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Learn about IllinoisBarDocs and get free CLE Credit

Posted on March 15, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Still wondering what IllinoisBarDocs is and how it will help you practice more efficiently? Then follow the instructions below to view a complimentary program at your convenience and earn 1 hour of CLE credit. Presented by law practice management expert Barron Henley, the program not only explains what IllinoisBarDocs is and how it works, but also covers a number of other time-saving document drafting techniques.

And don’t forget that IllinoisBarDocs’ promotional pricing ends on March 31, 2016!

Order now and get an annual subscription for $150/year or a monthly subscription for $20/month.  On April 1, the price of an annual subscription will increase to $199/year.

To access your complimentary recording of IllinoisBarDocs: The Ultimate Efficiency Tool - Introduction to ISBA's New Document Assembly System follow the below steps:

CLE: Environmental Law for the General Practitioner – Live Webcast!

Posted on March 15, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Join us from the comfort of your home or office on April 7, 2016 for two live webcasts that were developed for general practitioners who do not ordinarily advise clients on issues involving environmental law, but who need an introductory look at these topics.

Part One - A Thumbnail Sketch of Environmental Law | 11:30 AM – 12:30 PM

Don’t miss Part One of the Environmental Law for the General Practitioner Series, which offers a basic overview of the general principles on the application of environmental law and the interplay between state and federal agencies.

CLE: Legal Issues Surrounding Social Media: Trademark, Employment Law, Trial Issues, and Ethics – LIVE WEBCAST

Posted on March 9, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Don’t miss this live webcast on March 24, 2016 that discussion on the legal issues surrounding social media, including common intellectual property, discovery, and ethical concerns that can arise from your client’s use of social media. Attorneys with basic practice experience who attend this live webcast will better understand: trademark issues and risks that clients face when using social media; how to respond to the unauthorized use of trademarks on social media; how to advise your business client on social media policies in the workplace; how the National Labor Relations Board treats social media discussions, especially between employees; how to identify and avoid ethical pitfalls that may arise when using social media in your practice, including issues with advertising and communication with court personnel, opposing parties, or potential clients; the evidentiary and practical issues encountered when using social media at trial; how the Cable Communications Act and Stored Communications Act have affected providers’ reluctance to turn over information and discovery obtain from social media accounts; and much more!

CLE: General Practice Update 2016: Quincy Regional Event

Posted on February 29, 2016 by Chris Bonjean

Back by popular demand! Enhance your professional excellence by attending this full-day seminar in Quincy on March 18, 2016 that gives you the opportunity to update your knowledge in a number of general practice areas! Attorneys with basic to intermediate levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: how new technology can help you run your practice more efficiently; the recent cases and rulings of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission; the changes in family law that affect how divorces are handled in Illinois; how to avoid abusing social media in your practice; the common tax issues affecting farm corporations; the special issues and considerations that can arise when representing disabled or injured clients; the recent cases involving search and seizure at both the state and federal level; the recent changes to how attorneys represent banks and financial institutions; and how to incorporate civility into your practice.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section and qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 2.25 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

CLE: Trial Practice Series: Trial of a Sexual Orientation and Harassment Case

Posted on February 26, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Get the tips and advice you need to successfully conduct your next labor and employment trial with this full day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on March 18, 2016! Attorneys with intermediate practice experience working in the areas of labor/employment, racial and ethnic minorities, disability law, women’s rights, civil practice, corporate law, administrative law, local government, and sexual orientation and gender identity who attend this seminar will leave with a better understanding of: how fine-tuning your voir dire skills can help you make an impression on jurors during your next trial; why you should strike or keep a juror during the voir dire process; why the opening statement is one of the most important steps throughout a trial; how to present your evidence during your direct examination – even when the subject matter is sensitive in nature; how to handle objections during cross-examination; what the judge is thinking and why they rule accordingly during arguments on objections; how to use the cross-examination process to your advantage during a trial; how to make an impression on the jury during your closing argument; why performance, showmanship, and the art of persuasion is so important during a trial; and much more! Each segment of the seminar is presented as a mock-trial demonstration followed by an explanation showing what was done right or wrong, as well as tips for how to enhance your trial skills.

CLE: 40 Hour Mediation/Arbitration Training

Posted on February 19, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Mediation is designed to resolve differences both in and out of the courts. It requires a very different mindset than courtroom litigation. Join us in Carbondale on March 14, 2016 for this week-long mediation training and learn how to resolve conflicts in a non-adversarial, non-confrontational manner, allowing peaceful resolutions between parties.

The program is taught by Richard Calkins and Fred Lane – two nationally recognized mediators, authors and educators. Until 20 years ago, both Mr. Calkins and Mr. Lane were well-known and highly regarded litigators. Since then, however, they have successfully mediated over 5,000 cases.

CLE: Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series: A Closer Look: Working Smarter in Your Practice - Spring 2016

Posted on February 16, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Get the best practice tips and practical tools you need to work smarter in today’s technologically-advanced world with this full-day seminar in Bloomington on Friday, March 11, 2016! Attendees will gain a better understanding of: how legal competence and technological competence go hand-in-hand; how to implement cost-effective and easy-to-use technology in your practice; how to find and keep valuable clients; which tools and technologies enable you to run your practice remotely; how technology can help you improve client and workplace communication; how to avoid communication overload in our digital world; the ethical pitfalls of everyday law office computing; and much more!

CLE: What's New in Mental Health Law - 2016

Posted on February 9, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Attend this seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on February 17, 2016 for a better understanding of the current issues and challenges surrounding mental health law in Illinois! As an attorney working in the mental health law arena, you need to stay up to date on the legislative and procedural changes taking place throughout Illinois. Mental health lawyers, disability law practitioners, family law attorneys, and those working in the health care industry attending this seminar will better understand: the legislative changes affecting Illinois’ Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code; how the Mental Health Confidentiality Act is impacted by recent Illinois legislation; the recent Illinois Supreme Court and Appellate Court decisions regarding the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code and the Illinois Mental Health Confidentiality Act; and the legal and ethical obligations attorneys have when facing a colleague with mental illness.

CLE: A Changing Landscape: Student Discipline 2016

Posted on February 2, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Don’t miss this comprehensive overview of Senate Bill 100 on February 11, 2016, which amends the Illinois School Code in a number of areas! Attorneys practicing in the education law arena need to be aware of the changes that go into effect on September 15, 2016 and how they will affect parents, school districts, and students. Join us for this half-day seminar that offers a better understanding of: how the new law will alter the way student discipline cases are handled; the goals of the new legislation; how school boards will adapt to the upcoming changes; how school boards and school administration will be affected by the changes; how the discipline of special education students will be handled; and the ethical issues that may arise due to the new laws.

CLE: Drafting Powers of Attorney – Live Webcast

Posted on January 29, 2016 by Morgan Yingst

Learn how to draft powers of attorney that meet your client’s goals and objectives with this online seminar on February 11, 2016! General practitioners, health care counsel, trust and estate attorneys, senior lawyers, and attorneys working in the mental health field or tax law arena need to know how to incorporate “statutory” and “non-statutory” powers of attorney for both property and health care to assist clients in minimizing the issues and problems of growing older. Attorneys with basic to intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will learn how to draft samples for the following types of clients: clients with minor children; adult families; dysfunctional families; clients with businesses; clients with tax problems; clients of modest to minimal wealth; and clients with diminishing capacity and driving skills. This seminar also debunks some of the myths surrounding Health Care and Property Powers of Attorney, and offers practical solutions to current problems frequently experienced by clients, attorneys, and service providers. The seminar closes with a 30-minute overview and demonstration of IllinoisBarDocs – ISBA’s new document assembly product. Learn how to use IllinoisBarDocs to quickly and accurately generate statutory powers of attorney for both healthcare and property.