Class Notes

James Konetski '84


Judge Konetski recently completed his fifteenth year on the Bench in the 18th Judicial Circuit, DuPage County, Illinois.

Marlen Cortez Morris '06


Marlen Cortez Morris ('06) has been named a 2016 Illinois Super Lawyers Rising Star.

Ava George Stewart '03


Ava George Stewart '03 was appointed in January to a two-year term on the Board of Directors of the Illinois Bar Foundation. Stewart is principal of the Law Office of Ava George Stewart located on Chicago’s Near North Side. She is a founding member of the Women’s Criminal Defense Bar Association, and also a member of the Cook County Bar Association and The Lawyers Club of Chicago.

Gerry Beyer '83


Gerry Beyer '83 LL.M, '90 J.S.D, was inducted into the National Association of Estate Planning Councils' Estate Planning Hall of Fame in November 2015. He has also been inducted into the ABA Blawg 100 Hall of Fame for his ongoing blog on Wills, Trusts and Estates. Beyer is the Governor Preston E. Smith Regents Professor of Law at Texas Tech University School of Law where he also received the President's Academic Achievement Award for 2015.

Steven Migala '96


Steven Migala '96 has been named an equity partner at Lavelle Law in Palatine, IL. Migala manages the Banking Law practice group at Lavelle.

Christopher Seps '10


Christopher Seps '10 recently published a children's book called "How To Be A Good Baby: Tips From The Dog." He uses this as a creative outlet as he continues to practice securities litigation at Ulmer & Berne LLP in Chicago. The book is available on or at