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In Memoriam

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



Timothy J. Howard
Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher
President-Elect and Budget Chair
Michele A. Miller 
Second Vice President 
Richard W. Zuckerman
Craig S. Young
Past President and
Nominating Committee Chair
Katherine A. Zogas
Jonathan L.A. Phillips
Communications & Technology
Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson
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


Tazewell County Public
Defender Opening
Job Announcement
Position Description

Attorney I- Employee Benefits
Illinois Agricultural Association,
Bloomington, IL Application URL:

The attorney I provides a wide range of legal support services to Illinois Agricultural Association (IAA) and Afiliated Companies and directly assists senior counsel on all corporate legal matters as requested in order to carry out the goals of the Office of the General Counsel. This position is located in the Bloomington, Illinois Home Offices. For a full description, click here.

Immediate Opening. Growing AV-rated law firm is seeking a motivated Attorney with 1-5 years experience who understands the changes taking place in the legal industry. Applicant must be team-oriented, innovative, and capable of working in a mobile and paperless environment. Business background and Lean Six Sigma training is a plus. The position involves business law and commercial litigation, as well as general creditor’s rights and collection matters, in both State and Federal Courts. Strong writing skills and academic credentials required. Compensation commensurate with education and experience. Send inquiry and resume in confidence to: VanFleet Law Offices; Attn: Joe Van Fleet, 7817 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, Illinois 61614.

The law firm of Bartell Powell LLP, with offices in Bloomington and Champaign, Illinois, is seeking an ambitious attorney with 2 to 5 years of experience in litigation.  The Association should have a strong interest in trial work, and will work in varied areas of the law including insurance defense/insurance law, corporate/business litigation, real estate, wills and probate, and some other general areas.  The Associate Attorney will have opportunities to gain immediate and meaningful file handling experience, interaction with clients, and will be expected to build relationships with those clients for future representation.  The requirements for the position are as follows:  2-5 years’ experience; Illinois license; excellent written and oral communication skills.  For consideration, please submit your resume to mpowell@bartellpowell.com or mail to Michael Powell at Bartell Powell LLP, 207 W. Jefferson St., Suite 602, Bloomington, IL 61701.

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. 

Ganan & Shapiro is a boutique law firm with offices in Chicago and Peoria. We seek to hire an attorney, in our Peoria office, who has at least four years of litigation experience, with preference to experience in workers’ compensation. We offer excellent compensation and benefits 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.

Law firm which handles commercial litigation, real estate, probate, general business matters, criminal law, family law, 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 Justin@barashlaw.com

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 6 months.   Please email your resume and cover letter to work@midwesternsecurities.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:  jbenckendorf@benckendorf.com

Butler & Giraudo, P.C. has an employment opportunity for a skilled paralegal. Experience in family law is preferred, but we will consider a candidate with a strong motivation to learn family law. Among the computer tools we use in our office are: Word, Excel, CLIO (a web-based practice management tool), and Family Law Software. Experience with any of these tools is an asset, but not required. Our preferred candidate is highly motivated, can multi-task, and enjoys a fast-paced work environment. We operate from our offices in the Commerce Bank Building in Peoria, and also in downtown Morton. Please respond by email to: sbutler.law@gmail.com. We recommend attaching a resume with a cover letter.

Experienced Medical Paralegal / Legal Assistant 
Experienced Medical Paralegal / Legal Assistant position available immediately with very busy, fast paced law firm in downtown Peoria.  Candidate must be extremely organized, pay close attention to details, possess initiative, professionalism and have excellent time management skills.  Candidate also must have strong grammatical and communication skills and be computer and technology proficient.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Please email resume to:  janschuetz@lefantelaw.com

Legal Secretary
Legal Secretary position, litigation experience preferred. Salary commensurate with experience. Send resumes to Carter Law Offices, 416 Main Street, Suite 529, Peoria, IL 61602 or jkerker@jcarterlaw.com.

Legal Secretary
Immediate opening. Growing AV-rated business law firm in Peoria is seeking a motivated full-time legal secretary. Must be experienced with word processing and document formatting. Must type at least 90 wpm. Must have experience with both Word and pdf document assembly and management programs, and work virtually in a paperless office. Benefits available; salary commensurate with experience. Send inquiry and resume in confidence to: VanFleet Law Offices, Attn: Joe Van Fleet, 7817 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, Illinois 6164.

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 skoneal90@gmail.com with “Legal Assistant” as the subject.

Title Agent
Full time and/or part time position.  Real estate transaction or legal experience preferred but not required.  Duties may include searching title, conducting closings, recording documents in various counties, assisting with title commitments and policies.  Please contact Casey at 309;282.1545 and/or casey@rivercitytitle.net


Peoria County
Atkins, William W.P.. Johnson, Bunce & Noble, P.C. 7800 N. Sommer St.,
Suite 425, Peoria, IL 61615, Phone (309) 691-9640; Fax (309) 691-9651
Christmas, Lauren: Elias, Meginnes, Riffle & Seghetti, 416 Main St., Suite 1400, Peoria, IL 61602, Phone (309)637-6000, Fax: (309)637-8514.  Email: lchristmas@ermslaw.com

Dennis, Dru: Ganan & Shapiro, 411 Hamilton Blvd., Suite 1006, Peoria, IL 61602, Phone (309)637-7313.

Dooly, Megan, 110 SW Jefferson St., Suite 500, Peoria, IL 61602, Phone: (309) 839-8340; email: megan@angelaevanslaw.com

Gougis, Nina: 456 Fulton, Suite 150, Peoria, IL 61611, Phone (309)694-6700.
Email: nina@smithandweer.comans & Tribe, P.C.: 413 Doering Rd., East Peoria, IL 61611.

Kane, James F., Johnson, Bunce & Noble, P.C., 7800 N. Sommer St., Suite 425, Peoria, IL 61615; Phone: 691-9650; Fax 691-9651; email jkane@peorialawyers.com {effective 10-19-15)

Kelly, Dana: 3819 N. Hawthorne Place, Peoria, IL 61614, Phone: (309)678-5290 No Fax number.

Firm Name Change: Kelly Law Office is now James Kelly Law Firm.

O'Neal, Susan K.: Phone number is now (309)672-0602.

Peterson, Aimee: Kuhfuss & Proehl, P.C., 342 Elizabeth St., Pekin, IL 61554, Phone (309)347-4164 Fax (309)347-7872.

Riffle, Robert: Robert M. Riffle, Esq. 133A S. Main St., Morton, IL 61550, Phone: (309)321-8365

Schroen, Derek: Borsberry Law Offices P.C., 411 Hamilton Blvd., Suite 1510, Peoria, IL 61602, Phone (309)637-9000, Fax: (309)402-0660

Shields, Kevin: 5814 N. Prospect Rd., Peoria, IL 61614.

Vicari, Amira: Now known as Amira L. Vicari Hills.

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) 467-4920 or admin@faupellaw.com for additional information.

Space available.  Attorney office for rent on 19th floor of former Associated Bank Plaza Building conveniently located across from 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.


Message from the President

Thank you!
On behalf of your Peoria County Bar Association, thanks to all of you who participated in the annual "Strides for Justice." (see below) Whether you walked, ran or just contributed, you helped to provide funds to Prairie State Legal Services so it can offer legal services to those who can least afford them. 
I encourage everyone to attend our 12th Annual Diversity Luncheon set for Wednesday, October 21 at the Pere Marquette. We are honored this year to have the new Bradley University athletic director, Chris Reynolds, as our speaker. A Peoria native and basketball star locally and at Indiana University, Chris has brought new energy and excitement back to the Bradley athletic programs.  If you have not done so, please sign up by clicking here.
At the luncheon, our Diversity Committee will announce this year's winners of our Diversity Scholarships. These scholarships are the result of the contributions that many of our members have made through the years to the Peoria County Bar Association Foundation. In order to continue making these awards in the future, your continued support of the Foundation is necessary.  If you have not yet made a pledge to the Peoria County Bar Association Foundation, please do so now by clicking here
I hope to see you at the Diversity Luncheon on October 21st.  Thanks for your continued support of our Bar Association.

Guillermo Rolon (first place male 16:22, Mike Fleming (Race Chairman), and Jacki McKown (first place female 19:11 and 3rd overall!).  At right, volunteers, back row:  Diana Martinez  (Prairie State), Jim Kane (Fitness, Health & Wellness Chairman) and Mitch Gilfillan (Committee Member); Front row:  Donna Goelz (Past Committee Chair), Barb Kane, and Denise Conklin (Prairie State).

PCBA Members Assisting Service Members
PCBA members continue to volunteer their services to veterans who need legal assistance.  This month we would like to thank Michael Fleming, Law Office of Michael A. Fleming.  Mike really went above and beyond the usual commitment for a veteran’s case, logging over 52 hours on a divorce 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.

Tenth Circuit Celebrate Pro Bono Reception

The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee invites you to attend the 2nd Annual Celebrate Pro Bono Reception on Monday, October 26, 2015, from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.  at the Caterpillar Visitors Center located at 110 S.W. Washington Street, in Peoria.  This event is sponsored by The Legal Services Division of Caterpillar, Inc., Peoria County Bar Association, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) and the Tazewell County Bar Association.  We will commemorate National Pro Bono Week and recognize the efforts of Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and Pro Bono Service Award Recipients to expand and enhance access to justice in the Tenth Judicial Circuit.  Justice Thomas L. Kilbride of the Illinois Supreme Court is our special guest speaker.  This event is complimentary but advanced registration is required by 3:00 p.m. on Friday, October 23rd.  Registration can be completed at www.pili.org/10thcircuit or by contacting Rachael Kaelin at (312) 832-5127 or Judge Lisa Wilson at (309) 672-6905 or by e-mail at lwilson@peoriacounty.org.  We look forward to seeing you at this special event.

Lisa Y. Wilson
Associate Judge
Peoria County Courthouse

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays

12      Columbus Day – Courts Closed; Courthouse Open
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, keynote speaker  - 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.
          Peoria Marriott  Père Marquette
26      10th Circuit Pro Bono Awards and beginning of Celebrate Pro Bono Week
26 – 30 Photo shoot for pictorial directory – see further information on page 2
30      Blood Drive at the Peoria County Courthouse - 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
11      Veterans’ Day- Courts Closed; Courthouse Open
11      Why Gamble on Your Knowledge of the New Dissolution/Parentage Act?  6 hrs. CLE credit
          8:30 – 4:15, lunch included – Par-a-Dice Hotel
12      New Members’ Reception – Location TBD
13      New Members’ Lunch – PCBA office
26      Thanksgiving- Courts & Courthouse Closed
27      Day following Thanksgiving Day - Courts & Courthouse Closed
3        Holiday Party
24      Christmas Eve - Courts & Courthouse Closed
25      Christmas Day - Courts & Courthouse Closed

Committee Meetings
1     Government & Public Interest
2     Entertainment Committee
6     Real Property – Sponsored by Howard & Howard – Speaker: Chris Setti, Asst. City Manager
7     Diversity Committee
8     YLC – Sponsored by First State Bank of IL – Speaker:  Stacy Byrd
13   Fitness Health & Wellness
14   Nominating Committee
15   Pro Bono
19   CLE
20   Board of Directors
5     Government & Public Interest
6     Real Property
9     CLE
10   Commercial Law & Litigation
12   YLC
17   Board of Directors
18   Public Relations
19   Pro Bono Committee
Communications & Technology - Pictorial Directory
Martin Financial Services has agreed to sponsor the directory, and Photography by Lee has agreed to take the photos, with the PCBA conference room set up as the studio. Sitting fee is only $35 and you will receive a digital copy of your photo. You may pay online on our website prior to having your picture taken, or you may pay by cash or check when you arrive at the office.   Please mark your calendars for the following alphabetical schedule: October 26 (A-D), October 27 (E-I), October 28 (J-M), October 29 (N-R), and October 30 (S-Z), November 2 is make up day, for those unable to come on their specified date).  Pictures will begin each day at 8:00 a.m. and end at 5:00 p.m.

The entertainment committee is working hard on the 2015 Holiday Party. If you have any humorous ideas, concepts, or skits, contact Rob Parker at rparker@mtco.com.

Fitness, Health & Wellness
By Mitch Gilfillan
The body works in mysterious ways.  The importance of maintaining a healthy diet, exercising regularly and sleeping in peace should not be underestimated.  In particular, managing a consistent sleeping pattern will work wonders in your day-to-day activities and overall well-being.  Before joining the practice of law, I worked in college athletics where a “good night sleep” was not only encouraged, it was required. Sleep, or lack thereof, has the ability to change your life.  For example, according to the National Institute of Health, efficient sleeping habits will improve your brain memory, increase your attention span, boost your creativity and enable you to make smarter decisions.  That being said, on a daily basis, it is undisputed proper rest will improve your work performance and in the long run, your career.  That’s free advice for all!  The attached article sheds light on the importance of sleep for athletes and even dubs sleep the “magic pill.”  While it is true we chose to go professional in something other than sports, the concepts in the article remain applicable to all career paths. http://espn.go.com/espn/commentary/story/_/id/7765998/for-athletes-sleep-new-magic-pill

Tennis Anyone?
The Fitness,Health & Wellness Committee is taking a survey to see if PCBA members are interested in a tennis tournament.  Email Jim Kane jkane@peorialawyers.com or the bar office pcba@mtco.com to express your interest.

Lawyer Referral Service
In need of new clients? Consider joining the PCBA’s lawyer referral service program for a nominal yearly fee! We receive numerous calls every day from people needing an attorney referral. Any member of the PCBA who is now engaged in the active practice of law, has been so engaged in practice for at least a year, and has a law office located in Peoria or Tazewell County may apply. Attorneys who have signed up to participate in the LRS agree to send 10% of fees over $1,000 back to the PCBA.  This is strictly on the honor system and we appreciate all of our participants who continue to return fees.  If you’d like to learn more about how to participate, contact the PCBA at pcba@mtco.com.

Local Continuing Legal Education
The Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar is Monday, October 12, 2015.  Check-in and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the seminar is from noon until 2:00 p.m. at First United Methodist Church.  Speakers include Jerry Brady and Carl Cannon. Please register online at www.peoriabar.org/shop. 

New seminar:  “Why Gamble with Your Knowledge of the New Dissolution/Parentage Act?” is set for Veteran’s Day, November 11, 2015, at the Par-a-Dice Hotel.  Visit www.peoriabar.org/shop to register online. 6 hours MCLE credit.

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 - Carol Perkins and Christina Cullom, Co-Chairs
January 30: Elder Law - Emily Wilburn and Kenneth Baker, Co-Chairs
February 6: Family Law - Hon. Jerelyn Maher and Richard Zuckerman, Co-Chairs
February 20: Law Practice Management - Jim Kane and John Nicoara, Co-Chairs
Registration will begin soon!

Membership Committee Chairman Joshua Herman reports that an application for membership has been received from Royce Hood and an application for student membership has been received from Samuel Perkins.  Their applications will be submitted for approval at the November Board meeting.

On September 18, 2015, a member of the Association, James A. Cummings, passed away at the age of 84.  He was born in LaSalle-Peru, Illinois.  Jim received his B.S. in Marketing and Management, as well as his J.D. from the University of Illinois.  He served on the Peoria Park District board for more than 40 years and was the founder of the Lincoln Statue Committee and the Lincoln Award Committee.

Contributions to the Foundation may be made online at www.peoriabar.org/product/pcba-foundation. The PCBA has made a $100 contribution to the Foundation in his memory.

Young Lawyers Committee
YLC Members Arsenio Mims and Ben Clark have agreed to head up this year’s Halloween Blood Drive set for Friday, October 30, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. in the 4th floor County Board Room of the Peoria County Courthouse.  To donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org. Type in the sponsor keyword, Peoria Bar Association, and you will be directed to the appointment schedule.
If you have any questions, please contact Arsenio at Arsenio_Mims@ilcd.uscourts.gov.


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:   Jennifer Bonesteel, Stuart Borden, Spencer Daniels, Julie Galassi, Timothy Howard, Carol Perkins (3 cases) and Mark Rossi.
Urgent Need for Volunteers
1) We have many new attorneys that would like to assist clients with family law cases, but don’t feel like they have the expertise.  Training alone does not always make one confident, so we are looking for attorneys who would be willing to mentor attorneys in doing a family law case.  Please contact me if you are interested.
2) There is a need for attorneys who would be willing to represent clients in Fulton County.  The clients would be able to travel to the Peoria area for an appointment, but the court hearing would be in Fulton County.  If you currently travel to Fulton County, or would be willing to, please contact me as we have many clients in that area that are not being assisted.
October is the month set aside by the American Bar Association to celebrate the great pro bono work that you do and to recognize the need for pro bono.  There will be many events held around the country during this week.  Please feel free to visit the website www.celebrateprobono.org to learn more.


PLEASE SAVE THE DATE: Prairie State Legal Services’ Access to Justice…After Hours 2015 live and silent auction will take place on Thursday, November 5, 2015 from 6 to 9 p.m. at Weaver Ridge Golf Club. This event is a fund raiser to benefit Prairie State Legal Services, Inc. Please plan to attend! If you would like to donate an item to the auction, please contact Densie Conklin at (309)621-4011 or dconklin@pslegal.org.

They were so impressive with their rendition of the National Anthem, sung without accompaniment and in a minor key, at the 2015 Lincoln Banquet. Then they rocked the house with the same fantastic rendition of the anthem at this year’s Law Day Luncheon. The “Brothers-in-Law” is the PCBA’s very own men’s acapella group. And now they’re looking to expand their numbers.  If you can sing and would like to be a part of this group, to be featured at various upcoming bar association events, send an email to Kevin Miller at kmiller@quinnjohnston.com.  An organized meeting is being planned.

CASA of Peoria County is pleased to announce that this year’s “CASAblanca, an evening of Dancing with the Local Stars” is scheduled for Saturday, November 7, 2015 at 6:00 p.m. in the Par-A-Dice Hotel Ballroom. Please save the date and plan to attend for a great event and some fun as one of the PCBA’s own Directors, Joshua Herman, and PCBA Member, Beth Jensen, have agreed to be one of our “Local Stars!” For more information, please call the CASA office at (309)669-2939 or visit the website at www.casapeoria.org.



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