2014 July LegalEase

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In This Issue

  • 2014 Annual Meeting

  • Diversity

  • Mentoring

  • CLE – Tried & True II

  • Entertainment - Golf


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Linda Raineri, Executive Director
110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 674-6049
Web: www.peoriabar.org


Board of Directors
Craig S. Young
Timothy J. Howard

President-Elect and Budget Chair
Hon. Jerelyn Maher-Schulz
Second Vice President
Michele A. Miller
James F. Kane
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
Jeffrey R. Bach
Young Lawyers & Law Day

Directors at Large:
Nathan R. Bach
Michael D. Gifford
Christopher S. McCall
John P. Nicoara


Administrative Manager Position
Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is seeking to fill a part-time Administrative Manager position starting in August 2014 for its Peoria office, located at 331 Fulton Street, Suite 600, Peoria.  Prairie State Legal services is a not-for-profit law firm that provides free civil legal services to low-income individuals and seniors.  The Administrative Manager position will support the office's Managing Attorney and supervise approximately 9 attorneys, 7 paralegals and other staff, and numerous volunteers in the administrative function of the office.  Successful candidate must possess strong organizational skills, attention to detail, advanced skills in conflict resolution, and proficiency with network and computer maintenance.  Interest in and commitment to assisting low-income individuals in the resolution of their legal problems is necessary.  Must be a team player and enjoy working with people.  MBA or JD preferred.  Legal experience and grant development and reporting experience preferred.  Pay depending on experience.  No phone calls please.  Please email cover letter, resume and list of references to Denise E. Conklin, Managing Attorney, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., at dconklin@pslegal.org.  Women, minorities and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.  Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  Please send resumes by July 25, 2014.

Associate Attorney Position
Faupel Law Offices, Ltd., located in Eureka, Illinois, is seeking a qualified, energetic candidate to fill an associate attorney position. Applicant should have excellent academic credentials, strong writing and communication skills, and be a motivated self-starter. This is a small-firm environment with a collaborative approach to case management; strong organizational skills are a must. Our practice is general transactional with a concentration in estate planning and business representation. Experience is preferred, but not necessary. Please submit cover letter, resume, references and writing sample to Faupel Law Offices, Ltd., P.O. Box 53, Eureka, Illinois 61530 or e-mail to rmatter@faupellaw.com.

Paralegal/Secretary needed for busy law office with two years minimum experience required.  Paralegal must have a background in civil litigation, preferably small claims.  This position will be full time Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.  References required, salary commensurate with experience.  Please email cover letter and resume to:  Howardabbey1@gmail.com.   Serious inquiries only, please.

Receptionist Position
Receptionist position available immediately with 4-attorney law firm in downtown Peoria. Legal experience preferred but not required. Candidate must possess professionalism, punctuality, and people skills. Typing and computer skills are also preferred. Please mail resume to: Stephanie Fiddes, 456 Fulton St., Suite 222, Peoria, Illinois, 61602.  

Legal Assistant Position
Legal assistant 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
Legal Secretary/Paralegal
Butler & Giraudo, P.C. seeks to hire experienced legal assistant or paralegal having high level skills in pleading / document preparation, discovery, file management and client communication.  Only those applicants with experience in family law need apply.  This is a full time position, salary to be commensurate with experience.  Please email cover letter and resume to Tamara Meister at tamarameister.law@gmail.com, or mail cover letter and resume to: Butler & Giraudo, P.C., 100 S. Main St., Morton, Illinois 61550. 

2014 Directory Changes
Jason Netzley, 330 NE Perry Ave., Peoria, IL 61603. Phone: (309) 685-7900. Email: Jason@getbravelaw.com

Stephen P. Kelly, Attorney at Law, L.L.C., 2710 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61604. Phone: (309) 681-1900. Fax: (309) 681-1930.
Email: skelly@stephenkellylaw.com

 Amanda Watson, Caterpillar, Inc., 100 NE Adams St. Peoria, IL 61629. Phone:(309)494-4222
Email: watson_amanda@cat.com

Casey Kepple, Kepple Law Group, LLC, 2426 W. Cornerstone Ct., Peoria, IL 61614. Phone: (309) 282-1545.

Email: ckepple@kepplelawllc.com

Will Search
If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of the Last Will and Testament of Willis Dean Wells, dob: 6/2/1935; dod: 9/4/2011, please contact Leann Reardon at (309) 683-7959.

Will Search
If anyone has information about a Last Will and Testament for Lori Moore (DOB 12/21/80) of Morton, IL, please contact Colt Johnson at Hasselberg, Rock, Bell & Kuppler LLP, 688-9400 or cjohnson@hrbklaw.com

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.


Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers

The annual business meeting and installation of officers will be held on Monday, July 7, 2014, at noon at the Peoria Marriott Père Marquette.  Reservations may be made by credit card online at https://peoriabar.org/shop or by check with the enclosed form.  Reservation deadline is Wednesday, July 2.  Recipient of the 2014 Public Servant Award will be announced.


The Diversity Committee requests your input. What action can the committee take to help you identify, recruit, hire and retain qualified minority lawyers? We value any feedback. Please contact any member of the committee including the current chair, Nina Gougis ngougis@hlerk.com, the incoming chair, Bob Jennetten bjennetten@comcast.net and the incoming vice chair, Judge Lisa Wilson lwilson@peoriacounty.org. Our plans include:

1) a social for interns and summer clerks in July, 2) awarding the Diversity Scholarship in August, 3) assisting the CLE committee with the Columbus Day professionalism seminar, and 4) hosting the Diversity Luncheon on October 30, 2014—Justice Lisa Holder White, keynote speaker. Please mark your calendar for the luncheon and share your suggestions for action steps which should be taken by the committee.

Register for 2014 Mentoring Program

The PCBA Special Committee on Mentoring, chaired by Stacy Crabtree and Ashley Miller, is currently looking for participants to sign up as either mentors or mentees.  This is a great opportunity to promote professionalism in the PCBA.  The orientation luncheon will be on July 30 from noon to 1:00 at the PCBA office.  Please contact Linda Raineri at pcba@mtco.com if you are interested in being a mentor or mentee to a fellow PCBA member.  There is also an opportunity for mentors and mentees to receive six CLE hours in professionalism.  For further information about registering for the CLE mentoring program, visit http://lawyermentor.ilsccp.org/pcba/. The deadline for registering for the CLE mentoring program is July 18.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
4    Independence Day - Courts and Courthouse Closed
7    Annual Meeting of the Membership/Installation of Officers-12:00-1:00 p.m. - Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette
  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 - ower Park/Grandview Drive
13      Columbus Day Professionalism Seminar – Tried & True Part II
13      Columbus Day – Courts Closed; Courthouse Open
30      Diversity Luncheon – Justice Lisa Holder White, Keynote Speaker – Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette – Noon – 1:00 p.m.
Committee Meetings
14     Noon    CLE
22     Noon    Fitness, Health & Wellness
23     Noon    Skit
28     Noon    Diversity
30     Noon    Mentoring Orientation Lunch
 5     Noon    Real Property
 8     Noon    Communications & Technology
11     Noon    CLE
12     Noon    Pro Bono
14     Noon    YLC
19     Noon    Board of Directors
28     Noon    Government & Public Interest Law
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. You may simply email the PCBA office at pcba@mtco.com.

Diversity – JIOP Students
Judge Kim Kelley (far left) and Chief Judge Stephen Kouri (far right) welcomed (from left to right) 2014 judicial externs Jessica Van Beek and Jenna Tucker, and students from the ABA’s JIOP (Judicial Intern Opportunity Program) Morgan Farrington and Sagine Vanessa Vincent.  JIOP is supported by the Peoria County Bar Foundation.

Jeffrey Bach would like to remind everyone to make a reservation for the 2014 Golf Outing. It will be held at WeaverRidge Golf Club on Monday, August 4, with a rain date of August 25.  Due to participant input, there are two options this year – stroke play or scramble. Jeff is also working on door prize upgrades.  WeaverRidge is offering smoked prime rib on the buffet.  It is only $100 for the golf and dinner package, and the reservation form is included with this newsletter.
Fitness, Health & Wellness Committee: Member Link to Wellness
By Ron Hanna, Chair, FHW Committee
Alcoholism and Drug Dependency in the Legal Profession
Alcoholism and/or Drug Dependency are major problems in this country affecting 10% of the population, according to the National Institute on Alcohol and Alcohol Abuse.  The rates of addiction are even higher in the legal profession. The American Bar Association estimates 15% to 20% of lawyers suffer from alcoholism and substance abuse.  The following questions can tell whether you, or someone close to you, may have a drinking problem.

  • Have you ever felt you should cut down on your drinking?

  • Have people annoyed you by criticizing your drinking?

  • Have you ever felt bad or guilty about your drinking?

  • Have you ever had a drink first thing in the morning to steady your nerves or to get rid of a hangover (eye opener)?

One “yes” response suggests a possible problem. Fortunately, treatment is available and there is hope for recovery. Lawyers’ Assistance Program, Inc., created in 1980 by the Illinois State Bar Association and the Chicago Bar Association, provides confidential assistance to any Illinois judge, attorney, or law student whose professional performance may be impaired due to addiction or mental illness.

In this way, LAP not only helps to save the lives and practices of impaired attorneys, it also contributes to the protection of the public, the continued improvement of the integrity and reputation of the legal profession. Find more information at http://illinoislap.org/.
Local Continuing Legal Education
Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar
If you are one of over 150 attorneys who attended the May professionalism seminar, “Tried & True,” you may be pleased to know that there is another installment already in the works for October.  The PCBA’s PMCLE Rock Stars, Kevin Miller and Jim Lawson, are working on even more famous trials.  Mark your calendars now for Monday, October 13, at noon, at First United Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Perry.
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.
Committee Chair Gregory Rastatter reports that Charon K. Faulkner, Jennifer Hahn and Michael Shemkus have applied for regular membership.  Their applications will be presented to the Board in August.
Your Membership dues invoices have been mailed.  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 job searches 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 June 15, 2014, Roger S. Joslin passed away. He was born June 21, 1936, in Bloomington, Illinois. He graduated from Bloomington High School in 1954, received his Bachelor’s degree from Miami University and graduated from the University of Illinois Law School. He briefly practiced in Peoria before returning to Bloomington to embark on a 38 year career with State Farm, where he became chief financial officer and vice chairman of the board. After retirement, he remained active in the business community, serving as director of Archer Daniels Midland and Amlin. He also served as a member of the Bloomington Board of Education and as a trustee for Illinois Wesleyan University. He is survived by his wife Stephany, three children and five grandchildren. The PCBA has contributed $100.00 to its Foundation in memory of Mr. Joslin.

The Bar Association received a thank you note from Peggy Bailey, mother of Colette Bailey. It read: “Thank you so much for sending the resolution prepared by Judge Lyons and for the list of contributors in memory of Colette. Please send along our thanks and genuine appreciation for Judge Lyons beautiful memorial and to all those who contributed to the Peoria Bar Foundation. It was very kind and thoughtful of you all. Sincerely, Peggy Bailey.”
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: John Cassidy III, Alex Ketay (2 cases), Burt Dancey, Jeremy Heiple (2 cases), Joshua Herman, Alex Ketay, Monica Kim, Brigette Lobacz, Michael Mersot, Cathy Molchin, Robert Muir and Ann Pieper.

Effective Communication with the Legal Services Client
This seminar will be of particular interest to attorneys assisting pro bono clients through representation or in clinical settings, firm pro bono coordinators and partners, corporate law department pro bono managers.
This course is free and is open to everyone who is interested in learning more about meeting the unique challenges posed by pro bono clients. The course will run for five days (varying between 10-45 minutes each day), from August 4-8, 2014.
The program shows how to create an environment in which you can educate and empower your client—and achieve the best possible outcomes in pro bono cases. You will learn:

       *Techniques for getting to know your pro bono client
       *Strategies for establishing a trusting and productive relationship
       *Tips for effective communication with your client
       *Strategies for helping your client make informed legal choices

Register today at www.pli.edu/MOOC/223999 to reserve your spot.

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.  Please mark your calendars and look for further information in the next LegalEase.



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