2016 March LegalEase

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In This Issue
·         CLE
·         In Memoriam
·         New Events

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.

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.

Legal Secretary
A small Tazewell County Law Office is seeking an experienced legal secretary. Must have experience in family law. This position is a full-time position with paid holidays and paid vacation. Salary commensurate with experience. Please email resumes to pcba@mtco.com or mail them to 110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520, Peoria, IL 61602 with reference number 021716.

Receptionist/Legal Secretary
Solo practitioner law firm is seeking motivated receptionist/legal secretary. Must possess excellent communication skills and attention to detail. Please send resumes to pcba@mtco.com or mail to 110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520, Peoria, IL 61602 with reference number 022316.

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Full or part-time, experienced legal assistant/paralegal with top secretarial skills. Submit resume, including typing speed and references, to: Jerold L. Horn, 401 Main St., Suite 1650, Peoria, IL, 61602 or jihorn@aol.com, chorn3@aol.com or Fax 309-676-2779

Experienced Real Estate Paralegal
Local firm representing Midwest-based entrepreneurs, high net worth families and licensed professionals requires an experienced “as needed” independent contractor compensated on an hourly basis, payable each week. Please send resumes to pcba@mtco.com or mail to 110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520, Peoria, IL 61602 with reference number 022516.

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. Please send resumes to michelle.lasainelaw@gmail.com

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.

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

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 relawsearch@fsmail.bradley.edu. Salary is 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/

Secretary/Receptionist
Prairie State Legal Services’ Galesburg satellite office is looking for a secretary/receptionist. Duties include,  but are not limited to, answering phone, interacting with clients, scheduling, filing, typing, running errands, assisting with fundraising, and working closely with the Peoria office. Please send cover letter, resume, and list of references via email to Jessica Hodierne- Administrative Manager, at jkhodierne@pslegal.org or via fax at (309)674-3802. No phone calls please. Please send resumes by March 15, 2016.

Directory Changes
Hunt, David, The Law Office of David Hunt, 245 NE Perry Ave., Peoria, IL 61602. Phone: 637-3360 Fax: 637-5433
lawofficedavidhunt@gmail.com
Daniels, Spencer, Suite number is 1708, all other information remains the same.
Hon. Brian Nemenoff- Phone number is 309-657-5127.

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.

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

Spring is here!
Although the Winter Series of CLE programs have concluded, your PCBA CLE Committee continues to provide programs this month with its annual “Brown Bag It” series. This is another benefit of your membership in the PCBA and I hope you will be able to take advantage of one of these noon hour programs that includes a free lunch. Also, if you missed a Winter Series program, all of those programs are now available for purchase on DVDs. Please visit our online store at www.peoriabar.org to get what you need. 
Next, I want to say a special thank you to Judge James Shadid who chaired our Lincoln Memorial Banquet Committee and to his committee members.  This year’s dinner held at Bradley University was a tremendous success as a result of their efforts. To view the photographs of the event, please click here.
Tim Howard

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 John Pusey from Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin, who is assisting a military person with a domestic relations 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 or if you would like to be added to our list of volunteers to assist a veteran.

 

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
March
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 – DUI and the Secretary of State Changes in the Law in 2016 by Jeffrey Hall
25     Good Friday- Courts & Courthouse Closed
30     CLE: Brown Bag Series – Formal Prove-Up of Wills and Removing Representatives by Dustin Jensen
April
15     Prairie State Legal Services Annual Pro Bono Recognition & Campaign Kick-off Lunch, noon, Peoria Civic Center.  Guest speaker:  IL State Senator Chuck Weaver
May
  4     Law Day Luncheon –Professor Andrew Leipold, Keynote speaker – 12 :00 – 1:00,  Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette
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
26      Memorial Service – 10:30 a.m. – Courtroom 210

Committee Meetings
March
  1  Real Property
  8  Government & Public Interest Law
10  YLC
14  CLE
15  Board
21  Diversity
22 Commercial Law & Litigation
April
5    Real Property
7    Fitness Health & Wellness

11  CLE
14  YLC
19  Board

COMMITTEE REPORTS
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. 
Entertainment Committee
Jeff Bach, incoming golf chair, is pleased to report that the 2016 Golf Outing will be held on Monday, August 29, 2016 at WeaverRidge Golf Club. Further details to come.
2016 Holiday Party:  WANTED:  Funny people – if you’re NOT one, appoint one!
Fitness Health & Wellness
James VanRheeden, committee member
Don’t forget to take advantage of one of the easiest ways to lose weight and stay healthy by simply keeping hydrated! Starting the morning off with a tall glass of water, and continuing to sip on that H20 throughout the day, is a great way to maintain your weight and combat fatigue. Though it is tough to stay away from sugary drinks, and coffee may be your life blood, switching to water to quench your thirst the majority of the itme is certainly worth it.  Read more here: http://naturalsociety.com/dehydration-making-sick-fat/
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 Educationt
Stacy Crabtree. CLE Committee Chair
Friday, May 13 Professional Responsibility Seminar, “Tried & True III,” – Kevin Miller, Moderator.
Spalding Pastoral Center, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (Approved by the ILSCCP for 2 hours professionalism credit) Online registration now available; click here.

Also, May is Mental Health Awareness month and the CLE Committee will be presenting three one-hour lunch and learn seminars addressing related issues.  Details forthcoming
Tuesday, June 14 Government & Public Interest Seminar – Spalding Pastoral Center, 8:30 a.m. – noon.
Membership & Memorials
On January 27, 2016, Edward R. Durree passed away. Ed graduated from University of Illinois in 1971 and attended and graduated law school at Drake University in 1975. He joined the law firm Strodel & Kingery, Associated in 1975, became a partner in the firm Strodel, Kingery & Durree, Associated in 1978, and most recently was a partner in the firm of Kingery, Durree, Wakeman & O’Donnell, Associated. Ed became a member of the PCBA in 1976 and served as PCBA president from 1994 to 1995. Donations in memory of Edward R. Durree may be made online.

On January 28, 2016, Robert H. Jennetten passed away. Bob received his law degree in 1972 from the University of Illinois and then became a partner in McConnell, Kennedy, McConnell & Morris. Bob helped grow this firm into what is now Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo. He joined the PCBA in 1972 where he served as second vice president, vice president, and in 2004, as president. Bob was known as the “Father of Diversity,” as he founded the PCBA’s Diversity Committee and led the formation of the Diversity Scholarship Program.  
The PCBA has donated $200 to the PCBA Foundation in memory Ed Durree and Bob Jennetten.
Public Relations Committee
Ashley Miller, PR Committee Chair
Adopt-a-School:  Attorneys Sonni Williams, Paul Brodersen, and Michael Doubet spoke at Manual Academy on February 25. The students are learning about the constitution and federalism and enjoyed having the attorneys in their classroom to ask questions. More classroom presentations at Manual Academy are being planned. 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, May 12 will feature Patrick Chambers, speaking on Purchase and Sale of Real Estate, Jim Rochford will be the featured speaker on June 9, speaking about Landlord/Tenant Issues, and Michelle Eggert will be the final featured speaker on June 16, speaking on Family Law. We appreciate all our members who volunteer their time for this community outreach program.
Young Lawyers Committee
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- 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. Reservations may be made online; click here.

On March 1st, the YLC worked together to package 7 boxes of "Tender Mercy" meals, which can provide food for about 1,120 individuals. Midwest Food Bank is a distribution center and warehouse for donated goods. The donations are distributed to members of the local community as well as international relief efforts. 

Volunteers included Arsenio and Keshon Mims, Dustin Jensen, Emily Perkins, Kate Carter, Kerrianne Waters, Jen and Nola Hedrick, Kerry Cassidy, and Wade Blumenshine.

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:
John Bathke, Lou Benassi, Beth Brush, Kathleen Carter, Steven Glancy, Dennis Merkley, Thomas Penn, Ann Pieper, Jesse Placher, Karen Stumpe, and Katherine Swise.
New Pro Bono Coordinator
I am the new Pro Bono Coordinator with Prairie State Legal Services.  I am so excited to be working in this position and have had the pleasure to train with Sandy Crow for about 5 weeks ahead of her retirement.  My background is in environmental science and I am coming to Prairie State after running a very large volunteer program at Wildlife Prairie Park.  I am originally from Rhode Island but this spring will mark my fourth year in the Peoria area.  When I am not working I love spending time with my almost two year old daughter.  I look forward to working with all of you and to continue making such a positive impact in the community.  Please feel free to contact me regarding any pro bono matters.
Pro Bono Luncheon
Prairie State Legal Services will host its Annual Pro Bono Recognition & Campaign Kick-Off Lunch on Friday, April 5, 2016 at noon at the Peoria Civic Center. The guest speaker this year is Illinois State Senator Chuck Weaver. More details to come!

Other News
Lawyers’ Assistance Program
Save the date: Lawyers’ Assistance Program Joseph R. Bartylak Dinner is scheduled for April 8, 2016. The keynote speaker is Chief Justice Rita B. Garman with the Joseph R. Bartylak award going to Judge John Gorman, and the President’s award to Matthew Hutmacher.

Attention attorneys practicing in the criminal law arena:
The League of Women Voters is providing the community a rare opportunity to hear John R. Baldwin, the Director of the Illinois Department of Corrections, address the topic of “Correcting Corrections in Illinois” on the evening of Thursday, April 7 at the Waterhouse Ballroom in downtown Peoria. The dinner includes a cash bar and a raffle. You may reserve your seats for
$50 each by going to www.lwvgp.org

Will Searches
Anyone having information on the whereabouts of a Will or Trust for Dorothy Ellen McMurtry (DOD: January 1, 2016), a Peoria County resident, please contact Attorney Patrick T. Chambers of Johnson, Bunce & Noble, P.C. at 309-691-9650.

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of a Will for Ronald Weisser (DOB: February 29, 1932, DOD: December 24, 2015), please contact Tamara Contreras at 309-635-3412.

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of a Will for Daniel L. Sondag (DOB: June 29, 1964 DOD: February 9, 2016), please contact Zachary Sondag at 309-840-8562 or 217-871-5808.

Anyone having information on the whereabouts of a Will for Pauline H. Lawson (DOB: November 4, 1939 DOD: January 20, 2016), please contact Maurice Henderson at 773-520-8783 or arlander79@aol.com.

 

 

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