Richard D. Felice, a lawyer in private practice in Wheaton, will be installed Friday as the 138th president of the Illinois State Bar Association.
During his year as president, Felice plans to place special emphasis on three projects.
The first is the formation of a task force that will address the impact of law school debt, a stifling job market and other challenges facing new lawyers.
The task force “will study in depth the concept of practice-ready new lawyers and consider constructive changes to law school curricula,” Felice said.
The second initiative is the development of educational programs to solo and small-firm practitioners. Working with other stakeholders in the practice of law, the institute will provide a variety of programming to help lawyers enhance their practices.
The third program will focus on civics education. With assistance from the ISBA’s Law Related Education Committee, the organization will expand its civics education programming to high school students. It will also work with Illinois Judges Association President Michael Hyman on the IJA’s “Courtroom in the Classroom” project.
Felice, who concentrates his law practice in domestic relations and litigation, was elected the ISBA’s third vice president in 2010 after serving two three-year terms on the Board of Governors.
He is an officer of the ISBA Mutual Insurance Co. and serves on the board of the Illinois Bar Foundation, the ISBA’s charitable arm. He was an appointed member of the Illinois Supreme Court’s Rules Committee and a past president of the DuPage County Bar Association, DuPage County Bar Foundation and DuPage County Chapter of The Justinian Society of Lawyers.
Felice received a bachelor’s degree, with honors, from Loyola University in 1976 and a juris doctor, with honors, from NIU in 1979.