Continuing Legal Education

Everything a Lawyer Needs to Know about Representing a Firefighter or a Police Officer before a Pension Board

April 29, 2014
8:55 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.
2.75 MCLE hours
Presented by Administrative Law

Chicago
ISBA Chicago Regional Office
20 S. Clark St, Suite 900
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Learn the basics of representing a firefighter or police officer before a local pension board when seeking pension benefits! Attorneys who would like to increase their familiarity with this area of the law – as well as attorneys who would like to start representing firefighters and police officers before the pension board – who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • How the disability process works and how the disability hearing is conducted;
  • The ins-and-outs of the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act and the Public Employee Disability Act;
  • The important case law that has affected Illinois pension benefits;
  • The circumstances under which a firefighter or police officer may forfeit pension benefits;
  • How the administrative review process works; and
  • Much more!
Please Note: Prior to the program, on-site/Chicago registrants will receive a weblink via email giving 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. Webcast attendees will receive the course materials via downloadable PDFs once signing into the webcast at the start of the program.

Program Coordinator/Moderator:
Yolaine M. Dauphin, Law Offices of Yolaine Dauphin, Chicago

 

Agenda

8:55 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introductions
Yolaine M. Dauphin, Law Offices of Yolaine Dauphin, Chicago

9:00 – 9:15 a.m.  Overview of the Police and Fire Pension Funds
Gain a better understanding of the police and firefighter pension funds provided for in the Illinois Pension Code with this brief overview.
Barbara J. Bell, Law Office of Barbara J. Bell, Libertyville

9:15 – 9:45 a.m.  How the Disability Process Works
This segment explains how the disability process works, including background and medical records; selection of IME physicians; and the creation of a complete record.
Barbara J. Bell, Law Office of Barbara J. Bell, Libertyville
Carolyn W. Clifford, Ottosen Britz Kelly Cooper Gilbert & DiNolfo, Ltd., Naperville

9:45 – 10:15 a.m.  How the Disability Hearing is Conducted
Learn how the disability hearing is conducted, including the burden of proof, intervention by municipalities and issues related to due process.
Barbara J. Bell, Law Office of Barbara J. Bell, Libertyville
Carolyn W. Clifford, Ottosen Britz Kelly Cooper Gilbert & DiNolfo, Ltd., Naperville

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.  The Public Safety Employee Benefits Act and the Public Employee Disability Act
Enhance your knowledge of the Public Safety Employee Benefits Act and the Public Employee Disability Act with this informative presentation.
Shawn P. Flaherty, Ottosen Britz Kelly Cooper Gilbert & DiNolfo, Ltd., Naperville

11:00 – 11:30 a.m.  Pension Benefits: The Must-Know Cases
Don’t miss this discussion that explores many of the must-know cases related to pension benefits.
Thomas S. Radja, Jr., Law Office of Collins & Radja, Naperville

11:30 – 11:45 a.m.  Felony Forfeitures
Discover the circumstances under which a firefighter or police officer may forfeit pension benefits.
Yolaine M. Dauphin, Law Offices of Yolaine Dauphin, Chicago
Michael B. Weinstein, General Counsel, State Universities Retirement System of Illinois, Champaign

11:45 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Administrative Review
This segment offers a brief overview at the administrative review process.
Michael B. Weinstein, General Counsel, State Universities Retirement System of Illinois, Champaign

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.  Question and Answer / Closing Remarks (No MCLE credit)