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CLE: The Ethics of Technology

Posted on June 1, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Join us in Fontana, Wis., on June 15 during ISBA’s Annual Meeting as we examine information security, the ethics of technology, and how to communicate with clients about their private data. The Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct now recognize that part of the lawyer’s duty to maintain competence includes keeping abreast of the benefits and risks associated with relevant technology. This program explores this ethics requirement and provides an overview of what you need to do in order to comply. All attorneys – regardless of practice experience or practice area – who attend this program will better understand: the necessary processes and procedures to avoid a data breach; computer security, cloud technology, and other major risks associated with the use of technology in the practice of law; the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct and ISBA’s Professional Conduct Advisory Opinions regarding electronic information and security; and how to interpret the standard of “reasonability” under these rules and opinions.

CLE: Post-Conviction Remedies, Part 2 (Live Webcast)

Posted on May 30, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Do you represent clients seeking post-appellate relief? Do your clients complain about a lack of relief after conviction? Are you looking for alternative outcomes in correctional relief of sentences? Then don’t miss this continued intermediate online discussion on June 22, 2018, regarding post-conviction remedies for Illinois prisoners that covers direct appeals, motions for reduction of sentences, sentencing credits, parole (mandatory supervised release), and detainers, as well as federal action.

CLE: Gain the Edge! Negotiation Strategies for Lawyers

Posted on May 23, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

You negotiate every day. In fact, your ability to effectively negotiate may be the most critical skill you possess, yet most negotiate instinctively or intuitively. This Master Series seminar trains you to approach negotiations with a strategic mindset, allowing you to become a more effective lawyer. And make no mistake – no matter how much you’ve negotiated, you can still learn. Adding that one new tactic may be the difference between winning and walking away empty-handed. Topics include: the golden rules of negotiation; gaining leverage with alternatives; using objective criteria and timing to your advantage; techniques for gathering information; generating creative solutions; dealing with "negotiation games;" and ethical considerations.

CLE: Tips of the Trade: A Federal Civil Practice Seminar

Posted on May 18, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Back by popular demand! Join us June 29 in O’Fallon for this unique opportunity to learn about all aspects of federal civil practice from seven federal judges and several experienced attorneys on topics ranging from important pleading requirements to trial preparation and settlement negotiations. Attorneys with all levels of experience practicing in the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Illinois who attend this seminar will gain a better understanding of: recent developments in federal jurisdiction; pitfalls to avoid and procedures to follow; how to manage the costs and burdens of discovery while uncovering key evidence; the bench’s perspective on federal civil practice; jury instructions and pre-trial orders; settlement conferences and the procedures for a successful mediation; and much more.

CLE: 6th Annual Minority Bar CLE Conference

Posted on May 15, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

Back by popular demand! Don’t miss the 6th Annual Minority Bar CLE Conference, held June 20-21 in Chicago. Enhance your knowledge about 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.

CLE: What's Cooking in the Restaurant Industry? A Survey of Trending Legal Issues

Posted on May 10, 2018 by Rhys Saunders

The restaurant industry is the nation’s second-largest private sector employer with a workforce that exceeds 14 million people. An industry of this magnitude inevitably faces a wide range of legal issues, making it important for you to stay abreast of the concerns that are unique to this type of business.

CLE: What Comes Next? Emerging Issues for LGBT Clients

Posted on May 4, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Some federal protections are changing….are you ready to advise your LGBT clients? LGBT issues cross many legal practice areas, including family law, anti-discrimination, real estate, and estate planning – to name a few. Don’t miss this full-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on June 7, 2018 that explores the emerging issues in each of these areas and how you can best advise your LGBT client.

Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series - Momentum: Driving Your Practice Down a Path of Success

Posted on May 1, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Get the tips you need to drive your practice down a path of success with this full-day seminar in Naperville on June 1, 2018. Topics include: risk management; using software you already have; automated document assembly; succession planning; Moneyball for lawyers; open source investigations; and much more!

NEW! ONE ON ONE CONSULTATIONS! Reserve your space for a consultation with an Affinity Consulting Representative. (Pre-registration is required and space is limited.) Appointments are available before the seminar (7:30 – 8:30 a.m.) and after the program (5:15 – 6:15 p.m.). You will get some dedicated time with an expert to get their advice on what you could be doing to improve the management of your practice in the areas you most need help! Only open to ISBA Members who are registered for this seminar. Please contact the CLE Department at 800-525-8908 to reserve your space.

CLE: Open Meetings Act - Ensuring Public Access to Information

Posted on April 26, 2018 by Sara Anderson

This lively program in Chicago on May 24, 2018 is comprised of scenarios, skits, and group discussions, allowing participants to gather information on how to recognize and resolve violations of the Open Meetings Act. The program demonstrates and discusses the requirements of the Open Meetings Act, as well as how to apply the Act to real world situations. Government attorneys, public officials, and private counsel who attend this seminar will better understand: how to prepare for a meeting; the importance of meeting locations; how to handle the virtual attendance of board members; the issues with meeting minutes and board member voting; public access issues, including virtual access; board member communication concerns, including texting between members; how to handle closed meetings; the limitations on public comments; and much more!

CLE: Cross Border Litigation: Essential Considerations for U.S. Lawyers

Posted on April 23, 2018 by Sara Anderson

This program offers both the Canadian and American perspectives regarding some of the most pervasive issues that arise during legal disputes that cross the borders between the U.S. and Canada. Every U.S. attorney who deals with cross-border issues with Canada who attend this seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on May 23, 2018 will better understand: the practical issues such as where to commence litigation and why; how to oust Canadian jurisdiction where appropriate; how to obtain evidence in Canada for use in U.S. proceedings; the impact of key Supreme Court of Canada decisions over the past 20 years on the enforcement of U.S. judgments in Canada; substantive and procedural advantages and disadvantages of the use of Canadian proceedings; the key issues that arise in U.S./Canada cross-border litigation and arbitration; what is involved in enforcing judgments cross-border and what impact the SCC judgments have had on the trade relationship between U.S. and Canada; and the importance of timely and continuous communication between U.S. and Canadian lawyers wherever disputes cross borders.

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