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CLE: Attorney Education in Child Custody and Visitation Matters in 2012 and Beyond

Posted on October 22, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

This two-day program – which takes place in Champaign on November 1-2, 2012 – is designed as an update to the programs that were presented in 2006, 2008 and 2010 to help attorneys who represent children in Illinois courts fulfill the training requirements. Under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 906(c), attorneys should receive ten hours of education every two years in child development; roles of guardian ad litem and child representatives; ethics in child custody cases; relevant substantive state, federal, and case law in custody and visitation matters; and family dynamics, including substance abuse, domestic abuse, and mental health issues.

CLE: Wildlife, Renewable Energy and Climate Change: Critical Legal Issues

Posted on October 17, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Join us in Chicago on October 25th for an update on a number of key environmental and animal law areas, including wind power, lake bed leasing, climate impact modeling, adaptation management tradeoffs, critical legal issues, and much more. Environmental and energy lawyers, animal law practitioners, land use and real estate attorneys, and lawyers advising corporations and local units of government – with all levels of experience – will gain a better understanding of: the good and bad of climate impact modeling; how Lake Michigan offshore wind energy development may impact the future of our wildlife; the ongoing work of the Midwest Habitat Conservation Plan; the potential consequences of policy/regulatory changes made to accommodate accelerated climate change; and the legal issues that may arise when Illinois regulation and strategic planning fully incorporate climate change considerations.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Animal Law Section and the ISBA Environmental Law Section, and is co-sponsored by Chicago-Kent College of Law, Certificate Program in Energy and Environmental Law. It qualifies for 6.5 hours MCLE credit.

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CLE: Evidence Based Sentencing: What Every Illinois Lawyer Needs to Know!

Posted on October 15, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Gain a better understanding of Illinois Evidence-Based Sentencing principles with this informative full-day seminar!

Whether your case ends with a plea by the defendant or goes to a full-fledged trial, it is likely that some form of sentencing will be involved. For this reason, it is imperative that attorneys stay up-to-date on the principles of evidence-based sentencing in Illinois. Attorneys attending this seminar will gain a better understanding of: the full-implementation of Illinois’ evidence-based sentencing pilot project; how Level of Service Inventory-Revised (LSI-R) can effect sentencing; Hardcore Drunk Driving (HCDD) and Adult Substance Use and Driving Survey-Revised for Illinois (ASUDS-RI); how “The Containment Model” is used in the treatment of sex offenders; Illinois’ Mandatory Minimums and Determinate Sentencing; how to reduce recidivism; and the ethical issues that can arise in criminal justice cases.

The program will be available in Normal on October 25th and again in Chicago on October 26th. It qualifies for 6.5 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval) and is presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Corrections and Sentencing, and co-sponsored by the ISBA Criminal Justice Section, the State’s Attorneys Appellate Prosecutor, the Illinois Public Defender Association, and the Illinois State University Criminal Justice Sciences Department.

CLE: Practice Advice for Mom and Pop Company Chapter 11s

Posted on October 11, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Because small business owners turn to you for advice when the family business fails, it is important that you understand the basics of a Chapter 11 bankruptcy with a small business debtor. Join us for a full-day seminar in Chicago on October 19th

CLE: What Every Lawyer Should Know about Intellectual Property

Posted on October 10, 2012 by Chris Bonjean

Does your client (or potential client) have a company logo, a jingle, an industrial design, an invention, or a patent? Does their company have a trade secret that needs to be guarded? Do they draft architectural design, write novels, develop music, or create artwork? If so, then you won’t want to miss this opportunity to get the information you need to advise and protect your clients on important intellectual property issues!

Join us in Chicago on October 17th for this basic overview of several intellectual property areas, including copyright, patents, trademarks, and trade secrets. Topics include: common intellectual property issues; recent developments and political changes to the intellectual property law arena; the benefits of trademark registration; sending or receiving cease-and-desist letters; patent concerns in business transaction and patent litigation; managing confidential disclosures; eavesdropping and privacy laws; how the Internet has changed intellectual property; and the ethical considerations in intellectual property cases. The program is presented by the ISBA Intellectual Property Section and qualifies for 6.25 MCLE hours, including 0.50 Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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.

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.