2015 March LegalEase

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Upcoming CLE
Law Day

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




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.

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.

Attorney Position

Law firm which handles commercial litigation, real estate, probate, family law and mergers and acquisitions 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 email resume in confidence to



Associate Attorney

AV Rated law firm in Peoria, IL is seeks associate attorney with 3-5 years experience in defense of civil litigation. Experience in healthcare law and/or defense of medical malpractice claims is preferred. The successful candidate will have an Illinois law license, be a self-starter with demonstrated experience and proficiency in the area of litigation, possess excellent writing and communication skills and be interested in working in a team-driven atmosphere.

Please contact Adam Chaddock @achaddock@quinnjohnston.com


Part time legal secretary

10-12 hours per week. Couple mornings preferred. Send resume to Law Offices of Maureen Williams, 416 Main St., Suite 829, Peoria, IL 61602. If you are an attorney desiring a sharing arrangement, please call 309-999-1177.


Legal Assistant Position

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

Summer Legal Intern
Illinois Mutual is currently recruiting a law student for a summer 2015 internship.  The position is a paid, full-time internship opportunity based in Peoria, IL.  Applicants must have completed one year of law school.  Intern will be performing legal research and assisting on legal and compliance issues.  Please email resume to hr@illinoismutual.com



Peoria County

Antrim, Sarah, Ganan & Shapiro, 411 Hamilton Blvd., Ste. 1006, Peoria, IL 61602. Tele:(309)637-7313. Email: sarah.antrim@ganan-shapiro.com

Lippens, Danielle A., Physician Enterprise Counsel, OSF Healthcare System, 800 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61603. Email address: danielle.a.lippens@osfhealthcare.org

Petersen, Laura A., OSF Healthcare Systems, Legal Services, 800 NE Glen Oak Ave., Peoria, IL 61603. Tele: (309)655-2849, Fax: (309) 655-2347 Email: Laura.A.Petersen@osfhealthcare.org

McLean County

Zalcman, Mark, P.O. Box 3805, Bloomington, IL 61702. Telephone and email remain the same.

Anyone with information on the Last Will and Testament of Jeffrey L. Selvig, (DOD:  7-26-14) please contact Ken Selvig, mkselvig67@aol.com or (312) 286-9739.

Anyone with information on the Last Will and Testament of Paul Gareth Bradshaw, (DOD:  2-20-15) please contact Angela Kopetz @  shelby101070@yahoo.com or (309) 253.9478 or Erin Osborn @ eosborn@mail.bradley.edu or (309)360-6163.

If anyone has any information about the wills of Doris Marie Danz, DOD: 1/27/2015 in East Peoria, IL or Roy Adolf Danz, DOD: 3/17/2014 in Peoria, IL, please contact Jill or Ron Siefferman @ 309-696-7159 or 309-696-7146.

If anyone has any information about the last will and testament of Dorothy K. Baker please contact S. Linn Perkins at Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin. (309)676-8986.


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


107th Lincoln Memorial Banquet By Craig S. Young, President
     On February 19, over 200 of our members attended the 107th Lincoln Memorial Banquet on the campus of Bradley University. This was a special year for our association’s marquee event as it highlighted the 150th remembrance of Lincoln's death and the end of the Civil War. The evening was made special by extra effort from many individuals too numerous to mention. I do want to give special recognition to John Redlingshafer and Judge Shadid as chair and vice chair of the event, Judge Mihm for recruiting and introducing our exceptional speaker, John Heil and his public relations team for ingenious promotion, Linda for her great organizational skills, and our Young Lawyers Committee for the extensive research and creativity in the table decorations and set up. The attention to detail from so many made the evening truly meaningful for all who were able to attend.  
     Most importantly, I want to recognize our Board, and our membership as a whole for their strong support of this important PCBA tradition. We hold the distinction of hosting the longest continuous running celebration of Lincoln in the country. That hasn't happened by accident, and there have been times in the past where it was not certain this tradition would continue. I am one who believes that we as lawyers, who walk in Lincoln's footsteps, have a responsibility to continue to honor his memory, and I am proud of those who raised the bar for this year's banquet. By doing so, we set the stage for an even better event next year, and for many years beyond. I look forward to seeing everyone at next year’s Lincoln banquet as we continue this time-honored tradition.

Click to view the photo collage.

Law Day 2015 By Ashley M. Miller, Law Day Committee

     We would like to take this opportunity to cordially invite you to the Law Day Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday, May 13, 2015, from 12:00 - 1:00 p.m.  We are honored to have Honorable Jonathan E. Hawley as our keynote speaker.  You may register for this event at www.peoriabar.org/shop.      Each year the Peoria County Bar Association sponsors a Law Day Program in which bar members volunteer to speak to kindergarten through twelfth grade classes throughout Peoria and Tazewell Counties.  Law Day was established by the American Bar Association in 1957 as a day for attorneys and citizens to celebrate our legal system.  The American Bar Association has selected as its 2015 Law Day theme, “Magna Carta:  Symbol of Freedom Under Law.”  
   This community outreach program is designed to help students understand both the legal system and the practice of law.  The presentations will occur during the weeks of April 6 through April 30 and are usually one class period in length.  We have asked the participating schools to provide us with topics that would be best received by their students.  If there is no interest in any particular topic, you are free to discuss education requirements to become an attorney, job experience, or the theme for Law Day 2015.
   We have already received a great response from area schools and now we just need attorneys to volunteer to speak to the students. If you are interested in volunteering to be a speaker for Law Day 2015, please email Linda Raineri, 
pcba@mtco.com, as soon as possible and we will match you to a school based on your availability.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays

          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
        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


     2      Noon   Government & Public Interest
     3      Noon    Real Property
     9      Noon    CLE
    11     Noon    Pro Bono (at Prairie State Legal Services)
    12     Noon    YLC luncheon (PCBA office) 
    16     Noon    Lincoln Banquet  
    17     Noon    Board of Directors
    19     Noon    Public Relations
    23     Noon    Foundation Subcommittee
    24     Noon    Diversity
    27     Noon    Communications & Technology
    31     Noon    Fitness, Health & Wellness

    7      Noon     Real Property
    9      Noon     Young Lawyers
   13     Noon     CLE
   14     Noon     Pro Bono
   15     Noon     Public Relations
   21     Noon     Board Meeting
   23     Noon     Government & Public Interest
   28     Noon     Diversity


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.  Click here for the necessary form.

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.

Local Continuing Legal Education
Upcoming live seminars:

Brown Bag Seminars kicked off on March 4, with Jury Instructions and Depositions by Rob Bennett.  Upcoming seminars:
March 11 Immigration Overview - Relevance to General Practitioners and Criminal Defense Attorneys by 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.  Email pcba@mtco.com to sign up today.

April 25 (Saturday) Advanced Appellate Practice, Brad Elward and Natalie Thompson, moderators. 8:00 check-in and continental breakfast; seminar 8:30 - noon, Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 Monroe, Peoria.

May 2 (Saturday) Government & Public Interest, Stacy Crabtree and Patricia Redman, moderators.  8:00 check-in and continental breakfast; seminar 8:30 – noon, Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 Monroe, Peoria.

May 15 (Friday) Professional Responsibility Seminar, “Wait, wait…don’t tell the ARDC!” based on the format of the popular NPR program.  11:30 check-in and lunch; seminar 12:00 - 2:00 p.m. at Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 Monroe, Peoria. Lunch included in registration price.  Christina Cullom, moderator, is finalizing details on this new program.*

*Program has been submitted to the ILSCCP for PMCLE credit.April 25 (Saturday) Advanced Appellate Practice, 8:00 check-in and continental breakfast; seminar 8:30 – noon, Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 Monroe, Peoria.

Committee Chair Nathan Bach reports that applications for membership have been received from Jason Netzley, Sarah Antrim, a renewal application from Jeffrey Ryva and student applications from Scott Hale and Megan Dooly. This applications will be submitted for approval at the March 17, 2015 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.


On Friday, February 20, 2015, Paul Bradshaw passed away. Paul was an attorney in Peoria for many years. He is survived by his wife and daughter. The PCBA has made a contribution of $100 to the PCBA Foundation in memory of Paul Bradshaw.
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, Charles Couri and Paul Bradshaw.  The service will be held in Courtroom 210 at 10:30 a.m.

Public Relations
We would like to thank the speakers at this year’s People’s Law School at ICC North:
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.

Young Lawyers

Thank you to all the volunteers who helped package Tender Mercies meals with Midwest Food Bank: Ben Clark, Emily Perkins, Kerrianne Waters, Kateah McMasters, Melissa Schoenbein, Kate Carter, Josh Herman and the entertainment of the night—Amalea Herman. Over 240 dry packaged meals that can feed a family of four were packaged. Thanks for braving the weather to provide support for those in need.


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: Dustin Essig, Cecile Martin and Marci Shoff.

Case Highlight:

We had a client contact our office because her Landlord had filed a lawsuit asking her to pay $10,000 in damages caused by mold and back up of water, alleging the client was responsible. The landlord had also locked the client out when the rent had been paid. We asked Ambrose McCall if he would assist her in defense of the lawsuit.

The Plaintiff’s complaint was dismissed with prejudiced, and the client avoided paying the large sum alleged in the complaint. Attorney McCall spent 25 hours assisting this client. Thank you Ambrose for your diligence on this case.


Attorney Joel Brown was awarded the Silver Beaver by the Boy Scout Council in recognition of his volunteer work.

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.

Jewish National Fund is offering a Law and Justice trip to Israel November 15-19, 2015. The trip will give you a glimpse into the Israeli justice system. The price (based on double occupancy) is $2,995. For more information or to sign up contact Jessica Schwartz Shapiro at 212-879-9305, Ext. 297 or email her at jschapiro@jnf.org.




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