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CLE: Computer Basics 2016: Is This Thing On?

Posted on September 26, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Competent representation not only requires legal knowledge, skill, and preparation, but also requires you to keep abreast of changes in the law and its practice, including the benefits and risks associated with technology. Don’t miss this program in Glen Ellyn on October 14, 2016 that’s designed to give you the individualized, personal, hands-on computer training you need that’s directly applicable to the practice of law! Attorneys lacking basic computer skills who attend this seminar will better understand: how to use computer hardware, including the keyboard and mouse; how to create documents in Microsoft Word; how to create an email account and what to do with it once it’s created; the dangers of opening attachments and spam; using the Internet for your online legal research; the importance of converting documents to PDF; how to safeguard yourself and your practice against the dangers of advanced technology; and much more! Register Early; Space is Limited to 24 Attendees!

CLE: The Nuts and Bolts of Equal Employment Opportunity Commission (EEOC) Practice [Live Webcast]

Posted on September 21, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

The first step in filing most federal employment discrimination claims is to file with the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission. Your charge can be dismissed quickly or go through a lengthy process. Join us via Internet for a live webcast on October 6, 2016 to learn from an EEOC Investigator and an EEOC attorney as they explain the process in detail. Administrative law attorneys, labor and employment practitioners, lawyers working in corporate law, general practice attorneys, and young lawyers with basic practice experience who attend this online seminar will gain a better understanding of: how to file an EEOC charge; how to file the responsive position statement; the mediation opportunities; the investigation process; when and how legal becomes involved in a charge; the conciliation process in the event of a cause finding; and what the EEOC is looking for in cases it files.

CLE: Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series: A Balancing Act: Technology and Practice Management Solutions

Posted on September 14, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

As any solo or small firm lawyer can attest, there are two parts to running a practice: the client part and the practice management part. Paying more attention to one part over the other creates an imbalance that can cost you a reference, ruin your reputation, or worse, land you in hot-water. Join us in Springfield for this full day seminar on September 30, 2016 that offers you the information and advice you need to successfully run the practice management part of your career, including: what you need to know to use technology in the litigation environment; how to manage the life of your practice from start to finish; how to avoid buying new software by using what you already have; whether or not practice management software is right for you; how to ensure the success of your practice through regular maintenance; how to deal with the stresses of the profession; how to keep good clients and avoid bad ones; how to successfully use Excel, Adobe, and geographical information systems in your practice; how to handle the intergenerational workplace; and much more!

Fred Lane set to kick off final semester leading Trial Techniques class

Posted on September 8, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Fred LaneNext Tuesday evening, Fred Lane will start his final semester leading the "Trial Techniques" class he's been a part of since the 1950s. Lane, who donated the class to ISBA years ago, will continue as an occasional instructor for the course but will hand off the weekly responsibilities to others.

"It’s time to let others take it over," Lane said. "I want to spend more time with mediations and mediation activities. I'll still be doing the 40-hour mediation class for the ISBA with Dick Caulkins [a co-founder, with Lane, of the International Academy of Dispute Resolution.]"

"This will give me more time for my hobbies, especially magic. I've always done a lot of charitable magic gigs at hospitals and senior citizen homes and nursing homes."

Lane, who performs as The Great Fredini, typically ends each class with a magic trick.

Lane's involvement with ISBA started in 1958 thanks to then President Barnabas Sears. Sears approached Lane about joining the ISBA and Lane thought it was a great idea. After joining, Lane received a letter heralding him as the 10,000th member of the association.

"I got invited down to Springfield and received an award," Lane said. "What a great way to start off my time with ISBA."

Lane later served as ISBA President from 1985-86.

CLE: Family Law Changes and Mediation Practice – Live Webcast

Posted on September 8, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

The Illinois General Assembly enacted changes in 2016 to the Illinois family laws. Divorce and custody cases are sent to mediation, but the changes in the law have effected how mediators and attorneys handle the mediation process. Don’t miss this opportunity on September 22, 2016 to hear from our panel of mediators as they discuss how the new laws have influenced their approach toward family law mediations, the skills they use during mediation, and their interaction with both parties involved in the mediation. Additional topics include: whether or not the new law has changed their mediation practice; the use of caucusing; how to explain the new law to your mediation clients; and previewing plans with the parties.

CLE: Family Law Table Clinic Series - Session 1

Posted on September 2, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Don’t miss ISBA’s first installment of the Family Law Table Clinic Series! Join us in Chicago on September 15, 2016 as our speakers offer informal table top presentations on a number of key family law topics, including orders of protection, domestic violence, summary judgments, interim fees, declaratory judgements, pleadings, and more. This interactive innovative CLE format gives you ample opportunity to ask questions, clarify issues, and discuss concerns with faculty members at the end of each presentation. Each table clinic lasts 30 minutes with attendees moving from table to table throughout the day. The series is open to all levels of practice experience, but designed with attorneys new to family law (or who need a refresher) in mind.

CLE: 2016 Military Law Update – Live Webinar

Posted on August 30, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn how you can assist service members and veterans on a number of unique legal issues, including: how family law and military law issues oftentimes overlap; the employment rights of service members; the Illinois Veteran’s Court; Illinois’ established provisions for military personnel; and the recent interpretations of the Uniformed Services Employment and Reemployment Rights Act (USERRA).

CLE: Telemedicine: Diagnosing the Legal Issues – Live Webcast

Posted on August 19, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

As the practice of telemedicine grows in popularity, so does the list of legal and ethical issues that physicians and health care attorneys need to be aware of. Join us online on September 9, 2016 for a look at how you can help your health care clients stay up-to-date in this evolving and dynamic field. Attorneys with intermediate to advanced levels of practice experience will better understand: how patient/physician relationships are established in a virtual medical practice; the concern for continuity of care; the American Medical Association policies regarding telemedicine; regulatory issues and privacy concerns; and payment requirements. The program closes with a brief look at Teladoc v. Texas Medical Board, which has been entangled in a legal battle since 2011.

CLE: The Fear Factor: How Good Lawyers Get Into (and Avoid) Ethical Trouble

Posted on August 15, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Some of the scariest stories are those where responsible lawyers who care about acting in an appropriate manner get into disciplinary trouble – because if it can happen to them, it can happen to us. Join us in Chicago or via live webcast on September 16, 2016 as our speaker, Stuart Teicher, gives us a guided tour along the path where common missteps are frequently made by otherwise honorable attorneys. Topics include: the responsibilities of a subordinate lawyer and what to do if you’re told to do something unethical; how to avoid making false statements or misrepresenting the truth in five key areas; the duties of a supervising attorney toward associate lawyers; the changing trends toward professionalism in the practice; conflicts of interest issues; keeping your attorney-client relationships at an appropriate level; and substance abuse and money issues.

CLE: Monetizing Intellectual Property [LIVE WEBCAST]

Posted on August 8, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Learn how to help your clients generate revenue stream from the intellectual property they already own! Many of your clients are ready to take their intellectual property rights to the next level...are you ready to advise them? Join us via the Internet on September 8, 2016 for this in-depth look at how you can help your clients achieve their business goals and avoid the pitfalls created by licensing their intellectual property. Intellectual property attorneys and general practitioners with basic practice experience who attend this online seminar will better understand: the benefits of licensing; how to use licensing to leverage intellectual property; what types of intellectual property should be licensed; the various types of licenses and what each protects; important terms of licensing agreements and the difference between assignment and licensing; using intellectual property as collateral; how to monitor licensees; addressing and resolving licensing disputes; and keeping an eye out for antitrust concerns.