I hope all enjoyed the annual meeting. A little business, a little fun, lots of good food and drink – all of which you can enjoy again with some golf. The annual Golf Outing is Monday, August 29 at WeaverRidge. Another fun night is Friday, August 26 at the Chiefs game with our very own Brothers-In-Law singing the national anthem. Purchase your tickets (only $10) at the PCBA office.
Fall is approaching and the committees are busy planning for the year. If you have not signed up for a committee, please consider doing so. The Committees are the backbone of the association and provide an excellent opportunity to exercise your leadership and creative skills.
Above photo taken with the DeLorean at the Annual Meeting Cookout, in keeping with her
year-long theme, "Back to the Future - Building on a Rich Past for a Solid Future."
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (ILSCCP) begins its 2016-17 Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program with an orientation on Tuesday, July 26, at the Peoria County Bar Association (PCBA) office. Guest speaker will be Sonni Choi Williams, a PCBA member who is a member of the ILSCCP. This is a voluntary one-year program available for new lawyers admitted to practice in Illinois no more than two years prior to beginning the program and mentor lawyers admitted to the practice in Illinois not less than six years. You may register online at http://lawyermentor.ilsccp.org/pcba/
As a young attorney the thought of finally being in the legal profession, alone, and without the support of your law school professors and faculty members can be quite overwhelming for some. However, that is why programs like the PCBA’s mentoring program are so important because they are very beneficial to the development of young attorneys. Over the past year I have come to truly appreciate the value of the PCBA mentoring program, and I am grateful the committee selected me, in addition to many other young attorneys in our area to participate in the program. When I initially applied for the program I had one goal, and that was to learn as much as possible about the ins and outs of the actual practice of law from an experienced attorney here in Peoria, Illinois. Needless to say, by being paired with Tracy Pitzen my expectations were exceeded. When we met, Mr. Pitzen brought the perspective of a solo practitioner who has practiced in Peoria and the surrounding area for decades, and who has seen the ups and downs that come with our profession. By meeting with Mr. Pitzen I learned what it truly takes to succeed in the legal profession. But, most importantly, I learned how invaluable it is to be paired up with an individual you did not know prior to participating in the program. This act gives young attorneys an opportunity to leave their comfort zone and to form a professional relationship in a mentor/mentee capacity with someone new, and I am a profound believer in the fact that one can never have too many mentors. As such, I would recommend the mentoring program to both young and experienced attorneys.
Arsenio L. Mims
Senior District Judge Michael Mihm
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois