Events

Annual Meeting - CLE

Annual Meeting image139th Annual Meeting
Illinois State Bar Association
June 18 - 20, 2015
Grand Geneva Resort & Spa, Lake Geneva, Wisconsin

Friday, June 19

It Could Happen to You: How to Identify and Prevent Employee Theft
7:30 – 8:00 a.m. Breakfast
8:00 – 9:00 a.m.
Program
(1.0 Hour MCLE credit, including 1.0* Hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit)
Join us for a presentation and discussion that focuses on strategies to protect your financial assets from theft by your employees.  Don't miss this opportunity to learn how the secretary to the owner of a law firm managed to steal over $150,000 from him over the course of several years.  The speaker will discuss how his secretary managed to hide the theft; how to recognize the warning signs; and how to prevent employee theft and protect yourself from the same thing happening to you.
J. Brick Van Der Snick, Van Der Snick Law Firm Ltd., St. Charles
Register for this program using the Annual Meeting Registration form.

Note: You must register for the CLE Programs below separately.

Legal Writing: Improve Your Ultimate Work Product
9:00 – 11:45 a.m.
2.5 Hours MCLE credit, including 2.5* Hours PMCLE credit   (fifteen minute break included)
Although lawyers write for a living—producing more copy than most journalists—not all lawyers appreciate what an advantage it is to write clearly and persuasively.  Attend this seminar for an overview of the legal writing process and get the tools you need to develop strong writing skills.  The emphasis of this course is clarity and readability.  Topics include recognizing common problems and quick foxes to those problems.  This course uses samples from actual briefs and legislation to illustrate these problems and solutions.  
Jim Covington, Director of Legislative Affairs, ISBA, Springfield
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Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase
9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
1.25 Hours MCLE credit, including 1.25* Hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit
Take advantage of this opportunity to familiarize yourself with this free legal research tool through this introductory legal research training seminar.  Our Fastcase representative, Christina Steinbrecker Jack, will give you step-by-step instructions on how to use Fastcase for your legal researching needs.  Other topics include: available research features, advanced search functions, and exclusions (such as secondary and proprietary materials).  With unlimited free access to a comprehensive 50-state and federal case law database, this is one benefit ISBA members should learn how to use. [Please Note:  Attorneys cannot claim credit for attending/completing the same course twice within a 12-month period]    
Christina L. Steinbrecker Jack, Legal Content Manager, Fastcase, Washington, D.C.
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Advanced Tips for Enhanced Legal Research on Fastcase
10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
1.25 Hours MCLE credit, including 1.25* Hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit
Take your Fastcase knowledge and know-how to a new level with this advanced legal research training seminar.  Get the most out of this free member benefit by letting our Fastcase representative, Christina Steinbrecker Jack, teach you how to use the advanced features of this free online legal research tool. Topics include staying organized, selecting/maximizing keywords, sorting your results, interactive timeline and authority check; interpreting statutes that are not annotated.  Onscreen examples highlight each topic, insuring that you get the most out of this advanced training seminar.   [Please Note:  Attorneys cannot claim credit for attending/completing the same course twice within a 12-month period.]
Christina L. Steinbrecker Jack, Legal Content Manager, Fastcase, Washington, D.C.
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Ethics and Professionalism through the Lens of Literature
1:00 p.m. – 4:15

Hon. Timothy J. Baland (Ret.), Battle Lake, MN

Step away from the formalities of the legal profession and explore the pages of literature to gain a better understanding of the ethical and philosophical issues human condition, including how ambition affects our professional lives, how client expectations can affect our conduct, or how client expectations affect attorney conduct. Program registrants will be given the required short story to read prior to the program.  During the program, the speaker will pose thought-provoking questions from hypothetical scenarios and allow participants to share their experiences and ideas of the "themes" found throughout the required reading.  Choose one or both sessions for a unique and thought-provoking way to examine the ethical conundrums of the law.
Session 1 – 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. - Virata by Stefan Zweig
1.5 Hours MCLE credit, including 1.5* Hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit
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Session 2 – 2:45 - 4:15 p.m. The Money Juggler by Louis Auchincloss
1.5 Hours MCLE credit, including 1.5* Hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit
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