A Wheaton attorney, Vincent Cornelius, has been elected third vice president of the Illinois State Bar Association.
Cornelius will serve one year in each of three vice presidential offices and then become president of the organization in 2016. He is the principal of The Law Offices of Vincent F. Cornelius, with offices in Wheaton and Joliet, where he concentrates on civil and criminal litigation.
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He was appointed as an at-large member of the bar association's board of governors in 2011. That post was created to provide leadership opportunities for underrepresented segments of the association and its governance.
A former DuPage County assistant state's attorney, Cornelius was president of the Illinois Bar Foundation from 2008 to 2010 and has served as a member of the Governor's Commission on Criminal Law Reform and as chancellor of the ISBA's Academy of Illinois Lawyers.
The 32,000-member bar association, with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides professional services to Illinois lawyers and education and services to the public through a website (illinoislawyerfinder.com), a cable television program ("Illinois Law"), consumer brochures, and distribution of legal information.