2015 May LegalEase

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In This Issue
·         Upcoming CLE
·         May Events

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
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 
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 1510, Peoria, IL 61602, or jborsberry@borsberrylaw.com.   

Associate Attorney
Miller, Hall & Triggs is seeking a local attorney with 2 – 4 years’ experience in the area of commercial and residential real estate, who has excellent credentials, strong communication skills, and relevant work experience in commercial and residential real estate.  Competitive compensation package to be commensurate with experience.  Please send resume and cover letter to Scott Brunton, scott.brunton@mhtlaw.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.”

Attorney Position
Illinois Mutual is seeking a qualified candidate to fill an associate counsel opening. Position reports to the Vice President, Compliance and General Counsel and responsibilities include providing legal support to various corporate departments, assisting with product design/feasibility, managing litigation, and developing compliance policies and procedures. Previous in-house counsel experience within the life and/or disability insurance industry required. Interested candidates should submit resumes to hr@illinoismutual.com  Competitive compensation and benefit package provided.

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.

Receptionist for law firm, 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Mon,-Fri.  General secretarial skills required, including typing, filing, and answering a multi-line phone system.  Must have experience with Microsoft Word, have good organizational skills, be outgoing, and work well with others. Send resume and references to Essig Law Office, 135 Washington Square, Washington, IL 61571; fax 309-444-1916, or essiglaw@mtco.com

Legal Secretary
Seeking experienced Legal Secretary in two lawyer office:  general practice, including family law, estate planning, probate, personal injury, workers' compensation and business law.  Send cover letter and resume to:  Essig Law Office, 135 Washington Square, Washington, IL 61571, or email to essiglaw@mtco.com

Legal Assistant or Paralegal

Borsberry Law Offices, P.C., a small downtown Peoria law firm concentrating in family law and criminal law, seeks legal assistant or paralegal.  Candidate must have excellent writing skills, computer proficiency, and be a team player with our excellent support staff.  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 1510, Peoria, IL 61602, or   jborsberry@borsberrylaw.com

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

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

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.  Paid parking.  For more information or to apply, contact Linda Raineri at 674-6049 or email resume to pcba@mtco.com.


Peoria County
Bell, Jessica, Heyl Royster, 124 SW Adams, Suite 600, Peoria, IL 61602
Brown, Brandon J., Cover, Evans & Fricke, LLP, 456 Fulton St., Ste. 203, Peoria, IL 61602; Phone 636-7167; Fax 673-4238.

Hasselberg, Grebe, Snodgrass, Urban & Wentworth
401 Main Street, Suite 1400, Peoria, IL 61602-1258; phone, fax and emails remain the same.  Effective May 1.

Heyl Royster
300 Hamilton Blvd., Peoria, IL 61602; phone, fax and emails remain the same.  Effective May 11.

Hughes, Dana, Heyl Royster, 124 SW Adams, Suite 600, Peoria, IL 61602

LeFante Law Offices, P.C.
456 Fulton, Suite 410, Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: 309/999-1111; Fax: 855/533-2683 or 309/999-1110.
James P. LeFante
Jennifer A. Hahn

Luncsford, Lori, 213 E. Lake Ave., Peoria, IL 61614, Phone: 251-2575

Lynch, Peter J., new suite, #200, all other information remains the same.

Nemenoff, Brian, 401 Main St., Suite 105, Peoria, IL 61602: Phone: 657-4127; Fax: 637-3888

Rochford & Associates
101 SW Adams, Suite 700, Peoria, IL 61602, phone, fax and emails remain the same.
James R. Rochford
Timothy P. Cushing

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

Teplitz, Jack, 401 Main St., Suite 105, Peoria, IL 61602; Phone: 637-3800; Fax: 637-3888

Umland, Scott E., new email:  scott@seumland.com.

McGrath Law Office, P.C. is looking for the original Will of a client that was held for safe keeping by John Littler of Mathis, Sloan & Littler.  The original Will was signed on April 19, 1976.  Does anyone know who has the original Wills of this law firm from 1976?  If so, please contact Carrie Nowatney at our office at 309/359-3461 by phone, or 309/359-8918 by fax.

Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of the Last Will & Testament of Wilfred Staniforth, a Peoria County resident, whose date of death was 6-10-14, please contact Attorney Patrick Chambers, 691-9650, chambers@peorialawyers.com

Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of the Last Will & Testament of Washington, IL residents Doris Marie Danz, date of death January 27, 2015, and Roy Adolf Danz, date of death March 17, 2014, please contact Ron at 309/696-7159 or jjillsieff@gmail.com.

Anyone having information as to the whereabouts of Wills for William R. McNeeley and/or Carolyn McNeeley please contact Aimee Peterson at 309-691-9650 or peterson@peorialawyers.com

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 1 office available June 1 for sublet on a monthly or annual basis.  Large office is located in a completely remodeled suite and is furnished with an executice desk and has windows that overlook Sacred Heart Church.  Intern and fax included.  Possibility for shared receptionist.  Additional rental space available for support staff. Contact Jennifer Anschuetz at 309/999-1111 for additional information.


2015 Annual Meeting and Pillars Invitation
On Monday, July 13, 2015, the Annual Meeting will be held in conjunction with the Pillars of the Bar recognition reception. The event will be at the Pere Marquette, with a cocktail and appetizer reception from 5:00-5:30 p.m., followed by a brief business meeting and the program. Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas Kilbride will be the keynote speaker.  
The Pillars award recognizes lawyers who have throughout their careers significantly distinguished themselves in the practice of law and in their professional and community activities and who have set an example to which others aspire. Every five years PCBA members are chosen for this honor. 

Congratulations to the Class of 2015
Left to right, first row: Hon. William V. Altenberger, Jay H. Janssen, and Hon. Joe Billy McDade
Second row: Hon. Mary W. McDade, Gary T. Rafool, John A. Slevin, and Hon. Calvin R. Stone
Third Row:  Thomas H. Trager, Walter W. Winget*, and Hon. William H. Young*

Reservation Form

Law Day 2015
By Ashley M. Miller, Law Day Committee Chair
Just a quick reminder that the Law Day Luncheon is Wednesday, May 13.  Honorable Jonathan Hawley is the keynote speaker.  Individual tickets are $40, or a table of ten is only $350.  Please remember to make your reservations by Friday, May 8; reservations may be made online at www.peoriabar.org/product/2015-law-day-luncheon.

Prairie State Legal Services Campaign Kick-Off
The Prairie State Legal Services Campaign Kick-Off and Pro Bono Appreciation Lunch was a great success. 
Congratulations to Michele Miller on receiving the 2015 Joined in Justice Award for her dedicated service helping individuals in the Self Help Center. 
At far left is Michele, along with keynote speaker Illinois Supreme Court Chief Justice Rita Garman and Tenth Judicial Circuit Chief Judge Stephen Kouri.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays

    2      Government & Public Interest CLE – Check-in 8:00, seminar 8:30 – noon, Spalding
    6      New Members’ Luncheon – Invitation only – PCBA office, noon
    7      New Members’ Reception – New Amsterdam – 5:00 – 6:30 p.m.
  13      Law Day Luncheon – Hon. Jonathan Hawley, speaker – noon, Pere Marquette
  15      Professional Responsibility CLE – 11:30 check-in and lunch; noon – 2:00 seminar
  21      Memorial Service – Room 210, Peoria County Courthouse – 10:30 a.m.
  25      Memorial Day - Courts and Courthouse Closed

Committee Meetings
   4      Noon      Budget
   5      Noon      Real Property CANCELLED
   7      Noon      YLC
  11     Noon      CLE
  14     Noon      Pro Bono
  19     Noon      Board of Directors
  20     Noon      PR
  27     Noon      Government & Public Interest

    8     Noon      CLE
   11    Noon      YLC
   16    Noon      Board of Directors
   22    Noon      Board Orientation, 4:00, Robert Morris University conference room
   23    Noon      Diversity
   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. 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.  The link to the nomination form is on the website; you may also email the PCBA for one.

Communications & Technology
By Jonathan L.A. Phillips

015-16 Attorneys’ Directory
The C&T Committee is pleased to report that it is moving forward on the 2015 Attorneys’ Directory.  The PCBA has received many calls and emails asking about the directories, and notice will be given 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 Clifton Mitchell, Member, Diversity Committee
The Diversity Committee is pleased to announce Chris Reynolds, Athletic Director at Bradley University, will be the featured speaker at the twelfth annual Diversity Luncheon on Wednesday, October 21, 2015.  Further details will be in upcoming issues of the newsletter.  Although this year’s speaker has been chosen, the Diversity Committee would like to have input from the PCBA membership regarding future speakers.  Accordingly, the Committee is asking each member to submit his/her choices of three persons to be speakers and to rank the persons by preference.  If we are able to secure a speaker who is popular among the membership, we anticipate that attendance at the luncheon will increase.  Please submit your choices by e-mail to pcba@mtco.com.  Your anticipated co-operation is greatly appreciated.
To PCBA Members:  You are invited to the “Minority Counsel Program” (MCP), a signature program of the ABA.  The dates are May 20-21, 2015, at the ABA Headquarters in Chicago.  More information and registration is available at www.ambar.org/mcp2015 or by emailing Keevin Woods at Keevin.Woods@americanbar.org.

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. Rob Parker, incoming Holiday Party chair, reports that the 2015 Holiday Party will be Thursday, December 3, at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette.

Fitness, Health & Wellness
By Donna Goelz, Howard & Howard Attorneys, P.L.L.C.
You are in luck!  Time has not run out for you to sign up for the Steamboat Classic Building Steam training program.  For 42 years the Steamboat Classic has been the premier running event in Central Illinois.  On Saturday, June 20, 2015, there are 3 races:  the 4 mile run/walk, a 15K run, and a 2 mile fun run/walk.  To get you ready for the Steamboat Classic there are 4 unique training programs.  Building Steam is designed to introduce running fitness to the novice adult runner or walker.  Access Steam provides a training program for individuals with disabilities.  Rising Steam is a program for youth and their parents/guardians to be introduced to running/walking fitness.  Scouting Steam provides Scouts with the opportunity to meet the requirements for their Personal Fitness Merit Badge.   The programs are offered in both Peoria and Washington.  Although all 4 training programs started in early April, the training program registration will not close until mid-May.   No excuses.  Sign up yourself and your family now.  For more information and to register go to http://www.steamboatclassic.org/.

Local Continuing Legal Education

Upcoming live seminar – register online at www.peoriabar.org/shop

May 15 (Friday) Wait, wait…don’t tell the ARDC! 11:30 check-in and lunch, noon – 2:00 seminar, Spalding Pastoral Center.  This program is based on the format of the popular NPR program. Christina Cullom has lined up phenomenal speakers:  John Bathke, host, and James Grogan, Judge Jerelyn Maher and Matthew Smith as panelists.  The course has been approved by the ILSCCP for 2 hours PMCLE credit and this seminar will be an entertaining way to earn those credits!  Space is limited; register today!

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
Government & Public Interest
Visit the home page of
www.peoriabar.org to view topics and materials for these seminars.  Each seminar provides three hours of MCLE credit.

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 by Rob Bennett. 
Immigration Overview - Relevance to General Practitioners and Criminal Defense Attorneys by Tejas Shah, ISBA International & Immigration Law Section
Medical Marijuana Update by Tom Howard and Fadi Rustom
Bankruptcy by Sumner Bourne
Limited Scope of Representation Rule by Peter Rotskoff, ARDC (approved by ILSCCP for 1 hr. PMCLE)

Committee Chair Nathan Bach reports that an application for membership has been received from Dana Hughes. Her application will be submitted for approval at the June 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. Complementary appetizers and beverages.  Our newest members are Sarah Antrim, Matthew Compton, Laura Cullinan, Dana Hughes, Ilir Imeri, Blake Mishler and Jason Netzlery.  Please join us to welcome them.  All attorneys and judges are welcome!

The annual Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 21, 2015, at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 210 of the Peoria County Courthouse.  Chief Judge Stephen A. Kouri presiding.  The attorneys and judge listed below

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:  Kirk Bode (2 cases), Christina Cullom, Brigette Lobacz, Emily Perkins (2 cases), Gerard Rickert, Melissa Schoenbein (2 cases), Luke Taylor, Thomas Trager, Jo Tewes Wetherill and R. Carl Wilbur.

Affordable and decent housing is one of the biggest challenges faced by low income persons.  A client came to us because she had rented a home on Craig's list. In November 2014 she paid $550 for first month's rent, and $550 for a security deposit. She moved in December 2014. The weather turned very cold and the pipes froze and burst, flooding the basement. She did not have water for many days and the landlord was not fixing the problem. She called Code Enforcement, and the landlord was cited for many violations, including a faulty electrical box. Code Enforcement gave the client a letter stating the property was uninhabitable and telling her she must move. As soon as she found another place she moved. The landlord refused to return her security deposit. The client filed a pro se petition for return of the security deposit  and won, but the landlord hired an attorney to vacate the Judgment.  Not knowing what to do next, she contacted our office.  Christina Cullom, an attorney with Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo agreed to represent the client.  The landlord was ordered to pay $550 + 269.50 interest. Even then the landlord refused to pay the full amount, and Attorney Cullom had to return to court, and the Judgment was finally satisfied.  Thank you Christina; the client would have had a very different outcome without your help, as this amount of money makes a big difference in the life of a low income person.

The ISBA has established the John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award to honor the extraordinary commitment of individuals, bar associations, or law firm/corporate legal departments for providing free legal services to the income eligible or expanding the availability of legal services to the income eligible in Illinois.  This year the award for the small firm category was presented to Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C.  This is an honor well deserved by a firm that has a long history of providing pro bono legal assistance to those less fortunate.  Thank you for your generosity.



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