Continuing Legal Education

Family and Consumer Law Pro Bono Bootcamp

October 25, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.
6.50 MCLE hours, including 1.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

Northwestern Illinois Area Agency on Aging
1111 S Alpine Road, Suite 600
(map and directions)

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

Thousands of low-income litigants in Illinois cannot afford an attorney and free legal services organizations alone cannot meet this need. You can be the difference! We are proud to offer you this opportunity to develop your expertise and put your knowledge to work for people in need. This free program is designed to train practitioners in the basics of handling family law and consumer/debt collection cases. Topics include: assisting clients who need to establish or challenge parentage of a minor; establishing the initial child custody or visitation order; modifying, enforcing or establishing a child support order in Illinois; assisting clients with debt collection problems; the citation process for discovery of assets in Illinois; and ethical issues that can arise during the negotiation process on behalf of individuals. In exchange for the commitment to handle just one pro bono case, attendees receive free training and MCLE credit!

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:
Wendy H. Vaughn
, Clinical Assistant Professor, Northern Illinois University College of Law, Rockford



9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Parentage 101
Learn how to handle cases for pro bono clients in need of establishing or challenging parentage of a minor child(ren). Topics include: common legal issues, fee waivers, service of process, publication, default judgments, and contested matters. Sample pleadings for handling typical pro bono parentage cases from start to finish are included.
Linda A. Rothnagel, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., McHenry

10:00 – 10:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  The Essentials of Child Custody and Visitation
Gain a better understanding of the various issues that frequently arise in child custody/visitation litigation and get the information you need to establish an initial child custody or visitation order. The standards and process for modifying a child custody or visitation order are provided to participants.
Kathryn McGowan Bettcher, Prairie State Legal Services, Inc., St. Charles

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Ethics of Negotiation*
This highly interactive presentation highlights a number of ethical issues that can arise during negotiations on behalf of individuals, including: candor in negotiations; confidentiality in the negotiation setting; and contact with unrepresented persons. Factual situations are used as a basis for exploring these issues.
Bernard H. Shapiro, Prairie State Legal Service, Inc., Rockford

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch (provided)
Lunch is sponsored by Deere & Company and Crawford Law, P.C.

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.  The Dollars and Sense of Child Support Establishment, Modification, and Enforcement
This comprehensive overview discusses how to establish a child support order in Illinois, as well as the process for modifying an existing one. Additional topics include child support enforcement and the establishment of arrears. Sample documents – including a Uniform Child Support Order and a Wage Withholding Notice – are included.
Donald E. Ray, Ray Law Office, P.C., Rockford

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.  Representing Clients with Debt Collection Problems
Learn the procedural/substantive defenses to debt collection cases with this in-depth overview of the debt collection industry and the Fair Debt Collection Practices Act.
Michelle Weinberg, Legal Assistance Foundation of Metropolitan Chicago, Chicago

3:15 – 3:30 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.  An Introduction to the Citation for Discovery of Assets
Don’t miss this introduction to the citation process in Illinois, which includes a discussion on substantive and procedural defenses! An update on recent changes to the laws governing the citation process is also included.
Catherine M. Ritts, Attorney at Law, Rockford


*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 your local federal funded legal services program. They will contact you to discuss pro bono opportunities with you.