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

Thursday, February 20, 2020

Temporary Legal Assistant Position, Peoria, IL

Clerical assistant/legal assistant for litigation attorney. Transcribing correspondence and pleadings, preparing emails, maintaining legal files, and client contact. Part time (25-30 hours a week) and temporary position to fill in for maternity leave. 10-12 week maximum (two weeks of training included). Some knowledge of legal issues helpful. Paid summer internship, if requested. Please contact or call 309-637-8020.

Friday, February 14, 2020

Paralegal, Peoria Law Firm

Peoria law firm seeks paralegal (full-time). Duties include scheduling, preparing documents for attorneys, and professional phone etiquette. The ability to multitask, prioritize and stay organized is necessary. Salary range is negotiable/Benefits. Please forward resumes to .

Tuesday, February 11, 2020

Legal Assistant, Nokomis, Illinois

We are in need for a Legal Assistant to work three to four days per week and eventually five days per week. Salary depends on experience but probably $11.00 to $15.00 /hour.  Below are some of the responsibilities of the position.
  • Answering incoming calls on multi-line phone system; directing calls to the appropriate staff member or scheduling a conference call with the appropriate staff member;
  • Proactively contacting clients, other law offices, the court, and vendors for a variety of reasons;
  • Greeting and welcoming guest and/or clients to the law firm and directing them appropriately; announcing their arrival for meetings; offering beverages; ensuring guests and/or clients feel comfortable;
  • Scheduling appointments for multiple people and sending confirming appointment emails through case management system;
  • Reminding clients of upcoming appointments by telephone and email; ensuring they have all necessary documents prior to appointments;
  • Consistently and accurately performing conflict checks on potential clients through case management systems prior to scheduling consultations;
  • Completing initial intake procedures with potential clients, sending intake emails, and ensuring payment in advance;
  • Following up with new consultations to ensure intakes have been completed and payment has been made;
  • Maintaining office calendar (Google calendar) and ensuring conference rooms are not double-booked;
  • Maintaining multiple calendars and tracking deadlines;
  • Sorting and cataloging email and mail; directing to appropriate office staff;
  • Using the firm’s file protocols and procedures, opening new files and closing completed files.
  • Reading filing material, verifying accuracy; filing and scanning documents into document management system, electronic database, and physical files;
  • Daily maintaining and organization of current files;
  • Preparing pleadings, orders, and correspondences indexes;
  • E-filing documents with the Court and downloading file-stamped documents after clerk’s acceptance (knowledge of Odyssey/Tyler systems is a PLUS);
  • Maintaining front office in neat, tidy, and orderly fashion;
  • Preparing conference room for meetings;
  • Maintaining office supply list and determining when office supply orders are necessary;
  • Signing for packages being delivered, verifying document/items match the delivery, delivering packages to appropriate place/person, keeping the reception area clear of boxes; putting all supply orders away in a timely manner
  • Provide administrative support for legal assistants.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities:
  • Maintaining confidential and sensitive information learned from clients, staff, and other lawyers
  • Significant ability to maintain composure during periods of high stress or conflict
  • Outstanding, professional phone presence with ability to quickly and accurately ascertain the level of urgency of each call
  • Ability to remain calm, kind, and authoritative over the phone and in person
  • Multi-phone systems knowledge
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills, including the ability to give clear written and oral instructions to clients and vendors
  • Excellent organizational capabilities and ability to prioritize deadlines; must be able to effectively organize and prioritize work; must be able to work independently with little to no supervision.
  • Willingness and ability to follow written and oral instructions.
  • Keyboarding skills with an ability to input data with a minimum of 50 wpm.
  • Strong technology skills – including, but not limited to proficiency with:
  • MS Office applications
  • Scanning
  • Adobe Pro
  • Knowledge of basic IT skills
  • Ability to operate photocopiers, digital facsimile, and other general office equipment
  • Tracking billable hours in 6-minute increments; entering all billable hours completed on a given day into the designated timekeeping software the same day
  • Dependable, regular attendance
  • Ability to resolve issues/problems independently
This would be for our Nokomis office at 320 W. Central St., Nokomis, IL 62075.  Resumes can be submitted via email at or

Monday, February 10, 2020

Case Administrator, United State Bankruptcy Court, Peoria, Illinois



Position:  Case Administrator
Duty Station:  Peoria, Illinois
Classification Level: CL 24  
Starting Salary Range:  $38,298 - $44,699 
(Starting salary will depend upon the education, background, and prior work experience of the applicant) 
Posting Dates:              February 10, 2020 - March 10, 2020

Position Overview: 

The Case Administrator manages the progression of bankruptcy cases and related adversary proceedings from opening to final disposition by maintaining the official case records, monitoring the completion of the required procedural steps, verifying the accuracy of documents filed using the CM/ECF (Case Management/Electronic Case Filing) docketing system and performing docketing, file review, noticing, administrative and clerical tasks.   The incumbent reports directly to the Operations Manager.  

Representative Duties:
Informs customers of required fees, receives payments, and issue receipts. Secures funds in cash register and reconciles cash drawer at the end of the day.  Opens cases upon receipt of initiating documents. Receives and reviews incoming documents, both electronic and on paper to determine conformity with appropriate federal rules, practices and procedures. Monitors Daily Activity Report and Deadlines/Hearings Report. Acts as a liaison to attorneys using Electronic Case Filing (ECF).  Assists pro se filers with bankruptcy questions and documents. Staffs the main bankruptcy phone lines and answers public inquiries on case status, availability and location of bankruptcy records.  Prepares and processes notices for mailing or electronic notice. Continuously tracks cases, including relationships of case events and their status.  Reviews and enters orders, including discharge of debtor, and processes for mailing or electronic notice.  Prepares cases for closing and examines files to ensure that all necessary orders are entered and proceedings completed. 
Provides excellent customer service when responding to inquiries on case status, without providing legal advice. Provides information and ECF instruction to outside customers. Tests new procedures and processes to provide necessary feedback.  

To qualify for this position a person must also demonstrate that she/he possesses:
* High level reading comprehension.
* Exceptional organizational skills, particularly priority and time management capabilities.
* The ability to employ critical thinking skills and exercise initiative in handling problems encountered while performing assigned duties.
* The ability to avoid errors while handling large numbers of items during customer service distractions and interruptions. 
* The ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
* Unquestioned integrity and a positive, “can do” attitude.


The applicant must possess a high school diploma or equivalent, a minimum of 2 years of general experience, and a minimum of 1 year of specialized experience. Specialized experience is progressively responsible clerical experience requiring the regular and recurring application of clerical procedures involving the routine use of keyboard skills and use of specialized terminology and demonstrated ability to apply a body of rules, regulations, directives or laws. Such experience is commonly encountered in law firms, banking and credit firms, educational institutions, social service organizations, insurance companies, real estate and title offices, and corporate headquarters or personnel/payroll operations.  


Judicial Branch employees are considered "at will" employees and are not subject to the employment regulations of competitive service. However, Judiciary employees are entitled to benefits similar to those of other government employees including: paid annual and sick leave, ten paid holidays per year, health insurance, life insurance, dental and vision insurance, Flexible Benefits Program, Long Term Disability Insurance, Thrift Savings Plan, participation in the Federal Employees’ Retirement System, flexible work schedule, and a professional work environment.  

Condition of Employment:

Applicants must be U.S. citizens or eligible to work in the United States. A background investigation including fingerprint and criminal record checks will be conducted. Any applicant selected for a position will be hired provisionally pending successful completion of the investigation. Retention depends on a favorable suitability determination. This position is subject to mandatory electronic fund transfer (direct deposit) for salary payment.

How to Apply:

Qualified candidates should submit all of the following documents in one PDF file to with subject line 2020-03 Case Administrator (your name):
1. Letter of interest;
2. Resume;
3. Fully completed AO-78 (Judicial Branch Federal Employment application) which is available from the court’s website at under Court Info ? Employment Opportunities;
4. Three professional references with contact information. 

Please submit all required documents to be considered for this opportunity. An incomplete application package may disqualify an applicant from further consideration. If selected for an interview, participation in the interview process in Peoria, Illinois, will be at the applicant’s own expense. Management may close this announcement at any time. It is therefore recommended that applications be submitted as soon as possible. Due to the expected high volume of applicants for this position, the court will only communicate with those qualified applicants who are selected to interview.  


Friday, February 07, 2020

Medicaid Application Processor - Peoria, IL

Petersen Health Care has been a trusted leader in long-term care since 1974. We offer a variety of positions for health care jobs that feature opportunities to serve the elderly and disabled. These positions feature the area’s most attractive salary and benefits package, including:

· Health Insurance

· Life Insurance

· Vision/Dental Plan

· Generous Vacation plan

· 401(k) Retirement Plan with Company Match

· And More!

Summary of Position:

· Apply for Medicaid on behalf of residents and assist residents and their families throughout the Medicaid application process.

Position requires:

· Preparing and filing Medicaid applications;

· Helping residents and families understand documentation needed to process the application;

· Preparing and filing appeals when Medicaid applications get denied;

· Following up on applications and seeing them through to the conclusion.


· Prior experience with filing Medicaid applications preferred, but not required;

· Strong Computer Skills, able to manage emails, able to use Microsoft Office Products.

· Self Starter with good Written and Verbal Communication Skills

· Ability to Accurately Coordinate Multiple Tasks in a Busy Environment

· Able to Adapt to a Changing Environment

Legal Assistant/Paralegal - Peoria, Illinois

Immediate Opening. Full-time legal assistant or paralegal needed for Peoria law firm located in Junction City. Salary based on experience; emphasis on personal injury and workers’ compensation matters. We are looking for a motivated, dependable, well-organized team player who is able to multitask. Please submit a cover letter, resume, and references to:

Thursday, February 06, 2020

Regulatory Compliance Coordinator

College of Education and Health Sciences - Regulatory Compliance Coordinator

The College of Education and Health Sciences invites applicants for the full time, 12-month staff position of Regulatory Compliance Coordinator. The position is responsible for maintaining compliance with state and federal regulations and approvals for offering Distance Education programs across the country and reports to the Dean of the College of Education and Health Sciences.
Essential duties and responsibilities include the following:
  • Maintain current knowledge of state and federal regulatory agency rules and regulations related to Distance Education through the study of existing and new legislation and regulations
  • Communicate and maintain working relationships with state and federal regulatory agencies
  • Organize and interpret regulatory report data
  • Inform the appropriate College administrators of changes in state and federal laws and regulations related to Distance Education
  • Coordinate and organize information in support of ongoing state and federal regulatory compliance, which includes preparation of state reports
  • Obtain and maintain authorizations or exemptions, including maintenance of NC-SARA agreement provisions
  • Coordinate clinical contracts and agency agreements for student placement
  • Research and analyze requirements and regulations for potential new programs
  • Other duties as assigned
The successful candidate will have strong research and analytical skills with attention to detail and the ability to assess and prioritize work under moderate supervision. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the following areas: contracts, legal, regulatory, compliance, and credentialing. Ability to communicate effectively with the administrative team is essential.
Bachelor’s degree preferred; paralegal experience or other related experience may be considered.
Qualified candidates should submit a letter of application addressing the qualifications of the position, resume, and complete contact information for three professional references electronically to:
Dr. Peggy Flannigan
Search Committee Chair
Associate Dean for Distance Education

Wednesday, February 05, 2020

Apply for the Summer Criminal Justice Internship

Attention: Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement and 911 Students
Apply to participate in the
Criminal Justice Internship
Summer 2020
*This course is required for Law Enforcement and 911 students and it is the course Criminal Justice students rate as their most rewarding and favorite elective course.

Attend one of these meetings to learn more and begin the application process for this Internship opportunity.

East Peoria Campus
Tuesday Mar 3 @ 12:30 pm TC214
Poplar Hall, Peoria Campus
Tuesday Mar 3 @ 12:30 pm P127
Wednesday Mar 4 @ 12:30 pm P108
Thursday Mar 5 @ 5:30 pm P108

To be eligible, CRJ and LE students need to complete CRJ 110 and 911 students need to complete CRJ 110 and CRJ 190 by the end of Spring semester.
Contact Professor Higgins at:
or Professor Graff at

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Paralegal, City of Champaign

The City of Champaign seeks experienced candidates for the position of Paralegal in the Legal Department.  In this position, you will join an in-house legal team that works closely with all City Departments in a wide variety of legal areas. The City has a Council-Manager form of government. This is a part-time, 20 hour per week position.

Responsibilities of Position
Responsibilities include case management, analyzing case fact situations for legal issue identification, complaint drafting, development of legal strategy, and preparation of citizen, staff, and police witnesses for civil cases and ordinance violation cases.  Frequent contact with citizens, attorneys, police and court personnel will be required.  Must be able to manage cases, work independently, and interact with a variety of personalities.  Assists in supervising law clerks as required to meet needs of prosecution effort and legal research.  The Paralegal will share responsibility for managing ordinance violation and building/property maintenance cases and drafting pleadings and court documents related to the same.

Required Qualifications
• Certificate from ABA approved Paralegal Program or a Degree in Legal Studies or a Bachelor’s Degree and three years of experience as a paralegal or an equivalent combination of education and experience. 
• Superior interpersonal, oral, and written communication skills.
• Legal research experience, including excellent writing skills.
• Experience utilizing common computer assisted legal research software applications.
• Experience in interacting with witnesses, victims, and defendants and preparing them for legal proceedings.
• Must possess excellent coordination and communication skills and be able to manage cases.

Preferred Qualifications
• Physical ability to perform tasks required.
• Working knowledge of civil procedure.
• Knowledge of local court rules and procedures.
• Experience in state and federal electronic court filing.

Drug screening and criminal background check will be required. The annual starting salary range is $31,327 – $35,663, DOQ, plus an excellent fringe benefits package.  Applications, including cover letter and one professional writing sample that demonstrates analytical skills, must be submitted online to no later than Sunday, February 9, 2020. 

The City’s mission is to provide responsive, caring, cost-effective service in partnership with our community. The following values guide our work: Personal Integrity, Responsibility, Respect, Teamwork, Results.  The City of Champaign is committed to promoting a work environment and a community that values and supports diversity and inclusion.

To apply, visit the City’s Jobs Page at  

Research Assistant/Student Producer for Law Podcast

Professor Higgins is looking for 2 Illinois Central College students familiar with finding legal news and doing basic legal research in Nexis-Uni and other libary resources to serve as research assistants and content producers for regular law-related podast.  This podcast will present news related to new legal developments and promote or discuss developments, trends, issues and opportunities in law and justice, including the careers supported by our ICC programs.  It is anticipated that these podcasts would be published on the first Friday of each month, with Special Report podcasts as news or current events dictates.

Ideal candidates would be diligent, detail-oriented and have a history of meeting deadlines. While unpaid, the students would be acknowledged as contributors to the podcast, promoted as such, and be invited to participate as guests on some episodes.  

1 position will focus on Criminal Law, Procedure and Evidence

1 position will focus on areas of Civil Law, with a focus on Family law, Probate, Business Organizations and Administrative law.

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

Interested students should send an introduction and notice of interest and resume via e-mail to Professor Higgins at:  

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Full-time Paralegal, Peoria, Illinois

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

Paralegal a Very Vital, Sustainable Wage, Career Opportunity in Central Illinois

A recent Forbes article titled "Here's How Much Money Paralegals Make in Every State" emphasizes what Paralegal Educators know and discuss regularly as the status for this career on a national and regional basis.  This career opportunity remains vibrant and vital in Central Illinois, the State of Illinois and throughout the United States.

The Oxford Dictionary defines Vitality as: the state of being strong and active; energy.

We have a "Program Vitality" process at the college.  Certain programs and courses of study are put through an analysis centered on instructional costs.  Our Paralegal program has consistently been reviewed in this process.  It has never been a question of whether we have a strong, active, energetic and quality program.  But as circumstances in Illinois and internally have changed and enrollment numbers across the board have declined, the costs of providing this and other programs versus the value of providing these opportunities to our community college district and our region continues to be an ongoing concern. 

In our case, the Value and Investment in providing this program outweigh concerns over the Cost and we continue to request assistance towards marketing the program, re-establishing agreements with surrounding community colleges in our region and generally increasing enrollments to match the needs of employers.

Currently, we list more jobs than we can help fill with Students and Graduates.

The focus of the Forbes article is Paralegal salary averages by state and it references and links the Bureau of Labor Statistics projections that show growth in the field.  Salary averages for Illinois Paralegals rank 11th nationally.  These figures are somewhat inflated by the Chicago area but downstate and regional Paralegal salaries, benefits and working conditions are very good and always improving. 

"There is a ton of paperwork and fact-checking that needs to be done in a law office on a daily basis. That’s where paralegals and legal assistants come up big. Paralegals assist lawyers by investigating facts, preparing legal documents and researching legal precedent, among many other tasks. Being a paralegal has been a popular job in the United States, especially as part of a road toward becoming a lawyer. Employment numbers have been increasing for paralegals and, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics’ (BLS) Occupational Outlook Handbook, employment of paralegals is projected to increase much faster than average, with approximately 39,000 paralegal jobs being added from 2018 to 2028, an increase of 12%.
Using occupational data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics, we've analyzed and compiled a round-up of the average paralegal salary by state in the U.S. Read on for a full breakdown of where paralegals make the most money, and where they're making the least."
Read the full article here:

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

Presentation on Family Terror Networks

Illinois Central College and the Peoria Area World Affairs Council (PAWAC) will host Professor Dean C. Alexander on Thursday, January 30 in Hickory Hall on our Peoria Campus for a provocative discussion of family terror networks. Alexander is the Director of the Homeland Security Research Center at Western Illinois University and author of the book Family Terror Networks. There is a dinner beginning at 5:45 with the talk at 7 p.m. You can register to attend both the dinner and the presentation or attend only the presentation. 

The last day to register for this event is this Saturday, January 25th.
Register online at:

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Immigration Paralegals - Normal and Champaign, Illinois

The Immigration Project is looking for motivated and passionate new members to join our team!

Intake Specialist (Part-time)
Immigration Paralegal
Community Navigators Manager

Immigration Paralegal
AmeriCorps VISTA: Development and Volunteer Coordinator

Help provide the immigrants of downstate Illinois with affordable access to immigration legal services. 

Friday, January 10, 2020

Paralegal, Peoria Law Firm

Elias, Meginnes & Seghetti, P.C., AV-Rated business law firm, seeks experienced legal assistant/paralegal for their business litigation division. Individual must be self-motivated with good attention to detail and ability to multi-task.  Duties include electronic court filing, scheduling, legal document preparation, legal research, discovery, and assisting attorneys with a variety of other case matters.  Civil litigation experience a plus.  Candidates should email cover letter and resume to Janaki Nair at