2015 April LegalEase

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·         Upcoming CLE

·         May Events


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


Craig S. Young
Timothy J. Howard
President-Elect and Budget Chair

Hon. Jerelyn D. 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
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


Peoria County Bar Association Foundation Trustees

Hon. Steven A. Kouri
Craig S. Young
Timothy J. Howard
Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher
Michele A. Miller
Rex K. Linder
Karen M. Stumpe



The Third District of the Illinois Appellate Court, located in Ottawa, seeks candidates for staff attorney position.  The position involves researching and drafting appellate opinions for the seven justices of the court.  Candidates must have excellent writing and analytical ability.  Candidate must have graduated from an ABA-accredited school by start of employment.  Position opens May 11, 2015.  Please e-mail your cover letter, resume, and writing sample in PDF format to Matthew G. Butler, Research Director at bhaage@illinoiscourts.gov, no later than April 28, 2015.  Please indicate in your cover letter your available start date of employment.

Associate Attorney
Local medium-size law firm with primary practice areas in commercial and residential real estate, public law, and trust and estate planning seeks local attorney with 1 - 6 years' experience.  Excellent credentials, strong communication skills, and relevant work experience are important.  Competitive compensation package to be commensurate with experience.  Please send resume in confidence to the Peoria County Bar Association, pcba@mtco.com, with reference #2192015.

Assistant State's Attorney
The Henry County courthouse is accepting applications/resumes for the position of Assistant State's Attorney until 4:30 p.m. on April 17, 2015, for a full-time Misdemeanor/Juvenile Assistant State's Attorney position.  The County has an approximate population of 51,000.  The position includes 13 paid holidays per year, vacation and benefits.  An application must accompany a resume to be considered for this position.  Applications may be obtained during the business hours of 8:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday in the County Administrator's Office and are also available on the Henry County website at www.henrycty.com.  Applications and resumes must be returned to the County Administrator's Office, Henry County Courthouse, 307 W. Center St., Cambridge, IL 61238. EOE

Attorney Position
The Office of the General Counsel for Illinois Farm Bureau and Country Financial is seeking an attorney to provide a wide range of legal support services and directly assist Senior Counsel on all corporate legal matters. To review all requirements and apply, please visit the careers page at www.ilfb.org or send resume to beth.nolan@countryfinancial.com

Attorney Position

Illinois Mutual is seeking a qualified candidate to fill an associate counsel opening. Position reports to the Vice President, Compliance and General Counsel and responsibilities include providing legal support to various corporate departments, assisting with product design/feasibility, managing litigation, and developing compliance policies and procedures. Previous in-house counsel experience within the life and/or disability insurance industry required. Interested candidates should submit resumes to hr@illinoismutual.com. Competitive compensation and benefit package provided.

Attorney Position

Local law firm has a good opportunity for a sole practitioner with 1-3 years’ experience desiring to build his/her law practice. Several attorneys are in the mid-sixties with a need to refer numerous matters and take over their client base in the future. Most of the work is business law and estates and trusts with some business and commercial litigation. No divorces or criminal. Please send your inquiry in confidence to the Peoria County Bar Association, Ref.#0132015.

Legal Assistant/Office Manager
Solo practitioner workers' compensation and personal injury firm in Peoria Heights, IL, seeking legal assistant/office manager for 40 hrs. per week.  Please email resumes to pcba@mtco.com with reference to Peoria Heights Office Legal Assistant Position.

Paralegal/Legal Assistant Position

Two attorney criminal and personal injury firm in East Peoria, IL seeking legal assistant for 40 hrs. per week. Applicants must have legal office experience-or-paralegal certificate and office experience. Please email resumes and cover letter to pcba@mtco.com with reference to  East Peoria Paralegal Position.

Legal Assistant Position

Solo practitioner seeks legal assistant for 30-35 hours per week, primarily family law. Please email resumes to:  pcba@mtco.com. Reference job #02202015



Peoria County

Firm name change:

Hunziker Heck & Schneiderheinze, LLC
416 Main, 16th Floor
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone:  676-7777
Fax:  676-1326
Gregory A. Hunziker
Mary E. Heck
Michelle N. Schneiderheinze-Connell


Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of the wills for William R. McNeeley and/or Carolyn McNeeley please contact Aimee Peterson at 309-691-9650 or peterson@peorialawyers.com


Janssen Building, 2400+ sq. ft. luxury suite with offices now available to rent.  Contact The Janssen Law Center at 309.676.2341.


The PCBA has noticed that we are again seeing a rise in the number of walk-ins looking for legal advice, attorneys, and a variety of other issues. We do not accept walk-ins. Please direct people to our Lawyer Referral Service (LRS) line and we will try to refer them to attorneys on our LRS list. These individuals tell us they are referred to us by attorneys and/or staff. Please advise your staff to have these persons contact the referral line: 309-674-1224. Do not send them to the Bar office.

FYI:  Strides for Justice

Recently a PCBA member saw the medals that are awarded at the Strides for Justice event and was very impressed, commenting that she would have to join the race this year!  Will you?



Effective March 9, 2015, all courtrooms will now operate with email accounts.  The email addresses for courtrooms that did not have email addresses before are listed below:













If you have any questions, contact Rená K. Parker, Court Administrator.

Law Day 2015

By Ashley M. Miller, Law Day Committee

We are honored to have Honorable Jonathan E. Hawley as our keynote speaker at our 2015 Law Day Luncheon.  Also at the event we will be announcing the winners of the Law Day Essay Contest and recognizing those members who have made Law Day presentations at area schools.  We will announce the recipient of the 2015 Public Servant Award, and honoring members celebrating their 50-year anniversary of being admitted to the Bar of Illinois.  They are Robert Fahey, James Hatcher, Medley Tornow and Dick Williams.   The event will be Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Peoria Marriott Père Marquette.  Tickets are only $40 per person or a table of ten for $350. Please remember to make your reservations by Friday, May 8; reservations may be made online at www.peoriabar.org/product/2015-law-day-luncheon or use the enclosed form.

Government & Public Interest Law Committee Seeks Nominations

The Public Servant Award will be presented to an extraordinary individual for outstanding service to the public.  By celebrating the contributions and career of a single lawyer, we also recognize the power of the law in serving the public interest and honor the fundamental values of our legal profession and justice system.  The award honors a licensed Illinois attorney who has provided at least ten years of legal service to an entity that is funded by tax dollars or is otherwise considered a government, academic, or non-profit legal service organization.  The honoree must be a PCBA member who is an outstanding leader in his or her field and follows the highest ethical standards.  Nominations must be submitted by Friday, April 24, 2015, and form may be completed online at https://www.peoriabar.org/form/pcba-public-servant-award.

Lawyers Helping Service Members

Attorney Michael R. Lied and the PCBA would like to thank Joshua D. Herman and Robert B. McCoy for their work in assisting a local disabled veteran who contacted the PCBA in February seeking help with a Code Violation she had received for siding that had fallen off of her garage. Herman and McCoy, both recently named partners at their firm, Miller, Hall & Triggs, LLC, successfully helped the veteran pursue a repair of her garage. Herman, a veteran himself, reports that after the garage was repaired, they were successful in having the code violation dismissed without the veteran having to pay any fines, costs, or attorney’s fees.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
1          Brown Bag Seminar – Limited Scope Representation Rule
2          Good Friday/Spring Holiday – Courts & Courthouse Closed
16      Campaign Kick-off and Pro Bono Appreciation Lunch – 12:00-1:00 – Peoria Civic Center - Keynote speaker:  Justice Rita Garman
25      Appellate Practice CLE – Check-in 8:00, seminar 8:30 – noon, Spalding

2      Government & Public Interest CLE – Check-in 8:00, seminar 8:30 – noon, Spalding
6      New Members’ Luncheon – Invitation only – PCBA office, noon
7      New Members’ Reception – New Amsterdam – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
13     Law Day Luncheon – Hon. Jonathan Hawley, speaker – noon, Pere Marquette
15     Professional Responsibility CLE – 11:30 check-in and lunch; noon – 2:00 seminar
21     Memorial Service – Room 210, Peoria County Courthouse – 10:30 a.m.
25     Memorial Day - Courts and Courthouse Closed

Committee Meetings
7      Noon     Real Property
8      Noon     Pro Bono
9      Noon     Young Lawyers
14     Noon     Meet the Judges – Featuring Hon. James Mack
15     Noon     CLE
20     Noon     Pillars Subcommittee
21     Noon     Board Meeting
22     Noon     Administrative Professionals Day – take your assistant to lunch!
23     Noon     Public Relations
24     Noon     Commercial Law & Litigation
28     Noon     Diversity
4      Noon      Budget
5      Noon      Real Property
7      Noon      YLC
11    Noon      CLE
19    Noon      Board Meeting

It’s time to start thinking about committee involvement for the 2015-16 fiscal year.  If you read the newsletter every month, you are probably aware of all the projects PCBA committees undertake.  We invite you to get involved in the coming year.  Just email pcba@mtco.com and let us know with what committee(s) you would like to be involved.  We are very fortunate to have so much talent in our bar association and hope you will share your talent on a committee.

Interested in involvement on the Board level?  Consider nomination to an At-Large seat on the Board.  The link to the nomination form is on the website, or just email the PCBA for one.

Diversity Scholarship Update

By Bob Jennetten, Chairman, Diversity Committee

Generous voluntary donations to the PCBA Foundation by PCBA members and proceeds from the Annual Diversity Luncheon fund the Diversity Scholarship.  In 2014 a law school student from Peoria received a $5000 award.  If you know of a worthy candidate for the 2015 scholarship please ask her or him to submit an application by June 15, 2015.  The $5000 allocated for the 2015 scholarship may be given to more than one applicant.  The application form is available on the PCBA website.  

Please consider joining the Diversity Committee.  Most of the work of the committee is being done by a few dedicated people. 

If you have questions, comments or suggestions please contact a committee member or attend one of our meetings.  We usually meet at noon on the 4th Tuesday of the month. 

Entertainment Committee

David Wiest, incoming golf chair, reports that the 2015 Golf Outing will be held on Monday, August 17, at Mt. Hawley Country Club.  Further details forthcoming.

Fitness, Health & Wellness

By Kyle Tompkins, Fitness, Health & Wellness Committee

Spring appears to be upon us. So in between your busy work schedule, spring cleaning, and watching NCAA basketball, get outside and exercise! Not only does exercise keep your body healthy, but it impacts the mind as well. Most importantly, it is an excellent source of stress relief and management according to the Mayo Clinic.

Endorphins are the body’s natural pain and stress relievers and their production is boosted while exercising, which gives you that “runner’s high” feeling. Furthermore, exercise can force you to focus on a single task thus pushing those other worries of the day to the back of your mind and keeping your mind calm and clear. Exercise can even facilitate improvement in your daily mood. Regular exercise can increase self-confidence and improve your sleep leading to an overall more enjoyable day.

You do not have to become a fitness fiend overnight, but gradually progressing into a regular routine may do wonders for your health. Find something you enjoy doing and schedule it in whether it be mornings, early evenings, once a week, or every day. From walking around the block to training for a 5k or a marathon, from exploring a local park with your child to playing tennis with a friend, getting outside and being active will affect you in a positive way.

Local Continuing Legal Education

Upcoming live seminars – register online at www.peoriabar.org/shop

April 25 (Saturday) Advanced Appellate Practice, 8:00 check-in and continental breakfast; seminar 8:30 – noon, Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 Monroe, Peoria. 
Amicus Briefs:  When to Use and How to Write Friend of the Court Briefs, by Michael Scodro
Tips on Preserving Error for Appeal by Stacy Crabtree
Advanced Considerations for Preparing Better Briefs and Oral Argument Strategy by Brad Elward
When to Use Interlocutory Appeals – Rules 306, 307, and 308 by William Hardy
Moderated panel discussion: Justice William Holdridge, Third District Appellate Court; Justice Thomas Harris, Fourth District Appellate Court; and Barb Trumbo, Clerk of the Third District Appellate Court; Moderator:  Natalie Thompson

May 2 (Saturday) Government & Public Interest, 8:00 check-in and continental breakfast; seminar 8:30 – noon, Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 Monroe, Peoria.
How to Pay for Improvements:  State and Local Development Incentives:  Traditional Financing by John Redlingshafer; Enterprise Zones by G. Allen Mayer, IL State Treasurer’s Office; and TIF Districts and Special Services Areas by Chrissie Peterson
Consumer Law Issues:  How to Handle that Personal Information by Matthew VanHise, IL AG Consumer Fraud Bureau
When Politics is Criminal:  Understanding Federal and State Prohibitions on Political Activity by Government Employees (Ethics) by Matthew Jones, IL State’s Attorney Appellate Prosecutor
Dealing with Chronic Nuisance Properties by Sonni Williams, Deputy Corp. Counsel, City of Peoria
Administrative Appeals 101:  What a Government Attorney Must Know by Brad Elward

May 15 (Friday) Wait, wait…don’t tell the ARDC!, 11:30 check-in and lunch, noon – 2:00 seminar, Spalding Pastoral Center.  Click here to download the registration form or click "Shop/CLE" at the top of the home page to register online.  This program is based on the format of the popular NPR program. Christina Cullom has finalized details on this seminar and the information/registration form is included in this issue.  This course has been approved by the ILSCCP for 2 hours PMCLE credit.  An example of the limericks that will be a part of the program:

To please the likely attendants
Christina worked with a vengeance.
Since credit was due
It was awarded two
Hours of PR attendance!

Available on DVD ($100 for PCBA members; $125 for non-members):
Real Estate Transactions in 2015
Social Medial & Technology
Employment Law / Workers’ Compensation
Family Law
Civil Practice
Elder Law

Visit the home page www.peoriabar.org to view topics and materials for these seminars.

Also available on DVD (at no cost to PCBA members):

Brown Bag Seminars
Jury Instructions and Depositions by Rob Bennett. 
Immigration Overview - Relevance to General Practitioners and Criminal Defense Attorneys by Tejas Shah, ISBA International & Immigration Law Section.
Medical Marijuana Update by Tom Howard and Fadi Rustom
Bankruptcy by Sumner Bourne
Limited Scope of Representation Rule by Peter Rotskoff, ARDC (approved by ILSCCP for 1 hr. PMCLE)


Committee Chair Nathan Bach reports that applications for membership have been received from Laura Schachtrup Cullinan and Ilir Imeri. These applications will be submitted for approval at the May Board meeting.  New Members:  Mark your calendars now for the New Members’ Lunch on May 6, and the New Members’ Reception at New Amsterdam on the riverfront on May 7, 2015. Complementary appetizes and beverages.

In Memoriam

On March 21, 2015, Harry H. Sonnemaker, Jr., passed away. He was born on December 6, 1926, in Peoria, Illinois. After serving in the Navy during World War II, he attended St. Ambrose and Bradley University and later obtained his J.D. from the University of Illinois. He was in private practice for over 50 years. He is survived by his wife, Dorothy, and two daughters.


On March 21, 2015, E. Wayne Clark passed away. He was born on June 24, 1947, in Pekin, Illinois. He graduated from the University of Illinois and obtained his J.D. from St. Louis University. He was an attorney in Pekin, where he owned his own practice. He is survived by his wife, Kathy, a daughter and a son.

The PCBA has contributed $200.00 to Its Foundation in memory of Harry H. Sonnemaker, Jr., and E. Wayne Clark.


By Sandra Crow and Shirley Coers

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: Caroline Cassidy, Burt Dancey, Michael Fleming, Debbie Harper, Kevin Lowe, Robert Hills, Gerard Rickert, and Christopher Ryan.

Public and private organizations across the country will be acknowledging their volunteers this week in April with special activities and recognition events. From volunteers feeding the hungry, helping to care for animals in shelters and zoos, to corporations setting aside a day of caring.

National Volunteer Week, established in 1974 by Points of Light, is all about “inspiring, recognizing and encouraging people to seek out imaginative ways to engage in their communities. It is about “demonstrating to the nation that by working together, we have the fortitude to meet future challenges and accomplish our goals.” I recommend you take a look at their website.

National Volunteer Week is about “taking action and encouraging individuals and their respective communities to be at the center of social change -- discovering and actively demonstrating their collective power to make a difference.”

Although our recognition event is held in the fall, I would like to take the time to thank and recognize our many pro bono volunteers. What makes you special is the fact that no one else can do what you do. Any of us can feed or volunteer in our parks, but only you can represent a low income person with a legal problem. Countless people in our community have benefited from your generosity. Thank you.


Prairie State Legal Services annual Campaign Kick-Off and Pro Bono Appreciation Lunch takes place on Thursday, April 16th from noon to 1pm at the Peoria Civic Center. Guest speaker will be Chief Justice Rita Garman of the Illinois Supreme Court. Tickets can be purchased soon by contacting Prairie State at (309) 674-9831.



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