August 2, 2010
I am pleased to announce that there have been some enhancements added to our PASS system that you should be aware of.
First and foremost, I can now receive credit card payments over the internet. On the homepage of PASS there is a new button entitled “Pay Your Court Costs Here”. Payments can be made towards any criminal/traffic case where a judgment has been entered or towards any traffic or conservation ticket where a court appearance is not required. In order to make a payment, one needs to know your driver’s license number (for traffic cases) or the court case number and a date of birth (for anything else). Fees are $2.75 for payments through $99.99, $5.75 from there through $149.99 and sliding up from there.
Another enhancement to PASS is the addition of some fillable forms. There are twenty-something up now and more are on the way.
We have now added a public email address for questions to be submitted to the office. It is email@example.com.
There has been an increase in the fee charged when the Clerk is required to use certified mail. That fee is now $15.00. Most notably, this will change the fee for filing for an expungement. That fee now is $214.00 unless it is for arrest records only, in which
case it is $154.00.
Please be aware that the Supreme Court has modified Supreme Court Rule 526 effective September 15, 2010 that will among other things, move the basic $75 traffic ticket from $75 to $120.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact or call me at (217) 384-3767.
Clerk of the Circuit Court
Champaign Lawyers in the Classroom
Tuesday, October 5th
5:30 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
Partner Classroom Visits
Friday, October 22nd
Friday, November 5th
Friday, November 19th
The Illinois State Bar Association and Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago
are excited to offer an opportunity for Champaign County Attorneys to work with
Champaign Public Middle Schools once again this year. Through the CRFC
Champaign Lawyers in the Classroom program (LIC) you can bring your real-life
legal experiences into 8th grade classrooms, serve as a positive adult role model, and
expose middle school students to a career in the field of law.
Now approaching our third year of the program in Champaign, participating LIC
attorneys will make visits to almost 800 students at all three Champaign public middle
schools in the fall of 2010. While there, attorneys will lead dynamic, interactive lessons
about the Bill of Rights and the Constitution. Champaign Public Schools administrators
and teachers are very excited to welcome attorneys back this fall.
The Constitutional Rights Foundation Chicago will provide all of the materials, training
and strategies for working with this age group and will partner pairs of attorneys with two
classrooms. All participating Champaign middle school teachers have attended training
and are eager to partner with you in this wonderful experience.
Time Commitment — Interested attorneys will attend a short evening training for the
program on Tuesday, October 5th, 2010 from 5:30-7:00 PM and then make three 2-hour
visits to their partner classrooms on October 22nd, November 5th, and November 19th,
2010 to lead lessons.
Contact Jessica Chethik (firstname.lastname@example.org / 312.663.9057) by Friday, August 6th,
2010 if you’d like to take part in this exciting new opportunity.
Please don’t forget to return your RSVP for this year’s CCBA Law Day Dinner!
This eyent is next Wednesday, April 28 at the Champaign Country Club. Cocktails at 5:30 p.m.; Dinner at 6:30 p.m. Our speaker will be Dick Thies, Past President of the Illinois State Bar Association and a member of the CCBA for more than 50 years.
Dick will be joined by Charlie Palmer, George Miller and “the Thies Brothers” in a special tribute to (okay, roast of) CCBA President, John Gadau (pictured below in his glory days!). We
will also haye a surprise special guest, who you won’t want to miss!
CHAMPAIGN COUNTRY CLUB
1211 South Prospect Avenue
Cocktail Hour: 5:30 p.m.
Dinner: 6:30 p.m.
The Licensing Executives Society (LES) is coming to campus to offer an introductory course on the basics of intellectual property and licensing. The class, Commercializing Technology Through the Power of IP Licensing, is part of the LES Professional Development Series. The course will cover: IP basics; strategies for creating, organizing, managing and securing IP assets; commercialization; royalties and ideas for maximizing IP value and making money; and a licensing game with an interactive deal negotiation. This is a skill-building opportunity for those new to IP licensing or for those looking for a quick IP refresher course.
Date: Feb 13, 2010
Time: 8:30 am – 5:30 pm
Location: I Hotel & Conference Center, 1900 South First Street
Cost: Students: $35 (& includes 1 year LES membership); University Faculty $125; LES Member & Non Member: $195
Sponsor: The Office of the Vice President for Technology and Economic DevelopmentRegistration link here
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation is offering two free CLE opportunities for pro bono volunteers. On the afternoon of October 2, there will be a live family law basics training at the I-Hotel geared toward new attorneys and attorneys who don’t ordinarily practice family law but would be willing to do relatively simple divorces once or twice a year.
There is also a 6 hour archived more advanced family law training available on-line to be viewed at your convenience. More details of the programs and faculty and registration information are in the attached memo.
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc.
TO: Champaign County attorneys
FROM: Valerie McWilliams
SUBJECT: Free Archived Webcast of Family Law Seminar and Free In-person Divorce Basics CLE
DATE: September 1, 2009
Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., is presenting a free archived webcast of a Family Law Seminar for its Staff, Pro Bono, and Private Bar Involvement (PBI) attorneys. Attorneys who are not currently in one of these categories may participate in this free training by agreeing to handle one pro bono divorce for Land of Lincoln. The archived webcast of this Seminar has been approved for six (6) hours of Continuing Legal Education (CLE) credit. The evaluations for the live version of this seminar were excellent, and the audio and visual quality of the archived webcast is very good. It can be viewed at the time most convenient to you.
The Agenda covers Guardian Ad Litems, Qualified Illinois Domestic Relations Orders, Sexual Abuse of Children, Mediation of Custody and Visitation, Military Retirement, Federal Retirement, Case Law Update, and Judicial Perspective. The Faculty includes Cynthia Fain, Senior Assistant General Counsel for the Teachers’ Retirement System of Illinois; Carolyn Hubler, Executive Director of the Child Advocacy Center; Marta Papa, Illinois State Bar Association mediation trainer; Janet Heflin, former Chief Judge of the Madison County Family Court; and prominent domestic relations attorneys Patricia Kievlan, Kimberly Klein Power, Robert Wells, and Lorri Mott.
To register for archived webcast, send your name, address, telephone number, Attorney Registration number, and whether you plan to participate in person, by live webcast, or by archived webcast. Register by e-mail at email@example.com, by FAX at (618) 398-4813, or by regular mail to Richard Chase, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Inc., 8787 State Street, Suite 101, East St. Louis, Illinois 62203.
In addition, there will be a live, divorce basics training in Champaign at the I-hotel on Friday October 2 from 1 to 4:45 p.m. This award winning program is available at no cost to attorneys who agree to take a pro bono case this year. This is geared towards attorneys who do not specialize in family law, and also new attorneys. The faculty includes Julie Keehner Katz and Judge Arnold Blockman. The details of this program, including how to register, are found at the ISBA website.
Judge Brian L. McPheters has announced dates for odd numbered Probate Cases for January 2010 through June 30, 2010.
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Mark your calendar for Thursday, September 3, 2009 for the annual Realtor, Attorney and Affiliate Golf Outing.
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Please see the attached memo from Judge Thomas J. Difanis on the reduction in Jury Weeks for 2010.
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The Peoria County Bar Association announces a Military related CLE Opportunity.
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The ISBA Young Lawyers raises money for the Children’s Assistance Fund. In the past five years, they have raised over $95,000. This year, they will hold the 5th Annual Golf Classic at Odyssey Country Club in Tinley Park, IL. More information is available here.