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CLE: PDF Power Hour 2019

Posted on June 10, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Join us online from noon until 1 p.m. on June 25 to learn about the risks and benefits of using PDF files.

PDFs have become the file format of choice when trading documents with other lawyers and clients. Many courts now require that all pleadings be filed as PDFs, and most governmental forms are available exclusively in PDF format.

CLE: Small Claims Mediation

Posted on June 5, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Join us online June 21 to discover why using mediation in small claims cases can be the better choice for the expeditious resolution of cases, which often involve self-represented parties and provide better access to justice.

CLE: Live—7th Annual Minority Bar CLE Conference

Posted on June 3, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Back by popular demand! Don’t miss the 7th Annual Minority Bar CLE Conference that offers you guidance and information in a number of practice areas. Enhance your knowledge on an array of key issues, including: diversity in the judiciary; thriving as a solo practitioner; advancement of minority female litigators; voting rights and recent legal developments; technology and the law; the challenges of protecting intellectual property in China; and immigration law hot topics.

CLE: Arbitration v. Litigation—Thoughts on Binding Dispute Resolution Clauses in Construction Contracts

Posted on May 28, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Discover the pros and cons, risks and rewards related to the inclusion of dispute resolution and ADR provisions in construction contracts with this live webinar on June 25. Litigation attorneys and transactional lawyers with intermediate practice experience in the construction law realm who attend this online seminar will better understand: how dispute resolution is used in the construction context; what to consider when choosing dispute resolution clauses in construction contracts; the major distinctions between litigation and arbitration in construction disputes; the commonly used language in construction contracts (and the consequences of using this language); the differences between neutrals and judges in relation to the parties analysis of who will be deciding a dispute; the concerns with multiple dispute resolution proceedings; and the interplay of contract language with real world problems.

CLE: Legal Technology 101

Posted on May 23, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Don’t miss this in-depth review of the basic technology tools that lawyers use every day! Join us June 20 in Chicago or via live webcast for this full-day seminar that addresses the technology tools that lawyers use on a daily basis, particularly the core Microsoft Office applications, PDF files, cloud applications, and the ethics of technology. Any attorney who uses Microsoft and PDF technology, has concerns about the using cloud-based applications, or needs information on legal technology ethics issues who attends this program will better understand: the essentials of Microsoft Word – from page numbering to metadata; the basics and benefits of document assembly software; uses, risks, and benefits of PDF files; what cloud technology means and how it works; how to get the most out of Microsoft Outlook to efficiently manage email; the intersection of ethics and technology, and how to best interpret the standard of “reasonability” under the Rules of Professional Conduct; and why PowerPoint and Excel may be two of the most useful Microsoft Office suite applications.

CLE: Practice Ready Series—Basic Family Law Essentials 2019

Posted on May 20, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Join us June 20 in Chicago from 5 - 7:45 p.m. for ISBA’s fourth installment of the Practice Ready Series, which is designed for new lawyers working in the family law arena who are looking for a primer on evidence, best practice tips, and the latest case law updates. Complimentary pizza is offered prior to the program, giving attendees the opportunity to network with colleagues and speakers.

CLE: Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers

Posted on May 14, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

You negotiate every day. In fact, your ability to effectively negotiate may be the most critical skill you possess, yet most negotiate instinctively or intuitively. Don’t miss this Master Series seminar on June 7 in Chicago or via live webcast that trains you to approach negotiations with a strategic mindset, allowing you to become a more effective lawyer. And make no mistake—no matter how much you’ve negotiated, you can still learn. Adding that one new tactic may be the difference between winning and walking away empty-handed. Topics include: the golden rules of negotiation; gaining leverage with alternatives; using objective criteria and timing to your advantage; techniques for gathering information; generating creative solutions; dealing with “negotiation games”; and ethical considerations.

ISBA Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series: Reaching the Summit—Taking Your Practice to the Pinnacle of Success

Posted on May 9, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Take your practice to the pinnacle of success with this full-day seminar on May 31 in Naperville! Topics include: how to convince current and prospective clients that you are the solution to their problem; how to ethically advertise your firm without breaching the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct; how to get the best technology for your firm on a budget; how to access your files and resources when you’re away from the office; the best methods for drafting complex documents; and the ethical issues facing solo or small firm attorneys.

CLE: ADR 2019–Using Alternative Dispute Resolution to Navigate Rights

Posted on May 6, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Don’t miss this full-day seminar on May 29 in Springfield that helps you navigate your client’s rights through peaceful resolution. Learn how its use is evolving in Illinois, how the Illinois Supreme Court views it, and how court-annexed arbitration programs are working throughout the state. Additional topics include: how the Illinois Supreme Court Rule 310 provides an alternative means of resolving certain civil appeals through their Appellate Settlement Conferences; who governs commercial dispute arbitrations; how to use technology to accomplish alternative dispute resolutions remotely; the judicial perspective on court-annexed mediation, including which cases should be referred to mediation; the ethical considerations of handling alternative dispute resolution cases; and the best practices mediations should use when engaging in a dispute.

CLE: A Primer on Rulemaking

Posted on April 29, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Don’t miss this program on May 17 in Springfield that walks you through every step and procedure necessary to take a proposed rule from A to Z in the Illinois rulemaking process. Attorneys with intermediate practice experience who participate in the rulemaking process and who attend this seminar will better understand: general, emergency, and peremptory rulemaking procedures; the small business impact statement process in rulemaking; legislative review of administrative rules; the role played by the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules; and attorney’s fee provisions for successful rule challenges. Attendees will receive a voucher for 50 percent off the purchase of the ISBA Administrative Law Handbook, which will be available summer 2019.