Welcome to the Peoria County Bar Association

President's Message 

Since the holidays the PCBA has been hard at work.  The winter CLE series has been completed successfully, the 109th Lincoln Memorial Banquet concluded, and the PCBA will soon be technologically out of the dark ages.  Recently the Board approved funding to secure modern technology, including a new website.  With Spring comes more activity.  The Tried and True:  Part IV Seminar will be held on May 19.  The Brown Bag series begins on March 1.  Justie Karmeier will be the keynote speaker at Law Day festivities on May 4.  The YLC is embarking on a new format for Law Day as it will be held in the evening.  This is a great opportunity for our members to buy tickets for their children and meet the Chief Justice.  

Jerelyn Maher


Brown Bag Series 2017 Download Registration form.

March 1 Appellate Practice - Illinois Supreme Court Civil Cases in Review 2016 - Honorable Ann Jorgensen, J. Timothy Eaton, and Michael Reagan - 12:00 - 1:30 - Renaissance Room, Janssen Building, 110 SW Jefferson, Peoria
March 8 Chapter 13 Bankruptcy* - Robert Ropp, Sumner Bourne and Amira Vicara - 12:00 - 1:00 - PCBA Board Room
March 15 Business Law Update* - Janaki Nair, John Dundas and Tom McConnaughay - 12:00 - 1:00 - PCBA Board Room
March 22 Effective Networking for Attorneys - Steve Fretzin - 12:00 - 1:00 - webinar
March 29 - DUI and Cannabis Law* - 12:00 - 1:00 - PCBA Board Room
*Course available On Demand after April 10; PCBA Members may view at no cost.

2017 Winter Series Click here to purchase DVDs -- Civil Practice, Damages, Business & Real Estate, Estate Planning & Probate, and Family Law


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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