Class of '87 Notes
David J. Philipps
David J. Philipps (Law ’87), senior partner in Philipps & Philipps, Ltd., a consumer rights litigation firm in Palos Hills, Illinois, was recently named to the Board of Directors of the National Association of Consumer Advocates, of which he is a founding member. NACA is a nationwide organization of more than 1,500 attorneys who represent consumers victimized by fraud, abuse and predatory business practices. In May, 2014, David received an Award for Excellence in Pro Bono Service, given jointly by the United States District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the Chicago Chapter of the Federal Bar Association.
Daniel Leikvold ('87) passed away on January 3, 2014. Leikvold works for 25 years for the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.
Karen Layng is now general counsel of Scheck Industries and vice president corporate development officer of the Scheck companies. Layng joins Scheck from Vedder Price, P.C. in Chicago, where she was a shareholder, chair of the Construction Law Group and Compensation Committee, and immediate past chair of the Litigation Practice Area.
Daniel D. Los
Daniel D. Los ('87) passed away on September 9, 2013.
Kirk Shoenbein ('87) was appointed associate judge of the 10th Judicial Circuit of Illinois.
Hon. Debra B. Walker ('87), a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, president of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association, has been elected to the board of trustees of the National Conference of Bar Foundations (NCBF).
Karen Layng (JD '87) has been elected as president and board chair of the Girl Scouts of Greater Chicago and Northwest Indiana, the largest Girl Scout Council in the nation. Layng is a shareholder at Vedder Price in Chicago.
Laurence B. Dobkin
Laurence B. "Larry" Dobkin, JD '87, passed away on September 2, 2012. Larry was an equity partner at Greenberg Traurig. He leaves behind his wife Nanci, and children Alex, Sydnie, and Carlie.
In the words of his classmate Jeff Meyer, JD '87:
"To say that the world was a better place because of Larry would be an understatement. He was a thoughtful and loving husband, son and brother, a devoted father to three incredible kids, a tremendous friend, a highly respected and successful attorney, a leader in his synagogue and a passionate advocate for a number of charitable organizations. His character was flawless and his generosity was limitless.
Larry took great pride in receiving both his Bachelor's degree and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Illinois. He carried that pride with him for the next 25 years, taking on the role of lead recruiter for the U of I College of Law on behalf of the two law firms where he had worked and became an equity partner, first at Altheimer & Gray and then at Greenberg Traurig. In fact, during the fall of 2011, when Larry was in the midst of his fight for his life and was too weak to do many things, including driving a car, he nonetheless hired a driver, who drove him to and from Champaign so that he could conduct that year's interviews himself. As a result of Larry's efforts, and the trust and respect he earned from everyone who worked with him, a significant number of U of I College of Law graduates got their first law job at these firms. Larry was also a passionate U of I basketball and football fan and even attended the 2005 NCAA championship game between Illinois and North Carolina."
Patrick S. Layng
Patrick S. Layng, JD' 87, was awarded the Attorney General's Award for Distinguished Service for his exceptional efforts to develop, implement, and coordinate a nationwide initiative to address misconduct and abusive practices by mortgage services and other creditors in U.S. bankruptcy system. Layng is the United States Trustee for the Northern District of Illinois and Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin (Region 11).
The Honorable Debra Walker, JD '87, has been named by the Supreme Court of Illinois as the chair of its Commission on Professionalism. Walker is a Cook County (Illinois) Circuit Court Judge in the Domestic Relations Division.
John G. Dalton, JD '87, was elected Circuit Court Judge (16th Circuit) on November 6th and took the bench on December 3rd.
The Honorable Debra B. Walker, JD '87, a judge in the Circuit Court of Cook County, Illinois, will be inducted as president of the Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF), the charitable arm of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA), at the organization’s 14th Annual Gala on Friday, October 19, at the Four Seasons Hotel. Judge Walker will be the second woman president in the organization’s sixty-one year history.
The Honorable Debra Walker, JD '87, was the recipient of the Mary Heftel Hooton Award given by the Women's Bar Association of Illinois at a ceremony in Chicago on March 1st.
Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick has appointed Beth A. Crawford as Associate Justice of the Hampshire Probate and Family Court in Northampton, Massachusetts.
David J. Philipps, '87, of Philipps & Philipps, Ltd., Palos Hills, Illiniois, was named the NACA Private Attorney of the Year by the National Association of Consumer Advocates at NACA's 2011 Annual Meeting, Media and Trial Advocay Awards, held November 4, 2011 in Chicago. David is the Illinois State Chair for NACA, and served as the head of the Chicago Host Committee for the National Consumer Law Center's 20th Annual Consumer Rights Litigation Conference, held November 3-6, 2011 in Chicago.
John G. Dalton
John G. Dalton, JD '87, owner of the Law Offices of John G. Dalton in Elgin, Illinois, has announced his candidacy for the Democratic primary for Kane County Circuit Court Judge in the 2nd Judicial Subcircuit.
Mary Philipps, '87, served as a member of the Chicago Host Committee for the 2011 National Consumer Law Center's Consumer Rights Litigation Conference and Consumer Class Action Symposium, which will be held November 3-6, 2011 in Chicago.
David Philipps, '87, served as a member of the Chicago Host Committee for the 2011 National Consumer Law Center's Consumer Rights Litigation Conference and Consumer Class Action Symposium, which will be held November 3-6, 2011 in Chicago.
The Honorable Debra Walker, JD '87, has been elected Vice President of the Illinois Bar Foundation for a two-year term. Judge Walker has been active on the IBF board since 2000.
In December 2010, Patrick S. Layng, JD '87, was appointed by Attorney General Eric Holder as U.S. Trustee for the Northern District of Illinois and the Eastern and Western Districts of Wisconsin.
In March, 2010, I will celebrate 10 years on the Kent County Circuit Court in Grand Rapids, Michigan. The time we spent at the U of I College of Law seems very long ago and far away, but my colleague Judge Christopher P. Yates (U of I College of Law '87) and I often reminisce about our days in Champaign. Now 4 children and 1 husband later, I look back with fond memories of friends and faculty. If you're ever in this neck of the woods, please e-mail or stop by for a visit. Lunch will be on me.
John Piland '87, is senior attorney at Johnston Legal Group, a Texas firm headquartered in Fort Worth.
The Honorable Debra Walker '87, formerly a partner with the Chicago law firm Clausen Miller PC, won the Democratic primary election for Circuit Court Judge in Cook County last spring. Judge Walker prevailed with over 55% of the vote in a three-way contest and ran unopposed in the November, 2008 general election.
Steven M. Malina
Steven M. Malina '87 joined the Litigation Practice as the Shareholder in the Chicago office of Greenberg Traurig. Prior to joining Greenberg Traurig, he was with the Chicago office of Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP.