2016 May LegalEase

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  New CLE events (4)
  Memorial Service
  Annual Meeting Fun Facts

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

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

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. Knoville, Peoria, IL 61614, or via email to mmarincic@goldfineandbowles.com.

Civil Litigation and Family Law Associate 
Expectations:  The proper candidate will be litigation focused but with an ability to work on other, non-litigation projects as directed.  The ability to direct your own cases from start to finish is a must.  Regular court appearances in Peoria, Tazewell and Woodford Counties will be expected.  Qualifications:  A law degree from an ABA Accredited law school.  Preferably 1-2 years of experience in litigation.  Send resume to Jackie Taylor, jackietaylor@ksswf.com

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 joe@piolettilaw.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
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.

Associate Attorney
Benckendorf & Benckendorf, P.C. is seeking an associate attorney with 2-6 years of experience in civil and corporation litigation. An interest in learning family law is a plus. The candidate must possess a strong commitment to detail and produce exceptional work product. The candidate must have courtroom experience. The position provides a high level of responsibility and offers competitive compensation and benefits based upon experience and skill. Please submit your resume and cover letter in confidence to Deb Payton, Benckendorf & Benckendorf, P.C., 101 NE Randolph, Peoria, IL 61606 or via dpayton@benckendorf.com

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.

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 jackietaylor@kssw.com

Office Manager
Expectations/duties:  The position will be responsible for the entire "back end" of the office.  The Office Manager/Accountant must have the ability to trouble-shoot billing software, and keep general ledger accounts balanced.  Office equipment, ordering supplies, managing staff, troubleshooting computer issues, adding website content, scheduling staff and hiring temporary employees, are part of the job duties.  The hours of this position are 8:30 - 5:00 Monday - Friday.  Qualifications:  The proper candidate will have experience in accounting or bookkeeping, preferably with a bachelor's degree.  Experience leading a team or managing staff is a must.  Must be able to multi-task, and take direction from numerous different superiors.  Send resume to Jackie Taylor jackietaylor@ksswf.com

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 michelle.lasainelaw@gmail.com.

Experienced Medical Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Experienced Medical Paralegal / Legal Assistant position available immediately with very busy, fast paced law firm in downtown Peoria specializing in personal injury, workers’ compensation and medical malpractice.  Candidate must be extremely organized, pay close attention to details, possess initiative, professionalism and have excellent time management skills.  Candidate also must have strong grammatical and communication skills and be computer and technology proficient.  Salary commensurate with experience.  Please email resume to:  janschuetz@lefantelaw.com
Immediate opening for paralegal position. Minimum two (2) years of experience required. Law firm practices in the areas civil litigation, real estate, business, and bankruptcy. Experience in these areas is preferred along with knowledge of legal research on Westlaw. Submit resume and salary requirements to: ckepple@kepplelawllc.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 a cover letter to Chambers of Judge Joe B. McDade, 127 Federal Building, 100 NE Monroe St., Peoria, IL 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.
Receptionist / Legal Assistant
Receptionist / Legal Assistant position available immediately with busy downtown Peoria law firm.  Legal experience preferred but not required.  Candidate must possess excellent typing/computer skills and be reliable and efficient.  Please email cover letter and resume to jstieghorst@cassidymueller.com

Directory Changes
Brewer, Matthew A., 333 Main St., Peoria, IL 61602, Phone 309-676-2341, Fax 309-676-7678 brewerm@jjlaw.com
Chicago Title, Downtown Peoria staff relocated to the North Peoria Office, 6901 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614, Phone 309-692-2854, Fax 309-692-4876
Williamson, Nile, Business phone 309-472-3005, no fax, assistant may be reached between 9 a.m. - 3 p.m. Monday through Friday at 309-973-1837. Office address remains the same.
Will Search
Anyone having information on the whereabouts of a Will for Jeffrey Mennel (DOD 4/13/2016), please contact April Cotts, executor, at 309-294-0012.


Message from the President

Still time to get your mandatory CLE before the end of June!
In the event that you have not gotten all of your CLE done the PCBA has several programs this month for you -- Tried and True: Part III on May 13that the Spalding Pastoral Center, and in honor of mental health awareness month, the PCBA is offering three mental health seminars that are available live at the PCBA or via webinar -- Mental Health Treatment for the Client on May 18th, Dealing with Attorney Mental Health Issues on May 20th, and The Attorney-Client Relationship when the Client becomes Incapacitated on May 23rd.
Also, please plan to attend our annual Memorial Service to remember those of our members who have passed away during the last 12 months. The program starts at 10:30 a.m. in courtroom 210 on Thursday, May 26th.  I hope to see many of you there.  Register online for all of our programs and events at www.peoriabar.org/shop. 

2016 Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers
Back to the Future – Building on a Rich Past for a Solid Future!
Monday, July 11, 5:30 p.m. at the Spalding Pastoral Center
Backyard cookout – Grilled on site by Cracked Pepper Catering
Incoming President Jerelyn Maher is asking for all PCBA members to dig out those baby pictures of your mom, dad, brother, sister (including “steps” and in-laws), cousin, husband or wife who are also PCBA members, and deliver to Linda at the bar association by June 27. They will be posted at the annual meeting and all are invited to guess who they are. Prizes will be given to the family with the most members present, the oldest and youngest family member present, and the oldest and youngest married members present.  Can you guess who these three youngsters are?  Come to the event and learn the answer.  Only $40 per person and includes meal and two drink tickets.

Law Day 2016
Just a quick reminder that the Law Day Luncheon is Wednesday, May 4. Professor Andrew D. Leipold, Director of the University of Illinois College of Law Program, is the keynote speaker. Tickets are $40. Please make your reservations by Friday, April 29.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
  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.
19     New Members’ Reception – Martini’s on Water Street – 5:00 – 6:30 - FREE
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
30     Memorial Day - Courts & Courthouse Closed
14    Government & Public Interest Seminar – Check-in and continental breakfast 8:00 a.m., Seminar 8:30-11:45, Spalding Pastoral Center 
4       Independence Day- Courts & Courthouse Closed
11     Annual Meeting and Installation of Officers – Spalding Center, 5:30 p.m.

Committee Meetings All meetings at noon at the PCBA Office unless otherwise noted
2    Commercial Law & Litigation Section of Substantive Law Committee
3    Real Property sponsored by Mike Madanat, RE/MAX
3    Diversity subcommittee at Economic Development Council, 100 SW Water St.
9    CLE
11  Meet the Judges – YLC will meet with Judge Suzanne Patton
12  YLC
16  Diversity
17  Board
19  Public Relations
24  Government & Public Interest
25  Fitness Health & Wellness
7    Real Property
8    Meet the Judges- YLC will meet with Judge David Brown
9    YLC
16  Pro Bono
13  CLE
21  Board
21  Meet the Judges- YLC will meet with Judge Michael Risinger

It is no secret that the PCBA is an amazing association, with many committees, events and activities - something for everyone!  None of the things the PCBA does would happen if it weren't for our dedicated members like you!  Now is the time to submit your committee preferences for the 2016-17 year.  Please email Linda at pcba@mtco.com to sign up for the committees in which you're most interested.  We are starting with a clean slate, so you will need to sign up to be included in meeting notices/minutes.  Not sure what our committees do?  Click here for a brief description.

Entertainment Committee
Jeff Bach, incoming golf chair, is pleased to announce that included with this issue is the reservation form for the 2016 Golf Outing being held on Monday, August 29, 2016 at WeaverRidge Golf Club. Gather your foursome now and register at www.peoriabar.org/shop.
2016 Holiday Party:  We hope to have the holiday party date set soon! Check back for further details.

Fitness Health & Wellness
By Robert Everett, committee member
Do you ever get hungry about mid-morning or mid-afternoon while writing that great legal brief?  Don’t reach for a candy bar or greasy potato chips to satisfy your office craving!  High fat foods take more effort to digest which can lower your energy level.  Candy can cause sugar to spike in your blood stream, and then you crash.  Don’t rely on office vending machines for your snacks.  Be proactive the next time you are at the grocery store, and pick up some snacks for the office.  Try some almonds, fruit over Greek yogurt, vegetables with hummus, or wasabi peas.  These foods are packed with nutrients, fiber, and protein that your body needs.  Healthy office snacking will help guard against sugar highs and lows.  For more healthy office snack suggestions check out this website: http://www.snacknation.com/blog/healthy-office-snacks/

Lawyer Referral Service
There were a few changes in the lawyer referral service in April. The LRS is now recording what members of the LRS offer free consultations and who practices in federal court. This information allows us to serve our callers in a much more efficient way. If you are currently a member of LRS and have not provided this information to the PCBA, please do so by emailing pcbaasst@mtco.com or calling 309-674-6049.

Local Continuing Legal Education Upcoming programs:
May 13 Professional Responsibility Seminar, “Tried & True III,” – Spalding Pastoral Center, 12:00 – 2:00 p.m. (2 hours professionalism credit) Registration deadline:  May 9.
Also, 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. *Professional Responsibility credit*
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. Register online at www.peoriabar.org/shop

Membership Chairman Joshua Herman has reported an application for membership has been received from Robert Brandfass, and an application for membership renewal has been received from Lori Scardina Utsinger.  Mr. Herman also reminds us that the New Members’ Lunch will be Tuesday, May 10, at the PCBA office.  Please join us for the New Members’ Reception - details below: 


The annual Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday, May 26, 2016, at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 210 of the Peoria County Courthouse. Family of the deceased will be attending. This is a heartwarming service where members can offer personal memories of fellow attorneys. Those being honored at this years’ service are:



Public Relations Committee / Adopt-a-School
By Ashley Miller, Chair
On April 26 attorney Kate Swise accompanied students from Manual Academy on a tour of the Peoria County Courthouse. Upon arrival the students were greeted and then sent downstairs to tour the Circuit Clerks office where they were given an office overview by Circuit Clerk Bobby Spears. Afterwards, the students were able to visit the State’s Attorney’s office and talk to State’s Attorney Jerry Brady. Next, the students were given a courtroom tour and overview by presiding Judge Albert Purham. The students were also able to watch a bench trial in Judge Alicia Washington’s courtroom. Before heading back to school the students met in the Hazen room of the Chase Bank building where they enjoyed a sack lunch and were able to visit with Ashley Miller and Sonni Williams. Special thank you to Katherine Swise and Rená Parker for their assistance in planning this tour.

By Kate Durham
We would like to thank the following attorneys, paralegals, and other support staff who have assisted low income persons and successfully closed pro bono cases: Mitch Gilfillan, Noah Menold, James VanRheeden and Cynthia Volk.

Thank you so much to everyone who attended this year’s annual Prairie State Campaign Kick Off and Pro Bono Recognition lunch.  We had an excellent turnout and we were able to highlight the great work done by Prairie State and by all the Pro Bono volunteers.  We are still looking to reach our financial goal.  If you were unable to attend the meeting please consider sending a donation.  You can easily donate by clicking on this link http://pslegal.org/psls-support-us.asp.  Thank you so much!

Other News
The annual Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP) Joseph R. Bartylak Dinner was a great success and, once again, a “who’s who” of the Downstate legal community.  The event, held at the Sangamo Club in Springfield on April 8th, was attended by legal professionals from throughout the state.  Judge John Gorman (retired) received the Joseph R. Bartylak Award for his many years of service to the LAP.  Judge Gorman is especially respected for his unwavering commitment to helping his colleagues in the legal profession since LAP’s very early days over 30 years ago.  Matthew Huttmacher was also honored; he received the President’s Award in recognition for his many years of service on LAP’s Board of Directors.  The pinnacle of the evening was Supreme Court Justice Rita B. Garman’s keynote speech.  Justice Garman highlighted the serious issues of depression, anxiety and addiction that plague lawyers, and encouraged all members of the legal profession to seek help, and to help others.

Lawyers’ Assistance Program Volunteer Training, Friday June 3, 2016 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register call the LAP office at 312-726-6607 or email at rbelleau@illinoislap.org. Visit their website at http://www.illinoislap.org.

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.
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
Office space available or 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.



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