2016 January LegalEase

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Judicial Vacancy (11th Circuit)
New Members
CLE
2016 Judge Assignments

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

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
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
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.
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

Unique Client Relations Position
AV-rated business law firm in Peoria is seeking an energetic, motivated, and independent individual with exceptional skills interacting with people to assist in managing firm’s client communications, relations, and development.  Position involves supervising all communication, coordination, and interaction with clients, as well as management of the firm’s social media and marketing.  Strong interpersonal skills required, and sales or marketing experience a plus.  Full benefits available, and compensation is commensurate with skills, education, and experience.  Send resume in confidence to: VanFleet Law Offices; Attn: Joe VanFleet; 7817 N. Knoxville Avenue; Peoria, Illinois 61614 or call (309) 672-2200.

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.

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
Happy New Year!
The time has come to keep those New Year resolutions, including completing your mandatory CLE requirements. Your Peoria County CLE Committee has worked hard to put together an interesting and diversified Winter Series of CLE programs with lots of local content and practice tips. These programs begin on Saturday, January 9th. Please visit www.peoriabar.org to sign up.
The time has also arrived for you to get your tickets for our annual Lincoln Memorial Banquet to be held on Thursday, February 11th. In addition to announcing the PCBA distinguished Community Service Award, we will honor our retiring judges, David Dubicki and Jerelyn Maher.
Forget the cold weather and think of January as your opportunity to get a fresh start on achieving your professional goals in the practice of law. Keep warm!

Welcome to the Bench

We welcome Honorable Suzanne Patton to the bench in the 10th Judicial Circuit.  She has been an assistant prosecutor in Peoria County for over 14 years.  She will be sworn in on January 8 at 9:00 a.m. and will preside in courtroom 210.  The 2016 Judicial Assignments may be downloaded by clicking here.

 

108th Lincoln Memorial Banquet

You will soon be receiving your personal invitation to this annual event celebrating the birth and life of our 16th President. The event will be Thursday, February 11, at the Hayden-Clark Alumni Center on the Bradley University campus.  Featured speaker will be noted Lincoln scholar Matthew Pinsker. New this year is the half-price ticket for first-time attendees.  Online reservations may be made at https://www.peoriabar.org/product/108th-lincoln-memorial-banquet.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
January
1       Courts & Courthouse Closed
9       CLE: Employment Law / Workers’ Compensation
16     CLE: Commercial Law & Litigation
18     Martin Luther King Jr. Day - Courts & Courthouse Closed
23     CLE: Civil Practice
30     CLE: Elder Law
February
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
March
2       CLE: Brown Bag Series
9       CLE: Brown Bag Series
16     CLE: Brown Bag Series
23     CLE: Brown Bag Series
30     CLE: Brown Bag Series

Committee Meetings
January
5     Real Property
6     Fitness Health & Wellness
7     Government  & Public Interest – all PCBA members welcome; lunch provided; must RSVP
8     Lincoln Banquet
11   Commercial Law & Litigation – at offices of Howard & Howard
11   CLE
12   Board
13   Pro Bono
14   YLC
19   Membership
20   PR
27   Diversity
February
2    Real Property
4    Communication & Technology
16  Board
18  YLC

COMMITTEE REPORTS
Communications & Technology
Last chance!  If you missed all the sitting dates to be photographed for the 2016 Pictorial Directory, there is one last option:  Use your 2012 pictorial photograph.  This option is only available to those who were photographed by Photography by Lee for the 2012 pictorial directory.  There is a $25 manipulation fee to re-use your old photo.  Contact the PCBA today if you would like to take advantage of this final opportunity.
Entertainment
Thank you to the cast and crew for a fun-filled night at the annual Holiday Party!  This year’s production included: John Bathke, Chris Crawford, Aliesha Graves, Tom Howard, Rob Parker (Chairman), Ann Pieper, Brian Seckler, Matt Smith, Kate Swise and Rich Zuckerman.  Special thanks to the band: Troy Roberts, Mike Lied, Jeff Brockamp and Bret Johnson.  Below:  Jeff Bach enjoys his time at the “millennials” table, which included a Wi-fi hot spot, paper crowns and Play-Doh to keep our youngest (or young-at-heart) members occupied.  Matt Smith, always a favorite, kept us laughing as evidenced by the smiles of Derek Schroen, Joe Borsberry and Joe Napoli.

Fitness, Health & Wellness
Have you ever thought about the amount of time you spend “connected?”  The recent power outages during the December ice storm may have brought this to the forefront of our thinking.  It will surprise most of us just how much time we spend with our electronic devices, and as lawyers, the number of hours may be even higher than most.  There are numerous articles on the stress brought on by prolonged connectivity, so if you are looking to unplug, consider the following:  National Day of Unplugging: http://nationaldayofunplugging.com; Walden Zones:  http://williampowers.com; The Digital Detox: http://thedigitaldetox.org; Technology Shabbatshttp://tiffanyshlain.com; and Unplug your house: http://www.sunset.com/home/natural-home/unplugging-lifestyle.  Perhaps a New Year resolution for de-stressing by unplugging might be in order.
Government & Public Interest
PCBA members are invited to the January 7 noon meeting to learn more about the committee and provide input on topics for the committee’s June 14 CLE seminar.  Lunch will be provided; RSVP required.  Call the PCBA at 674-6049 no later than Tuesday, January 5.  Joshua Herman will be taking over as chairman of this committee in light of recent regulations which make it necessary for Nate Strickler to end his term as chairman early.  We appreciate Nate’s past service and thank Josh for stepping up.
Local Continuing Legal Education
Registration is now open for the 2016 Winter Series!  Remember, if you are unable to attend the live programs, they will be recorded and available on DVD two weeks following each seminar.
2016 Winter Series
January 9: Employment/Workers’ Compensation, Brad Ingram and Dana Hughes, Co-Chairs Click HERE to register online.
January 16: Commercial Law & Litigation, Mary Corrigan and Brian Johnson, Co-Chairs  Click HERE to register online.
January 23: Civil Practice –Christina Cullom & Emily Perkins, Co-Chairs Click HERE to register online.
January 30: Elder Law – Emily Wilburn & Kenneth Baker, Co-Chairs  Click HERE to register online.
February 6: Family Law – Judge Jerelyn Maher and Richard Zuckerman, Co-Chairs  Click HERE to register online.
February 20: Law Practice Management – Jim Kane and John Nicoara, Co-Chairs  Click HERE to register online.
Also in the planning stages are the May 13 Professional Responsibility Seminar, “Tried & True III,” and the June 14 Government & Public Interest Seminar.
Membership
Membership Committee Chairman Joshua Herman reports that attorney Michael Toren has applied for membership and an application for student membership has been received from Ryan Tank. The applications will be submitted for approval at the February Board meeting.
Nominating
The Nominating Committee met on October 14, 2015, for the purpose of selecting an attorney who will fill the role of Secretary-Treasurer next year, and annually thereafter move into the offices of Second Vice President, President-Elect and eventually President of the PCBA.
The nominee should be someone from our association with past measurable involvement with the PCBA’s committees and activities, someone with demonstrated legal experience and abilities, and someone who exemplifies the character of the membership sufficient to lead the association in furtherance of all the association’s endeavors.  The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that it has selected Michael D. Gifford (at right) as its nominee for the position of Secretary-Treasurer for the year 2016-17.  The committee chair has spoken with Mike who has agreed that if he is so nominated, he will accept this position. 
2015-16 Nominating Committee:  Craig S. Young, Immediate Past President and Nominating Committee Chair, Past Presidents James F. Kane, Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson, Kevin M. Miller, Karl B. Kuppler; two members under age 36 appointed by the Board of Directors:  Vincent M. Boyle and David B. Wiest.
Real Property
Did you know that the Real Property Committee meets monthly and oftentimes has a speaker and a lunch sponsor?  Anyone who handles real estate matters will find this committee important to their practice.
Young Lawyers Committee
Every year the Young Lawyers Committee heads up Project Santa for the Bar Association, soliciting gifts and donations to make the families and children of our community heathier and happier this holiday season. This holiday season we delivered your gifts and donations to South Side Mission. Your gifts filled the PCBA office and your donations totaled a record $4,620.00. The magnitude of your generosity will not soon be forgotten. The Director of Youth Ministries at South Side Mission, Paul Mulholland, wanted us to extend South Side Mission’s gratitude to everyone who participated and contributed.
We have also taken your suggestions and concerns about Project Santa to heart and will be working to improve the program for next year. Thank you to everyone who participated this year.
Christina Cullom, Quinn Johnston; Emily Perkins, Heyl Royster; and Kerrianne Waters, Vonachen Westervelt

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.
COURT NEWS
A Notice of Vacancy in the 11th Circuit has been posted on the PCBA website (www.peoriabar.org) below the list of CLE programs.  

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: Sumner Bourne, Mary Corrigan, Debbie Harper, James LaFante, Robert Muir, and Gerard Rickert.

ROBERT MUIR, LONGTIME VOLUNTEER IS RETIRING
Attorney Robert Muir began volunteering with our office in October 1999, when he participated in a divorce clinic held at our office.  Upon his retirement from Husch Blackwell in 2004, he has worked as a volunteer in our office on a continuing basis, and he has helped numerous people and contributed countless hours of time to assisting those less fortunate.  Bob will be retiring once again in January as he completes his current case load.  Attorney Muir is an amazing, selfless person that will be greatly missed by our office, the clients he serves, and the greater legal community.  Please congratulate Bob and wish him well in his next endeavor.

EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITIES
Prairie State Legal Services will be presenting the following CLE/Educational opportunities early this year. Please feel free to sign up.  If you have questions, please don’t hesitate to call me.

Tax Law CLE Event for Attorneys: Your Client has Problems with the I.R.S.: Now What? January 21, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:15 PM
Join Prairie State Legal Services' Low Income Tax Clinic for the second of a two-part series of free webinars on tax law for attorneys. We are offering 1.25 hours of general MCLE credit for this event, which is designed for attorneys who have little or no knowledge of tax law. This program will be presented by Andrew VanSingel, the Director of Prairie State's Low Income Tax Clinic and Timothy Rout, staff attorney in Prairie State's Waukegan office.
To register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/3622919771681452802.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

An Introduction to Social Security Disability Law
February 4, 2016, 3:00 PM – 4:30 PM
Join Prairie State Legal Services for a free webinar focused on assisting clients in appealing the Social Security Administration's denial of their application for Social Security Disability (SSD) or Supplemental Security Income (SSI) benefits. The course introduces the definition of disability set forth in the Social Security Act, the Sequential Evaluation of disability, and client advocacy at the reconsideration stage of the Social Security appeal process. To register, please visit https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/5129438718339604481.  After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar. 
And don’t forget that attorneys can register for our free, on demand family law eLearning course at http://borderlessprobono.illinoisprobono.org/

 

 

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