I am pleased to report I just received word from the ISBA that I have been elected your next 3rd Vice President. I am humbled and honored by your support and confidence in this election. Thank you!
St. Clair County Law Day Breakfast and Madison County Bar Association Dinner
Closing out my campaign for ISBA 3rd Vice President today by attending the St.Clair County Law Day Breakfast and last nights Madison County Bar Association Dinner. An appropriate way to end the campaign where it began with my two home Bar Associations. Photos with friends Ann Hatch, Russell Scott, Mike Meehan and Curt Blood. A big THANK YOU! to all who have supported me during this campaign!
Joseph Bartylak Annual Dinner supporting the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) in Collinsville
Spent April 20 attending the Joseph Bartylak Annual Dinner supporting the Lawyers Assistance Program(LAP) in Collinsville. Over 150 attended this wonderful event. Saw my SIU Law School classmate Bill Enyart and Lois Wood who introduced the keynote speaker, U.S. Senator Richard Durbin. Voting for ISBA 3rd V.P. continues until April 28.
Southern Illinois University School of Law
Stopped by my Alma Mater Southern Illinois University School of Law on April 18th after meetings with clients in Carbondale. Great memories talking with my classmate John Erbes who heads the SIU legal clinic.
Illinois Trial Lawyers Legislative Reception in Springfield
On April 5th I attended the Illinois Trial Lawyers Legislative Reception in Springfield. Enjoyed visits with Perry Browder, Bridget Duignan, Martin Haxel and many others. Martin and I both worked for former Illinois Attorney General Neil F. Hartigan. Voting continues through April 28th for ISBA 3rd VP.
Historic Cairo, Illinois
Spent April 3rd in historic Cairo, Illinois meeting with police and fire pension board clients. Cairo is the home of attorney John Holland who has the southern most law office in the state of Illinois! Toured Magnolia Manor after my meetings. Spectacular. John is supporting me for ISBA 3rd Vice President.
ISBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute on Technology & Maximizing Your Profits
Friday, March 31st I spent the day in Moline attending the ISBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute on Technology & Maximizing Your Profits. Met with some great attorneys from statewide including Annemarie Kill of Chicago and Don Metzger of Edwardsville. Great job ISBA! The Campaign for ISBA 3rd V.P. Continues!
Whiteside County Bar Association Meeting
Enjoyed spending March 30th as the guest of the Whiteside County Bar Association for their dinner meeting at the Candlelight Inn. Thanks to Bar President Trent Bush and John Guzzardo for their kind introductions all around. The campaign continues as does the voting! Vote now. Ballots were sent March 29!
ISBA CLE Regional Event in Quincy, IL
On March 24 I traveled to Quincy to meet lawyers attending the ISBA General Practice Update CLE. Enjoyed visiting with Jim Hansen. Also caught up with William Meckes, Chuck Scholz, and Christopher Scholz. Chuck and I have known each other since the 1980's when we served as Regional Office Directors for former Illinois Attorney General Neil F. Hartigan. Voting begins March 29 for ISBA 3rd Vice President. Vote early-Vote often!
Joint meeting of Madison & St. Clair County Bar Associations
On March 23rd I attended the joint meeting of my 2 local Bar associations(Madison & St. Clair Counties). A great turnout by Madison Co. Bar President Eric Carlson and Laura Collins Beasley President of St. Clair Co. Bar Association. Visited with Shira Truitt and many others as we "Rallied the troops" for the upcoming election for ISBA 3rd VP. Ballots we be emailed Wednesday March 29! Voting continues through April 28.
McLean GAL CLE Event in Bloomington, IL
On March 21st I spoke to about 125 lawyers in Bloomington about my candidacy for ISBA 3rd Vice President. Enjoyed meeting with members of the McLean County Bar Association. My third visit in the past 6 months. The campaign continues!
Celtic Lawyers Luncheon
Celebrated St. Patrick's Day in Chicago with over 1000 lawyers for the Celtic Lawyers Luncheon. Enjoyed seeing many Hartigan's including Neil and Russ, along with a great group of friends. Everyone was Irish today!
Justinian's Meeting and Lawyers Rock to support the Illinois Bar Foundation
On March 16 I was back in Chicago to attend a meeting at the Lux Bar with my fellow Justinian's. After dinner I traveled to the Lincoln Theater for the Lawyers Rock event to support the the Illinois Bar Foundation. Enjoyed seeing good friends at both events.
Annual St. Paddy's Day Luncheon honoring Russell Hartigan
A snowy March 14th found me in Chicago for the Annual St. Paddy's Day Luncheon honoring my friend Russell Hartigan ☘ Posed for a picture with the guest of honor and his son Michael. Also visited with Genevieve Niemann and John Norris. Saw Margaret Benson again as we reminisced about our time as Charter Members on the ISBA Pro Bono Center! Great seeing so many ISBA members at this event!!
Chicago's 62nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade
Spent March 11 in Chicago for a cold, but sunny day in the St. Patrick's Day Parade with ISBA friends. We all participated in "The wearing of the green”.
Springfield ISBA Board of Governors meeting followed by trip to Chicago to attend the Irish Fellowship Club of Chicago dinner
A busy Friday, March 10...Morning meeting in Springfield with ISBA Board of Governors followed by trip to Chicago to attend the Irish Fellowship club of Chicago dinner as warm up for 62nd Annual St. Patrick's Day Parade! Thanks to fellow Governors Dennis Lynch and Stephen Komie for their hospitality. Met Anna Valencia, Chicago City Clerk. She grew up in Granite City too! A small world!
The campaign for ISBA 3rd VP continues. Voting begins March 29.
The General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section Council meeting
In Chicago March 4 for meetings at the ISBA office for The General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section Council meeting. Part of the group included Jennifer Shaw and Jim Radcliffe, Ebony Huddleston and Anna Krolikowska.
DuPage County Bar Association Judges Nite
Attended the DuPage County Bar Association Judges Nite tonight. A great turn out for a great cause. Auction items raised lots of money for legal aid. I was the successful bidder on a one week RCI trip! Saw Jim Reichardt and Steve Bashaw. Also visited with the ISBA crew: Russ Hartigan, Jim James F. McCluskey and Kent Gaertner. The show was lots of fun. The Campaign continues! In Chicago Saturday for ISBA committee meetings before heading home.
Madison County Bar Association meeting in Edwardsville, IL
On Thursday Feb. 23rd I was able to attend my home Madison County Bar Association meeting at the Sunset Hills Country Club in Edwardsville. Enjoyed the visit with Ryan Jumper and John Rekowski. Also saw Phil Rarick along with Mark C. Goldenberg and David Antognoli. Nice to be home tonight after a busy 10 days traveling around the state on the campaign trail. No need for name badges with this group!!
Illinois Government Bar Association in Springfield Feb. 22
On February 22 I addressed the Illinois Government Bar Association in Springfield. Met with fellow SIU Law school classmates Jim Dunn and Joe McMenamin. Stopped by the Illinois Bar Center to check out the almost completed renovations. Very nice! More room for lawyer use.
Williamson County Bar Association meeting in Marion, IL
On Feb. 21 Dennis was invited to speak to the Williamson County Bar Association meeting in Marion, IL. A great lunch with some great attorneys! Later visiting in Carbondale with attorneys Cynthia Hagan and Scott Hendricks.
ISBA Worker Compensation CLE in Fairview Heights Feb. 20
Dennis met with Collinsville attorney and fellow Character & Fitness Committee member John Leskera. Over 50 attorneys attended this live CLE.
Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts Southern Illinois Mini-Conference in Fairview Heights
On February 17 -18, 2017 I spoke at the Illinois Association of Fire Protection Districts Southern Illinois Mini-Conference in Fairview Heights, IL along with attorney James Sinclair. I presented 2 programs on "Surviving a Department on Insurance Audit" and "Latest Legal Developments in Pension Law".
Jackson County Bar Association Lunch Meeting & Peoria County Bar Banquet
February 16th found me in Carbondale to address the lunch meeting of the Jackson County Bar Association. That evening I appeared at the Peoria County Bar Association Lincoln Memorial Banquet where over 150 lawyers attended along with good friends Michael McCuskey, Russ Hartigan and Rich Zuckerman. A long day, but very rewarding.
Illinois State Bar Association Speed Networking event in Chicago & YLD Wine Tasting
On February 10th I participated in the Illinois State Bar Association Speed Networking event in Chicago sponsored by the Young Lawyers Division of ISBA. Over 70 lawyers signed up to participate in this event which was designed to assist young lawyers and law students in better preparing for future employment. This event was followed by YLD Wine Tasting at the Chicago office. Two great events!
Voting begins March 29 for ISBA 3rd Vice President. I would be honored to have the support of all Illinois lawyers.
Illinois Trial Lawyers Reception February 9th in Chicago
Attended the Illinois Trial Lawyers Reception February 9th in Chicago. Enjoyed visiting with Daniel Kotin of Chicago and Mark Prince from Marion, Illinois. Also Fellow Justinian and ITLA member Frank Sommario of Chicago and Greg Shevlin of Belleville attended. Met with Brandon Zanotti from Williamson County. A Great evening!! Also had a chance to see supporter Steve Lane at a recent ITLA CLE seminar in Chicago. Voting for ISBA 3rd Vice President begins March 29! Mark your calendars!
ISBA CLE program in Springfield, IL
In Springfield February 3rd for ISBA CLE program where over 70 lawyers attended including SIU classmate Jim Dunn and Urbana attorney Richard Thies. Appreciate all the words of support for my campaign for ISBA 3rd V.P.
Franklin County Bar Association meeting in Benton, Illinois
Had a great lunch on February 1st with Murphy Hart and SIU law school classmate Dave Garavalia at the Franklin County Bar Association meeting in Benton Illinois. Great ISBA representation in this Bar Association. The campaign continues!!!!! Voting begins March 29 for ISBA 3rd VP!
St. Clair County Bar Association "Judicial Night"
On January 19, Dennis met with fellow members of the St. Clair County Bar Association for "Judicial Night". Had a chance to visit with Jamie Bracewell and Untress Quinn. Also saw Dawn Sallerson and Laura Beasley. Brad Badgley and Kevin Kaufhold also attended this well attended event with over 150 attorneys in attendance in East St. Louis, IL.
As you know, I filed over 1,000 signatures on my nominating petitions with ISBA for 3rd Vice President on January 3.
December found me attending several Bar Association Receptions with many of my supporters from around Illinois
(From left) In my home County of Madison with Tom Hill and Eric Carlson; in Champaign with John, Richard, and David Thies and John Phipps; in Bloomington I had lunch with 150 McClean County Bar Association members including John Kim. Thanks to Catherine Pratt for her hospitality at the event.
The ISBA Midyear Meeting joined again this year with the Illinois Judges Association
Attended the Chicago Bar Association & ISBA Dinner honoring the Illinois Supreme Court with my wife, Cathy. Visited with good friends like John Locallo at the Reception. On Saturday the Midyear concluded with the ISBA Assembly meeting. Our 3rd Judicial Circuit was well represented by Barb Goeben, David Weder, Ebony Huddleston, and myself. I have served on the Assembly for over 20 years!
ISBA Midyear meeting in Chicago celebrating my 36th year as an ISBA member!
From Dec. 8-10 I attended the ISBA Midyear meeting in Chicago celebrating my 36th year as an ISBA member! I was busy meeting with over 45 committees and section councils to discuss my candidacy for ISBA 3rd Vice President. I enjoyed attending the Young Lawyers Division Holiday Party and the Diversity Leadership Reception. Also attended Illinois Bar Foundation Breakfast and shared a cup of needed coffee with supporters Perry Browder and James Lestikow.
Christmas Party at Butch McGuires in Chicago
On Dec. 7, lawyers from around Illinois gathered at Butch McGuires in Chicago at the invitation of host Steve Komie for his Annual Christmas Party. Everyone was in the Holiday Spirit. Visited with many friends including Kevin O'Reilly, Heather McPhearson, and Mike McCuskey.
Lake County Bar Association Holiday Party
Attended the Lake County Bar Association Holiday Party on December 2nd at the invitation of my good friend Bernie Wysocki. Had fun talking with Margaret Mullen and Megan Mack. Thanks to Donald Morrison and Marjorie Asher for all the hospitality. Also enjoyed sharing stories with John Joanem,"The Man in the Red Coat" (Best Dressed) :) . I got to visit with Judge Jorge Ortiz at this party as well as the Unity Dinner in Chicago Thursday night.
Chicago Irish Christmas Luncheon
Attended the Chicago Irish Christmas December 1st at Chicago Hilton. 1200 Irish lawyers and guest for a record turnout!! Saw Dennis Lynch and Irish Santa. A good time was had by all!
Unity Award Dinner at Chicago Hilton
Attended Unity Award Dinner at Chicago Hilton December 1st. Visited with my former boss Neil F. Hartigan and my former co-worker Floyd Perkins. Event included Swearing-In ceremony for Bar Presidents. Enjoyed seeing Curtis Ross and Mark Lopez. I also met Myron Grant a Diversity Scholarship Foundation winner from SIU Carbondale School of Law. Congrats to all!!
St. Clair County Bar Assn. Past Presidents & Senior Counselors Night on November 17th
Shared dinner and great stories with fellow members of St. Clair County Bar Association. Met with Judy Cates, Lauren Cates, and Nick Kujawa. Enjoyed catching up with supporters Robert Nelson and Greg Shevlin. Congratulations to all!
Morgan County Bar Association Thanksgiving Luncheon
Dennis was invited by Robert and Bobby Bonjean to attend their bar meeting on November 16th in Jacksonville to discuss his candidacy for ISBA 3rd Vice President.
Washington County Bar Association Reception
Dennis attended a reception hosted by the Washington County Bar Association in November with Centralia attorneys Jennifer and Daniel Price and Don Bigham of Pinckneyville.
Illinois Public Pension Fund Regional Seminar
Dennis speaking on Nov. 9th at John A. Logan College near Marion Illinois at the Illinois Public Pension Fund Regional Seminar. Southern Illinois has some great attorneys!
2016 National Health Law Moot Court Competition at SIU School of Law
On November 4th Dennis served as one of the judges for the 2016 National Health Law Moot Court competition at SIU School of Law in Carbondale.
Joint Meeting of the Madison County and Clinton County Bar Associations
Good times at the Joint meeting of the Madison County and Clinton County Bar Associations at Popeyes Chop House in St. Rose, IL on October 27th where Dennis dined with 75 great colleagues.
SIU Law School Reunion Tailgate
Dennis met with over 200 attorneys who attended the SIU Law School Reunion Tailgate In Carbondale on October 22.
October 2016 Justinian Meeting
Attended the October meeting with fellow Justinian's in Chicago.
ISBA Mutual Seminars in October 2016
Dennis traveled from Collinsville to Bloomington to DuPage County to Chicago meeting with over 1000 attorneys who attended the ISBA Mutual seminars in October.
Illinois Bar Foundation Gala in Chicago
At the Illinois Bar Foundation Gala in Chicago honoring Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan.
SIU Law School Alumni Reception in Madison County
Attended Reception of SIU Law School Alumni in Madison County in October. Group photo and Dennis with Dean Cynthia Fountaine.
Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) MidAmerica Conference
Dennis Orsey speaking at Illinois Public Pension Fund Association (IPPFA) MidAmerica Conference in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin in October 2016. Dennis has served as Deputy Counsel for the IPPFA for 20 years in addition to his private practice. Dennis also met with Umberto Davi, President on the Willowbrook Police Pension Fund at IPPFA MidAmerica Conference.
Illinois Bar Foundation reception at "The Library"
In September, Dennis was in Chicago to attend the Illinois Bar Foundation reception at "The Library" to honor Tom Leahy. A great evening.
Illinois Bar Foundation event in Collinsville
Dennis attended the Illinois Bar Foundation event in Collinsville last summer with Perry Browder and Marty Mengarelli. Barb Crowder and Dennis met with award receipt Lois Wood. Dennis also visited with Russell Scott and award winner William Lucco who was recognized at the event.
Photos from recent swearing in ceremony at SIU School of Law for new lawyers. I was a guest speaker for ISBA
Attended Peoria County Bar Association Installation Picnic where the theme was "Back to the Future". Had a chance to visit with my good friend and supporter, Rich Zuckerman while at the event.
Attended the St. Clair County Bar Association Family night at Gateway Grizzlies baseball game this summer.
Photos taken at recent ISBA Board of Governors meetings.
Photos taken at ISBA Annual Meeting in June.
Joint meeting of Madison County and St. Clair County Bar Associations
Gathering testimony at Southern Illinois University School of Law and at ISBA Chicago office for Task Force on Impact of Law School Curriculum & Debt
Board of Governors Award 2013
My proudest ISBA moment! Receiving the 2013 Board of Governors Award with Ann Jorgensen for work as Co-Chair on Task Force on Law School Debt. Daniel Thies was recognized as our brilliant Reporter.
This photo taken in 2013 when Dennis was Speaker at the ISBA Bar Leadership Conference in Chicago.
* Photographs on the website "Dennis Orsey - Candidate for ISBA 3rd Vice President" are photographs already in the public domain which portray leadership roles undertaken by Dennis Orsey and do not necessarily indicate support or endorsement of Dennis Orsery for 3rd Vice President of the Illinois State Bar Association.