Wednesday, February 14, 2018

Paralegal Opening, Peoria Law Firm

Paralegal opportunity in Peoria. Will be working directly with one attorney in a worker's compensation and personal injury law firm. Candidates must have 0-10 years of Law Firm experience.

-Deliver premier quality legal support to the Attorney
-Share, coach, and lead other Paralegals and Support Staff
-Follow guidelines, principles, and Company compliance
-Research, provide documentation, maintain documents, update dockets and great computer skills
-Be able to do dictation, organize files, medical records and bills, and communicate with medical providers

-Highest level of personal and written communication
-Balance workloads and always meet or exceed deadlines
-Must be able to handle a high volume case load
-Demonstrated expertise in multiple areas of Law
-Be a conflict resolver and calming influence for the team

Please send resume to

Monday, February 12, 2018

Part-time Paralegal or Legal Assistant, Peoria, Illinois Law Office

Part-time paralegal or legal assistant wanted.  Schedule is flexible.  Position is for a single attorney who practices in the following areas: personal injury, criminal, family law, estate planning, and probate.  Responsibilities would include accepting client and potential client phone calls, scheduling, drafting letters and pleadings, organizing files, electronically filing pleadings, billing clients, and research. Competitive wages.  Must be willing to learn or be proficient with Microsoft Office. 

If you are interested, please send your resume to  

Friday, February 09, 2018

Real Estate Legal Assistant/Paralegal, Peoria, IL

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

To provide general secretarial support to assigned attorneys
Prefer Real Estate Experience

Varied responsibilities in the areas of estate planning and administration, real estate and business law. Duties include file maintenance; scheduling; maintaining calendars; client contact and correspondence; time entry; billing; periodic switchboard and other duties as assigned.

Position requires strong work ethic, ability to complete multiple tasks in a timely manner, and ability to communicate effectively with Attorneys, clients and staff.

Hours are Monday thru Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with one hour lunch

Email resume to:

Monday, February 05, 2018

More Jobs!!!

Receptionist/Secretary/Legal Assistant/Paralegal Positions/Bookkeeper

Mortgage Loan Closer
Hometown Title, Inc. is seeking a mortgage loan closer in their Morton location.  Experienced preferred.  Applicant must have strong math, organizational and people skills.  Salary based on experience and a benefit package is available  Please send resume to
To provide general secretarial support to assigned attorneys, prefer real estate experience. Varied responsibilities, including file maintenance; scheduling; client contact and correspondence; time entry; billing; periodic switchboard and other duties as assigned. Position requires strong work ethic, ability to complete tasks in a timely manner, and communicate effectively with attorneys, clients and staff. Hours are Monday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. with one hour lunch. Email resume to

Full-time receptionist needed. Please submit resume to

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
ParalegalImmediate opening for a Paralegal part-time or full-time. Some experience required, must be dependable, and be able to multi task. Please send resumes to
Legal Assistant (Full or Part-time):
Full or part-time experienced legal assistant with top secretarial skills needed. Submit resume, including references, to: Jerold I. Horn, 401 Main St., Suite 1650, Peoria, IL 61602, by email at or by fax at 309-676-2779.

CIPA Meeting!

CIPA Colleagues:
Please mark your calendars for Tuesday, February 13, 2018, and plan to attend our monthly meeting. The meeting will be held at Illinois Central College – North Campus, 5407 N. University Street, Peoria. It will take place in Poplar Hall 130.
Sandwiches will begin at 5:30 pm, provided by ICC, with our speaker presenting at 6:00 pm.
Our featured speaker is Todd Brannon. Todd serves as Corporate Counsel in the Mergers & Acquisitions group of Caterpillar Inc.  He has been a commercial attorney for over ten years, having practiced at Caterpillar for the past five years and at a regional corporate law firm in Dayton, Ohio prior to that time.  Before attending law school, he was a Certified Public Accountant working as an auditor for Deloitte.  He holds a JD degree from the University of Dayton as well as a Masters of Accountancy and B.S. in Finance and Accounting from Miami University (Oxford, Ohio).
Todd will be discussing issues in attorney-client privilege from a corporate perspective. He will address key issues that should be considered when determining whether an attorney-client communication is protected by privilege and other practical considerations to be aware of when interacting with clients.
One hour of CLE will be afforded.
Please RSVP to the CIPA mailbox  on or before Friday, February 9, 2018.
**Please DO NOT respond to Illinois Central College.  All reservations must be sent to the CIPA mailbox.
Please plan on joining us for this wonderful presentation and the opportunity to network with your peers!  
We look forward to seeing you on Tuesday, February 13, 2018!
Thank you!
Central Illinois Paralegal Association
PO Box 1948

Bloomington, IL 61702

Application Meetings Set for the Summer Criminal Justice Internship Course

Enroll in the
Criminal Justice Internship
(Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, and 9-1-1 Dispatch)
for Summer 2018

This is the course Criminal Justice student’s rate as their most rewarding and favorite elective course. 

Find out more and APPLY for your opportunity to complete this valuable internship course by attending one of two meetings scheduled on:

Monday March 5th Noon P104
Tuesday March 6th 5:00 pm P134

Students must attend one of the two meetings available on March 7th.  Enrollment is limited.  Interested CRJ and LE students should have completed a minimum of CRJ 110 and CRJ 225.  Interested 9-1-1 Students should have completed a minimum of CRJ 110 and CRJ 190.

See or contact Professor Higgins or Professor Graff for more details.

Thursday, February 01, 2018

Paralegal wanted for family law firm!

Paralegal wanted for family law firm. Positive attitude and ability to work in a fast-paced, high-stress environment with lots of client contact & case management responsibilities essential. Necessary skills include math; legal research; processing of discovery, pleadings, and correspondence; and a high degree of competency working with computers. Salary based upon level of experience. Great benefits package. Send resume and references to Susan at Ronda Glenn Law Offices, 221 East Front Street, Bloomington, IL  61701. No phone calls, please.

Thursday, January 25, 2018

Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Paralegal / Legal Assistant

Whitney & Potts, Ltd. seeks an experienced and qualified full-time paralegal / legal assistant.  Must have excellent communication, organization, and computer skills and must be dependable and able to multi-task.  The firm offers paid vacation and holidays, retirement benefits, and health insurance, if needed. Please forward your resume, cover letter, and references to: Attorney Stephanie Schmieg, Whitney & Potts, Ltd., 118 W. Main St., PO Box 368, Elmwood, IL 61529 or by email to

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

Wednesday, November 29, 2017

The Peoria Police Department is now accepting applications with positions available.

The City of Peoria is now accepting applications for the POLICE RECRUIT APPLICANT PROCESS! Click on the link for more detailed information:

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

The Supreme Court of Illinois Amends Rule 23, clarifying "What" can be Unpublished, not necessarily clearing up the confusion of Why we need to continue to Deal with the "Unpublished" Dilemma

from Professor Tom Higgins
Understanding what an “Unpublished” decisions is in Illinois or more importantly why we even have “Unpublished” decisions in Illinois has been a struggle for practitioners as well as Legal Research faculty and students.  The reality is that since 2011 Unpublished decisions were very much Published.  As a result, I have taken the position of Morris Lane Harvey in the Illinois Bar Journal article titled Let’s Get Rid of Rule 23 Orders in any conversation or class presentation I have had on this topic.  For many years now have I have argued that the adoption of the public domain system in 2011 should have allow the often mysterious or inconsistently designated  Rule 23 (e) Order decisions to be used as “persuasive authority”.  You can read the IBJ article here:

The Amended Rule 23 as filed by the Supreme Court of Illinois today doesn’t get rid of the 23 (e) dilemma.  It does, however, provide better guidance to the Appellate Courts and arguably provides expectations for practitioner as to what decisions would be appropriate for such Orders.   

We shall see how this plays out in practice and it will be interesting to see if the number of cases currently tagged “Unpublised” actually changes.  Regardless, for my current or former students, the Rule can be found here for your reading pleasure.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Part-time paralegal position open at solo firm!

Part-time paralegal position open at solo firm.  An American Bar Association Approved Paralegal degree or post-degree certificate required.  Candidate should be able to work independently, have strong research and writing skills and able to communicate effectively with clients.  Firm handles a variety of practice areas including insurance defense, family law and estate work.  Pay commensurate with experience.  Please send resume with confidence to

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

THE Paralegal Program for Peoria, East Peoria, Pekin, Galesburg, McComb, Rock Island, Lasalle-Peru, Ottawa, Pontiac, Champaign, Bloomington, Lincoln and everywhere in between!

The Illinois Central College Paralegal programs are the only Paralegal Education choice for residents in ALL of Central Illinois.

  • ABA Approved: ICC is the ONLY community college offering American Bar Association Approved Post Degree Certificate and Associate degree Paralegal Programs in all of 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. Our Paralegal graduates enjoy some of the Highest Paying and Most Satisfying Paralegal Jobs because they are more prepared than the graduates of other Paralegal programs to earn and keep those positions. This education and training prepares a graduate to work 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 Spring 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:

Monday, November 13, 2017

Family Law Paralegal - Bloomington/Normal Office

We need a full time Paralegal or Legal Assistant for our Bloomington/Normal office located at 328 Susan Drive, Suite 200, Normal, Illinois 61761. Experience preferred. Family Law experience a huge plus. Salary negotiable based on experience. Excellent benefits package. We are the largest divorce, custody and family law only law firm in Central Illinois with seven attorneys, nine paralegals and two office locations in Peoria and Bloomington/Normal. Please send your resume and cover letter to and provide your qualifications, availability, salary range request and any family law experience information you have. Thank you. See also our web site at for more information about our law firm.

CIPA Scholarship Award Recipient Announced!

The Central Illinois Paralegal Association (CIPA) is pleased to announce that Illinois Central College Paralegal Student Samantha Gudat is the winner of a $500 scholarship. CIPA is a National Association of Legal Assistants (NALA) affiliate, and is made up of paralegals who wish to advance the paralegal profession.  Congratulations Samantha Gudat!