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Rolling Meadows attorney comes full circle

Attorney Miriam Cooper stands in front of her art work at her office in Rolling Meadows.

Miriam E. Cooper, a Rolling Meadows attorney who made the Illinois Super Lawyers list for the fifth time, stepped down from the school board at Northwest Suburban High School District 214, where she enjoyed making decisions on behalf of children.

Children became a running thread throughout her career, as it led from studying art in Paris to graduating from Northeastern University with a bachelor’s degree in art and history and being certified to teach.

“I didn’t get a teaching job right away. I instead worked at a commercial credit company, then taught for a couple of years,” said Cooper, 66, who lives in Arlington Heights.

As fate would have it, she was lured back to the commercial credit company, met her husband who was a commercial credit manager at another company. She found herself dealing a lot with distressed clients over the years. But each time, she had to hand their files over to a lawyer to handle. That made her think about her own abilities to handle such cases and her future. She decided to become a lawyer.

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Northwest Suburban Bar Association Judges’ Night 2017

(left) Hon. Mark J. Lopez, Associate Judge, Circuit Court of Cook County receiving the NWSBA 2017 Public Service Award; Miriam Cooper, NWSBA Treasurer: (right) Michael Johnson, Recipient of the 2017 Timothy C. Evans Law School scholarship; Stephen Daday, President, NWSBA Foundation; Hon. Shelley Sutker-Dermer, Presiding Judge, Second District, Circuit Court of Cook County.Paula K. Krueger

The Honorable Mark J. Lopez was honored at The Northwest Suburban Bar Association Judges’ Night on May 4, 2017. Two hundred attorneys and Illinois Supreme Court, Appellate Court and Cook County Circuit Court judges were in attendance at Café Le Cave in Des Plaines, where Judge Lopez received the Northwest Suburban Bar Association’s 2017 Public Service Award.

Each year, the NWSBA selects a judge to receive the NWSBA Public Service Award, and Judge Lopez, who is known to be a calm force in his courtroom, and a judicial member that treats lawyers and litigants with respect, earned this accolade.

“I was humbled to be the Northwest Suburban Bar Association’s Public Service Award recipient this year. It is a beautiful award and is already on display in my chambers. I appreciate both the recognition and the opportunity to publically thank many who have helped me during my legal and judicial career. It was a very memorable evening to share with all the family, friends and colleagues in attendance, and I will always cherish the experience,” said Judge Lopez.

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St. Mary’s Services announces election of new board members

Brett Locascio, left, and Shawn McKenna

In the months of December 2016 and January 2017, St. Mary’s Services has been fortunate enough to gain two well-versed individuals onto the board of trustees — Brett Locascio, director of learning and development at KPMG LLP, and Shawn McKenna, lawyer at the Law Offices of Miriam Cooper. Although having quite a difference in time involved with St. Mary’s Services, both have shown to be assets to the agency, and we are certain they will help St. Mary’s continue to flourish.

The Locascio/Gonzalez family has been a part of the St. Mary’s Family for the past few years. Brett and his husband, Marco, came to St. Mary’s Services in 2012 when they were looking to expand their family through adoption. Alongside being a St. Mary’s Adoptive Family, the Locascio/Gonzalez family has been deeply involved with our fundraising efforts. Brett and Marco have been attending St. Mary’s annual fall fundraising gala, as well as donating a weekend at their house in Michigan to be included in the live auction.

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