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President's Message

The PCBA gives big congratulations to award recipients at the Tenth Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Reception:  Maureen Williams, Prairie State Pro Bono Attorney of the Year; Debbie Harper, Tazewell County Attorney of the Year; Hon. Michael E. Brandt [Ret.], Peoria County Pro Bono Attorney of the Year; Abigail Fleming Peoria County Pro Bono Young Attorney of the Year; Cassidy & Mueller P.C., Peoria County Pro Bono Firm of the Year; and Jeff Krumpe, 10th Circuit Pro Bono Attorney of the Year. [At left:  Maureen Williams, Justice Tom Kilbride (keynote speaker), Judge Lisa Wilson and President Maher]
The holidays are coming soon and so is the annual Holiday Party.  Exercise the creative side of your brain by volunteering material, or your acting skills, or both to the skit committee.  Then relax your brain by attending on Thursday, December 1, at Spalding Pastoral Center, 5:30 cocktails, 6:30 dinner buffet and 7:30 entertainment.  
Jerelyn Maher

2016-17 Attorneys' Directories now available at PCBA office, Peoria County and Tazewell County Courthouses.

2017 Courtroom and Judicial Assignments for the Tenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois.

2017 Winter Series      Click here for registration form if paying by check.
PCBA Members:Register for all five for the price of four by clicking here.
All other attorneys register for individual courses below.
January 7 Civil Practice  To register online click here.
Moderators:  Carol J. Perkins and Mitch Gilfillan
Civil Practice (case law) Update by Jeff Bach
Tort Immunity Act 
Wrapping up the Case:  Medicare Set-Asides and other Settlement Thresholds by Chris Doscotch
The Jury Debate: 6 v. 12 Person Juries in Illinois by Christopher Spanos
Medical Marijuana in Civil Litigation by Nathan Bach
Judges' Roundtable

January 14 Damages To register online click here.
Moderators:  Robert Bennett and Peter Jennetten 
Medicare Secondary payer, the Affordable Care Act, and other Federal Problems
Wage and income loss claims - economists and tax returns
Medical bills - Wills v. Foster - how to prove them, how to attack them
Wrongful death damages - now including Grief!
Convincing the jury - what motivates jurors to award damages? Or not?
Contempt damages – how much will my opponent’s misconduct cost them? by Emily Wilburn

January 21 Business and Real Estate To register online click here.
Moderator:  Casey Kepple
The Home Repair and Remodeling Act - Recent Developments by Fadi B. Rustom
Suits for Sale of a Defective Residence by James W. Springer
Section 1031 Exchanges
Fair Labor Standards Act - Case Developments & Exemptions by Ambrose V. McCall
Trade Secrets, Confidentiality and Non-Competes by David L. Cover
Downtown Development by Michael Freilinger, President, DDC

January 28 Estate Planning &  Probate, with a Little Bit of Elder Law To register online click here.
Moderator:  Susan Dawson-Tibbits
Anatomy of a Will Contest by Jeff Rock and Dustin Jensen
Tips and Tricks of Estate Administration by Jim Kane
Case Law and Legislative Update by David Wiest
Long-Term Care Insurance by John Dill
What's New in the Medicaid Arena by Susan Dawson-Tibbits
Dealing with the IRS in Decedents' Estates by Marci Shoff
View from the Bench

February 4 Family Law To register online click here.
Moderator:  G. Edward Murphy 
to be determined


Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring 
The Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism (ILSCCP) began its 2016-17 Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program with an orientation in July.  Guest speaker was 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
Law Clerk
Senior District Judge Michael Mihm
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois





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