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While in private law practice Attorney Kerr has also been an adjunct faculty member teaching Educational Law at Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois. Springfield, Illinois).  He has also taught the law of Business Organization in the Paralegal Program of Robert Morris College, Springfield, Illinois

In addition to his experience as a lawyer and educator, Attorney Kerr has  experience in the business world having served as President of Kerr Products Inc., an automotive accessories manufacturing company which had sales distribution throughout the United States and Japan.

Attorney Kerr has successfully represented individuals, educational, and not-for-profit businesses and labor unions in administrative hearings and in State and Federal Courts.

Attorney Kerr is admitted to practice in state courts in Illinois and the federal courts, including: the U.S. Supreme Court, Seventh Circuit Court of Appeals, and U.S. District Court in the Central and Southern Districts of Illinois.


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  1. Education: 35%
    42 years
  2. General Practice: 25%
  3. Wills: 15%
    37 years
  4. Probate: 15%
    37 years
  5. Guardianship: 10%
    37 years



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1020 S. 7th St.
Springfield, IL, 62703-2417


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We have not found any instances of professional misconduct for this lawyer.
Avvo contributions
Legal answers
Award nameGrantorDate granted
Biography - Who's Who in American LawMarquis Who's Who in American Law2012
Work experience
TitleCompany nameDuration
AttorneyLaw Offices of Gary E Kerr1981 - Present
Special CounselIllinois State Comptroller1978 - 1979
Assistant Legal AdvisorIllinois State Board Of Education1975 - 1978
Association namePosition nameDuration
Sangamon Valley Estate Planning CouncilMember2012 - Present
Illinois Council of School AttorneysMember1987 - Present
Sangamon County Bar AssociationN/A1980 - Present
Illinois State Bar AssociationN/A1974 - Present
Legal cases
Case nameOutcome
Brookhart v Illinois State Board of Education and the Peoria School DistrictU.S. Court of Appeals reversed the district court opinion and order the Peoria School District to award the plaintiffs their high school diplomasPlaintiff students awarded their diplomas
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Publication nameTitleDate
National Business Institute, IncLawfullly Managing School Records Without Violating Privacy Rights2012
National Business Institute, Inc.Illinois Special Education Law2012
National Business Institute, Inc.trusts 1012011
School nameMajorDegreeGraduated
Northwestern University School of LawLawJD - Juris DoctorN/A
Northern Illinois University College of LawPolitical ScienceBA - Bachelor of ArtsN/A
Speaking engagements
Conference nameTitleDate
Successfully handling discipline actions for special needs studentsSpecial education law2012
Lawfully Managing Student records without Violating Privacy Rights - FERPAStudent records2012
Trusts 101 - Special needs trustsTrusts2011
Illinois School Psychologists 30 Annual ConferenceIssues in special education law2009
National Teleconference on School Safety - Practical solutions and legal safeguardsSchool safety2008
School violence liability, search and seizure in the educational settingSafety and security2007
Illinois School Psychologists Association, 28th Annual ConferenceLegal Issues for Illinois school psychologists2007
Special education challenges and handling school recordsStudent liability issues2006
Protecting the rights of children with special needsEstablishing the framework of special education law2005
Illinois School Psychologists Association 26th Annual ConferenceLegal issues in special education in the public schools2005
School law issues in IllinoisEthics & school records2004
Inservice presentation for principalsFERPA, residency, least restrictive environment2004
Student discipline in IllinoisDiscipline issues, Section 504 and IDEA2003
Inservice presentation for administratorsSuspensions, regualr educations teacher and IEP meetings2003
23rd Annual Mt. Vernon ConferenceThe teacher and the special education dispute2002