John Long received his Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from University of Illinois, Urbana, Illinois where he graduated with High Honors, Phi Beta Kappa. He thereafter graduated with his juris doctor (J.D.) from Saint Louis University School of Law, St. Louis, Missouri, where he graduated Magna Cum Laude as the Valedictorian.
He is licensed to practice law in the Illinois state courts (1976), Missouri state courts (1975), United States Supreme Court (1978), United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit (1977), United States Court of Appeals for the Federal Circuit (1991), United States Claim Court (1989), United States District Court for the Eastern (now Southern) District of Illinois (1978), and United States District Court of the Southern (now Central) District of Illinois (1976).
Mr. Long worked as an attorney at Belsheim & Bruckert until the formation of Bruckert, Gruenke & Long, P.C. He was a sole practitioner for 28 years and was also a partner in another law firm for 2 years. Upon graduation from law school, he served as a law clerk for Appellate Judge George J. Moran from 1975 until 1976.
Mr. Long currently focuses his practice on municipal law, appellate practice, libel, real estate, wills, trusts and estate planning. He currently serves as the City Attorney for Highland, Illinois.
Mr. Long is a member of the Illinois State Bar Association; appointed by ISBA President in October, 2007, as member of the Special Committee on the Lincoln Bicentennial that commissioned and donated the bronze bust of Lincoln that now stands in the courtroom of the Illinois Supreme Court; appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court, effective January 2, 2008, from the Fifth Judicial District, as the member of the Illinois Board of Admissions; and a member of the Missouri Bar Association. Mr. Long also ran for Appellate Court Judge of Fifth Judicial District of Illinois (consisting of 37 southernmost counties in Illinois) in 2002; even though he lost the election, he found the campaign to be the most rewarding experience of his life.
Mr. Long has published and lectured on the following subjects:
The Law of Illinois, Volume I: Lincoln’s Cases Before the Illinois Supreme Court, From His Entry Into the Practice of Law Until His Entry Into Congress (1993)(David Herbert Donald, a respected biographer of Abraham Lincoln, referred to this book twice in endnotes in his book, Lincoln.)
The Law of Illinois, Volume II: Lincoln’s Cases Before the Illinois Supreme Court, From His Return to the Practice of Law Until His Return to Politics (1996)
Now writing The Law of Illinois, Volume III: Lincoln’s Cases Before the Illinois Supreme Court, From His Return to Politics Until His Departure for Washington, D.C.
Now preparing eBook versions of the foregoing books, plus the complete text of the Illinois Supreme Court’s decisions, with headnotes, as reported in the official Illinois Reports in Lincoln’s 168 appellate cases.
Lectured to civic groups since 1992 about Lincoln’s appellate cases before the Illinois Supreme Court