Two Great ISBA Member Benefits Sponsored by
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Free CLE
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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.

Free CLE now available for ISBA members

Posted on January 7, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Free Online CLE…. It’s ISBA’s newest member benefit to help you practice more affordably and effectively.

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.

Choose from over 30 hours of programs available 24/7 on our online “Free CLE Channel” on FastCLE. Using a computer with internet access, you can access these programs whenever and wherever you’d like. (Live on-site programs are not included in Free CLE at this time.)

Programs available on the “Free CLE Channel” have been chosen by a panel of ISBA members and cover a wide range of topics, and program content will change periodically.

Our 6-hour accredited Basic Skills program is also available on the “Free CLE Channel” to help our new attorney members meet their newly admitted attorney MCLE requirements for free.

For more information – including Benefit Eligibility, Programs, & a User Guide on How To Get Started – visit our Free Online CLE FAQs page.

Visit our Member Benefits page to learn more about ISBA benefits.

CLE: Succession Planning: Managing the Transition

Posted on January 2, 2013 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Chicago on January 25th and learn how to effectively manage the succession planning transaction – from preparing the business for sale and identifying potential buyers to winding down the business and tying up any loose ends. Business advice attorneys, general practitioners, and trusts and estate lawyers with basic practice experience who attend this full-day seminar will learn how to help clients prepare employees for the transition; effectively manage the proceeds of sale; create (and complete) the pre-sale checklist; transition the family business to the next generation; draft the necessary documents for the sale/purchase of a business; recognize important intellectual property issues throughout the transaction process; address environmental issues and concerns with the business; close down a business – with or without a purchaser for the business; and deal with the ethical considerations that may arise throughout the succession planning process.

The program is presented by the ISBA Business Advice and Financial Planning Section and qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

ISBA releases list of free CLE programs

Posted on December 19, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Beginning January 1, all eligible ISBA members will be able to earn up to 15 hours of MCLE, including all 6 hours of PMCLE* online at no additional cost. The free CLE programs will be available online 24/7 on our "Free CLE Channel" on FastCLE. Live on-site programs are not included in Free CLE at this time. The free online CLE programs that will be available Jan. 1 are:

CLE: Illinois Post-Conviction Practice

Posted on December 19, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Post-conviction work is a unique area of the law that oftentimes poses interesting challenges for the attorney working in the particular practice. Because post-conviction law entails both trial and appellate skills, some lawyers are hesitant about working in this arena. This half-day seminar in Chicago on January 17th gives you the tools you need to take on this rewarding work with confidence and ease. Topics include: using the Illinois Post-Conviction Practice manual during your post-conviction case, conducting thorough post-conviction investigations, common claims in post-conviction law, and telling your client’s story during post-conviction. The program qualifies for 3.75 hours MCLE credit.

Click here for more information and to register.

ISBA Member Update with John Thies - Benefitting from CLE

Posted on December 13, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

ISBA President John E. Thies discusses a great new benefit coming for ISBA members - free CLE. He also urges members to make new skills a habit so that it becomes your "new normal" behavior. Find out more about the ISBA's new free CLE benefit at

CLE: 40 Hour Mediation/Arbitration Training

Posted on December 11, 2012 by Chris Bonjean
It’s not too late to register!

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 Jan. 7th 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 (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.


Apple v. Samsung: Is this the Patent Case of the Year? – LIVE WEBCAST!

Posted on November 26, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Nearly everyone has heard about Apple's victory over Samsung and the billion dollar verdict awarded by the jury. New accounts and headlines make it appear that this could be the patent - if not the intellectual property - case of the year setting significant precedent in technology and the intellectual property sectors. However, among patent attorneys, doubt exists as to the impact the verdict and decision will actually have in intellectual property and technology sectors. The panelists will discuss the case from diverse perspectives and provide insight into the future after Apple v. Samsung.

CLE: Neutralizing Obnoxious Conduct as Professionals and as a Profession – Webcast!

Posted on November 5, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Every attorney has, at one point or another, dealt with incivility and other obnoxious conduct by fellow attorneys during the course of their careers. Despite decades of calling attention to the issue and hours spent telling us to "play well with others," the problem continues to persist. While elaborate interpersonal and negotiation strategies have been taught and employed as tools to deal with our difficult colleagues, this webcast presentation on November 15th focuses on simple, intuitive ways we can individually and collectively neutralize this kind of conduct by rendering it ineffective and removing the perceived competitive advantages of obnoxiousness.

The presentation was originally presented on May 31st at ISBA’s 5th Annual CLE Fest Classic in Chicago, Illinois. (Please Note: Attorneys cannot claim credit for attending/completing the same course twice within a 12-month period.) The program qualifies for 1.0 hour MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit.

Click here for more information and to register.