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President's Message 

April showers bring May flowers -- in fact the Young Lawyers Committee will be sponsoring a planter box in the warehouse district in an effort to beautify the area.  Also in April is our job shadowing event where we have had a great response from area schools with over 40 students attending.  May is the annual Law Day event which is in the evening this year.  Please mark your calendars for May 4, 2017, to recognize five fifty-year members and to join in the Law Day celebration with Chief Justice Karmeier as the speaker.  Keep reading for reservation details.
Jerelyn Maher

LAW DAY RECEPTION - To make reservations online click here.
On Thursday, May 4, 2017, the Young Lawyers Committee and the Illinois State Bar Association will sponsor the annual Law Day event from 6:00-7:30 p.m at the Spalding Pastorial Center, 419 NE Madison in Peoria. This year’s Law Day theme is "The 14th Amendment - Transforming American Democracy." The keynote speaker will be The Honorable Lloyd A. Karmeier, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court. Awards will be presented to the finalists in the Law Day Essay Contest for area middle school students.  Fifty year members (below) will also be recognized. Heavy hors d'oeuvres.  Deadline to register is Friday, April 28, 2017.  Members are encouraged to bring family members.  


May 19, 2017 - Tried and True:  Part IV  Professional Responsibility in Famous American Trials
Download registration form.  To register online click here.  Early registration discount ends May 5; registration deadline is May 12.

In this two hour Professional Responsibility CLE, the presenters will highlight four historically significant American trials as their source for a discussion of Rules of Professional Conduct.  The cases to be discussed will be:  
George Harrison Plagiarism Trial, and Conflicts of Interest.  Presented by Mike Lied
Sam Sheppard Murder Trial, and Courtroom Decorum.  Presented by Maureen Williams
Trial of the Insurgents at Wounded Knee, and Civil Unrest.  Presented by Hon. Glenn Collier
Ford Pinto Homicide Trial, and Representing Corporations.  Presented by Kevin Miller


June 28, 2017 - Save the Date 
Free Attorney Seminar presented by John M. Lawrence
Sponsored by F&M Bank in cooperation with the Peoria County Bar Association
This program provides CLE credit and will focus on "Estates?  To Be or Not to Be."
8:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Country Club of Peoria


Brown Bag Series 2017: Three of this year's programs will soon be available on demand, free for PCBA members.  The courses will be Chapter 13 Bankruptcy, Business Law Update, and DUI / Cannabis New Laws.   Stay tuned for details.


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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