Board of Directors James F. Kane President Craig S. Young President-Elect and Budget Chair Timothy J. Howard Second Vice President Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher-Schulz
Secretary-Treasurer Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson Past President and Nominating Committee Chair Jesse A. Placher By-Laws David B. Wiest Communications & Technology Richard W. Zuckerman Courts & Procedures Nina R. Gougis Diversity Jeffrey R. Bach (Golf) Mark M. Flannery (Holiday Party) Entertainment Ronald L. Hanna Fitness, Health & Wellness Louis P. Milot Government & Public Interest Law Michele A. Miller Law Library Mary A. Corrigan Lawyer Referral Service Sonni Choi Williams Lincoln Memorial Banquet Brad A. Elward Local Continuing Legal Ed Gregory J. Rastatter Membership David B. Mueller Memorials David M. House Pro Bono Joshua D. Herman Public Relations Dustin E. Essig Real Property Sharbel A. Rantisi Young Lawyers & Law Day
Directors at Large: Nathan R. Bach Michael D. Gifford Christopher S. McCall John P. Nicoara
IMMEDIATE OPENINGS Associate Attorney A well-established medium size Peoria general practice law firm seeks an associate attorney with zero to four years’ experience, preferably with interest in estate planning, commercial law, and litigation, real estate and title examination. Proficiency with law firm software applications also preferred. We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package. Please send cover letter, resume and references in confidence by email only to email@example.com.
Attorney Position AV-rated business law firm is seeking a motivated Attorney with at least 3 years’ experience handling business and commercial litigation, as well as general creditor’s rights matters. Strong writing skills and academic credentials required. Compensation commensurate with education and experience. Send inquiry and resume to: VanFleet Law Offices; Attn: Joe VanFleet, 7817 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61614.
Paralegal Position AV-rated business law firm in Peoria is seeking an experienced paralegal with general business, creditor’s rights, and commercial litigation experience. Benefits available, salary commensurate with experience. Send inquiry and resume in confidence to: VanFleet Law Offices: Attn: Joe VanFleet; 7817 N. Knoxville Avenue, Peoria IL 61614.
Paralegal Position Paralegal/Secretary needed for busy law office with 2 years minimum experience required. Must have a background in civil litigation, preferably small claims. This position will be full-time, Monday-Friday, 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. References required, salary commensurate with experience. Please send cover letter and resume to the PCBA, Reference No. 010814, 110 SW Jefferson St. Suite 520, Peoria, IL 61602 or email cover letter and resume to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Legal Assistant position available immediately with very busy personal injury/general practice law firm in Peoria. Candidate must have 3+ years legal experience. Excellent typing and computer skills are a must with proficiency in digital transcription, Microsoft Word and Excel. Please forward your resume by email to:email@example.com.
2014 Directory Changes and Address Changes
Daniels, Spencer L., 411 Hamilton Blvd., Suite 1500, Peoria IL 61602. All other information remains the same.
Kelly, Dana M., Phone: (309) 678-5290. All other information remains the same.
Lonergan, John P. 411 Hamilton Blvd. Suite 1020, Peoria, IL 61602 Phone: (309) 673-3939; Fax: (309) 673-5489.
Russo, Heather J., 3816 W. Grovemill Ct. Dunlap, IL 61525. All other information remains the same.
Sheets, J. Thomas, 416 Main St. Suite 831, Peoria IL 61602. All other information remains the same.
Young, K. Damon, 2708 N. Knoxville Ave., Peoria, IL 61604. Phone: (309) 681-9770, Fax: (309)681-9828.
Tazewell County Changes:
The Law Office of Susan Butler n/k/a Butler & Giraudo, P.C. All other information remains the same. Butler, Susan Hickman Giraudo, Kelly R.
Hall & Rustom, LLC n/k/a Hall, Rustom, & Fritz. All other information remains the same. Hall, Jeffrey R. Rustom, Fadi B. Fritz, Michael S.
Schierer & Ritchie, Phone: (309) 839-2024, Fax: (309) 517-5856. All other information remains the same. Schierer, Charles G. Ritchie, Tiffany R.
Will Search Anyone with information on the Last Will and Testament of Howard R. Warsaw, Jr., of Minier, IL (DOD: 12-22-13). Please contact Gary Schmidt at Kavanagh, Scully, Sudow, White & Frederick, P.C. (309) 676-1381.
Will Search Anyone with information on the Last Will and Testament of Jose’ Ortega (DOD: 12-31-99) or Edna B. Ortega (DOD: 1-9-14) Please contact Patricia Ortega by Phone: (309) 696-7485.
Lincoln Banquet & Gala The Lincoln Banquet Committee will present a “Return to Tradition” this year and is pleased to welcome its keynote speaker, attorney and author Guy C. Fraker. Mr. Fraker practices in Bloomington and is a leading authority on Abraham Lincoln’s career as a circuit-rider in the old Eighth Judicial Circuit. He is the author of Lincoln’s Ladder to the Presidency: The Eighth Judicial Circuit and is Chairman of the Looking for Lincoln Heritage Coalition, the action arm of the Abraham Lincoln National Heritage Area, a 42-county area in downstate Illinois established by Act of Congress on May 8, 2008. He was the consultant on the award-winning PBS documentary, Lincoln, Prelude to the Presidency, and co-curated the traveling exhibit, “Prologue to the Presidency: Abraham Lincoln on the Illinois Eighth Judicial Circuit.” Retiring Tenth Judicial Circuit Judge Chris L. Fredericksen will be recognized and the 2014 Distinguished Community Award recipient will be announced. President Lincoln and his wife Mary will be in attendance to witness the reading of the Gettysburg Address. Music will accompany dinner.
The 106th Banquet and Gala is on Saturday, February 8, 2014, at the Par-A-Dice Hotel. Cocktails commence at 6:00 p.m and dinner is at 7:00 p.m. PCBA members should have received a formal invitation. Individual tickets are $100.00 per person and a table of 10 is $900.00. You may reserve your seat for this event, as well as an autographed copy of Mr. Fraker’s book, at www.peoriabar.org/Shop/CLE.
Legal Assistance for Tornado Victims Over thirty attorneys have volunteered to assist victims with legal issues and provide suggestions to resolve them, at the event being held on Saturday, January 18, from 1:00 – 5:00 p.m. at Five Points in Washington. We would like to thank Michael Gifford of Howard & Howard Attorneys, P.L.L.C. for his work on this project.
Schedule of Events and Court Holidays January 1 New Year’s Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed 11 Elder Law Seminar – Susan Dawson-Tibbits & Marci Shoff 18 Criminal Law Seminar – Arthur J. Inman 20 Martin Luther King, Jr. Day – Courts & Courthouse Closed 25 Civil Practice – Carol J. Perkins & Jennifer M. Morris February 1 Government & Public Interest Seminar – Patricia M. Redman & Stacy E. Crabtree 8 Lincoln Banquet & Gala - Par-A-Dice Hotel, Keynote Speaker – Guy C. Fraker 12 Lincoln’s Birthday – Courts Closed/Courthouse Open 15 Workers’ Compensation Seminar – Brad A. Elward & Chris Doscotch 17 Presidents’ Day/Washington’s Birthday (Obsvd.) Courts & Courthouse Closed March 1 Family Law Seminar – Hon. Jerelyn Maher-Schultz and Richard Zuckerman 5 CLE – Brown Bag Series - The New Medical Marijuana Law – Rodney Nordstrom 12 CLE – Brown Bag Series - Causes of Action for Retaliatory Discharge – Ambrose McCall 19 CLE – Brown Bag Series - ARDC/LAP – Peter Rotskoff and Jim Radcliffe 26 CLE – Brown Bag Series - Collections and Supplementary Proceedings – C. Edwin Walker April 2 CLE – Brown Bag Series – Same Sex Marriage Act – Hon. Jerelyn Maher
Committee Meetings January 7 Noon Real Property 11 Noon YLC 14 Noon Pro Bono 15 11:00 Lincoln Banquet (calling group) 15 Noon Sponsorship 16 Noon CLE 17 Noon Law Day Subcommittee 21 Noon PCBA Board 22 Noon Foundation Trustees 23 Noon Government & Public Interest 24 Noon Nominating Committee 27 11:00 By-Laws 28 Noon Public Relations 29 Noon Ad Hoc Committee on Attendance February 4 Noon Real Property 5 Noon Communications & Technology 10 Noon Job Shadowing 11 Noon Pro Bono 13 Noon YLC – Sponsor: John Muir, Ringler Associates 18 Noon PCBA Board 19 Noon Diversity 20 Noon CLE 27 Noon Government & Public Interest
Committee Reports Communications & Technology 2014 Attorneys’ Directories. The final revisions of the new directory have been made and directories should be available by January 24. Call or stop by the PCBA office to pick up a supply for your office. Those attending the January 25 Civil Practice CLE Seminar will receive a new directory. Reminder: If you are in need of information such as addresses, telephone numbers or email addresses for PCBA members, the bar’s website www.peoriabar.org is only a few clicks away. Please take advantage of this page by clicking on the “Membership” tab. Members are listed alphabetically.
Diversity Committee The Committee’s goal is to assist members of the association in improving the level of diversity of the Peoria legal Community. We view diversity as including race, color, religion, gender, national origin, ancestry, sexual orientation and age. We request your input to update and improve our long range plan. How can the Committee assist you in recruiting, hiring and retaining minority lawyers? Annual luncheon? Minority law school scholarship? Summer intern program? Job fair? CLE diversity program? High school outreach? Coordination with the Bradley pre-law? Speaker’s bureau? Social events? Social media? Other? Our next meeting will be at noon on February 19 at the PCBA office. If you have input, feedback or interest please bring your lunch and join us. Alternatively, feel free to email your input to chairperson, Nina Gougis (firstname.lastname@example.org), vice chairperson, Bob Jennetten (email@example.com) or any other member of the committee. Thanks for your continued support.
Entertainment Jeffrey Bach is already hard at work for your 2014 Golf Outing. It will be held at WeaverRidge Golf Club on Monday, August 4. Mark your calendar today!
Mark Flannery and the crew are working on the 2014 Holiday Party and invite your humorous ideas, concepts and songs all year long. We also invite you to join the committee (no pressure to perform) and enjoy the rehearsals. Please submit your ideas to Mark at Flannery_Mark_M@cat.com.
Fitness, Health & Wellness Committee: Member Link to Wellness By Ron Hanna, FHW Committee Chair Work Life Balance in Law: Lawyers have all consuming jobs -- assisting clients at the worst times in their lives, juggling multiple client matters, working to fix or prevent serious problems, managing staff, managing money and running businesses. Many lawyers also have a deep commitment to public service and donate many hours to pro bono services, service on boards and volunteering in the community. Is the ability to balance professional demands with health goals and family time a myth? The FHW Committee wants you to take a moment and think about what is most important to you and what you should do with your valuable time. Check out some thoughts and suggestions at: http://home.innsofcourt.org/for-members/current-members/the-bencher/recent-bencher-articles/novemberdecember-2012/lessons-from-lawyers-achieving-work-life-balance.aspx http://lawyerist.com/lawyer-mindset-balance/ FHW Member Tip: It's easy to fall into the trap of doing nothing but working, sleeping, and looking after the kids, but over the long haul you will find yourself on the road to burnout. Make sure you carve out a few hours in the week for exercise and outside interests. You and those around you will benefit if you avoid sacrificing your own needs.
Local Continuing Legal Education Seminars 2014 Winter Series Seminars: The following Saturday morning programs will be from 8:30 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. The seminars will be held at the Spalding Pastoral Center, 419 Madison Ave., Peoria, IL 61603. A continental breakfast is included. Dates and topics are: January 11: Elder Law, Estate Planning & Probate: Susan Dawson-Tibbits & Marci Shoff -DVD now available January 18: Criminal/Multidisciplinary: Art Inman, Moderator January 25: Civil Practice: Carol Perkins and Jennifer Morris, Moderators February 1: Government & Public Interest: Patricia Redman and Stacy Crabtree, Moderators February 15: Workers' Compensation: Brad Elward and Chris Doscotch, Moderators March 1: Family Law: Hon. Jerelyn Maher-Schulz and Richard Zuckerman, Moderators 2014 Brown Bag Seminars The seminars will again be held in the PCBA Office -12:00-1:00 p.m. They are FREE (open to PCBA members only) and each member 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 firstname.lastname@example.org. March 5: The New Medical Marijuana Law – Rodney Nordstrom March 12: Federal Law Causes of Action for Retaliatory Discharge – Ambrose McCall March 19: ARDC/LAP – Peter Rotskoff and Jim Radcliffe, Presenters March 26: Collections and Supplementary Proceedings – C. Edwin Walker April 2: Civil Unions – Hon. Jerelyn Maher
May Professional Responsibility Seminar Kevin Miller is working on a new series of seminars entitled, “Tried and True: Ethics learned through America’s most famous trials.” Mark your calendars for Friday, May 16, for the first in the series.
Membership Committee Chair Gregory Rastatter reports that Michelle A. Todd has applied for regular membership. Her application will be presented to the Board in February.
Public Relations People’s Law School The Public Relations Committee has announced its 2014 lineup for the People’s Law School. This joint effort with Illinois Central College will be held on Thursdays at the ICC North Campus, 5407 N. University St. Peoria, IL from 6:00 – 8:00 p.m. All sessions are free, however pre-registration is required due to limited seating. The lineup is as follows:
February 20, 2014 Foreclosures/Bankruptcies- Sumner Bourne, Presenter
March 6, 2014 Landlord/Tenant Issues – Jim Rochford, Presenter
March 20, 2014 Family Law – Michelle Eggert, Presenter
April 3, 2014 DUI/Criminal Law – Matthew Miller, Presenter
April 17, 2014 Wills & Estates – Timothy Kirk, Presenter
May 1, 2014 Employment Matters – Nile Williamson, Presenter
Young Lawyers 2013 Project Santa The Young Lawyers would like to thank everyone who participated in the annual gift giving program. This year gifts were provided to 163 children. Without PCBA members’ generosity this program would not be possible. A special thank you goes to event co-chairs, Mitchell Hedrick and Jennifer Bonesteel for all of their hard work coordinating this program.
Courthouse News - From the Bench New Supreme Court Rules 138 and 15 takes effect January 1, 2014. The rules already include social security numbers from being filed but now Rule 138 will add driver’s license numbers, financial account numbers, and debit/credit card numbers.
THE AMENDED RULES POSTPONE THE INCLUSION OF BIRTH DATES AND NAMES OF MINORS AS CONFIDENTIAL FILINGS UNTIL JANUARY 1, 2015
Attached are the rules amended December 24, 2013.
I know there has been discussion among many of the clerks and advocates and attorneys on compliance procedures that will be needed. The rules apply to all civil cases excepting those civil cases where the file is already confidential (i.e. juvenile abuse and neglect). Please review that attached amended rules. Suffice to say that any procedures adopted must comply with the rules and the Rule 138 does include a form NOTICE OF CONFIDENTIAL INFORMATION WITHIN COURT FILING for use by attorneys and clerks.
Judge Michael E. Brandt Circuit Judge Tenth Judicial Circuit