Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride to administer oath to new attorneys

Staff Writer
Aledo Times Record

Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas L. Kilbride will preside and administer the attorney’s oath to 46 new lawyers who will be admitted to practice in ceremonies in Rock Island on Thursday, Nov. 10.

The group is among 2,155 men and women statewide who were certified as candidates, and are to be sworn in as Illinois attorneys at ceremonies in the state’s five Supreme Court judicial districts.

The Rock Island program in the Third Judicial District will begin at 11:15 a.m. on the second floor of the Holiday Inn Hotel and Conference Center, located at 226 17th Street, Rock Island.

Chief Justice Kilbride will welcome the members of the class, their families and friends.

Members of the Third Judicial District Appellate Court who will be in attendance include: Presiding Justice Robert L. Carter; Appellate Justices William E. Holdridge; Tom M. Lytton; Mary W. McDade; Mary K. O’Brien; Daniel L. Schmidt and Vicki Wright.

Carthage attorney Stanley L. Tucker will be the keynote speaker. Karen Enright, treasurer of the Illinois State Bar Association, will give remarks.

Peoria attorney John P. Fleming will make the motion to admit the class. His daughter, Abigail, is a member of the class.

Circuit Judge Eugene P. Daugherity from the 13th Judicial Circuit will second the motion to admit the class. His daughter, Anne, is a member of the class. Attorney Robert Steele will make an amicus curiae motion to admit the class. His daughter, Natasha, is also a member of the class.

Rock Island attorney David Andich representing the Illinois Board of Admissions to the Bar will be in attendance.

A reception will follow.

All of the candidates have passed the Illinois State Bar Examination and an ethics examination, and were certified by the Committee on Character and Fitness.  

The new attorneys will bring the total number of licensed attorneys to approximately 90,200.

The Third Judicial District is comprised of 21 Illinois counties straddling Interstate 80 from Indiana to Iowa. Those counties are: Bureau, Fulton, Grundy, Hancock, Henderson, Henry, Iroquois, Kankakee, Knox, LaSalle, Marshall, McDonough, Mercer, Peoria, Putnam, Rock Island, Stark, Tazewell, Warren, Whiteside and Will.

Ceremonies in the other judicial districts will be held in Chicago, Carbondale, Springfield and Elgin.