2014 June LegalEase

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In This Issue



  • 2014 Law Day Luncheon photo highlights

  • CLE on DVD

  • Courthouse News

 


 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
President
Craig S. Young President-Elect and Budget Chair
Timothy J. Howard
Second Vice President
Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher-Schulz


Secretary-Treasurer
Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson
Past President and
Nominating Committee Chair
Jesse A. Placher
By-Laws
David B. Wiest
Communications & Technology
Richard W. Zuckerman
Courts & Procedures
Nina R. Gougis
Diversity
Jeffrey R. Bach (Golf)
Mark M. Flannery (Holiday Party) 
Entertainment

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
Membership
David B. Mueller
Memorials
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


IMMEDIATE OPENINGS


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.



Closing Agent Position


Law office, with active title insurance department, has immediate opening for a closing agent. Experience required. Please send resumes to Essig Law Office, 135 Washington Square, Washington, Illinois 61571.


Case Budgeting Attorney


The United States Courts of Appeals for Seventh and Eighth Circuits is seeking applicants for a Case Budgeting Attorney.  The position will be headquartered in Chicago.  The Case Budgeting Attorney will travel to other locations in both circuits.  Interested applicants may obtain an application by accessing the United States Court of Appeals for the Seventh Circuit website at www.ca7.uscourts.gov or the United States Court of Appeals for the Eighth Circuit website at www.ca8.uscourts.gov.  Persons interest in applying for this position should send their applications to:  Collins T. Fitzpatrick, Circuit Executive, Judicial Council of the Seventh Circuit, 2780 U.S. Courthouse, 2219 South Dearborn Street, Chicago, Illinois 60604.  Applications are to be received by June 12, 2014.


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. 


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. 


2014 Directory Changes


Change in Firm Name:


Knell Law L.L.C.
Charles D. Knell, Knell Law L.L.C.
Email: deathknell@knelllaw.com
and
Matthew A. Brewer
Email: MBrewer@knelllaw.com
All other information remains the same.


 Robert Boucher, PC, 1302 W. Pioneer Parkway, Suite 102, Peoria, IL 61615, Phone: (309) 682-2717, Fax: (309) 674-0402. Address and fax change only.


Bill Christison, 12409 Lakewood Court, Fort Myers, FL 33908


Patrick Jennetten, Law Office of Patrick Jennetten, 4711 N. Prospect Rd., Peoria Heights, IL 61616. Phone: (309) 839-8514, Fax: (309) 966-4872. Email: pjjennetten@law-pj.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 


 


Karen L. Kendall, Karen Kendall Law, 5950 N. Elm Lane, Peoria, IL 61615, (309) 634-8907, Karen@KarenKendallLaw.com


Robert M. Riffle, rriffle@rmrenterprises.net


 


Hal Schlicksup, Attorney at Law, 1230 W. Candletree Dr., Suite A, Peoria, IL. 61614. Phone: (309) 693-0070. Fax: (309) 693-0071.Email:schlick@mtco.com


 


Will Search


If anyone has any information as to the whereabouts of the Last Will and Testament of Dr. John C. Nelson, formerly of Peoria, please contact David Stuckel at (309) 671-4900.


 


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 Towers 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
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 online at https://peoriabar.org/shop or by sending a check using this formReservation deadline is Wednesday, July 2.  The recipient of the 2014 Public Servant Award will be announced.


Nominations Sought for Public Servant Award
Do you know an outstanding leader with a history of service in the public sector?  The Public Servant Award recognizes the positive impact made by our community's government and public interest lawyers.  This award will be presented to an extraordinary individual for outstanding service to the public.  By celebrating the contributions and career of a single lawyer, we also recognize the power of the law in serving the public interest and honor the fundamental values of our legal profession and justice system.  The award honors a licensed Illinois attorney who has provided at least ten years of legal service to an entity that is funded by tax dollars or is otherwise considered a government, academic, or non-profit legal service organization.  The honoree must be a PCBA member who is an outstanding leader in his or her field and follows the highest ethical standards.  To nominate a PCBA member, click here.  Nominations are due by June 20, 2014.


Schedule of Events and Court Holidays


June
No events and no court holidays.


July


        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
August


         4       PCBA Annual Golf Outing – Weaver Ridge


25       Rain Date for Annual Golf Outing


September


        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


October


        30      Diversity Luncheon – Justice Lisa Holder White, Keynote Speaker – Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette – Noon – 1:00 p.m.


 Committee Meetings
June


     5      Noon    Budget
     9      4:00 p.m. Lincoln Banquet
    10     Noon    Pro Bono
    11     Noon    CLE
    12     Noon    YLC
    13     Noon     C&T
    17     Noon    Board
    18     Noon    Diversity
    19     Noon    Real Property
    24     3:30 p.m.   Board Orientation - Renaissance Rm., Janssen Bldg.
    25     3:30 p.m.    Government & Public Interest subcommittee
    26     Noon     Government & Public Interest


Committee Reports


Calling all Committee Chairs!  Please submit your year-end report to Linda by June 17 so they may be compiled for the Annual Report distributed at the Annual Meeting on July 7.  Please submit via email:  pcba@mtco.com


Committee Preferences for 2014-15


Included with this newsletter is the committee preferences/information update form for FY 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 go to the PCBA website: www.peoriabar.org/form/2014-15-committee-preferences to submit your preferences or simply email the PCBA office at pcba@mtco.com.  


Entertainment


Jeffrey Bach is working to make 2014 Golf Outing the best ever!  It will be held at Weaver Ridge Golf Club on Monday, August 4, with a rain date of August 25.  Mark your calendar for both dates and get your foursome together. The reservation form is included with this newsletter.


Fitness, Health & Wellness Committee: Member Link to Wellness


By Robert Everett, FHW Committee


Unleash Your Inner Ironman


What does it take to be an Ironman?  According to the rules, complete a 2.4 mile swim, 112 mile bike ride, and run a marathon (26.2 miles) in under 17 hours.  What it really takes is mental toughness.  Completing 140.6 miles in one day sounds like a physical test, but it’s really much more of a mental test.  You need to be strong enough mentally to get out of bed and get moving before work. Although you need some physical abilities to train, you do not need to be a great athlete to complete an Ironman. 


I trained six days a week.  My longest weeks required 15 hours of training, but most weeks were significantly less.  You may be surprised how good you feel starting the workday after exercising. On November 17, 2013 I finished Ironman Arizona in 12:50:51.


Most people tell me they could never do an Ironman.  They tell me they are too busy at work, they have kids, they are too old, etc.  Training isn’t easy and it takes time, but if you want to make time you will.  You have to squeeze in your workouts whenever you can.  Training sessions can be a release from everyday stress.


Has it been a while since you exercised regularly?  Sign up for an event several months down the road.  Go online and find a training plan for the length of your event.  Ease into your training, and see how things go.  Is an Ironman a little too much?  Sign up for the PCBA 5k run Strides for Justice on Saturday, September 27, 2014 to benefit Prairie State Legal Services (www.stridesforjustice.com).  You will have plenty of time between now and September 27th to train for a 5k. You can even begin your training by just walking (http://www.halhigdon.com/training/50936/Walking-5K-Training). There is a Couch-to-5K app that mixes walking and jogging to get you going.  Sometimes signing up for an event will give you that push to get outside and get moving.  See you on September 27th.


Government & Public Interest Law Committee


Nominations Sought for Public Servant Award


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 7, 2014.  The Committee is seeking nominations for the Public Servant Award. The Public Servant Award recognizes the positive impact made by our community's government and public interest lawyers.  The Public Servant Award will be presented to an extraordinary individual for outstanding service to the public.  By celebrating the contributions and career of a single lawyer, we also recognize the power of the law in serving the public interest and honor the fundamental values of our legal profession and justice system.  The award honors a licensed Illinois attorney who has provided at least ten years of legal service to an entity that is funded by tax dollars or is otherwise considered a government, academic, or non-profit legal service organization.  The honoree must be a PCBA member who is an outstanding leader in his or her field and follows the highest ethical standards.  The nomination form is attached hereto.  You may also go to our website and complete the Nomination Form online at https://peoriabar.org/form/pcba-public-servant-award. Completed nomination forms must be submitted by June 20, 2014 to the PCBA.


Local Continuing Legal Education


All attorneys in the first half of the alphabet:  Still need a few more CLE credits?  Enclosed is a brochure with all of the PCBA’s CLE programs that are available on DVD.  There are even one-hour Brown Bag Seminars that are FREE for members.  Submit your DVD requests today.


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.


Membership
Committee Chair Gregory Rastatter reports that Charon K. Faulkner has applied for regular membership.  Her application will be presented to the Board in August.


Your Membership dues invoices will be mailed this month.  As you renew your membership, we hope you will consider the benefits:  Discounts on CLE programs (and tracking of your hours), resume bank for support staff, free website listing, free attorneys’ directories and pictorials, participation in the Lawyer Referral Service, and friendly Bar staff always available to assist you!


Memorials


Our thanks go to Judge Kouri and Rená Parker for their involvement with this year’s Memorial Service.  Moving the service back to Courtroom 210 provided the historic stately, meaningful backdrop.  Thank you, also for the spray of flowers in the witness box, and the reception following the service.  Thanks also go to the presenters and especially David Mueller, for his continued leadership with this event.  Preserving the memory of our PCBA members is so important and unique to our Association.


Public Relations


People’s Law School


The Public Relations Committee has announced an additional segment of the People’s Law School. This joint effort with Illinois Central College will be held on Thursdays at the ICC North Campus, 5407 N. University St. Peoria, IL from 6:30 – 8:30 p.m. All sessions are free, however pre-registration is required due to limited seating. The new segment will be July 24, “Legal Issues and Planning for an Aging Population,” Roger Holzgrafe, Presenter.


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: Tyler Peterson (2 cases), Burt Dancey, Jeremy Heiple (2 cases), Joshua Herman, Alex Ketay, Monica Kim, Jeffrey Krumpe, Aimee Peterson, Jeff Ryva, Michael Shemkus, and Kevin Wolfe.


Value of Volunteer Time


According to the Independent Sector’s Value of Volunteer Time, the 2013 average hourly value of a volunteer’s time in the state of Illinois has risen to $24.08 per hour. The national average is $22.55. Considering the expertise of the work only a lawyer can do, I would expect this to be substantially higher for our pro bono volunteer attorneys. The low income people we serve are very fortunate to have so many willing volunteers to assist them.


Attorney Surveys


You may notice that a survey is now enclosed with all closing letters advising you that we have closed a file in our office. We are looking for input from you as to how we are doing, how we can do it better, and an opportunity to let us know where we need improvement. We want to know what ideas you have to serve those in poverty in our area. You are in the courthouse daily; do you see areas in which clients are being underserved? And we want to know what difficulties you encounter in representing low income clients. Your opinion is very important to us, so please take the time to return the survey. Thank you.


Other News


From David Haracz, Associate Judge
Daley Center #3004,Chicago, IL  60602
312-603-4695


I am the chair of the Illinois Supreme Court's Committee on Alternative Dispute Resolution. The Court has recently charged our committee with discerning the views of lawyers and judges with regard to the mediation process. In the last quarter of 2013, we distributed a survey to a majority of the judges across the state. Currently, we are tabulating and interpreting those results. Next we seek to survey attorneys through a short questionnaire.  We are asking your help in distributing to your membership the below listed hyperlink -- similar to a Survey Monkey -- which allows orderly tabulation of the answers.


https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1vYgnbwFYRmc1GFkORDkjnpmv5unVPULsa-dCM2Z6YYg


We tentatively have set a deadline of June 20th for completion of the survey. Thank you.


 

 

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