2014 May LegalEase

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In This Issue

  • 2014 Law Day Luncheon

  • More CLE in 2014

  • Nominating Petition-Director At Large

  • Courthouse News

 Contact Us:

Linda Raineri, Executive Director
110 SW Jefferson Ave., Suite 520
Peoria, IL 61602
Phone: (309) 674-6049
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


Associate Attorney Position 
Faupel Law Offices, Ltd., located in Eureka, Illinoi, is seeking a qualified, energetic candidate to fill an associate attorney position. Applicant should have excellent academic credentials, strong writing and communication skills, and be a motivated self-starter. This is a small-firm environment with a collaborative approach to case management; strong organizational skills are a must. Our practice is general transactional with a concentration in estate planning and business representation. Experience is preferred, but not necessary. Please submit cover letter, resume, references and writing sample to Faupel Law Offices, Ltd., P.O. Box 53, Eureka, Illinois 61530 or e-mail to rmatter@faupellaw.com.

Associate Attorney Positions (2)

Opening for associate attorney with established medium size Peoria general practice law firm.  The ideal candidate will have four or more years of practice experience, preferably with interest or experience 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 resume, cover letter and references in confidence by email to curban@hgsuw.com.

Opening for associate attorney with established medium size Peoria general practice law firm.  The ideal candidate will have two or more years of practice experience, although new graduates will be considered.  Proficiency with law firm software applications preferred.  We offer a competitive compensation and benefits package.  Please send resume, cover letter and references in confidence by email to curban@hgsuw.com.

Attorney Position
AV-rated law firm seeking a litigation attorney with 1-5 years’ experience and a business/transactional attorney with 1-5 years’ experience. Please apply in confidence to Elias, Meginnes & Seghetti, P.C., Attn: John S. Elias, 416 Main St. Suite 1400, Peoria, IL 61602.

Administrative Assistant Position
Peoria County Bar Association is seeking experienced administrative assistant for part-time position as assistant to Executive Director. The position performs a variety of administrative work in planning, coordinating, and directing the activities of the PCBA, and assists with administration of PCBA’s website. Proficiency in office computing systems, including but not limited to Microsoft Office programs, and good communication skills are required. Normal work schedule will be 25-30 hours per week, but flexibility in meeting the needs of a small office is highly desired. Compensation based upon qualifications, parking paid. For more information or to apply, contact Linda Raineri at 674-6049 or pcba@mtco.com.

Legal Assistant Position
AV-rated business law firm in Peoria has an immediate opening for a part-time legal assistant to work afternoons with a possibility of additional hours and/or full-time. At least two years’ experience desirable, but not essential for the right candidate. Top working conditions and competitive compensation. Excellent secretarial and computer skills essential. Send resume in confidence to Elias, Meginnes & Seghetti, P.C., Attn: John S. Elias, 416 Main St. Suite 1400, Peoria, IL 61602.  

Receptionist position available immediately with 4-attorney law firm in downtown Peoria.  Legal experience preferred but not required. Candidate must possess professionalism. punctuality, and people skills.  Typing and computer skills are also preferred.  Please mail resume to:  Stephanie Fiddes, 456 Fulton Street, Suite 222, Peoria, Illinois, 61602, or email to stephaniefiddes@ymail.com.

2014 Directory Changes

Law Firm:

Boucher & Enright n/k/a Robert Boucher, PC, 2710 N. Knoxville Ave. Peoria, IL 61604, Phone: (309) 682-2717, Fax: (309) 681-9328.

Miller & Pugh n/k/a Miller Law Offices, P.C. All other information remains the same

Elias, Meginnes, Riffle & Seghetti n/k/a Elias, Meginnes & Seghetti.  All other information remains the same


Ashenhurst, A. Anthony., UnityPoint Health Law Department, Phone: (309) 999-1532, Fax: (309) 999-1531. Email: Anthony.ashenhurst@unitypoint.org.  All other information remains the same

Enright, Elizabeth A., US District Court, 100 NE Monroe, Peoria, IL 61602. Phone: (309) 671-42364.  Email: Liz_Enright@ilcd.uscourts.gov,

Gates, Robert C., 301 SW Adams St., Suite 700, Peoria, IL 61602, Phone: (309) 676-1381, Fax: (309) 676-0324 Email: Robertgates@ksswf.com.
Gorman, John A., 1110 Jessie St., Washington, IL 61571. Phone: (309) 444-4480.

Morris, Gary L., 214 SW Jefferson Ave., Peoria, IL 61602;  All other information remains the same

Nordwall, Michael A., 914 W. Glen Ave., Suite 2.  All other information remains the same  

Payne, Neil A., 3100 N. Knoxville, Peoria, IL 61603. Phone: (309) 740-9092, Fax: (309) 688-5340.  

Tazewell County

Riffle, Robert M. 133A South Main St. Morton, IL 61550. Phone: (309) 321-8365, Fax: (309) 321-8460

Office Space Available

LeFante Law Offices, P.C, has 2 offices immediately available for sublet on a monthly or annual basis. One office is furnished with an executive desk, has three windows and measures 14.5’ x 9’. Second office is an unfurnished interior office and measures 19.5’ x 13.5’. Internet and fax included. Possibility for shared receptionist. Additional space available for support staff. If interested, please contact Jennifer Anschuetz at (309) 999-1111 for additional information.

Large 19th floor office with long window wall in former Associated Bank Towers for $600 per month. If interested, please call Steve Sutton at (309) 674-7700.

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 would like to thank all those who attended the Law Day Luncheon on May 13.  A special thanks go to retired judge Ann Callis who gave the keynote address.  The Law Day “dream team” was comprised of YLC Chair Sharbel Rantisi, Ashley Miller, Melissa Schoenbein and Monica Kim. At right are Sharbel Rantisi, Ashley Miller and Ann Callis. There were over one hundred and eighty attendees and a great deal of positive feedback after the event.  Congratulations on a job well done! 

Illinois Bar Foundation (IBF) Honors Retired Magistrate Judge Gorman

On Friday, April 4, 2014, the IBF honored Judge Gorman for his work on the Pretrial Alternatives to Detention Initiative (PADI), his service on the Board of the Lawyers Assistance Program, and his continued dedication and contribution to the community.  At right with Judge Gorman is IBF Board member for the Third District Timothy L. Bertschy and IBF President Judge Debra B. Walker.


Schedule of Events and Court Holidays


        7          New Members Luncheon-PCBA Office – by Invitation Only
        8          New Members Reception – Ulrich’s Rebellion Room – 5:00 p.m. 
      13          Law Day Luncheon – Keynote Speaker - Ann Callis – 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- Courtroom 210- 10:30 a.m.
      26          Memorial Day – Courts and Courthouse Closed


        4         Independence Day - Courts and Courthouse Closed
        7         Annual Meeting of the Membership/Installation of Officers-12:00-1:00 p.m. Peoria Marriott Pere Marquette

        4        PCBA Annual Golf Outing – WeaverRidge (August 25 rain date)

Committee Meetings

     5      Noon    Pro Bono-Subcommittee: Divorce Clinic
     6      Noon    Budget Committee (at Heyl Royster) as 12:15
     8      Noon    YLC – Sponsor: Jim Barr, Re/Max and NFP:  Wendy Mitchell from OSF
     9      Noon    Communications & Technology
   12      Noon    Fitness, Health & Wellness
   14      Noon    Pro Bono
   15      Noon    Government & Public Interest
   20      Noon    PCBA Board
   27      Noon    CLE Committee
   28      Noon    PR Committee
   29      Noon    Law Library Committee – Presentation by Scott Hauser, LexisNexis


     3      Noon    Real Property
    10     Noon    Pro Bono
    12     Noon    YLC – Sponsor:Brian Card, Midwestern Securities
    17     Noon     PCA Board
    18     Noon    Diversity Committee
    19     Noon    CLE Committee
    24     3:30 p.m.   Board Orientation-Renaissance Rm, Janssen Bldg.
    26     Noon    Government & Public Interest

Committee Reports

Calling all Committee Chairs!  Please submit your year-end report to Linda by June 17 so they may be compiled for the Annual Report for the July 7 meeting.  Please submit via email:  pcba@mtco.com

Committee Preferences for 2014-15

Included with this newsletter is the committee preferences/information update form for FY 2014-15 and the Director-At-Large Nomination Form. Since this form requires signatures it is not available on our website. Both forms are available at the PCBA office. We ask every PCBA member to fill out the committee preferences sheet each year so we can have an up-to-date list of committees. You may also go to the PCBA website: www.peoriabar.org/form/2014-15-committee-preferences to submit your preferences.

Nominating Petition

Ever wondered what it would be like to sit on the Board of Directors at the PCBA?  Now is your chance to do so.  Complete and return this Nominating Petition to the PCBA to set the process in motion.


Jeffrey Bach is already hard at work for your 2014 Golf Outing to be held at Weaver Ridge Golf Club. The outing will be Monday, August 4, with a rain date of August 25.  Mark your calendar for both dates.

Fitness, Health & Wellness Committee: Member Link to Wellness

By Karen L. Kendall, FHW Committee

Be Good to Your Brain

We all know that regular aerobic exercise make our bodies leaner, fitter, and healthier, but we don’t necessarily think of exercise as being good for our brains. But it is! Greatly so, according to Dr. David Perlmutter, a neurologist, in his well-researched book with an unappealing title: Grain Brain. In his book, Dr. Perlmutter documents how exercise can increase the growth of new brain cells, protect against the risk of Alzheimer’s disease, and reverse memory decline. According to Dr. Perlmutter, exercise “builds a brain that resists physical shrinkage and enhances cognitive flexibility.” (www.Dr.Perlmutter.com) Who wouldn’t want that? So, the next time you are working out, remember that your brain is getting stronger too!

In addition to exercise, a healthy diet, and sufficient sleep, Dr. Perlmutter endorses meditation as a means of promoting brain health and longevity. If you are, like I was, a skeptic about meditation, a gentle and hilarious entrée into that seemingly ethereal realm can be made via Dan Harris’ book, 10% Happier. An anchor of Good Morning America Weekend and co-anchor of Nightline, Dan sought a calming way of dealing with the competitive high pressure of the TV news world. He is a very funny writer and managed, with his wit and good humor, to lead me into giving meditation a try. I like it. You might too. And your brain will thank you.

Now is the time to start preparing for the 2014 Strides for Justice 5K, on September 27!  Questions? Contact Ron Hanna, lenhanna@sbcglobal.net.

Government & Public Interest Law Committee

Nominations Sought for Public Servant Award

Do you know an outstanding leader with a history of service in the public sector? The Government and Public Interest Committee will be recognizing an attorney from the public sector at the Annual Meeting on July 7, 2014.  The Committee is seeking nominations for the Public Servant Award. The Public Servant Award recognizes the positive impact made by our community's government and public interest lawyers.  The Public Servant Award will be presented to an extraordinary individual for outstanding service to the public.  By celebrating the contributions and career of a single lawyer, we also recognize the power of the law in serving the public interest and honor the fundamental values of our legal profession and justice system.  The award honors a licensed Illinois attorney who has provided at least ten years of legal service to an entity that is funded by tax dollars or is otherwise considered a government, academic, or non-profit legal service organization.  The honoree must be a PCBA member who is an outstanding leader in his or her field and follows the highest ethical standards.  The nomination form is attached hereto.  You may also go to our website and complete the Nomination Form online at https://peoriabar.org/form/pcba-public-servant-award. Completed nomination forms must be submitted by June 15, 2014 to the PCBA.

Local Continuing Legal Education

Government & Public Interest Seminar received positive reviews by over 50 attorneys who attended.  If you missed the live seminar, the DVD will be available May 30 and may be purchased online.

May Professional Responsibility Seminar

Kevin Miller has produced a new series of seminars entitled, “Tried and True:  Professional Responsibility in Famous American Trials.”   Response was overwhelmingly positive to this seminar and was attended by over 180 attorneys.  If you missed the live seminar on May 16, the DVD will be available May 30 and may be purchased online.

GAL Training

Judge Maher has announced there will be a GAL training on October 20 and 21, 2014, at Second Presbyterian Church, 313 N. East St., Bloomington, IL.  Further details on speakers and cost are forthcoming.  The course will be approved for GAL credit in the Tenth Circuit.

Committee Chair Gregory Rastatter reports that Cecille A. Martin and Elizabeth A. Pfohl have applied for regular membership.  Lauren Christmas has applied for student membership. Their applications will be presented to the Board in June.

Shown at left are several of our newest members, Kevin Day with Tim Howard and Elizabeth “Beth” Pfohl with Craig Young, who attended the New Members Reception at Ulrich’s on May 8.

Below are the new members and others who attended the New Members’ Luncheon on May 7.  From left to right are Carl Newman, Cecille Martin, Sharbel Rantisi, Elizabeth Pfohl, Greg Rastatter, Dominique Alexandre, Judge James Shadid, Denise Conklin and Jim Kane.


The annual Memorial Service is scheduled for Thursday, May 22, 2014, at 10:30 a.m. in Courtroom 210 of the 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, resolution by Nicholas J. Bertschy; LeAnna Karnopp Grimsley, resolution by Hon. Thomas L. Perkins; Hon. Robert E. Manning, Jr., resolution by Hon. James E. Shadid; Charles M. Rock, resolution by Jeffrey B. Rock; Dean B. Rhoads, resolution by Edward F. Sutkowski; Colette Bailey, resolution by Hon. Kevin W. Lyons; and Richard H. Parsons, resolution by Thomas J. Penn, Jr.

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. One remaining segment: May 1, Employment Matters – Nile Williamson, Presenter.

Courthouse News  

Re: Peoria County Public Defender appointment

Upon expiration of the appointment of the present Public Defender at the close of business on April 30, 2014, the temporary appointment of Peoria attorney Jeffrey L. Flanagan as Peoria County Public Defender shall take effect until further order of the judiciary.

Stephen A. Kouri, Chief Judge

Peoria County Pro Bono Plan

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

We would like to thank following attorneys and their staff who have recently closed pro bono cases:  Angela Evans, Michael Fleming, Robert Jennetten, Casey Kepple, Kevin Lowe, Robert Muir, Jeff Ryva, Steven Wakeman, and Emily Wilburn.


Special thanks to everyone who attended our Campaign for Legal Services and Pro Bono Recognition Luncheon. It is really hard to express how grateful we are to the attorneys who provide pro bono services to our clients.  We are so fortunate in our area to have attorneys who always say “yes,” and always represent our clients fully and thoughtfully.  And as I stated at the luncheon, the paralegals, legal assistants, and other support staff also deserve our gratitude.  They are often times the forgotten heroes.  I know they are frequently the ones who answer the phone calls, deal with frustrated clients, and soothe agitations.  And in many cases, it is those supporting persons who urge their employers to be involved in pro bono.   You make my job easy.

Linda Raineri, Executive Director of the Peoria County Bar Association, was presented with our Joined In Justice Award.  She is the behind the scenes pro bono coordinator and a special friend to Prairie State.  Thank you, Linda.


Congratulations to Attorney Robert Muir, the recipient of the 2014 John C. McAndrews Pro Bono Service Award.  The ISBA has established the John C. McAndrews Award to honor the extraordinary commitment of individuals, bar associations, or law firm/corporate legal departments to providing free legal services to the income eligible in Illinois or expanding the availability of legal services to the income eligible in Illinois.  He will be honored with the award at the ISBA Annual Meeting in Lake Geneva, WI in June.  Congratulations Bob, you go above and beyond every day.

Other News

Lawyers’ Assistance Program (LAP)

Volunteer Training Session: Judge James Radcliffe from the LAP program invites you to attend Loyola University School of Law on June 5, to learn about its services, better understand addiction and mental health issues, and learn how to help colleagues and friends. Space is limited and registration is required.  For more information please contact the LAP office (312)726-6607; email bmclaughlin@illinoislap.org or http://www.illinoislap.org.

49th Annual Illinois Traffic Court Conference
PCBA members Jason Ramos and retired Judge Brian Nemenoff have advised us of this conference on June 5 and 6 at Bradley.  For further information contact Charmin Hibberd at 309.677.3056 or charmin@bradley.edu.



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