First Annual: Abraham Lincoln's Legacy - Lessons for Today's Lawyer

September 8, 2017
9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
5.50 MCLE hours, including 3.50 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Co-sponsored by the Abraham Lincoln Association

Lincoln
Lincoln College
Johnson Hall - Auditorium
1115 Nicholson Road
(map and directions)

 

5.50 Hours General MCLE credit, including 3.50 hours Professional Responsibility* MCLE credit as follows:
     ♦ 1.0* hour Mental Health/Substance Abuse PMCLE (new requirement; check MCLE Rules for details)
     ♦ 2.5* hours Professionalism, Civility, and Legal Ethics PMCLE

 

This program is the first in a series of annual CLE programs planned on the Friday closest to the anniversary of the date Abraham Lincoln was awarded his Illinois law license (September 9, 1836).  Locations will be selected based on a significant Lincoln historical connection.

Abraham Lincoln overcame poverty, lack of formal education, chronic depression, and other obstacles to become one of the leading lawyers in Illinois. Lessons from Lincoln's life and law practice continue to inspire, influence, and impact generations of lawyers who strive to be leaders in the legal profession. Don't miss this full-day seminar that examines Lincoln's legal career, the character traits that helped him achieve success in law and politics, how he dealt with his personal and professional issues, and how he networked with clients and lawyers around the state to build a successful practice.  

  • Learn the ethical obligations and available resources for lawyers suffering depression, substance abuse and mental health issues, along with the associated ethical obligations of others in their firm and opposing lawyers.  
  • Understand the character issues that guided Lincoln in his professional life and how those were developed over time.
  • See how ethical issues were handled by the Bar in Lincoln's time and under the Code of Professional Conduct today.
  • Learn that Lincoln's secret to success as a lawyer was not a secret, and is available to all lawyers today.

The seminar closes with an afternoon walk from the classroom to the Lincoln Heritage Museum where our speakers will facilitate an interactive learning experience about Lincoln’s life and legacy, including his character traits for perseverance, honesty, vision, and empathy. [Please Note: Attorneys with special needs should contact the ISBA staff at least one week prior to the seminar to make alternative arrangements to walking ¼ mile from the classroom to the museum.]

 

Program Coordinator:
Hon. Ronald D. Spears
(Ret.), Spears Dispute Resolution, Board Member of the Abraham Lincoln Association, Taylorville

 

NOTE: Your registration includes access to electronic course materials that will be sent to you via email prior to the seminar. Printed course materials may be purchased for a nomial fee via the registration page.

 

Agenda

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Lincoln’s Character: How His Values Can be Caught and Taught
Learn about the character traits that Abraham Lincoln developed during his lifetime and successfully applied to his work in law and government and how those traits can be a guide for later generations.
Prof. Ron Keller, Lincoln College, Board Member – Abraham Lincoln Association, Director of the Abraham Lincoln Center for Character Development, Lincoln

10:00 – 11:00 a.m.  Lincoln’s Law Practice
Twice a year, Lincoln traveled through the Eighth Judicial Circuit in an effort to bring the judicial system to the rural communities of central Illinois. This segment examines his time riding the Eighth Circuit, including: his service as a judge; how he networked with clients and other attorneys; the professionalism and civility issues of the times; and how he built his practice.
Guy C. Fraker, Attorney at Law, Board Member – Abraham Lincoln Association, Bloomington

11:00 – 11:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Lincoln’s Melancholy*
Join us as our speakers discuss what we have learned from Lincoln’s frequent spells of melancholy and how it relates to today’s issues of legal competency. Learn which resources are available to you and your colleagues for burnout, depression, anxiety, addiction and more.
Christine P. Anderson, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, Chicago
Faye Freeman-Smith, Lawyers Assistance Program, Chicago

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Lunch (on your own)

1:15 – 2:15 p.m.  Lincoln’s Ethics*
Discover the ethical issues that confronted Lincoln throughout his practice, while discussing how modern rules would have dealt with these concerns.
Moderator: Hon. Ronald D. Spears (Ret.), Spears Dispute Resolution, Board Member – Abraham Lincoln Association, Taylorville
Christine P. Anderson, Attorney Registration & Disciplinary Commission, Chicago
J. Steven Beckett, Beckett & Webber, P.C., Board Member – Abraham Lincoln Association, Urbana
Roger Billings, Professor of Law, Chase College of Law, Board Member – Abraham Lincoln Association, Kentucky
Guy C. Fraker, Attorney at Law, Board Member – Abraham Lincoln Association, Bloomington

2:15 – 2:30 p.m.  Walk to Lincoln Heritage Center
Attendees will walk approximately ¼ mile from the classroom to the museum.
Attorneys with special needs should contact the ISBA staff at least one week prior to the seminar to make alternative arrangements.

2:30 – 4:30 p.m.  Experiencing Lincoln and His Values*
Don’t miss this guided and narrated educational tour of the Lincoln Heritage Museum, which includes a look at the valuable artifacts from Abraham Lincoln’s personal and professional life and access to the interactive animatronics that teach you about the life and legacy of Illinois’ most famous attorney, including his perseverance, intellect, vision, leadership, honesty, and empathy. Program speakers will serve as facilitators for groups of 20 through this interactive segment of the program.
J. Steven Beckett, Beckett & Webber, P.C., Board Member – Abraham Lincoln Association, Urbana
Roger Billings, Professor of Law, Chase College of Law, Board Member – Abraham Lincoln Association, Kentucky
Guy C. Fraker, Attorney at Law, Board Member – Abraham Lincoln Association, Bloomington
Prof. Ron Keller, Lincoln College, Board Member – Abraham Lincoln Association, Lincoln
Hon. Ronald D. Spears (Ret.), Spears Dispute Resolution, Board Member – Abraham Lincoln Association, Taylorville

 

 

*All Professional Responsibility MCLE credit is subject to approval