Friday, May 15, 2020

Professor Higgins Traditional End of Semester Message, Rona Edition

My End of Semester message, Rona Edition, is available here:
As the semester winds down, please stay healthy, stay safe and stay in touch.

Thursday, April 30, 2020

Registration for Summer and Fall Paralegal Courses and Fall Paralegal Course Schedule Information

As you know, Paralegal course registration is open for Summer and Fall semesters.  

Please email Paralegal Program Coordinator Peggy Crane at to get registered or to seek admission to our American Bar Association approved Paralegal Programs.  We are OPEN, we are preparing Paralegals.  And we are posting and filling Paralegal Jobs.  

Please be sure you include the following information in your email requests to Peggy Crane:  

Student ID Number
Requested Courses
Phone Number

Summer semester courses are available Online.  

Please read the following information regarding the Paralegal Course Schedule with Covid-19 Adjustments for Fall 2020

As an American Bar Association-approved program, we schedule a certain amount of some of our courses to include synchronous or live class time where students and the instructor are in the same place.  Prior to mid-March of this year, the “place” was a traditional classroom in Poplar Hall at the Peoria Campus of Illinois Central College. 

In an effort to continue the level of quality education employers expect of our graduates and in keeping with the expectations of the ABA, we have modified our fall semester schedule to provide students with the assurance that we will be there for you this fall semester, regardless of circumstances that may be imposed by Covid-19.

You can plan on Prlgl 110, 117, and 260 continuing as wholly online courses.

Prlgl 112, 113, 116, and 215 will continue as “hybrid” courses, with part of the class being completed through Blackboard along with an expectation that you attend face to face, in-class sessions.  Going forward, the “in-class” session will be virtual, with live and interactive video and audio.

Students will be expected to log in and attend one virtual class session per course for each week of the semester. The schedule for these virtual in-class sessions is below.  There are two sessions available for each course, one in the daytime and one in the evening.  You can attend either session any given week depending on your schedule.  But the expectation is that you must attend one of the sessions just as students were expected to attend the on-campus, in-class sessions prior to Covid-19.  

To attend your in-class sessions, you will need to have the ability to be seen and heard through a live video feed via Zoom. You can access Zoom on your computer, tablet, or smartphone.  

Depending on what social distancing guidelines allow us to do for on-campus class sessions, we may provide an opportunity to attend class in person, but, even if we do, we will continue the live video presentation as well.  The reason for this is two-fold.  First, we know we have students and faculty who may have concerns for either their own health or the health of family members.  And second, if we are forced off campus again this fall, this approach allows us to be able to continue these courses without the disruption and anxiety we all endured this past March. 

The "in-class,” live class component will be available at the following times.  The expectation for each in-class session will vary depending on the needs or objectives of each course and the presentation choices of individual instructors.

12-1:30 p.m.
Prlgl 116
Prlgl 112
Prlgl 215
Prlgl 113
6 - 7:30 p.m.
Prlgl 112
Prlgl 116
Prlgl 113
Prlgl 215

Paralegal Opening, Peoria Office of the Guardianship & Advocacy Commission, State of Illinois

Job Title: Paralegal Assistant
Agency: Guardianship & Advocacy Commission
Closing Date/Time: Wed. 05/13/20 5:00 PM Central Time
Salary: $3,727.00 - $5,422.00 monthly
Job Type: Full-Time
Location: Peoria County, Illinois
Number of Vacancies: 1

See the full description and application information HERE

Friday, April 03, 2020

Immediate Opening for a Part-Time Loss Prevention Officer

Immediate Opening for a Part-Time Loss Prevention Officer

Location: Retail Store Pekin, IL

If you have any questions email or call 712-943-1041 or 1-877-809-5880

Job Description:
  • Identify shoplifters thru floor patrol and through the use of Closed Circuit TV
  • Report writing
  • Interacting with local law enforcement agencies as needed
  • Provide court room testimony as required
Ability to read, write and speak English proficiently.
Part-time/ 20 hours per week
$13.50 per hour
Job Requirement:
  • Pre-Employment criminal background and drug screen
  • Ability to sit, stand, and walk for up to 3-4 hours at a time
  • Reliable transportation
  • Ability to communicate clearly and accurately through verbal and written means
  • Ability to write legible, accurate and easily understood reports
  • Must be assertive, yet controlled in dealing with confrontation
  • Must be trustworthy and able to work under little or no direct supervision
  • Attendance for scheduled shifts. Tardiness and absenteeism is not tolerated
  • Previous loss prevention experience a plus, but not a requirement
  • High school diploma or equivalent (minimum)
  • Criminal Justice or related studies a plus
Must be able to obtain state required PERC prior to employment

This is an immediate opening. Paid training will be provided.

1st Class Security is an EEO/AA employer

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Judicial Conference of the United States Approves use of Video and Teleconferencing for Civil Proceedings

Judiciary Authorizes Video/Audio Access During COVID-19 Pandemic

In order to address health and safety concerns in federal courthouses and courtrooms, the Judicial Conference of the United States has temporarily approved the use of video and teleconferencing for certain criminal proceedings and access via teleconferencing for civil proceedings during the COVID-19 national emergency.

Saturday, March 21, 2020

Message from Professor Higgins about Continuation of Spring 2020 Criminal Justice and Paralegal Courses

Message from Professor Higgins about Continuation of Spring 2020 Criminal Justice and Paralegal Courses

In follow up to my previous Blackboard course announcements and emails, please listen to my podcast found here:

Thursday, March 19, 2020

Remote Law Office Management in a Shelter in Place, Covid-19 World

While many law offices, typically larger offices in larger cities, have been moving to more remote work, we haven't seen that as often in Central Illinois.  Now, many of you are forced to move in this direction and quite frankly, I hope you have moved in this direction or you will soon. 

The ABA has a few resources (CLE programs) they are offering, but unfortunately, at this time, those programs are free to members but they are charging $199 for non-members.

Fortunately, there are plenty of good resources available for your review.  I will link some of those resources below.  This first article provides caution and reason to move your office operation to a  remote set up for this current crisis.

As COVID-19 Spreads, How Effective Are Partial and Voluntary Remote Work Policies?

Simply reducing the number of attorneys and staff in office through voluntary and rotational remote work policies is not enough to stem the spread of the coronavirus, but further measures may help.

How New Jersey's Law Firms Are Moving to Remote Work Amid COVID-19 Response

As one firm leader put it, "We have two sacred obligations during this crisis: an obligation to our clients and an obligation to each other and to our families."

More BigLaw firms close or require remote work because of coronavirus threat

What Can Be Learned From 'Virtual' Firms as Coronavirus Necessitates Remote Work?

Brick-and-mortar firms weren't built with remote work in mind, say the leaders of distributed firms, so they face obstacles both physical and cultural as more attorneys log in from home to limit the spread of COVID-19.

Tuesday, March 03, 2020

March Job Listings from the Peoria County Bar Association

Legal Assistant
Goldfine & Bowles is a personal injury law firm looking for an experienced legal assistant.  This individual will have a significant amount of client contact and must be comfortable working and dealing with a variety of individuals.  This position will require organization and attention to detail.  This person will assist in all aspects of the claims process,  including,  setting up claims, ordering and assembling medical packages, and a variety of other duties dealing with personal injuries.  We provide a pleasant work environment and are looking for a long term employee.  Please send inquiries and resumes to or fax to 309.282.2090

Regulatory Compliance CoordinatorCollege of Education and Health Sciences at Bradley University has a position open for a regulatory compliance coordinator. For more information, click here

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Full time legal assistant or paralegal for Peoria area law firm located near Northwoods Mall.  Salary based on experience; emphasis on family law including divorce, custody, maintenance and child support, post-judgment matters, criminal, juvenile and traffic law.   Must be articulate, well organized and able to deal with public.  Duties include answering phones, scheduling appointments and scheduling and noticing up court hearings; processing of files, preparation of pleadings and correspondence, data entry; preparation of discovery requests and responses to same, meeting with clients.  Normal business hours Monday thru Friday.  Position is available to start immediately, if desired.  Please attach a resume including a telephone number and email in your response and best time to call via email to:

4507 N. Sterling Avenue, Suite 301
Peoria, Illinois 61615

Legal Assistant/Paralegal
Peoria law firm is seeking a full time legal assistant/paralegal.  A minimum of 2 years’ experience is preferred but not required.  General secretarial skills required such as Microsoft Word, organizational skills, filing, answering the phone and setting appointments.  Must be interested in learning new skills and possess pleasant and professional demeanor.  A background in Immigration Law is highly desired.  Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to
Case Administrator
The U.S. Bankruptcy Court has a position open for case administrator. For more information, click here.

Legal Assistant
Full time legal assistant for downtown Pekin law office. Minimum 2-5 years of law office experience is preferred. Emphasis on Family Law matters, Bankruptcy, and Immigration. Must be articulate, well organized, and able to deal with the public. Duties include answering the phone, scheduling appointments, processing of files, preparation of pleadings, meeting with clients, scheduling and noticing hearings. Competitive salary and benefits are available. Please attach a resume, include your telephone number in your response, and best time to call. Send resumes to with reference number 120419. 

Real Estate Paralegal – The law firm of Miller, Hall & Triggs LLC is seeking a real estate paralegal to assist in the title department with our extensive real estate practice in both residential and commercial real estate.  This paralegal position will be responsible for real estate title searches, assisting with the preparation of title commitments, preparing closing documents, and attending and completing real estate closings and related loan transactions.  An applicant must be intelligent and detailed oriented, be able to effectivelLegaly and professionally interact with buyers, sellers, and lenders, be able to travel to conduct searches in local courthouses or attend closings outside our offices, and be able to take command at closings to ensure proper and thorough completion of all closing transactions and related matters. Title experience preferred.  If interested, please send a cover letter and your resume to Miller, Hall & Triggs, LLC, Attn: Hiring Manager, by email at or by regular mail to 416 Main Street, Suite 1125, Peoria, IL 61602.

Murphy & Dunn, P.C. is the largest law firm in Central Illinois dedicated exclusively to the practice of family law.  We have two office locations to serve the custody, divorce and family law needs of our clients and continue to grow.  We are seeking a qualified candidate for a full-time Paralegal position in our Peoria office location. This is a fast-paced, career position requiring a knowledgeable paralegal who wants to work directly with a trial attorney and clients to resolve their family law matters.  Paralegal certification is required and prior law office experience is preferred.
If you are a skilled paralegal looking for a rewarding career with the area’s premier family law firm, then this position is for you.  Our Firm offers a comprehensive employee benefits package and a competitive salary based on experience and ability.  You can learn more about our law firm at  For employment consideration, please submit a cover letter and resume to Teri Dunn @

Wednesday, February 26, 2020

Law Podcast and Website Contributor

Professor Higgins is looking for 1-2 Illinois Central College Paralegal alums or students interested in contributing content for a podcast and website intended to present information related to the trends, developments, issues and opportunities in the law and justice systems.

Ideal candidates would be interested in these topics, practiced in this type of research and able to help produce well written and accurate content.

While unpaid, you would be able to add this experience to your resume and you would be acknowledged as a contributor to the podcast and website, promoted as such, and you would have an opportunity to participate in podcast episodes.  

The time commitment is anticipated to be no more than 5 hours per week.   

If you are interested, send an e-mail and resume to Professor Higgins at:  

Tuesday, February 25, 2020

The Deadline to Apply for ICC Schoarships is March 1, 2020.

The Deadline to Apply for ICC Schoarships is March 1, 2020. We have several scholarships you may qualify for so apply TODAY