Continuing Legal Education

Illinois Post-Conviction Practice

January 17, 2013
1:00 – 5:00 p.m.
3.75 MCLE hours

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

Masters Series

Post-conviction work is a unique area of the law that oftentimes poses interesting challenges for the attorney working in the particular practice. Because post-conviction law entails both trial and appellate skills, some lawyers are hesitant about working in this arena. This half-day seminar gives you the tools you need to take on this rewarding work with confidence and ease. Topics include: using the Illinois Post-Conviction Practice manual during your post-conviction case, conducting thorough post-conviction investigations, common claims in post-conviction law, and telling your client’s story during post-conviction.


Post-Conviction Practice

ISBA's Post-Conviction Practice: A Manual for Illinois Attorneys is included with the purchase of this program.

Program Coordinator:
Mary Bandstra, Clinic Coordinator, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago

Program Moderator:
Prof. Andrea D. Lyon, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago


1:00 – 2:15 p.m.  Overview of Illinois Post-Conviction Practice
This comprehensive overview offers an introductory look at Illinois Post-Conviction law and practice, including an in-depth look at the use of Illinois Post-Conviction Practice manual.
Prof. Andrea D. Lyon, DePaul University College of Law, Chicago

2:15 – 3:00 p.m.  Post-Conviction Investigation
In this presentation the unique challenges of re-investigating (or, perhaps, investigating for the first time) are examined, as well as those areas most likely to result in a fruitful investigation.
Mort Smith, Licensed Private Investigator, Chicago

3:00 – 3:15 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:15 – 4:15 p.m.  Common Claims in Post-Conviction
This segment provides a general overview of the most common claims practitioners can raise under Illinois Post-Conviction law.
Amanda Graham, Law Office of Kizer & Graham, LLP, Chicago
Katie Kizer, Law Office of Kizer & Graham, LLP, Chicago

4:15 – 5:00 p.m.  Putting It All Together: Telling the Client’s Story in Post-Conviction
Litigating at the post-conviction level requires understanding the case and the client, and figuring out how best to tell the story of both. This presentation concentrates on how to persuasively present your evidence.
Leonard C. Goodman, The Law Offices of Leonard C Goodman, Chicago