2012 December LegalEase

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  • CLE Seminars

  • Courthouse News

  • Holiday Party

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Linda Raineri, Executive Director
110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 674-6049
Email: pcba@mtco.com
Web: www.peoriabar.org
Board of Directors

Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson
James F. Kane
President-Elect and
Budget Chair

Craig S. Young
Second Vice President and
Professional Standards Chair
Timothy J. Howard
Kevin M. Miller
Past President and
Nominating Committee Chair
Richard A. Russo
David B. Wiest
Communications & Technology
Richard W. Zuckerman
Courts & Procedures
Graciela Mata
Christopher J. Spanos (Golf)
Mark M. Flannery (Holiday Party) 

Michele A. Miller
Law Library
Thomas M. Henry
Lawyer Referral Service
Derek A. Schroen
Lincoln Memorial Banquet
Timothy J. Howard
Local Continuing Legal Ed
Gregory J. Rastatter
David B. Mueller
Michelle Eggert
Pro Bono
Carol J. Perkins
Public Relations
Michael P. Roush
Real Property
Nathan R. Bach
Young Lawyers & Law Day
Directors at Large:
Michael D. Gifford
Joshua D. Herman
Christopher S. McCall
John P. Nicoara

Experienced older “Coif” lawyer seeks salaried “of counsel” position, full or part-time.  Top notch legal writing research, use of discovery tools, trial and appellate brief work.  Contact John Mulgrew at (309) 691-2765 or 7150 N. Terra Vista Dr., Apt. 101, Peoria, IL 61614.

Legal Assistant position
Quinn Johnston Henderson Pretorius & Cerulo seeks full-time Legal Assistant in downtown Peoria office.  Position involves transcribing correspondence, pleadings, notices and summaries; scheduling matters relating to legal defense work including medical defense and workers’ compensation; coordinating consultations and trial appearances with expert witnesses; handling discovery production. Maintaining case files and calendars; collecting/entering billable time in billing system.  Five (5) years experience in a law office is required.  We offer a competitive salary and full benefits package including free parking. To apply, please send cover letter and resume to Nancy Honings at employment@qjhpc.com.

Part-time Legal Secretary/Paralegal

Sole practitioner seeking a very detail oriented, professional individual for this part-time flexible position. Job duties would include but not limited to drafting documents, coordinating court dates with the courthouse and clients, assist with trial preparations and some filing. Must be proficient with computers, willing to learn case management software and aggressively track time and tasks. Must be willing to professionally handle at times difficult clients and persons. Competitive pay commensurate with experience. If interested in this position, please submit resume, cover letter, three references and a writing sample to: Linda Watson at email address: Linda@watsonlawpeoria.com.     

Receptionist/runner needed for growing transactional and commercial litigation oriented law firm. Experience not necessary. Strong communication and grammatical skills are essential. Please submit resumes in confidence to Gregory A. Hunziker at Hunziker Law Group LLC, 16th Floor, Commerce Bank Building, Peoria, Illinois 61602, or email at sara@hunzikerlaw.com.

Part-time Runner Needed
Law firm seeks part-time office runner approximately 10-12 hours per week (late afternoons). Reliable transportation and valid driver’s license required.  Contact Office Manager, Hasselberg, Rock, Bell & Kuppler, 4600 N. Brandywine Drive, Suite 200, Peoria, IL 61614, Phone: (309) 688-9400 or via e-mail: bfouts@hrbklaw.com

Directory Changes
Kim, John K. Telephone no. correction: (309) 763-2422 all other information remains the same
Weer, W. Edgar “Ed” 456 Fulton St. Suite 150, Peoria IL 61602. Telephone: (309) 694-6700
Email: ed@SmithandWeer.com
Weer, W. Edgar “Ed”, Pekin Telephone No. (309) 347-4300 All remaining information remains the same.
Endeavor Title Company, 124 S.W. Adams St. Suite 348, Peoria, IL 61602; Telephone: (309) 497-0406; Fax: (309) 497-0410
Firm Name Change January 1, 2013
Hasselberg, Williams, Grebe, Snodgrass & Birdsall n/k/a Hasselberg, Grebe, Snodgrass, Urban & Wentworth, all other information remains the same.








New Members’ Luncheon
On November 7, 2012, the PCBA held its Fall New Members’ Luncheon. New members attending were Patrick McGrath, Jason Story, Christa Wittenberg, Aaron Brakke, Jacqueline Azis, Melanie Cannon, Amy Pfeiffer, Emily Wittrig, John Bathke, and Julian Watkins.  We would like to thank President Lisa Y. Wilson, Membership Chair Greg Rastatter, YLC Chair Nate Bach, and Prairie State Legal Services Managing Attorney Denise Conklin, who graciously took time out of their busy schedules to come and share their thoughts with the newest members of the Association.
We would also like to thank all of the attorneys and judges who came out to welcome the new members on November 9 at Ulrich’s Rebellion Room. A special thank you to Casey Johnson and Marty Best of WestPoint Financial who sponsored the free drinks and appetizers!!  Below are photos from the event.









Lawyers Helping Service Members
Michael Lied would like to thank all of the attorneys who have participated in assisting our current service members and veterans throughout this past year. Anyone interested in helping with this program in 2013 may contact Mike at mlied@howardandhoward.com or the PCBA pcba@mtco.com
Upcoming Events and Court Holidays
  6   PCBA Holiday Party – Embassy Suites
  24 & 25 Christmas Eve Day & Christmas Day - Courts & Courthouse Closed
  1   New Year’s Day  – Courts & Courthouse Closed
12  Elder Law Seminar - Susan Dawson-Tibbits & Mary B. Etrick, Co-Chairs
19  Family Law Seminar – James Lawson & Judge Jerelyn Maher-Schulz, Co-Chairs
20   Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed
26  Civil Practice Seminar – Brad Elward & John Redlingshafer, Co-Chairs
 2  Serving Your Community and Your Profession Seminar – Mike Lied & David House, Co-Chairs
 9   Lincoln Banquet & Gala – Par-A-Dice Hotel – Peter Edelman, Keynote Speaker
12  Lincoln’s Birthday – Courts Closed; Courthouse Open
16 Workers’ Compensation Seminar – Brad Elward & Arthur Kingery, Co-Chairs
17  Presidents’ Day/Washington’s Birthday (Obsvd.) Courts & Courthouse Closed
   6, 13, 20, 27  Brown Bag Seminars – topics & speakers to be announced next month
 29  Good Friday/Spring Holiday – Courts and Courthouse Closed
Committee Meetings
3      Noon      Foundation Trustees Committee Meeting 
     4      Noon      Public Relations Committee
   10      Noon      Diversity Committee
   12      Noon      Lincoln Banquet & Gala
   13      Noon      YLC Committee - Sponsor:  Josh Waite, Northwestern Mutual
   14      Noon      Communications & Technology Committee
   17      Noon      Professional Standards Past Chairs Meeting
   3        Noon      Real Property Committee - speaker:  Wil Hayes, Peoria County Environmental Health
   8        Noon      Public Relations Committee
   9        Noon      CLE Committee
  10       Noon      YLC Committee - Sponsor:  Jared Woiwode, CliftonLarsonAllen
  15       Noon      Board of Directors Meeting    
  17      11:00      Expungement Subcommittee
  17       Noon      Pro-Bono Committee
  22       Noon      Court & Procedures – Federal Division
  24       Noon      Government & Public Interest Law Committee
     6      Noon      Court & Procedures – Family Division
     7       Noon      Real Property Committee
   14       Noon      YLC Committee - Sponsor:  Angie Houck, Junior Achievement
   19       Noon      Board of Directors Meeting  
   21      11:00     Expungement Subcommittee
   21       Noon      Pro-Bono Committee

Courts & Procedures
The Federal Division of the Courts & Procedures Committee will be creating an email group of attorneys who would be interested in watching Federal Trials. If you are interested in being a part of this email group please contact Linda at pcba@mtco.com. Also, if any firm would like a copy of the Support Staff Training DVD on electronic filing from the Federal Rules Seminar held on February 5, 2011, they are still available at the PCBA for $25.00.

Local Continuing Legal Education Seminars
Mark your calendars for the upcoming seminars being held at the Spalding Pastoral Center.

2013 Winter Series:
January 12:  Elder Law – Susan Dawson-Tibbits & Mary Etrick, Co-Chairs
Medicaid Eligibility:  The Deficit Reduction Act Has Finally Landed in Illinois
New Directed Trusts and Decanting Statutes
Tax Law as We Know It Now
An Uncommon Selection of Estate Planning Considerations
End of Life Issues:  When the Legal System and the Medical System Collide (Panel Discussion)
Views from the Probate Bench

January 19:  Family Law – James Lawson & Judge Jerelyn Maher-Shulz, Co-Chairs
Legislative Update - Richard W. Zuckerman
Case Law Update - Judge Jerelyn Maher
So the marital Residence is in Foreclosure - An Overview of the Mortgage ForeclosureProcess – Dustin Essig
Social Media - The Introduction Into Evidence of Facebook, Text, Emails - Drew Say Yes/Judy Says No! -
Drew Parker and Judy Serritella
Introduction of Employability in a Maintenance Case Without Calling an Expert - David Lynch
What is the Evidentiary Value of the DVO in the Custody/Visitation Case? - James Lawson
Judicial Forum

January 26:  Civil Practice – Brad Elward & John Redlingshafer, Co-Chairs
Recent Case Law and Procedural Update – John Nicoara
The Freedom of Information Act in Your Practice – William Atkins, Richard Russo and Andy Keyt
Using Receiverships – Timothy Bertschy
Implications of MSA/Medicare on civil cases – Brad Peterson
Better Motion Practice - Jon Stump
Moderated Trial Judges Forum

February 2:  Serving Your Community and Your Profession – Michael Lied & David House, Co-Chairs
Update on Veterans Courts in the Tenth Judicial Circuit – Judge Kim L. Kelley and Tim Cusack
Cultural Sensitivity – one hour of PMCLE
Nuts and Bolts of Expungement and Sealing of Records – Christie Fischer
Restoration of Rights and Good Conduct Petitions – Matt Jones
Administrative Process of Screening Potential Clients and Referrals to Volunteer Attorneys – David House
Navigating the Juvenile Court Evidentiary Labyrinth - Louis Milot

February 16:  Workers’ Compensation – Brad Elward & Arthur Kingery, Co-Chairs
2011 Amendments-Where We Are Today
Social media implications for your workers’ compensation case – Stacie Hansen
Circuit Court Judicial Reviews-Brad Elward
The New AMA Guidelines
Significant Case Law and Rule Developments
Repetitive Trauma, Mental/Physical Claims
Moderated Arbitrator Panel

Brown Bag SeriesEmily Wilburn and Jeffrey Bach, Co-Chairs
March 8, 13, 20, 27 and April 3
PCBA Office-12:00 – 1:00 p.m.; FREE (open to PCBA members only) with lunch provided.  This year you will need to complete and return registration information in order to be on the list for the brown bag seminars. With class size limited to the first 25 registrations received, there will be a waiting list once the class is full.  If you have any questions, please contact the PCBA office (309) 674-6049 or email pcba@mtco.com. Topics and speakers will be announced next month.

May 8:    Professional Responsibility Seminar - James Lawson & Kevin Miller, Co-Chairs Spalding Pastoral Center

Chair Gregory Rastatter reports that Aaron G. Brakke, Jodi M. Hoos, Alison M. Lynch, Greggory R. Walters (renewal) and Christa D.  Wittenberg have applied for regular membership; and Brian Seckler has applied for Law Student Membership. Pursuant to the By-Laws of the Association, these applications will be presented to the Board of Directors at its January meeting.
Thank you to all who have paid their annual membership dues.  If you would like to pay your membership dues online, please go to https://peoriabar.org/product/membership-dues.   On December 31, 2012, the PCBA will delete the names of members from the roster (and website) who have not paid membership dues.
Public Relations
PCBA’S Distinguished Community Service Award - Nominations Sought
The PCBA Distinguished Community Service Award was established in 1995 when the following resolution was unanimously passed by the Board of Directors of the Association:
      WHEREAS, members of the Peoria County Bar Association have a long history of community activism in volunteer projects to improve the quality of life in the Peoria area;
      WHEREAS, the Peoria County Bar Association continues to encourage community involvement by its members;
      WHEREAS, those individuals among our membership who have exhibited long commitment to community service as a volunteer deserve to be recognized and honored;
      BE IT THEREFORE RESOLVED that the Board of Directors of the Peoria County Bar Association hereby establish the DISTINGUISHED COMMUNITY SERVICE AWARD recognizing each year one of our members whose record of longtime community volunteerism is exemplary and brings honor to both the Peoria area and this Association.
The recipient of this award is recognized at the annual Lincoln Banquet & Gala, and past recipients include: William Rutherford, Rex Linder, Tim Bertschy, David Mueller, Tim Cassidy, Justice Mary McDade, Donald Jackson, Karl Kuppler, Craig Young, William Connor, Karen Stumpe, Judge Michael Mihm, and Matthew Jones.  The deadline for nominations is January 4, 2013.
Young Lawyers
2012 Project Santa
The Young Lawyers Committee will again this year be partnering with South Side Mission for their annual gift giving program, connecting the Peoria Legal Community with underprivileged children in the Peoria area. If you have decided to participate you should have received a child’s name along with pertinent information, if you have not received that information please contact Co-Chairs Abigail Fleming (309) 676-7657 AbigailFleming@mtco.com or Vincent Boyle (309) 637-1400 vboyle@hwgsb.com and they will provide you with the necessary information.

Peoria County Pro Bono Plan
By Sandra Crow, Pro Bono Coordinator, scrow@pslegal.org
The following attorneys and their staff have recently closed pro bono cases during the month Sumner Bourne, Stacy Crabtree, Blake Dunlap, Jeff Krumpe, Patrick Poston (four cases) Natalie Thompson, Michael Vespa and Carl Wilbur (3 cases).  Thank you for your generosity.
Wishing You a Wonderful and Prosperous New Year 
This has been a wonderful year for pro bono services. The divorce clinics are getting better each time, and I thank all of you involved with this undertaking. The Expungement Panel is off to a great start. We will be partnering next year with the Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) on a new project yet to be determined. So far this year we have assisted 190 clients through direct representation or in a clinic setting. You have helped these people have a more prosperous year than they would have had without your help. If we can help people become more self sustaining, we give a gift to our whole community. Warm wishes for a happy, healthy new year. We look forward to the year ahead.
Access to Justice . . . After Hours 2012
Denise Conklin, Managing Attorney, dconklin@pslegal.org
We are pleased to report that our October 19th annual fundraiser “Access to Justice…After Hours 2012” raised approximately $13,500.00. Thank you again to everyone who donated and attended this event! Please mark your calendars for Thursday, October 17, 2013 when we will be hosting “Access to Justice . . . After Hours 2013”. Again next year we will be seeking donations, please contact me with any thoughts you may have regarding a donation at the above email address or by phone: 309/674-9831 ext. 4011.
Courthouse News
Revised Courtroom Changes effective December 3 thru December 31, 2012 and January 1, 2013
Judge Joe Vespa returned to the bench on December 3, 2012. Please see the Judge Assignments listed below:
December 3, 2012, until December 31, 2012, Peoria County:
Courtroom 213 Civil Court No. 1 (L cases, SC cases and LM cases - odd numbers) Judge Joe Vespa
Courtroom 221 Criminal Court No. 1 (post-indictment CF cases) Judge Kevin W. Lyons
Tenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois Courtroom and Judicial Assignments 2013
Effective January 1, 2013, until further order of the court.
Peoria County
121 Traffic 1 - Judge David A. Brown
123 Traffic 2 - DUI Court, Drug Court, Veterans' Court -  Judge Kim L. Kelley
203 Civil 3l - chancery, probate, miscellaneous remedies - Chief Circuit Judge Michael E. Brandt
210 General - order of protection, adoption, ordinance, civil mental health, criminal mental health court, civil block time, Attorney General support - Judge Lisa Y. Wilson
213 Civil 1 - law jury, LM, small claims, forcible entry (odd #s) - OPEN
214 Civil 2 - law jury, LM, small claims, forcible entry (even #s) - Judge David J. Dubicki
215 Chief Circuit Judge Michael E. Brandt
221 Criminal 1 - post-indictment felony - Judge Kevin W. Lyons
222 Criminal 2 - post indictment felony - Judge Stephen A. Kouri
321 Criminal 3 - bonding, misdemeanor, domestic violence (criminal), pre-indictment felony - Judge Michael D. Risinger
323 Domestic Relations 1 (odd #s) - Judge Katherine S. Gorman
322 Domestic Relations 2 (even #s) - Judge John P. Vespa
423 Juvenile Delinquency & Child Protection 2 - Judge Chris L. Fredericksen
424 Child Protection 1 - abuse, neglect, dependency - Judge Mark E. Gilles
Tazewell County
101 Civil - law jury, chancery, miscellaneous remedies - Presiding Judge Paul P. Gilfillan
104 Criminal - misdemeanor, ordinance and juvenile - Judge Albert L. Purham, Jr.
202 Civil - probate, LM, small claims, forcible entry, paternity - Judge Richard D. McCoy
207 Traffic - Judge Joe R. Vespa
302 Domestic Relations - Judge Jerelyn D. Maher
308 Criminal - bonding court, felony - Judge Kevin R. Galley
Marshall, Putnam and Stark Counties
Presiding Judge Scott A. Shore



























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