My Law Life

by Scott Ealy (Effingham, Illinois, USA)

Betcha THEY Could Tell Some Stories

Stan Stasiulis and the Honorable Judge Glen Bower in Effingham, Ill.


Dozens of dignitaries attended a reception at the Effingham County Office Building on Tuesday to mark the retirement of Susan Van Dyke — after 42-years of service in the Effingham County State’s Attorney’s office.

Among those making a special effort to appear for the event were Stanley P. Stasiulis (left), who served as the original Public Defender of Effingham County, and former State’s Attorney Glen L. Bower, who currently serves as an Immigration Court Judge for the U.S. Department Of Justice in Chicago.


Now, moving on to our topic of “stories” . . .


Guess how these boys met up?


Dick Runde & Rick Keller


The dynamic legal duo of K. Rick Keller and Richard A. Runde first met as high school athletes on opposite sides of the battlefield – in both basketball and baseball – in National Trail Conference competition in the late 1960s.  Rick played for the Stewardson-Strasburg Comets, while Dick suited up for the famed Wooden Shoes of Teutopolis.


In fact, the two future law partners became “forever linked” during a much debated, game-ending moment on the hardwood in 1970 – a “controversial” play that remains etched in minds and the focus of some good natured ribbing down at 214 W. Jefferson Avenue in Effingham at this time of year.

“Foul” or “no foul?”  On that unending question, the two former adversaries will beg to differ.



Scott Ealy


Written by scottealy

February 16, 2010 at 5:47 pm

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