2015 February LegalEase

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In This Issue
·         Upcoming CLE
·         Law Day Announcement
·         Annual Meeting/Pillars
·         Golf Outing

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


Position Available
Local 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 their 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 Bar Association, with reference #013015.

Law firm with an emphasis on mergers and acquisitions, commercial real estate, advanced estate planning, commercial litigation and commercial collections seeks motivated attorney. Applicant should possess strong analytical and writing skills as well as strong communication skills. Competitive compensation package to be commensurate with experience.  Please send resume in confidence to Hunziker, Lippens & Heck LLC, 416 Main Street, Suite 1600, Peoria, IL 61602.

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 February 4, 2015.  The position is for full-time Misdemeanor/Juvenile Assistant to the County with an approximate population of 51,000.  The position includes 13 paid holidays per year, vacation and benefits.  Staff includes four Assistants and the State’s Attorney.  Applications are available 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.

Legal Secretary
Full time position, experience preferred, salary commensurate with experience, vacation and paid holidays.  Send resume to Lawfirm@kbodelaw.com.

Office Assistant
Part-time position.  Real estate transaction experience preferred.  Duties may include searching title, conducting closings, recording documents in various counties, assisting with title commitments/policies.  Please contact Darla at 309.282.4916 and/or darla@rivercitytitle.net.


Peoria County
Hanna, Ronald L., personal email:  lenhanna@gmail.com.

Mayer, G. Allen, Deputy General Counsel, Illinois State Treasurer Michael Frerichs, 203 State Capitol, Springfield, IL 62706, Phone: (217) 557-2673 (direct)

Waters, Kerrianne L., Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin, 456 Fulton, Suite 425, Peoria, IL 61602; Phone: (309) 676.8986; Fax: (309) 676-4130; email: kwaters@vltslaw.com.

Office relocation
The attorneys below have moved to 416 Main St., Suite 813, Peoria, IL 61602
David H. McCarthy
Stephanie E. McCarthy
Timothy D. McCarthy
Joseph R. Napoli
Phone numbers, email addresses and 
fax numbers remain the same.

Tazewell County
Rafool, Gary T., 308 Harbor Pointe Dr., East Peoria, IL 61611, Ph.: (309) 698-1820;   g.rafool@comcast.net.

Anyone with information on the Last Will and Testament of Carl Joseph Severino, (DOD:  12-28-14) please contact Ruby Colene Henderson, (217) 652-7306.

Anyone with information on the Last Will and Testament of Cynthia A. Becker of Atlantic Beach, FL (DOD: 12-24-14), please contact Jessica Becker by phone: (904) 477-7726.

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


Desk, chair, credenza and three client chairs.  $800 OBO.  Call 309.645.8607.


107th Lincoln Memorial Banquet, February 19, 2015

Plans for this year’s Lincoln Memorial Banquet are in place!  For the first time, the PCBA’s marquee event will be held at the beautiful Bradley University Hayden-Clark Alumni Center. In commemoration of the 150th anniversary of the end of the Civil War and the assassination of President Abraham Lincoln, the National Anthem will be performed by The Brothers In Law, a newly-formed trio of PCBA members, and President Lincoln himself will recite his second inaugural address. The meal will be fabulous, the music by Dr. John Orfe will be delightful, and the words of keynote speaker Harvey Rishikof will be thought provoking. We will also recognize our newly-retired judges and announce this year’s recipient of the Distinguished Community Service Award. To help set the mood, we encourage gentlemen to wear either a navy blue or gray suit with a red tie.  Please remember that the reservation deadline is Monday, February 9 and that seating is limited. Individual seats are $100; a table of eight is $720.  Reservations may be made at www.peoriabar.org/shop.

Lawyers Assisting Service Members

PCBA members continue to volunteer their services to veterans who need legal assistance. This month we would like to thank John Pusey who recently assisted a service member regarding a custody matter. Michael Lied of Howard & Howard heads up this effort. Contact Mike at mlied@howardandhoward.com or the PCBA office if you know a veteran needing legal assistance, or if you would like to be on the list of volunteers.

Lawyer Referral Service (LRS)

LRS Chair Jim Rochford would like to thank another attorney for returning a referral fee to the Bar Association.  Steve West joined the LRS in December and has already closed a case referred to him, returning a fee of $295.00 to the PCBA.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays

          7      CLE:  Civil Practice
        12      Lincoln’s Birthday – Courts Closed/Courthouse Open
        16      President’s Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed
        19      107th Lincoln Memorial Banquet
        21      CLE:  Elder Law

          4      Brown Bag Seminar – Jury Instructions & Depositions
        11      Brown Bag Seminar – Immigration Overview for General Practitioners
        18      Brown Bag Seminar – Medical Marijuana Update
        25      Brown Bag Seminar – Bankruptcy

          1          Brown Bag Seminar – Limited Scope Representation Rule
          2          Good Friday/Spring Holiday – Courts & Courthouse Closed

Committee Meetings
     3      Noon    Real Property – ATG, lunch sponsor
     5      Noon    Lincoln Memorial Banquet
     9      Noon    CLE
    10     Noon    Communications & Technology
    11     Noon    Pro Bono
    12     Noon    YLC luncheon (PCBA office)  
    17     Noon    Board of Directors
    18     Noon    Public Relations
    24     Noon    Diversity

     3      Noon    Real Property
     9      Noon    CLE
    10     Noon    Pro Bono
    12     Noon    YLC luncheon (PCBA office)  
    17     Noon    Board of Directors
    19     Noon    Public Relations
    24     Noon    Diversity


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
We would like to thank Ron Hanna for his tireless work over the last year and a half as chair of the committee.  He will be unable to continue on the committee since stepping into his new position.  As his final effort on the committee, he has confirmed the 2015 Strides for Justice race will be held on Saturday, September 26.  In 2014 over $4,000 was raised for the local office of Prairie State Legal Services through this event.

Local Continuing Legal Education
2015 Winter Series – two live seminars remaining:
February 7:  Civil Practice, John Nicoara and Carol Perkins, Moderators
February 21:  Elder Law, Marci Shoff, Moderator

Re-scheduled seminars:
Advanced Appellate Practice, April 25, same time, same place
Government & Public Interest, May 2, same time, same place

Available on DVD:
Real Estate Transactions in 2015
Social Medial & Technology in Criminal Cases - covers admissibility of social media and applies to many areas of practice in addition to criminal cases.
Employment Law / Workers’ Compensation
Family Law (available February 9)

Brown Bag Seminars kick off on Wednesday, March 4, with Jury Instructions and Depositions by Rob Bennett, followed by:
March 11 Immigration Overview - Relevance to General Practitioners and Criminal Defense Attorneys by Scott Pollock and Tejas Shah, ISBA International & Immigration Law Section
March 18 Medical Marijuana Update by Tom Howard and Fadi Rustom
March 25 Bankruptcy by Sumner Bourne
April 1 Limited Scope of Representation Rule by Peter Rotskoff, ARDC*
Remember, these free programs are held at the PCBA office for PCBA Members, include a free lunch, and most importantly, provide one hour of MCLE credit each.  Space is limited and registration is required.

May 15 Professional Responsibility Seminar, “Wait, wait…don’t tell the ARDC!” based on the format of the popular NPR program.  Christina Cullom, moderator, is finalizing details on this new program.*

*Program will be submitted to the ILSCCP for PMCLE credit.

Committee Chair Nathan Bach reports that applications for membership have been received from Matthew Compton and Blake Mishler, renewal application from John Lesaganich, and student application from Kathryn Cataldo.  New Members:  Mark your calendars now for the New Members Lunch on May 6, and the New Members Reception (location to be determined) on May 7, 2015.

Committee Chair David Mueller would like to remind everyone to mark their calendars for Thursday, May 21, 2015, for the annual Memorial Service honoring the members who have passed:  Michael Heller, Roger Joslin, Edward Moehle, Walter Winget, Hon. William Young, and Charles Couri.  The service will be held in Courtroom 210 at 10:30 a.m.

Public Relations
Adopt-a-School presentations at Peoria Central High School have been very successful.  Thank you to Paul Brodersen, Katherine Swise and Maureen Williams who recently spoke.

Distinguished Community Service Award nominations have been reviewed and this year’s recipient chosen.  The announcement of the recipient will be made at the Lincoln Memorial Banquet on February 19. 

People’s Law School sponsored by Illinois Central College will be underway soon.  Thank you to all of our attorneys who participate in this public outreach program.
Landlord/Tenant Issues by Tim Cushing on March 5
Family Law by Michelle Eggert on March 19
DUI / Criminal by Matt Miller on April 2
Wills & Estates by Tim Kirk on April 16
Real Estate Closings by Pat Chambers on April 30
Employment Law by Mike Waters on May 14.

oung Lawyers

Jeffrey Bach is pleased to announce that the featured speaker at this year’s Law Day Luncheon will be Honorable Jonathan Hawley, Magistrate Judge for the U. S. District Court, CDIL.  The luncheon has been set for Wednesday, May 13, 2015, at noon at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette.  Please mark your calendars.

Peoria County Bar Association Foundation News
The Foundation Trustees are pleased to announce the 2015 Pillars of the Bar recognition dinner will be held in conjunction with the Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers on Monday, July 13, 2015, from 5:00 – 6:30 p.m. at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette.  Please mark your calendars.  The 2015 Pillars class will be announced next month.

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:  Kenneth Eathington (2 cases), Spencer Daniels, Ambrose McCall,  and Gerard Rickert (4 cases).
A Brand New Project and We Need Your Help
In 2014, the Legal Services Corporation celebrated their 40th year of service to low income persons needing legal assistance.  In honor of this milestone, LSC opened applications for grants for innovative pro bono projects.  Prairie state was honored to be the recipient of one of the grants.  We have named our project the Borderless Pro Bono Project.  Borderless because we will be recruiting volunteers from our entire service area.  So areas with a larger population will be able to assist in less populated and rural areas.  The Project will provide advice to unmarried parents with family issues (paternity, custody, visitation and child support).  This is an area that is greatly underserved, and although we cannot represent everyone in this category, this will be a tremendous help to people.
We will be starting a pilot of this Project very soon.  We are asking for experienced family law attorneys to help us to get the Project started.  At some point we will be doing training for those who would need more training in these areas of law.  To start, we are asking for a time commitment of 4 hours per month for a 4-month period.  You will be given a list of clients to call during the time you have signed up.  The calls can be made from your own office.  It is our plan to make this as simple as possible for you.  Down the road, we plan on presenting community family law education classes, and finally pro se clinics.  We are very excited about this project, and hope you will be part of it.  If you think you can help us, please contact me as soon as possible for more information.
By:  Sandra Crow and Shirley Coers, Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Coordinators

PCBA Member Kateah McMasters is seeking judges for the ISBA High School Mock Trial Invitational March 14 and March 15 at the University of Illinois in Champaign.  Contact Kateah Kateah.McMasters@mhtlaw.com for further information or to volunteer.



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