Emily J. Rapp of MagnusonRapp Law LLC in Geneva and Nrupa A. Patel of Bolen Robinson & Ellis, LLP, in Decatur are the subjects of our March FLASHPOINTS Spotlight Feature. They are the coauthors of ELEMENTS OF ILLINOIS LAW: DOMESTIC RELATIONS AND JUVENILE LAW — 2020 EDITION.
Rapp’s involvement with the Institute began when her mentor and former supervisor Steve Peskind asked for her assistance with an IICLE® publication project. She found that she enjoyed the opportunities to research and learn that IICLE® contributors note as part of the experience. While Rapp handles family law matters on a daily basis, she notes that “legal writing affords . . . the chance to really dive deep into newer caselaw, legislative intent, and what the future may hold” for this ever-evolving area of the law.
Patel became an IICLE® author by submitting an interest form to the IICLE® Volunteer Network on the iicle.com website. As a frequent user of the Institute’s resources, she looked forward to taking part in creating secondary resource materials for other attorneys. A former juvenile prosecutor, Patel found that many attorneys seemed to be unfamiliar with juvenile law issues, and she says she has encountered many who express hesitation to become involved with juvenile-related matters. Her contributions as an IICLE® author are one way she seeks to make this area of law more accessible to attorneys who want to practice juvenile law, and to keep those who already concentrate in this area up to date with recent developments.
Outside her work at MagnusonRapp Law LLC, Emily J. Rapp is a member of the Illinois State and Kane County Bar Associations. She was selected as an Emerging Lawyer by Leading Lawyers and in 2019 was recognized as a Rising Star. Rapp received her B.A. from the University of Portland and her J.D. from Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
In addition to her role as Partner at Bolen Robinson & Ellis, LLP, Nrupa A. Patel is a recipient of the Decatur Bar Association’s Russel D. Hoerbert Pro Bono Award (2019) and a member of the Decatur and Illinois State Bar Associations, as well as a recipient of the 2018 Decatur Herald and Review’s “20 People Under 40 Who Make a Difference in Central Illinois.” Patel received her B.A. from Bradley University and her J.D. from Northern Illinois University College of Law.
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