By James L. Ryan
For me, the end of the calendar year is not only a chance to reflect on the past year, but it is also a chance to look ahead at the year to come. I am consistently amazed at our bar association’s ability to blend tried and tested programs, events, and opportunities alongside new, innovative ones that allow our association to grow and flourish.
This issue highlights the balance of our established programs alongside our new ones. On the cover, we have DCBA veterans Kent Gaertner, Brenda Carroll, Augusta Clarke, Dann Duff, and Mike Benedetto, who have come together to serve as the leaders of the new Senior Lawyer’s Division. This new initiative is aimed at providing tailored programming, social events, and professional opportunities for those in our bar association ages 50 and above. In the News and Events section, we feature an interview with DCBA’s new executive director, Robert Rupp. We also introduce you to a new program at Loyola Law School known as the “Life After Innocence Project”. Over the next several months, we expect to introduce you to other innovative programs at other local law schools from which we gain our newest members.
Jordan Sartell served as our lead articles editor and brings you a wide variety of articles from our sections. In the articles section, Christopher Holland of the Criminal Law Section explores the new amendment to the Cannabis Control Act. Dorothy Voigt of the Family Law Section writes about calculating the martial portion in retirement plans. Ben Neiburger of the Elder Law Section provides us with his thoughts on techniques to effectively manage private practice in an increasingly digital age. Glenn Gaffney and Jolianne Walters provide us with a detailed discussion on a new second district case defining the parameters of “Disability Harassment” in the workplace. Brian Dougherty edited our Illinois law updates, which have an employment law focus.
Thanks go out to all of our authors for their submission as well as to their Section Leaders, who have encouraged their groups to submit articles for publication. We simply cannot put out this magazine without your help. If you would like to submit an article or law update for publication, please do not hesitate to contact me at (630) 510-1800 or by e-mail at firstname.lastname@example.org. CLE credit is available for those whose articles are selected for publication.
Jim Ryan is an associate at the law firm of Roberts & Caruso in Wheaton. He focuses his practice primarily on contested probate, business litigation, and construction law. Jim serves as a member of the DuPage County Bar Association’s Civil Law & Practice Committee, Business Law Committee and Estate Planning Committee. He is also a member of the federal trial bar.