2014 August LegalEase

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In This Issue
President’s Message
Lawyers Helping Service Members
Golf Outing Winners


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

2014-15 Board of Directors

Craig S. Young
Timothy J. Howard
President-Elect and Budget Chair
Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher-Schulz 
Second Vice President 
Michele A. Miller
James F. Kane
Past President and
Nominating Committee Chair
Nathaniel E. Strickler
Jonathan L.A. Phillips
Communications & Technology
Richard W. Zuckerman
Courts & Procedures
Robert H. Jennetten
Jeffrey R. Bach (Golf) and
Mark M. Flannery (Holiday Party)
Entertainment Co-Chairs
Ronald L. Hanna
Fitness, Health & Wellness
G. Allen Mayer
Government & Public Interest Law
Michele A. Miller
Law Library
James M. Rochford
Lawyer Referral Service
John M. Redlingshafer
Lincoln Memorial Banquet
Kevin M. Miller
Local Continuing Legal Ed
Nathan R. Bach
David B. Mueller
Maureen T. Mulville
Pro Bono
John P. Heil, Jr.
Public Relations
Mary E. Heck
Real Property
Ambrose V. McCall
Substantive Law
Jeffrey R. Bach
Young Lawyers & Law Day

Directors at Large:
Michael D. Gifford
Joshua D. Herman
John P. Nicoara
Sonni C. Williams


Experienced Workers’ Compensation Attorney
Large AV rated law firm seeks experienced workers’ compensation attorney in its Peoria office. Qualified applicants need to have at least three to five years’ experience in complex workers’ compensation defense, including abilities to defend and litigate claims at all levels, as well as client management skills. Salary commensurate with experience. Serious inquiries should send a cover letter and resume to: Hiring Partner, 124 SW Adams St., Suite 600, Peoria, IL 61602.

Paralegal/Secretary Position
Paralegal/Secretary needed for busy law office with a minimum of 2 years experience required. Must have a background in civil litigation, preferably small claims. This position will be full time Monday-Friday 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. References required, salary commensurate with experience. Please email cover letter and resume to:howardabbey1@gmail.com. Serious inquires only please.

Legal Secretary
Family and criminal law firm looking for legal secretary.  3-5 years experience preferred.  Competitive salary.  Immediate opening.  Fun, fast-paced atmosphere.  Send resume to linda@watsonlawpeoria.com

Receptionist Position
Receptionist needed for small law office in Tazewell County. Duties include answering phones, greeting clients, filing and other light clerical duties. Upbeat, energetic and enthusiastic people, please forward your resume in confidence to: pcba@mtco.com and reference position No.072214. We would love to have you join our team.

Legal Assistant Position

Position available for legal assistant to senior business-law partner in 8 attorney law firm in downtown Peoria. Please email resumes in confidence to: celias@emrslaw.com.

2014 Directory Changes

Mary J. Howard, Assistant Compliance Attorney, Amscot Financial, 600 N. Westshore Blvd., Ste. 1200, Tampa, FL 33706. Phone: (813) 637-6183.  Email: mhoward@amscotfinancial.com

Heather J. Russo, Attorney, Ganan & Shapiro, P.C., 411 Hamilton Blvd.,Ste. 1006, Peoria, IL 61602. Phone: (309) 637-7313. Email:  heather.russo@ganan-shapiro.com

Brad J. Chamberlain, Attorney, Addy, Bush & Associates, 257 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611. Phone: (309) 699-4040.

Courtney M. Eeten, Tazewell County Court Administrator. Phone: (309) 477-2201. Name change only.

Kepple Law Group, L.L.C.
Casey Kepple
2426 W. Cornerstone Court
Peoria, IL 61614.
Phone: (309) 282-1545
Email:  ckepple@kepplelawllc.com

Hon. Michael McCuskey, 324 Main St., Peoria, IL 61602. Email: mpmjudge48@gmail.com 

River City Title
2426 W. Cornerstone Court
Peoria, IL 61614
Phone: (309) 282-4915 
Email: casey@rivercitytitle.net

Heather J. Russo, Ganan & Shapiro, 411 Hamilton Blvd., Ste. 1006, Peoria, IL 61602. Phone: (309) 637-7313 Fax: (309) 637-1317. Email: heather.russo@ganan-shapiro.com

Sam Snyder, Attorney at Law, 411 Hamilton Blvd., Ste. 1020, Peoria, IL 61602. Phone: (309) 306-1348. Email remains the same.


Jennifer Bonesteel, Law Offices of Chris Doscotch, 2708 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61604. Phone: (309) 681-9770. Fax: (309) 681-9328.

Firm Name Change

Shay Phillips, Ltd.

William M. Shay

Jonathan L.A. Phillips

All other information remains the same.

Office Space Available

LeFante Law Offices, P.C, has 2 offices immediately available for sublet on a monthly or annual basis. One office is furnished with an executive desk, has three windows and measures 14.5’ x 9’. Second office is an unfurnished interior office and measures 19.5’ x 13.5’. Internet and fax included. Possibility for shared receptionist. Additional space available for support staff. If interested, please contact Jennifer Anschuetz at (309) 999-1111 for additional information.

Large 19th floor office with long window wall in former Associated Bank Tower for $600 per month. If interested, please call Steve Sutton at (309) 674-7700.

Janssen Building, 2400+ sq. ft. luxury suite with offices  now available to rent.  If interested please contact The Janssen Law Center at 309.676.2341.

For Sale
Set of Illinois Compiled Statutes with 2013 supplements. $1,200.00 or best offer. Contact Jill at (309)676-0591.


President’s Message
On July 7, 2014, Craig S. Young became the Association’s 107th President.  “It is my honor to assume the role of President of the Peoria County Bar Association. I want to thank the Board, and all members of the Association for giving me this opportunity to help move the Association forward over the coming year.  We have a tremendous Bar Association…truly one of the best in the nation.  There is much for us to be proud of, much to preserve, and numerous opportunities for improvement as we work together in association as lawyers.”  To read Mr. Young’s complete remarks, visit www.peoriabar.org.

Lawyers Helping Service Members

This month we would like to recognize and thank Ronald L.  Hanna (left) of Hanna & Hanna, P.C., and Charles G. Schierer (right) of Schierer & Ritchie, LLC, for assisting veterans with legal matters.  Ron’s was a small claims matter and Chuck’s was an alleged theft case.  If you are interested in being involved with the program, contact Mike Lied (mlied@howardandhoward.com) or the PCBA (pcba@mtco.com).

Lawyer Referral Service (LRS)

Special thanks go to Lou Benassi on a successful outcome of a Stryker case referred by the PCBA’s LRS.  On July 31 Lou presented a check in the amount of $8,233.33 to the PCBA, which represents 10% of the attorneys’ fees earned in this matter above the initial $1,000.  The referrals are not tracked and the program is on the honor system.  The Association is appreciative of the honesty and integrity of our LRS participants.  Any PCBA member who has been licensed for more than one year and is interested in joining the LRS should contact the PCBA for registration information and further details. 

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays

        4        PCBA Annual Golf Outing – Weaver Ridge
      25       Rain Date for Annual Golf Outing

        1        Labor Day – Courts and Courthouse Closed
        27      Strides for Justice, 5k run/1 mile walk f/b/o Prairie State Legal Services- Tower Park/Grandview Drive

       13     Columbus Day Professionalism Seminar – Tried & True Part II
       13      Columbus Day – Courts Closed; Courthouse Open
       20      Pro Bono Recognition Event for the 10th Judicial Circuit. Details to follow.
       30      Diversity Luncheon – Justice Lisa Holder White, Keynote Speaker – Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette – Noon – 1:00 p.m.

         6      Estate Planning Seminar co-sponsored with F&M Bank – Country Club of Peoria
       27 & 28 Thanksgiving and Day following – Courts & Courthouse Closed

       10      Holiday Party – Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette – 5:00 Cocktails; 6:30 Dinner
       24 & 25  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed

Committee Meetings
      5     Noon    Real Property
      8     Noon    Communications & Technology
    11     Noon    CLE
    12     Noon    Pro Bono
    13     Noon    Fitness, Health & Wellness
    14     Noon    YLC – Renaissance Room
    19     Noon    Board of Directors
    20     Noon    Public Relations
    21     Noon    Entertainment (Skits)
    22     Noon    Lawyer Referral Service
    26     Noon    Diversity
    28     Noon    Government & Public Interest Law

     2      Noon    Real Property
     8      Noon    CLE
     9      Noon    Pro Bono
   11      Noon    YLC – Renaissance Room
   16      Noon    Board of Directors
   17      Noon    Public Relations
   23      Noon    Diversity
   25      Noon    Government & Public Interest 

Committee Reports

Committee Preferences for 2014-15
We ask every PCBA member to submit their committee preferences each year so we can have an up-to-date list of committees. Simply email the PCBA office at pcba@mtco.com.


One of the wonderful attributes of the PCBA is the attitude of inclusivity which permeates the membership.  Please help the Diversity Committee demonstrate and celebrate this attitude of inclusivity by attending the Annual Diversity Luncheon on October 30, 2014.  Bring a friend or client.  Justice Lisa Holder White (left) from the Illinois Appellate Court, Fourth District, will be our speaker.  The recipient of this year’s $5,000.00 diversity scholarship will be recognized.  

cid:24B5861F-FED3-4E54-8CEA-EB11C76E4660Photo: Enjoyed the evening with beautiful law student interns at the Chief's game!
Special thanks to Jay Janssen who allowed the committee to use his suite at Dozer Park to entertain summer interns and clerks during a Chiefs game on July 9. At right, with the Chiefs mascot, are Michele Miller and Sonni Williams, former committee chairs who, along with Clifton Mitchell. (also committee chair), organized the event.  At left are Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP) participants Vanessa Vincent  (2014) and Shawnell Brown (2013) with Sonni.


Jeffrey Bach would like to thank everyone who participated in the 2014 Golf Outing at WeaverRidge Golf Club on August 4.  Due to participant input, there were two options this year – individual play or scramble.  WeaverRidge served up a fabulous smoked prime rib on the buffet, enjoyed by all.  At left, with Jeff (center) are winners of the overall score trophies, Janet Sosin (102) and Ed Habecker (76).  At right is Tim Gronewold with the driver won through the raffle. This year $425 was raised for the Peoria office of Prairie State Legal Services through raffle ticket sales.

Fitness, Health & Wellness Committee: Member Link to Wellness

By Ron Hanna, Chair, FHW Committee
Tips for Making Running a Habit
It’s not that often that I feel the urge to tell my friends about a cool new phone app that I’ve discovered, primarily because of the likelihood that they’ve known about it for 2+ years and it becomes clear that I am out of touch. However, I feel compelled to spread the word about a (free) app called “RunKeeper.” Sometimes it’s difficult to get motivated to run, but RunKeeper makes me want to go out and hit the pavement every day. RunKeeper uses your phone’s GPS to track your workouts and provide you with maps and relevant data, such as your average pace and time, in order to help you gauge your progress and achieve your fitness goals. It coordinates with your music as well and, at intervals that you specify, a futuristic sounding female voice interrupts and tells you how far you have run, how fast you are going, how sweaty and disgusting you look, etc. (I made that last part up). In a nutshell, it’s the best app I’ve ever used in training and it really works to help make running a habit. Get it free in the app store or at www.runkeeper.com and start training for Strides for Justice 5k run walk.

Local Continuing Legal Education
Mentoring Orientation

On July 30 the PCBA held its Mentoring Orientation for eight mentor/mentee pairs.  At left are program administrators Ashley Miller and Stacy Crabtree, along with Katherine Erwin, Special Projects Director for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.  Below, planning their year-long meeting schedule, is the mentoring pair of Chris Larson and Paul Brodersen.  The program involves eight meetings throughout the year and provides six (6) hours of professionalism credit, along with an invaluable learning experience for both attorneys, as it closes the generational gap in areas such as day planner vs. icalendar.  Thanks go to Sivertsen Reporting for sponsoring lunch.

Informal Mentoring
The Special Committee on Mentoring has had some responses members wishing to participate as either mentors or mentees for the informal program. If you are a new attorney or someone practicing a while but entering a new area of practice and would like guidance from a seasoned attorney, this program is for you.  It is also ideal for retired members who would like to share the wealth of information gained throughout their legal career. We will help you as much or as little as you want. Just inform us of your practice areas and whether your want to be a mentor or mentee. We want to be your resource to find a match within your practice area, make the introduction, and provide ideas to foster your mentoring relationship. Please contact the PCBA if you are interested in the informal mentoring program.

Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar – Tried & True II

The PCBA;s CLE Series, Tried and True, explores professional responsibility through America's famous trials.  Among the trials to be discussed on Columbus Day will be Bush v. Gore, a case that went to trial and appeal before the U.S. Supreme Court at the same time.  Two local rivals, Matt Smith and Joe Dunn, are planning a lively presentation that you do not want to miss.  The other cases to be discussed include Bradwell v. Illinois (Hon. Jerelyn Maher, presenter), Brown v. Board of Education (Dennis Triggs, presenter) and the pro bono efforts of Abe Fortas:  Gideon v. Wainwright, and U.S. v. Lattimore (Chris McCall, presenter).  Mark your calendars now for Monday, October 13, at noon, at First United Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Perry.  Sign-in and lunch at noon; seminar 12:30 - 2:30.  Two hours of PMCLE credit.

GAL Training
Judge Maher has announced there will be a GAL training on October 20 and 21, 2014, at Second Presbyterian Church, 313 N. East St., Bloomington, IL.  Further details on speakers and cost are forthcoming.  The course will be approved for GAL credit in the Tenth Circuit.

2014 Estate and Tax Update – for attorneys and CPAs.
John M. Lawrence will be speaking on November 6, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Peoria.   Lunch included; materials provided. This program is presented by F & M Bank in cooperation with the PCBA and will provide seven hours of MCLE credit. The program is free but space is limited and registration is required. Contact the PCBA at 309.674.6049 or  pcba@mtco.com.

Committee Chair Nathan Bach reports that Neil M. Connolly and Joe Pioletti have applied for regular membership; Caitlin Paluska has applied for student membership.  Their applications will be presented to the Board in September.
We would like to thank all who have paid their membership dues.  As you renew your membership, we hope you will consider the benefits:  Discounts on CLE programs (and tracking of your hours), mentoring, a resumé bank for attorneys as well as support staff, free website and directory listing, free attorneys’ directories and pictorials, opportunity to participate in the Lawyer Referral Service, and friendly Bar staff available to assist you!


On July 10, 2014, Michael W. Heller passed away. He was born May 3, 1924, in Peoria, Illinois. He graduated from Peoria High School, received his Bachelor’s degree from Northwestern University in 1942 and graduated from Stanford University Law School. He honorably served in the U. S. Army Corps as a Navigator during World War II and following his military service and law school graduation, he returned to Peoria to run his family’s steel business, W. Heller & Son, Inc. for 25 years. He practiced law in Peoria for over 50 years, and provided pro bono legal services to many clients who could not afford them. He is survived by his wife Joyce, four children and four grandchildren. The PCBA has contributed $100.00 to its Foundation in memory of Mr. Heller.

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

We would like to thank the following attorneys and their staff who have recently closed pro bono cases: Robert Coletta (2 cases), Michelle Eggert, Alex Ketay, Monica Kim (3 cases), Brian Lutz, Sadiq Shariff and Cynthia Volk.

Pro Bono Referrals
Attorneys have contact with many clients who need legal assistance each day. There will always be those clients that you really think need assistance, and you would really like to help them, but they cannot possibly afford attorney fees. Please consider representing them through the Pro Bono Project. Once they are determined eligible for our services, they will be referred back to you. You will be covered by our malpractice insurance. Many attorneys do this routinely, and it is a win-win situation for everyone. Please feel free to contact me for additional information.

Notable Case
A 78 year old frail female was referred to our office by the Center for Prevention of Abuse. She owned her home on the north side of Peoria. She did not have a mortgage on the property and her taxes were up to date. The garage on her property was in poor condition, and the City of Peoria had cited her for a code violation. They wanted new boards put up and the garage painted, and she faced a fine of $100/day until she complied. She could not afford to hire someone to do the work on her small income.
Attorney Robert Coletta stepped up to represent her at the City of Peoria hearing and was able to get the case continued. Prairie State called several agencies until we found help for the client. We were able to get paint, brushes, and ladders donated, and we talked with the family members on what needed to be done.
Attorney Coletta and Prairie State monitored the completion of the project. On July 1
st the case was dismissed. This is such a great testament to what can happen when people work together. Thank you to Robert Coletta for his kindness toward those less fortunate.

Save the Date
Please mark your calendars for Monday, October 20, 2014, at 5:30 pm for our very first Pro Bono Recognition event for the 10th Judicial Circuit. Details to follow on this exciting evening.

Other News
From PCBA Member Judge Brian Nemenoff
CASA of Peoria County is eager to launch the 2014 CASAblanca Dancing with the Local Stars Fundraising Event.  “Whatever the PCBA can do, will be appreciated.  These children need help.”  Contact CASAblanca Co-Chairs Aneta Youngblood Aneta_m_youngblood@yahoo.com or Teri Cook tcook@cooktravelandcruise.com to learn how you can help.

From PCBA Member Nicole Meyer, Director, Pre-Law Center, Bradley University ndmeyer@fsmail.bradley.edu
We are seeking volunteers to judge this year’s Bradley Mock Trial Invitational on Saturday, October 25 and/or Sunday, October 26, 2014.
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 the 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. You are welcome to judge as few or as many rounds as you wish, depending on your availability. Of importance, free food is provided before each round. The rounds are as follows:

Round 1-Saturday, October 25, 2014: 8:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Round 2-Saturday, October 25, 2014: 12:45 PM – 5:30 PM
Round 3-Sunday, October 26, 2014: 8:15 AM – 1:00 PM
Round 4-Sunday, October 26, 2014: 12:45 PM – 5:30 PM

As I will be away from the office this summer please contact my assistant, Nora Bitar, if you wish to register as a judge. She can be reached at nbitar@fsmail.bradley.edu or 309-677-4200. Nora will be sending follow-up emails as the summer progresses. I will be in touch in the late summer/early fall regarding specific details (location, parking, etc.) of the tournament.
Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve as a judge.  Please inform others who may want to judge that they can contact Nora as well.




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