2013 September LegalEase

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In This Issue

  • Courthouse News
  • Upcoming Events/CLE
  • Committee Reports
  • 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
James F. Kane
Craig S. Young President-Elect and Budget Chair
Timothy J. Howard
Second Vice President
Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher-Schulz
Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson
Past President and
Nominating Committee Chair
Jesse A. Placher
David B. Wiest
Communications & Technology
Richard W. Zuckerman
Courts & Procedures
Nina R. Gougis
Jeffrey R. Bach (Golf)
Mark M. Flannery (Holiday Party) 

Ronald L. Hanna
Fitness, Health & Wellness
Louis P. Milot
Government & Public Interest Law
Michele A. Miller
Law Library
Mary A. Corrigan
Lawyer Referral Service
Sonni Choi Williams
Lincoln Memorial Banquet
Brad A. Elward
Local Continuing Legal Ed
Gregory J. Rastatter
David B. Mueller
David M. House
Pro Bono
Joshua D. Herman
Public Relations
Dustin E. Essig
Real Property
Sharbel A. Rantisi
Young Lawyers & Law Day
Directors at Large:
Nathan R. Bach
Michael D. Gifford
Christopher S. McCall
John P. Nicoara


Staff Attorney Need 

Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., a 75-lawyer legal services organization, serving 36 counties in northern and central ILLINOIS outside of Cook County, is seeking applicants for a STAFF ATTORNEY position in our community legal services office located in PEORIA. The successful applicant will participate in a full range of legal activities, including the preparation and conduct of administrative hearings and trials of cases for elderly and low-income persons. Prefer applicants already admitted to the Illinois Bar with a public interest background. Prior experience in foreclosure and housing law is preferred. Salary is $40,000. Please indicate “PEORIA Staff Attorney” in the subject line and e-mail a resume, short writing sample (10 pages or less) and three professional references to:

Executive Director Michael O’Connor at moconnor@pslegal.org; and

Program Administrator Connie Peterson at cpeterson@pslegal.org.


Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. Prairie State Legal Services is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.


Part-time Attorney
Peoria Attorney looking to expand his practice with a part-time attorney. Prefers an attorney with a background in personal injury and civil related matters to assist in conflict court appearances, depositions and routine matters.  At least two years experience is preferred but not mandatory.  Please forward cover letter and resume to the Peoria County Bar Association; Reference #82613; 110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520, Peoria, IL 61602 or email resume to PCBA@mtco.com with the reference number in the subject line.

Law Office Accounting Clerk
Immediate opening in 13-attorney downtown Peoria firm.  Requires minimum 3 years experience and proficiency in STI/Tabs3 or similar legal billing software.  Good benefits, salary commensurate with background; visit www.ksswf.com/kavanagh-staff for more information or send letter of application, resume, and list of references to: janegroeper@ksswf.com.

Legal Assistant
Legal Assistant position available immediately with very busy personal injury/general practice law firm in Peoria.  Candidate must have 3+ years legal experience.  Excellent typing and computer skills are a must with proficiency in digital transcription, Microsoft Word and Excel. Please email resume to:  matharp@kdwolaw.com

Legal Assistant
Legal secretary needed for a transactional and commercial litigation oriented law firm. Candidate should have at least one year’s experience working in a law firm; must possess initiative, professionalism and excellent clerical and typing skills. Strong management, detail and grammatical skills are essential. Competitive salary to be commensurate with experience. Please submit resumes in confidence to: sara@hunzikerlaw.com.

2013 Directory Changes and Email Changes

Dunn, Jeffrey M., Fax: (309) 691-3890

Evans, Angela, M.  (Correction): Email: Angela@angelaevanslaw.com 

Address Changes

Bach, Nathan R., 124 SW Adams St., Suite 600, Phone: (309) 676-0400, Fax: (309) 676-3374, Email: nbach@heylroytster.com.
(Effective September 9, 2013)

Bathke, John T.D., 456 Fulton St., Suite 425, 61602; Phone: (309) 676-8986, Fax: (309) 676-4130, Email: jbathke@vltslaw.com.

Miller, Ashley M., 100 NE Monroe, Phone: (309) 671-4227, Fax: (309) 671-4228, Email:

Schlehuber, Thomas E., 604 W. Knoll Crest Dr. Peoria, IL 61614-7117, Phone: (309) 688-1305

Vogel, Steven H., 456 Fulton St., Suite 203. All other information remains the same.

(Effective October 1, 2013)



Muir, John M., Jr., 2501 E. College Ave., Suite A, Bloomington, IL 61704; Phone: (309) 808-2579, Fax: (309) 410-5000, Email: JohnMuirLaw@hotmail.com.


Oberle, Patrick E., Address: 2807 Broadway Rd., Suite B, Pekin, IL 61554.

Will Search

Anyone with information on the Last Will and Testament of Doris E. Winkler (DOD, July 31, 2013) please contact Mary Pillow, Benckendorf & Benckendorf, P.C. at (309) 673-0979 or email mpillow@benckendorf.com.

Anyone with information on the Last Will and Testament of George S. Powell (DOD, August 15, 2013) please contact Sean Donahue, (309) 674-0821.

Judges Needed

Bradley University’s Pre-Law Center will be hosting their Third Annual Mock Trial Tournament on the Bradley Campus this fall (October 19-20). The dates and times for each round are listed below. The time slots reflect an allotment for a period for registration and a brief judge’s orientation. For morning rounds, we would ask that judges arrive no later than 8:30 a.m., and for afternoon rounds, no later than 1:00 p.m. Some rounds may be longer than others, so the times listed are meant to reflect the maximum length of time for a given round:

Saturday, October 19, 2013; 8:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Saturday, October 19, 2013; 12:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

Sunday, October 20, 2013; 8:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Sunday, October 20, 2013; 12:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.

You are welcome to judge as few or as many rounds as you wish, depending on your availability.

Please contact Nicole D. Meyer, Director Pre-Law Center, Bradley University, Peoria, IL 61625. Phone: (309) 677-4186 or by email:  ndmeyer@fsmail.bradley.edu. Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve as a judge. Please inform others who may want to judge that they can contact me as well.

Copier Lease
Local law firm has approximately 33 months left on the lease of a Konica Minolta Bizhub 362 Digital Copier/Printer/Scanner with network capabilities. Fax capabilities can be added for an extra charge. Lease is $152.98 per month. Maintenance lease is separate and not required. Maintenance includes toner for 5333 copies per month. Assignment of the lease is subject to approval by the lessor. If interested please contact attorney Barbara Tribe (309) 620-8599 or by cell (309) 208-7767 for further information.

Downtown Law Firm Closing
The law firm of Moos, Schmitt & O’Brien, P.C. will be closing its office. The firm is selling office furniture and miscellaneous office décor. If you are interested in purchasing any items, please call (309) 673-3600 and ask for Mary Beth Waldman.

Tazewell County Courthouse Parking
The Pekin Main Street Farmer’s Market that began in June will run every Thursday until September 19, 2013, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m. In order to accommodate vendor set up, Capitol Street between Court and Elizabeth will be closed and parking will not be permitted. Please plan accordingly and park elsewhere during that time. Please pass this information on to clients, employees and others who may be impacted. Thank you very much for your cooperation



President’s Message

President Jim Kane would like to thank the officers, board members and committee members for their service during the past year and in the year ahead. “I am honored to have been chosen to serve as PCBA President. I pledge to do my best to follow the excellent example which was set by my predecessor, Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson.  Two areas to which I would like to give particular attention during my term are as follows:  1)  Increase active participation in the PCBA by more of our members. This would include service on committees and attendance at PCBA events, such as the Lincoln Banquet & Gala and the Law Day Luncheon.  2)  Serve and actively involve “more experienced” PCBA members. Currently there are 209 PCBA members who are age 60 and above, and 72 PCBA members who are age 70 and above. I would like to work to find ways to serve the needs and interests of those members, such as assisting with the transition to e-filing. I am asking PCBA committees for their suggestions in this regard. I am encouraging those members to be active in the PCBA and the Peoria legal community by actively serving on PCBA committees and volunteer activities, such as Prairie State.  My overall goal is that the PCBA continue to be a valuable resource to our members and a positive influence both in the legal profession and in our entire community.”

10th Annual Diversity Luncheon

The Annual Diversity Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, October 23, 2013 from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., at the Peoria Marriott Père Marquette. This year’s featured speaker will be Monica Torres-Linares, Founding Member of Legal Prep. Tickets are $35.00 per person or $350.00 per table of ten. Deadline to reserve your seat is October 16, 2013. Remember, proceeds for this event help fund the Diversity Scholarship and this year’s scholarship recipient will be announced at the luncheon. You may complete the Registration Form included with this issue and return it to the PCBA,  office along with your payment, or you may register online www.peoriabar.org/Shop/CLE. If you are registering for a table of ten online, please be sure that you list attorneys attending and their menu choice in the “Order Comment Section” when checking out. If you have questions, please contact the PCBA Office (309) 674-6049.

Illinois Joining Forces

The PCBA will be working with Illinois Joining Forces (IJF) to better serve local military personnel and veterans.  IJF is a statewide network of public and private organizations which serve military personnel and veterans.  The PCBA has joined IJF to give back to those who have selflessly sacrificed so much.  Through IJF, the PCBA will help veterans and military personnel find the legal assistance they need.  The PCBA will also host various programs to educate local attorneys in areas of the law most pertinent to veterans and other military personnel, in an effort to increase the number of attorneys able to provide necessary services.  Many local attorneys have been providing services to local military personnel and veterans through efforts largely coordinated by local attorney Michael Lied of Howard and Howard Attorneys PLLC.  The PCBA hopes that by joining IJF, it can institutionalize Mr. Lied’s efforts to find and match service members to an attorney who can assist them, while empowering a greater number of service members with legal access and knowledge.  Further information may be found at www.illinoisjoiningforces.org.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays

       2   Labor Day – Courts and Courthouse Closed
     26   Government & Public Interest Law Committee Social – Black Rabbit – 5:00 p.m.

     14        Columbus Day – Courts Closed; Courthouse Open
    14      Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar – Location TBD
17        Prairie State “Access to Justice”- Weaver Ridge Golf Club
     23       10th Annual Diversity Luncheon – Keynote speaker:  Monica Torres-Linares-- Peoria Marriott Père Marquette
29        YLC Blood Drive – Peoria County Courthouse

       4        Appellate Practice Seminar- Spalding Pastoral Center - Check-in and lunch 11:30 a.m.; seminar 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.
     11        Veterans’ Day – Courts Closed/Courthouse Open
     28 & 29   Thanksgiving Holiday – Courts and Courthouse Closed

       5         PCBA Holiday Party - Peoria Marriott Père Marquette
      24 & 25  Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day – Courts and Courthouse Closed

Committee Meetings

    3       Noon        Real Property – Lunch Sponsor:  Trademark Title Services
    9       Noon        Skit Committee
   10     11:00         Expungement/Sealing Subcommittee
   10      Noon        Pro Bono
   11      Noon        Sponsorship Committee
   12      Noon        YLC – Sponsor:   Dr. Richard Olson Chiropractic; NFP:  Glen Barton, Quest Charter
   16      Noon         Lawyer Referral Service
   17      Noon         Board of Directors
   18      Noon         Diversity
   19      Noon         CLE
   20      Noon         Fitness, Health & Wellness
   24      Noon         Public Relations
   25      Noon         Lincoln Banquet & Gala
   26      Noon         Government & Public Interest Law
   30      Noon         Communications & Technology
    1       Noon         Real Property
    8       Noon         Pro Bono
   10      Noon         YLC
   15      Noon         Board of  Directors
   17      Noon         CLE
   24      Noon         Government & Public Interest Law
    5       Noon         Real Property
    7       Noon         YLC
   12      Noon         Pro Bono
   14      Noon         CLE
   19      Noon         Board of  Directors
   21      Noon         Government & Public Interest Law

Committee Reports

Communications & Technology
DID YOU KNOW PCBA members’ contact information may be found on peoriabar.org by clicking on "Members" at the top of the home page?  So the next time you need a fellow member’s contact information in a hurry, please take a look at the site.  Click on “Members” at the top of the home page.

PCBA Annual Golf  Outing

This year’s Annual Golf Outing surpassed last year with 20 foursomes who enjoyed picture perfect weather at Coyote Creek Golf Club.  The PCBA would like to thank Jeffrey Bach (right) for his hard work organizing the details in his first year as the Chair of the outing. At left with Jeffrey are this year’s winner for low gross (71) Craig Young and for women’s low gross (101) Janet Sosin from the ISBA. We also appreciate this year’s sponsors: Hole in One and Door Prizes: Pearl Companies; Beverage Station: Ringler Associates; Deluxe Hole: Heinold-Banwart, Ltd. and Sivertsen Reporting Services, P.C.; Holes: Attorneys’ Title Guarantee Fund, Baird/Scott K. Elger, Bob Lindsay Honda/Acura, Busey Bank, Chambers and Sons Landscaping, Inc.,  Circuit Wide Reporting, Elam Private Detective, Inc., Endeavor Title Services, Ginoli & Company, Ltd., ISBA Mutual Insurance Company, Jaguar-Land Rover, Merit Reporters, Peoria Title, L.L.C. and Trademark Title Services, L.L.C.; Signs: City Blue Technologies; Welcome Bags: ATG, Commerce Bank, PCBA and Rapid Print.

Mark your calendars for this year’s Holiday Party set for Thursday, December 5, at the new Peoria Marriott Père Marquette.  If you have entertaining ideas for this year’s show, send them to Party Chair, Mark Flannery, at flannery_mark_m@cat.com.

Fitness Health & Wellness
Are you stuck in a rut? Need some new reasons to Exercise? The Fitness, Health and Wellness Committee offers up “50 Reasons to Exercise.” We have included the list with this issue. This should get us all thinking and moving!

Government & Public Interest Law
This new and active committee is holding a social at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 26, at Black Rabbit (across from City Hall).  Come have a drink with the suits.  No reservation or attendance fee is required.

Local Continuing Legal Education Seminars
The Federal Practice Seminar was held on July 16, 2013. If you were unable to attend and would like the DVD it is now available for purchase online at: www.peoriabar.org/shop.
Live Seminars:
Monday, October 14, 2013: Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar, “Expand Your Awareness and Improve Your Business” This seminar will provide two hours of PMCLE credit. Location TBD.
Monday, November 4, 2013:  Appellate Practice Seminar. This seminar will be held at Spalding Pastoral Center from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.). Lunch will be provided. This seminar will provide 1 hour of General MCLE credit.
2014 Winter Series Seminars: The following Saturday morning programs will be from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The seminars will be held at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 Madison Ave., Peoria, IL 61603.  A continental breakfast is included. Dates and topics are: 
January 11:  Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate:  Susan Dawson-Tibbits and Marci Shoff, Moderators
January 18:  Criminal/Multidisciplinary:  Art Inman, Moderator
January 25:  Civil Practice:  Carol Perkins and Jennifer Morris, Moderators
February 1:  Government & Public Interest:  Patricia Redman and Stacy Crabtree, Moderators
February 15:  Workers' Compensation:  Brad Elward and Chris Doscotch, Moderators
March 1:  Family Law:  Hon. Jerelyn Maher-Schulz and Richard Zuckerman, Moderators

Committee Chair Gregory Rastatter reports that John G. O’Brien has applied for renewal of his membership; his application will be presented for approval at the October Board Meeting.  Thank you to all who have paid their membership dues. The Second Notices have been mailed.  Please forward your payment with the pink copy notice to the PCBA, or you may pay online at https://peoriabar.org/product/membership-dues.
Young Lawyers
The Cubs vs. Cards game was held on Saturday, August 17th at Wrigley Field. If you were a St. Louis Cardinal fan it was a good day! Sharbel Rantisi, Chair of the YLC would like to thank all of the PCBA members who came out for this event.
YLC Blood Drive
The YLC in conjunction with the Peoria County Courthouse will be holding its fall Blood Drive. This will take place on Tuesday, October 29, 2013 at the Peoria County Courthouse on the 4th Floor from 8:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. Please take time to give blood and make a difference in someone’s life. Appointments are encouraged but walk-ins welcome. Please contact Stacy Crabtree at (309) 676-0400 or scrabtree@heylroyster.com if you have questions or to make an appointment.

Courthouse News

EFFECTIVE October 1, 2013 thru October 31, 2013

423 Juvenile Delinquency & Child Protection 2
Hon. Michael E. Brandt
Hon. John P. Vespa (for days of October 10, 11, 24 and 25)
Civil 3-chancery, probate, miscellaneous remedies
Hon. David J. Dubicki, Hon. Richard D. McCoy and a judge from Tazewell County on Tuesdays (No trials or hearings in excess of ½ hour will be heard for the month of October in Courtroom 203)
Entered this 2nd day of August, 2013

                                                    Michael E. Brandt, Chief Circuit Judge   


Whereas Peoria County is implementing a new case management system, the Integrated Criminal and Civil Justice System, and whereas the installation of said system will involve the transfer of large amounts of data planned to commence at the close of business on Thursday, November 7, 2013, continuously thereafter 24/7, and to conclude on Monday, November 11, 2013.

For all courts in Peoria County, it is directed that no court dockets be scheduled for Friday, November 8, 2013, excepting emergency matters such as emergency orders of protection, warrant returns, and the like. Monday, November 11, 2013, being a designated court holiday, regular courts may resume on Tuesday, November 12, 2013.
Entered this 8th day of August, 2013

                                                        Michael E. Brandt, Chief Circuit Judge

Veterans, Your Veterans Treatment Court Needs You!
To Become a Volunteer Veteran Mentor. (First training session September 21, 2013, 9:00 a.m. to Noon)
Tour of Duty: Usually 18 months.
Qualifications: Any honorably or medically discharged veteran.
Commitment: To be in court with your Veteran weekly at first and less frequently later (Wednesday mornings at 11:00 a.m. to noon). To keep in contact with your Veteran while he is involved in the Veterans Treatment Court.
Mission: To help one who has served all of us successfully traverse the Veterans Treatment Court, i.e. to maintain sobriety, to attend all recommended treatment, to assist the Veteran in any way we can and assure the Veteran successfully reintegrates into civilian life.
How to Volunteer: First Complete a Veterans Mentor Application. You can obtain this application by calling the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Judge, Stefanie Dwyer at (309) 677-6236. We will contact you about attending a Veterans Mentor training group. You then will wait to be assigned by the court to be a Veterans Mentor and meet your mentee in court. CALL TO VOLUNTEER (309) 677-6236.

Peoria County Pro Bono Plan

By Sandra Crow, Pro Bono Coordinator, scrow@pslegal.org
We would like to thank following attorneys and their staff who have recently closed pro bono cases: Andrew Bell (3 cases), Lou Benassi, Joe Borsberry, Burt Dancey, Spencer Daniels, John T. Brady, Jeff Krumpe, Tyler Pratt (4 cases), John Pusey, Louis Milot, Kimberly Sarff, Sadiq Shariff and Karen Stumpe.

Changes are coming to Prairie State Legal Services and our pro bono projects.  Marisa Wiesman, former Managing Attorney of our Kankakee office, has become our new Volunteer Lawyer Project Director.  In her new position, she will be working closely with our PAI coordinators.  This is an exciting development as our Pro Bono Projects are quite varied from office to office, and she will help to bring ideas from one program to another so we may all benefit.  She will be attending a Pro Bono Committee meeting and other functions in Peoria in the coming months. 
Our Expungment/Sealing project is in much greater demand than we ever anticipated.  The cases we accept are carefully selected, but even so the numbers are great.  This project is important because it allows people to find gainful employment and be self-sufficient. If you would like to help with this project please contact me or David House at dmhouse@fastmail.fm.  Training is available.

Access to Justice… After Hours 2013 will be held on Thursday, October 17, 2013, from 6:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at Weaver Ridge Golf Club.  This is a fundraiser to benefit Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.  The event will feature a live and silent auction, live music, appetizers, and a cash bar.  Auction items include a one week time share to Kauai in the Hawaiian Islands, University of Illinois football tickets, a wine tasting package, and a fishing trip package.  Tickets are available online at www.pslegal.org or by contacting Prairie State’s office at 674-9831.  Ticket price is $30 per ticket, although a $10 discount will be given to all ticket purchasers age 36 and under.  All proceeds from the event will support Prairie State’s programs in Peoria and the surrounding communities.
Prairie State Legal Services is your local legal aid provider.  Prairie State is a not-for-profit law firm that provides free legal representation and advice to individuals with serious civil legal problems that affect their basic human needs, including housing, medical care, and personal safety.  Prairie State provides legal services to the most vulnerable individuals in our society, including the poor, the elderly, and people with disabilities.  Prairie State never charges its clients attorneys’ fees.  Rather, Prairie State receives its funding through grants and donations.  Prairie State is a United Way partner agency, and on July 31, 2012, was named Partner of the Year by the local Heart of Illinois United Way.  Please join us on October 17 to support the work of Prairie State.  If you have any questions, or would like to donate an item to the auction, please contact Managing Attorney Denise Conklin at 309/621-4011 or dconklin@pslegal.org.



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