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Larry Jonell Spears

Larry Jonell Spears, American lawyer. Bar: Illinois 1980. Elijah P. Lovejoy scholar, 1972. Member Illinois State Bar Association, McLean County Bar Association, Administration of Justice Association (treasurer 1984-1985), American Society Criminology (discussant 1984-1985), Midwest Criminal Justice Association, American Judicature Society, League of Women Voters, Sphinx Club (Carbondale), Phi Alpha Delta (treasurer 1979), Alpha Phi Sigma.

Background

  • Spears, Larry Jonell was born on January 10, 1953 in Webb, Mississippi, United States. Son of John Spears and Lillian Belle Embrey.

  • Education

    • Bachelor of Science, University Illinois, 1976. Juris Doctor, University Illinois, 1979. Master of Science, Southern Illinois University, 1990.

    Career

    • Assistant atty general Illinois Attorney General' General’ s Office, Murphysboro, 1980-1984. Assistant public defender Jackson County Public Defender' General’ s Office, 1985. Lecturer Crime Study Center, Carbondale, Illinois, 1985.

      Sole practice, 1985-1986. Assistant state's attorney Peoria (Illinois) State's Attorney Office, 1986-1990, Sangamon County State's Attorney Office, Springfield, Illinois, 1990-1994. With Student's Legal Services Illinois State University, Normal, 1995—2003.

      Minister Loving Missionary Baptist Church, Bloomington, since 2003. Assistant public defender McLean County, 2003—2005. Associate attorney Prior Law Firm, PC, 2005—2007.

      Consultant Minority Contractors Association, Carbondale, 1985. Member Inmate Advocacy Group, Murphysboro, 1985-1986. Lecturer Sangamon State University, Springfield, 1990-1996.

    Major achievements

    • Bar: Illinois 1980.

    Politics

    Racism is sin because it disregards the image of God in all people and denies the truth of the Gospel that believers are all one in Him.

    Party affiliation: Republican

    Religion

    Having created, God did not withdraw the divine presence or activity, but remained fully knowledgeable of and engaged with the world. This engagement includes revealing God and God's ways.

    Denomination: Baptist

    Views

    The family is encompassing a wider range of options than that of the two-generational unit of parents and children.

    Membership

    Member Illinois State Bar Association, McLean County Bar Association, Administration of Justice Association (treasurer 1984-1985), American Society Criminology (discussant 1984-1985), Midwest Criminal Justice Association, American Judicature Society, League of Women Voters, Sphinx Club (Carbondale), Phi Alpha Delta (treasurer 1979), Alpha Phi Sigma.

    Personality

    Interests

    Golf, fishing, songwriting, tennis, volleyball.

    Connections

    • Married Treycè L. Gaston, January 14, 1989;children: Lyndzè Rae, Joshua Lawrence.
    • father: John Spears
    • mother: Lillian Belle Embrey
    • spouse: Treycè L. Gaston
    • children: Lyndzè Rae Spears
    • Joshua Lawrence Spears
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    Born January 10, 1953
    (age 64)
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