Continuing Legal Education

Perspectives From The Bench: Effective And Ethical Advocacy

May 16, 2012
1:30 – 4:45 p.m.
3.00 MCLE hours, including 1.50 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours
Co-sponsored by Illinois Judges Association, Illinois State Bar Association, Sangamon County Bar Association, and Central Illinois Women’s Bar Association

Springfield
Springfield Hilton
700 E. Adams
(map and directions)

Advance registration is closed. Please call 800.252.8908 with questions

Join us for judicial perspectives on how to more effectively and ethically advocate for your clients! You’ll also get the latest updates in civil practice and criminal law.

Program Coordinator:
Hon. M. Carol Pope, President, Illinois Judges Association, 4th District Appellate Court, Petersburg

 

1:25 – 1:30 p.m. Welcome
Hon. M. Carol Pope, President, Illinois Judges Association, 4th District Appellate Court, Petersburg
Geri Lynn Arrindell, CIWBA President, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Springfield
Raylene DeWitte Grischow, SCBA President, Hinshaw & Culbertson LLP, Springfield
John G. Locallo, ISBA President, Amari & Locallo, Chicago

1:30 – 2:15 p.m.  Ethics and Civility in the Courtroom:  Handling the Tough Issues—Secrets from the Bench
Hon. James K. Borbely, (Ret.) 5th Judicial Circuit, Danville
Hon. Lisa Holder White, 6th Judicial Circuit, Decatur

  • Ethics and Civility: Handling the Tough Issues*
    This judicial panel will provide an overview of how civility issues impact lawyers and judges. Through scenarios, the panel will demonstrate effective ways to advocate your client’s position and yet comply with ethics and civility requirements. The scenarios will also demonstrate the judge’s role in enforcing ethical rules and encouraging civility.
  • Ex Parte Communications*
    The panel will outline the ethical obligations of judges and lawyers to refrain from ex parte communications and discuss ways to avoid violations of the rules. Special emphasis will be placed on how ex parte communications impact judges and attorneys and what duties arise once the communication occurs.

2:15 – 3:00 p.m. Handling Dilatory Tactics in Discovery—More Secrets from the Bench*
The panelists will discuss the judge’s role in enforcing ethical rules and encouraging professional civility in the context of discovery, as detailed below. 
Hon. Arnold F. Blockman, 6th Judicial Circuit, Urbana
Hon. Scott D. Drazewski, 11th Judicial Circuit, Bloomington

  • Discovery Problems in General Civil Cases*
    The panel will address the failure to properly respond to discovery requests in the general civil area, including the use of Supreme Court Rules 201, 219, 137, and 213 and the relationship between case management orders and the discovery process. Scenarios will be presented detailing the problems faced by attorneys and the Court by dilatory discovery answers.
  • Discovery Problems in Family Law Cases*
    This judicial panel will address the failure to properly respond to discovery requests in the family law area, including the use of Supreme Court Rules 201, 219, 137, and 213 and the use of final contribution to attorney’s fees and fee shifting under 750 ILCS 5/508 and 503 to ensure discovery compliance. Scenarios will also be presented detailing the problems faced by attorneys and the Court by dilatory discovery answers. 

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:15 – 4:45  p.m.  Breakout Sessions (Pre-register for Either A or B)

  1. Civil Practice Update
    In this segment, Judge Spears reviews significant Illinois Supreme Court and Appellate Court civil cases from 2010-present, along with important statutory and rule changes of which Illinois lawyers need to be aware.
    Hon. Ronald D. Spears, 4th Judicial Circuit, Taylorville
  2. Criminal Law Update
    This session includes a criminal law update from the standpoint of a practitioner, covering recent cases, statutes and Supreme Court Rules from January 1, 2010 through the present. Emphasis is given to issues commonly addressed by prosecution and defense counsel in the handling of criminal cases – from arraignment, pretrial/trial and sentencing, to post-conviction proceedings.
    Hon. Scott A. Shore, 10th Judicial Circuit, Peoria

5:00 – 7:00 p.m. Judicial Reception – Springfield Hilton
Take advantage of this opportunity to network with our esteemed judicial panelists, members of the Illinois Judges Association, and your peers by joining us after the seminar for this complimentary reception!

Please Note: Reception is complimentary for program attendees and judges who pre-register specifically for the reception. Others may pre-register on the ISBA website to attend only the reception for $30.