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2014-2015 Recipients

Elias W. Arnold
Southern Illinois University School of Law, Class of 2014
Oasis of Springfield, Ill.
After I have graduated from Southern Illinois University School of Law, I hope to become mostly employed within the area of family law and to assist the families of Illinois in resolving the many disputes that can arise. My interests also include civil law, as well as wills and trusts.

Bryce P. Ball
John Marshall Law School, Class of 2017
Member of Alpha Lodge #155 (Galesburg, Ill.)

Shalyn L. Caulley
University of Illinois College of Law, Class of 2017
Brick and Stone Local #20 (Waukegan, Ill.)
After I graduate from the University of Illinois in 2017, I am going to move Chicago to begin my legal career. I intend to pursue a job in a medium- to large-sized firm, working on labor and employment law matters. Eventually, I would like to transition into working as an in-house counsel attorney for a corporation focusing on their labor and employment cases.

Kasey Coughlin
John Marshall Law School, Class of 2017
After graduation, I plan on working in the area of family law, probate, estate planning, and real estate law. When people are faced with difficult situations arising out of those areas of law it is comforting to know that I will be able to guide them through and, hopefully, ease some of the stress of their situation. I would also like to become a guardian ad litem for children and senior citizens. It is nice to know that our court system has created a system where a neutral party is appointed by the court to ensure that children and senior citizens have someone looking out for their best interests. I would be honored to be one of the lawyers looking out for them.

Daniel R. Coultas
Washington University School of Law, Class of 2015
Member of Harmony Lodge No. 3 (Jacksonville, Ill.)
After graduating from Washington University, I will be joining a law firm in my hometown of Jacksonville, Illinois. I plan to practice in the areas of estate planning, taxation, business, real estate, and municipal law.

Brandon M. Djonlich
John Marshall Law School, Class of 2015 For me a
After law school, I hope to begin my legal career at a mid-size litigation law firm located in Chicago. Then, in time, open my own legal practice in the areas of personal injury and medical malpractice.

Keithan Hedrick
University of Illinois College of Law, Class of 2015
During the Summer of 2014, I was a Summer Associate at Polsinelli, PC, a law firm in Chicago. After the completion of the summer, I accepted an offer to join Polsinelli after graduation from law school. This scholarship is a great opportunity. It allows students like myself to focus on doing well in our studies, and not on financing them. Receiving this scholarship allowed me to stay in law school, and focus on my studies, which in return led to me receiving employment.

Alexandra H. Roffman
Loyola University School of Law, Class of 2015
After obtaining my J.D., I plan to pursue a career in family law, particularly working with women and children. I will hopefully be able to do so in the public interest or government sector and continue to serve low-income clients.

Sarah L. Moore
DePaul University College of Law, Class of 2014
Associated with Sherwood Masonic Lodge (Sherwood, Ohio)
After earning my JD, I plan to continue working with Chicago legal aid organizations to connect Illinois residents with valuable legal resources.

James P. H. Stephens
Northwestern University School of Law, Class of 2016
Enfield Lodge No. 677 (Enfield, Ill.)
I have accepted a summer associate position with an IP boutique in Chicago for 2015. I would like to pursue opportunities in patent law as they become available. I am also interested in the judiciary, with a particular interest in the judge’s role as an evidentiary gatekeeper—ensuring that the parties meet on the level when issues are tried before a jury.

Grant D. Talabay
John Marshall Law School, Class of 2018

Lombard Lodge #1098 (Lombard, Ill.)

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