Press Release

NIU Law Alumnus Richard D. Felice Installed as President
of Illinois State Bar Association

Other NIU Law Alumni also Inducted as ISBA Board Members

NIU Law alumnus Rick Felice ('79) is sworn-in as the 138th President of the Illinois State Bar Association by Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert R. Thomas at the organization's annual meeting on Friday, June 20th.

NIU Law alumnus Rick Felice ('79) is sworn-in as the 138th President of the Illinois State Bar Association by
Illinois Supreme Court Justice Robert R. Thomas at the organization's annual meeting on Friday, June 20th.

June 26, 2014

DeKalb, Ill. – NIU Law alumnus Richard D. Felice (’79) was installed as President of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) at the organization’s Annual Meeting on Friday, June 20 at the Grand Geneva Resort in Lake Geneva, WI. Felice, who became the 138th President, took the helm of the largest bar organization in the state with over 32,000 members.

During his remarks at the installation dinner, Felice outlined three main initiatives he plans to focus on throughout his year as president. The first is the formation of a Task Force on the Impact of Law School Debt on the Future of the Profession to address the tremendous challenges facing new lawyers, including staggering law school debt and a stifling job market. According to Felice, the task force “will study in depth the concept of practice-ready new lawyers and consider constructive changes to law school curricula.” Justice Ann Jorgensen of the Second District Appellate Court will chair the committee.

The second initiative is the formation of a Solo and Small Firm Practice Institute Series, which will offer educational programs to solo and small firm practitioners in five settings throughout the state.  The institute will provide a variety of programming to help lawyers enhance their practices.

The third program will focus on civics education programming with high school students. It will work with the ISBA’s Law Related Education Committee and with Illinois Judges Association President Michael Hyman on the IJA’s “Courtroom in the Classroom” project.

NIU Law alumnus Vincent Cornelius ('89), second from left, is inducted as 2nd Vice President of the ISBA during its annual meeting.  He is pictured with (from left) Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, 3rd Vice President; Umberto S. Davi, President-Elect; and Paula H. Holderman, Immediate Past President.

NIU Law alumnus Vincent Cornelius ('89), second from left, is inducted as 2nd Vice President of the ISBA during its annual meeting. He is pictured with (from left) Hon. Russell W. Hartigan, 3rd Vice President;
Umberto S. Davi, President-Elect; and Paula H. Holderman, Immediate Past President.

Also during the installation dinner, alumnus Vincent Cornelius (’89) was inducted as 2nd Vice President of the ISBA. He will lead the organization in 2016 and become the first African American president in its history. Alumni Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright (’03), Lisa M. Nyuli (’89), James F. McCluskey (’79), and Sonni C. Williams (’99) were inducted as members of the ISBA Board of Governors.

Alumni Lisa M. Nyuli (’89), James F. McCluskey (’79), Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright (’03), and Sonni C. Williams (’99) were inducted as members of the ISBA Board of Governors during the annual meeting.

Alumni Lisa M. Nyuli (’89), James F. McCluskey (’79), Kenya A. Jenkins-Wright (’03), and
Sonni C. Williams (’99) were inducted as members of the ISBA Board of Governors during the annual meeting.

Felice is in private practice in Wheaton, IL and concentrates his law practice in domestic relations and litigation. He was first elected 3rd Vice President of the ISBA in 2010 after having served two three-year terms on the Board of Governors. He is an officer of the ISBA Mutual Insurance Company and serves on the board of the Illinois Bar Foundation, the ISBA’s charitable arm. He was an appointed member of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Rules Committee, and a past president of the DuPage County Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Foundation, and the DuPage County Chapter of The Justinian Society of Lawyers.

An avid supporter of the NIU College of Law, Felice regularly attends events/programs, serves a mentor to students and alumni, and he is collaborating with Dean Jennifer Rosato Perea to help accomplish his goals throughout and beyond his ISBA presidency.

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For more information, contact:
Melody Mitchell
Alumni Events & Public Relations
(815) 753-9655 or

mmitchell@niu.edu