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Concerted Activity in the Age of Social Media and Online Systems: Employee Rights, Employer Pitfalls, Remedies, and Penalties [LIVE WEBCAST]

Posted on January 11, 2018 by Sara Anderson

The term working conditions is very broad, and the language with or without a union means that it applies to any workplace. As a result, employees have the right to work in concert with other employees regarding employment issues — and any employer who interferes with this right is violating the National Labor Relations Act. In the age of social media and online application, issues relating to concerted activity are multiplied. Don’t miss this intermediate to advanced level online program on January 30, 2018 that discusses the various ways employees can act in concert in the social media age, how this benefits the employees, and the pitfalls it creates for employers.

CLE: Business Divorce - Marital and Non-Marital Business Owner Separations

Posted on January 8, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Any lawyer or company advisor (with intermediate practice experience) who is involved in organizing entities, managing marital disputes where business interests are at issue, or negotiating/litigating non-marital separations and planned/unplanned changes of entity control won’t want to miss this half-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on January 18, 2018 that gives you the tools you need to handle business owner separation cases. Topics include: the standard clauses of mutual protection and planned or compelled owner exit; alternative dispute resolution options; recapitalization or internal case availability and valuation issues associated with same; the fragility of business enterprises; the difference between going concern valuation and distress sale asset disposition; asset concealment, cash demands, interpersonal disputes, and other issues likely to occur in marital and non-marital arguments among business owners; and the Illinois Rules of Professional Responsibility regarding client identification issues.

CLE: Starting Your Law Practice

Posted on January 2, 2018 by Sara Anderson

Many attorneys dream of opening their own practice, but don’t necessarily know where to begin. This full-day seminar gives you the guidance you need on where to start – from choosing a professional entity to practice under and finding the right type of location, to hiring good office staff and making sure your technology is secure. Any attorney attending this seminar in Chicago on January 25, 2018 who has been thinking about starting their own law practice will gain a better understanding of: the pros and cons of each professional entity option, including P.C., LLC, and partnerships; the unexpected charges to be aware of when signing a rental or lease agreement for your new office; terminating or firing an employee (and the problems that can arise); your ethical obligation to maintain competence with technology; what should be included in your engagement letters and fee agreements; the issues to be aware of when advising or soliciting clients; the basics of traffic law and criminal law; how to handle basic estate planning cases; what to expect in employment law litigation; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA General Practice, Solo & Small Firm Section. It qualifies for 6.25 hours MCLE credit, including 3.75 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

For more information and to register, visit the ISBA CLE page.

CLE: Clearing the Skies - How to Fly with the Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Program

Posted on December 18, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Get the information you need on Illinois’ new Mandatory Initial Discovery Pilot Program with this online seminar on January 17, 2018. Attorneys practicing in federal court –  particularly those in the Northern District of Illinois – need to know about the new program, including the common pitfalls and traps to avoid. Our panel of presenters offer their unique perspectives as they discuss the pilot program and show you how it can be used to enhance your practice and promote settlement. Online attendees are encouraged to offer input and ask questions via the chat box feature.

CLE: On My Own – Starting Your Solo Practice as a Female Attorney

Posted on December 11, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Every solo journey starts with a single step. Don’t miss this online seminar on January 10, 2018 that explores the practical business concerns of starting your own law firm and the special issues you may face as a woman branching out on her own. Discover how starting a solo practice can help advance women in the legal profession and what we can do as women to support each other in getting our practices off the ground. Learn how to fight the gender biases you will inevitably face and how these biases and stereotypes can affect your confidence. Listen as our panelists use their real-life experiences to advise you on a number key issues, including trust accounts, new clients, former clients, creating a business plan, and much more.

The program is presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Women & the Law. It qualifies for 2.0 hours MCLE credit, including 2.0 hours Professionalism, Civility, or Legal Ethics Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Learn more and register on the CLE page.

CLE: How To Handle A Construction Case Mediation

Posted on December 6, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Don’t miss this full-day mock demonstration based on an actual multi-party construction case mediation! Watch and listen as seasoned lawyers demonstrate a construction case from the pre-mediation stage to the settlement agreement and learn which methods and techniques are most useful in a construction mediation case. Attorneys with basic or intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar on January 12, 2018 – either in Chicago or via Live Webcast – will better understand: the procedures, methods, and techniques common to all mediations; the unique problems and issues in a construction case mediation; the issues that you need to be prepared to deal with during the pre-mediation conference; how to handle the pre-mediation position paper; the issues that you should expect to arise in a group opening session; how the parties should interact during the breakout session for an effective mediation; how to deal with the Settlement Agreement in concluding the mediation; how to manage the ethical issues that can arise during the confidential process of mediation; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Construction Law Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Alternative Dispute Resolution Section. It qualifies for 7.25 hours MCLE credit, including 7.25 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Get more information and register on our CLE page.

CLE: Vulnerable Students: A Review of Student Rights

Posted on December 4, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Learn how you can help protect the rights of vulnerable students with this half-day seminar in Chicago on Thursday, December 14, 2017! Gain a better understanding of the issues associated with vulnerable students and how to address student rights in the educational and litigation settings. Attorneys representing juveniles, school districts, and families of students with basic practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: how vulnerable students should be treated within school settings; the unique circumstances surrounding transgender students; how undocumented students can gain access to higher education; the legal issues associated with special education students; how to ensure stability for students in foster care; how “homelessness” is defined by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA); knowing who you represent when your client is a student; and much more!

The program is presented by the ISBA Education Law Section. It qualifies for 3.25 hours MCLE credit, including 0.50 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Read more about the program and register on the ISBA CLE page.

CLE: Defense Strategies for Health Care Fraud Cases [LIVE WEBCAST]

Posted on November 27, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Practical information to help your client. Health care fraud costs taxpayers billions of dollars each year and range from Medicaid fraud and insurance fraud to drug fraud and kickbacks. Don’t miss this live webcast on December 6 that offers an in-depth discussion on the current state of health care fraud cases and how you can help your clients (regardless of which side of the case you represent). Health care lawyers, government attorneys, civil litigators, and attorneys representing health systems, hospitals, physician groups, and health care providers with intermediate practice experience who attend this online seminar will better understand: enforcement trends; health care fraud case progression; how to mitigate health care fraud issues; and the pet peeves of government and defense attorneys involved in health care fraud cases.

The program is presented by the ISBA Health Care Law Section and qualifies for 1.50 hours MCLE credit.

Read more and register on the CLE page. 

CLE: Children and Mental Health

Posted on November 17, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Mental illness in children is more common than many may think, with anxiety disorders, depression, and attention deficit disorders being among the most prevalent. Developmental and psychotic disorders are less common, but can impact the child and their families in much greater ways. Don’t miss this seminar on December 13, 2017 in Chicago or via live webcast that discusses a number of key issues that attorneys need to be aware of when handling cases involving mentally ill children, including: how the Illinois Mental Health and Developmental Disability Act addresses children’s rights; the confidentiality of minor’s mental health records; the communication barriers with children who are diagnosed with mental illness; and how to promote better dialogue between attorneys and mental health professionals.

The program is presented by the ISBA Mental Health Law Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Standing Committee on Disability Law. It qualifies for 3.0 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional, Civility, or Legal Ethics PMCLE credit.

Learn more and register on the ISBA CLE page. 


CLE: The Hero's Journey: Honor, Integrity, and Your Legal Career through the Lens of History

Posted on November 13, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The word hero conjures up images of firefighters, police officers, and medical personnel aiding victims in the aftermath of a tragedy. It’s synonymous with couragedeterminationbravery, and selflessness. But not all heroes burst through a smokescreen of disaster; sometimes they just go to work and do their job helping others every day. Join us in Chicago on December 8, 2017 as Joshua Greene, renowned historian and documentary filmmaker, shows us how the real life actions of noble historical figures parallel your career and the things you do every day. Discover how your calling offers the opportunity to be a hero in your own right and why maintaining honor and integrity throughout your career is so important.

The seminar is a Master Series presented by the Illinois State Bar Association and qualifies for 2.0 hours MCLE credit, including 2.0 hours Professionalism, Civility, or Legal Ethics MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Visit the CLE page for more information and to register.