Continuing Legal Education

6th Annual Minority Bar CLE Conference [SPRINGFIELD - STREAMING VIDEO]

June 20, 2018 to June 21, 2018
Wed: 12:00 - 4:45; Thur: 9:00 - 1:15
8.00 MCLE hours, including 2.00 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit hours (PMCLE credit subject to approval)

424 S. Second Street
Springfield, IL 62701
(map and directions)


Please Note: This is an Interactive Simulcast Site with Streaming Video that will be
broadcast from Chicago to our Conference Room in Springfield.


Back by popular demand! Don’t miss the 6th Annual Minority Bar CLE Conference that offers you guidance and information in a number of practice areas. Enhance your knowledge on an array of key issues, including:


  • How unrepresented litigants are hindered in their access to justice and what is being done to rectify this issue;
  • How in-house and outside counsel can partner to promote diversity;
  • The immigration law issues every employment lawyer should be aware of;
  • The current immigration climate and the efforts being made to recruit minority attorneys and foreign talent;
  • How to handle the loss of capacity in a client, as well as the pitfalls you can avoid or mitigate;
  • The intersection of real estate issues with other practice areas;
  • The role of the bench and bar in serving diverse litigants and what can be done to ensure that justice is blind; and
  • How to prepare for law firm partnership; and
  • Much more!

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


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. 

Thank you to our Sponsors!

Locke Lord LLP

Diversity Scholarship Foundation

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


Wednesday, June 20, 2018

11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. Lunch Available for Pre-Registrants
Sponsored by the
Diversity Scholarship Foundation

12:00 – 12:15 p.m.  Welcome and Introduction

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.  Unrepresented Litigants: Issues and Solutions*
Coordinated by the Cook County Bar Association

Unrepresented litigants are hindered in their access to justice – and their numbers are rising. In 2012, the Illinois Supreme Court formed the Access to Justice (ATJ) Commission to expand equal access to justice for all people, particularly the poor and vulnerable. This panel presentation addresses the scope of the issues, challenges faced, and solutions proposed (including the use of limited scope representation). Learn how the ATJ Commission benefits litigants who would otherwise go unrepresented for the entirety of their case, as well as the special ethics rules that come into play when dealing with an unrepresented litigant.
Moderator: Hon. Leonard Murray, Circuit Court of Cook County, Chicago
Danielle E. Hirsch, Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts, Chicago
David T. Holtermann, Lawyers Trust Fund, Chicago
Athena T. Taite, Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission, Chicago

1:15 – 1:25 p.m.  Break (beverages provided)

1:25 – 2:25 p.m.  It Takes Two to Tango: How In-House and Outside Counsel Can Partner to Promote Diversity*
Coordinated by the Asian American Bar Association

Corporate legal departments and law firms have increased their efforts to focus on diversity and inclusion both internally and in the legal profession, in general. This segment discusses how in-house and outside counsel can work together to achieve their respective diversity and inclusion objectives, and offers examples of successful results. Hear real-life examples of both formal and informal efforts, as well as the creative ways in-house and outside counsel have partnered together. Additional topics include how in-house counsel can use their client role to enhance diversity within their firms and the proactive steps firms are taking to further their diversity and inclusion goals.
Moderator: Lizzy Diaz-Ortiz, BMO Financial Group, Chicago
Monique N. Bhargava, Loeb & Loeb LLP, Chicago
Ann Chen, Abbott Laboratories, Chicago
Sylvia Chen, Google, Chicago
Nick Jaramillo, Microsoft, Chicago

2:25 – 2:35 p.m.  Break (refreshments provided)

2:35 – 3:35 p.m.  Increase in Immigration Raids & Crackdowns: Immigration Law Basics Every Employment Attorney Should Know
Coordinated by the Hispanic Lawyers Association of Illinois

Join us for an in-depth look at the immigration law issues every employment lawyers should be aware of, including: anti-discrimination provisions; employer work verification obligations; prohibitions on hiring workers without lawful status; the development of an effective Form 1-9 compliance program; special considerations for E-Verify employers; investigations involving false documentation; common employer mistakes that lead to criminal liability; worksite enforcement audits; and investigations including enforcement directives, audit process overview, ICE audits, self-audits, and recent investigations.
Esther Contreras, Masuda, Funai, Eifert & Mitchell, Ltd., Schaumburg
Karla Sanchez, Seyfarth Shaw LLP, Chicago
Ana Maria Echiburu Tyrell, Minsky, McCormick & Hallagan, P.C., Chicago

3:35 – 3:45 p.m.  Break

3:45 – 4:45 p.m.  Implications for the High-Tech ​Industry in the Current Immigration Climate
Coordinated by the Korean American Bar Association

The high-tech industry – which boasts a significant number of diverse business owners, entrepreneurs, employees, and legal professionals – is rapidly growing; however, the current political and legal landscape poses a challenge to the industry’s ability to hire the talent it needs. This session examines the current immigration climate and the efforts being made to recruit minority attorneys and foreign talent.
Moderator: Peter Lee, Brinks Gilson & Lione, Chicago
Dennis Lee, Uptake Technologies, Chicago
Karlie J. Dunsky, Franczek Radelet P.C., Chicago

Thursday, June 21, 2018

8:30 – 9:00 a.m.  Complimentary Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 10:00 a.m.  Elder Law Issue Spotting and Best Practices in Guardianship Matters
Coordinated by the Chinese American Bar

Family members with developmental disabilities, mental health concerns, and medical issues are able to survive and have longer lives than in the past. But the temporary or permanent loss of capacity in a loved one can cause havoc in a family if certain legal measures aren’t taken in advance of the injury or illness that caused the loss. This interactive presentation illustrates the pitfalls that practitioners of Guardianship can avoid or mitigate. Attendees will be asked to identify elements of guardianship or “elder care” that might trigger legal action (i.e., capacity, ownership of property or assets, and contested cases), the roles of the Office of Public Guardian and Office of State Guardian, how to know when to go pro se, and when an elder law practitioner is needed.
Moderator: Elaine C. Sit, Law Office of Elaine C. Sit, Chicago
Sheni H. Djurisic, Djurisic P.C., Chicago
Carrie Fung, Office of the Public Guardian, Chicago
Madeleine M. Sharko, Office of State Guardian, Chicago
Melinda Tsang, MB Financial Bank, N.A., Chicago

10:00 – 10:05 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

10:05 – 11:05 a.m.  Everybody Loves Real Estate: How Real Estate Can Show Up in Your Practice
Coordinated by the Filipino American Lawyers Association of Chicago

Discover how real estate issues can arise within other practice areas – including bankruptcy, corporate transactions, lending, immigration, estate planning, and litigation – and how you can team up to work effectively and efficiently across practice areas without letting anything slip through the cracks. Using a case study, the panel walks attendees through the various issues that may arise during the purchase and development of a distressed property.
Fred Augustin, Maurides Law, Chicago
Aurora Austriaco, Valentine Austriaco & Bueshel, P.C., Chicago
Marc Cervantes, Cervantes Chatt & Prince P.C., Chicago
Maricar Madrid Crost, Madrid Crost Law Group, Chicago
Winnalynn Kantaris, Cortland Capital Market Services, Chicago
Rey Tanig, Harrison & Held, LLP, Chicago

11:05 – 11:15 a.m.  Break (beverages provided)

11:15 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.  Advancement to Partner: Tiers, Taxes & Tracks
Coordinated by the South Asian Bar Association

Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from our group of panelists as they each discuss the structure of their law firm, including the number and meaning of each tier. Topics include: the financial responsibilities potentially involved (and not involved) and how each affects the financial planning leading up to any promotion and payment structures; the tax implications of being on a W-2 v. K1 system; preparing to become partner and the numbers to pay attention to; tips for beginning business development before reaching partnership; how civic engagement/leadership and involvement outside of the firm can set one apart; and how to incorporate diversity, inclusion, and minority recruitment into your law firm during the partner track course.
Avanti Bakane, Gordon & Rees Scully Mansukhani, Chicago
Peter C. Kim, Litchfield Cavollp,  Chicago
Monica Khetarpal, Jackson Lewis
Kal Shah, Benesch Law
Jean Soh, Polsinelli, P.C.
Roshan P. Shrestha, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP, Chicago

12:15 – 1:15 p.m.   Family Law Issues in Underrepresented Populations
Coordinated by the Black Women Lawyers Association Bar Association and the Lesbian and Gay Bar Association of Chicago

The courtrooms of the domestic relations division are filled with litigants from every race, religion, ethnicity, and sexual orientation. Nothing is more personal then how people choose to live their lives and raise their children. With the increasing rates of divorce and single-parent households, significant numbers of parties from underrepresented populations seek to resolve their divorce, parenting, and child support cases through the court system. This panel delves into the role of the bench and bar in serving diverse litigants, and what obligations (if any) minority attorneys and members of the bench have to their clientele in ensuring that justice is not blind, but rather informed, pragmatic, relevant, and sensitive.
Moderator: Masah S. SamForay, The Foray Law Firm, Chicago
Marcellus H. Moore, The Alliance Law Group, P.C., Chicago
Erika L. Orr, Orr Law Group, Chicago
Ashonta C. Rice, Attorney at Law, Flossmoor
Timothy Walczak, Walczak Hernandez P.C., Chicago
Adam Zebelian, Shiller DuCanto & Fleck LLP, Chicago


*Professional Responsibility MCLE credit subject to approval