Welcome to the Peoria County Bar Association

President's Message

Fall is here and so are the annual fall events at the PCBA. The Diversity Luncheon was a great success, as Vincent Cornelius gave a tremendous message.  The Columbus Day Professionalism program is embracing the ethical issues that arise in the trial process and is designed to invite thoughtful audience participation. Registration deadline:  October 5.  The Young Lawyers Committee is continuing their dedicated work to the community in sponsoring the annual blood drive at the courthouse on October 31 – HALLOWEEN!   Please support your fellow bar members in all PCBA activities as we all work better when we work together.
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.

November 9 Workers' Compensation Seminar
Registration Form  or register online by clicking HERE.


Dr. O'Leary - Back Injuries
Boyd Roberts / Kevin Wolfe - Medical Marijuana
Amanda Watson - Legislative Update
Kevin Elder / Jessica Bell - Case Law Update
Christopher Crawford - HIPAA
Panel discussion with
Appellate Court Justice William Holdridge
Commissioner Joshua Luskin
Arbitrator Maureen Pulia


Professional Responsibility Seminar - Columbus Day, October 10, 2016  NOW AVAILABLE ON DVD.
Power Point Slides

Suggested reading material includes:  

The Perils of Witness Prep by Ed Finkel, ISBA Journal, Vol. 104 May 2016
Ethical Preparation of Witnesses for Deposition and Trial By Erin C. Asborno – December 13, 2011
Why Prosecutors Are Permitted To Offer Witness Inducements: A Matter of Constitutional Authority,  by Hon. H. Lloyd King, Jr., Stetson Law Review, Vol XXIX, page 155
Testimony for Sale: The Law and Ethics of Snitches and Experts by George C. Harris, Pepperdine Law Review, Vol 28, Issue 1  

"Hello Malpractice Carrier OR Hello ARDC"
Diligent Jury Selection OR Discrimination, Foster v. Chatman
Diligent Witness Preparation OR Impermissible Coaching of Witness, USA v. Brindley

In this two-hour ethics seminar, Foster v. Chatman and USA v. Brindley was discussed in regard to the Rules of Professional Conduct.

  • Speakers include: Judge Michael McCuskey, Mick Henderson, Robert Hills and Hugh Toner.  Retired Judge Jerelyn Maher was moderator.


Lawyer to Lawyer Mentoring 
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
Law Clerk
Senior District Judge Michael Mihm
U.S. District Court for the Central District of Illinois





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