2014 October LegalEase

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 Strides for Justice – Success!
 Celebrate Pro Bono Reception
 Diversity Luncheon
 New Maintenance Guidelines Seminar

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

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


Legal Administrator
Benckendorf & Benckendorf, P.C., a general practice firm, is seeking a Legal Administrator to oversee its day-to-day operations, including financial management, accounts receivable and accounts payable, human resource management, including policies and benefits programs, facilities, and marketing.  The ideal candidate will also be an effective communicator, with the ability to multi-task under heavy time constraint and work well with others at all levels.  Excellent compensation and benefit package.  Successful applicant to be trained by retiring Administrator.  Interested candidates should submit their resume and salary requirements to:  mpillow@benckendorf.com

Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Smaller mid-size firm is seeking a friendly, professional individual for a full-time paralegal/legal assistant position. The primary responsibilities of the position shall include preparation of correspondence and documents for attorneys for matters in litigation and family law. The employee will have contact with attorneys, clients and third parties. Previous office experience and good computer skills are essential. Digital dictation equipment is used. Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite is recommended. Excellent verbal and written communication skills are a must.
The position offers a pleasant working environment, paid vacation and holidays, health insurance and other benefits. The hours of operation are 8:00 a.m. until 5:00 p.m., with a one-hour lunch, Monday through Friday.
Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume’ to the attention of Mary Pillow, Benckendorf & Benckendorf, P.C., 101 NE Randolph Ave., Peoria, IL 61606; by U.S. Mail, or by email at: OfficeManager@Benckendorf.com. No phone calls or walk-ins please.

Legal Assistant Position
Full time legal assistant needed for small law firm, some legal experience is preferred. Hours will be Mon-Fri 8:30 am to 5:00 pm. Please email resume and references to dasburylawoffice@yahoo.com or mail to 411 Hamilton Blvd, Suite 1720, Peoria, IL 61602. Serious inquiries only.

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 ed@smithandweer.com.

Legal Assistant Position

Full time legal assistant needed for small law firm, personal injury and/or workers' compensation experience preferred. Hours will be Mon-Fri 8:00 am to 5:00 pm. Please email resume and references to skelly@stephenkellylaw.com or mail to 2710 N Knoxville Ave., Peoria IL 61604.


2014 Directory Changes

Goldfine & Bowles
4242 N. Knoxville Ave.
Peoria, IL 61614.
New fax no: 309-282-2090.
Office number remains the same.
William Brown
LeRoy Compton
Kevin Elder
David Hunt
Michael Marincic

Naylor, Patricia J., Litigation Counsel, OSF Healthcare System, 800 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61603. Ph: (309) 624-9434
Email: patricia.naylor@osfhealthcare.org

Sutton, Steven A., 456 Fulton, Suite 370, Peoria, IL 61602. Ph: (309)674-7700.
Email: suttlaw@mtco.com

McKinley, Michael M., Hasselberg, Rock, Belll & Kuppler LLP, 4600 Brandywine Drive, Suite 200, Peoria, IL 61614. Ph: (309) 688-9400 Fax: (309) 688-9430.
Email: mmckinley@hrbklaw.com

Chamberlain, Kathy R., Office of the General Counsel, Illinois Agricultural
Association and Affiliated Companies,
1701 Towanda Ave., PO Box 2901,
Bloomington, IL 61701. Phone: (309)557-2629. Fax: (309)557-2051.

Email: kchamberlain@ilfb.org

Moehle, Swearingen & Umholtz, Ltd. Is now Moehle, Swearingen & Assoc., Ltd. Email addresses have changed:
vmoehle@attorneysmsa.com – Valerie Moehle
bswearingen@attorneysmsa.com –Brad Swearingen
blobacz@attorneysmsa.com – Brigette Lobacz
office@attorneysmsa.com – office secretary.
Address, phone number and PO Box remain the same. Only firm name and email addresses have changed.

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.

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.


Tried & True, Part II
Be sure to register for the sequel to last May’s wildly popular Tried & True seminar that drew upon four well-known American trials as the source for discussion of the Rules of Professional Conduct.  Among the trials to be discussed on Columbus Day will be Bradwell v. Illinois (Hon. Jerelyn Maher, presenter), the pro bono efforts of Abe Fortas: Gideon v. Wainwright, and U.S. vs. Lattimore (Chris McCall, presenter), Brown v. Board of Education – the 1954 landmark Equal Protection decision, a ruling on five consolidated cases before the U.S. Supreme Court (Dennis Triggs, presenter) and Bush v. Gore (Jeff Bach and John Bathke, presenting).  Register now at www.peoriabar.org/shop for Monday, October 13.  Check-in and lunch begin at 11:30, the seminar begins at noon and concludes at 2:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Perry.  Registration deadline October 8.

Celebrate Pro Bono Reception
The Peoria County Bar Association is proud to join with the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, the Legal Services Division of Caterpillar Inc., Prairie State Legal Services and the Public Interest Law Initiative in sponsoring the Celebrate Pro Bono Reception to be held on Monday, October 20, 2014, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Caterpillar Visitors Center, 110 SW Washington Street in Peoria.

The guest speaker will be Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride (right, with Judge Shadid) who will discuss the importance of identifying and providing needed legal services to the underserved in the community. The reception will celebrate the efforts of individuals, law firms, and corporations throughout the Tenth Judicial Circuit that have provided exceptional pro bono services over the past year.
The need for legal services for the underserved—such as the elderly, the disabled, veterans, and children—continues to grow in Illinois. Building on a rich history of pro bono legal representation within the region, the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, which is comprised of judges and lawyers from across the Circuit, launched its Pro Bono Pledge last year. This effort, chaired by Associate Judge Lisa Y. Wilson, has resulted in nearly 40 area law firms and corporations agreeing to provide free legal services to those in need.

The Celebrate Pro Bono Reception will recognize those who have made the Pro Bono Pledge and encourage others to join the effort. Please register in advance for this important free event at www.pili.org/10thcircuit by Monday, October 13.

Diversity Luncheon

The Peoria County Bar Association will host its eleventh annual Diversity Luncheon on Thursday, October 30, 2014, at noon at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette. The committee is honored to have Justice Lisa Holder White, Appellate Justice of the Fourth District, as our keynote speaker this year. 
The Diversity Committee of the Peoria County Bar Association was established in 2003 to foster diversity in the membership of the Association in order to reflect the community served by its members with respect to race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation, disability, and age. The Committee developed a diversity pledge signed by many area law firms.  In 2005, the Committee assisted Judge Stephen Kouri and the ABA Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (“JIOP”) in bringing law students to Peoria to work with the judges of the Tenth Judicial Circuit.  The program is thriving.  To date nineteen law students have interned in Peoria courts. In 2005, the Committee funded its first Diversity Scholarship for law students.   From 2005 to the present, $42,000 in scholarship funds have been disbursed to fifteen students.  Yolanda Riley is recipient of the 2014 Diversity Scholarship award of $5000 and will be introduced at the luncheon.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
       13      Columbus Day Professionalism Seminar – Tried & True Part II – First United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Perry – Registration deadline:  October 8
       13      Columbus Day – Courts Closed; Courthouse Open
       20      Celebrate Pro Bono Reception – 5:30 p.m., Caterpillar Visitors Center
       29      Young Lawyers Halloween Blood Drive – 8:00-1:00 p.m. – 4th Floor Co. Board Rm., Peoria County Courthouse
       30      Diversity Luncheon – Justice Lisa Holder White, Keynote Speaker – Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette – Noon – 1:00 p.m.

         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
       12      New Maintenance Guidelines Seminar – details TBD
       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
       27 & 28 Thanksgiving and Day following – Courts & Courthouse Closed

       10      Holiday Party – Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette – 5:00 Open Bar; 6:30 Dinner
       24 & 25  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed

Committee Meetings
     7      Noon    Real Property – Guest speaker Dan Maloof - lunch sponsored by Chicago Title
     8      Noon    Nominating
     9      Noon    YLC-Renaissance Room
   14      11:00    Conflict Subcommittee of Pro Bono
   14      Noon    Pro Bono
   15      Noon    Public Relations
   16      Noon    Communications & Technology
   20      1:00 pm Diversity (Telephone follow-ups)
   21      Noon    Board of Directors
   22      Noon    Entertainment (Skit subcommittee)
   23      Noon    Government & Public Interest
   24      Noon    Lincoln Banquet
   29      Noon    Executive Committee
     4      Noon    Real Property
     5      Noon    New members luncheon
    10     Noon    CLE
    11     Noon    Pro Bono
    13     Noon    YLC luncheon (Renaissance Room)
    18     Noon     Board Meeting
    19     Noon     Public Relations
    20     Noon     Government & Public Interest
    21     Noon     Commercial law & litigation
    25     Noon     Diversity

Committee Reports
Remember to mark your calendars 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. 

Fitness, Health & Wellness
By Committee Member Scott Dulaney
Happiness is one component of wellness.  One school of thought on happiness involves the study of positive psychology.  If you are interested in happiness and perhaps understanding more about what may make you happy, the field of positive psychology, described as the scientific study of the strengths and virtues that enable individuals and communities to thrive, may interest you.  There is a website (https://www.authentichappiness.org) hosted by the University of Pennsylvania that you can visit in order to learn more about positive psychology. 

Free registration allows the user to access online surveys via the website’s Questionnaire Center.  The surveys are divided into the categories of emotion, engagement, flourishing, life satisfaction and meaning.  Dr. Martin Seligman, Ph.D., Director of the Positive Psychology Center and the Zellerbach Family Professor of Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania, is credited with co-founding the field of positive psychology.  You can view a video of Dr. Seligman giving a TED talk titled, “Martin Seligman: The new era of positive psychology,” at the following link: http://www.ted.com/talks/martin_seligman_on_the_state_of_psychology.  You can access an article from the January 2000 American Psychologist at the following link: http://www.ted.com/talks/martin_seligman_on_the_state_of_psychology.

Strides for Justice



September 27 was a perfect day for a run/walk along Grandview Drive, when 146 people participated in the 7th annual Strides for Justice.  Special thanks go to the committee members Donna Goelz, Rob Everett, Scott Dulaney, Mike Fleming, Jami Webster Hall, Sandy Crow, and especially to Ron Hanna, committee chair, for his Herculean efforts on this year’s event.  Above center, from left to right, are Mike Fleming, Jami Webster Hall, Rob Everett, and Ron Hanna.  We would like to recognize Sharbel Rantisi (above right, center) as the fastest attorney, who finished the 5k 8th overall at 22:09.  Cooper Hall, son of Mick and Jami Webster Hall, (right) finished 5th overall at 20:47.

Lawyer Referral Service
The Association has been very fortunate within the last year in having fees returned on referred cases.  In September Angela Evans (left) returned referral fees on three family law cases that were sent to her through LRS.  There have also been five attorneys who have recently signed up to be on the referral list.  A hearty thank you to all of our LRS members.   LRS Committee Chair Jim Rochford recently said, “I view the LRS as a community service and one of the best tools the Bar has to establish good public relations.” 

Local Continuing Legal Education

GAL Training

GAL training on October 20 and 21, 2014, at Second Presbyterian Church, 313 N. East St., Bloomington, IL.  Attorneys can register on the McLean County Bar Association website: http://www.mcleancountybarassociation.com. It is under the MCBA Events tab. Registration can be done through PayPal or regular credit cards.  This course is approved for GAL credit in the 10th Circuit. PCBA Members are able to attend the course at the MCBA member price.

2014 Estate and Tax Update – for attorneys and CPAs

John M. Lawrence will be speaking on November 6, 2014, from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Country Club of Peoria.   Lunch included; materials provided. This program is presented by F & M Bank in cooperation with the PCBA and will provide seven hours of MCLE credit. The program is free but space is limited and registration is required. Contact the PCBA at 309.674.6049 or  pcba@mtco.com.

November 12 Understanding the New Maintenance Guidelines:  January 1 is Closer than you Think! – Richard Zuckerman and Charles Urban, ModeratorsDetails TBD.

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, speakers and registration form 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 David Molloy has applied for regular membership and Ben Clark has applied for student membership. Their applications will be presented to the Board in November.  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.

On September 13, 2014, Edward C. Moehle passed away. He was born December 7, 1925, in Okawville. He graduated from Washington University Law School and was also a graduate of the Graduate School of Banking at the University of Wisconsin at Madison. He began working as an assistant state’s attorney in Tazewell County prior to founding the law firm now known as Moehle, Swearingen & Assoc., Ltd. Ed retired in 2010 after 50 years of practicing law. Surviving are his wife, Carol, four daughters, five grandsons and one great-grandson.
Contributions to the Peoria County Bar Foundation in memory of Mr. Moehle may be made online at www.peoriabar.org/product/pcba-foundation.
The PCBA has contributed $100.00 to the Foundation in memory of Mr. Moehle.        

Young Lawyers Committee
YLC Member Arsenio Mims (at left, with Katherine Zogas at the Strides for Justice event) has agreed to head up this year’s Halloween Blood Drive set for Wednesday, October 29, from 8:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the 4th floor County Board Room of the Peoria County Courthouse.  To donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org. Type in the sponsor keyword, Peoria Bar Association, and you will be directed to the appointment schedule.
Volunteers are needed to assist with the drive setup, cleanup, check-in and at the canteen.  To volunteer in these areas, please contact Arsenio at Arsenio_Mims@ilcd.uscourts.gov.

Peoria County Pro Bono Plan

By Sandra Crow, Pro Bono Coordinator, scrow@pslegal.org
We would like to than the following attorneys, paralegals, and other support staff who have assisted low income persons and successfully closed pro bono cases:
Tyler Anderson, Kathleen Carter, Joseph Gilfillan, Robert Jennetten, Alex Ketay, Monica Kim, Sharbel Rantisi, Gerard Rickert (3 cases), Karen Stumpe, and Emily Wilburn.


October 19 – 25, 2014

October 19-25 is National Pro Bono Celebration Week. The National Pro Bono Celebration focuses the nation’s attention on the increased need for pro bono services during these challenging economic times and celebrates the outstanding work of lawyers who volunteer their services throughout the year. Prairie State will be hosting a number of events throughout our service areas to honor and celebrate all those who give of their valuable time. We know that you volunteer despite time constraints, and the many other things that get in the way of the good things we want to do.

In this area, on Monday, October 20th, from 5:30-7:30 pm, there will be the very first Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Reception to be held at the Caterpillar Visitor’s Center as part of Celebrate Pro Bono Week. There is no cost to attend, because on this day, we celebrate YOU.

Pro Bono Awards will be presented based on a different format from previous years. This will be a wonderful event hosted and sponsored by The Legal Services Division of Caterpillar Inc., and sponsored by Prairie State Legal Services, Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI), and the Peoria County Bar Association. Advanced registration is required at www.pili.org/10thcircuit. If you have never taken a pro bono case, come anyway, you may find yourself inspired. Please join us for this exciting event.         

Courthouse News

Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride has announced an application process for appointment to an upcoming resident Circuit Court vacancy in Peoria County in the 10th Judicial Circuit. The vacancy will be created upon Judge Michael E. Brandt’s retirement, effective December 12, 2014.

Applicants must submit one original and the requisite number of copies of the application and other documents as instructed in the application packet. The application form and instructions may be obtained by visiting the Supreme Court’s website at www.illinoiscourts.gov and following the instructions on the “Latest News” scroller announcing the Tenth Judicial Circuit Vacancy.

To be considered, all documents must be received in Justice Kilbride’s office no later than 11:30 a.m. on Friday, October 24, 2014.

Other News
From PCBA Member Nicole Meyer, Director, Pre-Law Center, Bradley University
We are seeking volunteers to judge this year’s Bradley Mock Trial Invitational.  The mock trial tournament will take place at the Peoria County Courthouse this year on Saturday, October 25 and/or Sunday, October 26, 2014.
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 the 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. Of importance, free food is provided before each round. The rounds are as follows:
Round 1-Saturday, October 25, 2014: 8:15 AM – 1:00 PM (6 judges needed)
Round 2-Saturday, October 25, 2014: 12:45 PM – 5:30 PM (9 judges needed)
Round 3-Sunday, October 26, 2014: 8:15 AM – 1:00 PM (8 judges needed)
Round 4-Sunday, October 26, 2014: 12:45 PM – 5:30 PM (9 judges needed)
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 at ndmeyer@fsmail.bradley.edu.

Through the Eyes of AFCC: Legal, mental health, and financial professionals look at approaches to help families through the legal system. Panel discussions on October 14, 2014 from 1:00-5:00 pm at Second Presbyterian Church, 313 N. East Street, Bloomington, IL. $50 and 3.75 Professional CLE credits provided. Register online at: www.afccillinois.org or contact Erin Bognar at ebognar@gmrfamilylaw.com.



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