Welcome to the Peoria County Bar Association

President's Message 

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.
To make your reservation click here.

Jerelyn Maher


2017 Winter Series      Click here for registration form if paying by check.
Register online for each course below.  Click here to purchase DVDs.
January 7 Civil Practice  Now available on DVD.
Moderators:  Carol J. Perkins and Mitch Gilfillan
Wrapping up the Case:  Medicare Set-Asides and other Settlement Thresholds by Chris Doscotch
The Legal Haze: Medical Marijuana in Civil Litigation and the Workplace by Nathan Bach
Talking to Jurors:  who, what and how many? by Christopher Spanos
Civil Practice Case Law Update by Jeff Bach
'Tis the Season: Update on Snow and Ice Removal  by Mitch Gilfillan
For the World is Hollow and I have Touched the Sky by Patrick O’Shaughnessy
Judges' Forum:  Judge Paul Gilfillan and Judge Jodi Hoos

January 14 Damages Now available on DVD.
Moderators:  Robert Bennett and Peter Jennetten 
Medicare Secondary payer, the Affordable Care Act, and other Federal Problems by Annie Davidson
Wage and income loss claims - economists and tax returns by Phil O'Donnell
Medical bills - Wills v. Foster - how to prove them, how to attack them by Rob Bennett
Wrongful death damages - now including Grief! by Carol Perkins
Convincing the jury - what motivates jurors to award damages? Or not? by Mike McKinley
Contempt and Contempt Sanctions 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 by Sonya A. Pasquini
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.
Judge Kelley has approved this course for GALs and Mediators.
Moderator:  Retired Judge Jerelyn Maher
Case Law Update by Charles J. Urban
Panel Discussion with 10th Circuit Family Court Judges
New Child Support Law Effective 7-1-17 by Richard W. Zuckerman, Ann Pieper and Judge Jerelyn Maher


Brown Bag Series 2017 Download Registration form.


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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