2016 July LegalEase

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In This Issue
·         CLE: Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring
·         New Members
·         Memorial
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



IMMEDIATE OPENINGS
Associate Attorney
Goldfine & Bowles is seeking an associate with potential to become a partner.  We are looking for an energetic, outgoing individual with good people skills to handle some personal injury, but primarily workers' compensation claims.  Experience with handling workers' compensation claims is preferable.  Send letter and resume in confidence to Office Manager at 4242 N. Knoxville, Peoria, IL 61614, or via email to:
mmarincic@goldfineandbowles.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.
Associate Attorney
McGrath Law Office, P.C. seeks candidates to fill an immediate opening for an associate attorney in our new Morton office. McGrath Law Office, P.C. is a general civil practice firm. Our practice areas include municipal law, estate planning, nursing home planning, civil litigation, real estate law, and corporate law. The ideal candidate for this position would have extensive experience either with municipal law or with civil litigation. Candidates with 3 or more years’ experience are preferred. Substantial prior courtroom experience is a plus. Candidates must possess strong analytical skills and must effectively communicate both with clients and other legal professionals. Leadership acumen and a drive to excel are needed, as this position brings with it substantial responsibility. Compensation package will be commensurate with experience. Interested candidates should submit their resume and cover letter in confidence to Pat McGrath, McGrath Law Office, P.C., 113 S. Main St., Mackinaw, IL 61755 or via email to pat.mcgrath@mcgrathpc.net.
Experienced Attorney
Growing AV-rated business law firm seeks a motivated attorney who understands the changes taking place in the legal industry and that law firms must react and adapt to these changes to remain productive and profitable. Substantive work involves business law and commercial litigation, as well as general creditor’s rights and collection matters. Ability to use productivity, case management, and billing software is necessary, and willingness to operate paperless with constant mobile access is required. Strong writing skills are also required. Compensation commensurate with education and experience, and excellent opportunities exist for long-term success. Send inquiry and resume in confidence to: VanFleet Law Offices, Attn: Joe VanFleet, 7817 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.
Corporate Paralegal
OSF Healthcare seeks an experienced paralegal to support the in-house legal needs of OSF Healthcare System and operating units.  The Corporate Paralegal works under the direction of the Senior Vice President (SVP), Legal Services and will assist in handling legal issues such as conducting advanced legal research; assisting in preparing documents, corporate documentation, leases, licenses, insurance, and employment agreements; assisting in audits; performing due diligence; reviewing contracts, and assisting in preparing legal memoranda and pleadings.  Will also support contract reviews and risk assessment.  Minimum five years related work experience as a paralegal is required.  For a full list of requirements and to apply, please go to www.osfcareers.org and search job number MIN000258.  EOE/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disabled
Paralegal Position
Friendly Hanna City Office, two or more years of experience required, 3 or 4 days per week, salary commensurate with experience, paid holidays & accumulated time off, probate and real estate experience a plus. Send resume and current list of references to: 
Honegger2015@yahoo.com
Experienced Paralegal
AV-rated business law firm in Peoria is seeking a motivated paralegal to assist firm with general business, creditor’s rights, and commercial litigation. Law firm experience and ability to use productivity, case management, and billing software is required. Full benefits available, and compensation is commensurate with skills, education, and experience. Great opportunities exist for long-term success. Send resume in confidence to VanFleet Law Offices, Attn: Joe VanFleet, 7817 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.
Summer Law Clerk
Expectations:  The proper candidate will be a first or second year law student who desires to practice in Central Illinois at the conclusion of their law school career.  Law Clerk must have the ability to handle complex legal research projects, writing, and internet research as well as calling Courts and Administrative Agencies for clarification on rules if necessary.  Kavanagh is a multi-practice law firm, so an interest in numerous different legal areas (trusts and estates, litigation, business law, admiistrative agency compliance, family law, municipal law) is a bonus.  Qualifications:  You much have completed either your first or second year of law school to be considered for the position.  Send resume to Jackie Taylor at jackietaylor@kssw.com.
Law Clerk
2017-2018 Federal Clerkship Opportunity in the Chambers of Judge Joe B. McDade. Applicant should apply via the OSCAR system (http://Oscar.uscourts.gov) but paper applications will also be accepted until July 1, 2016. Applicant must be in the top 33% of class. To apply, submit law school and undergraduate grade sheets, a concise writing sample, a resume and cover letter to Chambers of Judge Joe B. McDade, 127 Federal Bldg, 100 NE Monroe, Peoria 61602.
Legal Internships Wanted
The Bradley University Pre-Law Center is always on the lookout for good internship placement opportunities for our students. If you have an interest in having one of our talented and eager students get an early start to their career in the law in your office, please contact Dr. Craig Curtis, the Acting Director of the Pre-Law Center, at 309-677-4200 or via e-mail at prelaw@fsmail.bradley.edu. Students earn academic credit and you get a younger worker full of fresh ideas and energy.
WILL SEARCH
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a will for Renae Lynn Hanson (nee’ Couch), Date of Death May 18, 2016, please contact attorney Valerie Moehle at 347-4141.
DIRECTORY CHANGES
Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher- Bradley University, Pre-Law Center, Bradley Hall, Room 239, Peoria, IL 61625.

 

Message from the Incoming President
It is an honor and a privilege to serve as your president for the coming year. Formalized in 1879, the Peoria County Bar Association began the treasured tradition of service to its members and the community. The committees work tirelessly to continue this tradition in challenging times for the legal profession. The PCBA has excelled in promoting respect and camaraderie among its members in every endeavor undertaken, whether it is one of our social events, a CLE, or our final tribute to our members at the memorial service.
My mission in the coming year is to continue the tradition of service to our members and the community. We will be introducing new CLE programs and formats to give our members more CLE opportunities including more updates. We will provide training to help you and your office embrace electronic filing.  The PCBA is more than an association – it is a family of hard working and yes, fun-loving lawyers.  We will help this family grow more diverse and even more talented with efforts such as the Peoria Legal Academy.
All these goals are prefaced with “we.”  I know from over 38 years as a proud member of this association, the work is done by the determined work of the committees and the dedicated support of the members.  I thank you for the opportunity to work with you in the coming year.

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 William Holman who is assisting a military person with a domestic relations matter. Most cases we receive are domestic matters and we’d like to expand our group of attorneys that can volunteer to handle these types of cases. Mike Lied of Howard & Howard heads up this effort. Please contact Mike at mlied@howard andhoward.com or the PCBA office if you know a veteran needing legal assistance or if you would like to be added to our list of volunteers to assist a veteran.

Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program
Kerrianne Waters and Jessica Sarff are heading up the 2016-17 program and are currently looking for participants to sign up as either mentors or mentees.  This is a great opportunity to promote professionalism in the PCBA.  The orientation luncheon will be on July 26 from noon to 1:00 at the PCBA office.  Participants receive six hours of professionalism credit during this one-year program.   The deadline for registering for the mentoring program is July 15.  To register visit http://lawyermentor.ilsccp.org/pcba/.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
July
4       Independence Day - Courts & Courthouse Closed
11     Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers – Spalding Center, 5:30 p.m.
26     Mentoring Orientation
August
26     Chiefs Game – Brothers-in-Law singing the National Anthem – Tickets only $10
29     Annual Golf Outing- Weaver Ridge Golf Club, 11:00 a.m. check in; 12:00 p.m. tee-off
September
  5     Labor Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed
24     Strides for Justice to benefit Prairie State, register at www.stridesforjustice.com
29     13th Annual Diversity Luncheon, Spalding Center, 12:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Committee Meetings All meetings at noon at the PCBA Office unless otherwise noted
July
13  Diversity
14  Foundation Trustees
18  CLE
19  Government & Public Interest
20  Fitness Health & Wellness
21  Meet the Judges - YLC will meet with Judge Michael Risinger
26  Mentoring Orientation
August
  2  Real Property
11  YLC
16  Board
17  Meet the Judges – YLC will meet with Judge James Shadid
25  Pro Bono

Communications & Technology
A pdf of the first draft of the directory has been uploaded to the website homepage. Please visit www.peoriabar.org to check your listing. If any of your information needs changed, please email Stephanie at pcbaasst@mtco.com by July 15.
Entertainment
The 2016 Golf Outing is being held on Monday, August 29, 2016, at WeaverRidge Golf Club. Gather your foursome now and get registered by visiting www.peoriabar.org/shop. Deadline to register is Friday, August 19. Rain date is September 26, 2016.


2016 Holiday Party - Things in the Courtroom making you laugh lately?  Write it down, send it in an email, shout it from the rooftops, but make SURE the PCBA Skit Committee knows about it!  The more material from you we have, the funnier we are.  AND – Save the DATE!!!  December 1, 2016 – we expect to see all of you as we descend upon the Warehouse District for annual fun and frivolity!

Fitness Health & Wellness - PCBA Informal Running Group
By Emily J. Perkins, committee member
In preparation for the 2016 Strides for Justice 5K, the Fitness, Health & Wellness Committee would like to invite you to join them Sunday mornings on Grandview Drive in an effort to train for the race and encourage camaraderie within the PCBA. We will meet at Tower Park at 8:00 a.m. on Sundays, beginning July 10th. Run as much or as little as you’d like. All are welcome. This year, the race will be on September 24th, 2016. All proceeds go to Prairie State Legal Services. We hope to see you there!

Local Continuing Legal Education
Thank you to everyone who joined us on June 14 for our Government & Public Interest Seminar. This seminar is now available for purchase on DVD. The May Mental Health Seminars are available on demand; to register visit www.peoriabar.org/shop.  Preparations for the Columbus Day Seminar on October 10 have begun! Mark your calendars now. This year we are changing things up and it will be held at the Warehouse on State Street. More details to come!

Membership
We have received an application for membership renewal from Thomas R. Iben. An application for student membership has been received from Timothy Yuhasz.  The applications will be presented to the Board for approval in August. 

Memorials
On December 11, 2015, Rhonda J. Foster passed away. Rhonda was born in Glendale, California. She earned her B.A. in English from Ohio Dominican College in 1987 and earned her J.D. from Ohio State University in 1990. She was admitted to the Illinois and Florida bar, as well as the U.S. Supreme Court. She was also an Air Force Veteran. To make a donation in memory of Rhonda J. Foster online click here

The PCBA has donated $100 to the Foundation in her memory.

Pro Bono Committee
By: Hon. Michael Brandt, Chair
The next meeting of the Pro Bono Committee will be August 25 at Noon. All are welcome as we continue the rich tradition of this committee. One on-going project that the committee will address is expungement and related remedies. Many people in need would be served as they attempt to find employment by expanding the availability of services/knowledge of the law regarding Illinois statutes designed to rehabilitate people involved in past minor offenses. Another area of need is addressing pro bono clients that cannot be served by Prairie State due to a conflict of interest by having lawyers available to accept referrals directly from our Pro Bono Committee. Do you have other suggestions? We would like to hear from you.

Young Lawyers
The young lawyers are taking a break from committee meetings the month of July. They will be back and ready to go on August 11 for the first meeting of the 2016-2017 fiscal year. 

Chiefs Game
Join PCBA members on Friday, August 26 at Dozer Park for a fun night of baseball! Our very own Brothers-in-Law (John Bathke, Rob Bennett, Paul Brodersen & Kevin Miller) will be singing the National Anthem at this event. The night will conclude with a fireworks show. To reserve your tickets contact the PCBA office at 674-6049 or pcba@mtco.com. Tickets are $10.

Courtroom News
The Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Access to Justice announced that the Appellant’s Brief form suite is open for public comment. Below you will find a link to the draft forms. Public comments will be open for 45 days, after which the Commission will review the comments and make any necessary revisions.
http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Forms/drafts/default.asp
The Commission has also approved the Dissolution of Marriage/Civil Union (Divorce No Children) form for public use. Below you will find a link for that
Dissolution of Marriage/Civil Union (Divorce No Children)
As always, all approved forms can be found at  the Supreme Court’s website
http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Forms/approved/default.asp


PEORIA COUNTY PRO BONO PLAN
By Kate Durham
We would like to thank the following attorneys who have assisted low income persons and successfully closed pro bono cases:  Sumner Bourne, Caroline Cassidy, Spencer Daniels (2), Kenny Eathington, Kevin Lowe, Bob Muir (3), Larry Paluska, Robert Parker (2), Carol Perkins (3), and Jennifer Wolfe.

Prairie State 2016 Volunteer Involvement Plan
Prairie State is pleased to announce the release of its 2016 Volunteer Involvement Plan, which is available at http://pslegal.org/psls-pdf/PSLS_PAI_plan_2016.pdf. The Plan describes Prairie State’s current volunteer projects and our goals for the coming year. Here are just a few of our recent pro bono accomplishments:
·         Volunteer attorneys completed nearly 1,500 pro bono cases in 2015. Clients received advice or brief services in approximately 2/3 of these cases and more extensive representation in 1/3 of these cases.
·         Volunteers reported over 13,000 hours of service in 2015.
·         470 volunteer attorneys accepted almost 1,600 new pro bono cases in 2015. Approximately 57% of these cases involved a family law matter, and 15% involved a consumer issue such as bankruptcy or debt collection harassment.
·         More than 20 undergraduate, paralegal, and law students interned with Prairie State in 2015. These students interviewed clients, drafted court pleadings, conducted legal research, reviewed and summarized medical records in Social Security cases, and performed other activities in support of our work.
·         Fourteen retired, inactive, or out-of-state attorneys performed pro bono services through Prairie State under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 756(k) in 2015. This represents almost 30% of the total number of Illinois attorneys who performed pro bono services under Rule 756(k) in 2015.
·         The Peoria office referred 119 cases to pro bono attorneys in 2015
We look forward to building on these successes in 2016 by:
1.       Continuing to prioritize referral of individual clients to volunteer attorneys for extended representation. 
2.       Recruiting more retired attorneys to volunteer in our offices.
3.       Developing and offering cost effective “bite-sized” pro bono opportunities.
4.       Using technology to train and support volunteers.
5.       Involving more non-attorney volunteers.
We need your help to make these goals a reality! Many of our most successful pro bono ventures have grown out of conversations with our pro bono partners.  We hope you will take a few minutes to review our 2016 Volunteer Involvement Plan and give us your thoughts. Please feel free to contact me at (309)621-4005 or at kdurham@pslegal.org.
We look forward to continuing to work with the members of the Peoria County Bar Association to ensure equal access to justice.

OTHER NEWS
On Wednesday, July 20 from 8:00-12:00 the Central District of Illinois Chapter of the Federal Bar Association is hosting a CLE seminar at the federal courthouse in Peoria for 3.0 hours of general CLE credit.. Topics include: “demystifying federal court,” filing confidential documents, a refresher on Federal Rules of Evidence, search warrants, and Local Rules. The cost is $75 (breakfast pastries & coffee provided) and you can RSVP by emailing Sandy Dunbar at:
sdunbar@heylroyster.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 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 admin@faupellaw.com for more information.
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
Office Space Available for sublet in Commerce Bank Building. Fully furnished including fax, internet, copier, conference room. Also available is a furnished area for a receptionist if need. Call the Winne Law Office at 673-4217 for more information.
Office Space Available 1200 square feet partially furnished office space available. Rent is negotiable. Free parking. For more information, contact Chris McCall, 673-1200.
Motivated Seller has 4,534 sq. ft. of office space available to lease at 456 Fulton Street, Suite 400. 7 perimeter offices, large conference room, area for receptionist and waiting room, cashier window area with private office, along with other amenities. Contact Jason Miller at (309)693-3000 with your questions.
FREE ITEMS
Free to a good home: hardbound copies of AmJur Trials Vol 1-28, IL Forms Lawyers Co-op Vol. 1-6, Patterned Interrogatories Vol. 1-5. Call Nile Williamson at 309-472-3005.

 

 

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