2015 June LegalEase

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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
James F. Kane
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



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.

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. 

The National Labor Relations Board, an independent federal agency, will be seeking an attorney for its Subregional office in Peoria in the near future.  Attorneys investigate charges of unfair labor practices, resolve or litigate cases, conduct elections to determine union representation preferences, and act as hearing officers in contested representation matters.  Although no specific date for the posting has been made yet, please look at www.usajobs.gov and type National Labor Relations Board as the keyword.  If you are interested, please create an account on USAJobs before the posting is made to facilitate the application process.  Applications are often limited to the first 50.

Associate Attorney
Borsberry Law Offices, P.C., a small downtown Peoria law firm concentrating in family law and criminal law, seeks associate attorney.  Candidate must have excellent writing skills, computer proficiency, and be a team player with our 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, P.C., 411 Hamilton Blvd., Suite 1610, Peoria, IL 61602, or jborsberry@borsberrylaw.com.

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.”

Office expansion – Four positions:
Attorney: concentration in collection law; requires some travel to Northern Illinois Counties.
Paralegal (two positions) & Receptionist
Experienced only, salary open, references required.  All applicants must have a proven record of reliability, honesty and a desire to develop professionally.
Send resume and cover letter to Dorian LaSaine, DLasaine@aol.com.

Local small law firm with practice areas in personal injury, workers’ compensation and medical malpractice law seeks full time injury paralegal.  Experience is preferred but not necessary.  Excellent communication skills and time management are important.  Compensation package to be commensurate with experience.  Please send resume to LeFante Law Offices, P.C., 456 Fulton Street, Suite 410, Peoria, IL 61602 or by email to Jennifer Anschuetz at janschuetz@lfantelaw.com.  No telephone calls please.

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 or Fax 676-2779.

Legal Secretary

Ganan & Shapiro is a boutique law firm that is located in downtown Peoria.  We seek a legal secretary with at least five years of litigation experience.  We offer excellent compensation, benefits, and paid parking in a professionally casual work setting.  Please send your resume to Paul.Dykstra@Ganan-Shapiro.com or fax to (309) 637-7317 to schedule an interview. 

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Family law firm seeking immediate legal assistant/paralegal.  Family law experience preferred.  Please send resume to kgiraudo.law@gmail.com.

Peoria County Bar Association is seeking experienced individual for part-time receptionist position at the bar association office.  Proficiency in office computing systems, including but not limited to Microsoft Office programs, and good communication skills are required.  Normal work schedule will be 20 hours per week; 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  Paid parking.  Email resume to pcba@mtco.com.

Peoria County

Etrick, Mary B., 409 W. Ridgemont Rd., Peoria, IL 61614; phone: 312.213.9722; email:  trickpitcher@outlook.com.

Holdridge, Justice William E., 35565 N. County 18 Hwy., Farmington, IL 61531; Phone:  309/224-8677.

Strickler, Nathaniel E., NLRB, 101 SW Adams, 4th Floor, Peoria, IL 61602

Firm changes:

Hasselberg, Grebe, Snodgrass, Urban & Wentworth

401 Main Street, Suite 1400, Peoria, IL 61602-1258; phone, fax and emails remain the same. 

Heyl Royster

P. O. Box 6199, Peoria, IL 61601-6199; phone, fax and emails remain the same. 

Rochford & Associates

101 SW Adams, Suite 700, Peoria, IL 61602, phone, fax, email remain the same.

James M. Rochford
Timothy P. Cushing
Cynthia Volk


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 admin@faupellaw.com for additional information.


Welcome New Members

On May 6 our newest members met for lunch with members from the bench and bar. Below, back ro

w:  Vincent Boyle, Craig Young and Joe Pioletti. Middle row:  Denise Conklin, Dominique Alexandre, Sarah Antrim, Matthew Compton, Dana Hughes and Megan Wood.  Front row: Justice Mary McDade, Nathan Bach, Judge Jonathan Hawley and Chief Judge Steven Kouri.  The new members’ names are in bold print. Photos from the New Members’ Reception are on page three.

Pro Bono Forum

By Honorable Lisa Y. Wilson, Tenth Circuit Judge

The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee invites you to attend the Illinois Forum on Pro Bono on June 11, 2015 from 3:00 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. at the Caterpillar Visitor's Center, located at 110 S.W. Washington Street, in Peoria.  This event will provide an overview of the need for pro bono legal services, efforts to increase pro bono in the Tenth Judicial Circuit and recent statewide efforts to increase access to justice.  This event is co-sponsored by the Peoria County Bar Association, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. and the Public Interest Law Initiative.  Attendees will receive 2 hours of Illinois MCLE professional responsibility credit for this free program.  Advance registration is required so please visit www.pili.org/10thcircuit.  If you have any questions, please contact Judge Lisa Wilson at lwilson@peoriacounty.org.

Pillars of the Bar at the Annual Meeting

Remember to make your reservation for this special event recognizing PCBA members who have significantly distinguished themselves in the practice of law and in their professional and community activities. 2015 class of Pillars of the Bar:  Hon. William V. Altenberger, Jay H. Janssen, Hon. Joe Billy McDade, Hon. Mary W. McDade, Gary T. Rafool, John A. Slevin, Hon. Calvin R. Stone, Thomas H. Trager, Walter W. Winget and Hon. William H. Young.  There will be a brief business meeting that will include a vote on by-laws changes, election results for the at-large seats on the Board, and installation of officers for 2015-16:  Timothy J. Howard, President; Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher, President-Elect; Michele A. Miller, Second Vice President; and Secretary-Treasurer, Richard W. Zuckerman.  Individual tickets are only $30 or a table of 10 for $250.  Ticket price includes two drink tickets and appetizers.  Reservation deadline is July 8.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays

  25      Chiefs Game – Judicial Interns, Summer Clerks and Interns – Jay Janssen Skybox
    3      Independence Day (Obsvd.) – Courts & Courthouse Closed
  13      Pillars of the Bar at the Annual Meeting – Hon. Thomas Kilbride, speaker –
           Cocktails 5:00 pm; Business Meeting and Pillars Recognition 5:30, Père Marquette
  17      Golf Outing – Mt. Hawley Country Club
    7      Labor Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed
  12      Columbus Day – Courts Open; Courthouse Closed
  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, speaker  - 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Père Marquette
Committee Meetings
    3     Noon      Budget
    8     Noon      CLE
   10    Noon      Pro Bono
   11    Noon      YLC
   16    Noon      Board of Directors
   17    Noon      PR
   22    Noon      Board Orientation, 4:00, Robert Morris University conference room
   23    Noon      Diversity
   24    Noon      Fitness, Health & Wellness
   30    Noon      Commercial Law & Litigation, Speaker:  Chad Stamper, Turner Center for
                          Entrepreneurship, Bradley University


Thank you to all who have contacted us regarding your committee involvement for 2015-16. 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.


Budget Committee Chair/President-Elect Tim Howard is pleased to announce the proposed budget for 2015-16 has a good amount of working cash so there will be no need to raise membership dues


By-Laws Committee Chair Nate Strickler is submitting proposed changes regarding committee re-structuring.  Watch your inbox for the changes; they will be voted upon at the annual meeting.

Communications & Technology

2015-16 Attorneys’ Directory

The PCBA has received many calls and emails asking about the directories, and notice will be given via blast email, on the website and in LegalEase when they are ready for pickup. 

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). 


By Robert H. Jennetten, Chair, Diversity Committee

Baseball, fireworks, food and drink!  On June 25 the Diversity Committee will entertain the interns participating in the JIOP program at the Chiefs game, a Thirsty Thursday special.  Jay Janssen again generously donated use of his “skybox”.  Other summer interns and law clerks working in the Peoria area this summer are invited to join us.  Please pass this on to interns and law clerks.  Reservations can be made by contacting Bob Jennetten (bjennetten@comcast.net or 309/696-1130) or Linda at the PCBA office.  Numbers are limited so sign up ASAP.

The PCBA Board of Directors approved a revised Diversity Pledge which will be circulated to the membership in the near future.  Please help us promote diversity in our membership by signing the pledge but more importantly by recruiting qualified minority lawyers for employment.  Pledges are great but action is better. 

Mark your calendars.  The Diversity Luncheon is set for October 21.  Chris Reynolds, Director of Athletics at Bradley, will be our speaker.  

Entertainment Committee

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.

HOLIDAY PARTY:  Rob Parker, incoming Holiday Party chair, reports the 2015 Holiday Party is scheduled for Thursday, December 3, at the Pere Marquette. Mark your calendars!

Fitness, Health & Wellness

By Robert M. Everett, Committee Member and Past Chair

Try Something New This Summer

Are you bored running the same three mile loop in your neighborhood?  Is the thought of training for another 5k race a little less exciting than it once was?  Try something new, try a triathlon!  Training for a triathlon works your whole body.  Swimming and cycling are both non weight-bearing sports, so stress on your body is reduced while still giving you an excellent workout. 

A sprint distance triathlon is great for a beginner, and usually consists of a 400-500 yard swim, a 13-15 mile bike ride, and a 5k run.  We have several sprint distance triathlons in the Peoria area.  If you are already in decent shape you could try the Tremont Triathlon on June 27, 2015 (https://www.facebook.com/TremontTriathlon).  The Tremont Triathlon features an outdoor pool swim for beginners intimidated by an open water swim.  If reading this article makes you tired, you may need a few months to train for your first triathlon.  In that case, you could try the Oak Run Triathlon on September 19, 2015 (http://oakrunpoa.com/triathlon.php).  Both triathlons offer a small number of participants (about 250) and a comfortable small town setting.  If you haven’t swam in years the Riverplex offers adult swim lessons.  A lot of first time triathletes borrow a bicycle for their first race, but you can purchase a great entry level bicycle at the new Bushwhacker in Junction City (http://www.bushwhacker.com).  Once you start biking around the Peoria area you will quickly discover the nice trails we have.  Training for your first triathlon is a great way to get some fresh air and enjoy a healthier summer.   

Government & Public Interest

Committee Chairman G. Allen Mayer reports that the 2015 Public Servant Award was presented to Phillip B. Lenzini, Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C., at the Law Day Luncheon by nominator Ann Pieper.   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 is a PCBA member who is an outstanding leader in his field and follows the highest ethical standards.  Mr. Lenzini certainly exemplifies those qualities.

Local Continuing Legal Education

Remember, the reporting deadline for the last half of the alphabet is June 30.

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, Advanced Appellate Practice and Government & Public Interest.  Each seminar provides three hours of MCLE credit.  NEW:  Wait, wait…don’t tell the ARDC! – provides two hours of professionalism credit.  Visit the home page of www.peoriabar.org to view topics and materials for these seminars. 

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

Brown Bag Seminars Each seminar provides one hour of MCLE credit.

Jury Instructions and Depositions, Immigration Overview - Relevance to General Practitioners and Criminal Defense Attorneys, Medical Marijuana Update, Bankruptcy, and Limited Scope of Representation Rule (approved by ILSCCP for 1 hr. PMCLE).


Committee Chair Nathan Bach reports that applications for membership have been received from Alesandra (Ali) Friend Laird, Tazewell County Assistant State’s Attorney, Robert (Roby) Javoronok, Jr., Ganan & Shapiro, P.C., and Kathleen Monge, Caterpillar Inc.  Applications for student membership have been received from U of I J.D. candidate Zhiqi Wu, Bankruptcy Court Summer Intern, and Ave Maria School of Law J.D. candidate  Mary Kanowsky, U.S. District Court Summer Intern. Their applications will be submitted for approval at the August Board meeting.

New Members’ Reception

On May 7 our newest members were welcomed to the association at a reception held at New Amsterdam on the riverfront.  At right, top row, are Mandy Watson, John Nicoara, Craig Young, Tim Steil and Sonni Williams; Sarah Antrim, Andrew Crouch, Kerry Cassidy and Kerrianne Waters; center, Nathan Bach, Judge Jonathan Hawley, Brad Keller, Jonathan Phillips, Paul Brodersen and Tom Howard; bottom, Craig Young, Judge Paul Gilfillan, John Nicoara, Mike Lied, Tom O’Neal, Judge Hawley and Kate Swise.


Thank you to the nearly 100 members from the bench, bar, family and friends who attended the Memorial Service on May 21. We would like to thank Chief Judge Kouri and Renà Parker for their work on arrangements, which included the floral spray pictured below. At left, are Judge Joe Billy McDade with David Mueller, Chairman of the Memorials Com-mittee.  At right are Jim Kane, Alice Winget and Marshall Winget with the portrait of Walter Winget that was hung in the Winget & Kane office following the memorial service.

Public Relations

Do you remember making a $10 contribution to the PR Committee’s ad campaign last year? It is an add-on to your annual membership dues.  One of the projects the committee was able to support as a result of those contributions was sponsorship of the Arts in Education program at the Courthouse Plaza.  This year was the thirtieth anniversary of the valuable program for area students.  Other projects this year included the support of WTVPs airing of “The Roosevelts.”  Thank you for your contributions and we encourage members to get involved this year in letting the public know the good works of the membership.

Real Property

On May 19 the Board of Directors approved the latest revisions to the residential sales contract, financing amendment, condo amendment and inspection repair amendment.  To receive the form, contact the bar association at pcba@mtco.com.  The forms are not posted on the website; providing forms is a special service to our members.  Thank you to committee chair Mary Heck, and committee members Kenny Eathington and Jim Manning for their ongoing work with PAAR to provide the best forms for those who practice in the real estate arena.

Young Lawyers Law Day Luncheon

On May 15 the Young Lawyers/Law Day Committee held its annual luncheon, attended by over 150 attorneys, judges, teachers, students and parents.  Below, top row, are The Brothers-in-Law (Rob Bennett, John Bathke and Kevin Miller) who began the program with the National Anthem; Jeff Bach, YLC Chair; Magistrate Judge Jonathan Hawley, keynote speaker; Ashley Miller, Law Day Chair and Katherine Zogas, Essay Contest Chair.  Middle row:  Essay Contest winners Mia Craghead, second place, and Caleb Brinkman, first place, fifth graders from Washington Gifted (Mrs. Fleming, teacher); Hye-Lin Yoo, second place, and Esther Mathew, first place, eighth graders from Dunlap Middle School (Mrs. Brooks and Mrs. Segler, teachers). First and second place winners receive $100 and $50, respectively, along with a certificate and ribbon; first place winners’ school receives $100.  Presenting the awards was 10th Circuit Judge Jodi Hoos, who graciously filled in for Chief Judge Kouri who was delayed in court.  Bottom row:  Jeff Bach with fifty-year honorees Jim Hatcher and Dick Williams, and Medley Tornow with President Craig Young.


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:  Stuart Borden, Sumner Bourne, Spencer Daniels, Sam Harrod, Emily Perkins, Robert Muir, G. Edward Murphy, Rodney Nordstrom, Susan O’Neal, Robert Parker (2 cases), Gerard Rickert (2 cases), Melissa Schoenbien (4 cases), Sadiq Shariff, and Karen Stumpe.


The expungement or sealing of criminal records is known to improve self-sufficiency when it comes to employment and housing.  Although we are not able to help everyone, and I hope someday we will find an innovative approach to do so, we do try to take cases that are very sympathetic.  In 2010 a client contacted Prairie State in need of an expungement so that she could qualify for more affordable housing.  She had several criminal charges from many years ago, and they continued to be an impediment in her life. The case was referred to Attorney Maureen Williams, who reviewed the charges and determined the client was not eligible for expungement or sealing, and returned the case.  The client was persistent and persuasive, and despite the fact that filing a Clemency Petition in her situation was a long shot, she was so motivated that it was hard to turn her away.  Over her own objections, Attorney Williams was finally agreed to file a Clemency Petition on the client’s behalf. Almost five years later, that Clemency Petition was granted!  The client cried upon receiving the Letter of Pardon from Governor Quinn. It was a happy moment for Maureen, the client, and Sandra Crow.  This is truly a case where you never know how you will affect someone’s life.  The client now hopes to go to prisons and talk with others about how a criminal background affected her for so many years.



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