July 25 , 2017
Justice Thomas L. Kilbride and the Illinois Supreme Court have announced that Kankakee attorney Robert Bevan LaBeau has been appointed as a member of the Committee on Character and Fitness, Third District. LaBeau is filling the vacancy left by the late Judge Roger Benson.
"Judge Benson was a great volunteer and a big loss," Justice Kilbride said. "We are thrilled to have someone with Mr. LaBeau's talents and experience serve on this important Supreme Court Committee."
LaBeau is currently a partner at LaBeau Dietchweiler & Assoc., P.C and has practiced law for 37 years after receiving his juris doctor from the Franklin Pierce Law Center in 1980. Working in his native Kankakee since 1985, LaBeau has been married for 39 years to his wife Gretchen and has two adult children.
"I shared office space with Roger Benson for close to 20 years, and I can remember my character and fitness interview with U.S. Representative George O'Brien," LaBeau said.
"I appreciate the opportunity to serve and look forward to helping."
The Committee on Character and Fitness evaluates the moral character and general fitness of applicants to practice law and works closely with the Illinois Board of Admissions. The Committee is composed of a chair and vice-chair from all five judicial districts.