In This Issue
-Comments invited re bankruptcy judge
-Applications for Magistrate Judge position
-Tazewell County Admin. Order re Foreclosure
Board of Directors
Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson
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:
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: email@example.com. 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.
2013 Directory Changes
Gibson, Erik R., 101 NE Randolph Ave., Peoria, IL 61606. Phone: (309) 673-0797, Fax: (309) 673-8759, Email: egibson@Benckendorf.com.
Please remember that the recently-approved Local Rules are available on the County website at http://www.peoriacounty.org/courts/news?newsAction=single&newsItemID=3684
Annual Business Meeting and Installation of Officers
Remember to make your reservation for the July 8 Annual Meeting. Deadline for reservations is Wednesday, July 3, 2013. You may go to www.peoriabar.org/Shop/CLE to register online or you may mail your payment to the PCBA office in the amount of $30.00 and note your choice of Chicken or Vegetarian entrée. Incoming officers being installed are shown above. The luncheon will be held at Four Points by Sheraton from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. One of Judge Wilson’s initiatives during her term as President has been the formation of the Government and Public Interest Law Committee, which established criteria for the new Public Servant Award. The recipient of the award will be announced at the meeting.
Lawyers Helping Service Members
PCBA past president Michael Lied would like to thank James P. LeFante, who recently helped a veteran on a criminal matter. Mr. Lied encourages members interested in helping service members to contact him at (309) 672-1483 or firstname.lastname@example.org or the PCBA at (309) 674-6049 or email@example.com. The CLE Committee hopes to re-schedule the June Military Affairs Seminar for this fall.
Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
We ask every PCBA member to fill out the committee preferences sheet each year so we can have an up-to-date list of committee members. You may submit your preferences online at www.peoriabar.org/form/2013-14-committee-preferences. Please Note: If you have served on a committee and have not returned a preference sheet for 2013-14, we will continue to list you on that committee for the upcoming year.
Communications & Technology Committee
Lawyer Referral Service (LRS)
Local Continuing Legal Education Seminars
July 16: Federal Practice Seminar – Timothy Bertschy & Joseph VanFleet, Moderators Topics include: Final Pre-Trial Orders, Post-Trial Motions, Fee Petitions, Enforcing Settlements, Confidential Documents and Dispositive Motions. Opening remarks will be made by Judge Michael Mihm, and there will be a judicial panel with Hon. Sara Darrow and Hon. Sue Myerscough. Other speakers include: Tim Bertschy, Ralph Davis, Athena Herman, Mike Lied, Grace Mata, Joe VanFleet, Sonni Williams, and Christa Wittenerg. Register online at www.peoriabar.org/shop.
On June 13 the area’s summer interns were welcomed by the YLC. Pictured: Kyle Orne, Ashton Nowlan, Laith Alkhafaji, Carrie Cassidy, Emily Perkins, Jessica Sarff, Patrick Folley, Kerrianne Waters, Shawnnell Brown, Arsenio Mims and Eckor Joseph. Shawnnell and Eckor came to the Tenth Circuit through the ABA’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP). The PCBA Diversity Committee thanks Hon. Kim Kelley and Hon. Stephen Kouri for their involvement with the JIOP program.
3rd Annual Pool Party!
Cubs v. Cards
Chief Circuit Judge Michael E. Brandt receives the Justice Benjamin K. Miller Recognition Award
Chief Circuit Judge Michael E. Brandt received the Justice Benjamin K. Miller Recognition Award from the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Councils at a June 17 presentation in Springfield, Illinois. Named after former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Benjamin K. Miller, the award is given to honor outstanding members of the community and judiciary for their excellence in leadership and commitment to further the work of the Councils in preventing family violence. Mary Taylor, Local Council Coordinator, nominated Judge Brandt for this award stating that “He has been and continues to be a stabilizing force and strong advocate for all issues related to family violence in our community. Always willing to speak on behalf of the Council, he encourages collaboration between law enforcement, prosecution, probation and social services agencies in addressing family violence. We have learned many things since 1993 when Justice Miller had a vision for the Council. One of those is that with the dedication and collaboration shown by Judge Brandt, we can and have made a difference in the lives of those families impacted by domestic violence, elder abuse and sexual assault.”
United States Bankruptcy Judge Thomas L. Perkins of the Central District of Illinois has applied to be reappointed by the United States Court of Appeals to a new 14-year term when his current term expires on July 19, 2014. A United States Bankruptcy Judge is a judicial officer of the United States District Court who exercises the authority of the district court with respect to any action, suit, or proceeding under Chapter 6 of Title 28 of the United States Code. 28 U.S.C. § 151. Comments are invited from the public and the bar as to whether Judge Perkins should be reappointed. Those comments should be in writing and sent by July 30, 2013 to:
Collins T. Fitzpatrick, Circuit Executive, 219 South Dearborn Street, Room 2780, Chicago, Illinois 60604.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. The official location for the position will be Peoria, Illinois. Full-time magistrate judges are appointed to eight year terms of office by the judges of each respective United States district court. To view the full notice and download the application, go to www.ilcd.uscourts.gov/employment.
Tazewell County News
IN THE CIRCUIT COURT OF TAZEWELL COUNTY, ILLINOIS
IN THE MATTER OF THE MAILING OF NOTICES PURSUANT TO SUPREME COURT RULES 113 AND 114 RELATING TO MORTGAGE FORECLOSURE CASES
Pursuant to Supreme Court Rules 113 and 114, effective May 1, 2013, the Clerk of the Circuit court is required to send certain notices. The Court finds that the cost of the mailing of said notices requires the entry of an Administrative Order.
Therefore, effective July 1, 2013, for cases filed on or after May 1, 2013, it is the obligation of the Plaintiff to provide the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Tazewell County, within the 10th Judicial Circuit, with preaddressed and postage paid envelopes bearing the return address of the Clerk of the Circuit Court for the mailing of the required notice pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 113(d).
The Plaintiff shall fold and place the required notices in the envelopes. The envelopes shall be sealed upon delivery to the Clerk of the Circuit court, who will mail the envelopes in accordance with the applicable Supreme Court Rules.
The Plaintiff’s attorney will file, at the time the sealed envelopes containing the required notices are provided to the Clerk for mailing, copies of the Notices as required by Supreme Court Rule 113(d) and an Affidavit which will indicate that: (1) the sealed envelopes contain the notice required by applicable Supreme Court Rules; and (2) that a notice is provided for all persons entitled to receive notice under the Rules.
The Clerk of the Circuit Court shall be entitled to impose a mailing fee for the mailing of said notices, in accordance with the existing fee schedule in each county.
Entered: July 1, 2013
Tazewell County Courthouse Parking
The Pekin Main Street Farmer’s Market began on Thursday (6/20/13) at 4:00 p.m. and will run every Thursday until September 19, 2013, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
Peoria County Pro Bono Plan
By Sandra Crow, Pro Bono Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank following attorneys and their staff that have recently closed pro bono cases: Andrew Bell, Sam Harrod, Robert Jennetten, Debbie Harper, Mitchell Hedrick, James Kane, Art Kingery, Robert Muir (3 cases), Ann Pieper, Tyler Pratt (4 cases) and Carl Wilbur.
To help address this, the Volunteer Lawyer Network has created an interactive educational tool that contains information about some of the challenges and how to overcome them. You can access at the following link: Working with Pro Bono Clients wiki. I urge you to take some time to look at this tool. Topics include:
· Seeing/Bridging Differences