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Contact Us: Linda Raineri, Executive Director 110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520 Peoria, IL 61602 Phone: (309) 674-6049 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org Web:www.peoriabar.org
2015-16 BOARD OF DIRECTORS Timothy J. Howard President Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher President-Elect and Budget Chair Michele A. Miller Second Vice President Richard W. Zuckerman Secretary-Treasurer Craig S. Young Past President and Nominating Committee Chair Katherine A. Zogas By-Laws Jonathan L.A. Phillips Communications & Technology Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson Diversity 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 Mary A. Corrigan 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. Stephen A. Kouri Timothy J. Howard Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher Michele A. Miller Richard W. Zuckerman Rex K. Linder Karen M. Stumpe
IMMEDIATE OPENINGS Pro Bono Coordinator- for more information visit www.pslegal.org 10th Judicial Circuit Associate Judge Vacancy, www.peoriabar.org Associate Attorney Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth is seeking an associate attorney with two or more years 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. Chief Compliance Officer Midwestern Securities Trading Company, an established and rapidly growing Broker/Dealer in East Peoria, Ill., is seeking a proactive, self-motivated Chief Compliance Officer. We have a strong compliance record, and we need a team player who can help us uphold the high standards that we set for ourselves and our partners. The Chief Compliance Officer oversees the Corporate Compliance Program, functioning as an independent and objective body that reviews and evaluates compliance issues/concerns within the organization. This is a great supervisory-level position, especially for a recent graduate. The ideal candidate will be able to obtain FINRA licensing within the first six months. Email resume and cover letter to email@example.com. Office Manager Hometown Title, Inc. is seeking a title office manager to oversee the day-to-day operations of a multi-location title company, including title work, closings, office policies and bookkeeping. 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. Interested candidates should submit their resume and salary requirements to: firstname.lastname@example.org. 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 desirable. E-mail your resume, if interested, to email@example.com with “Legal Assistant” as the subject. Directory Changes Molchin, Cathy- Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, P.O. Box 6199, Peoria, IL 61601-6199. Phone: 676-0400 Fax: 676-3374 Email:firstname.lastname@example.org Brandt, Michael E.- Phone: 309-369-1813 Dunham, Bradley W.- 5401 W. Stonebridge Ct., Peoria, IL 61615
Office Space Available 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) 467-4940 or email@example.com for additional information.
Attorney office for rent on 19th floor of former Associated Bank Plaza Building conveniently located across from the Peoria County Courthouse. All offices have window view. Corner office with spectacular view of river and bluffs available. Shared waiting area. Partially furnished second office with view of bluffs also available. Conference room available. Telephone and copier available for reasonable cost. Ideal for solo or satellite practice. For more information contact Louis Milot or Kim Horn at (309)671-4507.
For Sale Double pedestal conference table with six chairs. $750 Contact Art Inman at 673-9711.
Message from the President
Happy Holidays! On behalf of your Peoria County Bar Association, here is wishing you and your families a joyous Holiday Season and a prosperous New Year. Our Lincoln Memorial Banquet Committee is hard at work for our annual dinner to be held on February 11. One of the recognitions made at the dinner is the PCBA Distinguished Community Service Award. Established in 1995, each year one of our members is honored for his or her record of exemplary community volunteerism that serves both the Peoria area and this Association. Past recipients are: William Rutherford, Rex Linder, Tim Bertschy, David Mueller, Tim Cassidy, Hon. Mary McDade, Donald Jackson, Karl Kuppler, Craig Young, William Connor, Karen Stumpe, Hon. Michael Mihm, Matthew Jones, Hon. John A. Gorman, Jeff Krumpe and Beth Jensen. If you know someone who is worthy of this honor, please nominate that person. The link for the Nomination Form on our website is: https://peoriabar.org/form/pcba-2016-distinguished-community-service-award. Nomination Forms must be returned (to the PCBA Office) or submitted on line NO LATER than January 4, 2016. Finally, although the end of the year is drawing near, it is not too late to get another tax deduction. Please consider a gift to Peoria County Bar Association Foundation. It is easy and your support of the Foundation helps in its mission to award annual scholarships. If you can make a pledge to the Foundation, please do so now by downloading and returning the form. Thank you for your continued support of our Bar Association.
New Members Luncheon Below, from left to right: Logan Block, Wade Blumenshine, Aliesha Graves (Membership Vice Chair), Vincent Boyle (YLC Chair), Mara Mishler, Megan Dooly, Marchant Martinelli, Denise Conklin (Managing Attorney, Prairie State Legal Services), Lora Keller, Ashlee Harmon, Chief Judge Kouri and Tim Howard.
PCBA Members Assisting Service Members Thank you to Colt Johnson and Danny Schroeder, both of Hasselberg, Rock, Bell & Kuppler LLP, who recently finished a child custody case for a disabled veteran. We would also like to thank Michael Fleming for undertaking a new child custody case this month. We appreciate all of our members who have assisted service members and Michael Lied of Howard & Howard who heads up this effort. Contact the PCBA office if would like to be included on our list of volunteers.
Lawyer Referral Service This month we would like to thank attorney Peter Lynch for his return of a referral fee in the amount of $300. If you are interested in learning more about the LRS, contact the PCBA at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Schedule of Events and Court Holidays December 3 Holiday Party – Hotel Père Marquette – 5:30 Cocktails, 6:30 Dinner 24 & 25 Christmas Eve and Christmas Day - Courts & Courthouse Closed January 1 Courts & Courthouse Closed 9 CLE: Employment Law / Workers’ Compensation 16 CLE: Commercial Law & Litigation 18 Martin Luther King Jr. Day- Courts & Courthouse Closed 23 CLE: Civil Practice 30 CLE: Elder Law February 6 CLE: Family Law 11 Lincoln Banquet - 6:30 Cocktails, 7:30 Dinner – Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, Bradley 20 CLE: Law Practice Management Committee Meetings December 1 Entertainment – skit rehearsal – 6:00 p.m. 7 Lincoln Banquet 8 Commercial Law & Litigation 9 Diversity 10 YLC 14 CLE January 5 Real Property 6 Fitness Health & Wellness 7 Government & Public Interest Law 12 Board 14 YLC 20 PR COMMITTEE REPORTS Communications & Technology The 2016 Attorneys’ Directories are in! Please stop by the PCBA to pick up the directories for your office. There are also supplies at the courthouse. Local Continuing Legal Education Registration is now open for the 2016 Winter Series! To download the form, click here. Online registration available 12/7/15. 2016 Winter Series January 9: Employment/Workers’ Compensation, Brad Ingram and Dana Hughes, Co-Chairs January 16: Commercial Law & Litigation, Mary Corrigan and Brian Johnson, Co-Chairs January 23: Civil Practice –Christina Cullom & Emily Perkins, Co-Chairs January 30: Elder Law – Emily Wilburn & Kenneth Baker, Co-Chairs February 6: Family Law – Judge Jerelyn Maher and Richard Zuckerman, Co-Chairs February 20: Law Practice Management – Jim Kane and John Nicoara, Co-Chairs Also in the planning process are the May 13 Professional Responsibility Seminar and the June 14 Government & Public Interest Seminar.
Membership & Memorials Over fifty members attended the New Members’ Reception held on November 18. Special thanks to Hall, Rustom & Fritz / Jeff Green Law Offices for hosting a great event! We hope to bring the event there again sometime. Below are: Fadi Rustom, John Fleming, Christina Cullom, Kate Carter, Candice Thomason, Emily Perkins, Matthew Compton, Bob Jennetten, John Nicoara, Mike Fritz, Joel Brown, Steve Glancy, Jeffrey Hall, Bob Hall, Bruce Thiemann, Colt Johnson, Linda Raineri, Kevin Elder, Jeffrey Bach, Aliesha Graves, Kate Swise, Vincent Boyle, Joshua Herman, Christopher Shaw, Tom Howard, David Wiest, Bill Atkins, Sonni Williams, John Dundas, Kevin Day, David Hunt, Logan Block, Wade Blumenshine and Guest, Brad Keller, Andrew Bell, Sam Perkins, Dave Perkins
Public Relations Committee The Peoria County Bar Association is proud to announce that two if its members were named to the Class of 2015 40 Leaders Under 40. Those members are: Amira Vicari Hills, Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin, (left) and Laura Schachtrup Cullinan, RLI Corp. (right). The awards were presented November 5 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel. Congratulations to our PCBA members!
Adopt-a-School On November 20 Christina Cullom, David House, and Melanie Cannon went to Manual Academy to visit with students and speak about the legal profession. We received very positive feedback from the school and they are anxiously waiting for the December visit. Thank you to everyone volunteering in this program!
PEORIA COUNTY PRO BONO PLAN 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, Donald Hartshorn, Jeremy Heiple, Noah Menold, and Gerard Rickert (2 cases). CALL FOR HELP We are looking for experienced attorneys who would be willing to mentor young lawyers in the Tenth Judicial Circuit. We have so many new attorneys who are willing to help with directly referred cases, the Tenth Judicial Circuit Help Desk, and the Borderless Pro Bono Project, but they would really like to have someone who can answer questions and help them along the way. If you are interested in developing new pro bono attorneys, you may contact me or Abigail Fleming at AbigailFleming@mtco.com. Abigail is the Chair of the Young Lawyer Subcommittee of the Tenth Judicial Circuit Committee. She is working with Judge Lisa Wilson to involve more of our young lawyers. Your help will be greatly appreciated. NEW LEARNING OPPORTUNITY Prairie State Legal Services is very excited to announce the launch of the Borderless Pro Bono Project elearning course! This free, on-demand, web-based CLE covers parentage; custody/allocation of parental responsibility; visitation/parenting time; child support; working with low income clients; and client communications. Course registration is available through the Borderless Pro Bono Project webpage, http://borderlessprobono.illinoisprobono.org/. The learning course was designed for Borderless Pro Bono Project volunteers, but it is open to anyone and a great resource for volunteers new to family law. The course covers both the current law and the changes that go into effect on January 1. (Note that the course covers parentage, custody/visitation/allocation of parental responsibility/parenting time, and child support, but does not cover divorce law.) Participants will receive CLE credit. (Amount of credit varies depending on the length of time it takes the participant to complete the course.) STREET LAW FALL 2015 FIELD TRIP On November 19 members of the PCBA volunteered at the Street Law Field trip at the Caterpillar’s Visitors Center. The volunteers helped run the field trip and provided classroom instruction in Contract, Employment, and Criminal Law. The PCBA members who volunteered their time were Arsenio Mims, Bob Jennetten, Megan Dooly, Sonni Williams, Greg Rastatter, and Robert Hills.
OTHER NEWS By Courtney Eeten, Tazewell County Court Administrator Please join us as Fred Bernard celebrates his retirement as Tazewell County Public Defender after nearly 40 years of service! Open house is Thursday, December 17, 2015, from 3:00 - 5:00 at the McKenzie Building, Jury Room, 3rd floor. Appointed Tazewell County Public Defender Luke P. Taylor will be sworn in at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, January 4, 2016 in Courtroom 101 at the Tazewell County Courthouse.