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Mentoring for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Mentoring for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism

Bill was selected and recruited by the Seventeenth Judicial Circuit Court of Illinois on behalf of the Illinois Supreme Court to serve as a mentor during 2017. The Courtís mentoring program creates opportunities for experienced lawyers to provide professional guidance and share their judgment and skills with lawyers in their early years of practice. The program uses a flexible structure for practical learning within the context of the mentoring relationship. The stated mission of the program is to promote a culture of civility and inclusion, in which Illinois lawyers and judges embody the ideals of the legal profession in service to the administration of justice in our democratic society.


So Long to Teri Reynolds upon her Retirement

So Long to Teri Reynolds upon her Retirement

After several years as the friendly face behind the front desk of Reilly Law Offices and as the most likely person to answer the office telephone, Teri has opted for retirement to watch her grandchild Jack. She says she enjoyed the office and all the things she learned, but that it is hard to compete with the opportunity to babysit her only grandson! Teri will be missed by everyone in the office, by our clients, and by the many people who visit the office. Best wishes Teri!


Please Welcome Trisha Timbush, our Newest Legal Assistant

Please Welcome Trisha Timbush, our Newest Legal Assistant

Trisha was born and raised in Rockford. After graduating from high school, she explored career options and accepted her first position at a law office in 2013. Trisha identified a keen interest and aptitude for the legal field. While continuing to work at various positions in law offices, Trisha enrolled at Rockford Career College and obtained her Associate in Applied Science as a Paralegal. Trisha and Kyle have one son, Bryce. In her spare time Trisha enjoys reading, writing, and playing video games with family and friends. Trisha says she welcomes the opportunity to expand her legal knowledge at Reilly Law Offices and that she looks forward to helping our clients conquer legal challenges and achieve personal and business goals.


Coordinating Help for People in Need

Coordinating Help for People in Need

Teri has coordinated the Angel Gift Project at Christ United Methodist Church for the last three years. This is a carefully organized effort that involves many people over the course of several weeks. This project works with six agencies in the community that help people in need, such as the elderly, people with disabilities, low income residents, high risk families with children under the age of three, youth struggling with emotional or mental health problems, at-risk youth, and children of incarcerated or institutionalized parents in this area to have a better Christmas by providing a gift or two. The congregation of the church provided gifts to over 250 recipients in the community this year. Teri says it's a blessing to work on such a worthwhile project.


Leadership Role at the Rockford Health Careers Foundation

Leadership Role at the Rockford Health Careers Foundation

Elisa previously served as the President of the Rockford Health Careers Foundation - Winnebago County Medical Society Alliance. Her term was fulfilled, but she was recruited back to serve as the representative of the legal community on its board of directors. Congratulations Elisa! Established in 1954, the Rockford Health Careers Foundation was formed to promote health care education in Winnebago County. Each year, RHCF awards scholarships to students in many health related fields, including medicine, nursing, radiography, respiratory therapy, pharmacy and public health.


Shaping the Future of Youth Development

Shaping the Future of Youth Development

Bill was honored to be chosen as a member of the Scout Executive Selection Committee of the Blackhawk Area Council. The committee is tasked with identifying and recruiting an excellent professional Scouter to lead the council following the retirement of Bill's close friend Don Kinney on December 31. Bill says that Don will leave the proverbial big shoes to fill, size 13, but with the council in excellent shape due to Don's leadership, there will be many excellent candidates to choose between.


CFNIL Board Retreat

CFNIL Board Retreat

Bill is a trustee of the Community Foundation of Northern Illinois. Its mission is to attract, grow, and preserve an endowment for the current and future needs of the people of Northern Illinois. At a recent retreat in Rockford, Bill gave a presentation on identifying and avoiding conflicts of interest, enlightening and entertaining the board and staff of the CFNIL with a variety of vignettes.


Annual ICUL Attorney's Conference

Annual ICUL Attorney's Conference

Federal and state law and regulations continue to change, and new cases interpreting those laws and regulations are decided daily. To maintain their expertise, Bill and Elisa regularly attend continuing legal education classes. This fall they attended a two-day conference in Oakbrook, Illinois sponsored by the Illinois Credit Union League. The presentations addressed matters specific to the operation of credit unions and to all business owners in general.


Support for Scouting through Sporting Clays.

Support for Scouting through Sporting Clays.

On September 10, 2016, Reilly Law Offices joined with friends at Rock Valley Industries to support the efforts of the Blackhawk Area Council, Boy Scouts of America, to bring Scouting to inner-city youth. Not only did the office support a sporting clays station, Bill participated in the event. He reports having a great time, but that "too many clays were spared to fly another day."


Credit Union Mission Support

Credit Union Mission Support

For thirty years, credit unions have been a significant portion of Bill's practice. Reilly Law Offices supports the mission of credit unions to serve their members (owners) by providing a safe, personalized way for members to save for their financial goals and to borrow to meet their financial needs. As part of supporting the Rockford Area Chapter of Credit Unions (RACCU), Reilly Law Offices was a sponsor of the RACCU's Golf Event held on September 8, 2016. Play on credit unions!


Reaching Back while Moving Forward

Reaching Back while Moving Forward

The tenth anniversary of Reilly Law Offices introduces our new website design. We believe new design is authentic and personalized. Nevertheless, for our first entry we reach back to the first entry of our original website as a nod to tradition and to again recognize the incredible achievements of a great American entrepreneur, adventurer and Eagle Scout, Steve Fossett.