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CLE: DUI & Traffic Law Update – Fall 2012

Posted on October 2, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Bloomington on October 12th for this in-depth discussion on the increasingly complex issues occurring in traffic and DUI court, including the complicated sentencing options mandated by the Illinois General Assembly. State’s attorneys, public defenders, and attorneys practicing in the DUI and Traffic courts – with all levels of practice experience – will benefit from the following educational topics: immersing your practice in the Secretary of State administrative process; understanding the difference between “blood serum” and “blood whole” in alcohol detection cases; discovering how new legislation could affect the traffic law arena; refreshing your knowledge on Standardized Field Sobriety Tests and Preliminary Breath Tests; preserving and protecting the record on appeal; understanding how civil discovery can affect statutory summary suspensions; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Traffic Laws & Courts Section and qualifies for 5.50 hours MCLE credit.

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CLE: Transitions, Economics and Ethics – Ready or Not!

Posted on October 1, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Help you and your clients plan for retirement, Medicare, social security, and more with this informative seminar!

As senior lawyers, we not only advise clients who are contemplating retirement, but we must also plan for our own withdrawal from the workforce. Join us in Chicago on October 12th for an in-depth look at transitional planning – from social security and Medicare benefits to succession planning and long-term care insurance. Practitioners (aged 55 and older) and those representing clients planning for transitions who attend this program will gain a better understanding of: how to maximize returns on social security benefits; the common mistakes of retirement planning; the necessary income and assets for a successful retirement plan; how to prepare for financial hardship in the event of a medical calamity; what’s needed for the succession planning of a law firm; and much more.

The program qualifies for 3.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.5 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval) and is presented by the ISBA Senior Lawyers Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Elder Law Section.

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CLE: A Primer on Administrative Law and Rulemaking

Posted on September 25, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Chicago on October 10thand/or October 11th for an update on administrative law and rulemaking procedures. Day One (Wednesday) is devoted to issues in the rulemaking process, while Day Two (Thursday) covers administrative law proceedings.

Tailor this seminar to meet the needs of your private practice or legal work for administrative law agencies by attending one or both days!

Administrative law judges, attorneys representing clients in administrative law proceedings, and attorneys participating in the rulemaking process who attend this program will enhance their knowledge of the following intermediate topics: administrative rule and rulemaking procedures; the Joint Committee on Administrative Rules’ role; small Business Impact Statements; pre-trial procedures; administrative law cases and statutory changes; circuit court decisions and appeals; developing terms of consent orders and ensuring probation compliance; recovering attorney’s fees; and the ethical and professionalism issues an attorney must consider.

The program is presented by the ISBA Administrative Law Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Civil Practice & Procedure Section, the ISBA Real Estate Law Section, and the ISBA Energy, Utilities, Transportation and Telecommunications Section.

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CLE: Defamation, The Play - When Cultural Biases Collide with Our Legal System

Posted on September 17, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

The lack of diversity among Illinois lawyers – and the impact this has on our legal system – continues to concern the Illinois Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism. Join us in Chicago on Thursday, October 4th for this educational, old-fashioned courtroom drama in which a civil suit proceeding is acted out by an entertaining cast of characters!

The Story: An African American woman from the South Side sues a Jewish real estate developer from the North Shore for defamation after being accused of stealing his watch and causing her financial harm.

The program opens with details of the case, followed by plaintiff, defendant and key witness testimonies. Once both sides have argued their case, the audience will act as jury. The seminar closes with a brief discussion, led by Shayne Aldridge and Allison Wood.

The Purpose: The program challenges our preconceived notions of race, class, ethnicity, and religion and forces us to acknowledge what happens when cultural biases collide with our legal system. Come discover how diversity – or lack thereof – affects all aspects of our profession!

This Master Series seminar qualifies for 2.0 hours MCLE credit, including PMCLE (subject to approval).

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CLE: The Basics of the Americans with Disabilities Act

Posted on September 10, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Get the introductory information you need to better serve your clients that are facing an Americans with Disabilities Act case – from the important judicial decisions that have affected the Act, to the emerging issues arising under the Act, to the professional responsibility problems that can arise when representing ADA clients. General practitioners and civil rights attorneys will leave the seminar with a better understanding of the following: the employment rights of disabled individuals (Title I); the rights of disabled persons who use government-funded services and programs (Title II); the regulations governing public accommodations for persons with disabilities (Title III); the various U.S. Supreme Court and Seventh Circuit decisions that have affected the Americans with Disabilities Act; and the ongoing issues – such as web accessibility and pre-employment medical inquiries – that are arising under ADA.

The program, which takes place in Chicago on September 28, 2012, qualifies for 3.25 hours MCLE credit, including .50 hour PMCLE (subject to approval) and is presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Disability Law.

Can’t attend the live program in Chicago?Then join us via web! This program will broadcast live over the Internet so that attorneys can attend remotely.

Click here for more information and to register for the CHICAGO PROGRAM.

Just The Beginning Foundation to offer free CLE at Annual Conference

Posted on September 7, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

The Just The Beginning Foundation, ISBA's Law and Leadership partner, is offering free CLE credits at its 20th Anniversary Conference "Reaching Back, Lifting Up." Each panel (list below) awards between .50 and .75 Illinois Professional Responsibility credits. The conference will be held Sept. 21-22 at the Chicago Marriott, 540 N. Michigan Ave. Click here to register.

CLE: Deconstructing Delinquency

Posted on August 31, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Perplexed by the Juvenile Court setting? Get the information you need to oversee a juvenile delinquency case with this full-day seminar!

The procedures surrounding the offenses committed by a juvenile living in Illinois differ from that of a traditional adult criminal case – making it imperative that attorneys working with children understand the inner functions of the juvenile court setting. Join us in East Peoria on September 28th for this full-day seminar for an in-depth look at the juvenile delinquency process. Family law attorneys, child law lawyers, and general practitioners who occasionally represent minors will benefit from the information presented by gaining a better understanding of: the issues that affect delinquency; what will likely happen to a minor charged with an offense; detention hearings and alternative sentencing options; the adjudication hearing process; the services available through DCFS and DJJ; juvenile probation; the policies and procedures for expungement; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Child Law Section and qualifies for 7.25 hours MCLE credit.

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CLE: 40 Hour Mediation/Arbitration Training

Posted on August 27, 2012 by Chris Bonjean
Now Approved as a 40 Hour Mediation Training Program of the Cook County Law Division

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 Chicago on September 10th 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.

The program qualifies for 40.0 hours MCLE credit, including 40.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (PMCLE subject to approval).

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Register now for Fred Lane's Trial Techniques Institute

Posted on August 23, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

The Fall Semester of Fred Lane's ISBA Trial Technique Institute begins Sept. 4 at the ISBA's Chicago Regional Office. Listen to Fred discuss the class and find out more below the video.

More information is available at

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CLE: Child Custody and the Military Family

Posted on August 21, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Chicago on September 7th for a better understanding of how military service impacts the intact family, as well as the insights you need on child custody considerations in military service cases. Child law attorneys, military lawyers, and family law practitioners who attend this seminar will better understand the role that the military service plays in family law cases; get helpful information regarding the benefits available to service members and their families; discover how service-related disabilities – such as post traumatic stress disorder – can affect parenting and custody issues; learn the methodology of a custody evaluation; and receive best practice tips for representing service members in the family law courts.

The program – which qualifies for 6.5 hours MCLE credit – is sponsored by the ISBA Family Law Section andtheISBA Standing Committee on Military Affairs.

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