2013 April LegalEase

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In This Issue

  • CLE Seminars

  • Committee Reports

  • Courthouse News

  • Pro Bono Report

 Contact Us:

Linda Raineri, Executive Director
110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 674-6049
Email: pcba@mtco.com
Web: www.peoriabar.org
Board of Directors

Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson
James F. Kane
President-Elect and
Budget Chair

Craig S. Young
Second Vice President and
Professional Standards Chair
Timothy J. Howard
Kevin M. Miller
Past President and
Nominating Committee Chair
Richard A. Russo
David B. Wiest
Communications & Technology
Richard W. Zuckerman
Courts & Procedures
Graciela Mata
Christopher J. Spanos (Golf)
Mark M. Flannery (Holiday Party) 

Michele A. Miller
Law Library
Thomas M. Henry
Lawyer Referral Service
Derek A. Schroen
Lincoln Memorial Banquet
Timothy J. Howard
Local Continuing Legal Ed
Gregory J. Rastatter
David B. Mueller
Michelle Eggert
Pro Bono
Carol J. Perkins
Public Relations
Michael P. Roush
Real Property
Nathan R. Bach
Young Lawyers & Law Day
Directors at Large:
Michael D. Gifford
Joshua D. Herman
Christopher S. McCall
John P. Nicoara

Attorney Position
AV-Rated Peoria law firm seeks attorney with four or more years of experience. Please respond to Charles J. Urban at Hasselberg,  Grebe, Snodgrass, Urban & Wentworth, 124 SW Adams St., Suite 360, Peoria, IL 61602.

Attorney Position
Small law firm seeking an associate with a minimum of 6 years experience in litigation and family law. Please send cover letter and resume to Peoria County Bar Association, Reference #012213, 110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520, Peoria, IL 61602 or email pcba@mtco.com

2013 Directory Changes

Ahmad, Syed, City of Peoria Legal Department, 419 Fulton, Suite 200, Peoria, IL 61602.  Phone:  (309) 494-8590.  Email:  sahmad@peoriagov.org.

  WwAhmadAhLynch, Peter J., 456 Fulton Street, Suite 370, Peoria, IL 61602.  Phone: (309) 573-1443, Fax: (309) 999-1110 Email: peter@peterlynchlaw.com.

Prusak, Maximillian M., 232 Lindy Lane, Peoria, IL 61614.  Phone: (309) 692.3436 Email: mprusak@mtco.com.

Webster Hall, Jami, Phone: (309) 693-5414, Fax: (309) 693-5316. All other information remains the same.

Williams, Sonni Choi, Email: SWilliams@peoriagov.org.  All other information remains the same.

Will Search
Anyone with knowledge of a Last Will and Testament or Trust Agreement for Stephen Michael Poling, please contact Tracy J. Pitzen (309) 637-9600
Email: pitzenlaw1@sbcglobal.net.

Office Space Available
Opportunity for sole practitioner or small firm to lease second floor space in highly visible North Side professional building at the corner of Knoxville Avenue and Pioneer Parkway in Peoria. If interested please contact Jospeh VanFleet at (309) 672-2200.



Law Day Luncheon
This year’s Law Day theme is “Realizing the Dream: Equality for All.” The keynote speaker will be Sheryl J. Willert. She is the managing director of Williams Kastner, and a member in the firm’s Seattle office. Ms. Willert represents clients in complex commercial litigation, employment law and counseling, investigations and alternative dispute resolutions. A national speaker and author on such topics as sexual discrimination, she has successfully represented individuals and corporations in such matters. Additionally, Ms. Willert, has represented clients in matters involving professional negligence, product liability, personal injury, contracts, and civil rights. She is also past president of DRI - The Voice of the Defense Bar, the nation’s largest association of civil defense attorneys with more than 22,000 members. She has the distinction of being both the first female and the first African-American to serve as an officer of the DRI.

Please mark your calendar for Friday, May 10, 2013, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at Four Points by Sheraton. Make your reservation online at www.peoriabar.org/shop, or send a check made payable to the PCBA. Tickets are $40.00 per person or $300.00 for a table of eight.  If you have any questions, please contact the PCBA (309) 674-6049. Deadline to register is Monday, May 6, 2013.

BU Pre-Law Students Available

Is your firm looking for a pre-law student to mentor or to provide an internship opportunity?  There are several Bradley Pre-Law students who wish to be exposed to a legal setting before they commit to law school.  Ideally, the student would be invited to attend depositions, court hearings, trials, mediations, etc., so that the student can see what it really means to practice as an attorney.  Please contact Nicole Meyer (Director, Pre-Law Center) at ndmeyer@fsmail.bradley.edu or at (309) 677-4186 if you are interested.

Lawyers Helping Service Members

PCBA past president Michael Lied would like to thank Julie Galassi, from Hasselberg, Rock, Bell & Kuppler, who recently helped a veteran with an employment matter. Robert Hills from Johnson, Bunce & Nole recently joined this group of volunteer attorneys.  Mr. Lied encourages members interested in helping service members to contact him at (309) 672-1483 or mlied@howardandhoward.com or the PCBA at (309) 674-6049 or pcba@mtco.com

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
    3         CLE – Brown Bag Seminar – PCBA Office – Basics for Young Lawyers
  15         Campaign for Legal Services Kick-off Luncheon - noon - Peoria Civic Center
   7           New Members’ Luncheon – PCBA Office- by Invitation Only 
   8           Lessons in Ethics from “My Cousin Vinny” - Spalding Pastoral Center 
   8           New Members’ Reception - Ulrich's Rebellion Room - 5:00 p.m.
  10          Law Day Luncheon – 12:00-1:00 – Four Points by Sheraton- Keynote Speaker: Sheryl J. Willert,  Managing Director, Williams Kastner, Seattle
  18          Strides for Justice - Check-in at Tower Park; race on Grandview Drive,  Peoria Heights - www.stridesforjustice.com
  23          Memorial Service - Peoria County Courthouse - 10:30 a.m.
  27          Memorial Day - Courts and Courthouse Closed
  11          Military Affairs Seminar - Air National Guard Base
     4          Independence Day – Courts and Courthouse Closed
     8          Annual Meeting of the Membership/Installation of Officers – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m
                 Four Points by Sheraton
   16          Federal Practice Seminar - Federal Courthouse, Peoria 
  19          Golf Outing - Coyote Creek

            Committee Meetings
    1       Noon      Fitness, Health & Wellness
    4       Noon      Real Property
  11       Noon      YLC - Sponsor:  Christine Bare of CIAN
  12       Noon      Mentoring
  16       Noon      Board of Directors
  17       Noon      Communications & Technology
  18       Noon      Pro Bono 
  19       Noon      Budget 
  23       Noon      Diversity 
  25       Noon      Government & Public Interest
  29       Noon      Pro Bono - special guest speaker Michael Bergmann, PILI
    2       Noon      Real Property
    9       Noon      YLC - Sponsor:  Nathan Isenberg/Glen Birnbaum of Heinold-Banwart
  14       Noon      Lincoln Banquet
  15       Noon      CLE
  16       Noon      Pro Bono
  21       Noon      Board of Directors
  23       Noon      Government & Public Interest

Communications & Technology
The 2013 Attorneys’ Directories are available at the PCBA office, 110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520, and also at all of the 10th Circuit Courthouses plus the Woodford County Courthouse.
Fitness, Health & Wellness
The Annual Strides for Justice event f/b/o Prairie State Legal Services will be held on Saturday, May 18, 2013.  This is a 5k run or 1 mile walk.  Check-in/registration begins at 7:00 a.m. at Tower Park in Peoria Heights. The race will begin promptly at 8:00 a.m. rain or shine, and is an out and back on Grandview Drive. Online registration is available at www.stridesforjustice.com.
Government and Public Interest Law
Do you know an outstanding leader with a history of service in the public sector?  The Government and Public Interest Committee will be recognizing an attorney from the public sector at the Annual Meeting on July 8, 2013.  The nomination form and instructions will be available soon.
Lawyer Referral Service (LRS)
Special thanks Christopher H. Sokn, Kingery, Durree, Wakeman & O’Donnell, for returning a referral fee on a case from the LRS. Any PCBA member who has been licensed for more than one year may join the LRS.  Contact the PCBA for registration information and further details.
Local Continuing Legal Education Seminars
May 8:   Lessons in Ethics From “My Cousin Vinny” (or What a Brooklyn Lawyer and Illinois Ethics Have in Common) - James Lawson & Kevin Miller, Moderators - Spalding Pastoral Center.  This course has been approved by the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism for two hours of professional responsibility credit.
June 11
:  Military Affairs Seminar – Mike Lied, Moderator – Air National Guard Base – seminar followed by flight in a C130 cargo plane.
July 16:  Federal Practice Seminar – Timothy Bertschy & Joseph VanFleet, Moderators - Federal Courthouse, Peoria
The next new members' luncheon will be held on May 7, 2013, at the PCBA office. Invitations to our newest members have been mailed out.  If you are a new member of the PCBA and did not receive an invitation, please contact our office (309) 674-6049 or email pcba@mtco.com.
The annual Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday, May 23, 2013, at 10:30 a.m. in the County Board Room, 4th Floor of the Peoria County Courthouse. Family of the deceased will be attending. This is a heartwarming service where members can offer personal memories of fellow attorneys. Those being honored at this year's service are: Donovan Gaede, Robert Neff, Joseph Sudow, Kenneth Ott, Hon. Arthur Greenberg and Hon. E. Michael O'Brien.
Young Lawyers
Law Day 
We would like to thank Patrick Poston, coordinator of the Law Day luncheon speaker; Stacy Crabtree, coordinator of the Essay Contest; and Meaghan Brady, coordinator of the school speaking engagements.  If you are interest in speaking at an area school, contact Meaghan at mbrady@qjhpc.com.
Suit Drive:  May 13 - 24
Please continue collecting suits and dress clothing for this year's suit drive to benefit Dress for Success and Tri-County Urban League.  Special thanks to Katherine Zogas and Christa Wittneberg for their work on this project.  More details will be provided in the May newsletter.  Questions? Contact David Wiest at dwiest@hgsuw.com.
Meet the Judges Program, Jonathan Phillips and John Bathke, Coordinators
Thank you Chief Judge James Shadid and Magistrate Judge John Gorman of the U.S. District Court for taking time out of your busy schedules to meet with the YLC last month.  In April Judge Richard McCoy will be meeting with young lawyers on Friday, April 5, in Courtroom 213.

Courthouse News
On March 29, Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Thomas Kilbride announced the newest judge in the Tenth Circuit, Thomas A. Keith.  Judge-Elect Keith will be sworn in on Friday, April 5, at 10:00 a.m. at the Stark County Courthouse.  He will begin in Peoria on Monday, April 8, in courtroom 321.  Judge McCoy will move to courtroom 213, civil court.
Court Reporting Services Seminar
Please be advised that Friday, April 5, 2013 is the Court Reporting Services Seminar in Springfield. There will be one court reporter assigned to Peoria and Tazewell Counties for EMERGENCIES ONLY. The Electronic recording will not be utilized on that day because there will be no court reporters present to monitor the equipment.  Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If there is a special circumstance where you will need court reporter coverage, please contact Pat Houlf, Court Reporting Services Supervisor, in advance at phoulf@co.peoria.il.us or (309)672-6990.

Peoria County Pro Bono Plan
By Sandra Crow, Pro Bono Coordinator, scrow@pslegal.org

The following attorneys and their staff have recently closed pro bono cases during the month: Stacy Crabtree, Spencer Daniels, Angela Evans, Robert Muir, Thomas O’Neal, Tyler Pratt, Kimberly Sarff, Katherine Swise, Steven Wakeman, and Richard Zuckerman.  Thank you for your generosity.

The law firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen and the Legal Division of Caterpillar Inc. held their semi-annual wills clinic on Saturday, March 23, at the Peoria Neighborhood House.  The attorneys prepared wills and advance directives for clients of Habitat for Humanity who will be new home owners and other seniors and low income persons in our community.
The following attorneys from Heyl Royster participated: Stacy Crabtree, Tim Kirk, Greg Rastatter, John Redlingshafer, Matt Thompson and Natalie Thompson and from Caterpillar:  Wendy Dawson, Darren Greca and Kathleen Monge.  A special thank you also goes to several paralegals from the Heyl firm and Caterpillar Inc. who took time out of their busy Saturday to assist with setting up the clinic, witnessing, notarizing, and copying documents.  This long running clinic is a success every year thanks to the continued commitment of Heyl Royster and Caterpillar and all they do to make it happen.  The clients are so happy when they walk out of the clinic with their documents. The attorneys, paralegals, and clients feel a real sense of accomplishment at the end of the day.  Thank you.

Other News
6th Annual Hands around the Courthouse will be Friday, April 19, at noon.  Participants are encouraged to wear blue to show their support of Child Abuse Prevention Month.
From Maggi Wettstein:  The Purse and Suit of Happiness Luncheon will be held on Friday, April 19th, 2013 at Embassy Suites in East Peoria, Illinois.  Doors open at 11:00 am and lunch will be served at 11:30 am. Tickets are $40 and can be purchased online at www.dressforsuccess.org/peoria or call 309-671-5200.  To contact Maggi:  maggiwettstein@gmail.com
PCBA Member Peoria County State's Attorney Jerry Brady has asked that anyone with a used computer that would like to donate for use in Bolivian missions, please contact Joe Whalen at jwhalen60@hotmail.com.  Joe has been involved with the mission project for forty years and he will be glad to pick up the computers.


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