2016 October LegalEase

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Upcoming CLE programs

Diversity Report

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
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: 

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.

Medical Litigation Associate
Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, a leading national law firm, seeks an associate with 1 - 5 years' experience to join the medical malpractice litigation practice in our Peoria office. Qualified candidates should have strong litigation experience, excellent academic credentials, and top quality work product. Experience with medical malpractice and/or defense litigation is preferred. Candidates should have an interest in participating in business development efforts and must be committed to exceptional client service. The law firm offers a competitive benefits package and opportunity for advancement. IL bar license required.
Please submit your cover letter, resume, unofficial transcript, and a writing sample in confidence through the firm's website (http://www.hinshawlaw.com). Please upload all required documents as one PDF attachment. Only resumes received through the firm's website will be considered.
Only candidates contacted for an interview with receive a response.  As an EOE/AA employer, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP will not discriminate in its employment practices due to an applicant’s race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, and veteran or disability status. Hinshaw is not accepting resumes or referrals from search firms for this position. http://hinshawlaw.applicantstack.com/x/openings

Legal Secretary for law firm.  8:30 am to 5:00 pm Mon-Fri.  Must have experience with Microsoft Word, have good organizational skills, be outgoing, and work well with others.  Send resume and references to:  Essig Law Office, 135 Washington Square, Washington, IL 61571, Fax 309-444-1916, essiglaw@mtco.com

Directory Changes
McCormick, Shelley, Assistant Attorney General, State of Michigan, Health, Education & Family Services Division, 525 W. Ottawa St. P.O. Box 30758 Lansing, MI 48909; email: McCormickS1@michigan.gov

Peoria location closed
The Peoria location of Sorling Northrup closed on Friday, September 20.  James D. Broadway may now be contacted at 1 North Old State Capitol Plaza, Suite 200, P.O. Box 5131, Springfield, IL 62705; Phone: (217) 544-1144;
email: jdbroadway@sorlinglaw.com.

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. Please contact PCBA for more information.


Message from the President

Fall is here and so are the annual fall events at the PCBA. The Diversity Luncheon was a great success, as Vincent Cornelius gave a tremendous message.  [At left is President Maher, President Cornelius and Mr. Jackson, Diversity Committee Chairman.] The Columbus Day Professionalism program is embracing the ethical issues that arise in the trial process and is designed to invite thoughtful audience participation. Registration deadline:  October 5. To register, click here.  The Young Lawyers Committee is continuing their dedicated work to the community in sponsoring the annual blood drive at the courthouse on October 31 – HALLOWEEN!   Please support your fellow bar members in all PCBA activities as we all work better when we work together.
13th Annual Diversity Luncheon
Over 250 people attended this year’s Diversity Luncheon.  Manual Academy is the PCBA Adopt-a-School, and their Color Guard and Jazz Ensemble did excellent work again this year.  Over 30 students attended the pre-luncheon Q & A with President Cornelius.  Below are the first students to arrive – Manual Academy and Peoria Central.  President Maher announced the Peoria Legal Academy endeavor involving Peoria Public Schools, ICC and the Tri-County Urban League. 



Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
10     Columbus Day - Courts Closed/Courthouse Open
         Columbus Day Seminar - The Warehouse on State, 12:00-2:00 p.m.
24     10th Circuit Pro Bono Awards and beginning of Celebrate Pro Bono Week
31     YLC Halloween Blood Drive, County Board Room 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
8       New Members’ Luncheon – PCBA Office, 12:00-1:00 p.m., invitation only
9       Workers’ Compensation CLE – Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen, 1:00-4:30 p.m.
11     Veterans’ Day – Courts Closed/Courthouse Open
17     New Members’ Reception – Kenny’s Westside Pub (next to Janssen Bldg.)  5:00 – 6:30
26     Thanksgiving -- Courts & Courthouse Closed
27     Day after Thanksgiving - Courts & Courthouse Closed
1       Holiday Party – The Warehouse on State
23     Courts & Courthouse Closed
26     Courts & Courthouse Closed
Committee Meetings All meetings at noon at the PCBA Office unless otherwise noted
 4    Nominating (at office of Howard & Howard)
 4    Real Property – lunch sponsored by Miller, Hall & Triggs
 5    Public Relations
12   Criminal Law Section
13   YLC
14   Lincoln Memorial Banquet
17   CLE
18   Board
19   Fitness, Health & Wellness
20   Pro Bono
25   Commercial Law & Litigation
26   Communications & Technology
  1  Real Property – lunch sponsored by WestPoint Financial Group
  7  Lawyer Referral Service
10   YLC
15   Board
17   Meet the Judges, Hon. Alicia Washington
21   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 the PCBA office. We will forward information to our support team who will work on the problem.
The skit committee welcomes all comedic input for this year’s Holiday Party on December 1.  Although the group has begun writing this year’s script, there’s always room for more!
Local Continuing Legal Education
The Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar is Monday, October 10, 2016.  Check-in and lunch begins at 11:30 a.m. and the seminar is from noon until 2:00 p.m. at The Warehouse on State, located at 736 SW Washington St. This seminar will discuss Foster v. Chatman and USA v. Brindley and how it relates to the Rules of Professional Conduct. Speakers include: Judge Michael McCuskey, Mick Henderson, Robert Hills and Hugh Toner.  You won’t want to miss the re-enactment of the trials, with actors Ann Pieper, Jessica Sarff, Abigail Fleming and Christina Cullom!
Workers’ Compensation Seminar, Thursday, November 9, 1:00 – 4:30 at Heyl Royster. Arbitrators’ panel includes Justice Holdridge and speakers Dr. O’Leary, Kevin Elder, Jessica Bell, Chris Crawford, Amanda Watson and Boyd Roberts. Registration opens soon.
2017 WINTER SERIES:  The lineup for 2017 will be January 7 – Civil Practice, January 14 – Damages, January 21 – Business & Real Estate, January 28 – Family Law, and February 4 – Probate & Estate Planning. The full lineup of topics and speakers at each seminar will be provided on November 1 when registration begins.  We will once again offer the “5 seminars for the price of 4” deal to our members. 
Fitness Health & Wellness
Thank you to everyone who participated in the 2016 Strides for Justice 5k. There were approximately 190 participants, our biggest group thus far. The proceeds from this race are donated to the Peoria office of Prairie State Legal Services and we are pleased that we were able to increase our numbers this year. We look forward to getting more involved next year, especially firms in the firm competition.  Below are pictures from the race:



Membership Chair Aliesha Graves reports that we have received an application for membership from Blake Esker and application for student membership from Alixander “Joey” Pishghadamian. The application will be presented to the Board for approval in November.  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.
Pro Bono by Judge Michael Brandt, Chair

The PCBA Pro Bono Committee has met twice. Our initiative this year is to jump start and put into place an ongoing project for expungement and sealing of records. The Illinois Supreme Court’s website contains the forms that must be recognized in all Illinois Courts and a very detailed set of instructions in preparing the documents. Attorneys will be able to review the instructions and assist a pro bono client in filling them out. After the paper work is prepared and notices mailed out only one short court appearance is required. If the relief is granted the attorney can assist the client in forwarding the order to the appropriate law enforcement agencies or clerk’s offices.  Attorneys from CAT are expressing a willingness to get involved. A subcommittee to vet the cases that originate from Prairie State Legal Services needs to have some attorneys who will simply review a request to determine initial eligibility, all of which one can generally find on the Court’s website. If it is a worthy case, the Committee would like to have a list of attorneys willing to take the case. This is a pro bono opportunity for lawyers who may not want to get involved in litigation; this is generally a paperwork process and a very worthy one to help those persons who have committed non-violent minor crimes in the past and have a minor record hanging over their head which is an impediment to better employment. A possible “lunch/seminar” on the process is being discussed in connection with Prairie State and the Pro Bono Committee. If you are interested in participating at any level please contact the Pro Bono Committee Chair, Michael Brandt, 309/369-1813 or jdgbrandt@sbcglobal.net

Young Lawyers Committee

YLC Members Wade Blumenshine and Sam Perkins are heading up this year’s Halloween Blood Drive set for Monday, October 31, from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at the Peoria County Courthouse, 4th floor. To donate, visit www.redcrossblood.org.  Type in the sponsor keyword, ‘Peoria Bar Association’ and you can set an appt. Contact Wade at wblumenshine@heylroyster.com or Sam at sam_perkins@ilcd.uscourts.gov if you have any questions.


A big thank you to Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo for their very generous donation of $10,000 to the PCBA Foundation in honor of Robert Jennetten.  As you may recall, the Board of Directors approved renaming the award “The Robert H. Jennetten Diversity Scholarship” in honor of our Past President and founder of the Diversity Committee in 2003.

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: Jennifer Bonesteel, Spencer Daniels, Courtney Dean, Jeffrey Hoecker, Kevin Lowe, Jennifer Lynch, Carol Perkins, Ryan Powers, Michael Sposato, James Springer, Carl Wilbur and Maureen Williams.
Free Professionalism CLE/Webinar: Dealing with a Representative of a Client
Prairie State Legal Services invites current and future pro bono attorneys to join us for a free webinar in honor of Celebrate Pro Bono Week.
When: October 26 at 3:00pm
Register: https://attendee.gotobwebinar.com/register/631698394263822593
or at www.pslegal.org
Problems and challenges abound when an attorney deals with someone other than the client. Through the use of hypothetical fact patterns, this session will take an in-depth look at how to handle these sticky situations. Among the scenarios which we will discuss are dealing with a client who has diminished capacity but does not require a guardian; working with an agent under a POA; and what the attorney should do when he or she is contacted by someone on behalf of a prospective client who is too incapacitated to talk or when no guardian is available in time to meet an emergency.  Participants will receive 1.5 hours of MCLE professionalism credit. By attending this webinar, attorneys in private practice agree to accept at least one pro bono referral through Prairie State’s Volunteer Lawyer Program in the 12 months following the webinar.

10th Circuit Pro Bono By The Honorable Lisa Y. Wilson

The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee would like to invite you to the 3rd Annual Celebrate Pro Bono Reception on Monday, October 24, 2016 from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. at the Caterpillar Visitors Center, located at 110 S.W. Washington Street in Peoria.  The event will commemorate National Pro Bono Week and recognize the efforts of the Pro Bono Pledge Signatories and Pro Bono Service Award Recipients to expand access to justice in the Tenth Judicial Circuit.  Jeffrey Krumpe will be recognized as the 2016 Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Service Award Recipient.   Illinois Supreme Court Justice Thomas L. Kilbride will be the special guest speaker.  The event sponsors are The Legal Services Division of Caterpillar, Inc., the Peoria County Bar Association, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., Public Interest Law Initiative and the Tazewell County Bar Association.  Drinks and appetizers will be provided at this complimentary event.  Advance registration is required at www.pili.org/10thcircuit.  If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Judge Lisa Wilson at lwilson@peoriacounty.org or at (309) 672-6905.

Peoria County Veteran's Memorial By Judge Michael Brandt
Paul Brodersen, John Bathke and Rob Bennett (a/k/a The Brothers in Law) are shown here in the background. They graciously sang the National Anthem at the groundbreaking ceremony for the Peoria County Veteran's Memorial Committee on Saturday, October 1, at the Courthouse grounds, honoring those who served in the Korean and Vietnam Conflicts as well as all of the actions on terrorism since then. Steve Sonnemaker, County Clerk/ Committee Chair and I are very grateful to them for stepping in with very short notice and doing a marvelous job.

The Lawyer’s Assistance Program is having their Annual Dinner in downtown Chicago at the University Club of Chicago on Thursday, November 3, 2016. The Keynote Speakers this year are WGN anchor Mark Suppelsa and musician Ava Suppelsa. For more information, contact the LAP at 312-726-6607 or visit www.illinoislap.org.

The Abraham Lincoln Court is having a meeting on October 17, 2016, at the Federal Courthouse. The program starts at 5:30 p.m. and Hors d’oeuvres and open bar reception start at 7:00 p.m. The program topic is Marketing and Business Development, presented by Judge Jodi Hoos, Robert Boucher, and Robert Hills. The deadline for reservations is Wednesday, October 12, 2016. Contact Mindy Schlink, Howard and Howard, at mschlink@howardandhoward.com or 309-672-1482 for a reservation form.

Volunteers Needed Calling all paralegals and licensed attorneys!
Volunteer today with Illinois Legal Aid Online as a Legal Content Editor/Contributor!
As a Legal Content Editor/Contributor, you’ll use your expertise by helping to keep our content current and accurate. You can work as little or as much as you’d like (volunteers receive as many projects as they want in a given year and contribute an average of 4 hours per project over a 3 week period) while enjoying the flexibility of volunteering from any desktop computer or laptop with reliable internet access. Work at times that are convenient for you to work while receiving training (as necessary) and ongoing support whenever you need it.
If you’re interested in volunteering or would simply like to learn more about this volunteer opportunity, please contact Elizabeth Medina, Legal Contact Volunteer Coordinator (LCVC). You can email her at emedina@illinoislegalaid.org or call her at (312) 977-9047 Ext. 17.

CASAblanca – Dancing with the Local Stars -- Saturday, November 5, 2016, at 6:00 p.m. at the Par-a-Dice Hotel and Casino Ballroom for the benefit of CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates).  Tickets may be purchased for $200/person or $1,500/table of ten by calling the CASA of Peoria County office at 309-669-2939.  Among the 2016 Local Stars and Dancing Pros helping to make a difference for these Peoria County youth include PCBA members Gary Schmidt and Valerie Moehle!

For more information go to  CASA’s website: http://www.casapeoria.org/CASAblanca/CASAblanca-tickets.html



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