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CLE: Nuts and Bolts of the Tax Tribunal

Posted on November 9, 2017 by Sara Anderson

The Illinois Tax Tribunal was created in an effort to help resolve tax disputes between the Illinois Department of Revenue and Illinois taxpayers. This nuts-and-bolts seminar – which takes place in Chicago or via live webcast on November 30, 2017 – is designed to give you a basic understanding of the Illinois Tax Tribunal, including: how the Tribunal has fared since its inception four years ago; which items have worked well and what still needs improvement; how the Tribunal has impacted tax audits, litigation and administrative hearings in Illinois; what to consider before agreeing to represent a taxpayer; Illinois’ efforts to consolidate its Administrative Hearings Divisions; and much more. The program is presented by the ISBA State and Local Taxation Section and qualifies for 3.50 hours MCLE credit.

Get more information and register on the ISBA Continued Legal Education page

 

ISBA Hosts Anatomy of a Medical Negligence Trial CLE

Posted on November 2, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Hon. Russell Hartigan (ret.), Hon. Clare E. McWilliams, and Hon. Thomas V. LyonsISBA hosted its CLE program, Anatomy of a Medical Negligence Trial, on Wedenesday, Nov. 1, at the Chicago Regional Office. This full-day seminar, moderated by Brian Murphy of Hofeld and Schaffner, offered the dual perspectives of plaintiff and defense attorneys for all stages of a medical negligence trial. ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan (ret.), Hon. Clare E. McWilliams of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago, and Hon. Thomas V. Lyons of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago delivered the final presentation as a panel offering an in-depth look at the trial process through the lens of the judiciary. 

CLE - Multi-Party Representation: Conflicts of Interest, Joint Representation, and Privilege

Posted on November 1, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Most attorneys face multi-party representation at some point in their careers, either by joinders, class actions, or collective actions. These situations host a myriad of potential conflicts – making it essential that you are familiar with the necessary steps for preserving privilege and avoiding the minefield that could erupt. Any attorney involved in litigation or multi-party representation with intermediate to advanced practice experience who attend this online seminar on November 28, 2017 will gain a clearer understanding of how to comply with the ethical rules in class action, collective action, and multi-party representation, including such things as conflict waivers, joint privileges, dealing with conflicts that arise, and the necessary paperwork involved.

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

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ISBA’s Technology Competency Series

Posted on October 31, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Three seminars. Three topics. Everything you need to enhance your technology skills.

Are you as tech savvy as you should be? Do you know how to fix legal draft problems in Word? Create billing summaries, produce payment schedules, or perform date calculations in Excel? Protect your PDF with encryption, reduce paper in your office, or redact sensitive information in Adobe Acrobat? Don’t miss this Technology Competency Series (designed by attorneys, for attorney) that teaches you everything you need to know to take your technology skills to the next level.  

Microsoft Word in the Law Office

Most lawyers find Microsoft Word to be a constant source of frustration. It’s the primary tool used to produce work product, yet it so often seems to be working against you. If you want to master Word, there are techniques you must learn and rules to follow.This seminar teaches you exactly how to fix the common legal drafting problems plaguing you now, and avoid them in the future.

Microsoft Excel in the Law Office

Obtaining and Using Social Media Evidence at Trial [LIVE WEBCAST]

Posted on October 27, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Instagram. Snapchat. Facebook. Twitter. Pinterest. Meetup. The list goes on and on with much of our life being consumed by our social media interactions. Whether it’s a personal injury claim, a family law dispute, a pending bankruptcy, an employment law case, a disability claim, or a criminal justice issue – it’s no surprise that our online presence can make or break a case. Learn how to obtain social media evidence, the ethical implications to be aware of, and the basic requirements for admitting social media into evidence at trial with this online seminar on November 17, 2017. Topics include: why social media evidence is important today; searching for social media evidence and the issues to be aware of; the Illinois Supreme Court Rules that are applicable to the discovery of social media evidence; and the admissibility of social media evidence at trial and laying the proper foundation.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Young Lawyers Division. It qualifies for 1.50 hours MCLE credit, including 1.50 hours Professionalism, Civility or Legal Ethics Professional Responsibility MCLE (subject to approval).

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CLE: Anatomy of a Medical Negligence Trial

Posted on October 24, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Join us for this full-day seminar in Chicago on November 1, 2017 that gives you the information you need to handle your next medical negligence trial from start to finish. Each segment is presented from the perspective of both a plaintiff and defense attorney (giving you a well-rounded look at each topic) and offers you plenty of interactive opportunities to have your questions answered. Health care attorneys, personal injury lawyers, wrongful death practitioners, workers’ compensation attorneys, and those involved in the medical negligence practice who attend this seminar will better understand: how to limit or prevent evidence from being presented by opposing counsel; the importance of choosing the right jurors for your case; how to use the opening statement to make an impression; how direct and cross examinations can both help and hurt your case; the important roles of experts and treating physicians in this type of trial; and the necessity of creating a compelling closing argument. The program closes with an in-depth look at the trial process through the lens of the judiciary.

The program is presented by the ISBA Tort Law Section. It qualifies for 7.0 hours MCLE credit, including 7.0 hours Professional, Civility, or Legal Ethics PMCLE credit (subject to approval).

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CLE: Illinois Water Quality Markets - Better, Faster, Cheaper [LIVE WEBCAST]

Posted on October 18, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Discover a new approach to addressing the ongoing problem of nutrient pollution in Illinois’ waterways with this online seminar! Don’t miss this comprehensive look at how a market-based approach to solving water quality problems may lead to cleaner water in a shorter timeframe and with less financial burden than traditional approaches. Environmental lawyers, administrative practitioners, and local government attorneys with all levels of practice experience who attend this online seminar on October 31, 2017 will better understand: what a market-based approach entails; how the trade of pollution reductions between different entities could be the answer to lowering nitrogen and phosphorus levels in our water; the potential challenges with this new approach (including local hot spots and market illiquidity); and how a properly designed market could address each of these challenges.

The program is presented by the ISBA Environmental Law Section and qualifies for 1.0 hour MCLE credit.

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CLE: Solo & Small Firm Practice Institute Series - Momentum: Propelling Your Practice to Prosperity

Posted on October 17, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Gain the momentum you need to propel your practice to prosperity with this informative full-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on October 27, 2017! Learn how to run your practice with maximum profitability, hire and fire employees in your firm, maintain a virtual practice, and refer clients. In addition, attendees will gain a better understanding of: practicing on a budget for a financially-sound practice; how to build your firm with the best employees possible; the pros and cons of practicing virtually; the risks and benefits of accepting referral fees; how technology and ethics intersect; and much more!

The program is presented by the Illinois State Bar Association and qualifies for 6.75 hours MCLE credit, including 6.75 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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CLE: Illinois Medicaid Rules and Procedures Bootcamp

Posted on October 9, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Are you thinking of expanding your practice to include helping your clients apply for and receive Medicaid benefits to help pay for the cost of long term care? Then you won’t want to miss this nuts-and-bolts seminar in Chicago on October 12, 2017 that teaches you everything you need to know about the Illinois Medicaid rules and procedures. Estate planning practitioners, family law attorneys, elder law lawyers, and new attorneys with basic to intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will learn: how to represent your clients when it’s time to apply for public benefits; how a homestead or family farm can affect Medicaid eligibility; the concepts and strategies you can use to legally and ethically protect assets while facilitating Medicaid eligibility; how to prepare and submit applications in Decatur and Chicago; how to appeal a denial of benefits; and much more.

CLE: Working Effectively with Interpreters – Live Webcast

Posted on October 3, 2017 by Sara Anderson

This program is available at no cost for the first 26 registrants who agree to take a pro bono case in the next year. Thank you to our sponsors for making this opportunity possible! 

     ♦  Illinois Bar Foundation
     ♦  Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
     ♦  Law Crawford P.C.

Learn how to identify internal barriers (within yourself and your law firm) that hinder communication with non-English speaking clients and how to overcome these barriers with this short online seminar on October 11, 2017. Attorneys with all levels of practice experience who work with a diverse client base who attend this seminar will better understand: what the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts is doing to help non-English speaking people gain better access to interpreters; the statewide Interpreter Registry; the pitfalls to avoid when working with interpreters; how and why you should take advantage of the pro bono opportunities in your community; and the resources available to attorneys willing to volunteer.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. It qualifies for 1.50 hours MCLE credit, including 1.50 hours Professionalism, Civility or Legal Ethics Professional Responsibility MCLE (subject to approval).

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