News of Note
Mary Jo Lancione
Mary died on February 26, 2017. She was the wife of our Past President, John Lancione of Cleveland, Ohio. We send our condolences to Past President John Lancione and their extended family. The family's request in lieu of flowers was for donations to Cure PSP, Foundation for PSP | CBD and Related Brain Disorders (www.curepsp.org) or to Immaculate Conception Parish School, 414 Madison Street, Port Clinton 43452 (c/o Father John).
Congratulations to David Brown
David received a special award from the Iowa State Bar Association. He was awarded the “Keeper of the Flame” award. The award was given in recognition of Brown’s tireless, persistent, and remarkable efforts on behalf of the bar and the legal profession. “He has a commitment to the practice of law like few others. David is a true advocate for the rule of law and the vital work lawyers provide,” says Guy Cook, outgoing president of ISBA. “He is a genuine friend to lawyers and judges everywhere. David’s selfless concern for the past and future generations of lawyers and traditions of the legal profession is unmatched, hence he was recognized as the “keeper of the flame.”
Congratulations to Francis M. Wickstrom
The Barristers congratulate Utah Fellow, Francis M. Wickstrom on his recent election as President-Elect of the American College of Trial Lawyers.
Mike Bromberg, the Society’s President in 2000, passed away on April 30th
at age 81. We send our condolences to his wife, Lisa, and their family. Mike graduated from Yale University and Columbia University Law School and was a founding principal of Porzio, Bromberg and Newman in Morristown, New Jersey. As befits Mike, a “Celebration de la Vie” will be held for family, friends and colleagues on Tuesday, May 10 at Porzio, Bromberg and Newman, 100 Southgate Parkway, Morristown, New Jersey from 4:30 to 7:30 with remembrances starting at 5:30. Donations in his memory may be made at The Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson Research michaeljfox.org
or to The Palliative Care Team at Morristown Medical Center, 100 Madison Avenue, Morristown, New Jersey.
We just received the sad news that Alex Newton, our esteemed Past President, died at age 85. Alex was President in 1979. After graduating from the University of Alabama Law School, Alex spent his entire career with Hare, Wynn, Newell and Newton in Birmingham, Alabama primarily representing plaintiffs in tort litigation. Alex's full obituary is at here
. He is survived by Sue, his wife of 63 years, two sons, two daughters, seven grandchildren and six great grandchildren. Contributions may be made to the Children's Fresh Air Farm in care of Independent Presbyterian Church, 3100 Highland Avenue, Birmingham, Alabama, 35205. For those who want to reach out to Sue, her address is 2837 Canoe Brook Lane, Birmingham, Alabama 35243.
Congratulations to Illinois Fellow Michael Pope who received the Advancement of Justice Award from The National Judicial College on October 15, 2015. The award goes to “those who have demonstrated dedication to improving skills of the judiciary in advancing justice.” For more information: http://www.judges.org/the-njc-honors-two-prominent-chicagoans-with-advancement-of-justice-award/
We sadly note the death of Dave Nixon at 82 on November 1, 2014. Dave was a New Hampshire Fellow and past president who, despite his illness, was with us at the recent Board meeting in South Carolina. Mike Kelly had it right, "A very very good guy, a proud Past President, terrific lawyer, advocate for the little guy and protector of the jury trial." Look for a marveolous exchange of letters between Dave and a big city lawyer in the upcoming Quarterly. For more about Dave's life, see the piece from the New Hampshire Union Leader