2015 August LegalEase

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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


Timothy J. Howard
Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher

President-Elect and Budget Chair
Michele A. Miller
Second Vice President
Richard W. Zuckerman

Craig S. Young
Past President and
Nominating Committee Chair
Katherine A. Zogas
John T. D. Bathke
Communications & Technology
Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson
David B. Wiest (Golf) and

Robert R. Parker (Holiday Party)
Entertainment Co-Chairs
James F. Kane

Fitness, Health & Wellness

Nathaniel E. Strickler

Government & Public Interest Law
Peter J. Lynch
Lawyer Referral Service

Hon. James E. Shadid

Lincoln Memorial Banquet
Stacy E. Crabtree

Local Continuing Legal Ed

Joshua D. Herman
Membership and Memorials

Cathy A. Molchin
Pro Bono
Ashley M. Miller
Public Relations
Thomas E. Howard
Real Property

Ambrose V. McCall

Substantive Law

Vincent M. Boyle
Young Lawyers
Directors at Large:

Michael D. Gifford
John P. Heil, Jr.

Kevin M. Miller

John P. Nicoara

Peoria County Bar Association 
Foundation Trustees
Hon. Steven A. Kouri
Timothy J. Howard
Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher
Michele A. Miller
Richard W. Zuckerman
Rex K. Linder
Karen M. Stumpe


The law firm of Bartell Powell LLP, with offices in Bloomington and Champaign, Illinois, is seeking an ambitious attorney with 2 to 5 years of experience in litigation.  The Association should have a strong interest in trial work, and will work in varied areas of the law including insurance defense/insurance law, corporate/business litigation, real estate, wills and probate, and some other general areas.  The Associate Attorney will have opportunities to gain immediate and meaningful file handling experience, interaction with clients, and will be expected to build relationships with those clients for future representation.  The requirements for the position are as follows:  2-5 years’ experience; Illinois license; excellent written and oral communication skills.  For consideration, please submit your resume to mpowell@bartellpowell.com or mail to Michael Powell at Bartell Powell LLP, 207 W. Jefferson St., Suite 602, Bloomington, IL 61701.

Associate Attorney
Full time associate attorney position with Peoria area firm in practice for over 50 years.  Candidate should have 0 - 5 years’ experience.  Position provides competitive compensation and benefits package.  Perfect for attorney seeking to learn, or expand upon courtroom experience involving variety of legal fields.  Opportunity to obtain mentoring working directly with senior attorney with 35 years of experience.  Please submit your resume in confidence to pcba@mtco.com with “Reference #08052015” in the subject line.

Associate Attorney
Benckendorf & Benckendorf, P.C. is seeking an associate attorney with 2-6 years’ experience in domestic and litigation matters.  The candidate must possess a strong commitment to detail and produce exceptional work product.  The position provides a high level of responsibility and offers competitive compensation and benefits based upon experience and skill.  Please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence to Deb Payton, Benckendorf & Benckendorf, P.C., 101 NE Randolph, Peoria, IL 61606 or via email, dpayton@benckendorf.com.

Associate Attorney
Borsberry Law Offices, P.C., a small downtown Peoria law firm concentrating in family and criminal law, seeks associate attorney. Candidate must have excellent writing skills, computer proficiency, and be a team player without excellent support staff. Associate attorney will have given substantial client contact and courtroom experience in Central Illinois. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Please send cover letter and resume to Joseph M. Borsberry, Borsberry Law Offices, 411 Hamilton Blvd., Ste 1510, Peoria, IL 61602, or jborsberry@borsberrylaw.com

A law firm in Eureka, Illinois, seeks an attorney with 3-5 years of experience to join its practice.  The ideal candidate must have graduated in the top 1/3 of their class, possess transactional experience (with an interest in litigation), have excellent communication skills, and be an empathetic individual.  Must be bright, hard-working, loyal, and willing to learn.  Personality fit is a huge consideration due to the small size of the firm.  Possessing other types of professional experience, such as experience in a business or corporate sector, is also a plus.  For the right candidate, there is potential to grow into the business and eventually manage the firm.  Please send cover letter and resume to Mary E. Faupel, Faupel Law Offices, Ltd., P. O. Box 53, Eureka, IL 61530, or admin@faupellaw.com.

Associate Attorney
Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth is seeking an associate attorney with two years or more of experience.  Please send cover letter and resume to the attention of Kenneth M. Snodgrass, Jr., at 401 Main St., Suite 1400, Peoria, IL 61602-1258. 

Associate Attorney
Local small law firm with primary practice areas in personal injury, workers’ compensation, criminal defense and traffic law seeks local criminal defense/traffic attorney with at least 2 years’ experience.  Excellent credentials, strong communication skills, and relevant work experience are important.  Compensation package to be commensurate with experience.  Please send resume in confidence to the Peoria County Bar Association, pcba@mtco.com, with reference “Criminal Associate.”

Associate Attorney
Johnson, Bruce & Noble, P.C. is seeking an associate attorney. Practice areas include real estate, municipal, elder, and employment. Excellent communication, client management, and business skills are necessary. Resumes, writing samples, and cover letters may be forwarded in confidence to: johnsonj@peorialawyers.com

Receptionist / Legal Assistant
Receptionist / Legal Assistant position available immediately with busy downtown Peoria law firm.  Legal experience preferred but not required.  Candidate must possess excellent typing/computer skills and be reliable and efficient.  Please email cover letter and resume to:  jstieghorst@cassidymueller.com

Legal Assistant / Secretarial
Legal Assistant / Secretarial position available immediately with personal inury/general practice law firm in Peoria with five attorneys.  General office experience, excellent typing and computer skills are a must as this is a very fast-paced position with a large work load.  Legal experience preferred.  Familiarity with Word, Excel and transcription required.  Please email resume to pcba@mtco.com and reference "Position #08212015" in the subject line.

Legal Assistant
Part-time legal assistant needed to start immediately.  Very casual and somewhat flexible working conditions and hours.  Must be very patient and friendly.  These attributes, as well as being detail-oriented and liking to organize papers and files, are more important than typing speed.  Must be able to make some independent decisions and have good computer skills.  Prior experience is not necessary, but desireable.  E-mail your resume, if interesetd, to skoneal90@gmail.com and put "Legal Assistant" as the subject.

Legal Assistant

Full or part-time, experienced legal assistant with top secretarial skills.  Submit resume, including typing speed and references, to:  Jerold I. Horn, 401 Main St., Suite 1650, Peoria, IL 61602; jihorn@aol.com, chorn3@aol.com or Fax 676-2779.


Peoria County
Fahlberg, Robin S., 456 Fulton St., Suite 203, Peoria, IL 61602; Phone: 243-1500; Fax: 243-1600.
Nicoara, John P., name change; Law Offices of John P. Nicoara, all other information remains the same.
Rafool, Gary, Phone: 566-9986

Marshall County
Hon. Michael P. McCuskey, P.O. Box 279, Lacon, IL, 61540

Tazewell County
Nichols, Christopher A., name change: Pacific Ethanol, Inc., all other information remains the same.

Email updates:

Aimee Peterson Asroper80@hotmail.com

Glenn Benckendorf glennbenckendorf@gmail.com

John P. Nicoara nicoara@mtco.com


Maureen Williams

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of the will for Vonda May Bender of Bartonville (DOD: July 15, 2015), please contact Todd Bender at 309-922-6292 or 309-697-1471.

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of the will for Clara Mahrt of Peoria Heights (DOB: July 2, 1951 DOD: May 15, 2015), please contact Sarah Schmidt at 920-266-7276

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

LeFante Law Offices, P.C. has 2 offices available for sublet on a monthly or annual basis.  Large office is located in a completely remodeled suite and is furnished with an executive desk and has windows that overlook Sacred Heart Church.  Smaller office can be furnished or unfurnished. Internet and fax included.  Possibility for shared receptionist.  Additional rental space available for support staff.  Contact Jennifer Anschuetz at 309/999-1111 for additional information.

Office space available for lease in Eureka, Illinois.  Support staff assistance, phone and fax available.  Contact Mary E. Faupel, Faupel Law Offices, (309) 467-4920 or admin@faupellaw.com for additional information.



Message from the President

     First, I want to thank the members of the PCBA who have during the past years contributed so much to the success of our Association.  It is because of you who volunteer your time and talent that our bar activities are so successful. These include the Law Day programs, our diversity luncheons, the golf outings and the holiday parties.  I especially want to recognize those who help with our CLE programs. These programs are successful because our members take time to not only organize them, but also make the presentations to our members.      
    Second, it is a high honor and great privilege to be your president for the coming year. My goals are the same goals as my predecessors.  I will strive to seek improvements for the benefit of our members and continue with our efforts to include younger lawyers in the activities and leadership of our Association.  I also ask our members to continue to support the PCBA Foundation.  The Foundation provides financial support to the Judicial Intern Opportunity Program and annually awards our Diversity Scholarship.  If you want to pledge now, Click Here
     Finally, my mission in the coming year is to affirm that the practice of law is not only an honorable profession, but it is also an increasingly difficult one.  As a result of my almost 40 years of experience, I know that the law has grown exponentially, in its substance and complexity. It is fundamental, that none of us knows everything about the law.
     During my tenure, I will preach the gospel that we must strive to respect each other as professionals and appreciate the knowledge and experience that each of us brings to the practice of law.  If we do this, we will succeed in finding solutions to our clients' problems. And along the way, hopefully, we will find justice for them.  Thank you for this opportunity.

Mentoring Plays in Peoria!
     On July 21 orientation for the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism’s 2015 Mentoring Program was held.  Below are the participants.


Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
17     Golf Outing – Mt. Hawley Country Club
  1      Rain date for Golf Outing
  7      Labor Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed
26      Strides for Justice
12      Columbus Day – Courts Closed; Courthouse Open
12      Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar – 12:00 – 2:00 p.m.          First United Methodist Church – two hours of PMCLE credit
21      Diversity Luncheon – Chris Reynolds, keynote speaker  - 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. Peoria Marriott Père Marquette
26      10th Circuit Pro Bono Awards and beginning of Celebrate Pro Bono Week

Committee Meetings
  4   Real Property, speaker and sponsor Jason Hauer, Peoria County Recorder of Deeds
  6   Government & Public Interest
10   CLE
11   Lincoln Banquet
12   Pro Bono
13   YLC
18   Board of Directors
19   Fitness, Health & Wellness
25   Diversity
27   Foundation Trustees
  1   Real Property
  3   Government & Public Interest
  9   Pro Bono
10   YLC
14   CLE
15   Board of Directors
16   Public Relations
Reminder:  Submit your committee preferences for the new fiscal year to pcba@mtco.com.  The By-Laws change unanimously approved at the Annual Meeting allowed for committee restructuring. The most significant change was moving the various divisions of the Courts & Procedure Committee to the Substantive Law Committee, which includes the following:  Civil Practice, Criminal, Estate Planning, Family Law, Federal Practice and Workers’ Compensation.  We do hope you will get involved in a law division relevant to your practice. 

Communications & Technology
Pictorial Directory
The committee is pleased to announce that plans are underway for the next pictorial directory.  Martin Financial Services has agreed to sponsor the project again, and Photography by Lee has agreed to take the photos again.  As before, the PCBA conference room will be set up as the studio for the pictures.  The following alphabetical schedule for the project is set:  October 26 (A-D), October 27 (E-I), October 28 (J-M), October 29 (N-R), and October 30 (S-Z), November 2 (make up day, for those unable to come on their specified date). 

Welcome to the 2015 participants in the ABA’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP), Kiara Young and Lan Du.  The interns assist the 10th Circuit Judges in the Peoria County Courthouse for approximately six weeks during June, July and August.  Kiara Young is attending Florida Coastal School of Law, is a member of Jacksonville Women Lawyers Association, Corporate and Business Law Society, and the Phi Alpha Delta Fraternity.  Lan Du is attending Washington University School of Law and is the Executive Vice President of the China Law Society. Her past experience has included being an intern for the City Attorney’s Office in New Orleans and a research assistant for a professor at Loyola University New Orleans College of Law.

GOLF:  From David Wiest, incoming golf chair:   Included with this issue is the reservation form for the 2015 Golf Outing set for Monday, August 17, at Mt. Hawley Country Club. Reservations may also be made online at https://www.peoriabar.org/shop.  Unable to join us for golf?  Come to the dinner!  Buffet includes prime rib and Caribbean grouper, among other things, and dinner is only $30!  Deadline to register is August 7.

Fitness, Health & Wellness
By Denise E. Conklin, Committee Member

The DASH Diet
The Dietary Approaches to Stop Hypertension (DASH) is a diet high in fruits and vegetables and low in sodium. According to the attached recent article from the Academy of Nutrition and Dietetics, by combining DASH with exercise, individuals may be able to reduce high blood pressure and cardiovascular risk factors, lose weight, and reduce the risk of stroke, heart disease and kidney stones. The DASH Diet focuses on: (1) eating fruits and veggies; (2) choosing low-fat dairy; (3) opting for unsalted nuts as a snack; (4) limiting saturated fat; and (5) being active and limiting alcohol intake. Good luck with your fitness endeavors! 

Lawyer Referral Service
Special thanks go to Jeff Green for the return of a referral fee of $400 to the Bar Association last month.  Attorneys who have signed up to participate in the LRS agree to send 10% of fees over $1,000 back to the PCBA.  This is strictly on the honor system and we appreciate all of our participants who continue to return those fees. 
If you’d like to learn more about how to participate, contact the Association by email, pcba@mtco.com.

Local Continuing Legal Education
Please mark your calendar for the 2015 Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar being held on – you guessed it – Columbus Day, Monday, October 12, 2015, at First United Methodist Church.  Speakers include Susan Dawson-Tibbits, Jerry Brady and Carl Cannon.

Membership Committee Chairman Joshua Herman reports that an application for student membership has been received from Molly Shay.  Her application will be submitted for approval at the September Board meeting.

On July 19, 2015, a member of the Association, William J. Charnock, passed away.  Bill joined the Peoria office of Heyl Royster in 2007, and effectively represented clients in all phases of federal criminal proceedings and state civil matters, including as a member of the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois Criminal Justice Act (CJA) panel.  Prior to joining Heyl, Bill was elected prosecuting attorney of his native Kanawha County, West Virginia.  There, he handled significant complex litigation, including capital cases.  He received his J.D. (1994) and B.A. (1990) from West Virginia University.

Donations in memory of William J. Charnock may be made online.  The PCBA has donated $100 to the PCBA Foundation in memory of William J. Charnock.

Real Property
Remember the newly-revised real estate forms may be obtained by contacting the PCBA office by phone or email.  Information on the recent changes at the Peoria County Recorder of Deeds Office may be found on the home page of www.peoriabar.org

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 recently closed pro bono cases:  Spencer Daniels, Sam Harrod, Robert Muir, Carol Perkins, Emily Perkins (5 cases), Melissa Schoebein (2 cases), and Steven Wakeman.
A low income grandmother came to us because she had been caring for her granddaughter since birth. Her daughter, and the child’s mother, was in and out of their lives. She would come around, only to disappear again. The father of the child was in the Peoria County Jail. The grandmother had guardianship of the child, and was supporting the child without assistance from the parents. The grandmother was disabled and living on a fixed income, and struggling to support herself and the child. Adopting the child would have made the child eligible for a SSD offset, which would greatly improve their lives. Attorney Robert Parker offered to assist the client in gaining adoption, and the adoption was granted in April. Thank you Attorney Parker for your willingness to help this grandmother.
In a time where so many grandparents are raising grandchildren, this is an excellent pro bono opportunity. We receive many referrals from the Grandparents Raising Grandchildren Support Group, but there are more requests than we have resources. So if you are looking for an opportunity to make a difference in the life of a senior citizen and a child, consider an adoption case.

As many of you have heard, in July Prairie State Legal Services’ Peoria office was the victim of criminal activity. On behalf of our office, I want to thank our many friends and colleagues in the legal community who extended their prayers, thoughts and good wishes to our office to help us through that difficult time. I want to especially thank Beth and David Brush for their generous donation to help cover some of our expenses relating to the incident. I am humbled by the thoughtfulness and care that exists in our community. Thank you, again.
Denise Conklin, Managing Attorney, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc.

PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: Prairie State Legal Services’ Access to Justice…After Hours 2015 live and silent auction will take place on Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. at Weave Ridge Golf Club. This event is a fund raiser to benefit Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. Please plan to attend! If you would like to donate an item to the auction, please contact Densie Conklin at 309-621-4011 or dconklin@pslegal.org.


The McLean County Bar Association is hosting a Sports Law CLE and MCBA Night at the Cornbelters Stadium on Tuesday, August 11, 2015.  For more information, visit  http://www.mcleancountybarassociation.com/cornbelters-mcba-night-at-the-corn-crib.html

The McLean County Bar Association also has a limited number of spots left for a Mediation Program. This program has 40 hours of Child Custody Mediation training for $750 and is approved by the 10th Circuit.
For more information, visit  http://www.mcleancountybarassociation.com/child-custody-mediation-cle.html

Lawyer wanted. Have you loved practicing law? Are you interested in pivoting, using your presentation and writing skills in a different way? Are you well-versed in the ethical rules and professional responsibilities governing lawyers, possibly because you represented people in professional responsibility matters? Are you engaged in legal communities, both in Illinois and online? Do you love meeting people throughout the State of Illinois? Then you should apply for this position at the Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism.
The Professionalism Counsel is a new position created to lead program development and to deliver educational programs and outreach. Although our offices are in Chicago, our reach is state-wide.
The position will involve extensive travel, meeting with our collaborators and stakeholders throughout the State. The Professionalism Counsel will promote our mission and programs through in-person meetings and presentations as well as through research and writing articles, position papers and blog posts. There is substantial opportunity for learning and development.
The ideal candidate will:

·         Have at least ten years of law practice in Illinois;

·         Have demonstrated familiarity with the ethical rules and professionalism issues;

·         Be passionate about professionalism;

·         Be well-connected in the Illinois legal community;

·         Be well-connected in online legal communities;

·         Be willing to travel throughout the state;

·         Be willing to represent the Commission at events;

·         Be an excellent communicator, both orally and in writing;

·         Be a team player.

The salary for this position is $90,000 to $100,000, depending on qualifications, plus a generous benefits package.

If interested, please send your resume, statement of interest, and writing sample to Rhiannon Buehne. For the writing sample, please write an 800-900 word article appropriate for publication in our 2Civility blog.



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