CHAMPAIGN – A foundation that serves the legal needs of the poor has renamed its office Champaign in honor of one of its founders.
The Land of Lincoln legal aid office at 302 N. First St., C, will be officially dedicated to the late John Phipps in a ceremony Friday.
A solo lawyer for 55 years in Champaign, Mr. Phipps died on August 11, 2020, at the age of 82.
In 1973 he helped found the Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation. He was a member of the board of directors from 1973 to 2020 and was its chairman from 1980 to 1994.
Urbana attorney John Thies, former president of the Illinois State Bar Association and former chairman of the Land of Lincoln board of directors, said many foundation affiliates are considering renaming the building in honor of from Mr. Phipps was an appropriate gesture.
“He found a home in Land of Lincoln. Why, I don’t know, ”Thies said. “He’s always fought for the underdogs, and that’s the community that Land of Lincoln serves. He was there when we needed him.
Land of Lincoln is a public interest law firm dedicated to helping the poor and the elderly with free services in civil matters such as consumer, housing, family, health and disability litigation.
Champaign is the regional office for 14 counties in central Illinois. There are four other regional offices that, along with the Champaign office, serve clients in all 65 counties of southern Illinois.
Thies said Mr Phipps was a great advisor to him when Thies was chairman of the board of the Land of Lincoln.
“We have had many conversations about how to reach the potential of the organization,” Thies said of Mr. Phipps, whom he described as a prolific writer on topics such as succession planning. for lawyers, technology, the changing times for lawyers and the management of a law firm. .
“Why give a building its name? I am a strong supporter of celebrating lawyers who exhibited characteristics that should be emulated. John did the trick, ”Thies said.
“There are enough things that should be brought up for young professionals, especially young lawyers, to see. He was involved in his community, was a volunteer, a supporter of those in need of encouragement.
Friday’s ceremony will take place from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the North First Street office, with remarks at 5:30 p.m.