5 alumni honored as "Pillars of the Bar"

Monday, April 29, 2013

All graduates of the University of Illinois College of law, James Evans (’62), John Gadau, (‘67), Tom Harrington (’55), Lott Thomas ('62), and Carl Webber ('73) have been honored as "Pillars of the Bar."

The recognition is bestowed by members of the Champaign County Bar Association, and this is the fourth class to be so named.

Evans, a founder of the Champaign firm, Evans, Froehlich, Beth & Chamley, has been active in both local and state bar association activities, having served on the board of governors of the Champaign County Bar Association and as president in 1969. He also served as a delegate to the ISBA Assembly between 1978 and 1982 and was a charter fellow of the Illinois Bar Foundation.

Gadau, a litigator with an emphasis on personal injury and criminal defense work, has served 13 years as a member of the board of the Champaign County Bar Association and eight years as its president.

Named a Knight of St. Gregory by the Vatican for his work with the High School of St. Thomas More and other charitable endeavors, Harrington, who passed away in August 2012, was a lawyer for 57 years, working almost all those years in a Champaign firm founded by his father (Harrington and Tock).

Having practiced with the downtown Champaign firm that bears his name — Thomas, Mamer & Haughey, Thomas has served on the College of Law's Board of Visitors and was chosen as a distinguished alumnus in 2006. He is past president of the Champaign County Bar Association and has been chair of several Illinois State Bar Association committees.

Webber, president and shareholder of the Urbana law firm, Webber & Thies, served on the College's Board of Visitors for 31 years, was an adjunct professor in the UI School of Business, and is active with the College's LLM Global Fellows Program.