Augustana College, Rock Island, IL (History)
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign (J.D.)
I am an attorney who has been engaged in the general private practice of law in Illinois since 1976. I have practiced in virtually all litigation fields (civil and criminal), have appeared regularly in court as well as at administrative hearings and conferences. My experience includes hundreds of trials and hearings (both bench and jury, in both state and federal courts). I have prepared appellate briefs and presented appellate oral arguments. Outside the court, I have advised clients on almost every legal topic from corporate formation to wills, trusts, real estate, family law and estate planning.
I have served the public and legal community, am a Past President of the DuPage County Bar Association, the largest county bar association in Illinois, and was the first Editor of the Bar Association’s revised Bar magazine for its 3,000 members. I served as a Law Clerk in the Illinois State Appellate Justice system, and as a Special Assistant Attorney General for 8 years. I have been professionally trained in Alternate Dispute Resolution techniques, worked as a full-time summer intern in the U.S. Government in Washington, D.C., and completed a 4-month internship in a Brazilian law firm in Sao Paulo, Brazil. I have taught numerous topics to individuals and classes of all ages from pre-school to adult, and have regularly taught for 39 years as a college adjunct instructor. I have been activity in the community as a volunteer with the Boy Scouts and public schools. Hobbies have included award-winning photography, study of cultures, especially the Native American culture. I was a history and political science major in college and have remained active in reading about historical and current events. I am an attorney who has been engaged in the general private practice of law in Illinois since 1976. I have practiced in virtually all litigation fields (civil and criminal), have appeared regularly in court as well as at administrative hearings and conferences. My experience includes hundreds of trials and hearings (both bench and jury, in both
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I am a lawyer who has practiced for 40 years and who has taught part-time college Business Law for 40 years. I also clerked in the Appellate Court for two years. I took the Bar exam myself before practicing law and teaching, and have taught many students, both one-on-one and in groups, for years.
I have practiced both criminal and civil law for 40 years and have taught college Business Law for 40 years. I also clerked in the Appellate Court for two years.
I have taken photographs from the age of 8 to the present, studying the manuals and guidebooks on the technical requirements of each camera that I used. I have progressed from a simple film "point & shoot" camera, to a manually set Nikon camera, to a rather sophisticated digital Nikon. I have learned principle elements of taking good photographs, including lighting and the use of paralax so that the object of my photo is focused, lighted and composed properly. I used that knowledge to become the Champion Senior Photographer at the DuPage County Fair.
I majored in History and minored in Political Science in college. In law school, the University of Illinois treated the law's impact on society as an integral part of learning and interpreting the body of law that exists, so Social Studies were an inherent part of three years of law school study. I interned in Washington, D.C. for the federal government, I was a Special Assistant Attorney General in Illinois for about six years, and I was a Clerk in to a Justice in the 2nd Appellate District of Illinois. I also have served as an elected Precinct Committeeman. Throughout the past 40 years, I have taught all of these subjects to people aged 6 through 90, both formally and informally (with 40 years part-time at Elmhurst College).
I have taken every speech course available to me in high school, college and law school. I have employed the techniques have learned over the course of 40 years teaching a college Business Law class at Elmhurst College and a Public Speaking course at Wheaton College. I have used the techniques for myself on an ongoing basis as a litigator and professional public speaker.