2013 July LegalEase

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In This Issue

  • Courthouse News
  • -Judge Brandt receives Justice Miller Award
    -Comments invited re bankruptcy judge
    -Applications for  Magistrate Judge position
    -Tazewell County Admin. Order re Foreclosure
  • Upcoming Events/CLE

  • Committee Reports

  • Pro Bono Report

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


Law Clerk
Chief U.S. District Judge James E. Shadid is accepting applications for the position of term law clerk in his chambers. Typically, the broad range of duties assigned to a law clerk includes conducting legal research, preparing bench memos, drafting orders and opinions, proofreading the judge’s orders and opinions, verifying citations, communicating with staff regarding case management, and assisting the judge during courtroom proceedings. The one-year term will begin September 3, 2013, and is subject to extension for up to three additional years by agreement. Salary is determined under the Judiciary Salary Plan, and the successful applicant will be eligible for health, dental, vision and life insurance. Applicants must be admitted to the bar of any state and should submit a cover letter, resume and references to: Chief Judge James E. Shadid, U.S. District Court, 100 N.E. Monroe, Peoria, IL 61602.

Attorney Position
AV-Rated firm Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo seeks an associate attorney with 3-5 years experience in civil litigation. Salary and benefits commensurate with experience. Please send cover letter and resume in confidence to Laura A. Petersen at Quinn, Johnston, Henderson, Pretorius & Cerulo, 227 N.E. Jefferson Ave., Peoria, IL 61602 or via email at lpetersen@qjhpc.com.

Attorney Position
AV-Rated Peoria law firm seeks attorney with 0-4 years of experience. Please respond to Charles J. Urban at Hasselberg, Grebe, Snodgrass, Urban & Wentworth, 124 SW Adams St., Suite 360, Peoria, IL 61602.

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.

Judges Needed

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:  ndmeyer@fsmail.bradley.edu. 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.

2013 Directory Changes

Gibson, Erik R., 101 NE Randolph Ave., Peoria, IL 61606. Phone: (309) 673-0797, Fax: (309) 673-8759, Email: egibson@Benckendorf.com.
Shariff, Sadiq M., 227 NE Jefferson Ave., Peoria, IL 61602. Phone: (309) 674-1133, Fax: (309) 674-6503, Email: sshariff@gjhp.com.  
VanAusdall, Roni S., 120 W. Main St., Sterling, IL 62353. Phone: (2nd line) (217) 909-4359, Fax (309) 740-4186. Website: vlo.me, Email: vanausdallesq@yahoo.com.

Will Search
Anyone with information on the Last Will and Testament of Betty J. Moore, please contact Aimee S. Peterson, Johnson, Bunce & Noble at (309) 691-9650 or by email: Peterson@peorialawyers.com.

Local Rules

Please remember that the recently-approved Local Rules are available on the County website at http://www.peoriacounty.org/courts/news?newsAction=single&newsItemID=3684


Annual Business Meeting and Installation of Officers

Remember to make your reservation for the July 8 Annual MeetingDeadline for reservations is Wednesday, July 3, 2013.  You may go to www.peoriabar.org/Shop/CLE to register online or you may mail your payment to the PCBA office in the amount of $30.00 and note your choice of Chicken or Vegetarian entrée. Incoming officers being installed are shown above. The luncheon will be held at Four Points by Sheraton from 12:00 to 1:00 p.m. One of Judge Wilson’s initiatives during her term as President has been the formation of the Government and Public Interest Law Committee, which established criteria for the new Public Servant Award.   The recipient of the award will be announced at the meeting.

Lawyers Helping Service Members

PCBA past president Michael Lied would like to thank James P. LeFante, who recently helped a veteran on a criminal matter.  Mr. Lied 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.  The CLE Committee hopes to re-schedule the June Military Affairs Seminar for this fall.

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays

 4          Independence Day – Courts and Courthouse Closed
 8         Annual Meeting of the Membership / Installation of Officers – 12:00 – 1:00 p.m., Four Points by Sheraton      
Federal Practice Seminar – Federal Courthouse, Peoria – 9:00 a.m. – 12:15 p.m., Timothy Bertschy and Joseph VanFleet, Moderators
31       Mentoring Program Luncheon – Noon -- PCBA Office

19        Golf outing – Coyote Creek
26        Golf outing rain date

2            Labor Day – Courts and Courthouse Closed

23 Diversity Luncheon – Keynote speaker:  Monica Torres-Linares

11        Veterans’ Day – Courts Closed/Courthouse Open
28 & 29   Thanksgiving Holiday – Courts and Courthouse Closed

5         PCBA Holiday Party -- Peoria Marriott Père Marquette
24 & 25  Christmas Eve Day and Christmas Day – Courts and Courthouse Closed

Committee Meetings

   17      Noon      Diversity
   18      Noon      CLE
   19      Noon      Communications & Technology

    1       Noon       Real Property
    8       Noon       YLC  – Sponsor:  Russ Trantina, Comcast Spotlight
   13      Noon        Pro Bono
   15      Noon        CLE
   20      Noon        PCBA Board of Directors
   22      Noon        Government & Public Interest

    5       Noon        Real Property
   10      Noon        Pro-Bono
   12      Noon        YLC – Sponsor:   Dr. Richard Olson Chiropractic
   17      Noon         PCBA Board of  Directors
   19      Noon         CLE
   26      Noon         Government & Public Interest

Committee Reports

We ask every PCBA member to fill out the committee preferences sheet each year so we can have an up-to-date list of committee members. You may submit your preferences online at www.peoriabar.org/form/2013-14-committee-preferences.  Please Note:  If you have served on a committee and have not returned a preference sheet for 2013-14, we will continue to list you on that committee for the upcoming year.

Communications & Technology Committee
DID YOU KNOW PCBA members’ contact information may be found on the website at https://peoriabar.org/member-list?  So the next time you need member information in a hurry, please take a look at the site.

Entertainment Committee
Jeffrey Bach encourages members and guests to enjoy this year’s rollback price of only $90 for golf and dinner at the annual Golf Outing set for Monday, August 19, at Coyote Creek Golf Club.  The rain date is Monday, August 26. Deadline to register is Friday, August 9.  When registering, be sure to list any other golfers who will be in your foursome.  Prime rib and chicken marsala are just a few of the delicious items on the dinner buffet prepared by Catering Peoria. You may register online at www.peoriabar.org/Shop/CLE.
Mark Flannery has announced that this year’s Holiday Party will be Thursday, December 5, at the new Peoria Marriott Père Marquette. 
Please mark your calendars for both of these events.

Lawyer Referral Service (LRS)
Special thanks to Arthur R. Kingery, Kingery Durree Wakeman & O’Donnell, Assoc., for returning a fee on a referral case.  Any PCBA member licensed for more than one year may join the LRS.  Contact the PCBA for registration information and further details.

Local Continuing Legal Education Seminars
July 15:  Deadline to register for the 2013 Mentoring Program has been extended.  The orientation luncheon will be on July 31 at the PCBA office.  This free, one-year program provides all six required hours of professional responsibility credit.  Mentors:  PCBA member with excellent interpersonal skills admitted to practice in Illinois 6 years or more.  Mentees:  PCBA member admitted to practice in Illinois 3 years or less at time of program completion.  For further information and registration visit http://lawyermentor.ilsccp.org/pcba/.

July 16:  Federal Practice Seminar – Timothy Bertschy & Joseph VanFleet, Moderators  Topics include:  Final Pre-Trial Orders, Post-Trial Motions, Fee Petitions, Enforcing Settlements, Confidential Documents and Dispositive Motions.  Opening remarks will be made by Judge Michael Mihm, and there will be a judicial panel with Hon. Sara Darrow and Hon. Sue Myerscough.  Other speakers include:  Tim Bertschy, Ralph Davis, Athena Herman, Mike Lied, Grace Mata, Joe VanFleet, Sonni Williams, and Christa Wittenerg. Register online at www.peoriabar.org/shop.
Committee Chair Gregory Rastatter reports that Erik R. Gibson, Donald K. Birner and Ashley M. Miller have applied for regular membership and Kyle M. Tompkins has applied for student membership.  Their applications will be presented for approval at the August 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 Tuesday, June 4, 2013, James M. Voelker, passed away. He was born on February 1, 1961, in Peoria. He graduated from Peoria High School in 1979, received his Bachelor’s degree from the University of Illinois in 1983, and his Juris Doctorate from the University of Iowa’s College of Law in 1986. Upon graduation from law school he joined the firm of Heyl, Royster, Voelker & Allen, becoming a partner with the firm in 1996. Jim had a very entrepreneurial spirit, dating back to his college days where he successfully operated an ice cream van business. His most recent venture was developing and marketing dictation software. He also served on the Communications and Technology Committee of the PCBA for many years, contributing his valuable computer knowledge. He is survived by his wife, Kelly, and six children. The PCBA has contributed $100.00 to the Foundation in memory of James M. Voelker. 

Young Lawyers

On June 13 the area’s summer interns were welcomed by the YLC. Pictured: Kyle Orne, Ashton Nowlan, Laith Alkhafaji, Carrie Cassidy, Emily Perkins, Jessica Sarff, Patrick Folley, Kerrianne Waters, Shawnnell Brown, Arsenio Mims and Eckor Joseph.  Shawnnell and Eckor came to the Tenth Circuit through the ABA’s Judicial Intern Opportunity Program (JIOP).  The PCBA Diversity Committee thanks Hon. Kim Kelley and Hon. Stephen Kouri for their involvement with the JIOP program.

3rd Annual Pool Party!
The Young Lawyers are having a pool party/cookout on Friday, July 19 at 5:30 p.m. Mark your calendars. If you have any questions contact Jeffrey Bach (309) 673-0100, email: jbuofm@hotmail.com or Sherry at the PCBA office (309) 674-6049.

Cubs v. Cards
The tickets have arrived for the Cubs v. Cards! 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 noon.  If you would like to attend the game, please submit payment to the PCBA office in the amount of $52.00 pp. If you work in the downtown area, and you would like your tickets delivered, please note that information 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.

Courthouse News

Chief Circuit Judge Michael E. Brandt receives the Justice Benjamin K. Miller Recognition Award

Chief Circuit Judge Michael E. Brandt received the Justice Benjamin K. Miller Recognition Award from the Illinois Family Violence Coordinating Councils at a June 17 presentation in Springfield, Illinois. Named after former Illinois Supreme Court Justice Benjamin K. Miller, the award is given to honor outstanding members of the community and judiciary for their excellence in leadership and commitment to further the work of the Councils in preventing family violence. Mary Taylor, Local Council Coordinator, nominated Judge Brandt for this award stating that “He has been and continues to be a stabilizing force and strong advocate for all issues related to family violence in our community. Always willing to speak on behalf of the Council, he encourages collaboration between law enforcement, prosecution, probation and social services agencies in addressing family violence. We have learned many things since 1993 when Justice Miller had a vision for the Council. One of those is that with the dedication and collaboration shown by Judge Brandt, we can and have made a difference in the lives of those families impacted by domestic violence, elder abuse and sexual assault.”


United States Bankruptcy Judge Thomas L. Perkins of the Central District of Illinois has applied to be reappointed by the United States Court of Appeals to a new 14-year term when his current term expires on July 19, 2014. A United States Bankruptcy Judge is a judicial officer of the United States District Court who exercises the authority of the district court with respect to any action, suit, or proceeding under Chapter 6 of Title 28 of the United States Code. 28 U.S.C. § 151. Comments are invited from the public and the bar as to whether Judge Perkins should be reappointed. Those comments should be in writing and sent by July 30, 2013 to:

Collins T. Fitzpatrick, Circuit Executive, 219 South Dearborn Street, Room 2780, Chicago, Illinois 60604.



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.

Tazewell County News



Pursuant to Supreme Court Rules 113 and 114, effective May 1, 2013, the Clerk of the Circuit court is required to send certain notices.  The Court finds that the cost of the mailing of said notices requires the entry of an Administrative Order.

Therefore, effective July 1, 2013, for cases filed on or after May 1, 2013, it is the obligation of the Plaintiff to provide the Clerk of the Circuit Court of Tazewell County, within the 10th Judicial Circuit, with preaddressed and postage paid envelopes bearing the return address of the Clerk of the Circuit Court for the mailing of the required notice pursuant to Supreme Court Rule 113(d).

The Plaintiff shall fold and place the required notices in the envelopes.  The envelopes shall be sealed upon delivery to the Clerk of the Circuit court, who will mail the envelopes in accordance with the applicable Supreme Court Rules.

The Plaintiff’s attorney will file, at the time the sealed envelopes containing the required notices are provided to the Clerk for mailing, copies of the Notices as required by Supreme Court Rule 113(d) and an Affidavit which will indicate that:  (1) the sealed envelopes contain the notice required by applicable Supreme Court Rules; and (2) that a notice is provided for all persons entitled to receive notice under the Rules.

The Clerk of the Circuit Court shall be entitled to impose a mailing fee for the mailing of said notices, in accordance with the existing fee schedule in each county.

Entered:  July 1, 2013 
Paul P. Gilfillan, Presiding Judge  

Tazewell County Courthouse Parking

The Pekin Main Street Farmer’s Market began on Thursday (6/20/13) at 4:00 p.m. and will run every Thursday until September 19, 2013, from 4:00 to 6:00 p.m.
In order to accommodate vendor set up, Capitol Street between Court and Elizabeth will be closed and parking will not be permitted. Please plan accordingly and park elsewhere during that time. Please pass this information on to clients, employees and others who may be impacted. Thank you very much for your cooperation.

Peoria County Pro Bono Plan

By Sandra Crow, Pro Bono Coordinator, scrow@pslegal.org

We would like to thank following attorneys and their staff that have recently closed pro bono cases:  Andrew Bell, Sam Harrod, Robert Jennetten, Debbie Harper, Mitchell Hedrick, James Kane, Art Kingery, Robert Muir (3 cases), Ann Pieper, Tyler Pratt (4 cases) and Carl Wilbur.

A new educational tool has been developed for volunteer attorneys to help you understand the pro bono client. Many attorneys state they just do not understand the clients. Pro bono representation is often a cross-cultural relationship between an attorney from middle class or wealth and a client from generational poverty. An attorney’s failure to understand some of the challenges, and what strategies can overcome those challenges, can derail a pro bono representation.

To help address this, the Volunteer Lawyer Network has created an interactive educational tool that contains information about some of the challenges and how to overcome them.  You can access at the following link: Working with Pro Bono Clients wiki. I urge you to take some time to look at this tool.  Topics include:

 ·        Seeing/Bridging Differences
·         Poverty 101
·         Promoting Understanding
·         Empowerment
·         Strategies for Success


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