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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

2015-16 BOARD OF DIRECTORS
Timothy J. Howard
President
Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher
President-Elect and Budget Chair
Michele A. Miller 
Second Vice President 
Richard W. Zuckerman
Secretary-Treasurer
Craig S. Young
Past President and
Nominating Committee Chair
Katherine A. Zogas
By-Laws
Jonathan L.A. Phillips
Communications & Technology
Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson
Diversity
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. Steven A. Kouri
Timothy J. Howard
Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher
Michele A. Miller
Richard W. Zuckerman
Rex K. Linder
Karen M. Stumpe
 

IMMEDIATE OPENINGS
Tazewell County Public Defender Opening
Job Announcement 
Position Description

Attorney I - Employee Benefits
Illinois Agricultural Association, Bloomington, IL
Application URL:  http://bit.ly/IAA_Attorney
The Attorney I provides a wide range of legal support services to Illinois Agricultural Association (IAA) and Affiliated Companies and directly assists senior counsel on all corporate legal matters as requested in orer 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.

Attorney
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
Borsberry Law Offices, P.C., a small downtown Peoria law firm concentrating in family and criminal law, seeks associate attorney. Candidate must have excellent writing skills, computer proficiency, and be a team player with excellent support staff. Associate attorney will have 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, 411 Hamilton Blvd., Ste 1510, Peoria, IL 61602, or jborsberry@borsberrylaw.com
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. 
Attorney
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.
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
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.

Associate Attorney
Seeking Associate Attorney, 0-5 years experience.  Candidate should have interest in working at a law firm whose practice includes litigation (commercial and contested estates), municipal representation, and general representation of businesses.  Please submit resume to William C. Conor, Attorney at Law, P.C., 4600 N. Prospect Road, Suite 1, Peoria Heights, IL 61616 and/or email to lawyer_bc@hotmail.com

Paralegal
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 FamilyLaw 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 repond by email to:  sbutler.law@gmail.com. We recommend attaching a resume with a cover letter. 

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 Assistant/Secretary
Legal Assistant/Secretarial position available immediately with personal injury/general practice law firm in Peoria with five attorneys. General office experience, excellent typing and computer skills are a must as this is a very fast paced position with a large work load. Legal experience preferred. Familiarity with Word, Excel, and transcription required. Please email resume to pcba@mtco.com with reference # 082115.
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.
Receptionist/Legal Assistant
Receptionist/Legal Assistant position available immediately with busy downtown Peoria law firm. Legal experience preferred but not required. Candidate must possess excellent typing/computer skills and be reliable and efficient. Please email cover letter and resume to:jstieghorst@cassidymueller.com.

DIRECTORY CHANGES
Peoria County
Firm name: Kelly Law Office is now James Kelly Law Firm. All other information is the same.

Email updates: 
James Kelly jim@jameskellylawfirm.com

WILL SEARCHES
Anyone having information on the whereabouts of the Will for Vonda May Bender of Bartonville (DOD: July 15, 2015), please contact Todd Bender at 309-922-6292 or 309-697-1471.

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of the Will for Clara Mahrt of Peoria Heights (DOB: July 2, 1951 DOD: May 15, 2015), please contact Sarah Schmidt at 920-266-7276.

OFFICE SPACE AVAILABLE
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.
 

 

Message from the President
Back to School!  It is hard to believe that Labor Day is here. And as the new school year begins, your Peoria County Bar Association continues with its traditional activities.
I hope that many of you will participate in the annual “Strides for Justice” that supports Prairie State Legal Services. This event takes place on Saturday, September 26, to help provide funds for legal services to those who can least afford them. I can tell you that even an old guy like me was not winded when I participated last year in the one-mile walk on Grandview Drive. I know our younger members enjoy the 5K race. Whatever your choice, your support for Prairie State is an affirmation of our obligation to assist in providing legal services to the less fortunate. If you have not done so, please sign up at www.stridesforjustice.com.
I also want to thank those members who participated in our annual golf outing and/or attended our dinner that evening. It was a great event and the weather was spectacular. My congratulations to David Wiest and his efforts to make this event a great success this year. We also raised $530 for Prairie State Legal Services from our annual raffle.  (Above:  David Wiest (left) and Tim Howard at the Golf Outing.  More photos in "Committee Reports.")
Finally, if you have not yet pledged to the Peoria County Bar Association Foundation, please do so now by clicking here.
I hope to see you at Strides for Justice at the end of the month. Thanks for your continued support of your Association.

Diversity Luncheon
The Diversity Committee of the Peoria County Bar Association invites you to celebrate and help promote diversity in our local professional community by attending the 12th Annual Diversity Luncheon on October 21st.   We are delighted to have Peoria native, Chris Reynolds, Director of Athletics at Bradley University as our keynote speaker.  You will have the opportunity to meet local high school students and regional law school students.   Proceeds from the luncheon will be used to help fund the Diversity Scholarship presented annually to minority law school students with ties to the Peoria area.  The recipients of this year’s scholarship award, Breeia Little and Yolanda Riley (right), plan to attend the luncheon.  Make your reservation using the form or online at www.peoriabar.org/shop.

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 Thomas “Tim” Penn, Thomas J. Penn, Jr. Law Office, who just completed a criminal defense matter and is undertaking another. We would also like to thank Charles Urban, Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth, who has agreed to help a vet with 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.

INVITATION TO PARTICIPATE IN STREET LAW
What is Street Law?  Street Law is a program that was started in 1972 at the Georgetown University Law Center.  The purpose behind the program is to teach high school students a basic legal curriculum that covers practical aspects of the law and the legal system.  Caterpillar’s Legal Services Division, Prairie State Legal Services and the Pro Bono Committee of the Peoria County Bar Association joined together beginning in 2009 to teach the program locally.  This fall we will be teaching criminal law, contracts, products liability, patents and employment discrimination at four local high schools: Peoria Central, Richwoods, Manual Academy and Peoria Heights (new this year).  Teaching teams can be made up of attorneys, paralegals/legal staff – all functional areas are welcome to participate.  
Lesson plans are prepared by Street Law so there is very little prep time needed.  It is recommended, however, the teaching team meets in advance to review and prepare for the lessons.  Classes will start in late September and run through early November.  In addition, the program concludes with a student field trip to a Caterpillar facility before the Thanksgiving holiday.
If you would like to sign up for a classroom session (classes are held once a week for about an hour), add your name to the mailing list or find out more information, please contact Tayanita Hayes at Hayes_Tayanita_T@cat.com or (309) 675-5067 by September 9.
We look forward to another great year, thanks to you, our volunteers!
Kathleen M. Monge, Corporate Counsel, Environmental and Product Regulatory 
Law and Public Policy | Legal Services Division
Caterpillar Inc.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
September
  7      Labor Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed
26      Strides for Justice
October
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
November
11      Veterans’ Day- Courts Closed; Courthouse Open
11      Why Gamble on Your Knowledge of the New Dissolution/Parentage Act? 6.5 hrs. CLE
          8:30 – 4:15, lunch included – Par-a-Dice Hotel
24      Thanksgiving- Courts & Courthouse Closed
25      Day following Thanksgiving Day- Courts & Courthouse Closed

Committee Meetings
September
  1   Real Property- Lunch sponsored by Casey Kepple of River City Title
  3   Government & Public Interest
  8   Fitness Health & Wellness
  9   Commercial Law & Litigation
10   YLC
14   CLE
15   Board of Directors
16   Public Relations
17   Pro Bono
18   Diversity
25   Membership
30   Lincoln Memorial Banquet
October
1     Government & Public Interest
6     Real Property
8     YLC
19   CLE
20   Board of Directors

COMMITTEE REPORTS
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.  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). 
Entertainment – Golf Outing Highlights

Left to right: Individual stroke play winners - Janet Sosin (98) with David Wiest, Joe Pioletti (77); and Sandy Crow with Brad Keller, winner of the raffle driver to benefit Prairie State Legal Services.  Hole contest winners were:  Closest to Pin #17- Dave Perkins; Longest, Drive #6 - Craig Young; Longest Putt #12 - Bob Barnes.  Team scramble winners:  Kevin Geisler, Mike Lewis, Carl Dunn (60).

Fitness, Health & Wellness
Myofascial Stretching By  Sandra Crow, Committee Member
Do you have muscle pain and tightness that normal treatment and therapies do not seem to relieve?  You might want to consider myofascial stretches. Fascia is a tough connective tissue that surrounds every cell from head to toe like a three-dimensional spider web.   It provides support and flexibility to all structures of the body. Releasing restrictions in the fascia can be the missing link in resolving problematic cases of pain and dysfunction.
Myofascial Stretching is a self-treatment technique that results in permanent re-lengthening of shortened, bound-down connective tissue and has the capacity to dramatically improve health and quality of life.  
One of the best known techniques is ELDOA (Étirements Longitudinaux avec Decoaptation OsteoArticulaire), or more easily translated to Longitudinal Osteo-Articular Decoaptation of the Spine is a revolutionary technique that strengthens and normalizes function of the connective tissue for all the spine and specific joints throughout the body. Guy Voyer, DO, developed an ELDOA exercise for every articulation in the spine starting at the base of the skull and ending with the sacroilliac joint. ELDOAs are not limited to just the spine. There are ELDOA postures for all joints of the sacrum and pelvis as well as the shoulders and skull.  I have included a link to this technique http://www.eldoamethod.com/about/.  And a testimonial from an athlete on the technique 
http://ryandambachbaseball.com/2013/08/05/myoseldoasandstrength/.  
John F. Barnes, PT, LMT, NCTMB, is an internationally recognized physical therapist, lecturer, author, and the leading authority on Myofascial Release. You can access his website at https://www.myofascialrelease.com/.
People often use foam rollers or a tennis ball for myofascial stretching/release. But you can also do static holds.  There are many good books and information on the internet. Of course, if you have serious injuries, please consult with your medical practitioner before engaging in any type of exercise or stretching.  I have included a couple of other links that may be helpful.  http://www.healthybyintention.com/mfrstretching 
and http://www.active.com/running/articles/10-self-myofascial-release-exercises-for-runners

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 jfkane@mtco.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 sign-up by mailing the flyer with payment to the PCBA or 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.  Speakers and topics:  Temporary Relief by G. Edward Murphy, Initial Parentage Act by Derek Asbury, Former 604 and Significant Decisions by Kelly Giraudo, Initial Parenting Time by Brian Seckler, Modification, Relocation/Enforcement by Judy Serritella, Child Support/513 by Daniel M. Cordis, Maintenance by Michael Hasselberg, Property by Kirk Bode, Attorneys' Fees by A. Lou Benassi, and the Parentage Act by Judge Jerelyn Maher.  Register by sending the form.  Online registration is available at www.peoribar.org/shop.
Membership
Membership Committee Chairman Joshua Herman reports that applications for membership have been received from Mara Jones and Christopher Shaw.  Their applications will be submitted for approval at the October Board meeting.
Memorials
On August 14, 2015, Mary J. Newbould, passed away. Mary was born in Chicago.  She received her J.D. from Lewis University College of Law (now NIU), and was admitted to practice law in Illinois in 1978. She joined the Association in October of 1989 while practicing at Westervelt, Johnson, Nicoll & Keller.   Donations in memory of Mary J. Newbould may be made online.  The PCBA has donated $100 to the PCBA Foundation in her memory.

PEORIA COUNTY PRO BONO PLAN
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:   Angela Evans, Kathleen Monge, Robert Muir (2 cases), Carol Perkins, (2 cases), Emily Perkins, Gerard Rickert (2 cases), Sadiq Shariff, Melissa Schoenbein, and Rich Williams.
HIGHLIGHT CASE:
We had a client who was charged with retail theft in 2007.  She was given court supervision and was never convicted. There were no other charges on her record. Because she had successfully completed her supervision, she felt there was nothing more that she had to do.  As she began applying for jobs, the arrest kept showing up on her record, and it was keeping her from getting a job. Attorney Kathleen Monge agreed to represent the client to expunge the charge.  The charge was expunged this month.  The client is so excited to start a job search again.
We find these types of charges are a barrier to self-sufficiency.  Without the help of pro bono attorneys, many others like this client will pay a lifetime for a single mistake.  With our help they can move forward. This is truly giving someone a hand up. 
CELEBRATE PRO BONO:
October is the month set aside to celebrate the great pro bono work that you do.  The Tenth Judicial Pro Bono Committee will again be holding a Pro Bono Recognition Event at the Caterpillar Visitor Center on Monday, October 26th.  There will be a social hour with appetizers followed by presentation of the Pro Bono Awards. Please mark your calendars.  More information will be available soon.
PRAIRIE STATE LEGAL SERVICES
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 Weave 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.
OTHER NEWS
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.
The Central Illinois Paralegal Association, CIPA, is having their 26th annual Legal Education Seminar at the DoubleTree Hotel in Bloomington on Friday, September 18, 2015. This CLE is designed for both paralegals and attorneys. NALA has approved 5.5 hours of CLE, including 1.0 hour of Professional Responsibility, for paralegals, and 5.5 hours of MCLE for attorneys, including 1.0 hour of Professional Responsibility (pending approval). For more information go to: www.ciparalegal.org.
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, has 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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