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Roughly 500 ex-offenders take advantage of program encouraging rehabilitation

By John Breslin | Sep 6, 2018

Approximately 500 individuals took advantage, in various ways, of a program designed to encourage the rehabilitation of offenders in Madison County.

Remodeled law library at Edwardsville courthouse to officially open

By John Breslin | Aug 27, 2018

A remodeled Law Library at the Madison County Courthouse will be officially unveiled on Wednesday.

Poorer communities may be at greater risk for lawsuits following Supreme Court narrowing of immunity protection

By John Breslin | Aug 23, 2018

Poorer municipalities may be hit harder following an Illinois Supreme Court decision that narrows the immunity communities used to enjoy against personal injury lawsuits, according to one attorney who represents a number of local municipalities.

Stiehl steps up to fill spot in short handed circuit, looking forward to three month stint

By John Breslin | Aug 22, 2018

When Belleville attorney William Stiehl Jr. received "the call" in mid-July, he hesitated, but only for a short time.

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Citing 'character assassinations' of witnesses, Goodyear asks for new trial in $40 million asbestos case

By John Breslin | Aug 21, 2018

NEW YORK (Legal Newsline) – A lawyer for Goodyear Tire & Rubber Co., which was ordered by pay $40.1 million to a man who claimed he developed mesothelioma following exposure to asbestos, is asking a judge for a new trial.

Madison County yet to make up mind over whether to join growing number of opioid suits

By John Breslin | Aug 21, 2018

As counties, municipalities, Native American tribes, now even the White House, pile on with lawsuits filed against the producers of opioids, Madison County continues to debate whether to get involved.

GOP leader, opponent call for investigation into claims St. Clair County sheriff violated campaign laws

By John Breslin | Aug 7, 2018

An investigation should be launched following allegations that St. Clair County Sheriff Richard "Rick" Watson violated local and state campaign laws, according to the county's Republican leader and Watson's opponent in the sheriff's election.

Belleville attorney Tameeka Purchase appointed St. Clair associate judge

By John Breslin | Aug 2, 2018

Belleville attorney Tameeka Purchase has been selected by the sitting St. Clair County circuit judges to fill the associate judge vacancy left by the resignation of former associate judge Walter C. Brandon.

Greensfelder firm named in top 100 in country for its gender diverse workforce

By John Breslin | Jul 20, 2018

A local law firm has been listed among the top 100 of the larger practices in the country for its gender diverse work force.

Southern District of Illinois to fund scholarships to SIU law students

By John Breslin | Jul 20, 2018

CARBONDALE –– The U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois will fund law school scholarships in an effort to support the area's local legal community.

Class action against insurers over interest on work comp payments continues

By John Breslin | Jul 17, 2018

A federal court refused to dismiss a class-action lawsuit alleging insurance companies unlawfully withheld interest on payments for services provided through workers' compensation.

Illinois Supreme Court disputes claim short handed St. Clair County cannot replace judge

By John Breslin | Jul 16, 2018

Budget constraints across the state's judicial system is blocking any move to replace a deceased judge of the Twentieth Judicial Circuit, according to its Chief Judge Andrew Gleeson.

Two St. Louis attorneys named as top younger talent

By John Breslin | Jul 11, 2018

Two attorneys in a St. Louis law firm earned honors for being among the top younger practitioners in the country.

Appellate court affirms convictions for predatory criminal sexual assault

By John Breslin | Jul 11, 2018

MT. VERNON – The Fifth District Appellate Court has affirmed convictions on charges of predatory criminal sexual assault carried out by a man on his 5-year-old great niece.

Gleeson says he won't return judge cleared of charges to bench, but says Duebbert can petition Supreme Court for return

By John Breslin | Jul 9, 2018

St. Clair County Circuit Judge Ronald Duebbert will remain on administrative duties despite criminal charges against him being dropped last week.

Belleville attorney Russell Scott awarded Bar Association Medal of Merit

By John Breslin | Jul 6, 2018

BELLEVILLE – A Belleville-based attorney with 40 years of experience, mostly in litigation, has received the Illinois State Bar Association's Medal of Merit Award.

State Board of Elections moves to merit-based pay system versus step compensation favored by unions

By John Breslin | Jul 5, 2018

CHICAGO – The Illinois State Board of Elections (SBE) has introduced a merit-based pay structure for its employees and is able to do so because of its uniquely independent status within the state.

Crowder installed as vice president of Illinois Judges Association

By John Breslin | Jun 25, 2018

Madison County Circuit Court Judge Barbara Crowder has been named as the third vice-president of the Illinois Judges Association at its recent annual meeting.

Appellate justice in 'full campaign mode' as he seeks election to seat on the bench

By John Breslin | Jun 18, 2018

Justice David Overstreet, who seeks election to a seat on the Fifth District Appellate Court, says he is in full campaign mode ahead of the November election.

Illinois' adoption of uniform bar exam welcomed by law faculties, students, alumni

By John Breslin | Jun 15, 2018

Students attending law schools in southern Illinois and eastern Missouri are welcoming with some thrill the much anticipated decision by Illinois to adopt the uniform bar examination, according to law professors in two institutions on either side of the river.

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