2013 January LegalEase

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In This Issue

  • Lincoln Banquet & Gala

  • Holiday Party - Wrap

  • CLE Seminars

  • YLC Community Service

 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



Chief Assistant Public Defender
Posting Opens:  January 23, 2013
Posting Closes:  February 1, 2013
Responsibilities:  The Peoria County Public Defender Office has an opening for the position of Chief Assistant Public Defender.  This full-time position oversees the scheduling, training and performance of Assistant Public Defenders.  The position has an office in the courthouse, maintains a courtroom assisgnment and must be available to cover other assignments as needed.
Requirements:  This position requires a Juris Doctor degree and an unrestricted license to practice law in the State of Illinois.
Salary/Benefits:  The salary will be commensurate with qualifications.  Benefits include Peoria County medical health coverage and IMRF pension benefits.
Additional Job Information:  https://jobs.peoriacounty.org/JAC3/JobDetail.aspx?cat=COURTS&jobno=09ASSTPUBDEF

Legal Secretary Vacancy
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 & 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 through Friday from 9:00 a.m. to 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.  Requirements: 
Minimum of three years of legal secretarial experience.
Familiar with Microsoft Office 2010.
Excellent proofreading skills.
Great organizational skills.
Ability and willingness to oversee functions that will keep the office running smoothly.
Please send resume and cover letter to info@hlerk.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

Borden, Stuart, P., 113 E. Williams, Wyoming, IL 61491; Telephone: (309) 695-2491, Fax: (309) 695-2401, Email: bordenlawoffices@frontier.com.

Kepple, Casey C., Shay Kepple Phillips Ltd., 456 Fulton St. Suite 255, Peoria IL 61602. Telephone: (309) 494-6155 Fax: (309) 494-6156, Email: skplawyers.com.

Shields, Kevin A., Davis & Campbell, 401 Main St. Suite 1600, Peoria, IL 61602; Telephone: (309) 673-1681, Fax: (309) 673-1690, Email: kashields@dcamplaw.com

Tomlin, James M., 1314 E. Marietta Ave., Peoria Heights, IL 61616. All other information remains the same.

Firm Name Changes
January 1, 2013

Shay Law Group, Ltd. to
Shay Kepple Phillips, Ltd.


William M. Shay
Casey C. Kepple
Jonathan L.A. Phillips

All other information remains the same.


 Hasselberg, Williams, Grebe,
Snodgrass & Birdsall to
Hasselberg, Grebe, Snodgrass,
Urban & Wentworth


Michael R. Hasselberg
James R. Grebe
Kenneth M. Snodgrass, Jr.
Charles J. Urban
David L. Wentworth II
Vincent M. Boyle
John G. Dundas
James P. Lawson
Alison E. McLaughlin
Boyd O. Roberts III
Michael P. Roush
William P. Streeter
David B. Wiest

All other information remains the same.






Lincoln Banquet & Gala
The Lincoln Banquet Committee with its theme "Abraham Lincoln ... Access to Justice," is pleased to have as the keynote speaker Peter Edelman, Professor of Law at Georgetown University Law Center and Author of So Rich, So Poor.  His position as the Faculty Director of the Center on Poverty, Inequality, and Public Policy, make him a natural fit with PCBA President Judge Lisa Wilson's Equal Access Initiative.
Honorable Stuart P. Borden and Honorable Timothy M. Lucas, retiring judges from the 10th Circuit, will be recognized, and the Distinguished Community Service Award recipient will be announced. 
Back bypopular demand this year will be President Lincoln, who will be accompanied by Mary Todd Lincoln.  Also back again will be the 182D Airlift Wing Color Guard to present colors, and Stephanie Takata singing the national anthem.  The Committee is also pleased to have musicians John Cheek and Derel Monteith, whom you may remember from Prairie State's fundraising event last October.
The 105th banquet and gala will be on Saturday, February 9, 2013 at the Par-A-Dice Hotel.  Cocktails will begin at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m.  PCBA members will be receiving a formal invitation within the next week. Individual tickets are $100 and a table of 10 is $900.  You may reserve your seat for this event, as well as an autographed copy of Professor Edelman's book, at www.peoriabar.org/Shop/CLE

Lawyers Helping Service Members

PCBA Past President Michael Lied would like to thank James W. Springer (right) who recently helped an Army Veteran with a foreclosure matter.   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

 1          New Year’s Day  – Courts & Courthouse Closed
12       Elder Law Seminar - Susan Dawson-Tibbits & Mary B. Etrick, Moderators
19       Family Law Seminar – James Lawson & Judge Jerelyn Maher-Schulz, Moderators
 21        Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed
26       Civil Practice Seminar – Brad Elward & John Redlingshafer, Moderators
  2       Service to Your Community and Your Profession Seminar – Mike Lied & David House
  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, Moderators
18         Presidents’ Day/Washington’s Birthday (Obsvd.) Courts & Courthouse Closed
       CLE - Brown Bag Seminar - PCBA office
 13      CLE – Brown Bag Seminar – PCBA Office 
 20      C
LE – Brown Bag Seminar – PCBA Office
CLE – Brown Bag Seminar – PCBA Office
       Good Friday/Spring Holiday -  Courts and Courthouse Closed

  3     CLE – Brown Bag Seminar – PCBA Office

     Professional Responsibility Seminar – Kevin Miller & Jim Lawson, Moderators
18     Strides for Justice
Memorial Service – Peoria County Courthouse
27      Memorial Day – Courts and Courthouse Closed

Committee Meetings

    3       Noon      Real Property Committee
    4       Noon      Law Library Committee
    7       Noon      Estate Division of Courts & Procedures Committee
  10       Noon      YLC Committee - Sponsor:  Jared Woisode, Clifton Larson Allen
  11       Noon      Lincoln Banquet & Gala Committee
  15       Noon      Board of Directors Meeting
  16       Noon      Diversity Committee
  17       11:00     Expungement Subcommittee
  17       Noon      Pro-Bono Committee
  22       Noon      Federal Division of Court & Procedures Committee
  23       Noon      Communications & Technology Committee
  24       Noon      Government & Public Interest Law Committee

    6       Noon      Family Division of Court & Procedures Committee
    7       Noon      Real Property Committee
  14       Noon      YLC Committee - Sponsor:  Junior Achievement
  19       Noon      Board of Directors Meeting
  21       11:00     Expungement Subcommittee
  21       Noon      Pro-Bono Committee

Holiday Party 2012

On Thursday, December 6 the Entertainment Committee breathed new life into the annual Holiday Party! Pictured at left is the cast of the program, from left to right, Lisa Joseph, Ann Pieper, Rob Parker, Mark Flannery, Troy Roberts (at keyboard), Andrew Almasi, Jami Webster-Hall, and our stand-up comedian, Matthew Smith.  Not shown is Michael Doubet.  Thank you to our videographer, Bill Kocher, for compiling the video montage tribute to John Pusey (above) who stepped down after almost thirty years as emcee of the program. 

Law Library
The County Board recently approved the 2013 budget. Included in the budget is an increase of the Law Library filing fee from $13.00 to $17.00 beginning in January 2013.

Local Continuing Legal Education Seminars

To take advantage of the member benefit, register for all five courses for the price of four (only $260) by Monday, January 7.  All seminars are being held at the Spalding Pastoral Center.

2013 Winter Series:
January 12:  Elder Law –
Susan Dawson-Tibbits & Mary Etrick, Moderators

  • Medicaid Eligibility:  The Deficit Reduction Act Has Finally Landed in Illinois - Susan Dawson-Tibbits

  • New Directed Trusts and Decanting Statutes - Mary Etrick

  • Tax Law as We Know It Now - Mary Etrick

  • An Uncommon Selection of Estate Planning Considerations - Valerie Moehle Umholtz

  • End of Life Issues:  When the Legal System and the Medical System Collide (Panel Discussion) - Anne Padowjski and Birgitta Sujdak Mackiewicz

  • Views from the Probate Bench

January 19:  Family Law – James Lawson & Judge Jerelyn Maher-Shulz, Moderators

  • Legislative Update - Richard W. Zuckerman

  • Case Law Update - Judge Jerelyn Maher

  • So the marital Residence is in Foreclosure - An Overview of the Mortgage Foreclosure Process – Dustin Essig

  • Social Media – The Introduction Into Evidence of Facebook, Text, Emails – Drew Says Yes/Judy Says No! – Drew Parker and Judith 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, Moderators

  • Recent case 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, Moderators

  • Update on Veterans Courts in the Tenth Judicial Circuit – Judge Kim L. Kelley and Tim Cusack

  • Cultural Sensitivity – Judge Lisa Wilson and Carol Hennon, Center for Prevention of Abuse

  • 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, Moderators

  • 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 developments

  • Repetitive Trauma, Mental/Physical Claims

  • Moderated Arbitrator Panel

Brown Bag Series – Emily Wilburn and Jeffrey Bach, Co-Chairs
March 8, 13, 20, 27 and April 3 Topics will include Open Meetings Act, Basics for Young lawyers, GAL Training, Technology and the Practice of Law, and Appellate Practice Issues.  Speakers are to be determined.
Seminars will be held at the PCBA Office from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., are FREE (open to PCBA members only) and lunch will be 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

May 8:    Professional Responsibility Seminar - James Lawson & Kevin Miller, Moderators
               Spalding Pastoral Center – another unique seminar by Kevin and Jim!

July 16:   Federal Practice Seminar - Timothy Bertschy & Joseph VanFleet, Moderators

Committee Chair Gregory Rastatter reports that Paul M. Brodersen, Sr. and Jesse P. Hodierne have applied for regular membership and Hon. Thomas G. Ebel has applied for renewal of his membership.  Pursuant to the By-Laws of the Association, these applications will be presented to the Board of Directors at its February meeting.

The Nominating Committee met on Friday, November 16, 2012 for the purpose of selecting an attorney who will fill the role of Secretary-Treasurer next year, and annually thereafter move into the offices of Second Vice President, President Elect and eventually President of the PCBA.
The nominee should be someone from our association with past measurable involvement with the PCBA’s committees and activities, someone with demonstrated legal experience and abilities, and someone who exemplifies the character of the membership sufficient to lead the association in furtherance of all the association’s endeavors.
The Nominating Committee is pleased to report that it has selected the Honorable Jerelyn Maher-Schulz as its nominee for the position of Secretary/Treasurer for the year 2013-2014. The committee chair has spoken with Judge Maher-Schulz who has agreed that if she is so nominated, she will accept this position.

2012-13 Nominating Committee:  Kevin Miller - Immediate Past PCBA President and Nominating Committee Chair
Karl Kuppler, Timothy Cassidy, Michael Lied, Karen Kendall
Two members under age 36 appointed by the Board of Directors:  Nathan Bach and Graciela Mata

Public Relations

PCBA’S Distinguished Community Service Award - Nominations Sought
There is still time to send in your nomination for the PCBA Distinguished Community Service Award. 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 would again like to thank everyone who participated in the annual gift giving program. This year gifts were provided to 275 children and $3,105.00 in monetary contributions were received.  Without the PCBA members' generosity this program would not be possible. Pictured at far left is the group of children who attended the party at South Side Mission on December 14, 2012.  A special thank you goes to event co-chairs, Abigail Fleming and Vincent Boyle (pictured at left) for all of their hard work coordinating this program.  Thanks also to Scott Paulsen for being the man behind the camera at the event.
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 you may contact David Wiest at dwiest@hwgsb.com

Courthouse News
Designation of Acting Chief Judge:

"...effective January 1, 2013, said Office of Chief Judge will become vacant as provided and defined in General Order 1(e).  Pursuant to General Administrative Order 1(f), due to such vacancy, the Circuit Judge having tghe highest seniority of judicial service shall be the Acting Chief Judge.  Now, therefore, effective January 1, 2013, the undersigned hereby designate that Judge Scott A. Shore, having such seniority, shall be elected to take office pursuant to General ORder 1(b)...."

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:  Kirk Bode, Robert Coletta, Courtney Dean, Ann Pieper, Patrick Poston, Timothy McCarthy and Michael Sposato.  Thank you for your generosity.



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