Continuing Legal Education

Civility in the Courtroom

December 5, 2013
1:00 – 5:00 p.m. (reception to follow)
3.50 MCLE hours, including 3.25 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Bench and Bar
Co-sponsored by Civil Practice and Procedure and Family Law

Chicago
ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark St, Suite 900
(map and directions)


The need for civility in the courtroom has never been greater – especially in the age of
stressful economic times and advanced technology!

 
As an Illinois attorney, you need to understand how less-than-civil conduct can negatively impact your argument and reputation. Join us for this half-day seminar that offers good practice tips for handling your next case with civility and professionalism. Litigators with all levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • Why the Illinois Supreme Court Rule 794(d)(1) requires attorneys to complete six hours of Professional Responsibility MCLE credit;
  • How civility is doing in the Illinois state and federal courts;
  • How to achieve proper civility in the courtroom;
  • What the Commission on Professionalism of the Supreme Court of Illinois has found in regard to civility in the Illinois courtrooms;
  • Why certain litigation areas are more prone to uncivil behaviors; and
  • How to foster civility in the courtroom.
Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to access the course materials prior to the program. You will also receive a copy of the course materials (for no additional charge) when you arrive at the program, but will need to check the appropriate box on the registration page letting us know if you prefer a flash drive or printed course book.

Program Coordinator:
Hon. Michael J. Chmiel, Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, Woodstock

Program Moderator:
Barry H. Greenburg, The Law Firm of Barry H. Greenburg, Chicago

 

Agenda

1:00 – 1:15 p.m.  The Need to Focus on Civility in Courtrooms
Don’t miss this overview that focuses on the need for civility in Illinois courtrooms and explores why the Illinois Supreme Court Rule 794(d)(1) requires attorneys to have six hours of minimum continuing legal education in the area of professionalism, diversity issues, mental illness and addiction issues, civility, or legal ethics.
Barry H. Greenburg, The Law Firm of Barry H. Greenburg, Chicago

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  The Work to Make Courtroom Practice Civil*
Join us as the Chair and the Executive Director of the Commission on Professionalism of the Supreme Court of Illinois sets the stage for the remainder of the program by addressing the Commission’s findings on civility in the courtroom and discussing actual courtroom scenarios.  Best practices tips are also explored.
Jayne R. Reardon, Executive Director, Commission on Professionalism of the Supreme Court of Illinois, Chicago
Hon. Debra B. Walker, Chair, Commission on Professionalism of the Supreme Court of Illinois, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by CourtCall, LLC

2:30 – 3:00 p.m.  The State of Civility in Illinois State Courts*
This segment discusses the state of civility in Illinois state courts, including the desired level of civility, practice tips for achieving proper civility in the courtroom, and what is still missing.
Hon. Timothy C. Evans, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

3:00 – 3:30 p.m.  The State of Civility in Illinois Federal Courts*
This presentation examines the state of civility in Illinois federal courts, including the desired level of civility, practice tips for achieving proper civility in the courtroom, and what is still missing.
Hon. Ruben Castillo, U.S. District Court, Northern District of Illinois, Chicago

3:30 – 3:45 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by CourtCall, LLC

3:45 – 4:15 p.m.  Why Certain Litigation Fails to be Civil*
This in-depth overview strives to answer why certain litigation (such as domestic relations) fails to foster a civil environment. Topics include: which litigation areas are most prone to incivility, what drives opposing counsel to be less than civil, and the common pitfalls to avoid.
Hon. Andrea M. Schleifer, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.  How to Correct Incivility in the Courtroom*
This panel presentation discusses which tools should be used to correct incivility in the courtroom.
Hon. Ann B. Jorgensen, Appellate Court of Illinois, Second District, Wheaton
Warren Lupel, Much, Shelist, Denenberg, Ament & Rubenstein, P.C., Chicago
Hon. Jesse G. Reyes, Appellate Court of Illinois, First District, Chicago

5:15 – 6:30 p.m. Reception
Sponsored by CourtCall, LLC

 

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval