Pictured L - R, Cat Battista and Susan Shivers Pictured L - R, Craig Hasenbalg and Joshua B.
During the Annual Membership Dinner and Awards Ceremony held on Thursday, June 6 at St. Charles Place Steakhouse in St. Charles, the Community Service Award was presented to Susan D. Shivers of Geneva. This award is given annually by the bar association to a member who has demonstrated a broad based involvement in the community and is an active member of the legal profession. The honorees have shown a firm commitment for working toward a better government and fostering civic improvements. They have impeccable character, a strong sense of family, and are held in high regard by their peers. Susan was nominated by KCBA Bar Briefs Co-Editor, Catherine (Cat) D. Battista and she presented the award to Susan for her service to the bar association and to the community. In 2011 Susan was elected to the office of Geneva Library Trustee. She served on the Board of Directors for TriCity Family Services, and currently serves as Friend to the Board. She has been appointed to the Community Action Board for the Epilepsy Foundation of Greater Chicago. Susan served three elected terms as a member of the Board of Education of Geneva Community School District 304 and served six years on the City of Geneva’s International Cultural Exchange Committee. Susan also served on the Board of Directors for the Geneva Rotary Club and is a past Chair of the Community Service Committee. Susan is a Rotary Paul Harris Fellow having been named by the Geneva Rotary Club in appreciation of her volunteer services to the club’s charitable and educational programs. Susan also assisted in the formation of Hesed House Legal Clinic in Aurora, and volunteers at both Prairie State Legal Services and Administer Justice. She is a member of the Geneva Chamber of Commerce and the Geneva Women in Business Organization. Susan is an active participant in the Kane County Bar Association and volunteers her time on many committees both as a member and as a chair of the following committees: Legal Ethics, Professional Responsibility, Continuing Legal Education, Family Law, Mental Health, and Bench & Bar). In addition to all of her volunteer work, Susan is a sincere and hardworking attorney and has managed her family law practice and been dedicated to her family.
Joshua B. Rosenzweig of Aurora was presented with the Outstanding New Lawyer Award by Craig D. Hasenbalg of CDH Law Group in Aurora. This award is presented to an attorney who is in their first eight years of practice and who has shown commitment to the bar association through committee involvement and other contributions to the association and/or legal profession. The recipient is a well-rounded individual who has demonstrated a high level of professional development for this early stage of their career. Nominated by several attorneys at his firm, Joshua has been an active member of the Kane County Bar Association, serving most recently as the General Counsel to the Board of Managers, and was just re-appointed to the same position this year. A past Co-Chair of the New Lawyers Committee, Joshua has also been a very active volunteer with the KCBA’s Lawyer in the Lobby program which is offered every Friday morning at the Kane County Courthouse. In addition to his busy law practice, Josh is married and the father of a beautiful one year old daughter.
The Liberty Bell Award, a nationally recognized award is bestowed on a non-attorney individual or community organization who has promoted a better understanding of the law, encouraged a greater respect for the law and the courts, who stimulates a sense of civic responsibility, and who contributes to good government within the community. The Kane County Bar Association Staff (Jan Wade – Executive Director, Carolyn A. Jones – Continuing Legal Education and Membership Coordinator, Debra K. Cook – Publications Coordinator, and Sandy Bottoms – Administrative Assistant) were the recipients of this year’s Liberty Bell Award. The KCBA Board of Managers nominated the bar staff for the dedication and years of service to their jobs, which is to administer all of the activities for Kane County attorneys, including seminars, publications, special events, and volunteer programs for the public.
Awards were also presented to KCBA Committee Chairs and to attorneys for their years of practice. Honorees were Bruce A. Brown, the Honorable Robert Morrow, Timothy J. Reuland, Wayne F. Weiler, and Raymond A. Witaske who received plaques recognizing their individual forty years of practice. Recognized for forty-five years of practice were Ralph C. Hardy, Gary B. Hurt, the Honorable Gene L. Nottolini, Leonard J. Seraphin, and Herbert C. Steinmetz. Fifty years of practice awards were presented to John E. Juergensmeyer, Constantine (Dino) Konstans, and Anthony M. Rocco. William J. Foote, Edgar P. Petti and Calvin B. Thelin were recognized for fifty-five years of practice.