2016 November LegalEase

You are here

In This Issue
CLE – Winter Series
Court News - efiling demo in Tazewell County

Contact Us:
Linda Raineri, Executive Director
110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 674-6049
Email: pcba@mtco.com

Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher
Michele A. Miller
President-Elect and Budget Chair
Richard W. Zuckerman
Second Vice President 
Michael D. Gifford
Timothy J. Howard
Past President and
Nominating Committee Chair
Nathan R. Bach
John T. D. Bathke
Communications & Technology
Donald R. Jackson
Jeffrey R. Bach  
Kyle M. Tompkins
Fitness, Health & Wellness
Joshua D. Herman
Government & Public Interest Law 
Timothy P. Cushing
Lawyer Referral Service
Craig S. Young
Lincoln Memorial Banquet
Emily H. Wilburn
Local Continuing Legal Ed
Aliesha Graves
Membership and Memorials
Hon. Michael E. Brandt
Pro Bono
Katherine L. Swise
Public Relations
Casey C. Kepple
Real Property
Ambrose V. McCall
Substantive Law
David B. Wiest
Young Lawyers
Directors at Large:
John P. Heil, Jr.
Kevin M. Miller
Cathy A. Molchin
John P. Nicoara


Associate Attorney
Local small law firm in downtown Peoria with primary practice areas in personal injury, workers' compensation and medical malpractice seeks associate attorney.   Fast paced and energetic environment for motivated and highly organized litigation attorney.  Successful candidate should have desire to do trial work, strong communication skills, excellent writing skills and exceptional customer service skills.  Only those candidates who are highly motivated, organized and hard-working will be considered.  Please submit resume and writing samples to: janschuetz@lefantelaw.com

Family Law Instructor 
Illinois Central College is seeking an instructor to teach its Family Law class within their Paralegal Program.  The course is Monday and Wednesday at the ICC North Campus from 9:30 - 10:45 a.m.  This is for the spring semester, from January 18, 2017, to May 8, 2017.  Email Michelle Weghorst michelle.weghorst@icc.edu if interested.

Trial Senior Staff Attorney 
American Family Insurance is seeking a Trial Senior Staff Attorney to join our team.  This is primarily an insurance defense litigation position.  This position personally handles the most complex litigation involving either the corporation and/or its insured within established corporate guidelines and the applicable code of professional responsibility. Litigation includes all aspects of civil litigation, including trials and proceedings in all forums, whether at the local, state or federal level, mediation, arbitration, workers' compensation, and administrative proceedings, and any necessary appellate work. This position provides legal advice to assist the timely disposition of claims in a fair and equitable manner consistent with relevant statutes and within the guidelines of the company. The role assists supervising attorneys on advising and counseling other Company departments as requested.  This position will be located in the Peoria area and it is a remote "work from home" opportunity. Insurance Defense experience and demonstrated jury trial experience in bodily injury cases is strongly preferred.  To learn more and to apply directly, please visit
www.amfam.com/careers and search by job ID R2690.

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 (two)
AV rated law firm has immediate opening for two (2) associate attorneys, one (1) for litigation and one (1) for business. At least two years’ experience desirable but not essential for the right candidates. Top working conditions and competitive compensation. Send resumes in confidence to: John S. Elias, Elisa, Meginnes & Seghetti, P.C., 416 Main St., Suite 1400, Peoria, IL 61602
A small firm specializing in Estate Planning and Estate Administration is seeking a motivated, experienced attorney to join the practice.  The firm represents a wide range of clients in areas of Estate Planning, Administration, Business Planning and Real Estate.  An interested candidate should have three (3) years’ experience minimum.  If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to pcba@mtco.com with reference number 102616 in the subject line.
Bloomington/Normal, IL insurance defense firm is seeking an attorney with 2 - 5 years of experience in handling matters before the Illinois Workers' Compensation Commission. Candidate must also have a willingness to travel between our Bloomington/Normal office from/to various counties within Illinois   Supportive work environment for motivated and organized litigation attorney.  Successful candidate should have strong interest in trial work and possess excellent writing and interpersonal skills.  Only those candidates who are highly motivated, hard-working, and committed to exceptional client service will be considered.  Please submit resume and writing samples to mfeltman@bcm-law.com.
Moehle, Swearingen & Assoc., Ltd., a law firm celebrating its 50th year of providing exceptional legal services, is seeking an associate attorney to join our practice.  We are looking for an attorney who is able to work in a diverse practice and has a particular interest in real estate transactions and litigation.  New and experienced attorneys who enjoy crafting creative solutions to legal problems, have a meticulous disposition, and are committed to providing excellent client service are invited to apply.  To apply, please send your resume, a writing sample of no more than seven pages, and three professional references in confidence to Attorney Brigette Lobacz, 410 Broadway, P.O. Box 875, Pekin, Illinois 61554-0875.
Assistant Civil State’s Attorney
The Peoria County State’s Attorney seeks to fill a Civil Assistant State’s Attorney position within the office. 
Responsibilities: The Civil Assistant State’s Attorney aids the Chief of the Civil Division with the management of legal affairs for the County of Peoria, the elected officials, appointed officials, agencies, boards and committees.  The civil division serves as daily counsel and as the attorney for the State’s Attorney, members of the Peoria County Board, the County Administrator, and all Peoria County elected officials, appointed officials, agencies, boards and committees.
Education:  The Civil Assistant State’s Attorney must possess a Juris Doctor degree and have a license to practice law in the State of Illinois.  The candidate must be admitted or become admitted to practice before the United States District Court and the United States Bankruptcy Court.  The candidate must have a minimum of 3 years of experience in civil law with an emphasis on governmental law and possess experience surrounding legislative law and labor bargaining for public employees.
If interested, send resumes to attention: Julie B. Dickerson, Office Administrator, Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office. 324 Main St., Room 111, Peoria, IL 61602.

Receptionist/Legal Assistant
Receptionist 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

Legal Assistant/Receptionist
Law Office of Louis P. Milot, Chase Bank Building, 411 Hamilton Blvd., Suite 1928, Peoria, Illinois 61602.  General Practice.  Seeking individual with proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel.  Must also have experience with scanning software (e.g. Paperport, etc.).  Individual should be detailed-oriented, have good interpersonal skills, possess multi-tasking and organizational skills.  Good telephone and writing skills important.  The individual must be able to work in a professional environment and maintain strict confidentiality concerning clients and operations.  Duties vary and include, but are not limited to, preparation and filing of legal correspondence, pleading and forms;  screening clients;  case management;  scheduling appointments and receptionist duties.  Between 30-35 hours each week.  Compensation will start between $14.00 and $18.00 per hour depending on candidate’s performance and experience.  Paid vacation after first year.   Those interested should submit a letter of interest, updated resume or brief statement of their qualifications to Louis Milot at the above address or via e-mail at lawshop@mtco.com or by letter at the above-mentioned address.
Legal Assistant
Jim Rochford and Associates seeks a full-time Legal Assistant.  Position involves transcription, preparation of pleadings and correspondence, file maintenance, client contact by phone and in person, and scheduling hearings and appointments. Excellent computer, typing, spelling, grammar, proofreading, organizational and interpersonal skills required. Benefits available including pension. Experience is preferred, but not required.   To apply, please send cover letter and resume to drochford@rochfordlaw.com.
Legal Secretary
Pekin law firm is seeking a legal secretary/receptionist for their office. Position is part-time but has advancement opportunities. Attention to detail and great communication skills are important. If interested, please send your resume and cover letter to pcba@mtco.com with reference number 102416 in the subject line.

Directory Changes

Bathke, John T.D., John Bathke Law, 411 Hamilton Blvd., Suite 1900, Peoria, IL 61602. Phone & Fax: 309/404-0063, Email: John@johnbathkelaw.com 

Lonergan, John, John Longergan Law, LTD, 1133 N. North St., Peoria, IL 61606.

VanFleet, Joseph B., Howard & Howard Attorneys, P.L.L.C, 211 Fulton St., Suite 600, Peoria, IL 61602. Ph: 309/672-1483 jvanfleet@howardandhoward.com


Message from the 16th President
“Elections belong to the people. It’s their decision. If they decide to turn their back on the fire and burn their behinds, then they will just have to sit on their blisters.” 

– Abraham Lincoln
Portrait by Peoria Artist Ken Tiessen

Message from the (PCBA) President
The PCBA gives big congratulations to award recipients at the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Reception:  Maureen Williams, Prairie State Legal Services Equal Justice Award; Debbie Harper, Tazewell County Lawyer of the Year; Hon. Michael E. Brandt [Ret.], Peoria County Pro Bono Plan Lawyer of the Year; Abigail Fleming, Peoria County Pro Bono Plan Young Lawyer of the Year; Cassidy & Mueller P.C., Peoria County Pro Bono Firm of the Year; and Jeff Krumpe, 10th Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee Award. Above:  Maureen Williams, Justice Tom Kilbride, Judge Lisa Wilson and President Maher
The holidays are coming soon and so is the annual Holiday Party.  Exercise the creative side of your brain by volunteering material, or your acting skills, or both to the skit committee.  Then relax your brain by attending on Thursday, December 1, at Spalding Pastoral Center, 5:30 cocktails, 6:30 dinner buffet and 7:30 entertainment.  To make your reservations now visit https://peoriabar.org/product/2016-pcba-holiday-party.
Welcome to the Bench
We are pleased to announce that Frank W. Ierulli has been confirmed as the new Associate Judge for the 10th Judicial Circuit. His swearing-in ceremony will be held on Monday, November 14, 2016, at 9:00 a.m. in courtroom 210.  Frank is in the Peoria office of Howard and Howard Attorneys P.L.L.C. Prior to joining the firm he served as an Assistant State's Attorney.  Welcome aboard, Frank!

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
8       New Members’ Luncheon – PCBA Office, 12:00-1:00 p.m., invitation only
9       Workers’ Compensation CLE – Heyl Royster Learning Center, 1:00-5:00 p.m.
11     Courts Closed/Courthouse Open in observance of Veterans’ Day
17     New Members’ Reception – Kenny’s Westside Pub (next to Janssen Bldg.)  5:00 – 6:30
26     Courts & Courthouse Closed in observance of Thanksgiving
27     Courts & Courthouse Closed in observance of the day after Thanksgiving
1       Holiday Party – Spalding Pastoral Center – 5:30 p.m.
23     Courts & Courthouse Closed in observance of Christmas Eve
26     Courts & Courthouse Closed in observance of Christmas Day
2       Courts & Courthouse Closed in observance of New Year’s Day
16     Courts & Courthouse Closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
Committee Meetings All meetings at noon at the PCBA Office unless otherwise noted
1   Real Property – lunch sponsored by WestPoint Financial Group/Christopher Shaw
3   Fitness, Health & Wellness
7   Lawyer Referral Service
10   YLC
15   Board
16   Family Law Section
17   Meet the Judges, Hon. Alicia Washington
18   Lincoln Memorial Banquet
21   CLE
22   Communications & Technology
28   Diversity
29   Criminal Law Section
30   Public Relations
1   Pro Bono
6   Government & Public Interest
8   YLC
19 CLE
Communications & Technology
We are experiencing issues with our website store right now. If you run into any problems while registering for an event or purchasing a DVD, please screen shot the error message and send it to Stephanie pcbaasst@mtco.com. We will forward information to our support team who will work on the problem.
There’s no debate – the one thing we agree on:
You must attend the 2016 PCBA Holiday Party on December 1.  Pay online:
https://peoriabar.org/product/2016-pcba-holiday-party Early-bird registration (save $10) ends November 18.

Fitness Health & Wellness by Denise Conklin
Thanksgiving recipes: Delicious and healthy options
Traditional Thanksgiving recipes often are "stuffed" with high fat and high carb calories that ruin an otherwise healthy nutrition plan! The Mayo Clinic offers several alternative recipes on their website for Thanksgiving dishes that are delicious and healthy! I particularly am intrigued by the Pumpkin Soup recipe! Happy Thanksgiving! And best wishes on making healthy food choices this holiday season!  http://www.mayoclinic.org/healthy-lifestyle/nutrition-and-healthy-eating/in-depth/thanksgiving-recipes/art-20048258

Lawyer Referral Service
This month we would like to thank attorney Lou Benassi for his return of a referral fee in the amount of $3,958.33. Attorneys who participate in the lawyer referral service agree to send back to the PCBA 10% of fees over $1,000.  The LRS is on the honor system - no tracking of referrals is kept - so we appreciate all the attorneys who make that commitment.  

The PCBA gets calls every day from people needing attorneys in specific areas of law. If you are in need of new clients, please consider joining the lawyer referral service. You can join today by contacting Linda or Stephanie at the PCBA office. 

Local Continuing Legal Education

NEW -- PCBA CLE Registration and Payment Policies

As approved by the Board of Directors on October 18, 2016, the PCBA implemented a new policy regarding CLE registration and payments. The details of the policy are outlined below.
Full payment must be received in advance of the program before you are considered registered. All registrations must be paid in full five business days prior to the program date or a late fee of $15 applies. For example, registrations for a January 7 program must be paid by January 2 in order to avoid the late fee.
You may register at the door if space is available; the $15 fee will apply. If you do not register at least five business days in advance of a program, PCBA cannot guarantee space or availability of food and/or beverage if provided at the seminar. No certificate of attendance will be issued until payment is received.
Refunds, less a $10 fee, will be issued only if the PCBA receives your cancellation, in writing by mail or email (pcbaasst@mtco.com or pcba@mtco.com), at least two business days prior to the program. If you registered and paid, but could not attend, you may request that materials be sent to you, free of charge. If video media is available, registrations may be converted to a self-study package for an additional $35.

By registering for a program, I grant permission to the Peoria County Bar Association to use photographs, motion pictures, recordings, or any other record of my participation in this event or related activities for their legitimate purpose without remuneration.  If you have any questions regarding this policy, please contact Linda or Stephanie at the PCBA office at 309-674-6049. 
The 2017 Winter Series registration is now open. The seminars will be on Saturday mornings in January and February at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 NE Madison in Peoria. Check-in and continental breakfast begin at 8:00 a.m. with the seminar from 8:30-12:00. The 2017 lineup:

January 7: Civil Practice
January 14: Damages
January 21: Business and Real Estate
January 28: Estate Planning & Probate, with a Little Bit of Elder Law
February 4: Family Law (this seminar will end at 1:00 p.m. and provide 4 hours MCLE credit)
Register online at www.peoriabar.org/shop. or dowload the registration form to pay by check.  

Membership Chair  Aliesha Graves reports that we have received an application for student membership from  Beverly Jones and John Mattheessen (student). The applications will be presented to the Board for approval in January.  The New Members’ Lunch (invitation only) will be Tuesday, November 8, at noon at the PCBA office.  The New Members’ Reception will be Thursday, November 17, at 5:00 at the new Kenny’s Westside Pub, 112 SW Jefferson (next to the Janssen Building).  Free food and beverages; all attorneys and judges welcome.

On October 4 the Nominating Committee met 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 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 Ambrose V. McCall (at left) as its nominee for the position of Secretary-Treasurer for the year 2017-18.  The committee chair has spoken with Ambrose who has agreed that if he is so nominated, he will accept the position.
2016-17 Nominating Committee:  Timothy J. Howard, Craig S. Young, James F. Kane, Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson, Kevin M. Miller, and two members under age 36 appoint by the Board of Directors:  Christina E. Cullom and Kerrianne L. Waters.

Pro Bono by Judge Michael Brandt, Chair
The PCBA Pro Bono Committee is looking for attorneys to handle expungement or sealing of records cases. The cases will be screened for financial and statutory eligibility before referral. The paperwork is available on line on the Illinois Supreme Court website and are easy to prepare. Normally one routine court hearing is all that is necessary. Contact Committee Chair Michael Brandt at jdgbrandt@sbcglobal.net or 309/369-1813.

Young Lawyers Committee
A big thank you to Wade Blumenshine and Sam Perkins for heading up the Halloween Blood Drive this year. A total of 25 pints of blood were collected which exceeded this year’s goal.   Young lawyer donors (below) were Aliesha Graves, Kerrianne Waters, Melissa Schoenbein among others, and Past President Mike Lied is a long-standing donor.  The scary witch is from the American Red Cross.

Project Santa
Though it is only the beginning of November, retail store decorations have made it clear that the Holliday season is upon us!  This means it is time for the PCBA to start thinking about Project Santa.  Project Santa is a Young Lawyers Committee sponsored event where members of the community partner with the South Side Mission to help children and families in need during the holiday season. This year, we hope to provide at least one gift for 150-200 children served by the South Side Mission, and to support the South Side Mission holiday season through additional monetary donations for winter clothes for the children, school supplies, electronics for use at the South Side Mission, for the purchase of gift cards as incentives for participation in academic contests, and for door prizes used to encourage parental participation at Family Read Night.
If you would like to donate a toy, or to make a monetary donation, but have not yet received a Sponsorship Form please contact James VanRheeden (jvanrheeden@quinnjohnston.com) or Kevin Day (kday@hgsuw.com).  Happy Holidays!

Prairie State Legal Services by Kate Whetstone
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: 
Elizabeth Beck, Ret. Judge Michael Brandt, Sean Donahue, Kevin Lowe,  Robert McBride, Carol Perkins, Ann Pieper, John Pusey, Troy Roberts, Michael Shemkus, Marci Shoff, Kerrianne Waters and Linda Watson.
The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee’s third annual Pro Bono Recognition Event at the Caterpillar Visitors Center on Monday, October 24, was a huge success.  Thank you to everyone who attended to make this such a great event. I would also like to thank our event sponsors: the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee, the Legal Services Division of Caterpillar, Inc., Public Interest Law Initiative, Peoria County Bar Association, and the Tazewell County Bar Association. 
I want to extend a thank you to the volunteers from Caterpillar Legal Services and Heyl Royster who gave up their recent Saturday morning to help run a successful Will Clinic.  The clinic was held at Peoria Friendship House on October 22 and we were able to draft and execute Wills and Powers of Attorneys for 10 very low income seniors in that one morning.  Thank you to attorneys: Tim Bertschy, Mark Flannery, Andy Keyt, Tim Kirk, James Kroger, Emily Perkins, Gregory Rastatter, and Mike Sposato and to Paralegals: Heather Feeney, Christina Milliken and Laura Gilmore.

Other News
Tazewell County will be holding an e-filing demonstration on Tuesday, November 8, 2016, at 3:30 p.m. in the James Carius Community Room at the Tazewell County Justice Center, 101 S. Capitol Street, Pekin. There will be an overview of the e-filing process and a Q & A session.  All practicing attorneys and support staff are encouraged to attend. 
Please contact Courtney Eeten CEeten@tazewell.com with any questions.

Office Space Available

  • Janssen Building, 1100+ 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.
  • 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 needed. Call the Winne Law Office at 673-4217 for more information.
  • Office Space Available 1,200 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. Seven 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.
  • Office space available downtown Peoria. Built-in bookcase wall. Shared reception area. Storage area and kitchenette. Call Jack Boos at 673-4948.
  • Office space available for sublet. Bright, clean, accessible location in well-maintained Commerce Bank Building. Three-room suite, including two office/conference areas and reception. Contact PCBA for more information.
  • Attorney office for rent on 19th floor of Chase Bank Building conveniently located across from Peoria County Courthouse and one block from Federal Courthouse.  Partially furnished with view of bluffs.  About 125 square feet.  Shared waiting area.  Conference room, telephone and copier available for reasonable cost.  Ideal for solo or satellite practice. Reasonable rate.  For more information contact Louis Milot at (309) 671-4507 or lawshop@mtco.com
  • Brand new second-floor office space available immediately in convenient Peoria Heights!  Newly-remodeled second-floor private office unit on Samuel Avenue in Peoria Heights is available for lease.  Space includes three private offices, conference room for 14-16 seats, receptionist area, and private bathroom.  Office may be leased unfurnished or furnished with brand new desks, chairs, bookcases, and file cabinets.  Call (618)406-0465 for more information.
  • Prime storefront real estate on Prospect Road in Peoria Heights available for lease immediately.  Large buiding includes 3 executive offices, 2-station receptionist area, two associate offices, 3 open workspaces, 2 bathrooms, breakroom, and file room.  Building is perfect for one or two smaller practices.  Call (618)406-0465 for more information.


Contact Us

Please click here to contact us via easy web form.

Prairie State Legal Services

Prairie State Legal Services offers free legal services for low income persons.