2016 September LegalEase

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In This Issue
Upcoming CLE
   September 27 10th Judicial Circuit CLE:      Enhancing Your Private & Pro Bono Practice
   October 6 Electronic Filing
   October 10 "Hello Malpractice Insurance Carrier OR Hello ARDC?"
   November 9 Workers' Compensation

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.

Directory Changes
Bartolo, Anne D., Hasselberg, Rock, Bell & Kuppler LLP, 4600 N. Brandywine Drive, Suite 200, Peoria, IL 61614; Phone: 688-9400; Fax: 688-9430; email: ABartolo@hrbklaw.com

Gougis, Nina R, Angela Evans Law, 110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 500, Peoria, IL 61602; Phone: 839-8340; email:  Nina@angelaevanslaw.com.

Toren, Michael R., Hasselberg, Grebe, Snodgrass, Urban & Wentworth, 401 Main St., Suite 1400, Peoria, IL 61602; Phone:  637-1400; email: mtoren@hgsuw.com 

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.

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.



THANK YOU, 2016 Golf Outing Sponsors
Hole in One: Pearl Insurance
Beverage Stations
Peoria Title
RK Dixon
Lunch:  Chick-fil-A
Deluxe Holes
Attorneys’ Title Guaranty Fund, Inc.
Creations by Cooley
Heinold Banwart, Ltd.
Heyl Royster
ISBA Mutual Insurance
Advantage Reporting Services
Anytime Fitness
Baird | Scott Elger
Bob Lindsay Honda/Acura
Brookshire Consulting
Circuit Side Reporting
Ginoli & Company, Ltd.
Jaguar Land Rover
Maurer Mold Testing
Merit Reporters
Miller, Hall & Triggs
Sivertsen Reporting Service, P.C.
Smart Start, Inc.
Welcome bags:
Commerce Bank


Message from the President

We are quickly ending summer, and gearing up for fall activities.  Our first board meeting of this year was very well attended and we moved forward on many projects to enhance your membership in the PCBA.  Also, the Board named the two members under 36 to the Nominating Committee.  Congrats to Christina Cullom and Kerrianne Waters (at right). 
The golf outing was a great success, thanks to Jeff Bach and Brad Keller (with me at left), who chaired the event.  We all raised a glass in memory of our long-time friend and avid golfer, Hon. Don Courson. 
I encourage you to attend the Diversity Luncheon on September 29; our speaker, Vincent Cornelius, is the first African American to be the President of the Illinois State Bar Association. 
The Columbus Day Professionalism Seminar is October 10 and will feature ethical considerations in jury selection and the Batson rule, and in preparing your witnesses for testimony. 
The holiday party is not far away and we need volunteers.  I know there is a Saturday Night Live (or Jimmy Fallon or Samantha Bee) writer/actor in all of us, so please share that talent by contacting Linda. 

The Diversity Committee invites you to celebrate and help promote diversity in our local professional community by attending the 13th Annual Diversity Luncheon on September 29th.   We are delighted to have Vincent F. Cornelius, President of the Illinois State Bar Association, as our keynote speaker.  You will have the opportunity to meet local high school students and regional law school students.   Proceeds from the luncheon will be used to help fund the Diversity Scholarship presented annually to minority law school students with ties to the Peoria area.  The recipients of this year’s scholarship will be announced.  Reservation form included with this issue.

Lawyer Referral Service [LRS]This month we would like to thank attorney Susan O’Neal for her return of a referral fee in the amount of $552.30.  Attorneys who participate in the LRS agree to send back to the PCBA 10% of attorneys’ fees over $1,000 on referred cases. 

If you would like further information on the LRS, contact the PCBA office.

On August 26 the PCBA's lawyer quartet performed their own rendition of the Star Bangled Banner at Dozer Park.  At left are Paul Brodersen, John Bathke, Rob Bennett and Kevin Miller.  Thank you for your time and effort put into this patriotic tribute.  Over 50 PCBA members with family and friends attended the game to support the Brothers-in-Law and enjoy the Chiefs game.  The Young Lawyers Committee members enjoyed a pre-game event at Thyme Kitchen & Craft Beer.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
  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.
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.
11     Veterans’ Day – Courts Closed/Courthouse Open
26     Thanksgiving -- Courts & Courthouse Closed
27     Day after Thanksgiving - Courts & Courthouse Closed

Committee Meetings All meetings at noon at the PCBA Office unless otherwise noted
  1  Federal Practice
  6  Real Property     Sponsor/speaker:  Trevor Holmes, Becker Companies
  7  Membership
  8  YLC   Sponsor/speaker:  Eric English, CIAN
      Skit Committee at Richard's on Main (5:30 p.m.)
13  Fitness Health & Wellness
14  Lincoln Memorial Banquet
15  Pro Bono
16  Communications & Technology
19  CLE
20  Board
21  Government & Public Interest
22  Diversity
22  Meet the Judges with Hon. Katherine Gorman at Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth

 4   Nominating
 4   Real Property
 5   Public Relations
12  Criminal Law Section
13  YLC
17  CLE
18  Board
20  Pro Bono

Communications & Technology
Did you pick up your 2016-2017 Attorneys’ Directory yet?  If not, stop by the PCBA office or any of the 10th Circuit courthouses (plus Woodford County Courthouse) to pick one up. The pictorial directory project is moving forward and we hope to have the directories to you by the end of September. We will send out an email once they are in.

2016 Golf Outing - What a tremendous day our members and guests had on August 29 for a rain-free golf outing at WeaverRidge Golf Club.  Although hot and muggy, the participants said they greatly enjoyed their day of relaxation and camaraderie.  The highlight for many was the dinner and awards program, with the inimitable Jeff Bach (our own late-night comedian!) as the master of ceremonies.  Congratulations to all of our winners. In particular, the winner of the Men’s Individual Low Gross (75) trophy was Craig Young.  He and Jeff are shown here, at left.
Winner of the raffle driver was Emily Perkins.  Closest to Hole #4 contest winner was Brad Keller.  Brad also wins the honor of chairing next year’s golf outing!  Winners of mixed foursome (with a score of 74) were Dave Perkins, Emily Perkins, Sam Perkins and Tom Dluski.  Raffle proceeds this year totaled $435, which will go to the Peoria office of Prairie State Legal Services.  Mulligan sales totaled $210, and those proceeds will be sent to the ICC Foundation for the Lela Post Scholarship. Our thanks go to Kate (Durham) Whetstone from Prairie State for her help in selling raffle tickets.  We would also like to thank our many sponsors of this event, listed on page 3.

2016 Holiday Party – The Skit Committee will meet at Richard’s on Main at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 8. Come with ideas, have a few drinks, and come up with even better ideas!

Fitness Health & Wellness
By Logan Block, committee member
If you have not signed up yet for the 2016 Strides for Justice 5k run or 1 mi. walk, or just have not started training, you may be worried that you won’t be ready to go the distance. Although a few weeks is not a lot of time to prepare for a 5K, it’s possible to still get yourself mentally and physically ready for the race. Here are some general tips to follow to help you prepare in a short amount of time: 1) Try a run/walk approach; 2) Run on the course; 3) Don’t try to make up for lost training time by running hard or long every day; and 4) Rest the day before so your legs are fresh for the race. For more information, check out this “Very Well” article on how to train for a 5K in two weeks:  https://www.verywell.com/how-to-train-for-a-5k-in-two-weeks-2910856
REMINDER: Don’t forget to sign up for the 2016 Strides for Justice run/walk that will take place on Saturday, September 24, 2016, on Grandview Drive promptly at 8:00 a.m. Sign up as a firm with 10 registrants (attorneys, staff, family, friends) and receive a special discount. Please contact the PCBA for more information about group discounts. As always, 100% of the Strides for Justice proceeds will support our local Prairie State Legal Services office. This year, we are further promoting some friendly competition between firms with an award for the “fastest firm”! To register, go to http://www.stridesforjustice.com/.

Local Continuing Legal Education
The Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar: "Hello Malpractice Insurance Carrier OR Hello ARDC?" by Judge Maher 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., Peoria.  Watch your inbox for further information and registration details.

Electronic Filing (E-filing)
Judge Jodi Hoos has announced that at 4:00 p.m. on October 6 in Courtroom 213 there will be a presentation by Tyler Technologies on e-filing in the 10th Circuit.  This is open to all attorneys and office staff.

Membership Chair Aliesha Graves reports that we have received an application for membership from Stephanie Wisner and applications for student membership from Alixander "Joey" Pishghadamian and Grant Schricker.
The PCBA also received its first application for an affiliate membership from CASA of Peoria County. At the 2016 Annual Meeting the by-laws were amended to include an affiliate membership. This new membership category is for any person or entity that doesn’t practice law, but wishes to affiliate with the PCBA and/or provide PCBA members services or benefits.
The applications will be presented to the Board for approval in October.

On August 5, 2016, Hon. Donald C. Courson, passed away. Donald graduated from the University of Notre Dame in South Bend, Indiana, in 1967 and received his law degree from The John Marshall Law School in Chicago. He was admitted to the bar in 1970 and started the law firm Cordis & Courson in 1972. In 1975 he was an Assistant State’s Attorney in Peoria County, an assistant Public Defender in Peoria County soon after that, and then was appointed Associate Judge in 1979. He was appointed Circuit Judge in 1982 and served as chief Judge from 1990-1994 before retiring in 2001.
Donations in memory of Hon. Donald C. Courson may be made online.  The PCBA has donated $100 to the PCBA Foundation in his memory.

Civil Practice Section
Section Chair:  John Nicoara, Law Office of John P. Nicoara
The Civil Practice Section met on August 23rd and discussed potential CLE topics for the 2017 Winter Series.  Carol Perkins and Mitch Gilfillan volunteered to co-chair the seminar.  The group will firm up its topics and set the date for the seminar at its next meeting.
Commercial Law & Litigation Section
Section Chair:  David Cover, Cover, Evans & Fricke, L.L.P.
The Commercial Law & Litigation Section met on August 30th to discuss potential CLE topics in 2017.  The group has tentatively set its program as a segment of the Brown Bag Series, on Wednesday, March 15.
Criminal Law Section
By Robert Hills, Johnson, Bunce & Noble, P.C.
The Criminal Law Section will hold its next meeting on October 12, 2016 at noon in the PCBA office. All are welcome, so please mark your calendars! We will be discussing topics for upcoming CLE seminars.
We are also excited to announce that the Criminal Law Section will be hosting a listserv for our members. The listserv will provide case law updates at least monthly, and members will have the ability to participate in discussions and share documents. Please email me at rhills@peorialawyers.com to be added to the group. I hope to see you at our next meeting.
Estate Planning & Probate Section
Section Chair:  Marci Shoff, Hasselberg, Rock, Bell & Kuppler
The Estate Planning & Probate Section met on August 23rd and has compiled its list of topics and potential speakers for its Saturday morning CLE seminar.  Susan Dawson-Tibbits has agreed to be the moderator.
Family Law Section
Section Chair:  G. Edward Murphy, Murphy & Dunn, P.C.
On August 8th the Family Law Section met and outlined its topics for their Saturday, January 28, 2017, CLE Seminar.  We appreciate all the participation from committee members and Judge Kim Kelley who attended the meeting.
Workers’ Compensation Section
Section Chair:  Dana Hughes, Heyl Royster
The Workers’ Compensation Section has tentatively scheduled its CLE seminar for Wednesday, November 9, following the Peoria call.  The complete lineup of topics and speakers will be announced soon.  Watch your inbox for updates and registration information.  A social following the seminar is also being planned.


Young Lawyers Committee (YLC)
YLC Chairman David Wiest has reported on the following: Annual Halloween Blood Drive with the American Red Cross will be held on October 31, 2016, at the County Board Room, 4th floor of the Peoria County Courthouse, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Wade Blumenshine and Sam Perkins will lead this project.  Online sign-ups will be available soon.  Planning for the upcoming year has begun, with Mitch Gilfillan and Kateah McMasters serving as co-chairs of community outreach.  Chairs for 2017 Law Day events will be chosen soon.

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: Sumner Bourne, Kenneth Eathington, Joseph Gilfillan, Mitch Gilfillan, Brian Lutz, Noah Menold, Robert Parker, Carol Perkins, Jesse Placher, Don Pioletti, Nicholas Tinsman and James Van Rheeden.
Illinois State Bar Association CLE
Registration is now open for the ISBA’s annual pro bono CLE, “Limited Scope Representation: When Less is More.”  It will be held on Thursday, October 13 from 12:50pm-4:45pm. Participants can choose to attend in person in Chicago or via live webinar from anywhere and will also receive 3.25 hours of professionalism credit. More details and registration can be found at https://www.isba.org/cle/2016/10/13/limitedscope.

October is the month set aside to celebrate the great pro bono work that you do.  The Tenth Judicial Pro Bono Committee will again be holding a Pro Bono Recognition Event at the Caterpillar Visitor Center on Monday, October 24th.  More information will be available soon.

The Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committee will hold a CLE program:  Enhancing Your Private & Pro Bono Practice on September 27.  For further details and to register visit www.pili.org/10thcircuit. 

Bradley Mock Trial Invitational October 22 and 23, 2016, at the Peoria County Courthouse. It will be a three round tournament. The bar association has been very supportive in the past by judging one or more rounds. Bradley is asking for your continued support. The first round on Saturday the 22nd is at 9:00 am with the Judge Orientation at 8:30. Sunday’s round is at 9:30 with Judge Orientation (if not attended) at 9:00 am. To register as a judge, please go to: http://www.bradley.edu/academic/cio/prelaw/mocktrial/tournament/ and complete the form online. Many of the students participating will be joining our profession. Judging mock trial provides the opportunity for you to help shape their legal careers and will provide them with invaluable experience.

The Abraham Lincoln Court (TALC)
A judicial reception was held on September 1 in the Renaissance Room of the Janssen Building (thank you, Jay!) with over 30 people in attendance.  Carol Perkins, President of the newly formed group, announced several upcoming programs being planned by Program Chair Joe VanFleet as follows:
October - Law Practice Management
January - Modern Trial Practice
March - Marketing and Business Development
For further information about joining this new group contact Carol at cperkins@heylroyster.com.




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