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Terrence M. Barnicleis a Partner at Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., in Chicago, where he focuses his practice on municipal and school law. Barnicle is a Past Chair of the Standing Home Rule Attorneys Committee of the Illinois Municipal League; a Past Chair of the Local Government Committee of the Chicago Bar Association; and a recipient of the Distinguished Service Award for Lifetime Achievement in Local Government Law over a career from the Illinois Institute for Local Government Law. Barnicle received his B.S. cum laude from Loyola University and his J.D. cum laude from Northwestern University School of Law, where he is a Member and 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 in Chicago, where he served as Freedom of Information and Open Meetings Officer in the Office of the Illinois Attorney General in the wake of the 2010 substantial amendments to both laws. Costello is a Certified Information Privacy Professional (CIPP) and a frequent commentator on public access laws, in addition to providing advice and counsel on public access requests to both public bodies and requestors. He received his B.S. from Quincy University and his J.D. from UIC John Marshall Law School.
Donald M. Craven is Owner of Craven & Craven, P.C., in Springfield, where he focuses his practice on media law. 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). 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, where he focuses on local government law. Day is the chief legal officer for the Town of Normal and is responsible for supervising the activities of the legal department. Day has previously served as the Lead Staff Attorney for the Illinois Municipal League and as a Staff Attorney for the Illinois Legislative Reference Bureau. Day is also a frequent speaker and author on matters of local government law. He serves as the Illinois State Chair of the International Municipal Lawyers Association and on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association. He received his B.A. from Washington State University and his J.D. from UIC John Marshall Law School. Before college, Day served in the U.S. Air Force and is a veteran of Operation Desert Storm.
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.
Stewart H. Diamond is a Partner at Ancel Glink, P.C., in Chicago where he concentrates his practice in representation of local governmental bodies. Mr. Diamond is the originating General Editor of the IICLE® handbooks MUNICIPAL LAW AND PRACTICE IN ILLINOIS and ILLINOIS SCHOOL LAW and has participated in numerous seminars on these subjects. He is one of the authors of the ILLINOIS MUNICIPAL HANDBOOK, published by the Illinois Municipal League. He is also one of the authors of THE HANDBOOK ON ILLINOIS PARK DISTRICT LAW, published by the Illinois Association of Park Districts, and a handbook on township law. He has written many articles on local government law. He drafted one of the first contract and bylaws agreements for a comprehensive intergovernmental self-insurance pool in the United States and currently represents a large number of intergovernmental self-insurance pools. He has taught municipal law at Northwestern University Pritzker School of Law and is a Past Chair of the Illinois State Bar Association Local Government Law Section Council. He is the author of DIAMOND’S RULES OF ORDER,a set of parliamentary rules for governmental bodies and private organizations. In over 50 years of law practice, he has represented, as regular or special counsel, many governmental bodies in the Chicago metropolitan area and in other parts of the state. Mr. Diamond was educated at the University of Chicago, where he received both his A.B. and his J.D., and University College, Oxford, England.
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 at Montana & Welch, LLC, in Elmhurst, where sheconcentrates her practice in general governance matters for units of local government and nonprofit entities; Freedom of Information Act and Open Meetings Act compliance issues; records retention laws and management; client policy development, with a particular focus on law enforcement matters, and labor and employment policy; and election law. Gallagher is also a Member of the Illinois State and Chicago Bar Associations. She received her B.A. at the University of Iowa and her J.D. at Loyola University Chicago School of Law.
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Howard C. Jablecki is a Partner with Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., in Orland Park, where he concentrates his practice in municipal and local government law. Jablecki is a Member of the Illinois Bar Association and the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, where he was the former Director and Chair of its Municipal Prosecutors Group. He has also been named an Illinois Leading Lawyer by his peers since 2015 and Super Lawyer since 2012. He is an author and guest speaker on a variety of municipal law-related topics at seminars and conferences conducted by the Illinois Municipal League, the Illinois Local Government Lawyers Association, and IICLE®. Jablecki received his B.A. from Ripon College and his J.D. from Chicago-Kent College of Law.
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Michael T. Jurusik is a Partner at Klein, Thorpe and Jenkins, Ltd., in Westmont, where he focuses his practice on municipal and local government law. Jurusik is a former President and guest speaker of the Local Government Section Council of the Illinois State Bar Association. He has been recognized as a Leading Lawyer by his peers consecutively since 2016. Jurusik is also an author and guest speaker on a variety of municipal law, land use, zoning law, and economic development topics at seminars and conferences conducted by the Illinois Municipal League, the Illinois State Bar Association, the International Municipal Lawyer’s Association, the West Central Municipal Conference, and IICLE®. He received his J.D. from Loyola University, where he was awarded the American Jurisprudence Award for Outstanding Academic Achievement.
Andrew J. Keytis 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.
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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 a Partner with Hinshaw & Culbertson, LLP, in Chicago and Springfield, where she focuses on commercial litigation, media and intellectual property, construction, eminent domain, and appellate law. Seitz is a Member of the Review Board of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, a Member of the Board of Directors of the Lincoln-Douglas American Inns of Court, and an Editorial Board Member of the Illinois Bar Journal. She received 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 Of Counsel at Brown, Hay & Stephens, LLP, in Springfield, and focuses his practice on civil rights defense and environmental, administrative, and general civil litigation. Sievers is admitted to practice in all Illinois state and federal trial and appellate courts, including the Northern District general and trial bars. He received his B.S. from St. Cloud State University, his M.A. from the University of Illinois-Springfield, and his J.D. from the University of Illinois-Urbana-Champaign, where he was a member of the University of Illinois Law Review.
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