Mark Churchill, RICO Secretary 309-762-3643 [email protected]

Fall CLE Seminar & Happy Hour Meeting

October 14, 2019
Hyatt Place 111 Bend Blvd, East Moline, IL 61244



CLE Check In: 9:00-9:30 a.m.
Lunch: 12:00 p.m.
Happy Hour Bar Meeting in the River Room: 5:00 p.m.
RICO Bar Composite Photos 2:00-6:00 p.m.

Approval Pending for 5.25 Hours of CLE Topics (Including 1 Ethics Hour & 1 Diversity & Inclusion Ethics Hour)


Registration Information

5.25 hours of Illinois MCLE and Iowa CLE credit applied for;
including 1 Ethics Hour and 1 Diversity & Inclusion Ethics Hour

Seminar registrations fees are: $90 Members, $120 Non-members


Timed Agenda

9:00am – 9:30am Registration and Check In
9:30am – 10:15am Rock Island Residential Real Estate Basics & Purchase Agreement Jen Kincaid, Pepping, Balk, Kincaid & Olson, Ltd.

Brent Bogen, Katz Nowinski

10:15am – 11:15am Planned Giving and the 2017 Tax Update & Update on Conservator/ Guardianship Anne Calder, Hap Volz

Quad City Community Foundation

11:15am – 11:30am Break
11:30am – 12:15pm 2019 Civil Case Law Update JohnPatrick Brown,

Nash Nash Bean & Ford

12:15pm – 1:15 pm Lunch (provided)
1:15pm – 2:15pm Pro Bono Primer Elizabeth Boe

Public Interest Law Initiative



2:15pm – 3:00pm


Recreational Marijuana: Issues for Illinois Employers

Daniel Hardin

Bozeman, Neighbour, Patton & Noe

3:00pm – 3:15pm Break
3:15pm – 4:15pm Diversity & Inclusion: Increasing Diversity within the Legal Profession Christopher Pickett

Presented in Partnership with the Illinois State Bar Association (Pre-recorded)


(Ethics – Diversity Hours)



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2019 Dues Notice

Annual membership dues for 2019 in the amount of $90.00 are due and payable now.

New Members: If you are not a current member of the Rock Island County Bar Association, click here to join.

Existing Members: You can pay online by clicking on the Paypal button below (accepts debit and all credit cards), or  Pay By Mail to print a statement and mail your check to the Association’s Post Office Box.


Pay by Mail:

    1. Download the 2019 Annual Statement Form and fill in your name.
    2. Include a check for the Membership Dues if applicable.
    3. Mail to: “RI County Bar Association, Mark Churchill, PO Box 3825, Rock Island IL 61204-3825”

Pay Dues Online:

If paying for multiple attorneys, you can choose quantity upon checkout and add their names in the Notes section.

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If you have been in practice for more than 3 years, your dues are $90.00.

New Members:
If you have been in practice for less than 3 years, your dues are only $45.00.

According to the Bylaws of the RI County Bar Association, “All Judges of Courts of Record holding Court in the County of Rock Island, but not residing therin, shall be deemed honorary members of the Association during incumbency” and an honorary member is not required to pay annual membership dues. If this bylaw provision applies to you, please disregard this statement.

If you have been in practice 50 years or more, you are exempt from paying dues.

CLE Seminar

January 5, 2018


WIU-Riverfront Room 111
$100 for non-members, $75 for members

11th Hour CLE Spring Seminar – Enroll Online

Continuing Legal Education Seminar
June 16, 8-4:30 pm – WIU QC Riverfront Campus, Room 111
$0 for attorneys who take a pro bono case.
$25 for bar assoc members who don’t take a pro bono case
$75 for non members who don’t take a pro bono case

There will be no charge for the CLE if an attorney agrees to accept a pro bono referral from Prairie State Legal Services within the following twelve months.

Pro-Bono attendees please send email to [email protected] to register.

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Schedule of Events: June 16, 2017 CLE

Check-in and welcome
Carrie Clark
Adult Guardianship Basics
Mary Ann Brown
So You Want to be a GAL
Carrie Clark
View From the Bench: Presenting a Guardianship Petition to the Court
Hon. Linnea Thompson
Provided by RICOBA
Mediation Primer
Hon. Tim Slavin
Social Security Disability
John Remus
Landmines and Goldmines: What Employers and Employees Need to Know
Kelsey Marquard
Clean Water Act Litigation
Peter Wenker
Advising Your Client: A Prosecutor’s Perspective
Alyssa Raya

Law Day 2017

May 1, Noon at Radisson Quad City Plaza
Keynote Speaker, IA Supreme Court Justice Tom Waterman
More details to follow soon.

April 2017 Meeting & RICO Fellows Reception

Join the Fellows of the Illinois Bar Foundation and the Rock Island County Bar Association for the Rock Island County Fellows Reception posthumously honoring Martin H. Katz and honoring Robert T. Park for their leadership and dedication to the law. The reception will be held in conjunction with the April RICO Bar Association Meeting on Thursday, April 27, 2017 at Oakwood Country Club from 5:30-8:00 pm.


Both Honorees


For RICO Bar Association members, tickets are complimentary, and for non-RICO Bar Association members, tickets are $25 each. Meal options are filet mignon, seared tilapia, or pasta e fagioli. To reserve or purchase tickets please call 309-762-3643 or email [email protected].
The proceeds from this event will help the Foundation further its mission to ensure meaningful access to the justice system, especially for those with limited means; assist lawyers who have fallen on hard times; and provide legal Fellowships to recent law school graduates. For more information, including sponsorship opportunities, visit or call (312) 726-6072.


Thank you to our generous sponsors!


Benefactor Sponsors:
Katz Nowinski P.C.
Shawn S. Kasserman
Michael J. Warner, Warner & Zimmerle


Patron Sponsors:
Simmons Hanly Conroy
Rock Island County Bar Association


Friend Sponsors:
Susan M. Goldberg
Tim & Teresa Kelly

PILI Announces Elizabeth Jensen as Program Director

Beth’s addition will expand PILI’s statewide reach and impact


The Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI) is excited to announce Elizabeth Jensen as its new Program Director. This is a new position and the first for PILI to be based outside of Chicago. Beth will be based in Peoria, and will be responsible for overseeing the planning, organizing, implementing and evaluating all of PILI’s Programs statewide. She will have specific responsibility for PILI’s efforts to expand and enhance pro bono across Illinois, with an emphasis on increasing the reach and impact of PILI’s Judicial Circuit Pro Bono Committees.

“PILI has spent the last five years expanding our reach across the state, and our programs have grown to such an extent that we need additional staff support to further our work across Illinois,” said PILI Executive Director Michael Bergmann. “Beth comes to the position with significant legal experience as well as a deep passion for public interest law and pro bono service. We look forward to what we will be able to accomplish with her on the PILI team.”

A graduate of Loyola University Chicago School of Law, Beth most recently was Of Counsel at Heyl, Royster, Volker, & Allen P.C. in Peoria, concentrating her practice in all aspects of school, labor and employment, and municipal law. Previously, Beth worked as a law clerk to Justice Daniel L. Schmidt of the Third District Appellate Court of Illinois, as assistant corporate counsel for the City of Peoria, and as staff attorney at Prairie State Legal Services. Beth also served during law school as a PILI Law Student Intern at Cabrini Green Legal Aid.

“I joined PILI because I am passionate about and dedicated to providing legal services to the those who do not have access to the legal system,” said Beth. “As a longtime advocate and supporter of legal aid programs, I am very excited about having the opportunity to expand PILI’s efforts to ensure that more low-income and underrepresented individuals, families and communities in Illinois have greater access to our justice system.”

Beth is actively involved in the community and currently serves as a member of the City Council of Peoria. Beth had been serving as a member of the PILI’s Tenth Judicial Circuit Committee, through which she regularly volunteered at that Committee’s Self-Represented Litigant Help Desks at both the Peoria County and Tazewell County courthouses. She is a former board member and past president of the Lawyers Trust Fund of Illinois, former board member of Illinois Bar Foundation, member and past board governor of the Illinois State Bar Association, and current member of the Peoria County Bar Association.

Beth started at PILI on January 9th and can be reached at [email protected] or by phone at 312-832-5126.

About PILI: PILI’s mission is to cultivate a lifelong commitment to public interest law and pro bono service within the Illinois legal community to expand the availability of legal services for people, families and communities in need. PILI envisions a legal community with a deeply rooted culture of service, where law students, lawyers and legal professionals at all stages of their careers engage in public interest law or pro bono work, and remain committed to addressing the unmet legal needs of the poor and underrepresented.

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Meeting Announcement

Meeting Announcement:

The 2017 Annual Dinner Meeting of the Rock Island County Bar Association will be held at The Abbey Station, Rock Island, IL, on Thursday, January 26, 2017.  The social hour will begin at 5:30 pm and dinner will be served at 6:45 pm.  Please make your reservation by  email message to [email protected] by Monday, January 23, 2017.  Make sure your email contains your name and meal preference.  Meal choices are Filet Mignon, Orange Roughy, or Vegetable Lasagna.