Monday, August 20, 2018


ICC – you are invited to join
COUGAR KARATE!

What: Cougar Karate is a free martial arts club at ICC. Participants will learn Okinawan karate. The club focuses on self-defense and traditional martial arts. It’s also a place for fun, friends, and stress relief.

Who: Anyone at ICC is welcome to join!



When/Where: Every Wednesday beginning August 29 from 3:30-4:30 p.m. in Arbor 112 (Peoria Campus). Jump in any Wednesday. No experience necessary. All are welcome.



Instructor: Classes are taught by ICC Communication Professor Joe Chianakas. Joe is also a fourth degree black belt in karate and has over twenty-five years of martial arts experience.

Questions: E-mail Joe at joseph.chianakas@icc.edu. You can also like our Facebook page: Search for “Cougar Karate Club” or go to facebook.com/cougarkarate

Prairie State Legal Services


Prairie State Legal Services

INTERNAL Job Opportunity Announcement
Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator
Peoria, IL

The Organization
Prairie State Legal Services is a not-for-profit legal aid organization that provides civil legal aid services to the poor, elderly, and people with disabilities. Prairie State has 12 offices serving 36 counties throughout northern and central Illinois. Prairie State focuses services on legal problems that impact the ability of our clients to meet their basic human needs, including physical safety, access to healthcare, adequate housing, and similar needs. It is the only legal aid organization in the majority of its service area. Annually, PSLS handles over 22,000 applications for legal help and serves over 16,000 clients.  We pride ourselves on fostering a work environment that is motivating, collaborative, and fun, with plenty of opportunities for professional growth. More information is available on our website at www.pslegal.org

Job Description
Prairie State has a vibrant volunteer program to supplement the work of its paid staff and the Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator helps set the tone for local volunteer services. The Coordinator is the face of Prairie State to many community lawyers and represents the organization through interactions with various segments of the legal  community.

Responsibilities
Among other duties as assigned, the Volunteer Lawyer Coordinator will:
·         Oversee the administration of the local Volunteer Lawyer Program, under the direction of the Managing Attorney
·         Recruit and retain volunteer attorneys in the office’s nine-county service area
·         Work with  law firms, solo practitioners,  bar associations, and corporate law departments to promote and expand volunteer services
·         Interview  prospective clients, assess eligibility, and evaluate cases for placement with a volunteer attorney
·         Place cases with volunteers in areas of law consistent with PSLS priorities, including housing, consumer, public benefits, and family law
·         Prepare form pleadings and instructional materials for volunteers
·         Manage client files and database records
·         Coordinate pro bono clinics and develop new volunteer opportunities
·         Coordinate volunteer recognition
·         Ensure local volunteers’ work is accomplished in accordance with funder requirements, including regulations of the Legal Services Corporation
·         Represent Prairie State Legal Services on committees with the local bar associations, PILI judicial circuit pro bono committees, and other partner organizations
·         Assist with Campaign for Legal Services in Peoria and Galesburg
·         Assist with outreach and staffing the Peoria County Courthouse Self Help Center

Qualifications
The ideal candidate will be creative, flexible, and self-motivated. Applicants should have:
·         Bachelor’s degree or ABA Approved Paralegal Degree
·         Excellent organization and communication skills
·         The ability to cultivate and maintain strong relationships with program volunteers
·         Demonstrated Interest in and commitment to assisting low-income individuals in the resolution of their legal problems
·         Experience in law office practice or volunteer coordination is desirable. 

While this position does not require a law degree, it is a professional position and we welcome applications from attorneys, paralegals and others with relevant experience. Candidates who are Spanish-English bilingual are preferred.

Salary and Benefits

Full-time position, 37.5 hours per week. Salary starts at $33,800 per year, higher depending upon experience; Excellent comprehensive benefits package including health, dental, retirement, training and education, and generous leave time.

Application Details

Please indicate “Peoria Volunteer Lawyer Program Coordinator” in the subject line and email a letter explaining your interest and experience, resume, and three references to:

·         Director of Human Resources Jessica Hodierne at jkhodierne@pslegal.org
·         Program Administrator Connie Peterson at cpeterson@pslegal.org

INTERNAL applications accepted through August 23, 2018. If you are interested in this position and were out of the office during the time it was posted, please contact Jessica Hodierne at jkhodierne@pslegal.org

Prairie State Legal Services is committed to creating a diverse environment and is proud to be an equal opportunity employer. We recruit, employ, pay, and promote applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, gender, gender identity or expression, sexual orientation, national origin, genetics, disability, age, or any other legally protected status.


Wednesday, August 15, 2018

Clerical Position, Peoria Law Firm

Clerical Position Available:

Dailey Law Center is seeking qualified interns or graduates to interview to fill a clerical position in our downtown Peoria law office.  Applicants must be pleasant, organized, motivated, able to multi-task, detail oriented, and work well with others.  Applicants must have experience with Microsoft Office.  The responsibilities of this position would include, but are not limited to:

·        Receptionist duties (answering multi-line telephones, taking messages, greeting and assisting clients, etc.)
·        Keeping multiple calendars current
·        Filing
·        Typing, copying, and mailing correspondence
·        Preparing other documents as requested

Please send resume and cover letter to daileylawcenter@outlook.com, or by mail to Dailey Law Center, P.C., 124 NE Madison Ave., Peoria, IL   61602.

Friday, August 03, 2018

Do you have an Interest in the Law or a desire to learn more about a Career in the Law?


If so, our Online Introduction to Paralegal course may be for you.

This course introduces the role of a Paralegal in the legal  system with an informative overview of the skills and expectations of this career.

This course is offered Online.  ICC Paralegal courses are unique from other online courses in that each is supported by weekly Podcasts from Professor Tom Higgins. Professor Higgins is also one of the most accessible instructors in an effort to fully support all students enrolled in any of his courses, online, hybrid or traditional.   

While this course has all of the typical expectations (assignments, deadlines, grades), students who recently completed this course with Professor Higgins offered a sincere appreciation for the course design and a method of presentation that allows the student to focus on the primary intent of the course, an introduction to and a better understanding of this career field.​

Classes begin August 20th. Some Seats are still available
Call 309-690-7691 to Enroll
 

Tuesday, July 24, 2018

Tazewell County Consolidated Communications TC3

TC3 is in it’s early stages of formation.
We are seeking to hire qualified persons to serve in positions to support operation, management and technical systems. TC3 is an equal-opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age,  ancestry, generic information, marital status, parental status, sexual  orientation, gender identity and expression, disability, status as a  veteran, handicapped status in employment or the provision of service.
Click on the tabs to the left for information on specific TC3 Job Positions. For those positions that are open, please note the date for the end of the application process. All applications are to be submitted by email to: Apply@TC3-911.org. The required submittals shown in the Job Description are to be attached to the application email in Portable Document Format (PDF) file(s).
You will be notified by email that your application has been received. 

Go to the website @ http://tc3-911.org/html/employment.html

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Legal Assistant Position, Eureka

Legal Assistant Wanted

Legal assistant needed for sole practitioner law firm. 8:30 am to 5:00 pm Monday -  Friday
Must have experience with Microsoft Word, have good organizational skills, be outgoing and work 
well with others.

Send Resume & References to:
Harrod Law Firm, 107 E Eureka, Eureka, IL 61530.
Phone: 309-467-2381

Wednesday, July 18, 2018

The Illinois Central College Paralegal Programs WE are THE Smart Choice! Enroll Today!

We have openings in the Program and we have Jobs out there and waiting. If you live in the Central part of the State of Illinois and you have a passion or desire to work with the law, we have THE program for you.

The Illinois Central College Paralegal programs are the BEST optoins for  Paralegal Education in ALL of Central Illinois.

  • ABA Approved: ICC is the oldest American Bar Association Approved Post Degree Certificate and Associate degree Paralegal Programs in Central Illinois.
  • Affordable: Tuition at other institutions, Private or Public, may be as much as 4 to 5 time more expensive. If you live outside the Peoria area, and many of our students do, it is likely that ICC has an agreement in place to allow for in-district tuition rates. (Carl Sandburg, Heartland, Illinois Valley, Lincoln Land, Spoon River). Our Graduates and our current students come from all over Central Illinois because of the quality, affordability, consistency and convenience of this program.

  • Convenient: The course schedule is as Convenient as you will find from a quality Paralegal program. Five of the Ten paralegal program courses are offered partially or completely online. The remaining Paralegal courses are scheduled both day and evening at the ICC Peoria Campus.
  • Established: Our programs are well established with the people and organizations that employ Paralegals throughout Central Illinois and beyond. Most employers advertise with us and us ONLY. Our Paralegal graduates enjoy some of the Highest Paying and Most Satisfying Paralegal Jobs because they are better prepared than the graduates of other Paralegal programs to earn and keep those positions. Our education and training prepares a graduate to work assisting a lawyer anywhere in the country.  Our graduates can be found working in the corporate headquarters of large corporations such as Caterpillar, State Farm and Walmart and small to very large law firms in Central Illinois and throughout the United States.   
The Illinois Central College 
Paralegal Programs
WE are THE Smart Choice!

View the Fall 2018 Schedule here

Get more information or schedule an appointment to ENROLL today by Contacting the Paralegal Programs Coordinator, Michelle Weghorst by calling 309-690-7691 or send an e-mail to: michelle.weghorst@icc.edu

Part time clerical position in a fast-paced mid-size law firm in downtown Peoria


Part time clerical position in a fast-paced mid-size law firm in downtown Peoria.  The responsibilities would include but are not limited to:

-          Answer phone calls and redirect them when necessary
-          Prepare and disseminate correspondence, memos and forms
-          Develop and maintain a filing system
-          Make travel arrangements
-          Undertake occasional receptionist duties
-          Occasional deliveries in the downtown area

Requirements would include but are not limited to:

-          Familiarity with office organization and optimization techniques
-          High degree of multi-tasking and time management capability
-          Excellent written and verbal communication skills
-          Self-motivated
-          Attention to detail
-          Integrity and professionalism
-          Proficiency in MS Office
-          Proficient typing skills
-          High school diploma

Please send cover letter and resume to the Office Manager, Amanda Campbell at abcampbell@dcamplaw.com or by mail to our address:  401 Main Street, Suite 1600, Peoria, IL 61602

Thursday, July 12, 2018

Jobs - via Peoria County Bar Association

Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Law Office of Patrick Jennetten, P.C., has an opening for a full time legal assistant.  Preferred experience in civil litigation/personal injury of at least one year.  Excellent organizational, verbal and written communication skills required as well as Microsoft Word proficiency.  Competitive salary based upon experience.  Located in downtown Peoria.  Confidential applications can be sent to Law Office of Patrick Jennetten, 316 SW Washington St., Unit 1A, Peoria, IL 61602, or via email at patrick@law-pj.com or facsimile at (309) 966-4872.

Paralegal
Butler, Giraudo & Meister, P.C. seeks to hire a paralegal or experienced legal assistant for a full time position in our Morton office.
Only candidates having at least 5 years of family law experience should apply.  Proficiency with Family Law Software, Word, Excel and Clio is mandatory.  The ideal candidate will be a person with outstanding written and verbal communication skills who has a demonstrated ability to manage a substantial caseload working closely with an attorney, and who is organized and detail-oriented.
To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume which includes your education, work experience in family law and date of availability for employment, and which describes your level of expertise with the identified software.  All applications should be emailed to sbutler@bgmlawyers.com or mailed to 100 S. Main St., Morton IL 61550, and will be held in the strictest confidence.  Thank you for your interest in Butler, Giraudo & Meister, P.C.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Paralegal
Paralegal position available immediately with very busy, fast paced law firm in downtown Peoria specializing in personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and civil litigation.  Candidate must be extremely organized, pay close attention to details, possess initiative, professionalism and have excellent time management skills.  Candidate also must have strong grammatical skills, communication skills and must be computer and technology proficient.  Candidate will be expected to organize and summarize medical records, communicate with clients, counsel and insurance adjusters and prepare written correspondence, pleadings and discovery.  Salary commensurate with experience. If interested, send resumes to pcbaasst@mtco.com with reference number 040518.

Paralegal/Legal Assistant
Elias Meginnes & Seghetti, P.C. is looking to hire a full time paralegal/legal assistant in the corporation/business/transaction area.  Excellent organizational and computer skills are required.   Apply in confidence to the following: John S. Elias, 416 Main St., Suite 1400, Peoria, IL 61602 or by email at jelias@emrslaw.com

Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Legal Assistant (Senior Case Technician) Social Security Administration, Peoria, IL (Closes 7/14)

A great opportunity shared by one of our all time great former students.  

Senior Case Technicians provide legal and technical support to Administrative Law Judges and other technical and professional positions in the processing of entitlement cases pursuant to Titles II, XVI, and XVIII of the Social Security Act, as amended, at the administrative appeals level. Senior Case Technicians are responsible for developing and processing requests for hearing cases from their receipt in the office to completion, independently performing a wide range of case development actions, and processes more complex hearing cases where analysis of pertinent issues and interpretation of the provisions of the laws, regulations, rulings, precedents, policies, procedures and guidelines relative to the cases is necessary.

To find out more to to apply go to:

https://www.usajobs.gov/GetJob/ViewDetails/504415000

Thursday, June 28, 2018

ICC Police Science and Paralegal Professor Gene Culberson's Obituary


EUGENE B. 
CULBERSON 

MELBOURNE - Eugene B. Culberson went to be with the Lord on Friday, May 4, 2018. He was born June 2, 1931, in Portsmouth, Ohio to Gerald and Margaret Culberson. 


He graduated from the University of Florida School of Law and was later awarded the degree of Juris Doctor. He was a fitness enthusiast and a lifelong learner, particularly dedicated to the study of the Bible. 


He served in the United States Air Force during the Korean War. From 1960 through 1970, he was a Special Agent with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, following which he was an Assistant United States Attorney. He settled into his best-loved calling at Illinois Central College, where he taught Police Science and developed that school's Paralegal Program. 


He was preceded in death by his wife of sixty years, Roberta, as well as his twin brother, Grey. Surviving are his brother Gerald Culberson and sister Suzanne Price Powell; two daughters, Bethann (and Michael) Schroeder, and Faith (and Kevin) Hoopingarner. He leaves six grandchildren: Stephen Schroeder, Christine Hackerd, Elizabeth Hall, Katherine Nyman, Meagan Buckingham, and Travis Hoopingarner. 


On Friday, May 25 at 11 am, a memorial service will be held at First Presbyterian Church of Lake Wales, 16 North 3rd Street, Lake Wales, Florida, where Eugene and Roberta were members. 

In lieu of flowers, memorial gifts may be sent to the Lake Wales Care Center at 
www.lakewalescarecenter.com . Online tributes may be posted at www.beachfuneralhome.com .

Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Receptionist/Secretary/Legal Assistant/Paralegal/Bookkeeper Positions

Front Desk Receptionist - PIA office

Murphy & Dunn, P.C., Central Illinois’ largest family law firm, is seeking a full-time Front Desk Receptionist for our Peoria office location.  This fast-paced position requires excellent people skills and multi-line telephone expertise.  Computer competence and the ability to multi-task are required and prior customer service or legal office experience is a plus.
This is an excellent career opportunity for a quick-thinking and motivated office professional to join the area’s premier family law firm.  Our Firm offers a comprehensive employee benefits package and a competitive salary.  You may learn more about our law firm at www.murphy-dunn.net.  For consideration, Interested applicants should submit a cover letter and resume to HR Manager, Teri Dunn @ teri.dunn@murphy-dunn.net
Paralegal

Butler, Giraudo & Meister, P.C. seeks to hire a paralegal or experienced legal assistant for a full time position in our Morton office.
Only candidates having at least 5 years of family law experience should apply.  Proficiency with Family Law Software, Word, Excel and Clio is mandatory.  The ideal candidate will be a person with outstanding written and verbal communication skills who has a demonstrated ability to manage a substantial caseload working closely with an attorney, and who is organized and detail-oriented.
To be considered, please submit a cover letter and resume which includes your education, work experience in family law and date of availability for employment, and which describes your level of expertise with the identified software.  All applications should be emailed to sbutler@bgmlawyers.com or mailed to 100 S. Main St., Morton IL 61550, and will be held in the strictest confidence.  Thank you for your interest in Butler, Giraudo & Meister, P.C.  We look forward to hearing from you.
Paralegal
Paralegal position available immediately with very busy, fast paced law firm in downtown Peoria specializing in personal injury, workers’ compensation, medical malpractice and civil litigation.  Candidate must be extremely organized, pay close attention to details, possess initiative, professionalism and have excellent time management skills.  Candidate also must have strong grammatical skills, communication skills and must be computer and technology proficient.  Candidate will be expected to organize and summarize medical records, communicate with clients, counsel and insurance adjusters and prepare written correspondence, pleadings and discovery.  Salary commensurate with experience. If interested, send resumes to pcbaasst@mtco.com with reference number 040518.
Bookkeeper

Hasselberg Grebe Snodgrass Urban & Wentworth seeks full charge bookkeeper involved in all functions of firm’s finances. Accounting degree preferred and/or previous bookkeeping experience. Salary commensurate with experience.  Major medical insurance, pension plan, paid vacation, paid parking. An equal opportunity employer. Send resume in confidence to Attorney Kenneth M. Snodgrass, 401 Main St., Suite 1400, Peoria, IL  61602.  No calls please.

Part-time Legal Secretary

Immediate opening for part-time legal secretary (job-share position) for two days a week.  Minimum two (2) years experience required.  Knowledge of Microsoft Word required. Knowledge of Juris helpful. Send resume and salary requirements to:  BRIAN J. MEGINNES, 416 Main Street, Suite 1400, Peoria, Illinois  61602.
Paralegal/Legal Assistant

Elias Meginnes & Seghetti, P.C. is looking to hire a full time paralegal/legal assistant in the corporation/business/transaction area.  Excellent organizational and computer skills are required.   Apply in confidence to the following: John S. Elias, 416 Main St., Suite 1400, Peoria, IL 61602 or by email at jelias@emrslaw.com

Tuesday, June 26, 2018

Full-time Paralegal position available immediately!


Full-time Paralegal position available immediately with busy, fast paced law firm in downtown Peoria specializing in civil litigation. Candidate must be extremely organized, pay close attention to details, possess initiative, professionalism and have excellent time management skills.  Candidate must also have strong grammatical skills, communication skills and must be computer and technology proficient.  Candidate will be expected to organize and summarize medical records, communicate with clients, counsel and insurance adjusters and prepare written correspondence, pleadings and discovery.  Salary commensurate with experience. If interested, send resumes to jstieghorst@cassidymueller.com.

Friday, June 22, 2018

The Fulton County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Deputy, Dispatch and Court Security (part-time).


The Fulton County Sheriff's Office is accepting applications for Deputy, Dispatch and Court Security (part-time).

 Applications, along with 3 letters of recommendation, must be submitted to the Fulton County Sheriff's Office, 268 W Washington Ave, PO Box 269,  Lewistown, Illinois 61542, no later than Saturday, June 30, 2018.  Applications are available online at www.fultonco.org or at the Sheriff's Office at the above address between 8:00 a.m. and 4:00 p.m., Monday thru Friday.

 Eligible applicants must be United States citizens, 21 years of age or older (18 or older for Dispatch), possess a high school diploma or equivalency certificate and have a valid driver's license.

NO PHONE CALLS PLEASE

 FULTON COUNTY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY EMPLOYER

Starting Wages:
Deputy Salary Range: $41,142.00, plus benefits.
Dispatch Salary Range:  $34,569.50 plus benefits
Court Security Hourly Rate:  $14.85 no benefits.

Wednesday, June 20, 2018

Center for Prevention of Abuse Duck Race

Our student Tia Howell is selling Ducks for the Center for Prevention of Abuse Duck Race.  We use the Center's resources as we review Domestic Abuse and Domestic Violence in Family Law and our students and faculty have volunteered, supported and worked for the Center over the years. 

Please consider donating to the Duck Race by using this link:
https://www.duckrace.com/peoria/teams/7502/16641

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Expectations of the Law, Student or Practitioner - As offered by Abraham Lincoln the Lawyer

I quote and share portions of the following, attributed to Abraham Lincoln in his years as a successful and ethical Illinois lawyer, a reputation he earned long before he became the 16th President.  I gained my appreciation for Lincoln the Lawyer from many conversations with one of my early mentors, the late Harlington Wood Jr., Judge of the United States Court of Appeals, 7th Circuit from 1976 until his passing in 2008.  Judge Wood was a Lincoln scholar and he always stressed just how relevant this entire passage is to the ethical expectations for the modern lawyer, especially while attempting to meet the business challenges that come with the modern practice of law.   This passage summarizes the preamble and intent of every code of professional responsibility for lawyers.  It is always worth reading and re-reading periodically.  The 5 minutes it will take you to read and then another 15-20 you should set aside to reflect, whether you are a student of the law or a practitioner, is well worth the effort. 

I am not an accomplished lawyer. I find quite as much material for a lecture in those points wherein I have failed, as in those wherein I have been moderately successful. The leading rule for the lawyer, as for the man of every other calling, is diligence. Leave nothing for to-morrow which can be done to-day. 

Never let your correspondence fall behind. Whatever piece of business you have in hand, before stopping, do all the labor pertaining to it which can then be done. When you bring a common-law suit, if you have the facts for doing so, write the declaration at once. If a law point be involved, examine the books, and note the authority you rely on upon the declaration itself, where you are sure to find it when wanted. The same of defenses and pleas. 

In business not likely to be litigated, -- ordinary collection cases, foreclosures, partitions, and the like, -- make all examinations of titles, and note them, and even draft orders and decrees in advance. This course has a triple advantage; it avoids omissions and neglect, saves your labor when once done, performs the labor out of court when you have leisure, rather than in court when you have not. 

Extemporaneous speaking should be practiced and cultivated. It is the lawyer's avenue to the public. However able and faithful he may be in other respects, people are slow to bring him business if he cannot make a speech. And yet there is not a more fatal error to young lawyers than relying too much on speech-making. If any one, upon his rare powers of speaking, shall claim an exemption from the drudgery of the law, his case is a failure in advance.

Discourage litigation. Persuade your neighbors to compromise whenever you can. Point out to them how the nominal winner is often a real loser -- in fees, expenses, and waste of time. As a peacemaker the lawyer has a superior opportunity of being a good man. There will still be business enough.

Never stir up litigation. A worse man can scarcely be found than one who does this. Who can be more nearly a fiend than he who habitually overhauls the register of deeds in search of defects in titles, whereon to stir up strife, and put money in his pocket? A moral tone ought to be infused into the profession which should drive such men out of it.

The matter of fees is important, far beyond the mere question of bread and butter involved. Properly attended to, fuller justice is done to both lawyer and client. An exorbitant fee should never be claimed. As a general rule never take your whole fee in advance, nor any more than a small retainer. When fully paid beforehand, you are more than a common mortal if you can feel the same interest in the case, as if something was still in prospect for you, as well as for your client. And when you lack interest in the case the job will very likely lack skill and diligence in the performance. Settle the amount of fee and take a note in advance. Then you will feel that you are working for something, and you are sure to do your work faithfully and well. Never sell a fee note -- at least not before the consideration service is performed. It leads to negligence and dishonesty -- negligence by losing interest in the case, and dishonesty in refusing to refund when you have allowed the consideration to fail.

There is a vague popular belief that lawyers are necessarily dishonest. I say vague, because when we consider to what extent confidence and honors are reposed in and conferred upon lawyers by the people, it appears improbable that their impression of dishonesty is very distinct and vivid. Yet the impression is common, almost universal. 

Let no young man choosing the law for a calling for a moment yield to the popular belief -- resolve to be honest at all events; and if in your own judgment you cannot be an honest lawyer, resolve to be honest without being a lawyer. Choose some other occupation, rather than one in the choosing of which you do, in advance, consent to be a knave.  - Abraham Lincoln, July 1, 1850

-Professor Tom Higgins