Continuing Legal Education

5th Annual Elder Law Bootcamp: Basics and Beyond

April 26, 2018 to April 27, 2018
Thurs: 8:50 - 4:00; Fri: 8:50 - 12:15
9.00 MCLE hours, including 2.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)
Presented by Elder Law
Co-sponsored by Senior Lawyers, Traffic Laws and Courts and Trusts and Estates

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


9.5 hours MCLE credit, including 2.0* hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit
in the following categories:

       1.0 hour Mental Health and Substance Abuse MCLE credit
       1.0 hour Diversity and Inclusion MCLE credit

Back by Popular Demand!
Don’t miss ISBA’s fifth annual elder law bootcamp that gives you the guidance and information you need to effectively represent your aging clients. Attorneys with all levels of practice experience who attend this two-day seminar will gain a better understanding of:

  • Case law updates since our 2017 Elder Law Bootcamp seminar;
  • How to appeal a Medicaid decision;
  • New legislation affecting the elder law practice;
  • The important provisions you need to consider when meeting the different needs of your aging clients;
  • The legal requirements for fiduciaries;
  • How to contest a will or trust in Illinois;
  • The changes to Medicaid Waiver programs;
  • Creating a diverse and inclusive workplace;
  • Recognizing and referring a colleague in need; and
  • Much more.


Program Coordinator:
Susan Dawson-Tibbits
, Johnson Bunce & Noble, P.C., Peoria

Program Moderators:
Susan Dawson-Tibbits
, Johnson Bunce & Noble, P.C., Peoria (Thursday)
Stephen Iden
, LaBarre Young & Behnke, Springfield (Friday)



NOTE: You 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. 


Thursday, April 26, 2018

8:50 – 9:00 a.m.  Welcome and Introduction to Program
Susan Dawson-Tibbits, Johnson Bunce & Noble, P.C., Peoria

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Case Law Update
The landscape of elder law is changing and litigation is becoming more prevalent, making it doubly important that practitioners stay current with this ever-evolving field of law. Join Judge Siemer as he offers case law updates and discusses decisions of note since our last bootcamp.
Hon. Martin W. Siemer, Fourth Judicial Circuit, Effingham

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

10:15 – 11:15 a.m.  Long Term Care: Medicaid Appeals
As more older adults turn to Medicaid to meet the cost of long-term care, families are requesting assistance from attorneys on denied applications, penalty periods, and spend down requirements. This session provides an overview of the appeal process, identifies common issues, and shares strategies and tips for advocating for long term care residents.
Megan E. Kinney, Land of Lincoln Legal Assistance Foundation, East St. Louis
Dolores A. Wigman, Prairie State Legal Services, McHenry

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Legislation Update
This segment offers an in-depth look at recent legislative updates and hot topic issues that you need to be aware of during your next case.
Daniel C. Hawkins, Ward Murray Pace Johnson, P.C., Sterling
Karen A. Kloppe, Attorney at Law, Springfield

12:15 – 12:45 p.m.  Lunch (provided)

12:45 – 1:45 p.m.  Powers of Attorney, Wills and Trusts: What Every Elder Law Attorney Should Know
This session discusses important provisions you need to consider when meeting the different needs of your aging clients, including the pros and cons of adding additional language to your current forms and when to use special needs language in your documents.
Mary E. Faupel, Faupel Law Offices, Ltd., Eureka
Erica E. Lord, The Northern Trust Company, Chicago

1:45 – 2:45 p.m.  Advising Fiduciaries
Learn the legal requirements for a variety of fiduciaries, including guardians, trustees, executors/administrators, and agents under a power of attorney. Emphasis will be on advising clients so that they do not breach their duties as fiduciaries.
Eugenia C. Hunter, Attorney at Law, Carbondale

2:45 – 3:00 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

3:00 – 4:00 p.m.  Will and Trust Contests in Illinois
Learn how to contest a will or trust in Illinois and how a beneficiary, trustee, or family member can protect their inheritance.
Hon. Susan Coleman (Ret.), Peck Ritchey, LLC, Chicago
Kerry R. Peck, Peck Ritchey, LLC, Chicago

Friday, April 27, 2018

8:50 – 9:00 a.m. Welcome Back and Announcements
Susan Dawson-Tibbits
, Johnson Bunce & Noble, P.C., Peoria

9:00 – 9:30 a.m.  Hot Topic: Medicaid Waiver for the Elderly
Get the information you need regarding recent federal changes to Medicaid Waiver for the Elderly and the impact these changes will have in Illinois.
Lora McCurdy, Illinois Department of Aging, Springfield

9:30 – 10:30 a.m.  Inclusive Leaders: Driving the Future Workplace*
Learn how to be an inclusive leader with this comprehensive overview that explores a number of important topics, including: understanding the characteristics of the future workplace; constructing a leadership model for the future workplace; developing inclusion strategies for a diverse workforce; and increasing your understanding of and ability to interrupt implicit biases.
Michelle A. Silverthorn, Illinois Supreme Court Commission on Professionalism, Chicago

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

10:45 – 11:45 a.m.  Recognizing and Referring a Colleague in Need: Mental Health and Substance Abuse Issues in Older Attorneys*
The percentage of attorneys age 60 and older have nearly tripled over the last two years (from 3% to 9%). These lawyers frequently have multiple physical, mental, and cognitive issues requiring intervention, often forcing them into the difficult process of deciding to retire. This presentation examines the issues facing elder attorneys and discusses how to recognize when an aging colleague needs help and how to refer them to LAP.
Tony Pacione, Illinois Lawyers’ Assistance Program, Chicago

11:45 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Wrap Up and Q&A
All speakers are invited to participate.


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval