Continuing Legal Education

Litigating, Defending, and Preventing Employment, Housing, and Public Accommodation Discrimination Cases: Practice Updates and Tips Concerning the Illinois Human Rights Act - 2014 (CHICAGO)

March 13, 2014
9:00 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5.50 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Human Rights
Co-sponsored by Diversity Leadership Council and Labor and Employment Law

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

Review the latest information in employment, housing, and public accommodation discrimination cases
under the Illinois Human Rights Act!


The Illinois Human Rights Act prohibits discrimination in a number of areas, including housing, public accommodations, and access to credit. Yet, discrimination against others based on gender, race, physical or mental challenges, and income continues, making it imperative that attorneys keep abreast of this ever-changing arena. Don’t miss this informative seminar that gives you a better understanding of:

  • Properly filing a charge to start a case with the Illinois Department of Human Rights;
  • Important errors to avoid when filing a case or pursuing a charge;
  • How plaintiffs can best conclude a pending case in a timely, economical, and ethical manner;
  • How defendants can prevent a matter from getting to the Illinois Department of Human Rights and Illinois Human Rights Commission;
  • Moving a case forward or getting it dismissed; and
  • Why some settlement options are better, more risky, or more inappropriate than others.
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/Moderator:
Shannon M. Shepherd, Immigration Attorneys, LLP, Chicago

 

Agenda

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Basic Practice Tips for Complainants for Employment Cases
Moving an employment case from start to finish from the Illinois Department of Human Rights through the Illinois Human Rights Commission can oftentimes take months or years. This segment examines the process from the plaintiff’s perspective and offers basic practice tips for complainants on how to best conclude a pending case in a timely, economical, and ethical fashion.
Peter M. LaSorsa, The Law Offices of Peter M. LaSorsa, P.C., Mapleton

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  Basic Practice Tips for Employers and Respondents with Pending Cases
Learn how to defend your pending case in a timely and economical fashion with this comprehensive overview from the defendant’s perspective. Basic practice tips for preventing a matter from getting to the Illinois Department of Human Rights are also included.
Prof. Kathryn E. Eisenhart, University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield

11:15 – 11:45 a.m.  Motion Practice before the IHRC on Employment Cases
Hear from an Illinois Human Rights Commission administrative law judge on how to win motions, move a case forward, or get a case dismissed. Complainants and respondents alike will benefit from the points of advice provided throughout this session.
Hon. William J. Borah, Administrative Law Judge, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Chicago

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Morning Question & Answer Session
Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and/or discuss some of the issues highlighted by the speakers throughout the morning session. Web attendees are welcome to participate by typing questions and comments via the Q&A tab on their webcast screen.

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:00 – 1:45 p.m.  Public Accommodation and Housing Cases before the Illinois Department of Human Rights and IHRC for a Complainant’s Perspective
Learn how to move through public accommodations and housing violation cases from start to finish with this informative segment that examines the process from the complainant’s perspective. Best practice tips are included.
Peter M. LaSorsa, The Law Offices of Peter M. LaSorsa, P.C., Mapleton

1:45 – 2:30 p.m.  Public Accommodation and Housing Cases before the Illinois Department of Human Rights and IHRC for a Respondent’s Perspective
This segment explores the various defenses for respondents faced with complaints, and offers best practices for settlements and other ways to dispose of a complaint.
Prof. Kathryn E. Eisenhart, University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.  Ethical Settlement Options and Approaches before the IHRC*
Join us for this panel presentation in which two practitioners and an Illinois Human Rights Commission administrative law judge come together to give their perspectives on why certain approaches in settlement are successful, why some approaches are inappropriate, and why other approaches are risky for either side. Hypothetical scenarios are used throughout the discussion.
Hon. William J. Borah, Administrative Law Judge, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Chicago
Prof.
Kathryn E. Eisenhart, University of Illinois at Springfield, Springfield
Peter M. LaSorsa, The Law Offices of Peter M. LaSorsa, P.C., Mapleton

3:45 – 4:00 p.m.  Afternoon Question and Answer Session
Take advantage of this opportunity to ask questions and/or discuss some of the issues highlighted by the speakers throughout the afternoon session. Web attendees are welcome to participate by typing questions and comments via the Q&A tab on their webcast screen.

 

*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval