2017 January LegalEase

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In This Issue
·         CLE – Winter Series
·         Memorial
·         Lincoln Banquet

Contact Us:

Linda Raineri, Executive Director
110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 674-6049

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


Peoria County Bar Association
Foundation Trustees

Hon. Paul P. Gilfillan
Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher
Michele A. Miller
Richard W. Zuckerman
Michael D. Gifford
Rex K. Linder
Karen M. Stumpe

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
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.
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.
Associate Attorney
Small local law firm in downtown Peoria seeks an associate attorney with 0-3 years’ experience. Our primary practice areas are business law, litigation, real estate and estate planning. If interested, send resume and cover letter to pcba@mtco.com with reference # 121916 in the subject line.

Directory Changes
Crowley, James M. – South Side Trust & avings Bank, 2119 SW Adams St., Peoria, IL 61602 Phone: 495-4347, Fax: 676-8974,

Email: jmcrowley@southsidebank.com 

Snyder, Sam – Phone: 431-1616, Fax: 296-0304. All other info remains the same.

Wolfe, Jennifer L.- 1901 S. Meyers Rd., Suite 155, Oakbrook Terrace, IL 60181. Phone: (630)282-0820 ext. 43403, Fax: 1-877-822-9806. Email: jwolfe1@amfam.com

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.


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Message from the President
We are ready to start a New Year and that means the great Saturday morning CLE programs. These programs are an excellent method not only to catch up on the law but also catch up with your colleagues after the busy holidays. Also, just around the corner is the annual Lincoln Memorial Banquet, so please mark your calendars for February 16, 2017.
Jerelyn Maher
Lincoln Memorial Banquet
Please watch your email inbox for your evite to the 109th Lincoln Memorial Banquet being held on Thursday, February 16, 2017, at the Haydn-Clark Alumni Center on the Bradley University campus.  Cocktails begin at 5:30 p.m. and dinner at 6:30 p.m.  Keynote speaker is Bradley University President Gary Roberts.  The Bradley speech team will also give a presentation.  President Roberts is a Bradley alum, as am I, and we hope many of our members who are also Bradley alums will come to enjoy the evening. Tickets are $100 per person or $720 for a table of eight; only $50 for first-time attendees.  What a great way to introduce newer members in your firm, or in the bar as a whole, by inviting them to this inspiring event honoring our greatest lawyer-president.
Craig Young, Chairman

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
2       Courts & Courthouse Closed in observance of New Year’s Day
7       CLE:  Civil Practice – Spalding Pastoral Center – 8:30 – 12:00
14     CLE:  Damages – Spalding Pastoral Center – 8:30 – 12:00
16     Courts & Courthouse Closed in observance of Martin Luther King Jr. Day
21     CLE:  Business & Real Estate – Spalding Pastoral Center – 8:30 – 12:00
28     CLE:  Estate Planning, Probate & a Little Bit of Elder Law – Spalding  – 8:30 – 12:00
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:  Potpourri of Employment Law, 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, History of Change – Then and Now, 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
3  Real Property – Keller Williams, sponsor
5  Lincoln Memorial Banquet
10 Workers’ Compensation (conference room )
     Commercial Law & Litigation (Linda’s Office)
11 Fitness Health & Wellness (conference room)
     PR (Linda’s office)
12 YLC
17 Board
18 LRS
19 Diversity
23 CLE
26 Pro Bono
7  Real Property
8  Criminal Law Section
9  YLC
13  CLE
14  Government & Public Interest
21  Board

Let’s turn our thoughts to warm weather, well-manicured greens and camaraderie with your colleagues by marking your calendars for the PCBA’s annual golf outing!   Monday, August 14, is the date of the 2017 outing, which will be at Mt. Hawley Country Club.
Fitness Health & Wellness by Emily Perkins
Get Moving! Why Sitting Has Become the New Smoking
With recent articles entitled “”Why your desk job is slowly killing you” (Men’s Health, 2010), “Sitting is Killing You” (Time, 2014), and “Is sitting the new smoking?” (Forbes, 2015), it’s no wonder that the new national mantra has become “Get Moving!” Studies have long connected sedentary activity to poor health, including heart disease, diabetes, obesity and hypertension. Dr. James Levine, co-director of the Mayo Clinic and author of the book “Get up! Why Your Chair is Killing You and What You Can Do About It!” opines that sitting is not supposed to be a way of life. “[T]his very unnatural [sitting] posture is not only bad for your back, your wrists, your arms, and your metabolism, but it actually switches off the fundamental fueling systems that integrate what’s going on in the bloodstream with what goes on in the muscles and in the tissues,” says Dr. Levine. 
What’s scary is that researchers are now finding that the ill effects of sitting most of the day cannot simply be “undone” with a gym workout. According to the authors of a 2009 editorial in the British Journal of Sports Medicine, “Even if people meet the current recommendation of 30 minutes of physical activity on most days each week, there may be significant adverse metabolic and health effects from prolonged sitting.” Surprisingly, even on weekends, the average person sits for eight hours.
So just how bad is it? Well, one study by the British Medical Journal found that sitting increases lung cancer by 54%, uterine cancer by 66%, and colon cancer by 30%. A study by the American Cancer Society revealed that women who sit for 6 or more hours a day were 40% more likely to die within the 14-year study period compared to women who sat for less than 3 hours per day.
So you’re probably wondering what you can do. One easy solution is simply to stand up or walk around after sitting for long periods of time. Coincidentally, with popular fitness trackers like Fitbit and the new Apple Watch, we can keep better track of our physical activity throughout the workweek. If you have the funds, a standing desk would make a great new investment to the office. Individual testimonials reveal an increase in both productivity and creativity when standing as compared to sitting.
The human body is designed to move. I challenge you to take a break, stand, and walk around. Don’t be a statistic – get moving!
Local Continuing Legal Education
2017 Winter Series
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. This year’s 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
Registration form included with this issue or you may register online at www.peoriabar.org/shop. An in-depth Family Law CLE will be held in June, in advance of the July 1 implementation of new rules.
Brown Bag Series
This year PCBA members can receive 5.5 hours of CLE credit at no cost.  The Appellate Practice Brown Bag Seminar, by Justice Ann Jorgensen, Mike Reagan & Tim 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 Bournce & Amira Vicari Hills, March 15, Employment Law by Janaki Nair, John Dundas & Tom McConnaughay, and March 29, DUI - History of Changes by Jeffrey Hall, will be held in the PCBA conference room (seating limited).  March 22, Effective Networking for Attorneys by Steve Fretzin, will be a webinar.
On December 3, 2016, attorney Willis R. Tribler passed away. Mr. Tribler graduated from Bradley University in 1955 and University of Illinois College of Law in 1960. He was an attorney with Heyl Royster Voelker & Allen before becoming a founding member and senior partner of the firm Tribler Orpett & Meyer in Chicago. A memorial contribution may be made online at www.peoriabar.org/foundation.
The PCBA has donated $100 to the PCBA Foundation in memory of Willis R. Tribler.

The Nominating Committee met on October 4, 2016, 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 eventually 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 th

e association’s endeavors. The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that it has selected Ambrose V. McCall (shown at right) as its nominee for the position of Secretary-Treasurer for the year 2016-17.
2016-2017 Nominating Committee:  Timothy J. Howard, Immediate Past President and Nominating Committee Chair, Past Presidents Craig S. Young, James F. Kane, Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson, Kevin M. Miller; two members under age 36 appointed by the Board of Directors:  Kerrianne L. Waters and Christina E. Cullom.
Young Lawyers
Project Santa
Thank you to everyone who contributed gifts and donations to Project Santa for the South Side Mission. Just over $2,200 was received in monetary donations plus countless gifts that filled the PCBA Board Room and required two large vans to take them to the mission.


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