Tuesday, January 16, 2018


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have good organizational skills, be outgoing, and work well with others.

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Essig Law Office
135 Washington Square
Washington, IL   61571
Fax 309-444-1916

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: http://www.peoriagov.org/internal-applications/

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: https://www.isba.org/ibj/2017/01/letsgetridofrule23orders

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 bdunlap@dunlapfirm.com.

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: michelle.weghorst@icc.edu

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 gedwardmurphy@murphy-dunn.net and provide your qualifications, availability, salary range request and any family law experience information you have. Thank you. See also our web site at www.murphy-dunn.net 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!

Friday, October 27, 2017

Paralegal wanted for family law firm in Bloomington!

A small family law firm in Bloomington, Illinois has a full time paralegal position to fill. 

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.

We would also prefer applicants whose educational background includes a 4-year degree. 

Monday, October 23, 2017

Sign up for THE EVIDENCE COURSE at Illinois Central College, A VERY SMART CHOICE!

How do you expect to be able to work effectively in the law as a Paralegal or in Criminal Justice as a Police Officer without understanding how EVIDENCE can be lawfully discovered, obtained, gathered, kept, processed or presented in Court?

You owe it to yourself to know what the LAW expects of you in your CAREER regarding the one thing that transcends and impacts all areas of our LAW and JUSTICE systems uniformly, EVIDENCE! 

Be sure to Sign up for the SPRING semester version of CRJ 230 Criminal Procedure and Evidence, a completely online course that will provide you with one of the most important foundational blocks for your CAREER.

Thursday, October 19, 2017

The Illinois Central College Paralegal Programs are THE SMART CHOICE . . . Enroll TODAY!

The Illinois Central College Paralegal Program is the “oldest” American Bar Association approved Paralegal degree program in all of Central Illinois. ICC offers both a two year degree and a Post Degree Paralegal Certificate for persons who hold another two or four year degree.

True, other options for an American Bar Association approved Paralegal Education exist in Central Illinois.  But . . . look closely at those other options and consider three very important factors: Cost, Availability of Courses and Quality of Instruction.
  • ·       Tuition at Illinois Central College is as much as 66% LESS than some other programs may charge for a two-year degree and even less for Post Degree Certificate students.   
  • ·       We offer multiple sections of courses, in traditional, online and hybrid formats each semester.   
  • ·       Our courses are taught by a well established faculty made up of trusted, local Lawyers and Paralegals. 
  • ·       And we boast generations of Employed and Successful Graduates working in: law offices, large and small; courthouses, State and Federal; along with the largest corporations in 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: michelle.weghorst@icc.edu

Wednesday, July 26, 2017

So you want to be a Police Officer . . .

Illinois Central College offers a Certificate in Law Enforcement

The mission of our Law Enforcement Certificate is to provide specific education for individuals who intend to seek employment with a police agency.  This certificate is an ideal opportunity if:

·      You have earned your Bachelor or Associate degree, including a Criminal Justice degree or a degree in any other field or discipline and you plan to seek a position in policing;
·      You are currently enrolled in a Bachelor or Associate degree (including a Criminal Justice degree) and you want to enhance that degree and expand your career opportunities in policing with this Certificate; and especially if
·      You are a recently discharged Veteran intending to seek employment with a civilian police agency.

Stop, Frisk, Arrest, Use of Force, Search, Seizure, and all of the Law related to how Police must act while serving and protecting the public is provided in detail in this program.

How police departments operate, budget and set policies is covered in detail in this program. 

In a nut shell, this program prepares you for the realities of a career in policing and it allows you to be better prepared to seek, earn and have a successful career serving and protecting the public as a police officer.

See the program courses and requirements here: https://icc.edu/academics/catalog/certificate/?prog=Law%20Enforcement%20Certificate

To get enrolled or to find out more contact Michelle Weghorst at 309-690-7691 or email: michelle.weghorst@icc.edu.