2014 March LegalEase

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In This Issue

  • Courthouse News:  New Rules 15 and 16

  • More CLE in 2014

  • 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
James F. Kane
Craig S. Young President-Elect and Budget Chair
Timothy J. Howard
Second Vice President
Hon. Jerelyn D. Maher-Schulz
Hon. Lisa Y. Wilson
Past President and
Nominating Committee Chair
Jesse A. Placher
David B. Wiest
Communications & Technology
Richard W. Zuckerman
Courts & Procedures
Nina R. Gougis
Jeffrey R. Bach (Golf)
Mark M. Flannery (Holiday Party) 

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
David B. Mueller
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

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.

Associate Counsel
Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Company is seeking an in-house Corporate/Insurance Attorney with at least 3 years work experience within the life and/or disability insurance industry.  The Associate Counsel will be responsible for providing legal support to various corporate departments, managing litigation, developing compliance policies and procedures, and assisting in product development.  Juris Doctorate required with an active Bar License in Illinois or eligibility for limited admittance.  Email inquiry and resume to:  Illinois Mutual Life Insurance Company; Attn:  Celena Anderson, hr@illinoismutual.com.

Clerk of the Appellate Court
Illinois Appellate Court, Third District

Essential Responsibilities:  The Clerk of the Appellate Court is an executive level position with a wide range of responsibilities for the management of the Third District Appellate Clerk's Office.    Functions include:  Monitoring and analyzing case flow management; Supervising office personnel; Researching and synopsizing motions; Entering standard orders for routine motions; Managing the maintenance and improvement of the court's facilities; Serving as a liaison between courts, the public and the press; Answering procedural questions for attorneys.
Educational and Experience Requirements:  This position requires an undergraduate degree or equivalent experience. A law degree is preferred. Candidates must possess strong written and oral communications skills, high level technology skills, and demonstrated management and administgrative skills. A strong working knowledge of the Illinois Judical Branch and functions of the Illinois Courts at all levels is preferred.
Compensation and Benefits:This is a highly responsible executive level position within the Judicial Branch. The minimum salary is $75,761 - salary commensurate with skills and experience. An attractive Judicial Branch benefits package is offered, including medical, dental, vision, pension plan, life insurance and deferred compensation. 
Location:  The position is located in Ottawa, IL.  The successful candidate must be willing to relocate to within 20 miles of the courthouse.
Physical requirements: Ability to sit for extended time periods. Occasional in-state travel.
Application Process: Interested persons should submit, via email or hard copy, a letter of interest, a resume and references to; Third District Appellate Clerk; Attention: Gist Fleshman, 1004 Columbus St., Ottawa, IL 61350 or email gfleshman@illinoiscourts.gov. This position will remain open until filled. However, those persons submitting materials by March 28, 2014, will be given first consideration. EOE 

Legal Assistant
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:matharp@kdwolaw.com.

 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.

Anyone with information on the Last Will & Testament of Phyllis E. Merrill or Lyle E. Merrill  (subsequent to 1977), please contact Kathy Roehm (daughter) at (309) 241-7225.

Will Search
Anyone with information on the Last Will and Testament of Floyd Belless, of Bernadotte, IL formerly lived in Liverpool, IL  (DOD: 3-8-14 ). Please contact his son Tyrel Belless (309) 357-0687.

 2014 Directory Changes and
Address Changes
Mytich, Ketra, 1230 W. Candletree Dr., Ste. A, Peoria, IL 61614.  All other information remains the same.

 Tazewell County
Dluski, Peter R., 257 E. Washington St., East Peoria, IL 61611. Phone: (309) 699-4040; Fax: (309) 699-4070.

 Paulsen, Scott R.,
Email: Scott.paulsen@icc.edu. All other information remains the same.

 New Firm Name
Hall, Rustom & Fritz LLC
432 N. Main St., East Peoria, IL 61611
Peoria office:
416 Main, Suite 723, Peoria, IL 61602
Phone for both offices: (309) 699-4691

   Office Space Available
Janssen Building, 2400+ sq. ft. luxury suite with offices  now available to rent.  If interested please contact The Janssen Law Center at (309) 676-2341.



Law Day
The Young Lawyers & Law Day Committee is pleased to announce Congresswoman Cheri Bustos will be the keynote speaker for the 2014 Law Day Luncheon.  Congresswoman Bustos is a member of the U.S. House of Representatives of Illinois, 17th District. Please mark your calendar for Tuesday, May 13, 2014, from 12:00 – 1:00 p.m. at the Peoria Marriott Père Marquette.  Special thanks go to the Law Day Subcommittee which includes Sharbel Rantisi, YLC Chair, Ashley Miller, luncheon coordinator, Melissa Schoenbein, Essay Contest coordinator, and Monica Kim, School Speaking Engagements coordinator, for their role in this year’s Law Day Luncheon. If you are interested in speaking at an area school please contact Monica Kim (309) 676-0400 or by email mkim@heylroyster.com.  Awards for First and Second place essays will be presented to area students in 5-6th grade and 7-8th grade.  We will be welcoming to the bench Associate Judge Kirk D. Schoenbein and Magistrate Judge Jonathan Hawley as well as recognizing our 50-year members: James L. Hafele, John C. Mulgrew, Jr., Robert E. Muir, Joseph R. Napoli, and Gary T. Rafool. Cost is $40.00 per person or $350.00 for a table of ten. You may make reservations online www.peoriabar.org when using a MC/Visa or by mail when paying by check made payable to the Peoria County Bar Association. Deadline for reservations:  May 8, 2014.  

Retirement Reception 
The west lobby of the Federal Courthouse was filled to near capacity  on February 28th with over 250 members of the legal community attending the retirement send-off of Magistrate Judge John Gorman and his Career Law Clerk Jeanne Ballor, pictured at left.  Judge Shadid presented Jeanne with a certificate and Judge Gorman gave glowing remarks for Jeanne’s many years of service.  Following Representative Dave Lietch’s presentation of a certificate to Judge Gorman, humorous remarks were given by Judges Mihm. McDade and Tim Penn. 

Schedule of Events and Court Holidays
        1        Family Law Seminar – Hon. Jerelyn Maher-Schulz 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
CLE – Brown Bag Series –  Same Sex Marriage Act – Hon. Jerelyn Maher
9        Campaign for Legal Services Kick-Off Luncheon - Noon- Peoria Civic Center
      18        Good Friday/Spring Holiday – Courts and Courthouse Closed
       13       Law Day Luncheon – Keynote Speaker – Congresswoman Cheri Bustos – Peoria Marriott 
                   Père Marquette  - Noon
       16       CLE – Re-Scheduled Government & Public Interest Seminar (AM Session)
       16       CLE – Professional Responsibility Seminar –  “Tried and True” – Kevin Miller
22       Memorial Service – Peoria County Courthouse- 4th Floor- 10:30 a.m.
Memorial Day – Courts and Courthouse Closed

Committee Meetings
    4      Noon    Real Property
   11     Noon    Pro Bono
   13     Noon    YLC – NFP: Kelsey Wright from Hult Center for Healthy Living
   14     Noon    Foundation Trustees
   18     Noon    PCBA Board
   20     Noon    CLE
   21     Noon    Diversity
   27     Noon    Government & Public Interest
     1      Noon    Real Property
     4      Noon    Communications & Technology
   10      Noon    YLC
   15      Noon    PCBA Board
   17      Noon    CLE
   22      Noon    Pro Bono
   24      Noon    Government & Public Interest
 6      Noon    Real Property
     8      Noon    YLC – Sponsor: Jim Barr, Re/Max
   14      Noon    Pro Bono
   15      Noon    CLE
   20      Noon    PCBA Board
   22      Noon    Government & Public Interest

Committee Reports
Communications & Technology
2014 Attorneys’ Directories. The directories are now available at the PCBA Office and they are also available at all of the 10th Circuit Courthouses. Reminder: If you will be picking up your directories from the PCBA office for your firm, please give our office a call (309) 674-6049 and we will have them ready for you to pick up.  Also, if you or your staff is 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 at the top of the home page. 

Jeffrey Bach is already hard at work for your 2014 Golf Outing.  It will be held at Weaver Ridge Golf Club on Monday, August 4.  Mark your calendar today.

Fitness, Health & Wellness Committee: Member Link to Wellness
by Jami Webster Hall, FHW Committee
Does your current fitness regimen include both cardio and strength training? Both are important components especially as we age. To find out why click or copy and paste this link: http://www.livestrongfitness.com/blog/strength-and-cardio-training-should-they-mix/
Save the Date: The 2014 Strides for Justice 5k Run/Walk will be held on September 27, 2014. It’s fun and fitness for a good cause.
Fitness Motivation Quote – “Do it like your life is depending on it.”

Local Continuing Legal Education Seminars
Government & Public Interest Seminar which was cancelled on February 1st due to weather has been re-scheduled for the morning of Friday, May 16, 2014. We also will be holding the Professional Responsibility Seminar that day after the morning seminar. If you are unable to attend the re-scheduled seminar and would like the DVD please contact the PCBA Office (309) 674-6049 or email: pcba@mtco.com.

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 pcba@mtco.com.
March 5:          The New Medical Marijuana Law – Rodney Nordstrom (available on DVD 3/24)
March 12:        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:             Same Sex Marriage Act – Hon. Jerelyn Maher – Class full; waiting list only

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.  Watch your inbox for further information.

Committee Chair Gregory Rastatter reports that Neil Connolly (Murphy & Dunn) and Jason Jording (Jim Kelly Law) have applied for regular membership. Their applications will be presented to the Board in April.

On Wednesday, February 19, 2014, Colette Bailey passed away. She was born on November 4, 1955, in Evanston, Illinois. She attended Our Lady of Perpetual Help High School in Glenview, Illinois, graduated from St. Mary’s University in Minnesota, and received her J.D. from DePaul University, College of Law in 1987. After graduation she moved to Peoria, Illinois where she was a sole practitioner and public defender. Colette served on numerous boards, including the YWCA, the Women’s Fund for the PACF, the Junior League and she volunteered for many other programs. She was named in the 40 Leaders Under 40 in 1995, was also named to the Peoria Chamber of Commerce 25 Women in Leadership in 2000 and she received the Louise Alloy Volunteer of the Year Award in 1998 from WTVP Channel 47. The PCBA has contributed $100 to the Foundation in memory of Colette Bailey.
     The annual Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. in the County Board Room, 4th Floor, Peoria County Courthouse. Family of the deceased will be attending. This is a heartwarming service where members can offer personal memories of fellow attorneys. Those being honored at this years’ service are: James M. Voelker, LeAnna Karnopp Grimsley, Hon. Robert E. Manning, Jr., Charles M. Rock, Dean B. Rhoads and Colette Bailey.

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:

  • 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

Job Shadowing
Eighteen students from both area high schools (juniors and seniors), and the Bradley Pre-Law program enjoyed the day with their assigned attorney.  Special thanks also go to Judge Lisa Wilson and Judge Kevin Lyons for speaking with the students over lunch, and U.S. District Court Judge James Shadid, for opening his courtroom to the students to watch a trial with a pro se defendant. Thanks go to Joshua Herman, PR Chair, and John Heil, Vice Chair, as well as committee member Carol Perkins, for their work on this year’s installment of job shadowing.

Young Lawyers
Although the YLC is busy with Law Day activities, they took time on February 26 to enjoy a unique social time.  One YLC-er wrote:   “I just wanted to applaud Sharbel Rantisi and Dave Wiest (and, of course, Frazier) for orchestrating the enormously enjoyable first-annual Hibachi night. Much fun (perhaps tooooo much fun) was had by all. Nice work!”  If you are a young lawyer, please try to reserve time in your schedule to participate in YLC activities.  As we’ve often been told, the connections made at this point of your career could last a lifetime!

Courthouse News  
Rule 15 Extended Media Coverage and Rule 16 Live Blogging in the Courtroom
Chief Judge Stephen A. Kouri has circulated the new rules regarding media coverage and blogging in the 10th Circuit.  The rules may be viewed and/or downloaded from the home page of the PCBA website, www.peoriabar.org.

Peoria County Pro Bono Plan
By Sandra Crow, Pro Bono Coordinator, scrow@pslegal.org
would like to thank the following attorneys and their staff who have recently closed pro bono cases: Andrew Bell, Kirk Bode (2 cases), Jennifer Bonesteel, Sumner Bourne, Spencer Daniels (2 cases), Theresa Hardesty, Jeremy Heiple (4 cases), Timothy Howard, Alex Ketay, Robert Muir (3 cases), Robert Parker, Michael Vespa, Steven Wakeman and Linda Watson.
Closed Cases
If you have pro bono cases that are ready to be closed, I would ask you get them to me by 3/25/14. The awards are coming up, and I want to make sure that all your hours are considered. Only hours on closed cases are considered. Thank You!
Pro Bono Enters the Technological Age
Prairie State Legal Services and the PCBA Pro Bono Plan are partnering with Illinois Legal Aid Online to bring you pro bono opportunities online. Prairie State will post case-specific opportunities, as well as clinics, trainings and CLE events online at illinoisprobono.org. The PCBA will be posting opportunities for the Expungement Project and the Conflict Panel. You can view these pro bono opportunities through the illinoisprobono.org website or have them delivered directly to you via email.
To receive notice when opportunities are posted online, you must register as a pro bono attorney on http://illinoisprobono.org/. After you register, we will have the ability to email the pro bono opportunities posted on the site directly to your inbox. In addition to a list of pro bono opportunities in your area, illinoisprobono.org has thousands of resources for pro bono attorneys, including a library of legal resources, sample forms, and free online CLEs. This new venture will only work if you take the time to sign up. So please do so as soon as possible. Attorney Michele Miller in the law library at the Peoria County Courthouse has offered to help you with registering. You may call her at (309) 672-6084 and she will be happy to help you. It is a very simple process. Or you may contact Sandra Crow at (309) 621-4005 for further information or for help with signing up. I would appreciate your letting me know that you have signed up.

Campaign for Legal Services Kick-off Luncheon
The Annual Pro Bono Appreciation and Prairie State Legal Services Campaign Kick-Off Luncheon will be held on Wednesday, April 9, 2014 at the Peoria Civic Center from 12:00-1:00 p.m. This year’s Guest Speaker is former U.S. Secretary of Transportation and Peoria native Ray H. LaHood. You may contact Prairie State Legal Services Managing Attorney, Denise Conklin for questions and ticket information at Email: dconklin@pslegal.org or (309) 621-4011.

Other News
Lawyers’ Assistance Program:  On Friday, April 4, 2014 the Joseph R. Bartylak Annual Dinner will be held at The Executive Mansion, 410 E. Jackson St., Springfield, IL. Reception at 6:00 p.m.; Dinner at 6:30 p.m. The Keynote Speaker is Stephen R. Wigginton, United States Attorney for the Southern District of Illinois. The Joseph R. Bartylak Award is being presented to Mark Lee. Tickets are $75.00 per person or a table of eight for $600.00. To make a reservation you may contact www.illinoislap.org or 1-800-LAP-1233.




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