Thanks to Those Who Serve
By James L. Ryan
This year, we celebrate Veterans Day three days after Election Day. Although the timing of these two events may have been a historical accident, I do think the message is powerful. We vote, and then we honor those who make that simple act possible. I believe that lawyers have a special obligation to support our veterans. As my late grandfather (an Army veteran) used to remind me around Veterans Day, the legal profession is a creature of democracy. He would remind me that tyrants and dictators need engineers to build their country, they need farmers to feed their country, they need teachers to prepare their country to work, and they need doctors to keep their country healthy enough to work. Lawyers, he said, have no place in such countries and are only truly needed in places where there is the “Rule of Law”.
Our Bar Association honors our veterans not only through formal events, such as the Veterans Day luncheon, but also by offering programs and opportunities to bring legal services to those who need them. Inside this issue, you will find an update from the DCBA Planning Committee which includes plans for a new “Incubator Program” designed to match attorneys with those of modest means who need legal advice.
Special thanks go to our associate editor, Azam Nizamuddin, who served as our Articles Editor for this issue and brings you three excellent articles for your review. Law student, Cassandra Black, wrote on the newly enacted SB100, which changes the way in which students can be disciplined in schools. Ian Holzhauer provides his expertise on Estate Planning for those with international families. New Editorial Board member Peter Evans offered his excellent piece on Shareholder Derivative Claims. Thanks also belong to Markus May, Chair of the Business Law Section, and Katie May and Kimberly Meyers of the Elder Law Section for bringing you this month’s legal updates.
We highly encourage DCBA members to submit articles to the DCBA Brief for publication. There are many benefits to doing so including CLE credit and inclusion in Westlaw. If you are interested in submitting an article, the guidelines are found on our website: www.dcbabrief.org.
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.