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CLE: Workers’ Compensation Update Spring 2019

Posted on February 4, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Update your knowledge on a number of important workers’ compensation issues with this full-day seminar Feb. 18 in Chicago or O’Fallon. Labor and employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners attending this seminar will better understand: how orthopedic injuries intersect with workers’ compensation; the caselaw updates affecting your clients; the jurisdiction (and dual jurisdiction) of a workers’ compensation claim; how to prepare your case for trial; what to expect when presenting your case during arbitration; and your ethical obligation to ensure the security of your electronic files.

CLE: The Importance of Technology and How to Use It At Trial

Posted on January 29, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Civil litigators, trial attorneys, young lawyers, and tort lawyers with all levels of practice experience who attend this online seminar on Feb. 26 will better understand: the do’s and don’ts of trial technology; how technology can enhance your client’s story; the best ways to incorporate technology into your trial presentation; how technology can be used during the jury selection process; and how our speakers prepare their trial presentations.

CLE: Overseeing Retirement Plan Investments—Understanding Your ERISA Fiduciary Obligations

Posted on January 24, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

The fiduciary duties established under the Employee Retirement Income Security Act of 1974 (ERISA) are recognized as the “highest known to law” and can result in personal liability for fiduciaries who oversee plan investments. Law firm partners who manage firm retirement plans and lawyers with clients who maintain retirement plans who attend this online seminar on Feb. 19 will walk away with a basic level of financial literacy regarding common retirement plan investments, as well as a better understanding of the ERISA fiduciary obligations that must be met regarding the investment of retirement plan assets.

CLE: Illinois Animal Law Conference—2019

Posted on January 18, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

ISBA’s Illinois Animal Law Conference is back again, giving you the updates you need to effectively advise your clients on a number of important animal law topics. Criminal law attorneys, animal law practitioners, environmental lawyers, general practitioners, and counsel for municipalities and government entities who attend this seminar Feb. 14-15 in Carbondale will better understand: how “forensic veterinary medicine” can be used in all aspects of animal law litigation; how data is being collected and used to proactively address animal-related community concerns; what is being done to protect horses and how horse rescue organizations are regulated; the most common conservation violations and the enforcement process; the Illinois Herptiles-Herps Act and what Illinois is doing to protect amphibians and reptiles; the recent issues that have arisen in the pet food industry; how to help your client with their pet planning needs; how coyotes are being targeted in killing contests, and the efforts that are being made to outlaw these type of events; the recent case law, legislation, and regulations affecting the animal law arena; and how mindfulness practices can improve our wellbeing.

CLE: Starting and Running Your Own Practice

Posted on January 15, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

As with any significant business venture, there is a certain amount of planning that must go into organizing a law practice in order for it to be successful. Get the guidance you need on organizing, marketing, protecting, and profiting from a solo practice with this full-day seminar Feb. 8 in O’Fallon. Attorneys with all levels of practice experience who are interested in starting a solo practice and who attend this seminar will better understand: how to name your law firm and register it with the required agencies; how to safeguard your investment through malpractice insurance and other options; how having a website and advertising through social media can help your practice; the legal forms you need to get started, including sample contracts, petitions, and engagement letters; the challenges facing solo practitioners (from the judicial perspective); and how to manage the stress and demands of the profession.

CLE: Alternative Dispute Resolution in Intellectual Property Cases

Posted on January 8, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Alternative dispute resolution methods—such as arbitration and mediation—can be very useful in resolving intellectual property disputes by giving parties the flexibility to choose a decision-maker with a technical background, tailor the scope of disclosure to the nature of the case, and have experts communicate with one another. Join the ISBA on Feb. 5 for an online seminar that offers an introductory look at the alternative dispute resolution methods that are available in intellectual property cases. Attorneys working in the intellectual property arena with basic practice experience who attend this program will better understand: the advantages and disadvantages of arbitration; the different approaches to mediation; how alternative dispute resolution methods are currently being used in intellectual property cases; the different programs available outside the courtroom; what to expect during an alternative dispute resolution case from filing through resolution; and how to prepare for this type of case.

CLE: Valuation and Succession Planning for Intellectual Property—Live Webcast

Posted on January 3, 2019 by Rhys Saunders

Whether it’s a copyright, patent, or trademark, intellectual property is an important component to a business’s overall value. Learn how to define and understand these types of assets, as well as how to compute a valuation for them, with this intermediate-level online seminar on Feb. 7. A discussion on how to set up the transfer of these assets during a succession plan is also included.

CLE: 25th Annual Agricultural Law Conference

Posted on December 20, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

For 25 years, the ISBA Agricultural Law Section has been providing top-notch and timely continuing legal education seminars for Illinois attorneys – and it’s that time again. Join us Feb. 1, 2019 in Bloomington for this full-day seminar that updates you on a number of important agricultural law issues. Learn how agriculture law affects other practice areas, including: real estate, trusts and estates, business advice, general practice, and state/federal tax. Attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: how the past year’s federal estate tax cases have impacted the agricultural community; how the 2018 federal and state income tax changes are affecting agricultural producers; which federal and state income tax changes to be concerned about in 2019; how your clients might be affected by the Clean Water Act and Endangered Species Act; the record-keeping requirements for agents, trustees, executors, and other fiduciary agents; how to negotiate and draft solar array options and easement agreements; and how to appeal an adverse wetlands determination.

CLE: 2019 Federal Tax Conference

Posted on December 17, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Don’t miss the ISBA’s annual Federal Tax Conference on Feb. 1, 2019, in Chicago or via live webcast. The conference features a wealth of information and updates for tax lawyers, business law attorneys, and trusts and estates practitioners. Attorneys with basic practice experience who attend this conference will obtain a better understanding of: the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, including changes affecting 2018 tax returns; the updates in corporate tax and partnership tax, including new code Section 199A; the new developments affecting non-profit organizations and tax exempt entities; the cases and rulings influencing estate and gift tax planning; the ethical issues for Illinois tax attorneys; recent tax scams and frauds; and the tax issues that can arise with Bitcoin and virtual currencies.

CLE: Restorative Justice Fundamentals—The Circle Process for Practitioners

Posted on December 12, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Join us Jan. 14-16, 2019 in Chicago for this interactive three-day workshop on the fundamentals of restorative justice and to experience circle practice, an approach to more effectively work with clients and colleagues on improving communication, supporting accountability, and addressing issues and concerns in a more humanized and enduring way. Help clients and others who may contribute to or are impacted by a problem to explore and create workable courses of action, to the benefit of all, including colleagues and collaborators.