2014 December LegalEase

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Welcome New Members

Holiday Party

Project Santa

Upcoming CLE

Lincoln Banquet


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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



2014-15 Board of Directors
Craig S. Young
Timothy J. Howard

President-Elect and Budget Chair
Hon. Jerelyn Maher
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


Legal Assistant Position

Solo practitioner seeks legal assistant for 30-35 hours per week, primarily family law matters. Please email resumes to: pcba@mtco.com. Reference job #120514.

Bankruptcy Judge Position

Judicial Council of the Seventh Circuit is seeking applicants for a bankruptcy judge for the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois. Applicants must be willing to travel to other locations in the Seventh Circuit to handle cases as need arises. Interested applicants may obtain an application by accessing the Court of Appeals website at www.ca7.uscourts.gov.

Persons interested in applying should send their applications to: Colin Fitzpatrick, Circuit Executive, Judicial Council of the Seventh Circuit, 2780 U.S. Courthouse, 219 Dearborn St., Chicago, IL 60604. Applications must be received by December 15, 2014.

2014 Directory Changes


Dunlap, Blake, Dunlap Law Office, P.C., 416 Main St., Ste. 403, Peoria, IL 61602. Tele: (309) 657-6867


Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo have new email address extensions: @quinnjohnston.com.


Dunn, Joseph W., Law Offices of Joseph W. Dunn, 417 Court St., Pekin, IL 61554. Tele: (309) 346-4222 Fax: (309) 347-6863.

Tribe, Barbara, 5401 W. Cisna Rd., Bartonville, IL 61606.


Office Space Available

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.

Office Space Available

Unique opportunity for solo practitioners or small firms who value independence but also understand the dramatic changes taking place in the legal industry. Second floor space in highly visible North side location available for attorneys eager to network and cross-refer clients. Willing to lease space or enter into a more comprehensive agreement to share resources if desired. Contact or send inquiry in confidence to: VanFleet Law Offices; 7817 Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614; Tele: (309) 672-2200.


In the past few months the PCBA has noticed a sharp increase in people coming into the Bar office looking for legal advice, complaint forms, attorneys and a variety of other issues. As a policy, we do not accept walk-ins. Please direct those with whom you come in contact to call our LRS line and be referred to attorneys on our LRS list. Frequently we are told by our walk-ins that they were referred by courthouse personnel and attorneys. Please do not send potential clients to the Bar office; instead, encourage them to call the referral line: 309-674-1224.



The Lincoln Banquet is our Bar Association’s longest standing and most revered tradition. Early in our associations’ history, our members recognized a strong connection to Lincoln. This was not only because Lincoln practiced law in and around our area, but also because Peoria played an important role in Lincoln's rise to the presidency. His Peoria speech delivered at the Peoria County Courthouse on October 16 of 1854 as part of the Lincoln - Douglas debates is recognized by some historians as the starting point of not only his rise to the presidency, but ultimately the events which led to the Civil War.

The significance of this event to the Peoria County Bar Association is demonstrated by the fact  it is generally recognized to be the longest continuous annual celebration of Lincoln in the country. Beginning in 1906, our Association has annually honored our 16th president with a banquet attracting speakers of the highest caliber including congressmen, senators, governors, ambassadors, important historians, presidential hopefuls, judges, and accomplished attorneys. The 2015 Lincoln banquet will offer a unique opportunity for all of us as this year will mark the 150th remembrance of Lincoln's death and the end of the Civil War.

It is my privilege to be the first to publicly announce to our members that the 2015 Lincoln Banquet memorializing the 150th year since Lincoln's death will take place on February 19, 2015. This important event will be held at a unique and exciting location- the new and innovative Hayden-Clark Alumni Center on the campus of Bradley University. Our speaker will be Harvey Rishikof, dean of the National War College in Washington DC. Our board and the Lincoln banquet committee chaired by John Redlingshafer are hard at work preparing a special celebratory evening which you will not want to miss.

Mark your calendars and be on the watch for the official invitation from our Lincoln banquet committee. I am thankful we all have the opportunity to be part of this important tradition, and I look forward to celebrating Lincolns’ legacy with all of you on February 19, 2015.

Wishing a joyous Christmas season to you all,

Craig Young, PCBA President

New Members’ Lunch

Caroline Cassidy, Jeffrey Bach, YLC Chair; Dominique Alexandre, CASA; David Molloy, Ben Clark, Lauren Christmas, Aliesha Graves, Arsenio Mims, Robert Tenney, Donald Leist, Jennifer Hahn, Nathan Bach, Membership Chair.  Front row:  Hon. James Shadid, Chief Judge, U.S. Dist. Court, CDIL; Craig Young, PCBA President; and Hon. Stephen Kouri, Chief Judge, 10th Judicial Circuit of IL.


Schedule of Events and Court Holidays


       10       Holiday Party – Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette – 5:00 Open Bar (while sponsor

                  funding lasts); 6:30 Dinner; 7:30 Entertainment

       24 & 25  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed

      25 & 26   PCBA Office Closed


1             New Year’s Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed

10      CLE:  Government & Public Interest and Appellate Practice

17      CLE:  Real Estate and Criminal

19      Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed

24      CLE:  Employment/Workers’ Compensation

31      CLE:  Family


          7      CLE:  Civil Practice

        16     President’s Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed

        19      107th Lincoln Memorial Banquet

        21      CLE:  Elder Law

Committee Meetings

     2      Noon    Real Property – Sponsor: Trademark Title Services

     3      Noon    Lincoln Banquet

     4      Noon    YLC Luncheon

   15      Noon    CLE

   17      Noon    Public Relations

No Board meeting in December


     6      Noon    Real Property

     7      Noon    Commercial Law & Litigation

     8      Noon    YLC Luncheon (Bar office)

     9      Noon    Lincoln Banquet

    12     Noon    CLE

    13     Noon    Pro Bono

    20     Noon    Board Meeting

    21     Noon    Public Relations

    27     Noon    Diversity

    29     Noon    Government & Public Interest


     3      Noon    Real Property

     9      Noon    CLE

    10     Noon    Pro Bono

    12     Noon    YLC luncheon (Bar office)

    17     Noon    Board of Directors

    18     Noon    Public Relations

    24     Noon    Diversity

    26     Noon    Government &  Public Interest


    3       Noon    Real Property

    4       Noon    Brown Bag Series

    9       Noon    CLE

   10      Noon    Pro Bono

   11      Noon    Brown Bag Series

   12      Noon    YLC luncheon (Bar office)

   17      Noon    Board of Directors

   18      Noon    Brown Bag Series

   19      Noon    Public Relations

   24      Noon    Diversity

   25      Noon    Brown Bag Series

   26      Noon    Government & Public Interest

Committee Reports


The 2014 Holiday Party is Wednesday, December 10, at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette.  Thanks to Court Call, Midwest Litigation Services, Pearl Insurance, Sivertsen Reporting Services and Woodlake Medical Management for sponsoring the open bar, which begins at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment. 


The primary purpose of the Diversity Committee is to assist members of the association in hiring and retaining minority lawyers. By signing an Equal Opportunity Pledge many Peoria law firms agreed, among other things, to “Provide equal opportunities to all applicants for employment, avoiding discrimination based on race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability and age.” The pledge and a list of firms who signed are attached. If your name is not on the list, please review and consider signing the pledge. Even if you have already signed the pledge, please take a minute to review it. If you have questions or suggestions, please contact Bob Jennetten (692-1262) or any other member of the Diversity Committee.

Fitness, Health & Wellness

Home Workout Programs by Ron L. Hanna

Have you seen infomercials for home workout programs like Insanity, P90X, Focus T25, and wondered if they really work? Can you really get into great physical shape in your basement with only an exercise mat and a couple of dumbbells? The answer is yes, as long as you commit to a program. If you have a difficult time making it to the gym this time of year, I encourage you to try a program in the comfort of your own home. They generally require between 25 minutes to an hour of exercise each day in the form of interval training (various “moves”) that constantly push each of the muscle areas of your body so you don’t plateau. The programs are a one-time expense and can be used to transform you entirely or to simply maintain your current level of fitness. For more information on the most popular programs out there visit http.//www.thetoptens.com/best-home-workout-programs/.

Local Continuing Legal Education

2015 Winter Series

January 10:  Government & Public Interest, Trish Redman and Stacy Crabtree, Moderators

             and Appellate Practice, Brad Elward and Natalie Thompson, Moderators

                   (two seminars run simultaneously)

January 17:  Real Estate, Tom Howard, Moderator

             and Criminal Law, Linda Watson and Arthur Inman, Moderators

                   (two seminars run simultaneously)

January 24:  Employment Law / Workers’ Compensation, Michael Lied, Moderator

January 31:  Family Law, Charles Urban, Moderator

February 7:  Civil Practice, John Nicoara and Carol Perkins, Moderators

February 21:  Elder Law, Marci Shoff, Moderator

Specific topics and speakers are now listed on the home page of the website, www.peoriabar.org. Register now.


Committee Chair Nathan Bach reports that Susan O’Neal, Stephanie McCarthy and Christopher Nelson have applied for renewal of their memberships and Grant Murphy has applied for student membership. Their applications will be presented to the Board in January. 

The new members’ reception was held on November 20, and well attended.  At left, clockwise, are Jennifer Hahn with Jim LeFante; Emily Perkins with Dave Perkins and David Mueller; Caroline Cassidy with John Cassidy and Craig Young; Kerrianne Waters with Mike Waters; Sonni Williams with Arsenio Mims, Ben Clark, Lane Alster and Sonya Pasquini; Jason Story with David Wiest and Kyle Tompkins.

In Memoriam

On November 16, 2014, Judge William H. Young passed away. He was born May 31, 1924, in Peoria, Illinois. He graduated from Peoria High School and the University of Illinois. He was an officer in the U.S. Navy during World War II. He practiced law with the firm Kellstadt & Young until he was appointed to the bench in the 10th Judicial Circuit in Illinois, where he served in Peoria and Tazewell counties until he retired in 1992. He is survived by three children and five grandchildren.

The PCBA has contributed $100.00 to its Foundation in memory of Judge Young.

Public Relations


The Peoria County Bar Association is proud to announce that three of its’ members were named to the Class of 2014 40 Leaders Under 40. Those members are: Joshua Herman, Miller, Hall and Triggs; Timothy Gronewold, Howard and Howard, and Stacy Crabtree, Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen. The awards were presented November 6 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel. Congratulations to our PCBA members.

PCBA’s Distinguished Community Service Award-Nominations Sought

The PCBA Distinguished Community Service Award was established in 1995 when the following resolution was unanimously passed by the Board of Directors of the Association:

     WHEREAS, members of the Peoria County Bar Association have a long history of         community activism in volunteer projects to improve the quality of life in the Peoria area;

     WHEREAS, the Peoria County Bar Association continues to encourage community involvement by its members;

     WHEREAS, those individuals among our membership who have exhibited long commitment to community service as a volunteer deserve to be recognized and honored;

     BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Board of Directors of the Peoria County Bar Association hereby establish the DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD recognizing each year one of our members whose record of longtime community volunteer is exemplary and brings honor to both the Peoria area and this Association.

The recipient of this award is recognized at the annual Lincoln Banquet & Gala, and past recipients include: William Rutherford, Rex Linder, Tim Bertschy, David Mueller, Tim Cassidy, Justice Mary McDade, Donald Jackson, Karl Kuppler, Craig Young, William Connor, Karen Stumpe, Judge Michael Mihm, Matthew Jones and Hon. John Gorman. The deadline for nominations is January 16, 2015. A nomination form may be found at:


Young Lawyers Committee

Project Santa is well underway, with good response from our members.  Although the gift contributions have already been fulfilled, you may still participate with a monetary contribution by sending your check, payable to “South Side Mission” to 1127 South Laramie Street, Peoria, IL 61605, by December 18.  Questions?  Contact

Kateah McMasters kateah.mcmasters@mhtlaw.com or Kerrianne Waters kerriannewaters@gmail.com.

Peoria County Pro Bono Plan

By Sandra Crow and Shirley Coers

Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Coordinators, scrow@pslegal.org

We would like to thank the following attorneys, paralegals, and other support staff who have assisted low income persons and successfully closed pro bono cases:  Floyd Dailey, Debbie Harper, Monica Kim (2 cases), Anne Pieper, Judge Gerard Rickert (2 cases), Gary Schmidt, Matthew Stropes, William Wombacher, and Richard Zuckerman.

Another Year Gone By

This has been another great year for those less fortunate in our community.  This year 184 cases were referred to 88 attorneys.  And 87 attorneys closed another 163 cases, resulting in 1,480 hours of pro bono time.  My wish for next year is to increase the number of attorneys taking cases, with a resulting increase in the number of people served. As the economy struggles to recover, many are still left behind.  Many new things will be happening this year, such advice lines, self help desks, and divorce clinics.  The PCBA Pro Bono Committee, and the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee in conjunction with the Public Interest Law Initiative, are working hard behind the scenes on new projects.  I urge everyone who has never taken a case to just take one case and see what happens.  You might find you have done a far greater good than just taking one case.

Happy Holidays and Thank You


Effective January 1, 2015, Peoria County Circuit Clerk Fees will be changing. Please check www.peoriacounty.org or pick up a copy of the new filing fee schedule in the Clerk's office after December 22, 2014.



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