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Welcome to the Peoria County Bar Association

Special President's Message

Hi members!  I hope that you can get outside and enjoy the sun now that we have sprung forward and perhaps winter’s grip is loosening.  It is so nice not to head home after work in the dark!

Law Day 2022

Law Day is around the corner.  This year’s theme is “Toward A More Perfect Union:  The Constitution In Times of Change,” and the speaker is Gregory K. Harris, United States Attorney for the Central District of Illinois.  I hope that you all can join us in celebrating Law Day 2022 in person.

I had the privilege of reviewing essays submitted by 5th through 8th grade students for the essay contest.  These kids are paying attention to the world around them and are forming opinions!  Their essays discussed issues from the First Amendment to how the Supreme Court members use the law as both sword and shield.  This generation has opinions, and it is so exciting to see them take interest in these very important issues.  Thank you to all of the volunteers who participated in the school presentations and other activities leading up to Law Day!  And a special thank you to Kevin Sheahan, president of the YLC, and Brad Barber, chair for Law Day for their work on this event!

Memorial Service

The Annual Memorial Service for our PCBA members is scheduled for May 26, 2022 at 2:30pm in Courtroom 210.  Please join family, friends, and colleagues as we all pay respects and remember those members who have passed away in the last year.  While the occasion is solemn, it is uplifting to hear about the accomplishments of those being honored, and, more importantly, the friendships that they formed with their colleagues and the memories that they leave behind.

Member Benefits

The deadline for reporting compliance with the Illinois continuing legal education requirements for those with last names in the first half of the alphabet is approaching.  While you have until the end of June to obtain all of the hours that you need, don’t wait until the last minute!  Check out the CLE offered by the PCBA, including the free, members-only Brown Bag seminars which have been recorded over the past two years.  Please take advantage of this member benefit for approximately nine CLE hours that are free to members and review the course offerings to find other low-cost CLE that is relevant to your practice in Peoria and the Tenth Judicial Circuit. 

If you have any questions, or if you have any suggestions for the bar association, please do not hesitate to contact me.  I hope you have a wonderful month! 



PCBA President,

Emily H. Wilburn

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