Continuing Legal Education

DUI, Traffic, and Secretary of State-Related Issues – 2013 Spring Update

May 4, 2013
8:55 a.m. – 4:00 p.m.
5.50 MCLE hours

The Hyatt Lodge
2815 Jorie Blvd
(map and directions)

Keep abreast of the increasingly complex issues occurring in traffic and DUI courts!

Enhance your knowledge with this full-day discussion on a wide variety of DUI, traffic, and Secretary of State-related issues, including the very complicated sentencing options mandated by the Illinois General Assembly. State’s Attorneys, Public Defenders, and attorneys practicing in the DUI and Traffic courts with all levels of practice experience will benefit from the information presented throughout this seminar and gain a better understanding of:

  • How to preserve and protect the record for appeal;
  • Statutory summary suspensions;
  • How to review driving abstracts;
  • 4th Amendment Rights issues;
  • Motions to vacate in traffic law cases; and
  • Much more!

The program includes a panel discussion in which relevant scenarios are used to discuss current DUI and statutory summary suspensions, as well as a controlled drinking demonstration in which breath instruments and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests are tested and discussed.

Please Note: Prior to the program, you will receive a weblink via email allowing you to 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.


Program Coordinator/Moderator:
J. Brick Van Der Snick
, Van Der Snick Law Firm Ltd, St. Charles



8:55 – 9:00 a.m.  Introduction and Opening Remarks

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Preserving and Protecting the Record for Appeal
Get the tips you need to protect both the record and yourself in the event of an appeal with this informative presentation.
Donald J. Ramsell, Ramsell & Associates, LLC, Wheaton

9:30 – 10:15 a.m.  Civil Discovery for Statutory Summary Suspension
This segment explores civil discovery for statutory summary suspensions by examining the downfall of People v. Schmidt that resulted from the decision in People v. Kladis, McClure, and Aronson.
Michael E. Reid, M Reid Legal Solutions LLC, Edwardsville

10:15 – 10:30 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)
Refreshment Break sponsored by Intoxalock®

10:30 – 11:00 a.m.  Review of Driving Abstracts and Explanations Therein
Learn how to review and read Secretary of State Driving Abstracts with this comprehensive overview.
Larry A. Davis, Davis & LaScola, Ltd., Northfield
Craig Turton, Office of the Secretary of State, Chicago

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  4th Amendment Issues regarding Drugs, K-9’s and More
This session addresses 4th amendment rights as it applies to drugs and K-9 search and seizures on traffic stops. Current case law in the State of Illinois and U.S. Supreme Court is also discussed.
George G. Livas, The Law Offices of George G Livas, Des Plaines
David K. Harris, Harris Law Center, Springfield
Larry Van Der Snick, Farber Law Office, Geneseo

12:00 – 1:00 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Panel Discussion: Current DUI/Statutory Summary Suspensions
This panel discussion offers an overview of recent case law updates and collectively discusses the current relevant scenarios.
Moderator: David B. Franks, Franks & Rechenberg, P.C., Lake in the Hills
Hon. Mark W. Dwyer (Ret.), DuPage County, Elmhurst
Thomas M. Moran, Ahern, Maloney, Moran, & Block, Skokie
Joseph D. Zeit, Lake County State's Attorney's Office, Waukegan

2:00 – 2:45 p.m.  Motions to Vacate in Traffic Cases & Basic Traffic Issues & Collateral Consequences
Learn how to navigate through the traffic court system with this informative segment that offers a guideline for attorneys with clients facing Motions to Vacate issues. Topics include: failing to appear in court, pleading guilty without proper representation, and being found guilty during an absence.
Lisa L. Dunn, Massucci, Blomquist, & Anderson, Arlington Heights

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Refreshment Break sponsored by Intoxalock®

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  DUI Testing: A Demonstration to Help You Advise Your Client
Get the information you need to help your client and your case with this controlled drinking demonstration in which breath instruments and Standardized Field Sobriety Tests are applied to volunteers and discussed!
Moderator: Nancy G. Easum, Illinois State Police Training Academy, Springfield
Ted P. Hammel, Brumund, Jacobs, Hammel, Davidson, & Andreano LLC, Joliet
Janet K. Reffett, Breath Alcohol Technician, Illinois State Police, Springfield
Osmart Rodriguez, Breath Analysis Technician, Illinois State Police, Springfield