Continuing Legal Education

Drug Case Issues and Specialty Courts (SPRINGFIELD)

November 14, 2013
8:50 a.m. – 3:45 p.m.
5.25 MCLE hours

431 Conference Center
431 S. 4th Street
(map and directions)

Increasingly, drug cases are part of the criminal caseload throughout Illinois. As such, it is important for attorneys to educate themselves on the tools needed for handling these types of cases and to be prepared for the unique issues that drug cases often present. Attorneys with basic to intermediate experience practicing in criminal courts throughout the state who attend this seminar will better understand:

  • The recently passed legislation involving drug and criminal cases;
  • The most common issues involving pre-trial motions in drug cases;
  • Search and seizure issues, including the use of dogs to find drugs in homes and vehicles;
  • How to utilize the veteran’s courts to assist your clients;
  • What to expect in drug and other specialty courts; and
  • Much more!
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:
Hon. Donald D. Bernardi, Circuit Court Judge (Ret.), Normal



8:50 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Legislative Update
Get the updates you need on legislation that was passed this year involving drug cases and other areas of the criminal practice.
Stephen W. Baker, Office of the Cook County Public Defender, Chicago

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Discovery and Forfeiture Issues in Drug Cases
Gain a better understanding of the issues that are unique to drug cases, including forfeiture proceedings and the privacy concerns associated with storing information in the “cloud.”
Mark K. Wykoff, Wykoff Law Office, LLC, Springfield

10:30 – 10:45 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:45 – 11:30 a.m. Pretrial Motions in Drug Cases Including Informant Issues
Explore the most common issues involving pre-trial motions in drug cases with this informative presentation. Topics include issues with search warrants and the problems that can arise from the use of informants by law enforcement.
Hon. John A. Wasilewski, Circuit Court Judge (Ret.), Palos Heights

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.  Search and Seizure in Drug Cases
This segment examines the issues with search and seizure drug cases, as well as the use of dogs to discover drugs in automobiles and homes.
Jeremy S. Karlin, Alcorn Karlin LLC, Galesburg

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

1:00 – 2:00 p.m.  Hon. Charles V. Romani Jr.
Join us for an exploration of Judge Romani’s experience with forming and operating the fifth Veteran’s court in the United States, while also getting the information you need to utilize the veteran’s courts to assist your clients!
Hon. Charles V. Romani, Circuit Court Judge (Ret.), Glen Carbon

2:00 – 2:30 p.m.  Drug Courts in Illinois
This presentation – which serves as a springboard for the panel discussion that follows – discusses the operation of Kane County’s drug court and explains the issues that practitioners need to know before appearing there.
Melynda L. Benjamin, Office of the Kane County Public Defender, St. Charles

2:30 – 2:45 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

2:45 – 3:45p.m.  Panel Discussion: Drug Courts in Illinois
Don’t miss this panel presentation in which a wide range of drug court related issues are examined. Topics include: methods used to select participants, how the process differs from other criminal courts, and how to advise clients who may have the opportunity to appear in that court. Audience questions will be taken throughout the presentation.
Melynda L. Benjamin, Office of the Kane County Public Defender, St. Charles
Hon. Ann E. Callis (ret.), Third Judicial Circuit, Troy
Hon. Scott D. Drazewski, McLean County Law & Justice Center, Bloomington
Steven R. Sallerson, Office of the St. Clair County State’s Attorney, Belleville