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Duvall Named University General Counsel

July 5, 2018

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MACOMB, IL -- Elizabeth Duvall, a partner with March, McMillan, Hennefent, DeJoode, Duvall, James & Humbert P.C., in Macomb, has been named University general counsel, effective July 9. Duvall replaces Rica Calhoun.

Duvall has been a partner at the Macomb law firm since January 2005. In her current role, she is responsible for contract and ordinance administration, union arbitration and mediation, civil litigation, employment and real estate law, among other general practice efforts. She also serves as general counsel to several cities, villages, townships and fire districts. In addition, Duvall is an instructor in the College of Business and Technology at Western, leading courses in business organization law and the legal environment for business.

"We are pleased that Ms. Duvall has accepted the position of general counsel at Western Illinois University," said President Jack Thomas. "Her varied law experience, as well as her familiarity with the University, will enable her to provide outstanding legal guidance for Western."

She earned her juris doctorate from Valparaiso University School of Law and her bachelor's degree from Knox College.

Duvall is licensed to practice in Illinois and the United States District Court, Central District of Illinois. She is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association. She is also a member of the McDonough County Bar Association, McDonough County YMCA Board of Directors and the Macomb Area Chamber of Commerce. Duvall is a registered Illinois Title Insurance Agent and an Agent for Attorneys' Title Guaranty Fund.

The University attorney serves as the University's Freedom of Information Act Officer and Ethics Officer, and also represents the University in all legal matters involving external administrative agencies. The attorney advises the executive administration and Board of Trustees regarding legal matters and compliance; advises and assists departments responsible for compliance and employment matters; and drafts and reviews all contracts concerning the University on a wide range of issues, including employment, real estate and leases, construction, insurance and procurement.

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