates her practice in estate planning. Ms. Denes is Chair of the Illinois Institute for Continuing Legal Education’s Board of Directors. She is a member of the American, Illinois State, Missouri, and Sangamon County Bar Associations, and the Bar Association of Metropolitan St. Louis. Ms. Denes received her B.A. from Smith College, her M.A. from Northwestern University, and her J.D. and LL.M. in tax law from Washington University.
Keith E. Fruehling is a Partner with Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., in Urbana, where he concentrates his practice in all areas of civil litigation, including products liability, class action, medical malpractice, employment, civil rights, aviation, toxic tort, casualty, drainage, and premises liability. Mr. Fruehling represents Fortune 500 companies, universities, sheriffs and municipal law enforcement officers, correctional officers, state and local governmental units, doctors, attorneys, veterinarians, real estate brokers/agents and other professionals, insurers, and local businesses. He is a member of the Federal, American, Illinois State, and Champaign County Bar Associations. He is also a member of the Illinois Association of Defense Trial Counsel. He received his B.S. in finance from the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and his J.D. from The John Marshall Law School.
Sara Gadola Gallagher is an associate with Montana & Welch, LLC, in Elmhurst, where she focuses her practice on Freedom of Information Act and Open Meeting Act compliance, records management and retention matters, and election and campaign finance issues. Ms. Gallagher is a Member of the Chicago and Illinois State and Bar Associations. She received her B.A. from the University of Iowa and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago.
Howard C. Jablecki is a Partner with Klein, Thorpe, and Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in municipal law and litigation. Mr. Jablecki is a member of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, the Chair of the Municipal Prosecutors Group, and a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He has been recognized as an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star and Illinois Leading Lawyers Emerging Lawyer. Mr. Jablecki received his B.A. from Ripon College and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law, where he was recognized for excellence in trial advocacy and was a member of the Moot Court Honor Society.
Michael T. Jurusik is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he concentrates his practice in municipal law and local government. He is a guest speaker for and a Past President of the Local Government Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. He was named an Illinois Leading Lawyer from 2016 – 2018. Mr. Jurusik received his B.A. from Hamilton College and his J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law, where he received the American Jurisprudence Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
Andrew J. Keyt is a Partner at Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.C., in Peoria, where he focuses on governmental law and toxic torts. Throughout his career, he has represented corporate entities, small businesses, governmental entities, and private individuals. He is a member of the Peoria County and Illinois State Bar Associations and the Abraham Lincoln Court. Mr. Keyt received his B.S. from Illinois State University and his J.D. magna cum laude from Northern Illinois University School of Law.
John M. Redlingshafer is a Shareholder of Mescher, Rinehart & Redlingshafer, P.C., in Washington, where he focuses on local government law. He is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. He was named an Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star in 2013 – 2014. He received the J. Bruce Scidmore Award from the Illinois Township Attorneys Association in 2011 and the Township Officials of Illinois President’s Award in 2014. Mr. Redlingshafer received his B.A. magna cum laude from Bradley University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Esther J. Seitz is Partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, in Chicago and Springfield, where she focuses on First Amendment, intellectual property, construction, transportation, and appellate law. Ms. Seitz is a Member of the Review Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, the Program Director of the Lincoln-Douglas American Inns of Court, and an Editorial Board Member of the Illinois Bar Journal. She received her B.A. from Centenary College of Louisiana, her J.D. from the University of Arkansas School of Law, and her LL.M. from the Max-Planck Institute of Intellectual Property and Competition Law.
Scott B. Sievers is an attorney in Springfield, Illinois. Mr. Sievers served as an Assistant Attorney General within the Office of the Illinois Attorney General from May 2006 to March 2012, initially as the first Assistant Public Access Counselor and later as Assistant Supervisor of the Civil Trials Unit within the Springfield General Law Bureau. Prior to his government service, Mr. Sievers was an associate with Donald M. Craven, P.C., where he represented a variety of media clients, including the Illinois Press Association. He also litigated Open Meetings Act cases before both the circuit and appellate courts. Mr. Sievers coauthored the OPEN GOVERNMENT GUIDE (5th ed. 2006), published by the Reporters Committee for Freedom of The Press. Mr. Sievers has taught the Open Meetings Act as part of mass communications law classes at Eastern Illinois and Western Illinois Universities. He earned his master’s degree from the University of Illinois at Springfield and his law degree from the University of Illinois College of Law, where he was a member of the University of Illinois Law Review.
Jeffrey M. Stein is Assistant Village Manager of and Corporate Counsel for the Village of Wilmette, where he focuses on municipal law and management. He is a member of the International Municipal Lawyers Association, the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, and the National Public Employer Labor Relations Assocation. Mr. Stein received his undergraduate degree from Northern Illinois University and his J.D. from DePaul University College of Law.
Julie A. Tappendorf is an Equity Partner at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago, where she concentrates her practice in local government and land use law. She is Past Cochair of the Chicago Bar Association/Chicago Bar Foundation’s Pro Bono Week, and a member of the American Planning Association’s Amicus Committee and Planning and Law Division. She currently serves as village attorney to the Villages of Glenview, Gilberts, and Lindenhurst and city attorney to the Cities of Lake Forest and Park Ridge. Prior to her law career, she served in the United States Army, Military Intelligence Branch, as a Korean cryptologic linguist. She is also the author and moderator of the local government blog, Municipal Minute, where she writes about land use and other local government issues. Ms. Tappendorf received her B.A. from Illinois State University and her J.D. from the University of Hawaii, William S. Richardson School of Law.
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