Continuing Legal Education

5th Annual Minority Bar CLE Conference

June 22, 2017 to June 23, 2017
Thurs: 11:30 - 4:45; Fri: 9:00 - 1:15
8.00 MCLE hours, including 3.00 approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours

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


Space in the main classroom is limited to the first 75 registrants - so register early!

Arrive within the first hour to assure your seat in the main classroom;
late arrivals may be seated in an overflow classroom and view program via video.

Back by popular demand! Don’t miss the 5th Annual Minority Bar CLE Conference that offers you the guidance and information you need in a number of practice areas.  Enhance your knowledge on an array of key issues, including:

  • The attorney's role in child sexual abuse cases;
  • How an attorney becomes a trusted advisor to a client;
  • Pregnancy and maternity issues in employment law;
  • Common errors made when representing clients in court;
  • Immigration law Executive Orders and the attorney's role in the CIS interview;
  • An introduction to Section 1983 civil rights litigation;
  • How to build a litigation team that reflects a commitment to diversity;
  • Transgender policies in the workplace;
  • Ethical considerations facing Illinois attorneys;
  • Much more!


Program Moderators:
Jaz Park, Law Offices of Chicago-Kent, Chicago
Ernesto R. Palomo, Locke Lord LLP, Chicago


Thank you to our Sponsors!

Locke Lord LLP

Winston & Strawn LLP

McAndrews Held & Malloy, Ltd.

Diversity Scholarship Foundation

FTI Consulting

Sponsorship Opportunities Available
Please contact Janean Goby at if you are interested in sponsoring this conference.


Thursday, June 22, 2017

11:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m. Lunch Available for Pre-Registrants**
Sponsored by the
Diversity Scholarship Foundation

12:15 – 12:30 p.m.  Welcome and Introduction
Vincent F. Cornelius
, Law Office of Vincent F Cornelius, Joliet
Hon. Jesse G. Reyes, Illinois Appellate Court First District, Chicago
Cory White, The International Business Law Group, Chicago

12:30 – 1:00 p.m.  Child Sexual Abuse from the Juvenile Court Child Protection Perspective*
Coordinated by the Cook County Bar Association

Join us for this informative, thought-provoking presentation on child protection court proceedings and the demographics surrounding victims of child sexual abuse, their offenders, and the communities that have seen an increase in child sexual abuse. The speaker, a former Assistant State’s Attorney and now a judge in the Child Protection Division of Cook County’s Juvenile Court, discusses the lawyer’s role in addressing child sexual abuse.
Hon. Kimberly D. Lewis, Child Protection Division, Juvenile Court, Chicago

1:00 – 1:30 p.m.  How to Become a Trusted Advisor from the Perspective of In-House Counsel*
Coordinated by the Asian American Bar Association

Success as an attorney, whether in-house or outside counsel, requires a client’s trust and support. What does it take to become a trusted advisor to your organization and to your clients?  Join us for this enlightening panel discussion and learn the considerations and approaches you need to take into account to reach this goal. Topics include: enhancing your credibility; listening to and identifying clients’ interests and concerns; building long-term relationships; and more.
Moderator: Frank Gao, McAndrews Held & Malloy, Ltd., Chicago
Prabha Parameswaran, Accenture, Evanston
Shaun Zhang, McAndrews Held & Malloy, Ltd., Chicago

1:30 – 1:35 a.m.  Break

1:35 – 2:35 p.m.  Up in the Air: The Administration's Immigration and Travel Executive Orders and Efforts to Assist Affected Individuals and Communities
Coordinated by the South Asian Bar Association

Within the first 50 days of his administration, President Trump signed two Executive Orders limiting travel from Muslim-majority countries, which has resulted in many individuals and families being detained for questioning or refused entry into the United States. Learn how these Executive Orders impact individuals, families, and communities, and what lawyers and advocacy organizations are doing to serve those affected.
Bharathi Pillai, ACLU of Illinois, Chicago
Sufyan Sohel, CAIR, Chicago

2:35 – 2:45 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)
Sponsored by the Illinois Bar Foundation

2:45 – 3:45 p.m.  A Primer on Pregnancy and Maternity-Related ​​Employment Laws: Discrimination, Leave, and Accommodation
Coordinated by the Korean American Bar Association

Join us for a panel discussion on the rapidly evolving Federal and Illinois labor and employment laws relating to pregnancy and pregnancy-related/maternity leave. The panel highlights key protections afforded under relevant statutes, including the Illinois Human Rights Act (HRA); Pregnancy Discrimination Act (PDA) – part of Title VII of the Civil Rights Act; Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA); and the Family and Medical Leave Act (FMLA). The panel also reviews seminal and interesting cases to spark audience interest and participation.
Ngozi C. Okorafor, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Chicago
Jaz Park, Law Offices of Chicago-Kent, Chicago
Sunghee Sohn, Proskauer Rose LLP, Chicago

3:45 – 3:50 p.m.  Break

3:50 – 4:50 p.m.  A Review of Pitfalls and Common Errors by Practitioners When Representing Clients in Circuit Court*
Coordinated by the Hispanic Lawyers’ Association of Illinois

Don’t miss this in-depth look at how the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure, the Illinois Supreme Court Rules, and Local Rules interact in the practice of law with particular emphasis on a practitioner’s professional responsibilities. This discussion includes a review of often-used local county rules and an attorney’s responsibility to the client beginning with the filing of an appearance to the court’s grant of a motion to withdraw.
Hon. Fredrick H. Bates, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
Hon. Mark J. Lopez, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago

5:00 – 6:00 p.m. Networking Reception
Join us for a complimentary networking reception immediately following the seminar, which gives you the opportunity to meet and mingle among your peers and the judges.

Friday, June 23, 2017

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  We’re Married, Now What?
Coordinated by the Chinese American Bar Association

Don’t miss this mock Citizenship and Immigration Services (CIS) interview of spouses for immigration benefits in which our panel of presenters demonstrates the questions typically asked, which components are reviewed, what can go wrong, the attorney’s role, and how to navigate client “surprises.” The mock interview is followed by a discussion with opportunities for questions. The discussion also briefly describes the process for the couple – from marriage between a U.S. citizen and a non-immigrant to immigration benefits and legal permanent residence. An update on recent Executive Orders on immigration, their effects, and the manner in which enforcement is carried out is also included.
June H. Htun, Law Offices of June H. Htun, Chicago
Rachel H. Kao, Attorney at Law, Glenview
Lia H. Kim, Law Offices of Cheng Cho and Yee P.C., Chicago
KiKi M. Mosley, Law Offices of Kiki M Mosley, Chicago
Edyta Salata, Quintairos, Prieto, Wood & Boyer, P.A., Chicago
Mazher M. Shah-Khan, Attorney at Law, Oak Brook

10:00 – 10:05 a.m.  Break

10:05 – 11:05 a.m.  Introduction to Section 1983 Civil Rights Litigation
Coordinated by the Black Women Lawyers Association 

Excessive force. Malicious prosecution. Unlawful Search and Seizure. We hear these phrases more and more lately, but do we know what happens when these civil claims move from the curb to the courtroom? This panel provides a comprehensive overview of Section 1983 civil rights litigation, focusing on the potential parties, types of actions that give rise to this litigation, the unique challenges of civil rights trials, and the various results. This discussion takes place in the context of recent high profile civil rights matters in Chicago and beyond.
Moderator: Chastidy A. Burns, Cook County Public Defender’s Office, Chicago
Nicholas Cummings, Cook County State's Attorney's Office, Civil Rights Bureau, Chicago
Brian M. Orozco, Gregory E Kulis and Associates Ltd., Chicago
Jeannette Samuels, Samuels & Associates, Ltd., Chicago
Kellie K. Walters, Walters O'Brien Law Offices, Chicago

11:05 – 11:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)
Sponsored by the Illinois Bar Foundation

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Perfect Pitch: Hitting the Right Diversity Notes and Ethical Considerations*
Coordinated by the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago

This presentation shows how in-house counsel evaluates and hires outside litigation counsel based, in part, on the outside counsel's commitment to diversity. Learn about the importance of having diversity in a litigation team, why diverse litigation teams get better results, and how to successfully incorporate your firm’s diversity initiatives in a pitch to corporate counsel. Gain valuable information about client development from both corporate counsel and attorneys from small and mid-sized firms. This presentation features actual pitches from two outside litigation attorneys (one small firm and one mid-sized firm) based on a mock employment lawsuit.
Kristy Gonowon, Allstate Insurance Company, Chicago
Cristina Nutzman, United Airlines, Chicago
Pamela L. Pierro, SpyratosDavis, LLC, Chicago
Ernest Tuckett, AkzoNobel, Chicago
Gary Zhao, Smith Amundsen, LLC, Chicago

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Transgender Policies in the Workplace
Coordinated by the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago 

Don’t miss this comprehensive look at recent litigation surrounding transgender individuals, including best practices when employing transgendered employees.
Joanie Rae Wimmer, Law Offices of Joanie Rae Wimmer, Downers Grove


**We recognize that some attendees may be fasting and accommodations will be provided.  ​