In This Issue
Board of Directors
Volunteer Lawyer Project Director
Prairie State Legal Services has created a new position to provide coordination, guidance, and support to our Pro Bono Coordinators. The new Director will be charged with identifying, developing, and implementing new approaches to expand the scope and role of pro bono in the delivery of PSLS’ services. S/he will seek to expand pro bono services by increasing the number of attorneys in the PSLS service area (particularly in the collar county region surrounding, but not including, Cook County) who perform pro bono. (There are more than 10,000 registered attorneys in this region.) PSLS seeks an attorney with sufficient expertise to help mentor and assist volunteer attorneys in a range of issues including family law, housing, Social Security, and bankruptcy, with at least three years of legal experience to support and expand pro bono legal services. This is a full-time position which will be based in St. Charles, Illinois. Please submit all application materials via e-mail, including a letter explaining your interest and experience, your resume, list of three references, and a writing sample (no more than 10 pages) to Michael O’Connor, Executive Director, at email@example.com; please cc firstname.lastname@example.org. Please state “Volunteer Lawyer Project Director Application” in the subject line. PSLS is an EO/AAE. Women, minorities, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.
Downtown law firm seeks applicants with 3+ years of legal experience. Full job description can be viewed at www.ksswf.com/kavanagh-staff. Apply to Jane Groeper, administrator, at email@example.com
Vonachen, Lawless, Trager and Slevin is seeking a full-time legal assistant. Successful candidates will possess a minimum of 3 years skilled experience in collections, creditor bankruptcy, real estate and document preparation for business transactions including incorporation, contracts, and corporate minutes. Proficiency in all Microsoft Office applications a must. Experience with Debtnet software, bankruptcy court electronic document filing and pleadings preparation from standard forms are a plus. We offer a competitive salary and benefits including medical insurance, 401(k) participation, vacation, paid holidays and parking allowance. Send cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
2013 Directory Changes and Email Changes
Dewey, Robert V., Email: email@example.com.
Evans, Angela, M. Phone: (309) 431-0979, Email:
CASA, Phone: (309) 669-2939.
Baker, Baker & Krajewski, LLC
Peoria office: 7201 N. Charles Way, Peoria, IL 61614, Phone: (309) 691-5050; Fax: (309) 691-7150
Bradley University’s Pre-Law Center will be hosting their Third Annual Mock Trial Tournament on the Bradley Campus this fall (October 19-20). The dates and times for each round are listed below. The time slots reflect an allotment for a period for registration and a brief judge’s orientation. For morning rounds, we would ask that judges arrive no later than 8:30 a.m., and for afternoon rounds, no later than 1:00 p.m. Some rounds may be longer than others, so the times listed are meant to reflect the maximum length of time for a given round:
Saturday, October 19, 2013; 8:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Saturday, October 19, 2013; 12:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Sunday, October 20, 2013; 8:15 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.
Sunday, October 20, 2013; 12:45 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
You are welcome to judge as few or as many rounds as you wish, depending on your availability.
Please contact Nicole D. Meyer, Director Pre-Law Center, Bradley University, Peoria, IL 61625. Phone: (309) 677-4186 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your willingness to serve as a judge. Please inform others who may want to judge that they can contact me as well.
Tazewell County Courthouse Parking
2013 Annual Meeting
On July 8, 2013, the PCBA held its annual business meeting and officers were installed. President James F. Kane and his wife Barbara (far right) were joined by his law partner Walter Winget and his wife Alice. In 1991-92 Mr. Winget also served as President of the Peoria County Bar Association. Also at the meeting Chief Judge Michael E. Brandt received the 1st Annual PCBA Public Servant Award. This award will be given annually in recognition of an attorney in the government and public interest law sector who follow the highest ethical standards. The Public Servant Award is presented to a Peoria County Bar Association member for outstanding service to the public who has provided at least 10 years of legal service to a government, academic or non-profit legal service organization. Judge Brandt has dedicated his entire legal career in the public sector as a prosecutor, public defender, teacher and judge. He has been sensitive to “Access to Justice” issues and sought the renovation of the Peoria County Law Library, now named the Peoria County Legal Self Help Center which allows individuals to seek information about their legal questions. In 2011 and 2012, he presided over the Adult Criminal Mental Health Court and recently established the Peoria County Veteran’s Court in 2012. Judge Brandt’s service to the Peoria County Bar Association, the public and judiciary has been faithful and extraordinary over the past 36 years. He follows the highest ethical standards and honors the fundamental values of our legal profession and justice system. His nominee states, “Judge Brandt is a man of character and integrity who treats every individual with the utmost respect, and he best exemplifies the individual who should receive the Public Servant Award.”
Chicago Cubs vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Come join the YLC to cheer for your favorite team in this rivalry game in the friendly confines of Wrigley Field on Saturday, August 17 at 3:05 p.m. (The game was previously published as a 12:00 p.m. game time and was changed by the Cubs front office.) If you would like to attend the game, please submit payment to the PCBA in the amount of $52.00 pp. Please indicate if you are interested in bus transportation to and from the game. If you work in the downtown area, and you would like your tickets delivered, please note that information and whether or not you are interested in bus transportation with your payment. You may also go to our website and purchase your tickets www.peoriabar.org/Shop/CLE. If you have questions, please contact the PCBA Office.
PCBA Annual Golf Outing
It is time to get your foursome together and attend this year’s golf outing on Monday, August 19, 2013 at Coyote Creek Golf Club, 8201 W. Lancaster Rd., Bartonville, IL. If you’re not a golfer, then come to enjoy dinner and camaraderie. This year’s prices have been rolled back: Golf and Dinner $90.00, Golf Only $60.00 and Dinner Only $30.00. Featured items on the buffet will be prime rib and chicken marsala. These are just a few of the delicious items prepared by Catering Peoria. If you plan on golfing in a foursome, be sure and state that information on your reservation form. Reservation deadline is Friday, August 9, 2013. You may register online at www.peoriabar.org/Shop/CLE or you may send payment to the PCBA. If you have any questions, please contact the PCBA (309) 674-6049.
Lawyers Helping Service Members
PCBA past president Michael Lied would like to thank Brian F. Johnson, Johnson, Bunce & Noble, P.C., who recently helped a Korean War veteran on a real estate matter. Mr. Lied encourages members interested in helping service members to contact him at (309) 672-1483 or email@example.com or the PCBA at (309) 674-6049 or firstname.lastname@example.org. The CLE Committee hopes to re-schedule the Military Affairs Seminar for 2014.
Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
Mark Flannery has announced that this year’s Holiday Party will be Thursday, December 5, at the new Peoria Marriott Père Marquette. If you have entertaining ideas for this year’s show, send them to Mark at email@example.com.
Local Continuing Legal Education Seminars
The Federal Practice Seminar was held on July 16, 2013. If you were unable to attend and would like the DVD it will be available August 5. To purchase the DVD online please go to our website:www.peoriabar.org/shop.
Monday, October 14, 2013: Columbus Day Professional Responsibility Seminar. This seminar will provide two hours of PMCLE credit. Subject matter and location TBD.
Monday, November 4, 2013: Appellate Practice Seminar. This seminar will be held at Spalding Pastoral Center from 12:00-1:00 p.m. (check-in begins at 11:30 a.m.). Lunch will be provided. This seminar will provide 1 hour of General MCLE credit.
2014 Winter Series Seminars: The following Saturday morning programs will be from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Dates are firm; topics are tentative. The location will be at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 Madison Ave., Peoria, IL 61603. A continental breakfast is included.
Committee Chair Gregory Rastatter reports that Jill M. Arnold has applied for renewal of her membership; Jerry A. Tuffentsamer has applied for regular membership; and Charles A. Gockenbach and Anika Herman have applied for student membership. Their applications will be presented for approval at the September Board Meeting. Thank you to all who have paid their membership dues. You may return a check with the invoice or pay online at https://peoriabar.org/product/membership-dues.
On Sunday, July 7, 2013, LeAnna Karnopp Grimsley passed away. She was born on September 13, 1951. Upon graduation from college she taught science at Central Junior High School in East Peoria for five years before attending the University of Illinois College of Law, graduating in 1986. She was an attorney at Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin for a number of years, later forming her own law firm with her husband Gregg Grimsley (Grimsley & Grimsley). Known for her sharp wit and intelligence, LeAnna was nearly impossible to beat in Trivial Pursuit, a favorite game among her family and friends. She loved to travel, recently spending two summers in Paris with her husband Gary. The PCBA has contributed $100.00 to the Foundation in memory of LeAnna Karnopp Grimsley.
On Monday, July 22, 2013, Hon. Robert E. Manning, Jr., passed away. He was born on November 16, 1931, in Peoria. He was a 1949 graduate of Spalding Institute. He captained the football, basketball, and baseball teams during his senior year. He was selected as an All-City quarterback in 1948. He attended the University of Notre Dame and lettered in varsity baseball. He graduated from Bradley University in 1953, where he also lettered in varsity baseball. He graduated from the University of Notre Dame Law School in 1960 and practiced law in Peoria from 1960-1977 with Harry Sonnemaker, Jr. He was Assistant State’s Attorney in Peoria County from 1960-1967 before being appointed State’s Attorney for a year 1967-1968. In 1977, he was selected as an Associate Circuit Judge in the Tenth Circuit and selected as a Circuit Judge in 1980. He acted as Chief Judge of the Tenth Circuit from 1988-1991. He presided over many high-profile criminal cases in Peoria County, retiring in 1997. He was a member of the PCBA, ISBA, the American Judicature Society, and the Illinois Judges Association. The PCBA has contributed $100.00 to the Foundation in memory of Hon. Robert E. Manning, Jr.
3rd Annual Pool Party
In the collage at left, clockwise from upper left, 1) Kateah McMasters; 2) Sharbel Rantisi; 3) Nathan Bach and Grace Mata; 4) Emily Perkins, Jessica Sarff, Arsenio Mims and Nathan Bach; 5) Robert Hills, Marwin Spiller, Ashley Miller, Jeffrey Bach and Jim Kane; and 6) Tyler Pratt and Sherry Allen-Baumgart.
Thank you to everyone who came out on a hot evening for the pool party and cookout. A special thank you to Jeffrey Bach for organizing the event again this year and to Sherry for hosting the event at her house.
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT, CENTRAL DISTRICT OF ILLINOIS
The Judicial Conference of the United States has authorized the appointment of a full-time United States magistrate judge for the United States District Court for the Central District of Illinois. The official location for the position will be Peoria, Illinois. Full-time magistrate judges are appointed to eight year terms of office by the judges of each respective United States district court. To view the full notice and download the application, go to www.ilcd.uscourts.gov/employment.
Scheduling Changes for Courtrooms 213 and 214
Effective August 9, 2013, Courtrooms 213 and 214 will change their CMC days.
Veterans, Your Veterans Treatment Court Needs You!
How to Volunteer: First Complete a Veterans Mentor Application. You can obtain this application by calling the Administrative Assistant to the Chief Judge, Stefanie Dwyer at (309) 677-6236. We will contact you about attending a Veterans Mentor training group. You then will wait to be assigned by the court to be a Veterans Mentor and meet your mentee in court. CALL TO VOLUNTEER (309) 677-6236.
Peoria County Pro Bono Plan
By Sandra Crow, Pro Bono Coordinator, firstname.lastname@example.org
We would like to thank following attorneys and their staff who have recently closed pro bono cases: Andrew Bell, Heather Calvert, Brian Metcalf, Robert Muir, Tyler Pratt, and Luke Taylor.
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