Contact Us: Linda Raineri, Executive Director 110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520 Peoria, IL 61602 Phone: (309) 674-6049 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org 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 Joshua D. Herman 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
IMMEDIATE OPENINGS Staff Attorney Position Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., is seeking applicants for a staff attorney position in our community legal service office located in Peoria. The successful applicant will participate in a full range of legal activities, including the preparation and conduct of administrative hearings and trials of cases for elderly and low-income persons. Prefer applicants already admitted to the Illinois Bar with a public interest background. Salary starts at $45,000. Please indicate "Peoria Staff Attorney" in the subject line and email a cover letter, resume, short writing sample (10 pages or less), and three professional references to Executive Director Michael O'Connor at email@example.com and Program Administrator Connie Peterson at firstname.lastname@example.org. Application deadline: April 8, 2016.
Director of Pre-Law Center Bradley University invites applications for the position of director of the Pre-Law Center with a proposed start date of June 1, 2016. The director must have a law degree and at least three years of experience as a practicing attorney. Teaching experience is highly desirable, but not required. Candidates should send a cover letter, resume, and contact information for at least three professional references to email@example.com. Salary commensurate with qualifications and experience. Preference will be given to applications received by March 21, 2016. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. More information about the Bradley University Pre-Law Center can be found at http://www.bradley.edu/academic/cio/prelaw/
Assistant Public Defender The Woodford County Public Defender’s Office is looking for the position of Assistant Public Defender. The primary job duties of this position would be to represent individuals in Woodford County in misdemeanor, felony, and juvenile matters. This is a part-time rated position and allows a person to maintain private practice outside of their public defender duties. Salary $27,500/year. Requires Illinois law license and Doctorate. Send resumes to firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Associate Attorney The law firm of Barash & Everett, LLC is accepting resumes for an associate attorney position in our Galesburg office. Barash & Everett, LLC is an AV rated, longtime Leading Lawyers’ recognized, civil general practice firm with three office locations. Candidate with litigation and transactional practice experience is helpful but not required. Candidate should possess strong analytical and writing skills as well as strong communication skills. The successful candidate will be a strong self-starter and have a mindset for client and community relations. Interested applicants should send resumes to Justin Raver at Justin@barashlaw.com.
Title Searcher and Processor JBN Title Services, Inc., Peoria, IL, a title insurance agency, is seeking a title searcher and processor. Candidates should have experience in searching real estate titles, typing title commitments, and processing paperwork post-closing. Other duties will also be assigned as needed. Email cover letter and resume to email@example.com.
Receptionist/Legal Secretary The Law Office of Peter J. Lynch, LLC is seeking a motivated receptionist/legal secretary. Must possess excellent communication skills and attention to detail. Please forward resumes to Kaleigh Kaleigh@peterlynchlaw.com. No phone calls please.
Part-time Secretary/Admin. Asst. Part-time secretary/administrative assistant needed for law office in Peoria Heights. Flexible hours and competitive pay. Experience with transactional and business matters a plus. Email Royce@RHoodLaw.com
Legal Assistant/Paralegal Full or part-time, experienced legal assistant/paralegal with top secretarial skills. Submit resume, including typing speed and references, to: Jerold I. Horn, 401 Main St., Suite 1650, Peoria, IL 61602 or firstname.lastname@example.org, email@example.com or Fax 309-676-2779.
Legal Secretary Immediate opening for part-time legal secretary (job-share position) for two days a week. Minimum two (2) years of experience required. Knowledge of Microsoft Word required. Knowledge of Juris helpful. Send resumes and salary requirements to: Brian J. Meginnes, 416 Main, Suite 1400, Peoria, 61602.
Paralegal Full time, experienced only, paid parking, one week vacation after one year, no medical, no 401k, must be bondable, references required, salary open, small claims, family law, civil and some criminal, some wills and probate, research and writing required. Persons with Peoria legal experience given preference. Must be responsible, self-starter and motivated. Quality and dedication will result in pay increases. Send resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Law Internship - Summer RLI’s Corporate law department is seeking students for their 2016 summer intern program. The position is in their Peoria office, full time, and will be from early June through early August. For more information log on to www.rlicorp.com/internship-program. Click apply today; search for tracking code 215930-961.
Directory Changes Alexandre, Dominique, P.O. Box 10406 Peoria, IL 61612. Phone: 648-6535. email@example.com Glancy, Steven P., 245 NE Perry Ave. Peoria, IL 61603. Fax: 637-5433, all other info remains the same. Hasselberg, Grebe, Snodgrass, Urban & Wentworth, Correction: 401 Main St., 14th Floor, Peoria, IL 61602 Sarff, Kimberly, 100 N.E. Adams, Peoria, IL 61629-7310, Phone: 494-3593, firstname.lastname@example.org. Toren, Michael, Robert T. Varney & Associates,121 N. Main St., 4th Floor, Bloomington, IL 61701, Phone: 837-4444, ext. 111, E-Mail: email@example.com
Will Search Anyone having information on the whereabouts of a Will for LeeAnn Taborn (DOD: 7/13/2015). Please contact Attorney Brian Heller at: J. Brian Heller, P.C. phone (309)444-9223.
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 one office available for sublet on a monthly or annual basis. This office is fully furnished. 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, IL. Support staff assistance, phone/fax available. Contact Mary E. Faupel, Faupel Law Offices, (309) 467-4940 or firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
Attorney office for rent on 19th floor of new Chase Bank Building conveniently located across from the 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.
Striking office space approx.1,624 square feet with beautiful easterly view available in Chase Bank Building, 411 Hamilton Blvd., Peoria. Corner office, Eastern/Southern view. Contact Michael Hanson at (309) 678-6356.
For Sale Double pedestal conference table and six chairs. $750 Call Art Inman 309/673-9711.
Message from the President
Law Day is fast approaching! April is the month our young lawyers volunteer to make Law Day presentations at local schools. Thank you to all of Young Lawyer Committee members who explain our profession to these students. Our Law Day committee members are also reviewing essays submitted from area middle school students who participate in the PCBA essay contest. All of our Law Day efforts culminate at our annual Law Day Luncheon on May 4th. This year our featured speaker, University of Illinois Law Professor Andrew Leipold, will discuss the topic “Miranda, more than words.” Please plan to attend and make your reservations by clicking here. At the Luncheon, the PCBA will present the awards to the winners of our essay contest. We will also formally welcome our newest judges to the bench: Hon. Suzanne Patton and Hon. Alicia Washington. Finally, the PCBA will be recognizing our newest 50 year members; there are eight this year. Hope to see you there!
Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers Mark your calendars for Monday evening, July 11, for the PCBA’s Annual Meeting and installation of officers. This year the event will be a “backyard” cookout with plenty of food, fun and “family” and yes, there will be photo opportunities with a DeLorean! Incoming President Jerelyn Maher’s focus for 2016-17 will be “Back to the Future – Building on a Rich Past for a Solid Future.” Watch your inbox and upcoming issues of LegalEase for further details.
Parents Who Practice Law – Enhancing Work-Life Balance By Joshua D. Herman Attorneys with children face unique challenges in achieving so-called work-life balance. It is difficult to successfully meet our professional demands while also engaging with our families. Late nights, business trips, and weekends at the office are ways of life for many lawyer parents, but young kids do not necessarily appreciate the need for their mother or father to be away from them. One solution is to participate in “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Day” (“Kids Day”). Doing so is a fantastic way to share the most-important people in your life with each other, providing an opportunity to introduce your child to the people with whom you spend your working days, and colleagues an opportunity to meet your child. When approached with some planning, Kids Day can also be a truly rewarding and enjoyable experience for you and your child. The program was developed in 1992 by the “Ms. Foundation for Women” in NYC by its president, Marie C. Wilson, and its founder, Gloria Steinem, in response to research indicating young women’s loss of self-esteem was one of the reasons they were not doing well in schools and were making poor life choices. The first Kids Day was then held in 1993 and, after 10 years, was expanded to include males in 2002. In 2003, responsibility for overseeing the initiative was transitioned to the “Take Our Daughters and Sons to Work Foundation.” Kids Day is an unofficial “holiday” observed annually on the fourth Thursday of April. In 2014, the Foundation reports that 37 million family members participated in Kids Day at more than 3.5 million workplaces. The next Kids Day will occur on April 28, 2016, during which my own daughter will be participating again. While we have both enjoyed our prior experiences, they were not without their challenges. Based on our experiences, here are some suggestions to help you successfully participate in the next Kids Day.
Schedule it: April 28, 2016 The next Kids Day is Thursday, April 28, 2016. Put it in your calendar now. There is nothing worse than realizing you have a court date or prior obligation that prevents your participation, especially if your child has come to look forward to the experience.
Know Thy Child; Know Thy Firm Many employers organize events for Kids Day and facilitate a more relaxed atmosphere. Many do not. Either way, consider whether your child will benefit from the experience and can behave appropriately in your office environment. Avoid involving children who are too young to benefit from the experience; after all, this is not “babysit your child at work day.” Of course, regardless of your own child’s maturity, you would be wise to also consider the atmosphere and culture of your firm before choosing to participate.
Request an Excused Absence from School Most kids old enough to participate in Kids Day are school-aged. Do not forget to review relevant school policies regarding how to request an excused absence. Such requests must usually be completed at least a week in advance of the proposed absence. Additionally, consider reaching out to your child’s teacher to let her know when and why your student will be absent. Some teachers allow a child to provide a report on their experience as an alternative to completing the work they may have missed in the classroom.
Prepare Your Office and Structure the Day Let your office and key people know that you will be participating. Warm them to the idea of your child being present and request that they consider reserving some tasks your child might assist with if possible (e.g., recycling/shredding, sorting files, making office deliveries, etc.). If your office has not prepared an itinerary for those participating in Kids Day, prepare your own. At the very least, it should include a tour of your office and an introduction to the key people with whom you spend your working day. The PCBA is in the process of coordinating a tour of the local courthouse for those interested in participating. Please contact Katherine Swise, email@example.com, for more information regarding a courthouse tour for PCBA participants. Make it enjoyable – even fun – but not unrealistic. This day is designed to introduce kids to career options and, more specifically, to what you do to support your family. While this will be most effective if you both enjoy your day, no one will benefit from your child believing that your job is an all-day party.
Plan for interruptions No lawyer can avoid work while in the office. Plan for the interruptions likely to occur, such as phone calls, rush assignments, and emergency emails. Have activities to entertain your child, but do not plan to rely solely on those activities to occupy your child for the full day. Your child can play on the iPad at home, and if that is all she will be doing on Kids Day, her day would be more productively spent at school.
Communicate with your child Give your child a primer on the people she will meet and any planned activities. Ask about her interests and goals for the day. After participating in the day, review what was enjoyable or interesting and make adjustments for next time.
Plan to Leave Early Immerse your child in your daily routine. Begin with your morning rituals of breakfast, share your commute and workday and continue until lunchtime. Dependent upon your child, that may be the extent of her interest or patience. Regardless of how long your child could remain engaged, I suggest that you plan to end the day earlier than usual, using PTO or vacation if necessary. Our most enjoyable Kids Days have concluded by leaving work early to do something special together. Let’s face it, as lawyers, our in-office job is not a spectator sport and children do not learn much about the working world, or their parents, by sitting across the desk from us as we stare at our computer screen. Go do something special with your child at the end of the day as a nice way to continue to bond and to cement the rewarding experience they will remember for some time to come. There is no magic to achieving a work-life balance. Like any other goal, it is something we must work toward. If you have children, you can take a step in the right direction by considering participation in the next Kids Day. For additional information regarding the Foundation and Kids Day, or for other ideas to make your participation a success, visit www.daughtersandsonstowork.org.
The PCBA will have more information as the date approaches with respect to a potential tour for Bar Association members.
Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
April 15 Prairie State Campaign Kick-off and Pro Bono Recognition – 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the Peoria Civic Center
May 4 Law Day Luncheon –Professor Andrew Leipold, Keynote speaker – 12 :00-1:00 p.m., Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette 10 New Members’ Luncheon – noon at the PCBA – invitation only 13 Tried and True: Part III – Check-in and lunch 11:30 a.m., seminar 12:00-2:00 p.m., Spalding Pastoral Center – two hours of professional responsibility credit 18 Mental Health Treatment for the Client – 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the PCBA Office. 20 Dealing with Attorney Mental Health Issues – 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the PCBA Office. 23 The Attorney-Client Relationship when the Client becomes Incapacitated – 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the PCBA Office 26 Memorial Service – 10:30 a.m. – Courtroom 210, Peoria County Courthouse 30 Memorial Day- Courts & Courthouse Closed
June 14 Government & Public Interest Seminar – Check-in and continental breakfast 8:00 a.m., Seminar 8:30-12:00, Spalding Pastoral Center
July 4 Independence Day- Courts & Courthouse Closed 11 Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers – Spalding Center, 5:30 p.m.
Committee MeetingsAll meetings at noon at the PCBA Office unless otherwise noted April 5 Real Property 6 Meet the Judges – YLC will meet with Judge Paul Gilfillan 7 Fitness Health & Wellness 11 CLE 12 Diversity subcommittee will meet at Peoria Public Schools District office 13 Family Law Section of Substantive Law Committee 14 YLC 18 Employment Review 19 Board 20 Diversity (full committee) 21 Lincoln Memorial Banquet 22 Foundation Trustees 25 Budget 26 Pro Bono
May 2 Commercial Law & Litigation Section of Substantive Law Committee 3 Real Property 9 CLE 11 Meet the Judges – YLC will meet with Judge Suzanne Patton 12 YLC 17 Board 24 Government & Public Interest
June 7 Real Property 8 Meet the Judges- YLC will meet with Judge David Brown 9 YLC 13 CLE 21 Board
COMMITTEE REPORTS It’s time to start thinking about committee involvement for the 2016-17 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. An e-mail will be sent to all PCBA members soon asking for your committee preferences. Entertainment Committee Jeff Bach and Brad Keller, incoming golf co-chairs, are pleased to report that the 2016 Golf Outing will be held on Monday, August 29, 2016 at WeaverRidge Golf Club, with the rain date being September 29. Registration opens next month – gather your foursome now!
2016 Holiday Party: WANTED: Funny people – if you’re NOT one, appoint one! Fitness Health & Wellness By Denise Conklin, committee member If you are like me, time is a precious commodity. While staying fit may be a goal, getting a workout in while balancing work, family, and all of life's other demands may be a challenge. If this is you, take a look at some of the home fitness programs by Beach Body.com. If you can carve 30 minutes into your schedule to work out at home, P90X3 might be for you. Tony Horton leads this video-based home fitness program, and touts: "It's an all-new program of super-efficient workouts, each one packed with 30 minutes of concentrated intensity." I am enjoying this work out. I hope it inspires you to keep moving!https://www.beachbody.com/product/fitness_programs/p90x3-workout.do. Lawyer Referral Service It’s tax season which means a lot of people are in need of help. Whether it’s trouble filing or disputes with the IRS, we have received many calls from people needing a tax attorney. If you are a current LRS member who would like to join this panel, please contact our office. If you aren’t a current member of the LRS and need new clients, please consider joining! 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. Local Continuing Legal EducationUpcoming programs: May 13 Professional Responsibility Seminar, “Tried & True III,” – Spalding Pastoral Center, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (2 hours professionalism credit) NEW! May is Mental Health Awareness month and the CLE Committee will be presenting three one-hour lunch and learn seminars addressing related issues. May 18 Mental Health Treatment for the Client by Hon. Lisa Wilson, 10th Judicial Circuit, and Robert Beach, Human Service Center. May 20 Dealing with Attorney Mental Health Issues by Hon. James Radcliffe, LAP, and Peter Rotskoff, ARDC. May 23 The Attorney-Client Relationship when the Client Becomes Incapacitated by Susan Dawson-Tibbits, Johnson, Bunce & Noble. The mental health live presentations are from 12:00-1:00 p.m. at the PCBA office and include lunch (space limited to 20 people). These seminars will also be available by webinar – available live 12:00-1:00 p.m. and on demand. As always these seminars will also be available on DVD. Each session is $20 or $50 for all three, payable online at www.peoriabar.org/shop or by sending a check to the PCBA office. June 14 Government & Public Interest Seminar – Spalding Pastoral Center, 8:30 a.m. – noon. Membership & Memorials Membership Chairman Joshua Herman has reported an application for membership has been received from Charles A. LeFebvre and an application for membership renewal has been received from Gabriel Casey. Mr. Herman also reminds us that the New Members’ Lunch will be Tuesday, May 10, at the PCBA office. Our newest members and guests will soon receive a formal invitation. The annual Memorial Service will be held on Thursday, May 26, at 10:30 a.m. in courtroom 210 of the Peoria County Courthouse. Those who will be remembered are Robert Strodel, William Charnock, Mary Newbould, James Cummings, E. Richard Johnson, Randall West, Edward Durree, Robert Jennetten and the following members who recently passed. On February 29, 2016, Paul A. Edwards passed away. Paul attended Illinois State University and graduated in 2001 with his Bachelors in Science. He then attended Southern Illinois University where he received his Jurdis Doctor in 2006. Paul formerly worked at the U.S. District Court for Central Illinois and Hunziker Law Group before he left to start his own firm, Edwards Law Group. On March 11, 2016, Robert R. Thornton passed away. Robert received his law degree in 1953 after attending Columbia University Law School. He practiced law for 17 years in New York City at the law firms Dorr Hand and Nixon, and Mudge, Rose, Guthrie and Alexander. In 1970 he moved to Peoria to join Caterpillar Tractor Co., to help build the internal legal department. He worked there until he retired in November of 1991. The PCBA has donated $200 to the PCBA Foundation in memory of Paul Edwards and Robert Thornton. Memorial contributions may be made at www.peoriabar.org/shop. Public Relations Committee Adopt-a-School By Cathy Molchin On March 16, David House and I spoke at Manual in Scott Shifeling’s classroom, which is civics/government. There were approximately 16 to 18 students. This was the morning after Manual won in Rockford, so we may have had some tired students. We spoke about the legal process, in that there are trials at the circuit court level, then the appellate level, and then finally the supreme court level. We spoke about how Justice Scalia’s death affects the United States Supreme Court. We also spoke about different legal professions, including lawyers, paralegals, court reporters, probationers, and many other jobs that all make the legal system work. We spoke about the educational requirements of the different jobs. We spoke about some of their salaries, and what the jobs involve. Overall, it was a good class, and the teacher and his student teacher also joined in the conversation. People’s Law School We are pleased to once again partner with Illinois Central College for the 2016 programs listed above. All programs are held at ICC North campus from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. and are free, but advance registration is required. We appreciate all our members who volunteer their time for this community outreach program. Young Lawyers Committee By Vincent Boyle, YLC Chair The Young Lawyers will be holding their annual Law Day Luncheon on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette. This year’s Law Day theme is Miranda: More than Words. 2016 marks the 50th anniversary of the nation’s best-known U.S. Supreme Court case, Miranda v. Arizona. Featured speaker will be University of Illinois School of Law Professor Andrew D. Leipold. Reservations can be made online at www.peoriabar.org/shop, or by sending a check to the PCBA office. PEORIA COUNTY PRO BONO PLAN By Kate Durham 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: Kenneth Black, Spencer Daniels, Sam Harrod, William Holman, Jeff Krumpe, Tim McCarthy, Ann Pieper and Emily Wilburn. Prairie State Campaign Kick-Off and Pro Bono Recognition Prairie State Legal Services will be having its annual Campaign Kick-Off on Friday, April 15th over the noon hour at the Civic Center. We will also be using this luncheon to recognize all the volunteer lawyers who helped with cases in 2015. Furthermore, we will be presenting the Joined in Justice Award to someone from a partnering organization highlighting the work he or she does with Prairie State. State Senator Chuck Weaver will be the keynote speaker. I encourage everyone to attend to not only support Prairie State, but also your colleagues who have worked so diligently with our Pro Bono Program. Registration and networking begin at 11:30 a.m. and the luncheon is from 12:00-1:00 p.m. To register online click the link below. The event price is $30.00. Please RSVP by April 8, 2016. https://events.r20.constantcontact.com/register/eventReg?oeidk=a07ecasm3y610b9aba0&oseq=&c=67601b40-5034-11e3-b0ad-d4ae5284205e&ch=1470ac20-a597-11e3-9aa6-d4ae5292c426 I hope to see everyone there!