The Daily Illini

Local lawyer wins prestigious “Lincoln the Lawyer” Award

Richard Thies, a lawyer from Urbana, accepts the “Lincoln the Lawyer” Award by The Abraham Lincoln Association on Feb. 12.

By Annabeth Carlson, Managing Editor for Online

March 3, 2015

When Richard Thies, 83, was admitted to the Illinois State Bar Association to practice law in 1955, he took the oath at the Centennial across from the Supreme Court building in Springfield. Looking out at the city where Abraham Lincoln once practiced law, Thies remembered feeling excited that he c...