CLE: 2017 Joint Meeting/Midyear Meeting

ISBA/IJA Joint Meeting 2017

ISBA Midyear Meeting
(Joint meeting with the Illinois Judges Association)
December 7 - 9, 2017
Palmer House Hilton
17 E. Monroe St, Chicago (map and directions)

The following CLE programs are not included with your registration to the Midyear Meeting and must be registered for separately from your registration to the Midyear Meeting. Additionally, you are not required to attend the Midyear Meeting. To register, please follow the link provided.

Thursday, December 7th

New Lawyer CLE Program
Think Fast: Improving Your Communication Skills through Improv

3:00 to 4:00 p.m.
Presented by the ISBA Young Lawyers Division and its New Lawyers Committee
Improve your communication, listening, and quick reaction skills with this one-hour program that's designed for all attorneys who use these skills in the courtroom to respond to questions from the judge and arguments from opposing counsel. The seminar engages attendees in a number of interactive activities that are used by improvisational actors to help you strengthen your quick-thinking and story-telling abilities. Pre-registration not required; walk-in registration only.
1.0 hour MCLE | PMCLE*Complimentary to registered attendees

Friday, December 8th

CLE Master Series Program
The Hero's Journey: Honor, Integrity, and Your Legal Career Through the Lens of History

1:00 – 3:15 p.m.
Master Series Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
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 courage, determination, bravery, 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 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 makes you a hero in your own right and why maintaining honor and integrity throughout your career is so important.
2.0 hours MCLE | PMCLE*
Separate registration is required. Register at

CLE Program
Diversity and Inclusion in the Practice of Law

3:30 – 4:30 p.m.
Presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Law Office Management and Economics and the ISBA Diversity Leadership Council
Drawing on their own unique perspectives, our panelists give you the tips and advice you need to create a better workplace and offer in-depth look at why having diversity in your practice is so important, why diverse teams are more prosperous and rewarding, and how to create an inclusive environment for everyone in your practice.
1.0 hour MCLE | PMCLE*
Separate registration is required. Register at

The following programs are complimentary to midyear meeting attendees who pre-register

Friday, December 8th

IJA/ISBA Joint CLE Program
A Whole New Electronic World: Do's and Don'ts for Judges (and Lawyers too)

9:00 – 10:15 a.m.
Presented by the Illinois Judges' Association and the Illinois State Bar Association
Social media continues to alter the dynamics of the courtroom and the adversary process, which raises a host of ethical issues for both judges and lawyers. This panel presentation explores the common situations involving the legal community that raise ethical concerns, while showing you how to identify ways to assess and address them when they arise. Audience questions are encouraged throughout the seminar.
1.25 hour MCLE | PMCLE* Complimentary to registered Joint/Midyear Meeting attendees

IJA/ISBA Joint CLE Program
Hot Topics in the Legal Profession

10:30 – 11:45 a.m.
Presented by the Illinois Judges' Association and the Illinois State Bar Association
Don't miss this opportunity to learn from judges and attorneys about today's hot topic issues, including: how pretrial and court procedures have changed under Illinois' new mandates; how Illinois' constitutional history has paved the way for today's constitutional issues; and how administrative adjudication hearings have changed the legal landscape.
1.25 hour MCLE Complimentary to registered Joint/Midyear Meeting attendees

Midyear/Joint Meeting Home

Online registration is closed, but you can still register at the meeting