2016 February LegalEase

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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
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

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

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 – State Treasurer’s Office
This is a professional-level legal position that drafts, analyzes, and reviews requests for proposals, transactional agreements, interagency agreements, and legal memoranda for various divisions regarding obligations of the Illinois State Treasurer’s Office. The individual in this position oversees on-going litigation involving the Unclaimed Property Division, the Illinois Workers Benefit Fund, and other matters as assigned. http://www.illinoistreasurer.gov/about-us/employment/AssistantGeneralCounsel20151223.pdf

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.

Legal Assistant
Howard & Howard, a leading Midwest business law firm, is currently accepting resumes for the full-time position of Legal Assistant in our Peoria, Illinois office.  Click HERE for the full position description and requirements.  Candidates who are fully qualified for this opportunity are encouraged to submit their resumes by email to sbrocksmith@howardandhoward.com

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 on apply today and search for tracking code 215930-961.

Directory Changes

Bradshaw, James D., 601 Margaret St., Pekin, IL 61554 Effective 2/19/16
Cords & Cordis, New fax number: 309-385-0054
Lawson, James P., Cordis & Cordis, P.O. Box 445, 129 N. Walnut, Princeville, IL 61559, Phone: 309-385-4616; Fax: 309-385-0054, email: jlawson@cordislaw.com.
Miller, Michele A., Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., 331 Fulton, Peoria, IL 61602, Phone: 674-9831; email: mmiller@pslegal.org
Nichols, Christopher A., P.O. Box 308, Washington, 61571, Phone: 309-840-4276, Fax: 309-279-5273
Norman, Thomas, 456 Fulton St., Suite 410, Peoria, Phone: 309-999-1111, Fax: 855-533-2683.
E-mail: tnorman@lefantelaw.com
Schneider, Kevin D., CEFCU, 5401 W. Dirksen Parkway, Peoria, 61607, Phone: 309-633-3630
Smith, Thorn McClellan, P.O. Box 9367, Peoria, 61612, Phone: 309-621-3365

Email Changes

Matt Miller, lawpeoria@gmail.com
John Bathke, jbathke@shay-law.com
Jonathan Phillips, jphillips@shay-law.com
William Shay, wshay@shay-law.com
Estella Vallejo, evallejo@shay-law.com
Jim Kane-jkane@peorialawyers.com
Scott Umland- scott@seumland.com

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) 467-4940 or admin@faupellaw.com for additional information.

Attorney office for rent on 19th floor of former Associated Bank Plaza 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.

Attractive space with beautiful westerly view available in Chase Bank Building, 411 Hamilton Blvd., Peoria.  Available March 1.  Price and amenities negotiable.  Contact Spencer Daniels at (309) 673-1400.

Striking office space of approximately 1,624 square feet with beautiful easterly view available in Chase Bank Building, 411 Hamilton Blvd., Peoria.  Corner office has Eastern/Southern view.  Available March 1.  Contact Michael Hanson at (309) 678-6356

For Sale
Double pedestal conference table with six chairs. $750  Contact Art Inman at 673-9711.


Message from the President

Keep warm by participating in your PCBA activities!
I hope to welcome as many of our members and their guests as possible at our annual Lincoln Memorial Banquet to be held on Thursday, February 11th at Bradley University. Our Banquet Committee chaired by Judge Shadid has put together a great program.  Our featured speaker is a noted Lincoln scholar, Matthew Pinsker. We will also be announcing the recipient of the PCBA Distinguished Community Service Award and honoring our recently retired judges, David Dubicki and Jerelyn Maher.
The Winter Series of CLE programs produced by your Peoria County CLE Committee continues this month with programs on Saturday, February 6th and 20th.  Also, if you missed a program that you wanted to go to in January, those programs are now available for purchase on DVDs. Please visit www.peoriabar.org to sign up. 
Finally, I want to say a special thank you to Christina Cullom, Emily Perkins and Kerrianne Waters who chaired our Association’s Project Santa.  As a result of their teamwork, your gifts and donations to the South Side Mission in 2015 totaled a record $4,620.00.

Welcome to the Bench

We welcome Honorable Alicia Washington to the bench in the 10th Judicial Circuit.   She will be sworn in on January 29 at 3:00 p.m. in courtroom 210 and will preside in courtroom 121.  Alicia has been a member of the PCBA since being admitted to the Illinois bar in 2003.


108th Lincoln Memorial Banquet

From Honorable James E. Shadid:  Each year at this time we are reminded of Lincoln. What he said, what he stood for and the way he conducted himself. He practiced law in a manner that did justice to him and to his clients. As lawyers we should honor, and emulate, that. That is why we should attend the Banquet, if we can.

The deadline for reservations is Friday, February 5. The event will be Thursday, February 11, at the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center on the Bradley University campus. New this year is the half-price ticket for first-time attendees.  Reservations may be made at https://www.peoriabar.org/product/108th-lincoln-memorial-banquet.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
6       CLE: Family Law
11     Lincoln Banquet - 6:30 Cocktails, 7:15 Dinner – Hayden-Clark Alumni Center, Bradley
12     Lincoln’s Birthday – Courts Closed/Courthouse Open
15     President’s Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed
20     CLE: Law Practice Management
2       CLE: Brown Bag Series – Medical Marijuana Law Update by Rodney Nordstrom
9       CLE: Brown Bag Series – Residential Real Estate: Mold & Insurance Claims by Jim Kane
16     CLE: Brown Bag Series – Intellectual Property by Jonathan L.A. Phillips
23     CLE: Brown Bag Series – Criminal Defense by Jeffrey Hall
25     Good Friday- Courts & Courthouse Closed
30     CLE: Brown Bag Series – Will Contests and other Estate/Probate Litigation Issues by Dustin Jensen

Committee Meetings
2    Real Property
3    Fitness, Health & Wellness
4    Communication & Technology
8    CLE
9    Membership and  By-Laws joint meeting
12  Lawyer Referral Service
16  Board
17  Public Relations
18  YLC
23   Pro Bono
  1  Real Property
  8  Government & Public Interest Law
10  YLC
14  CLE
15  Board



The By-Laws Committee, chaired by Katherine Zogas, will be meeting with the Membership & Memorials Committee on February 9 to discuss changes in the structure of membership categories.  If you’ve never read the Association’s by-laws, they may be found online at https://peoriabar.org/about/by-laws.


Communications & Technology

Jonathan L. A. Phillips, Committee Chair, reports that efforts are being made to improve the Bar’s website.  Due to technological issues, updates to the Members Directory have not been possible.  We thank you for your patience while these issues are being addressed.  Thank you to all who participated in the pictorial directory project.  Our friends at Photography by Lee tell us the project should be completed this spring.

Lawyer Referral Service

Peter Lynch, LRS Committee Chair

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. Specifically, the following categories receive the most calls: unemployment, consumer contracts, employment, landlord/tenant and civil rights. If you practice in any of those categories, 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 pcba@mtco.com.

Local Continuing Legal Education

The CLE Committee, chaired by Stacy Crabtree, reminds us there’s still time to register for the final two seminars in February.  Remember, if you are unable to attend the live programs, they will be recorded and available on DVD following each seminar.

2016 Winter Series 
February 6: Family Law – Judge Jerelyn Maher and Richard Zuckerman, Co-Chairs
February 20: Law Practice Management – Jim Kane and John Nicoara, Co-Chairs
Available on DVD: Employment Law/Workers’ Compensation, Commercial Law & Litigation, Civil Practice and Elder Law (available February 14)
2016 Brown Bag Seminars
March 2, Medical Marijuana Law Update by Rodney Nordstrom
March 9 Criminal Defense by Jeffrey Hall
March 16 Intellectual Property by Jonathan L.A. Phillips
March 23 Residential Real Estate: Mold & Insurance Claims by James F. Kane
March 30 Will Contests and Other Estate/Probate Litigation Issues by Dustin Jensen.

Remember, these free programs are held at the PCBA office for PCBA Members, include a free lunch, and most importantly, provide one hour of MCLE credit each. Space is limited; registration is required, and a registration form is included with this issue. A waiting list will be started in the event a seminar fills up.

Also mark your calendars for:
May 13 Professional Responsibility Seminar, “Tried & True III,” – Spalding Pastoral Center, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (2 hours professionalism credit)
June 14 Government & Public Interest Seminar – Spalding Pastoral Center, 8:30 a.m. – noon.

Membership & Memorials
Membership Committee Chairman Joshua Herman reports that attorneys Larry Smith, Amanda Stanley, and Benedict Ciravolo have applied for membership. Their applications will be submitted for approval at the March Board meeting.  Please mark your calendars for the annual Memorial Service scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in courtroom 210.

 Public Relations Committee
Ashley Miller, PR Committee Chair
Adopt-a-School:  More classroom presentations at Manual Academy are being planned.  Speaking dates will be emailed to the membership in a week or two.  If you are interested in volunteering, contact Ashley Miller milleram6@gmail.com or Linda pcba@mtco.com.
People’s Law School:  We are pleased to once again partner with Illinois Central College for the 2016 programs.  April 14 will feature Matt Miller, speaking on DUI/Criminal Law; April 28 will feature Tim Kirk, speaking on Wills & Estates, and May 12 will feature Patrick Chambers, speaking on Purchase and Sale of Real Estate.  Segments are currently being scheduled in June for Landlord/Tenant Issues by Jim Rochford and Family Law by Michelle Eggert.  We appreciate all our members who volunteer their time for this community outreach program.

Young Lawyers Committee
Vincent Boyle, YLC Chair
The YLC committee is in need of more volunteers for the Midwest Food Bank volunteer event on March 1st.  Families are welcome to help! Please contact Emily Perkins eperkins@heylroyster.com if you would like to help.
Save the date!  The Young Lawyers will be holding their annual Law Day Luncheon on Wednesday, May 4, 2016, at the Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette.  Featured speaker will be University of Illinois School of Law Professor Andrew D. Leipold.  Further details are forthcoming.


Local Rules
Did you know that in 2013 then-Tenth Circuit Chief Judge Michael Brandt accomplished a much-needed update of the Local Rules? The current edition of the Local Rules (in booklet form) are available in the Peoria County Law Library and at the PCBA office.  After Mitch Gilfillan’s recent CLE presentation on minors’ settlements and reference to Rule 75 of the local rules, one member realized his office had an outdated copy.  The rules may also be found online at https://www.peoriabar.org/courts/rules.   

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: Kirk Bode, Adam Bowton, John Cassidy III, Spencer Daniels, Chester Fuller, Sam Harrod, Jeffrey Hoecker, Blake Mishler, Carl Wilbur and Jennifer Wolfe.

I will be saying goodbye to all of you this month as I move on to retirement.  My last day will be February 26th. I have had an amazing career at Prairie State Legal Services, and leaving will be a mixed blessing.  It has been rewarding on so many levels.  And these 21 years have gone by quickly. Together we have made a difference in the lives of so many people, and I am very proud of that accomplishment.  And we have many good stories to tell, and have had many good laughs along the way.  I would like to thank the Judges, attorneys, paralegals, and the Peoria County Bar Association for all the help and support in making this one of the best Pro Bono Projects in the state.  Linda Raineri has been a wonderful ally and friend.  And I must thank Caterpillar Inc. for all their support and the work we have done together.  It has been such an honor to have worked with all of, and to have been friends with so many of you.  What I will do next you ask??  I plan on being involved in our community to the fullest extent.  You may hear my name again as I don’t plan on staying home.  I have children and grandchildren in Saratoga Springs, New York and St. Louis, Missouri, and they need more of my time.  So my life will be full.
But there is good news!!!  Kate Durham will be assuming my position as Pro Bono Coordinator.  Kate has a background in organizing volunteer programs, and created and ran a very successful volunteer program at Wildlife Prairie Park that utilized almost 400 volunteers. She will be starting with us on January 25th and several weeks with me to learn everything I know.  I believe that she will bring many new ideas and creativity to the position.  I am sure that you will approve and that you will enjoy working with her.  I hope that you will greet her warmly and be as helpful as possible as she starts her career.


Father David Link Presentation - “Call for Justice Reform”
Father David Link was a powerful lawyer, a former Dean of Law at the University of Notre Dame, turned Catholic Priest, and now a volunteer Chaplin for the State of Indiana Department of Corrections. In Maura Poston Zagrans book, “CAMERADO, I GIVE YOU MY HAND”, Fr. Link details “A Crime Peace Plan” that can resolve the problems presently clogging the Criminal Justice System. Fr. Link will be presenting his “Crime Peace Plan” on Friday, February 26th at 7:00pm at St. Thomas the Apostle Catholic Church in Peoria Heights. The presentation is free of charge, sponsored by Jobs Partnership Peoria, and a free-will offering can be made. Contact PCBA Member Stephanie McCarthy for any questions you may have.

Fulton County Bar Embarks on CLE Programming
From Trygve Meade (trygvemeade@gmail.com), President, invites PCBA members to their six-hour program on March 24 at the Canton Harvester Inn.  Topics include Basics of Estate Planning, The 2016 Amendments to the IMDMA, Ethics Update, Working with Children, Legal “Hacks,” and Common Mistakes in Courtroom Practice. Non-members of the Fulton County Bar may register for $50.  RSVP to Charla (charla.beallaw@outlook.com).



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