2017 February LegalEase

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  Brown Bag Series
  People’s Law School
  Job Shadowing

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

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Message from the President
Although we have not seen much sun in Peoria the last few weeks, things continue to be bright at the PCBA. The Winter Series of our CLE seminars will conclude with the Family Law program on February 4.  We look forward to the Brown Bag series every Wednesday in March and the popular Tried and True: Part IV on May 19. The Lincoln Memorial Banquet is around the corner on February 16 and is always a bright spot in our year. Be sure to mark your calendars for May 4 as our Law Day program moves to the evening so hopefully more students and their parents can attend.  Chief Justice Lloyd Karmeier will be our keynote speaker. This will be a family event and PCBA membe

rs should take advantage of the opportunity to purchase seats for their own children.  Tickets are $40 for adults and $20 for kids under 18.

Lincoln Memorial Banquet

From Craig Young, Banquet Chair:  There’s still time left to register for the 109th Annual Lincoln Memorial Banquet. This year’s speakers are 

Bradley University President, Gary Roberts, and the award winning and nationally renowned Bradley Speech Team. Tickets are $100, or $720 for a table of 8. To encourage attendance we have a discounted rate of $50 for first time attendees.  To reserve seats online visit www.peoriabar.org/product/109th-lincoln-memorial-banquet. We hope to see you there!


By: Yolanda Riley, Committee Member
It’s that time of year again! The Diversity Committee is now accepting applications for the 2017 PCBA Diversity Scholarship program. Please encourage any law students you may know to apply, especially those from Peoria and surrounding areas. The application can be found online at the following link: https://www.peoriabar.org/about/diversity/application.  The deadline for submissions will be July 15, 2017. Let’s continue to promote diversity and attract future attorneys to our outstanding organization. 

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
4        CLE:  Family Law – Spalding Pastoral Center – 8:30 – 12:00
16     109th Lincoln Memorial Banquet – Bradley University Hayden-Clark Alumni Center –  Gary Roberts, featured speaker – 5:30 cocktails; 6:30 dinner
20      Presidents’ Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed
1         Brown Bag Seminar:  Appellate Practice, 12:00 – 1:30, 3rd Floor Renaissance Room  (Janssen Building) Speakers:  Justice Ann Jorgensen, Mike Reagan & Tim Eaton
  8     Brown Bag Seminar:  Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, 12:00 – 1:00, PCBA Conf. Rm., Speakers: Robert Ropp, Sumner Bourne & Amira Vicari Hills
15     Brown Bag Seminar:  Business Law Update, 12:00 – 1:00, PCBA Conf. Rm., Speakers:  Janaki Nair, John Dundas & Tom McConnaughay
22     Brown Bag Seminar:  Effective Networking for Attorneys, 12:00 – 1:00, via webinar, Speaker:  Steve Fretzin
29     Brown Bag Seminar:  DUI and Cannabis Laws, 12:00 – 1:00, PCBA Conf. Rm., Speaker:  Jeffrey Hall
14     Good Friday – Courts & Courthouse Closed
Committee Meetings All meetings at noon at the PCBA Office unless otherwise noted
2  Commercial Law & Litigation 
7  Real Property
9  YLC
13  CLE
14  Government & Public Interest
15  Public Relations
21  Board
22  Diversity
24  Lawyer Referral Service
27  Foundation Trustees
2    Fitness Health & Wellness
7    Real property
9    YLC
16  Pro Bono
20  CLE
21  Board

Mark your calendars for the PCBA’s Annual Golf Outing! This year we are returning to Mt. Hawley Country Club on Monday, August 14, 2017. Rain date will be decided soon.
Fitness Health & Wellness
By: Kyle Tompkins, Chair
Beating the Winter Blues
Oh, the weather outside is frightful…but exercising is so delightful! During the dull and dreary days of winter, it can be hard to maintain a regular workout routine. However, health experts highly recommend incorporating exercise into your everyday life. According to the American Osteopathic Association, regular workouts, even during winter, reduce the risk for certain diseases such as heart disease and high blood pressure, in addition to improving mood and increasing energy levels. Visit www.osteopathic/org/osteopathic-health/about-your-health/health-conditions-library/general-health/Pages/winter-workout.aspx.
Local Continuing Legal Education
2017 Winter Series
There’s still time to register for the final seminar in this year’s Winter Series, family law, this Saturday, February 4, at the Spalding Pastoral Center. Remember, you can always purchase the DVD of these seminars if you were unable to attend. We currently have the following 2017 Winter Series on DVD: Civil Practice, Damages, Business & Real Estate, and Estate Planning & Probate.  We’d like to thank Emily Wilburn, committee chair (left), along with all the seminar coordinators and speakers, for their time and hard work in bringing excellent CLE to our PCBA members.
Brown Bag Series
This year PCBA members can receive a total of 5.5 hours of CLE credit at no cost.  The Appellate Practice Brown Bag Seminar, by Justice Ann B. Jorgensen, Michael T. Reagan and J. Timothy Eaton, on March 1 will be held in the 3rd floor Renaissance Room of the Janssen Building from 12:00 – 1:30 and will provide 1.5 credit hours.  All others (see enclosed flyer) will provide one hour of credit.  March 8, Chapter 13 Bankruptcy by Robert Ropp, Sumner Bourne and Amira Vicari Hills at the PCBA office. March 15, Business Law Update by Janaki Nair, John Dundas and Tom McConnaughay, will also be held at the PCBA office, and March 22, Effective Networking for Attorneys by Steve Fretzin, will be a webinar.  March 29, DUI and Cannabis Laws by Jeffrey Hall, will be held in the PCBA conference room. Lunch provided.  Contact the PCBA office to register. 
Membership Chair Aliesha Graves reports that we have received an application for membership from Paige Blumenshine, Nathan B. Hinch, Michael R. Rayfield, Sheryl J. Robertson, Seth P. Uphoff and Kenneth E. Davies (renewal). The applications will be presented to the Board for approval in March.  The next New Members Lunch will be Tuesday, May 9, and New Members Reception will be Thursday evening, May 11.  Mark your calendars now.

On Saturday, January 28, 2017, a member of the Association, Charles L. Danner, passed away.  He was 58 years old.  Mr. Danner was born in Peoria, graduated from Manual High School, and enlisted in the Air Force.  He earned his B.A. in management from Park College in Parkville, Missouri, in 1993 and his J.D. from Southern Illinois University College of Law in 1996.  He joined the PCBA in 1999 and was a sole practitioner in Peoria.
Contributions in memory of Mr. Danner may be made to the PCBA Foundation online at
ww.peoriabar.org/product/pcba-foundation.  The PCBA has made a contribution of $100 to the Foundation in memory of Mr. Danner.
Public Relations
People’s Law School
The PCBA has partnered with Illinois Central College again this year for People’s Law School. This year’s programs will include:

The classes are from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. at the ICC North Campus and are free to the public, but advance registration is required. Thank you to all the attorneys for donating their time to speak in this year’s programs.
Job Shadowing
By:  Katherine Swise, Public Relations Chair
In order to foster a positive relationship between the Peoria County Bar Association and the community, the Public Relations Committee is continuing the PCBA job shadowing program to provide local students with an opportunity to share in the day-to-day experience of local attorneys.  We are seeking members who are willing to host a student “shadow” on the morning of April 6, 2017.  The program is open to local high school seniors and Bradley students participating in Judge Maher’s legal studies program.   The job shadowing will take place during the morning, followed by a lunch program and possible afternoon courtroom observation for the students and their hosts at the Peoria County Courthouse.  If you would like to host a student during this time, please contact Linda at pcba@mtco.com
Young Lawyers
Save the date! The Young Lawyers committee will be holding their annual Law Day event on Thursday, May 4 at 6:00 p.m. at the Spalding Pastoral Center in Peoria. Logan Block from Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth was instrumental in securing this year’s featured speaker, the Honorable Lloyd A. Karmeier, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court.   Michael Toren mtoren@hgsuw.com also from the Hasselberg Grebe firm, is the one to contact if you are interested in speaking at area schools during the month of April as part of the Law Day celebration. Essay contest winners will be announced at the May 4 event, and Wade Blumenshine from Heyl Royster is in charge of this year’s Law Day Essay Contest.  We will also recognize our members who are celebrating 50 years since their admission to the bar:  Honorable John Gorman, Honorable Michael Mihm, Thomas Penn, James Tomlin and David Walvoord.  Reservation information is forthcoming.

Prairie State Legal Services
By: Katherine Whetstone
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: Debbie Harper, Sam Harrod, Donald Hartshorn, Michael Kraft, Curtis Lane, Kevin Lowe, Valerie Moehle, Susan O’Neal, Carol Perkins, James Van Rheeden, Rich Williams, and William Wombacher.
Free Legal Advice Clinic
I still need a few volunteers for our upcoming Free Legal Advice Clinic being held on Saturday February 11, 2017 from 9-12.  This clinic is taking place at the Prairie State Legal Services office at 331 Fulton Street in downtown Peoria.  This clinic is designed to help clients who have already gone through the PSLS application process by giving them one time legal advice on civil legal matters.  Attorneys will not be asked to provide extended representation to anyone they advise during this clinic.  Volunteers will also be covered under Prairie State’s malpractice insurance.  You will only be matched with clients who have legal problems that you are comfortable advising on.  This is a great opportunity to get involved in Pro Bono if you only have limited time to give. If you are interested in getting involved in this event or have any questions please call me at (309)621-4005.
Brief Advice Cases for Pro Bono
I am looking to recruit volunteer attorneys to commit to giving brief, one time, phone advice to eligible Prairie State clients.  This would be a great way for new pro bono attorneys to get some experience with the types of cases Prairie State handles.  It is also a great way for existing volunteers to do just a little bit more pro bono work.  If you are interested in participating in this phone advice program and giving just 30-45 minutes of your time to eligible clients please let me know and I would be happy to give you more details.

Registration for the MCBA Guardian Ad Litem Certification Seminar is now open and is approved for certification as a GAL in the 11th Judicial Circuit. Please click on the link below to register online or use the attached pdf to register by mail.  This two day program will be held on March 21st and 22nd at Second Presbyterian Church in downtown Bloomington, Illinois.  The seminar also offers options for one day registration to maintain your current certification.  PCBA members can register at the MCBA member rate. If you have any questions about this program, feel free to contact Kelly D. Rumley, McLean County Bar Association Assistant, 309.888.5265, Kelly.Rumley@mcleancountyil.gov.

Associate Attorney
Miller, Hall & Triggs, LLC seeks a local attorney with 1 – 3 years of experience in the firm’s primary practice areas of commercial and residential real estate, public law, or trust and estate planning.  Excellent credentials, strong communication skills, and relevant work experience are important. Competitive compensation package to commensurate with experience. Please send resume in confidence to Miller, Hall & Triggs, Attn: Hiring Partner, 416 Main Street, Suite 1125, Peoria, IL 61602 or by email at:  hiring@mhtlaw.com

Associate Attorney
Well established local civil litigation firm seeking an associate attorney with two or more years of experience. Please send cover letter and resume to Andrew D. Cassidy, Cassidy & Mueller P.C., 416 Main St., Suite 323, Peoria, IL 61602.

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.

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.

Labor/Employment Attorney
The Illinois Courts is seeking a labor/employment attorney in their Executive Division. For more information please visit: http://www.illinoiscourts.gov/Employment/AOIC/2017/010417_Labor_Attorney.asp

Legal Assistant part-time (20-30 hours per week) at a small Eureka, Illinois law firm.  A professional image, attention to detail, excellent communication and strong organizational skills a must. The qualified candidate must be detail-oriented, a self-starter who is extremely responsible, dependable, highly motivated, able to multi-task, possess a great work attitude and a team player. Computer skills, strong grammar and communication skills and multi-tasking are essential. Experience with Word, Excel and Visio is preferred. Must be able to work independently. Excellent telephone etiquette required. Please indicate your salary requirements. Email your resume to dies@darrelldies.com

Secretary Moehle, Swearingen & Lobacz, Ltd., a law firm celebrating over 50 years of providing exceptional legal services, is seeking a support staff member to join our practice.  We are looking for a meticulous person with strong math and problem solving skills who is dedicated to providing excellent client services.  An ability to work independently and within strict deadlines, as well as proficiency in Microsoft Word and Excel, is required.  To apply, please send your resume and three professional references in confidence to Attorney Brigette Lobacz, 410 Broadway, P.O. Box 875, Pekin, Illinois 61554-0875.  

Will Search
Anyone knowing the whereabouts of a will for Elva J. Hedrick, DOB: 2/27/1930 DOD: 1/12/2017, please contact attorney Stephen Morris at 309-671-4555.

Directory Changes
Kelly, William R. - 7817 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.  All other information remains the same.

McCarthy, Stephanie – USDA, 1815 N. University St., Peoria, 61604. Phone: 681-6110, email: Stephanie.mccarthy@ars.usda.gov

Firm Changes
James Kelly Law Firm
Kelly, James – 7817 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614. All other information remains the same.
Jording, Jason - 7817 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614. All other information remains the same. 

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 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.





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