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Celebrate Pro Bono on October 22-28

Posted on October 3, 2017 by Sara Anderson

By Michael G. Bergmann

Coordinated by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Pro Bono Week is intended to inspire greater pro bono participation by lawyers throughout the nation. This initiative provides an opportunity for legal organizations across the country to collaboratively commemorate the vitally important contributions of America’s lawyers, and to recruit and train the many additional volunteers required to meet the growing demand. The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service undertook this initiative to provide a format for showcasing the incredible difference that pro bono lawyers make to our nation, to our system of justice, to our communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve.

The ISBA commemorates this national celebration each year by encouraging its members to do pro bono and by recognizing those who meet the call. Two years ago, the ISBA launched its Pro Bono Partner initiative, through which members commit to: (1) seek out the local pro bono legal services being supplied to individuals or charitable, religious, or civic organizations in their community; (2) attend or support a recognition ceremony for those who participate in pro bono services in their community; (3) consider attending training provided to lawyers who provide pro bono services; and (4) commit to joining the efforts to increase access to the legal system.

The ISBA Delivery of Legal Services Committee organized two webinars in October geared towards those interested in helping low-income individuals with their legal needs. Tune in to “Working Effectively with Interpreters” on Wednesday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m., which is free for the first 26 registrants who agree to take a pro bono case in the next year. “Working with Low Income Clients” will be held on Wednesday, October 25 at noon, and is available at no cost for the first 30 registrants who agree to take a pro bono case in the next year.

CLE - Enforcing Illinois' Eviction Laws: A Basic Guide to Landlord Remedies and Tenant Rights – Live Webcast

Posted on September 26, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Are you aware of the statutes and ordinances affecting the rights of both landlords and tenants? Do you know how Illinois’ Landlord and Tenant Act and local ordinances are enforced? Are you ready to handle your next eviction case? Join us on October 11, 2017 for this one-hour live webcast that offers a basic guide to landlord remedies and tenant rights. Real estate lawyers, general practitioners, and new attorneys who are likely to represent clients with landlord or tenant concerns – particularly those practicing in the Chicago area – who attend this online program will better understand: the statutory processes for eviction; the landlord’s Duty of Habitability; the tenant’s rights and recourse for unlawful eviction; and the tenant’s options when a lack of habitability exists. The program includes potential scenarios and the litigation claims/defenses each side has against the other.

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

Click here for more information and to register.

CLE: Workers' Compensation Update - Fall 2017

Posted on September 21, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Back by popular demand! Don’t miss this full-day seminar on October 9, 2017 in Chicago or Fairview Heights that arms you with the information you need to successfully handle your next workers’ compensation case! Labor and employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners attending this seminar will better understand: how orthopedic physicians diagnose and treat workers’ compensation injuries; the recent rule changes at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission; the ethical issues to avoid during your next workers’ compensation case; how to prepare and present your arbitration case; how to coordinate workers’ compensation benefits with the Public Employee Disability Act; and recent case law updates that may affect your client.

CLE: DUI and Traffic Law Updates – Fall 2017

Posted on September 18, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Presented by the ISBA Traffic Laws and Courts Section, attendees will have the option of two different programs on the same date and at the same location.

Friday, October 6, 2017
Holiday Inn and Suites – East Peoria

Beginner DUI and Traffic Law Updates – Fall 2017

8:55 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (breakfast served prior)  |  6.75 MCLE hours

Attorneys with beginner-levels of practice experience will benefit from this comprehensive look at a number of key traffic law issues, including Illinois’ new case law and legislation that may affect your next client.

Click here for more information and to register.

ISBA Hosts Guardian ad Litem, Child Representative, and Attorney for Minor Child Training

Posted on September 12, 2017 by Sara Anderson

ISBA hosted a two-day CLE program designed to help attorneys who represent children from September 7-8 at the Chicago Regional Office. Back by popular demand, the Guardian ad Litem, Child Representative, and Attorney for Minor Child Training covered the role, scope and limitations of representation; the conflicts that will limit the role of the appointment; child development issues, including mental health, milestones, attachment, and parental separation; and much more. The program wound down on Friday evening with a networking reception for attendees to network and mingle. 

Satisfy Your Professional Responsibility Requirements with Online CLE

Posted on September 11, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Beginning with the N-Z reporting period ending June 30, 2019, Illinois attorneys must complete at least one our of diversity and inclusion CLE and one hour of mental health and substance abuse CLE during each two-year reporting period, or participate in a yearlong Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program (S. Ct. Rule 795(d)).

The rule changes reflect an effort to address the impact of the legal profession's diversity challenges on the justice system. Additionally, the new rules seek to encourage lawyers to explore ways to increase their health and well-being because statistics show that judges and lawyers suffer from mental health and substance abuse issues at a significantly higher rate than does the general population.

ISBA has several courses to help you satisfy the requirements under the new MCLE rule change, including:

CLE: The New Bankruptcy Rules and Advanced Topics in Consumer Bankruptcy

Posted on September 8, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Don’t miss this full-day seminar in Chicago or via the Internet on October 5, 2017 that explores the new changes to the bankruptcy rules, as well as the advanced issues you need to know when handling your next bankruptcy case. Attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: the new Chapter 13 Plan; how to present evidence in bankruptcy cases; dischargeability issues; Motions to Dismiss under Section 707(b)(3) and objections under Section 727; recent student loan case law and legislative updates; and much more.

CLE: How Secure Are You? Cybersecurity for the Illinois Practitioner [Live Webcast]

Posted on September 1, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Cyberattacks are a very real threat in our modern world – and nobody is immune to being a target! Join us via the Internet on September 28, 2017 for a better understanding of (and appreciation for) the cybersecurity issues that threaten your clients every single day and how you can protect them. Attorneys with basic to intermediate practice experience who attend this online seminar will learn: the types of cyber threats that may impact your client; how cyber threats arise; how to use cyber insurance to mitigate against potential exposures; what is covered by cyber insurance policies; the legal and ethical obligations you and your client have regarding the safeguarding of electronically-stored information; and how to address a cyberattack if it occurs.

The program is presented by the ISBA Insurance Law Section and qualifies for 2.25 hours MCLE credit, including 0.75 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Click here for more information and to register.

 

CLE: HIPAA for Employer-Sponsored Health Plans [Live Webinar]

Posted on August 29, 2017 by Sara Anderson

In the employer-sponsored health plan environment, implementing the requirements of the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) creates unique challenges. While HIPAA’s multitude of provisions may seem intuitive for health care providers, health plans may need to invoke a bit of creativity to account for realities like the storage of protected health information in an office environment and employees who perform roles for both the plan and the employer sponsor. However, with 2016 marking an all-time high for HIPAA enforcement cases and 2017 shaping up to be more of the same, it may be more important now than ever to address HIPAA compliance. Join us via the Internet on September 27, 2017 for a brief look at how HIPAA regulations apply to employer-sponsored health plans, and what these entities may consider when creating or updating their HIPAA compliance programs. Topics include: an in-depth look at the Privacy and Security Rules; best practices for implementing HIPAA in a health plan environment; breach reporting obligations under the Breach Notification Rule; an overview of the HIPAA enforcement landscape; and lessons learned from recent HIPAA enforcement cases.

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

Click here for more information and to register.

CLE: Fred Lane's ISBA Trial Technique Institute

Posted on August 28, 2017 by Sara Anderson

Improve your trial skills in this “learn-by-doing” program that covers all phases of trial work from both a plaintiff/prosecutor and defendant’s viewpoint, in both civil and criminal cases. Through this course, you will learn and practice new trial techniques that are most effective and consistent with the Illinois Rules of Evidence and the Federal Rules of Evidence. Each session is audio-video taped so you can see and hear the improvements in your voice, manner, and trial technique.

This fall, you can expect to learn about topics including:

  • The principles of communication, argument, and persuasion on behalf of the plaintiff/prosecutor and defendant
  • Jury selection
  • What makes a winning opening statement/closing argument 

The Trial Technique Institute consists of two semesters that run approximately four months each. Classes take place on Tuesday evenings from 5:15-6:45 p.m. at the Chicago Regional Office.

The program qualifies for a total of 54 hours MCLE credit, including 54* hours PMCLE credit (27 hours MCLE/27 hours PMCLE credit per semester). 

Click here to register and learn more

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