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Welcome to the Peoria County Bar Association

Special President's Message

What a great October for our Association, from the golf outing (thanks Jason Boucher and fill-in Dave Wiest) to the CareerSpark event at the Civic Center in which the PCBA was the hit of the show! (thanks Carol Perkins and Kate Legge) to the diversity luncheon (thanks Melodi Green and Yolanda Riley) with Judge McDade speaking, to the Tenth Circuit/PCBA/TCBA Pro Bono Recognition night (thanks Kerrianne Waters), the Family Law Section social (thanks Ed Murphy) and the Fall Professional Responsibility Seminar on Implicit Bias/Association (thanks Kate Swise and our 1st VP Aliesha Graves)!  Thanks also to all the other members who helped and/or participated in these worthwhile (and fun) activities! 

Our committees are all very active and doing some great things; we were pleased to hear that the Lincoln Memorial Banquet committee has secured Justice Lisa Holder-White as our speaker for the February 16 event.  She is our new 4th District judge on the Supreme Court, but also a very good speaker and is excited herself to be coming.  Thanks Jim Rochford!  And the CLE Winter Series is falling into place with our usual five seminars after the first of the year (thanks Kate Swise and the individual planning committees), so you can start registering for those learning experiences.  Young Lawyers are well into Project Santa for this year and getting some new members involved (thanks Brad Barber).  And our annual Holiday Party is coming up in mid-December (thanks Dennis Merkley and skit committee), a great time to unwind and have some fellowship and a few (or more) laughs. 

Thanks to all of the Board of Directors for an excellent attendance record at our monthly meetings, so far—let’s keep it up!  And as always, thanks and more thanks to our Executive Director, Stephanie Bitner, who keeps everything running smoothly with a lot of work behind the scenes. 

November and December are a lot less busy on the Association calendar than the past few months, so use some time to get together with family especially at Thanksgiving coming up very soon.  As always, let us know what we can do for you as a member! 


PCBA President,
Michael A. Fleming

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