2013 February LegalEase

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In This Issue

  • Lincoln Banquet & Gala
  • CLE Seminars

 Contact Us:
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


Attorney Position
Small law firm seeking an associate with a minimum of 6 years experience in litigation & family law. Please send cover letter and resume to Peoria County Bar Association, Reference #012213; 110 SW Jefferson Ave. Suite 520, Peoria IL 61602 or email pcba@mtco.com.

Attorney Position
Attorney 1- City of Peoria is currently seeking an attorney to provide professional legal services and counsel for the City; conducts legal research, prepares or reviews legal documents, prepares written opinions, and represents the City in court on routine matters. A Bachelor’s degree from an accredited four year college or university in a related field, supplemented with a Juris Doctorate degree from an accredited college or university and license to practice law in the State of Illinois are required. City residency required within one year of hire. May elect to waive the Peoria city limits residency requirements and live 20 miles of City Hall by agreeing to forfeit 2% of your annual base salary. Salary is $56,040/yr. and is negotiable, depending on qualifications. Initial Screening February 11, 2013. Open until filled. To view and apply for this position visit City of Peoria website: www.peoriagov.org. To apply by mail: City of Peoria, 419 Fulton St. Rm. 403, Peoria; IL 61602 or Email: humanresources@ci.peoria.il.us. To apply by Fax: (309) 494-8587. EOE/AA.

Legal Assistant Position
General practice law firm seeks experienced legal assistant for two attorneys. Position involves transcription, preparation of pleadings and correspondence, file maintenance, client contact by phone and in person, and scheduling hearings and appointments. Excellent computer, typing, spelling, grammar, proofreading, organizational and interpersonal skills required. In addition to salary, benefits include health insurance, 401(k), and paid holidays. Salary commensurate with experience. Please send resumes and inquiries to Vonachen, Lawless, Trager & Slevin, Attn: James E. Konsky, 456 Fulton St. Suite 425, Peoria IL 61602 or email: jkonksy@vltslaw.com.

Legal Assistant Position
Law firm seeks a dependable and experienced legal secretary to support two resident attorneys and occasional visiting attorneys in its Peoria Office. Ideal candidate must be proficient in MS Office 2010 Word, Excel and Power Point. Must be articulate and organized with excellent computer, typing, spelling, grammar and proofreading skills. Position involves transcription, preparation of pleadings and correspondence, time entry, file maintenance, preparation of visual presentation materials and reception. Candidate must be willing to do any and all tasks to ensure the office runs smoothly, including ordering supplies, maintaining office equipment, running occasional errands and delivering items to court or post office. This position is full time Monday-Friday from 9:00 a.m.-5:00 p.m. and includes company paid single health, dental and life insurance, 401(k) and paid time off. Salary range is $35,000-$38,000, commensurate with experience. Please send resume and cover letter to info@hlerk.com.

Legal Assistant Position
Large, fast-paced, AV-rated law firm seeking motivated, organized, detail-oriented and reliable individual for full-time legal secretarial position. Excellent computer skills (namely proficiency in Microsoft Word and Microsoft Outlook) are necessary. Excellent communication and organizational skills, as well as ability to multi-task are also essential. Prior law firm experience of at least 2 years required. Competitive wages and benefits. Please send resume and list of current references to: Brandy Stevens, Human Resources; Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, 124 SW Adams, Suite 600. Peoria IL 61602.

Will Search
Anyone with knowledge of a Last Will and Testament or Trust Agreement for Samuel Elbert Garland or Barbara June Garland, please contact Valerie M. Umholtz (309) 347-4141 or email: vumholtz@msulegal.com.

Anyone with knowledge of a Last Will and Testament for Sylvia Ruth Smith (DOD: December 28, 2012) please contact attorney Donald Hartshorn, Swain, Hartshorn & Scott (309) 637-1700.

2013 Directory Changes
Baker, Kenneth C., Trust Officer, The Commerce Trust Company, Peoria, IL 61602-1126; Telephone: (309) 999-3265, Fax: (309) 676-5317, Email: Kenneth.Baker@commercebank.com.

Bowton, Adam A., Phone: (309) 713-2468. All remaining information remains the same.

Davis, Ralph D., 416 Main St., Suite 529, Peoria, IL 61602. Phone: (309) 676-7707, Fax: (309) 676-7706, Email: ralphdavislaw@gmail.com.

Dunn, Joseph W., Prusak, Winne, McKinley & Dunn, Ltd., 403 NE Jefferson, Peoria, IL 61603; Phone: (309)674-4222; Fax: 674-9701. Email: jdunn@pwmlaw.net

Gronewold, Timothy D., Howard and Howard Attorneys, P.L.L.C., 211 Fulton, Suite 600, Peoria, IL 61602.  Phone:  (309) 672-1483; Fax: (309) 672-1568. Email: tgronewold@howardandhoward.com

Halliday, Ronald “Doc”, Telephone: (309) 689-8982, Fax: 689-8983. All remaining information remains the same.

Jensen, Dustin R., Hasselberg, Rock, Bell & Kuppler, 4600 Brandywine Dr., Peoria, IL 61614. Phone: 688-9400, Fax: 688-9430. Email: dutjensen@gmail.com.

Kennedy, Cynthia, 123 Windflower Way, Dunlap, IL 61525. Phone: (312) 602-5159.

Petersen, Aimee S., Johnson, Bunce & Noble, 7800 N. Sommer St. Suite 425, Peoria, IL 61615. Phone: (309) 691-9650, Fax: (309) 691-9651. Email: apetersen@peorialawyers.com.

Satterly, C. Frazier, Third District Appellate Court, 401 SW Water St., Suite 309, Peoria, IL 61602. Phone: 671-7659, Fax: 671-7661, Email:

Schroen, Derek A., Law Office of Derek A. Schroen, 411 Hamilton Blvd. Suite 1928, Peoria, IL 61602. Phone (309) 672-2833, Fax: (309) 671-4506, Email: derek@peoriafamilyattorney.com.

Swank, Robert W., Telephone: (309) 999-3202. All other information remains the same.

Williams, Sonni Choi, Address: 419 Fulton St., Suite 200. All remaining information remains the same.

Tazewell County Changes
Meister, Tamara A., The Law Office of Susan Butler, 100 S. Main St., Morton, IL 61550. Phone: (309) 263-1204, Fax: (309) 263-2053

Woodford County Changes
Leiken, N. Ned, 140 W. Sixth St., Minok, IL 61760. All remaining information remains the same.

Firm Name Change

Prusak, Winne & McKinley, Ltd. to: Prusak, Winne, McKinley & Dunn, Ltd.  All remaining information remains the same.

Shay Kepple Phillips, Ltd.
Email updates:

Shay, William M., Email: wshay@skplawyers.com
Kepple, Casey C., Email: ckepple@skplawyers.com.
Phillips, Jonathan L.A., Email: jphillips@skplawyers.com
all other information remains the same.


Lincoln Banquet & Gala

The 105th banquet and gala was held Saturday, February 9, 2013, at the Par-A-Dice Hotel. The Lincoln Banquet Committee with its theme, ”Abraham Lincoln … Access to Justice,” was pleased to have as the keynote speaker, Peter Edelman, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Author of So Rich, So Poor.  At left, he is accompanied by PCBA President, the Honorable Lisa Wilson, and banquet committee vice chair, Sonni Williams.  Honorable Stuart P. Borden, Honorable Glenn H. Collier, and Honorable Timothy M. Lucas, retired judges from the 10th Circuit, were recognized, and this year's Distinguished Community Service Award recipient was announced:  Honorable John A. Gorman.  Magistrate Judge Gorman (at right) was nominated for the award by past recipient and PCBA past president, David Mueller.  Mr. Mueller provided a long list of the Judge's community involvement, and wrote, "He is a gentleman in every sense of the word and a jurist whose judicial temperament and legal acument are well recognized."

Lawyers Helping Service Members
PCBA past president Michael Lied would like to thank Kelly R. Giraudo, at right, and Amira L. Vicari, at left, who both recently helped Veterans with their divorce matters.   He also encourages members interested in helping service members to contact
him at (309) 672-1483 or mlied@howardandhoward.com or the PCBA at (309) 674-6049 or pcba@mtco.com

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
12.   Lincoln's Birthday - Courts Closed; Courthouse Open
16.   Workers’ Compensation Seminar – Brad Elward & Arthur Kingery, Moderators 
18.    Presidents’ Day/Washington’s Birthday (Obsvd.) Courts & Courthouse Closed
  6    CLE - Brown Bag Seminar - PCBA office 
13   CLE – Brown Bag Seminar – PCBA Office 
20   CLE – Brown Bag Seminar – PCBA Office  
27   CLE – Brown Bag Seminar – PCBA Office 
29     Good Friday/Spring Holiday -  Courts and Courthouse Closed
  3     CLE – Brown Bag Seminar – PCBA Office
  8    Professional Responsibility Seminar – Spalding Pastoral Center 
18    Strides for Justice – Tower Park, Peoria Heights 
23    Memorial Service – Peoria County Courthouse
27     Memorial Day – Courts and Courthouse Closed

Committee Meetings
    5       Noon      Law Library Committee
    6       Noon      Family Division of Courts & Procedures
    7       Noon      Real Property
  11       Noon      E-Filing Meeting
  14       Noon      YLC Committee - Sponsor:  Junior Achievement and NFP:  Habitat for Humanity
  19       Noon      Board of Directors
  20       Noon      CLE Committee 
  21       11:00     Expungement Subcommittee
  21       Noon      Pro-Bono
  26       Noon      Diversity Committee
  28       Noon      Government & Public Interest Law
  28       Noon      YLC Meet the Judges – Renaissance Room
   7       Noon      Real Property
   8       Noon      Communications & Technology
  14       Noon      YLC Committee - NFP:  Crittenton Center
  19       Noon      Board of Directors  
  21       11:00     Expungement Subcommittee
  21       Noon      Pro-Bono
  28       Noon      Government & Public Interest Law

Communications & Technology
The 2013 Attorneys’ Directories have arrived. If your firm has not picked up a supply of directories, they may come to the PCBA office at 110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520.  Directories are also available at all of the 10th Circuit Courthouses plus the Woodford County Courthouse.

Lawyer Referral Service (LRS)
Special thanks go to the following attorneys for returning a referral fee on cases they received from the LRS:  Christopher P. Ryan, Law Office of Christopher P. Ryan, and Arthur R. Kingery, Kingery, Durree, Wakeman & O'Donnell, Assoc.  Any PCBA member who has been licensed for more than one year and is interested in joining the LRS should contact the PCBA for registration information and further details.

Local Continuing Legal Education Seminars
We have one seminar remaining for our 2013 Winter Series Seminars. If you were unable to attend this year’s seminars they are available on DVD.  New this year, we will be offering each seminar "on demand" on the PCBA website. Details will be available soon.
February 16:  Workers’ Compensation – Brad Elward & Arthur Kingery, Moderators

  • 2011 Amendments-Where We Are Today  - Art Kingery
  • Social media implications for your workers’ compensation case – Stacie Hansen
  • Circuit Court Judicial Reviews – Brad Elward
  • Significant Case Law and Rule Developments - J. Kevin Wolfe
  • The New AMA  Guidelines - Robert T. Bernat, MD/JD
  • AMA - Position Point / Counterpoint - Bruce Bonds
  • Repetitive Trauma Claims - John Lesaganich
  • Moderated Commission Panel - Arbitrators Mathis and Pulia

Brown Bag Series – Emily Wilburn and Jeffrey Bach, Moderators
Dates, topics, speakers and registration form are on the home page at https://peoriabar.org
May 8:  Professional Responsibility Seminar - James Lawson & Kevin Miller, Moderators - Spalding Pastoral Center – another unique seminar by Kevin and Jim!  More information on the home page.
June 11:  Military Affairs Seminar - Mike Lied, Moderator - Air National Guard Base - seminar followed by flight in a C-130 cargo plane.
July 16:  Federal Practice Seminar – Timothy Bertschy & Joseph VanFleet, Moderators - Federal Courthouse, Peoria, Illinois


  Committee Chair Gregory Rastatter reports that Dustin R. Jensen has applied for regular membership. Pursuant to the By-Laws of the Association, this application will be presented to the Board of Directors at its March meeting. 

  In Memoriam

On Monday, January 21, 2013, Arthur G. Greenberg passed away. He was born on July 31, 1929, in Chicago, Illinois. He was a graduate of the University of Illinois and the University of Michigan Law School in Ann Arbor.  He was a United States Navy veteran, serving his nation during the Koren War.  Arthur was a noted attorney in the Peoria area for many years, engaging in the practice of law from 1957 to1978, 1982 to 1997, 1999 and 2000.  He was also resident circuit judge, Peoria County, Tenth Judicial Circuit of Illinois, appointed by the Illinois Supreme Court (1997-1998); commissioner on the Inquiry Board, Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) 1997; an assistant state's attorney, Peoria County, 1960 and 1962; and had been appointed special prosecutor and receiver in special cases.  He was licensed to practice law in all local federal courts, state of Illinois, state of Michigan, and before the United States Supreme Court.  Arthur was president of the Peoria County Bar Association (1992-1993).  A memorial service will be February 16 at 11:00 a.m. at the Universalist Unitarian Church at 3000 W. Richwoods Blvd., Peoria, IL 61604.  The PCBA has made a $100.00 contribution to the PCBA Foundation in memory of Arthur G. Greenberg. http://www.legacy.com/obituaries/pjstar/obituary.aspx?n=arthur-greenerg&pid=162588846#fbLoggedOut 
Public Relations
The finalists of the PCBA Logo Contest were Marcia Straub, Stephanie Tassone and Suzette Boulais.  It was announced at the Lincoln Banquet & Gala that Suzette Boulais had the winning entry, at left, and recipient of the $500 cash prize.  Congratulations, Suzette!

Young Lawyers
Suit Drive
The YLC will be collecting suits again this year to benefit Dress for Success and Tri-County Urban League.  Please start collecting any gently used suits that you may have; the exact dates for the suit drive will be posted in upcoming issues of the LegalEase. In the interim, if you have any questions, contact David Wiest at dwiest@hgsuw.com.
Meet the Judges from U.S. District Court
February 28, 2013 - Magistrate Judge John Gorman and Chief Judge James Shadid will meet with the young lawyers at noon in the third floor Renaissance Room of the Janssen Building. Please bring your lunch.

Courthouse News
Chief Circuit Judge Michael E. Brandt is pleased to announce that Timothy J. Cusack has been elected by the Circuit Judges of the Tenth Judicial Circuit as an Associate Circuit Judge. Judge Cusack was selected from an outstanding field of candidates and was sworn in on January 25, 2013.  He is a native of Peoria, Illinois, a graduate of Bergan High School, received his undergraduate degree in 1984 from Marquette University and his Juris Doctorate in 1989 from Northern Illinois University. He began his legal career with the Peoria County State’s Attorney’s Office in 1989; in 1991 he entered the civil practice arena by accepting employment at Cusack & Fleming. He was given the opportunity to work part-time for the Tazewell County Public Defender’s Office in 1996-1998 in the Felony Division. Mr. Cusack accepted a position in 1998 for the Peoria Public Defender’s Office, and in 2008 he was appointed to his most recent position of First Assistant Public Defender. He lives in Peoria with his wife Anne and their seven children. 

January 30, 2013
The Peoria County Law Library/Self-Help Center is currently closed and in the process of some renovations.
First, I apologize for the substantial lack of advance notice for this event.
Second, the renovations were undertaken for much-needed replacement of ordinary wear-and-tear items such as carpeting and repainting.  Also, the renovations were generated to reflect the evolving usage of this space from a book depository library to an online depository and Self-Help Center.  The space has been staffed with an attorney rather than a traditional law librarian who is sometimes assisted by other staff.  Staff spends the most time at the Library/Center working with people useing the Self-Help Center.
The existing space structure was not efficient for its usage and not user friendly.  The area needed a more security-minded set-up for staff.  In part, it was decided that bookshelves would be removed and fixtures would be changed to allow better assistance to the increased number of people using the Center because they cannot afford to hire an attorney.  However, access/usage of the Law Library component for legal research, including the shelving of some materials that may not be available online or which are often used (i.e. IICLE Practice books), would not be diminished whatsoever.
Third, unfortunately, the removal of the carpeting revealed some issues -- possible asbestos-related -- that need to be addressed and will cause a delay in re-opening of the Center.  At this time, I do not have a firm, projected date that the Law Library/Self-Help Center will reopen but I will keep all concerned advised.
Again, I apologize for the inconvenience.
Judge Michael E. Brandt, Chief Circuit Judge
10th Judicial Circuit

Please be advised that Friday, April 5, 2013, is the Court Reporting Services Seminar in Springfield. There will be one court reporter assigned to Peoria and Tazewell Counties for EMERGENCIES ONLY. The Electronic recording will not be utilized on that day because there will be no court reporters present to monitor the equipment.
Thank you in advance for your cooperation. If there is a special circumstance where you will need court reporter coverage, please contact Pat Houlf, Court Reporting Services Supervisor, in advance at phoulf@co.peoria.il.us or (309) 672-6990.

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: Andrew Bell, Sumner Bourne, Adam Bowton, Dustin Essig, Angela Evans, Bill Holman, Peter Lynch and Robert Muir (two cases).  Thank you for your generosity.
I need the assistance of anyone who practices in the Ninth Judicial Circuit. I have been charged with establishing a pro bono plan in the Circuit. It is my hope that I will be able to create a plan that is as remarkable as what we have in the Tenth Judicial Circuit. To do that, I need assistance and input from anyone willing to advise me. Your help would be greatly appreciated. Please email me so we can talk.
We will be tallying hours in March for the Pro Bono Awards, so if you have any pro bono cases that can be closed, please return the closing information by March 15th to have your good work recognized.

Other News
PCBA Member Brad Elward has submitted the following information:  Appellate Lawyers Association and the McLean County Bar Association is holding its Fourth District Appellate Practice Luncheon on February 19 in Bloomington.  Topics are Appellate Brief Writing and Oral Argument Practice Tips.  Register online at http://www.applawyers.org/newevents.html or contact the Association at cteed@wmrhg.com.

The ISBA is seeking nominations for the following awards:
2012-13 Diversity Leadership Award - due by April 5 - www.isba.org/awards/diversity
2012-13 SOGI Community Leadership Award - due by April 5 - www.isba.org/awards/sogi
2012-13 Human Rights Gertz Award - due by March 8 - www.isba.org/awards/humanrights











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