My Law Life

by Scott Ealy (Effingham, Illinois, USA)

Archive for June 2010

Shaping Young Lives / Sister Susan





Participating in the “Shamrock Race To The Cross” this weekend, I pondered my substantial indebtedness to Sacred Heart Parish and Grade School in Effingham, which I attended from 1965-1974.  (I graduated from eighth grade – with 19 classmates – during ceremonies held at the “new” Sacred Heart Church in May of ’74).


My core values were shaped in the classroom, in church, and on the playgrounds at Sacred Heart – on issues of justice and fair play, in particular.


Many of our instructors left lasting impressions.


One especially winsome soul was Sister Susan Antonacci, our 6th grade home room teacher.

Sister Susan’s affection for each student, and each life, was something to behold.


Blessed with many talents, including the gift of enthusiasm, the red-haired Sister Susan was a marvelous educator who often would read aloud to us from classic works with first-rate, role-playing expression.

She also exhibited outstanding musical abilities — and musical tastes ranging from The Carpenters to David Bowie, as I recall.

And she spoke frequently with us about the less fortunate and the tough issues of the day, begging our young minds to think deeply (without ever having to make the request verbally).


With her caring kindness and the affection that she so easily displayed, Sister Susan made a difference everywhere, encouraging each of us to live in similar fashion.




In my childhood, there was a fictional television program, “The Flying Nun,” which ran for several seasons into the late 1960s on ABC-TV.  Well, we had the real Flying Nun at Sacred Heart in Sister Susan Antonacci!





[Ironically, the unforgettable “Sister Susan” departed our world at the much too early age of 50 on the last Monday in June of the year 2000 from injuries sustained in a St. Charles County, Missouri, auto accident].







Scott Ealy



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June 27, 2010 at 2:27 pm

Hot Time In The City – (Susan G. Komen St. Louis 5K)


Post-Race Relief On A Hot, Humid Morning - Courtesy Of A St. Louis Fire Department Water Truck



Like many, I was all decked out in floppy bunny ears provided by the Eveready company.  The bunny ears are a Susan G. Komen “Race For The Cure” tradition.


I struggled at the starting line of this charity running event, as I thought about my late cousin.

On a human scale, it seemed so unfair:  Here I was enjoying the day in St. Louis, but Nancy was no longer with us.  She was the kind of person who would do anything to help anybody.  Ask me how I know.


Nancy met the love of her life in her 40s.  They married.  His children became their children, and they became a loving family.

However, Nancy was claimed by breast cancer a few short years later.

She is greatly missed.






[I ran on Saturday in memory of my paternal cousin Nancy Bock of Springfield, previously of Shumway, IL, and my maternal grandmother Martha Greene of Clifton, previously of Chicago, IL].







Scott Ealy


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June 11, 2010 at 2:19 pm

It Happened On A Day (Night) Like This . . .



The Family Home of Medgar & Myrlie Evers in Jackson, Miss.



On this very night nearly half a century ago, a man whom I did not know willingly sacrificed his life for others in this driveway.  No man ever gave more for his fellow human beings than Medgar W. Evers.

To have been able to independently study the courageous civil rights work of Medgar Evers and walk the streets where he walked during my law school years has been one of the greatest privileges of my life.



(June 2008 Coverage)


(January 2009 Coverage)



(June 1963 Coverage)





Raw Tape:


Via the CBS Radio Network, I covered oral arguments before the Mississippi Supreme Court in 1992 on the issue of whether Byron de la Beckwith should be tried a third time for the 1963 murder of Medgar Evers.

[The recordings below may be of significant historical value].





News Link:  “Court Allows 3rd Trial …,” N.Y. Times (December 17, 1992).



As a law student, I declined a solicitation (through a college professor) to provide assistance to the Byron de la Beckwith defense team.  I later became involved with the NAACP’s Jackson Branch in publicly advocating that de la Beckwith be brought to trial.



My thoughts and words of gratitude in response to the Evers family’s heroism are wholly inadequate.



Scott Ealy


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June 11, 2010 at 12:10 am

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