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CLE: Legal Issues a New Lawyer Should Know: Traffic, Estate Planning & Law Office Management Basics

Posted on February 21, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Starting your own practice? Then don’t miss this seminar in Chicago on February 28th to get the basic information you need on a wide variety of topics – from representing friends and family in simple traffic law cases, to understanding the financial aspects of starting your own law firm and using technology to market your new practice! As a new attorney attending this half-day seminar, you will better understand: the financial issues and concerns with starting your own practice, including lines of credit and budgeting the bills; how to settle on a business entity preference; client retainer and referral agreements; how to handle basic estate plans, and knowing which cases should be referred to someone else; basic traffic law issues, including moving citations, red light tickets, and cell phone violations; how to set up an IOLTA account; the risk management and malpractice issues new lawyers often face; and how to ethically market your new legal practice.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Young Lawyers Division and qualifies for 4.25 hours MCLE credit, including 2.5 hours approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit.

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CLE: Guardianship Boot Camp

Posted on February 11, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Chicago on Feb. 22 and get the information you need on various guardianship estates issues, including: who qualifies as a disabled person and why a guardian may be necessary; types of guardianship estates and who may serve as a guardian; the guardianship appointment process; requirements for opening and closing the guardianship estate; the powers, duties, and limitations of the guardian; investment requirements and fiduciary accountings; contested guardianships and how to avoid and/or settle them; the roles of the Public Guardian and Office of State Guardian; and the ethical issues to consider when acting as Power of Attorney.

CLE: Recent Developments in State and Local Tax – 2013

Posted on February 6, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Stay in touch with the recent statutory, regulatory, and case law changes concerning Illinois state and local taxes! State and local tax issues are regularly updated, and it is important that Illinois attorneys are aware of these changes. Join us in Chicago or via live webcast on February 21st to get the information you need regarding advancements in statutory, regulatory and case law concerning Illinois state and local taxes with this informative half-day seminar. State and local tax attorneys – or any attorney with an interest in state tax practicing in law firms, industry or governmental agencies – with intermediate to advanced practice levels who attend this program will better understand: the Illinois Department of Revenue’s regulatory changes in Illinois income and sales tax; how recent modifications may affect property tax law; the recent developments and changes in local taxing bodies, including rules/regulations and operations; legislative developments in income, sales and other Illinois taxes; and the Illinois Department of Revenue’s policy position concerning statutory and regulatory changes.

The program is presented by the ISBA State and Local Tax Section and qualifies for 3.25 hours MCLE credit.

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CLE – 40 Hour Mediation/Arbitration Training

Posted on February 1, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Instructors Richard Calkins and Fred Lane are nationally recognized mediators, authors and educators.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 Grafton on February 18thfor 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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CLE - Guardianship Boot Camp

Posted on January 29, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Master the basics of administering a guardianship estate with this informative full-day seminar in Bloomington on February 15th! Discover the various issues surrounding guardianship estates for disabled persons as respected estate planning practitioners guide you through a number of topics, including who qualifies as a disabled person and why a guardian may be necessary; types of guardianship estates and who may serve as a guardian; the guardianship appointment process; requirements for opening and closing the guardianship estate; the powers, duties, and limitations of the guardian; investment requirements and fiduciary accountings; contested guardianships and how to avoid and/or settle them; the roles of the Public Guardian and Office of State Guardian; and the ethical issues to consider when acting as Power of Attorney.

The program is presented by the ISBA Trusts and Estates Section and qualifies for 6.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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ISBA Member Update - Free CLE Courses

Posted on January 25, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA President John E. Thies reports that the ISBA's new, free and fast CLE courses are now available for members. Topics range from Discovery, Foreclosure and Family Law to Legal Writing and Ethics Issues.

CLE: Illinois Sentencing – Statutory and Case Law

Posted on January 25, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Chicago on February 1st to get the information you need to effectively counsel your clients on important sentencing issues in felony, misdemeanor, and traffic law cases!Attorneys attending this program will better understand the statutory and non-statutory factors in aggravation; the collateral consequences of guilty pleas, including immigration status, and the 6th amendment ineffective assistance of counsel issues identified in several recent U.S. Supreme Court Cases; the differing good-time credit of various offenses; recognizing the various fees and  fines that  impact the defendant at sentencing; how to search the Illinois Criminal Code to pull up specific statutes using the ICJIA database; issues in sex offender sentencing, including registration requirements and social limitations/restrictions on the sex offender; and the new Evidence Based Sentencing in DUI cases and the 2012 DE Evaluation format.

The program qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit and is presented by the ISBA Criminal Justice Section.

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CLE: Navigating the Federal Trade Commission's Green Guides LIVE WEBCAST

Posted on January 14, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Using environmental claims has become a mainstream marketing technique and, as such, attorneys in many practice areas must advise their clients on whether their marketing claims are in compliance or whether they constitute "Green Washing." Join us from the comfort of your home or office for this live webcast on Wednesday, January 30th and get the information you need to effectively navigate the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides. Consumer protection attorneys, environmental lawyers, and intellectual property practitioners with basic to intermediate practice experience will benefit from a comprehensive overview of the Federal Trade Commission's Green Guides; an in-depth discussion regarding the October 1, 2012 revisions to the Green Guides (which is the first major revision since 1998); and information about the recent enforcement actions brought by the FTC, as well as possible future enforcement in light of the revised Green Guides.

The program is presented by the ISBA Antitrust and Unfair Competition and co-sponsored by the ISBA Environmental Law Section. It qualifies for 2.0 hours MCLE credit.

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Free CLE now available -- here's how to get started

Posted on January 10, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

All eligible ISBA members can now earn 15 MCLE credit hours, including 6 PMCLE credit hours, per bar year via our online FastCLE "Free CLE Channel" at no additional cost.

Find out how to get started with our user guide at www.isba.org/freecle/faqs#guide

CLE: Illinois Sentencing – Statutory and Case Law

Posted on January 7, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Are you a general practitioner or criminal law attorney with intermediate practice experience? Then you won’t want to miss this informative seminar in Bloomington on January 25, which offers an in-depth overview of Illinois sentencing – from preparing for the hearing and pleas of guilty, to mandatory sentences and additional financial assessments.

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