April 30, 2006

Hon. Tom O'Neal Discussion

A brief bio from Tom O'Neal's web site:
Tom O'Neal, raised in Augusta, Hancock County, Illinois, is a graduate of Knox College (1977) and Southern Methodist University School of Law (1980), and is a partner in the law firm of Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll & Keller, LLC. Tom formerly practiced with the law firm of Hartzell, Glidden, Tucker, Neff & O'Neal in Carthage, Illinois from 1980 to 1988. During his tenure in Carthage, Tom also served as a Special Assistant Attorney General for Agricultural Law in the office of Illinois Attorney General.

Tom has served as President of the Peoria and Hancock County Bar Associations, as an Illinois Supreme Court appointee to the Court's Special Committee on Pro Bono Publico Legal Service, President of Prairie State Legal Services, a not-for-profit corporation dedicated to providing legal service to the poor and has received awards for legal service to the poor from the Illinois State Bar and Peoria County Bar Associations as Pro Bono Attorney of the year.

During his 25 years of practice, Tom has authored public education and continuing legal education articles for the Illinois State Bar and Peoria County Bar Associations, the Illinois Institute of Continuing Legal Education, and the Illinois Farm Business Farm Managment Association. Since 1980, Tom has represented clients in Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, and Indiana and in 40 counties in Illinois, as well as appearing in every federal and state appellate court in Illinois.

Tom currently serves on the Illinois State Bar Association Delivery of Legal Services Committee and as a Director of the Peoria County Bar Association. Tom is a resident of the City of Peoria, with his wife Marcia, and daughters, Brianna and Jessie.

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At 2/28/2006 11:12 PM, Blogger knoxdemgirl said...

I recently came across an article from the ISBA that stated that O'Neal was the only canidate that was "highly qualified." Seems like a good characteristic for a judge. Keep up the great work. Check out the article:

At 3/09/2006 9:06 PM, Blogger knoxdemgirl said...

Another endorsement for Tom O'Neal! The Chicago Tribune printed their endorsements a few days ago. Check it out!


At 3/17/2006 3:27 PM, Anonymous judge vicki wright said...


Happy St. Patrick's Day to the best Irish person in our race!

Best of luck on Tuesday.

Your colleague and friend,

Vicki Wright


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