2014 September LegalEase

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Strides for Justice
LRS – Contest!
New: Commercial Law & Litigation Section
ISBA Statewide Heartings

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


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

Runner Position

Downtown law firm seeking full time courier/file clerk. Must be available 8:00 am – 5:00 pm Monday through Friday. Professional appearance is necessary, must be able to work independently, and be time efficient. Job duties include filing, running errands, and mailing. Law office experience would be a plus.  Please email howardabbey1@gmail.com  in regards to this position.

2014 Directory Changes



Cassidy, Caroline, Cassidy & Mueller, 416 Main St., Ste. 323, Peoria, IL 61602. Phone: (309)676-0591, Fax:(309)676-8086. Email: Kcassidy@cassidymueller.com 

Mahr, Jessie M., Whitney & Potts, Ltd., 118 W. Main St., Elmwood, IL 61529. Phone: (309)742-3611.  Email: jessie@whitneyandpotts.com

Tenney, Robert, McCall Law Offices, P.C., 1225 N. North St., Peoria, IL 61606. Phone: (309) 673-1200.

Wood, Megan, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., 331 Fulton St., Suite 600, Peoria, IL 61602. Phone: (309) 674-9831. Email: mwood@pslegal.org.

EMAIL Updates

Bonesteel, Jennifer, Doscotch Law. Email: Jennifer@doscotchlaw.com. Email change only.

Smith, Daniel J., Attorney at Law. Email: daniel@lionsdenlaw.com.  Email change only.


Michael K. Brandow, Law Offices of Michael K. Brandow, 113 Regent Ct., East Peoria, IL 61611.

Email: brandowlawwc@gmail.com

Chamberlain, Brad J., email:  bchamberlain@addybush.com

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 Tower 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.



Strides for Justice

Everyone has undoubtedly noticed Strides for Justice listed on the PCBA calendar since it was first announced in March.  Although it is an important fundraiser for Prairie State Legal Services, whose funding is often diminished in Federal budget cuts, the original purpose of this event was to encourage our members to stay active and lead a healthy lifestyle.  It is no secret that the nature of the legal profession makes attorneys a prime target of any number of stress-related health issues.  With so many fundraising 5 K runs occurring, this year’s registration numbers are low.  The Fitness, Health & Wellness Committee encourages you to get involved this year.  It is a family-friendly, healthy and fun event, so bring family and friends.  It’s only $30 for individuals and if you register by September 5 you are guaranteed a tech t-shirt.  Register online at www.StridesforJustice.com. See you on September 27!

Public Relations Committee
By John Heil, Committee Chair
One of the goals of the PR Committee this year is to bring awareness of the many events, programs, and community involvement of the Association.  One avenue to begin the process is the airing of our new ads on WTVP every night during the week of September 14 during Ken Burns’ new series, “The Roosevelts.”  Let us know what you think of them and if you have other suggestions for future exposure. 

Mike Fleming was the winner of the 40-Under-40 Contest.(emailed 8/25/14) and will receive a free pass to an upcoming CLE program.  Athena Herman reminded us, “… there are 4 of us over the many years who received the 40 Under 40 attorneys award on the statewide level (VanFleet, Hunziker, O’Shaughnessy and myself), representing little old Peoria from among thousands of nominations from bigger cities and big firms.”  Thanks for letting us know, Athena! So much of the good work of our members goes unnoticed; if anyone else has information on accomplishments of our members, always feel free to send them to pcba@mtco.com. Remember to nominate by a PCBA member for this year’s award at http://www.peoriamagazines.com/40-leaders.  Deadline:  September 5.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
        1        Labor Day – Courts and Courthouse Closed
        27      Strides for Justice, 5k run/1 mile walk, Tower Park/Grandview Drive
       13      Columbus Day Professionalism Seminar – Tried & True Part II – First United Methodist Church, corner of Main and Perry
       13      Columbus Day – Courts Closed; Courthouse Open
       20      Pro Bono Recognition Event for the 10th Judicial Circuit – 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.
         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
       14      Access to Justice – WeaverRidge – 6:00 p.m.
       27 & 28 Thanksgiving and Day following – Courts & Courthouse Closed
       10      Holiday Party – Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette – 5:00 Cocktails; 6:30 Dinner
       24 & 25  Christmas Eve and Christmas Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed
Committee Meetings
      2     Noon    Real Property
      4     Noon    Fitness, Health & Wellness
      8     Noon    CLE
      9     Noon    Pro Bono
    10     Noon    Communications & Technology
    11     Noon    YLC – Renaissance Room – Sponsor:  Stacy Byrd, First State Bank
    12     Noon    Entertainment
    16     Noon    Board of Directors
    17     Noon    Public Relations
    18     Noon    Lincoln Banquet
    23     Noon    Diversity
    25     Noon    Government & Public Interest Law
     7      Noon    Real Property
     8      Noon    Nominating
     9      Noon    YLC-Renaissance Room
   14      Noon    Pro Bono
   15      Noon    Public Relations
   21      Noon    Board of Directors
   23      Noon    Government & Public Interest
   28      Noon    Diversity
Committee Reports
It is not too late to join a committee; just contact us at pcba@mtco.com!
Diversity Committee
By Robert H. Jennetten, Chair
Professionalism, civility, inclusivity, integrity, tolerance and generosity are demonstrated daily by the work of our members but there is always “room for improvement.”  To help hone your skills, check out the Tried and True II professionalism seminar on Columbus Day.  To celebrate diversity and hear an aspirational speech by Justice Lisa Holder White, attend the 11th Annual Diversity Luncheon on October 30.  You will have the opportunity to meet local high school students and regional law school students.   Proceeds from the luncheon will be used to help fund the Diversity Scholarship presented annually to a minority law school student with ties to the Peoria area.  The recipient of this year’s scholarship award, Yolanda Riley (right), plans to attend the luncheon.
If you have suggestions or wish to provide feedback for our committee, please contact me at bjennetten@comcast.net or any member of the Diversity Committee.
Mark Flannery has successfully reinvigorated the skit committee for this year’s Holiday Party.  Mark your calendars for Wednesday, December 10 at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette.  Cocktails will be from 5:00 – 6:30, followed by dinner and entertainment.  Troy Roberts will return this year on the keyboard, with other musicians to include Jeff Krumpe and Mike Lied.  The incomparable stand-up comedy of Matt Smith will be another highlight.
Fitness, Health & Wellness Committee: Member Link to Wellness
By Sandy Crow, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.
The Benefits of Sleep
Sleep that knits up the raveled sleave of care
The death of each day’s life, sore labour’s bath
Balm of hurt minds, great nature’s second course
Chief nourisher in life’s feast.
˜ William Shakespeare, Macbeth

Much has been written about the benefits of sleep, by poets and researchers alike. Even without fully grasping what sleep does for us, we know that going without sleep for too long makes up feel terrible, and that getting a good night’s sleep can make us feel ready to take on the world.
Some of the more interesting benefits of sleep are widely published:
     ●  Sleep makes you feel better, but its importance goes way beyond just boosting your mood or banishing under-eye circles.
     ●  Your mind is surprisingly busy while you snooze. During sleep you can strengthen memories or “practice” skills learned while you were awake (it’s a process called consolidation).
     ●  Inflammation is linked to heart disease, stroke, diabetes, arthritis, and premature aging. Research indicates that people who get less sleep-six or fewer hours a night-have higher blood levels of inflammatory proteins than those who get more.
     ●  If you’re an athlete, there may be one simple way to improve performance: sleep.
     ●  A lack of sleep can result in ADHD-like symptoms in kids. Kids don’t react the same way to sleep deprivation as adults do. Whereas adults get sleepy, kids tend to get hyper-active.
     ● If you are thinking about going on a diet, you might want to plan an earlier bedtime too.
     ● When it comes to our health, stress and sleep are nearly one and the same-and both can affect cardiovascular health. Sleep can definitely reduce levels of stress, and with that people can have better control of their blood pressure.
     ● Sleeping well means more to our overall well-being than simply avoiding irritability. A lack of sleep can contribute to depression, but a good night’s sleep can really help a moody person decrease anxiety. You get more emotional stability with good sleep.
         (from http://www.health.com/health/gallery/0,,20459221,00.html)

There are many arguments out there right now as to how much sleep provides just the right balance. The research says at least 7-8, depending on the person. If you awake refreshed, and ready to take on the world, and don’t need to invest in Starbucks to make it through the day, you probably are doing what is best for you. I have attached a site to an article that just came out stating that 7 hours may be the optimal amount of sleep. The second article deals with what happens when you don’t get enough sleep. You decide, but one thing you must know for sure, sleep is the cornerstone of good health.

Lawyer Referral Service
By Jim Rochford, Committee Chair
The Association has been very fortunate within the last year in having fees returned on referred cases.  The committee is now instituting a new incentive in this regard, and is kicking off a competition!  Referral fees returned to the PCBA will automatically enter the attorney in the running for gift cards, based on the total dollar amount for the year:  First place will receive a $100 gift card, second place a $50 gift card, and third place a $25 gift card.  Lou Benassi is currently in the running for first place (see August 2014 LegalEase).  Who will be next?

Local Continuing Legal Education
Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar – Tried & True II
The PCBA’s CLE Series, Tried & True II, explores professional responsibility through America’s famous trials.  Among the trials to be discussed on Columbus Day will be 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).  The other cases to be discussed include 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) and Bush v. Gore (two local rivals, Matt Smith and Joe Dunn, presenting).  Mark your calendars and register now at www.peoriabar.org/shop for Monday, October 13.  Check-in and lunch begins at 11:30 and the seminar begins at noon and concludes at 2:00 p.m., at First United Methodist Church at the corner of Main and Perry.

GAL Training
Judge Maher has provided registration information on 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.

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.

2015 Winter Series
January 10:  Government & Public Interest and Appellate Practice (two seminars run simultaneously)
January 17:  Real Estate and Criminal Law (two seminars run simultaneously)
January 24:  Employment Law / Workers’ Compensation
January 31:  Family Law
February 7:  Civil Practice
February 21:  Elder Law

Committee Chair Nathan Bach reports that Robert Tenney and Jessie Mahr have applied for regular membership. Gina Couri and Aliesha Graves have applied for student membership. Their applications will be presented to the Board in October.

Thank you to all who have renewed your membership for 2014-15. Second Notices have been sent to those who have not yet done so.  As you renew your membership, we hope you will consider the benefits:  Discounts on CLE programs (and tracking of your hours), mentoring, a résumé bank for attorneys as well as support staff, free website and directory listing, free attorneys’ directories and pictorials, opportunity to participate in the Lawyer Referral Service, and friendly Bar staff available to assist you!

On August 16, 2014, Walter W. Winget passed away. He was born September 12, 1936, in Peoria, Illinois. He graduated from Peoria High School, received his Bachelor’s degree from Princeton University in 1958 and graduated from the University of Michigan Law School. He returned to Peoria to practice law until he retired in 2000. For 27 years he partnered with James Kane. He was president of the Peoria County Bar Association in 1991-92. He is survived by his wife Alice, two children, two stepchildren and two grandchildren. The PCBA has contributed $100.00 to the Foundation in memory of Mr. Winget.

Substantive Law Committee
Ambrose McCall, Chair of the newly formed Substantive Law Committee held the first meeting of its new sub-committee, Commercial Law and Litigation Section. The purpose of this committee is to expand the resources of commercial lawyers by providing educational and networking opportunities that encourage professional colleagues to discuss the current and future trends in law, including improvements in the procedure and substance of commercial law, so that members may enhance the quality of commercial transactions and commercial litigation in central Illinois.  To learn more, visit the committee’s page at www.peoiabar.org/commercial-law-litigation-section.  To join the committee, call or email the PCBA.

Young Lawyers Committee
The YLC is off and running for another busy and productive year. Committee Chair Jeff Bach has announced the annual Halloween Blood Drive is 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.  Thanks go to Karen O’Neill and Michele Miller for assisting in arrangements.  Contact the PCBA if you would like to donate or volunteer.
Meet the Judges
The next installment of Meet the Judges with Magistrate Judge Jonathan Hawley on September 24 at the PCBA office.  If you have not already responded to the notice of this event, please let us know if you plan to attend.

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: Kirk Bode, Michael Fritz, Alex Ketay (3 cases), Monica Kim and Kevin Lowe, Robert Muir (2 cases), Gerard Rickert, and Karen Stumpe.

Pro Bono Referrals
Attorneys have contact with many clients who need legal assistance each day. There will always be those clients that you really think need assistance, and you would really like to help them, but they cannot possibly afford attorney fees. Please consider representing them through the Pro Bono Project. Once they are determined eligible for our services, they will be referred back to you. You will be covered by our malpractice insurance. Many attorneys do this routinely, and it is a win-win situation for everyone. Please feel free to contact me for additional information.

Notable Case
A 47 year old disabled man came to Prairie State for assistance because his mother died without a Will. Although his parents were divorced and his mother lived in the home, the home remained deeded in both names as a new deed had never been executed. His father was refusing the man access to the home. Our client was the only heir. He also wanted to access his mother’s bank accounts because he wanted to buy a head stone for her grave and pay back the relatives who helped pay for the funeral. We gave extensive advice to the client on what he needed to do, but it became apparent he would not be able to act on his own behalf. I asked attorney Karen Stumpe if she would help him. She prepared a new deed, obtained the father’s signature, and had the new deed recorded. Thank you Karen for helping this gentleman and for all the good work you do for the low income persons in our community.

Save the Date
Please mark your calendars for Monday, October 20, 2014, at 5:30 pm for our very first Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Reception to be held at the Caterpillar Visitor’s Center as part of Celebrate Pro Bono Week. The pro bono awards will have a new format, and will be presented at this event. It will be free to attend the event. More details to follow, but it is going to be an exciting evening. Invitations will be sent in the near future.

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.

ISBA Statewide Hearings on Law School Curriculum
Sponsored by the ISBA Task Force on the Impact of Law School Curriculum and Debt on the Future of the Profession.  There will be a series of hearings at seven locations from September 11 through December 10.  For the complete list and further details, visit 


After a long and extensive search, we have filled the position of administrative assistant for the Bar. Victoria Schierbeck will be filling the job on a permanent, part time basis. She has over 21 years of experience in the legal field in a wide variety of practice areas. Please stop by and introduce yourselves when you have the chance. She will try her best to remember all the new names and faces. We are pleased she has accepted the position and look forward to working with her.



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