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CLE: Bail Reform in Illinois - Why It Is Time

Posted on August 21, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Discover how the Cook County Circuit Court Order (and other changes on the horizon) may affect your next client. 

Although the Bail Reform Act was signed into law by Gov. Bruce Rauner, the question remains whether the Act is adequate enough to address the multiple problems facing the criminal court’s bail-setting process. A bail hearing is one of the first contacts with the criminal court for a defendant charged with a crime – and it is imperative that attorneys working in this arena be familiar with the new rules, orders, and procedures, as well as how to incorporate these procedures into their practice in order to protect their clients’ rights. Criminal law attorneys, government lawyers, civil rights practitioners, and disability lawyers with all levels of practice experience who attend this seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on Sept. 26 will better understand: the history behind the Bail Reform Act of 2017 and why there was a need; the challenges facing Cook County Circuit Court Order No. 18.8A; the current framework for the bond system in Illinois; the impact of bail setting and pre-trial detention on communities in Illinois; the impact these changes have on appeals; how to remain in compliance with the law and the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct; and the future of reform in Illinois.

CLE: Cannabis Law - What You Need to Know to Represent Cannabis Businesses and Investors

Posted on August 15, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Cannabis is one of the fastest growing industries in the U.S., but is fraught with numerous legal and regulatory issues that are constantly evolving. This half-day program in Chicago or via live webcast on Sept. 20 offers a multidisciplinary introduction to a number of issues that can arise when representing cannabis business clients and investors, including tax, regulatory/compliance, securities, banking, real estate, and land use. 

CLE: All the Queen's Horses - The $53 Million Question: Who's Responsible for Finding Fraud?

Posted on August 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

On Feb. 14, 2013, Rita Crundwell, former comptroller for the city of Dixon, Ill., was sentenced to 19 and a half years in prison for stealing more than $53 million from the city. Crundwell’s crime went on record as the largest municipal fraud in U.S. history. Just as shocking as the amount stolen from this small Illinois town was the fact that Crundwell engaged in her scheme to pillage Dixon for 20 years before being discovered. Crundwell's fraud once again focused an unflattering spotlight on the accounting profession and the role of the audit. The relevance of the audit has been in question since the uncovering of massive corporate frauds dating back to Worldcom and Enron. Subsequent to Crundwell's conviction, the city of Dixon sued its auditors, accountants and bank, settling their claim against them for $40 million.

CLE: Family Law Update 2018

Posted on August 7, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Join us Sept. 14 in Chicago for an in-depth look at a number of key changes to the family law arena, including the litigation updates that may impact your next client.

Family law practitioners, child law attorneys, and civil practice lawyers with all levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: how to apply the Illinois Rules of Evidence and the Illinois Code of Civil Procedure to your family law litigation case; the judicial perspective on proper pleadings; how to apply equitable remedies to a family law case; the impact of normalizing income as part of the valuation process when determining fair market value; how to calculate appropriate maintenance (and how the new maintenance statute may impact that calculation); and the importance of providing the necessary evidence in a child support hearing.

CLE: Second Annual Abraham Lincoln's Legacy - Lessons for Today's Lawyers

Posted on July 30, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

In 1858, Lincoln defended William Duff Armstrong on murder charges for the death of James Preston Metzker. During the trial, a key prosecution eyewitness named Charles Allen testified that he witnessed the fight after sunset by the light of the moon high overhead. Lincoln undermined Allen’s testimony by using an almanac to prove that the moon was on the horizon and did not provide sufficient light to see anything clearly at the time of the fight. William Duff Armstrong was acquitted and Lincoln’s use of the almanac became legendary in the legal community. Don’t miss this full-day seminar in Beardstown on Sept. 7, 2018 that examines the Lincoln Almanac Trial in the very courthouse where Armstrong was acquitted. Topics include: an examination of the case from the trial advocacy perspective, and what modern lawyers can learn from it; a look at Lincoln’s other murder trials, and how attorneys must fulfill their duty to represent clients zealously in such cases; the problem with eyewitness identification and how to deal with it effectively at trial; the ethical issues that can arise during a trial; and a look at Lincoln’s practice before the Illinois Supreme Court.

CLE: Complimentary Training and CLE Credit for ISBA Members Only

Posted on July 23, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Don’t miss these upcoming Fastcase seminars!

August 2 - Introduction to Legal Research on Fastcase
Noon – 1 p.m.
0.75 hours MCLE | PMCLE credit
Don’t miss this opportunity to familiarize yourself with Fastcase (including the all new Fastcase 7) through this introductory legal research training seminar.

CLE: Fred Lane's ISBA Trial Technique Institute

Posted on July 13, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Improve your trial skills in this “learn-by-doing” program that covers all phases of trial work from both a plaintiff/prosecutor and defendant’s viewpoint in both civil and criminal cases. Through this course, you will learn and practice new trial techniques that are most effective and consistent with the Illinois Rules of Evidence and the Federal Rules of Evidence. Each session is audio-video taped so you can see and hear the improvements in your voice, manner, and trial technique. The course has been proven to be of value whether your practice includes trying jury and non-jury cases, administrative hearings, arbitrations, or even mediations. The course is taught and coordinated by Scott Lane and Fred Lane. Please note: As he did last semester, Scott Lane will continue in his role as the primary instructor during the fall semester.    

ISBA to Launch New Online CLE Platform

Posted on July 2, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The Illinois State Bar Association will launch a new online CLE platform the week of July 23.

The new platform will feature extended access to watch and re-watch all programs, including programs members have attended live, automated registration confirmation emails with program details and purchase verification, and continued access to member CLE accounts and to all CLE certificates. 

Members will still have access to more than 400 hours of on-demand programming, including 15 hours of free CLE per bar year. 

CLE: The MCLE Deadline for Attorneys (A-M) is June 30. Are You Ready?

Posted on June 11, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Use your free online CLE hours to help meet your MCLE requirement. Haven't met your 30 hours yet? Use your ISBA free online CLE benefit – up to 15 hours per bar year included with your membership at no extra cost – before the June 30 deadline! With more 400 hours of online CLE programming, there's something for everyone.

CLE: The $53 Million Fraud: Who’s Responsible for Catching Fraud?

Posted on June 6, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Fraud can happen to anyone, but who is responsible for catching it? On Feb. 14, 2013, Rita Crundwell, former comptroller for Dixon, Ill., was sentenced to 19 and a half years in prison for stealing more than $53 million from the city during a 20-year period. Subsequent to her conviction, the city successfully sued its auditors, settling their claim against them for $40 million. 

Join us in Fontana, Wis., on June 15 during ISBA’s Annual Meeting for an examination of the case and a discussion regarding what role attorneys and auditors should play in uncovering fraud. The program concludes with a lively discussion among our speakers: Devon Bruce, the lead attorney for the city of Dixon in the lawsuit against its auditors; Kelly Richmond Pope, documentary director, accountant, and white collar crime expert; and Brick Van Der Snick, an ISBA member whose secretary managed to steal more than $150,000 from his law firm.

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