Current Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA) President Dennis Orsey launched the Rural Practice Initiative (RPI) committee as a focus for his 2020-21 term. Shareholder Daniel Thies was named Co-Chair with Lois Wood, former executive director of the Land of Lincoln Legal Aid. They are tasked to increase access to attorneys for rural Illinoisans, as well as to find ways to encourage attorneys to consider practicing in small towns and rural areas. To learn more about the dwindling legal resources for rural populations, read this article in the October 2020 Illinois Bar Journal. For more information on the RPI committee, visit their website at

Webber & Thies, P.C. is a full-service law firm based in Champaign-Urbana whose attorneys have been serving Central Illinois for more than 70 years.