Continuing Legal Education

Pro Bono Potpourri: Assisting Clients in Several Practice Areas

October 26, 2012
8:45 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
6.25 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

Bloomington Police Department
305 South East Street, Bloomington – Osborn Room
(map and directions)

Available at No Cost to Attorneys Who Agree to Take a Pro Bono Case in The Next Year**

There is a large unmet need for pro bono attorneys to help assist with cases for several legal service agencies, and there are many attorneys whose willingness to assist in meeting this need outweighs their substantive knowledge in certain practice areas. This program is designed to meld these two issues together by training practitioners on how to handle a pro bono case in the following areas: family law, consumer/debt collection, Social Security disability, and landlord/tenant issues. Topics include: assisting clients with consumer fraud issues, deceptive business practices, and consumer debts; handling a pro bono divorce from start to finish; limited scope representation and the ethical issues that can arise; Illinois’ attorney mentoring program; handling claims for Social Security disability clients; assisting clients with the various housing issues that can arise throughout the landlord/tenant relationship; and opportunities to recover a fee from adverse parties in a pro bono case. In exchange for the commitment to handle just one pro bono case, attendees receive free training and MCLE credit!


Program Coordinators:
Hon. Julie K. Katz, St. Clair County Courthouse, Belleville
Wendy H. Vaughn, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Zeke Giorgi Legal Clinic, Rockford

Program Moderator:
Ramona M. Sullivan, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Champaign



8:45 – 9:45 a.m.  Advising Clients with Consumer Issues and Debt Collection Problems
This presentation teaches how to assist pro bono clients with issues that arise from deceptive business practices and other consumer fraud issues, as well as how to help pro bono clients with difficulties in paying consumer debts.
Linda A. Rothnagel, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., McHenry

9:45 – 10:45 a.m.  A Pro Bono Divorce: From A to Z
Learn the procedural aspects of handling pro bono divorces with this comprehensive overview, including fee waivers, service of process, publication, parenting classes, default judgments, and sources of assistance. Sample pleadings for the handling of a typical pro bono case from start to finish are provided.
Richard W. Zuckerman, Attorney at Law, Peoria

10:45 – 11:00 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Limited Scope Representation: What Is It and How Do You Get It?*
This segment explains the methodology for undertaking limited representation of disadvantaged clients without being involved throughout the entire case, and also examines the ethical issues implicated by acting as a limited representation counselor.
David T. Holtermann, Lawyers Trust Fund, Chicago

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

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  An Introduction to the Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program
Gain a better understanding of the Illinois Supreme Court Commission’s mentoring program. Topics include an introductory overview of the program and a discussion on obtaining Professional Responsibility MCLE credit for serving as a mentor or receiving mentoring from an experienced attorney.
David S. Argentar, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Chicago

1:30 – 2:45 p.m.  The ABC’s of Social Security Disability Insurance (SSDI) Cases
Get the information you need to handle claims for Social Security disability claimants at the reconsideration level, as well as representing claimants before an administrative law judge.
Linda A. Rothnagel, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., McHenry

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  The Ins and Outs of Handling a Landlord/Tenant Case
Learn how to handle cases for pro bono clients who are faced with housing issues that arise from various landlord/tenant relationships, including HUD, leases, and mobile home parks. The various defenses that may arise in eviction proceedings filed by landlords against tenants are also discussed.
John Roska, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, Champaign

4:00 – 4:30 p.m.  Recovering Fees in a Pro Bono Case
Even though pro bono attorneys undertake representation without expectation of receiving a fee for services rendered, there are often opportunities to recover a fee from adverse parties. This presentation provides volunteer attorneys with the necessary procedures and forms used in obtaining a fee award.
Drew R. Quitschau, Thomson & Weintraub, Bloomington


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval
**Upon your registration and attendance at the program for no cost, your name and contact information will be forwarded from ISBA to Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance or Prairie State Legal Services. They will contact you to arrange your pro bono work.