2014 November LegalEase

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In This Issue

·         Diversity Luncheon Enjoyed by Nearly 300 Attendees

·         YLC Blood Drive Report

·         Upcoming CLE

·         New Members Reception

·         Holiday Party


Contact Us:

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-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





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.


Attorney Position

Johnson Law Group in Bloomington, IL, is looking for an attorney with a significant track record handling criminal cases. The attorney will be required to handle numerous trial and hearings. Communication and client management skills are very important. Interested persons should forward their resume under cover to



Attorney Position

AV rated law firm seeking attorney with experience handling business and commercial litigation, as well as general creditor’s rights matters. Strong writing skills and academic credentials required. Compensation commensurate with education and experience. Send inquiry and resume in confidence to: VanFleet Law Offices, Attn: Joe VanFleet, 7817 Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.

Attorney Position

Ganin & Shapiro, P.C., is a boutique firm, concentrating in representation of employers in Illinois workers compensation litigation. We seek candidates who have practiced for three to seven years, for an attorney position in our Peoria office. Please respond to Paul.Dykstra@Ganan-Shapiro.com


Paralegal Position

AV rated law firm in Peoria seeking a paralegal with general business, creditor’s rights, and commercial litigation experience. Benefits available, salary commensurate with experience. Send inquiry and resume in confidence to: Van Fleet Law Offices; Attn. Joe VanFleet; 7817 N Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.


Legal Assistant Position

Full time legal assistant is needed for small firm, some experience in family law is preferred. Hours will be Mon-Fri: 8:00 am to 5:00pm. Please email resume to



Legal Assistant Position

Hasselberg, Grebe, Snodgrass, Urban & Wentworth seeks legal assistant for full time position. Legal secretarial experience required. Minimum typing speed 65 wpm. Salary commensurate with experience. Major medical insurance, pension plan, paid parking. An equal opportunity employer. Send resume in confidence to attorney Kenneth M. Snodgrass, 124 SW Adams, Suite 360, Peoria, IL 61602. No calls please.


Secretary/Receptionist Position

Small office is seeking a friendly, dependable, professional individual for a full time secretary/receptionist position. Legal/Family Law experience preferred. Monday-Friday 9:00 am to 5:00 pm. Must be able to work on your own and follow direction. Please submit resume and work experience to lawoffice1947@gmail.com.


2014 Directory Changes



John T.D. Bathke, Shay Phillips, LTD., 456 Fulton St., Ste. 255, Peoria, IL 61602. Ph: (309) 494-6155, Fax: (309) 494-6156.

Email: jbathke@skplawyers.com.


Sorling Northrup, 401 SW Water St.,

Suite 603, Peoria, IL 61602.

Address change only. All other info

remains the same.





Khokhar, Nargis

(309) 696-0542. Phone number change only. All other info remains the same.



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.


10th Circuit Pro Bono Recognition Reception     

By Sandra Crow, Pro Bono Coordinator

The first Pro Bono Recognition Reception, held at the Caterpillar Visitor Center on October 20th, was a huge success. Great food and conversation. Thank you for all the great feedback and supportive comments! The Reception was all about you and the selfless work that you do for the low income persons in our community. There were approximately 125 people in attendance. Justice Thomas Kilbride and Judge Stephen Kouri spoke eloquently about the need for, and the importance of, pro bono service. You can be very proud the work you do. We look forward to doing this again next year.  Congratulations to the recipients of the Pro Bono Awards:

Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen – Law Firm of the Year

Ann Pieper of Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick – Attorney of the Year

Courtney Dean of the Legal Division of Caterpillar Inc. – Young Attorney of the Year

Kirk Bode – Tazewell County Attorney of the Year – 10th Circuit Award

Jeremy Heiple of Heiple Law Office – Peoria County Attorney of the Year – 10th Circuit Award

John Pusey – Prairie State Equal Justice Lifetime Achievement Award

Above, clockwise, Judge Lisa Wilson, Chair of the 10th Circuit Pro Bono Committee; Justice Thomas Kilbride, Illinois Supreme Court, with Sonni Williams, Sandy Gallant and Matt Jones; John Pusey, Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin; John Heil, Tim Bertschy and Craig Young of Heyl, Royster; Ann Pieper and Jeremy Heiple; Kirk and Barb Bode; Courtney Dean (left) and Maureen Mulville, Pro Bono Committee Chair; Judge Kevin Lyons, Jodi Hoos and Chief Judge Stephen Kouri.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays


         5      New Members Lunch – PCBA Office – Invitation only/RSVP

         6      Estate Planning Seminar co-sponsored with F&M Bank – 8:30 a.m. – 4:30 p.m. –

                 Country Club of Peoria, lunch provided at this free CLE event; reservations required

       11      Veteran’s Day – Courts Closed; Courthouse Open *See page 6.

       12      New Maintenance Guidelines Seminar – Spalding Center, 11:30 sign-in and lunch; 12:00 – 1:30 seminar – lunch included in price ($65 PCBA Members)

       14      Access to Justice – WeaverRidge – 6:00 p.m.

       20      New Members Reception – Table 19 at Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette – 5:00,

                 free appetizers and beverages – all attorneys and judges welcome – sponsored

                 by The Elger and Elger Group/Robert W. Baird & Co.

       27 & 28 Thanksgiving and Day following – Courts & Courthouse Closed


       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

Committee Meetings

     3      Noon    Lincoln Banquet

     4      Noon    Real Property – Guest speaker Paul Heuerman - lunch sponsor: H & H Title

     5      Noon    New Members Luncheon

     5      Noon    Skit Committee – 7:00 p.m. – Parker Palace

   10      Noon    CLE

   11      Noon    Pro Bono

   13      Noon    YLC luncheon (Renaissance Room) – lunch sponsor:  Doug Shannon

   18      Noon    Board Meeting

   19      Noon    Public Relations

   20      Noon    Government & Public Interest

   21      Noon    Commercial Law & Litigation

   25      Noon    Diversity


     2      Noon    Real Property – Lunch sponsor:  Trademark Title

     3      Noon    Lincoln Banquet

     4      Noon    YLC luncheon (Renaissance Room)

     8      Noon    CLE

     9      Noon    Pro Bono

    17     Noon    Public Relations

    18     Noon    Government & Public Interest

    23     Noon     Diversity

Committee Reports


It is time to make your reservation for this year’s Holiday Party on Wednesday, December 10, at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette.  Thanks to several sponsors, there will be open bar beginning at 5:00 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment. 


The 11th Annual Diversity Luncheon on October 30 was a resounding success.  Heartfelt thanks to the many PCBA members who supported the event, especially the table sponsors.  Justice Lisa Holder White gave a terrific speech--she told an inspirational personal story and encouraged all attendees to actively promote diversity.  High school, college and law school students met with Justice White for Q & A before lunch.  The Peoria High Ensemble provided background music before and during lunch.  Yolanda Riley, recipient of this year’s $5000 PCBA Diversity Scholarship, was recognized.  Net proceeds from the luncheon help fund the scholarship program.  Again, thanks to all and keep up the good work!  As always, if you have suggestions for the Diversity Committee, please let us know.  Above, clockwise, Rich, Ian and Sonni Williams with Justice Lisa Holder White; current and past PCBA Presidents Craig Young and Bob Jennetten; Yolanda Riley, scholarship recipient; and Beth Jensen, Rich Zuckerman, ISBA 3rd Vice President candidates Jim McCluskey and Lisa Nyuli with Sonni Williams.

Fitness, Health & Wellness

By Committee Member Christine Ann Takata

There is something magical about putting your head underwater and pushing off the wall, knowing that for the next hour NO ONE can ask you to solve all of their life problems. No phones to answer, no texts, no emails. Just you, and the water, your breathing, and peace. Swimming reduces stress dramatically.

As testament to this, I was diagnosed with “extremely aggressive” rheumatoid arthritis in 2005, brought on by prolonged stress, and by 2008 I had four hand surgeries to regain the use of my hands for typing which I lost by 2006. I was dependent on Dragon’s Naturally Speaking to type. I started swimming in earnest in 2008, and today, although my Anti CCP Antigen score is 224, more than twice what it was in 2005, (indicating totally extremely aggressive RA), I have no symptoms. I also have zero bone damage in my hands now. My new RA doc in October 2014 office visit told me, “Your case is very confusing”. But really, it’s not, when you take a look at what swimming can do for you.

Not only is swimming excellent for your cardiovascular system, your muscles, joints and pulmonary system, it prevents burn out by dramatically reducing stress.

I recommend swimming to anyone looking for a low impact stress relieving activity. Anyone can swim. You can weigh 400 lbs and swim. It is the only exercise I know of where “no pain” results in “gain” anyway.

For stress relief, swim slowly for long periods of time until you no longer feel stressed out. For incredible weight loss, do interval training. I have found that once I can swim more than 12 lengths at once, I can swim for an hour straight. So can you!

Nominating Committee

The Nominating Committee met on Wednesday, October 8, 2014, for the purpose of selecting an attorney who will fill the role of Secretary-Treasurer next year, and annually thereafter move into the offices of Second Vice President, President-Elect and eventually President of the PCBA.

The nominee should be someone from our association with past memorable involvement with the PCBA’s committees and activities, someone with demonstrated legal experience and abilities, and someone who exemplifies the character of the membership sufficient to lead the association in furtherance of all the association’s endeavors.

The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that it has selected Richard W. Zuckerman as its nominee, who has agreed that if he is so nominated, he will accept this position.

2014-2015 Nominating Committee:

James F. Kane—Immediate Past PCBA President and Nominating Committee Chair

Past Presidents-Hon. Lisa Wilson, Kevin R. Miller, Karl B. Kuppler, Timothy J. Cassidy, Michael R. Lied. Two members under age 36 appointed by the Board: Jeffrey Bach and Jonathan Phillips.

Local Continuing Legal Education

November 12 Maintenance Seminar for Family Law Attorneys – 11:30 check-in and lunch; 12:00-1:30 pm. seminar. Spalding Conference Center. Moderators: Richard Zuckerman and Charles Urban.

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, Hon. Jerelyn Maher and Charles Urban, Moderators

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.  Mark your calendars now; registration begins November 1.

Committee Chair Nathan Bach reports that Susan O’Neal has applied for renewal of her membership. Her application will be presented to the Board in January.  The New Members Lunch is being held Wednesday, November 5, at the PCBA office.  Judges and Board members will welcome the newest members to the PCBA; invitation only.

Mark your calendars for Thursday, November 20, for the New Members Reception being held at Table 19 in the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette beginning at 5:00 p.m.  All attorneys and judges are welcome -- no reservation required – free appetizers and beverages.  Come welcome all of our newest members.  Thanks go to our sponsor, The Elger and Elger Group / Robert W. Baird & Co.

Public Relations

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

The Young Lawyers Committee held their annual Halloween Blood Drive on October 29th. They collected a total of 23 pints of blood which can potentially save over 60 lives. Arsenio Mims (below, far right) chaired the drive this year. Below, left to right, are PCBA member-donors Frazier Satterly, Michele Miller, and Suzanne Patton. Thanks to all who took the time and effort to donate.


Peoria County Pro Bono Plan

By Sandra Crow, Pro Bono Coordinator, 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:

Tyler Anderson (2), Judge Stuart Borden, Susan Dawson-Tibbits, Frank Hoffman, John Kamin, Alex Ketay, Monica Kim (2), Kevin Lowe, and Robert Muir.

Update On the PCBA Foundation

The Peoria County Bar Association Foundation was established on October 2, 1970.  Its mission was, and continues to be, to provide grants to qualified recipients “with a view toward the advancement of the science of jurisprudence, the promotion of the administration of justice, the encouragement of a thorough legal education, the upholding of the honor and dignity of the Bar and the perpetuation of the history of the profession and the memory of its members.” 

The Foundation has an endowment of approximately $100,000.  Annually it makes grants to, among others, the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program and the recipient of the Diversity Scholarship. 

The Trustees consist of the four officers of the PCBA and the Chief Judge, as well as at-large trustees.  At the Trustees meeting on October 6, the Trustees adopted a Restated Trust Agreement that consolidated all of the prior amendments and brought the terms of the Trust Agreement into the Twenty-First Century.  Additionally at that meeting, Rex Linder and Karen Stumpe were elected as at-large trustees. 

This modernization of the Foundation’s Trust Agreement was assisted by the volunteer efforts of a subcommittee consisting of Karl Kuppler, Karen Stumpe, Kenneth Baker and Valerie Moehle Umholtz.  The Trustees are grateful for their assistance. 

In 2005, the Foundation held its first Pillars of the Bar event.  The second Pillars event was held in 2010.  The Foundation will sponsor a third Pillars event in 2015.  The purpose of this event is to acknowledge the past and ongoing contributions of our members to the Foundation and to help raise additional monies to fund future Foundation grants such as the annual Diversity Scholarship.



* Veterans’ Memorial Project

By Bruce Thiemann and Kenneth Baker

The Peoria County Veterans’ Memorial Committee, a committee sanctioned by the Peoria County Board, is raising funds for and planning the construction of a final veterans’ memorial on the Peoria County Courthouse Plaza. The will honor Peoria County Veterans from the Korean War to the present, as well as any possible future conflicts, and will honor the 106 Peoria County veterans who lost their lives in Korea and Vietnam by listing their names on the memorial panels. This memorial is designed to include future wars and conflicts. If sufficient funds are raised it will include life size statues of soldiers from the different wars and conflicts returning from patrol.

This project, which will be the Final Salute to all of the County’s veterans, cannot be completed without the financial support of Peoria area businesses, local government, citizens, and organizations. Please consider supporting this deserving project. We currently have raised approximately $290,000 of our goal of $500,000 and anticipate construction of the project in 2015. Peoria County will use all contributions for the restrictive purpose of the costs related to the planning, designing, constructing, dedicating and maintaining a final veterans’ memorial on the Peoria County Courthouse grounds.

We hope you will be able to assist us in completing the Final Salute. Contributions can be made payable and sent to The Peoria County Veterans Memorial Fund, Room G-02/Courthouse, 324 Main St., Peoria, IL 61602. For more information, please visit:

www.peoriacounty.org (click Veterans’ Memorial on left of screen). Thank you for your support.

All Bar members who stepped forward, took the oath, got the haircut, and wore the uniform will feel great about donating generously to this memorial honoring all of us who have served since WWII, and particularly those from Peoria County who have lost their lives since WWII.


The Illinois Supreme Court has entered an Administrative Order setting out a formal process for the development, review and approval of standardized forms for use in the Illinois Courts. This will enhance access to justice in areas of law and practice where there is a high volume of self-represented litigants and at the same time improve the overall administration of justice. These draft procedure forms are available for public comment at www.IllinoisCourts.gov/Forms/forms.asp and will be open for public comment for 45 days.



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