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Collapse Preservation Makes Perfect: Appellate Tips for Trial Lawyers

Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association

 

Trial and appellate law are often considered separate practices, but the reality is they regularly overlap during critical stages of pre-trial litigation and the trial itself…and knowledge of these intersections can make the difference between winning and losing a subsequent appeal. Don’t miss this opportunity to hear from our panel of experienced trial and appellate lawyers as they discuss the fundamental appellate issues that all litigators and trial attorneys should understand and use to their advantage.

 

Program Speakers:
Jonathan B. Amarilio, Taft Stettinius & Hollister, LLP, Chicago
Michael Gentithes, Office of the State Appellate Defender First District, Chicago
Matthew A. Passen, Passen Law Group, Chicago

Formats Available: Streaming Video, Podcast - Audio Only
Original Program Date: February 23, 2017
On-Demand Release Date: Available Now

Approved Credit:
  • ISBA: 1 hour Total General MCLE Hours

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    Collapse The First Hundred Days and Beyond: Labor & Employment Law Developments Under President Trump LIVE Webcast

    Presented by the ISBA Corporate Law Section

     

    The Trump Administration has vowed to be the “Jobs President” and reduce, reverse, and repeal laws, regulations, and orders that impede economic growth. Learn about the new changes in labor and employment laws that have occurred since the inauguration, as well as the developments expected in the near future. General and assistant general counsel, private attorneys acting as general counsel, and labor and employment attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this online seminar will learn about:

    • Developments at the Department of Labor – a discussion of leadership changes at DOL, and substantive and policy priority changes, including joint employer and independent contractor status, wage & hour laws, and other developments. 
    • Developments at the National Labor Relations Board – an examination of the leadership and policy changes at the NLRB, developments regarding joint employer and independent contractor status, employee handbooks, expedited election rules, electronic communications and social media, arbitration and class action waivers, and micro-units.
    • Developments at the Equal Employment Opportunity Commission – a presentation of the leadership and policy changes, including EEO reporting, I-9 reporting and audit, discrimination, and transgender rights.
    • Immigration Developments – a discussion on a number of immigration issues that are high on the administration’s list, including policy and immigration enforcement changes, border walls, registries, immigration reform, and DACA/DAPA status.
    • Affordable Care Act Developments – a concise overview of what has happened regarding repeal and replace. 
    • Executive Orders – a look at the executive orders that have been eliminated (or on the chopping block), including the blacklisting rule, persuader rule, DACA, DAPA, and more.
    • Other Federal/Congressional Developments – discover what’s new in this area.
    • Miscellaneous/State and Local Changes – a presentation exploring current trends, including how certain states and localities are taking up the slack or promoting their own workplace agenda.

     

    Program Speaker:
    Mark A. Spognardi
    , Pautsch Spognardi & Baiocchi Legal Group LLP, Chicago

     

    Formats Available: Live Webcast
    Original Program Date: May 03, 2017
    On-Demand Release Date: June 28, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • ISBA: 1 hour Total General MCLE Hours

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    Collapse Civil Practice and Procedure: Trial Practice 2017 LIVE Webcast

    Presented by the ISBA Civil Practice & Procedure Section

     

    Don’t miss this in-depth look at the different stages of trial –
    from voir dire through closing arguments!

     

    Perfect your trial practice skills with this full-day seminar that not only walks you through each step of the trial process, but also shows you how technology can help you flawlessly deliver your case to the courtroom. Trial attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will learn:

    • How to get rid of biased jurors during voir dire;
    • The importance of a well-told opening statement;
    • How to prepare your next witness for direct examination;
    • How to question lay and expert witnesses during cross examination;
    • Which high-tech tools can help you present your next big case;
    • The value of demonstrative exhibits and technology to engage your jury;
    • How to prepare a powerful and persuasive closing argument;
    • What attorneys have done right (and wrong) in trial as experienced by one retired judge; and
    • The common incidents that lead to malpractice.

     

    Program Coordinator/Moderator:
    Robert H. Hanaford
    , Law Offices of Robert H. Hanaford, LLC, Fox River Grove

    Formats Available: Live Webcast
    Original Program Date: May 12, 2017
    On-Demand Release Date: July 07, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • ISBA: 7.00 hours Total General MCLE Hours, 7.00 hours Including Professional Responsibility

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    Collapse Innovations in Mental Health Law LIVE Webcast

    Presented by the ISBA Mental Health Law Section

     

     

    Learn how outpatient mental health commitment orders are being developed and implemented in Cook County and around Illinois with this informative half-day seminar. Discover how to get a person the mental health treatment they need in the community, while gaining the perspective of both the mental health provider and the patient regarding outpatient mental health commitments.

     

    Program Coordinator:
    Robert J. Connor
    , Illinois Department of Human Services, Chicago

     

    Program Moderator:
    Joseph T. Monahan
    , Monahan Law Group, LLC, Chicago

    Formats Available: Live Webcast
    Original Program Date: May 17, 2017
    On-Demand Release Date: July 12, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • ISBA: 3.00 hours Total General MCLE Hours

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    Collapse How To Not Throw Away Your Shot at Appeal:  Protecting and Preserving the Record for Review LIVE Webcast

    Presented by the ISBA Administrative Law Section and the Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judges
    Co-sponsored by
    the ISBA Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities & the Law

     

    Don’t miss this informative seminar that provides an in-depth review of what is necessary to protect and preserve a record for review. Administrative law judges, litigators, and attorneys with intermediate practice experience who either preside, practice before, or work for regulatory agencies, municipal or county departments of administrative hearings who attend this seminar will better understand:

    • The steps necessary to protect and preserve the record for review; 
    • The need for the administrative law judge to inform pro se litigants of their rights and the steps that will be followed at hearing;
    • How an administrative law judge can ensure an adequate record of the proceedings;
    • Why an attorney should not rely on general objections to preserve and protect the record;
    • Why an attorney should not neglect to make an offer of proof;
    • And much more.

     

    Program Coordinator:
    Hon. Yolaine M. Dauphin
    , Administrative Law Judge, City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings

     

    Program Co-Coordinator:
    Hon. Laura Parry
    , Administrative Law Judge, City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings

     

    Program Moderator:
    Hon. Patricia Jackowiak
    , Chief Administrative Law Judge and Director, City of Chicago Department of Administrative Hearings

    Formats Available: Live Webcast
    Original Program Date: May 19, 2017
    On-Demand Release Date: July 14, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • ISBA: 1.50 hours Total General MCLE Hours, 0.75 hours Including Professional Responsibility

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    Collapse  Litigating Your First Illinois Human Rights Act Discrimination Case from A-Z LIVE Webcast

    Presented by the ISBA Human Rights Section
    Co-sponsored by the ISBA Labor & Employment Law Section

     

     

    Are you equipped to represent clients in discrimination cases?

    Get the information you need to effectively (and successfully!) litigate your next discrimination case with this informative online seminar. Attorneys with basic to intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will gain a better understanding of the entire process – from filing a Charge of Discrimination at the Illinois Department of Human Rights to litigating before the Illinois Human Rights Commission or in Circuit Court. Topics include:

    • The initial client interview – Do they have a case?
    • Fee arrangements – Contingent v hourly rates
    • Drafting and submitting your IDHR Charge on a timely basis
    • Submitting information to the IDHR Investigator in support of your client’s charge
    • Representing your client at the IDHR fact-finding conference
    • What to do if IDHR determines a lack of jurisdiction, substantial evidence, or lack of evidence
    • Federal Court, Circuit Court, and Commission options
    • Authoritative bodies of law
    • Requests for review with the Commission
    • Differences between circuit court and Commission motion and discovery practice and discovery practice in the Commission
    • The Illinois Human Rights Commission rules on discovery, motion, and the public hearing
    • Appealing the Administrative Law Judge’s decision
    • Impact of the proposed Executive Order to combine the IDHR and the IHRC

     

    Program Coordinator/Moderator:
    Glenn R. Gaffney
    , Gaffney & Gaffney, P.C., Glendale Heights

     

    Program Speakers:
    Hon. William Borah
    , Administrative Law Judge, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Chicago
    Evelio Mora, Illinois Human Rights Commission, Berwyn
    Ngozi C. Okorafor, Illinois Department of Human Rights, Chicago

    Formats Available: Live Webcast
    Original Program Date: May 23, 2017
    On-Demand Release Date: July 18, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • ISBA: 1.50 hours Total General MCLE Hours

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    Collapse Digital Forensics in the Courtroom LIVE Webcast

    Presented by the ISBA Criminal Justice Section

     

    Digital evidence plays an important role in many criminal trials – from the pictures and videos stored on a cell phone to social media, email transactions, and the deleted files found on a computer. When properly used, this evidence can help you win your case. Join us for this in-depth look at the important role digital forensics plays in today’s legal arena, how to properly obtain digital evidence, how to introduce it at trial, and how to have it excluded.

     

    Program Coordinator/Moderator:
    Hon. Geraldine A. D’Souza
    , Cook County Circuit Court, Markham

     

    Program Speakers:
    Hon. William H. Hooks
    , Cook County Circuit Court, Chicago
    Linda J. Watson, Watson Law, Peoria

    Formats Available: Live Webcast
    Original Program Date: May 30, 2017
    On-Demand Release Date: July 25, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • ISBA: 2.00 hours Total General MCLE Hours

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    Collapse The Code of Kryptonite: Ethical Limitations on Lawyers

    Master Series presented by the Illinois State Bar Association

     

    Did the drafters of our ethics code believe that lawyers are superheros? It seems so. In this unique program, Stuart Teicher weaves together talk of superpowers, superheroes, and other fun stuff to explain important ethics rules and explore both the breadth and limitations on a lawyers’ power. Topics include:

    • Rule 1.2 – Allocating the decision-making authority between lawyer and client;
    • Rule 1.16 – Withdrawing your representation;
    • Rule 2.1 – Our duties as an advisor; and
    • Much more!

    Attendees will be given two 10-minute breaks throughout the program.

     

    About the Speaker:
    Stuart I. Teicher
    is an attorney and professional legal educator who focuses on ethics law and writing instruction. He helps attorneys get better at what they do through his entertaining and educational CLE performances, which often focuses on the ethical issues in social networking and other technology. He is a Supreme Court appointee to the New Jersey District Ethics Committee where he investigates and prosecutes grievances filed against attorneys. Mr. Teicher is an adjunct professor of law at Georgetown Law where he teaches Professional Responsibility, and an adjunct professor at Rutgers University in New Brunswick where he teaches undergraduate writing courses. His book, Navigating the Legal Ethics of Social Media and Technology, was recently published by Thomson Reuters.

    Formats Available: Live Webcast
    Original Program Date: May 31, 2017
    On-Demand Release Date: July 26, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • ISBA: 3.50 hours Total General MCLE Hours, 3.50 hours Including Professional Responsibility

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    Collapse Commercial Loans: Documenting For Success and Preparing for Failure LIVE Webcast

    Presented by the ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections and Bankruptcy Section
    Co-sponsored by the ISBA Real Estate Law Section

     

    Don’t miss this full day seminar that offers you an opportunity to understand the commercial lending process, the relevant commercial loan documents, and the negotiation and documentation of their terms. Real estate lawyers or attorneys representing financial institutions at an intermediate level of practice attending this seminar will better understand:

    • The overall commercial lending process;  
    • Essential terms and common errors encountered in commercial loan documents;
    • How to assure UCC Code compliance;
    • Ethical considerations in lender liability claims;
    • Effects of Illinois Credit Agreements Act;
    • Documents for distressed borrowers; and
    • Much more!

     

    Program Coordinator:
    Sandra Franco-Aguilera
    , Arnstein & Lehr LLP, Chicago
    Samuel H. Levine, Miller Canfield Paddock and Stone PLC, Chicago

     

    Program Moderator:
    Michael L. Weissman
    , Levin Ginsburg, Chicago

     

    Formats Available: Live Webcast
    Original Program Date: June 08, 2017
    On-Demand Release Date: August 03, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • ISBA: 6.00 hours Total General MCLE Hours

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    Live Practice Toolbox Series – ISBA Members Only
    Collapse PDF Power Hour LIVE Webinar

    ISBA's Practice Toolbox Series

    Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
     

    You have probably noticed that PDF files are everywhere. They have become the file format of choice when trading documents with other lawyers and clients. Many courts now require that all pleadings be filed as PDFs; and most governmental forms are available exclusively in PDF format.  Because of their prevalence, everyone in your office needs to understand the risks and benefits of PDF files. In this one-hour webinar**, you'll learn appropriate uses of PDFs, and we'll cover extremely important topics such as metadata removal and electronic document security, redaction, Bates Numbering, splitting/combining PDFs, reducing file-size for electronic case filing, review/comment and PDF collaboration, adding signatures & stamps, routing PDFs for comments/feedback, and more. Finally, we’ll identify the programs you can use for all of these functions (you are not limited to Adobe Acrobat) and explain their relative pros and cons.

     

     

    Program Speaker:
    Barron Henley
    , Affinity Consulting Group, Ohio

     

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    Barron Henley is one of the founding partners of Affinity Consulting Group, a national legal technology consulting firm which handles all aspects of law practice automation including document assembly, case management, document management, legal accounting software, trial presentation/litigation support, paper reduction/scanning, hardware, networks/servers and security. He is an attorney and has been helping other lawyers with technology since 1990.He received his B.S./B.A. (marketing and economics) and J.D. from The Ohio State University and is a member of the American, Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Worthington Estate Planning Council. He is a member of the ABA Law Practice Management Section and is the former Chair of the Ohio State Bar Association Law Office Automation & Technology Committee. Mr. Henley heads Affinity’s document assembly/automation and software training departments; he is a renowned expert on Microsoft Word, Adobe Acrobat and HotDocs document assembly software; and has authored legal-specific manuals on HotDocs, Adobe Acrobat, and Microsoft Word, Excel & Outlook.Barron teaches continuing legal education (CLE) classes throughout the U.S. and Canada covering a wide variety of topics related to law practice management, technology and ethics.

     

    **Webinar slides are viewed through your computer screen and audio is heard through your computer speakers (Internet connection required – Firefox or Chrome are recommended)

    Formats Available: LIVE Webinar
    Original Program Date: May 09, 2017
    On-Demand Release Date: May 16, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • ISBA: 1 hour Total General MCLE Hours, 1 hour Including Professional Responsibility

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    Collapse PowerPoint Power Hour LIVE Webinar

    ISBA's Practice Toolbox Series

    Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
     

    In this one-hour webinar**, you will learn how to take your PowerPoint slides to the next level with design do’s and don’ts and how to go beyond bullet points and text. Topics include: working with videos and images, animation, transitions, and timings.

     

     

    Program Speaker:
    Paul J. Unger
    , Affinity Consulting Group, Ohio

     

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    Paul J. Unger is one of the managing partners of Affinity's Columbus Ohio office. He is a 1994 graduate of Capital University Law School. He is an attorney and founding member of HMU Consulting, Inc. (now Affinity-Columbus). Prior to forming HMU with Barron Henley, Paul was Vice President of a Columbus-based technology consulting firm. He spent five years at Clark, Perdue, Roberts & Scott Co., L.P.A., limiting his practice to civil litigation. Mr. Unger now specializes in trial presentation & litigation technology consulting, document and case management software, paperless office strategies, and legal-specific software training for law firms and legal departments throughout the Midwest. He has provided trial presentation consultation for 300+ cases. Mr. Unger is a member of The American Society of Trial Consultants, the American Bar Association, the Ohio and Columbus Bar Associations, and the Ohio Association for Justice and the Central Ohio Association for Justice. He is very active in the Law Practice Management Section of the American Bar Association, and recently served as the Chair of ABA TECHSHOW 2011. He is also an Adjunct Professor for Capital University Law School’s Paralegal Program. Mr. Unger is a national speaker and frequent lecturer for CLE programs. He is the author of Adobe Acrobat for Law Firms, PowerPoint for Legal Professionals, and co-author of Microsoft Word for Legal Professionals, all manuals designed to maximize the use of legal-specific features.

     

    **Webinar slides are viewed through your computer screen and audio is heard through your computer speakers (Internet connection required – Firefox or Chrome are recommended)

    Formats Available: LIVE Webinar
    Original Program Date: May 23, 2017
    On-Demand Release Date: May 30, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • ISBA: 1 hour Total General MCLE Hours, 1 hour Including Professional Responsibility

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    Collapse Excel Power Hour LIVE Webinar

    ISBA's Practice Toolbox Series

    Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
     

    Excel is more than just a calculator: it is a powerful tool for a law firm. In this one-hour webinar** you will see the power of Excel for probate inventories, real estate closings, and more.

     

     

    Program Speaker:
    John Federico
    , Affinity Consulting Group, Ohio

     

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    John Federico received his BBA from The University of Toledo, his BS from The Ohio State University, and his JD from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. His professional memberships include the Ohio State Bar Association and Columbus Bar Association. Mr. Federico is an attorney and senior consultant for his firm. Prior to joining Affinity Consulting Group, LLC, he practiced law for nine years, litigating personal injury cases, insurance cases, and numerous appeals. Mr. Federico is also a licensed patent attorney.  He now specializes in HotDocs document assembly software and software training, including integrations with case management systems such as LawBase, Amicus Attorney, Time Matters, Actionstep and PracticeMaster. Mr. Federico has prior experience in using a wide variety of systems, including Windows, Macintosh, and Linux; and programming in Pascal C, C++, C# and assembly language.

     

    **Webinar slides are viewed through your computer screen and audio is heard through your computer speakers (Internet connection required – Firefox or Chrome are recommended)

    Formats Available: LIVE Webinar
    Original Program Date: June 13, 2017
    On-Demand Release Date: June 20, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • ISBA: 1 hour Total General MCLE Hours, 1 hour Including Professional Responsibility

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    Collapse Google Apps (now the GSuite) Power Hour LIVE Webcast

    ISBA's Practice Toolbox Series

    Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association
     

    Learn about the GSuite plans, pricing, and features, as well as the pros and cons of email, calendar, Docs, Sheets, and Google Drive as compared to other options. If you are considering a move to the GSuite, this one-hour webinar** is for you.

     

     

    Program Speaker:
    John Federico
    , Affinity Consulting Group, Ohio

     

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    John Federico received his BBA from The University of Toledo, his BS from The Ohio State University, and his JD from Washington University in St. Louis School of Law. His professional memberships include the Ohio State Bar Association and Columbus Bar Association. Mr. Federico is an attorney and senior consultant for his firm. Prior to joining Affinity Consulting Group, LLC, he practiced law for nine years, litigating personal injury cases, insurance cases, and numerous appeals. Mr. Federico is also a licensed patent attorney.  He now specializes in HotDocs document assembly software and software training, including integrations with case management systems such as LawBase, Amicus Attorney, Time Matters, Actionstep and PracticeMaster. Mr. Federico has prior experience in using a wide variety of systems, including Windows, Macintosh, and Linux; and programming in Pascal C, C++, C# and assembly language.

     

    **Webinar slides are viewed through your computer screen and audio is heard through your computer speakers (Internet connection required – Firefox or Chrome are recommended)

     

    Formats Available: LIVE Webinar
    Original Program Date: June 27, 2017
    On-Demand Release Date: July 04, 2017

    Approved Credit:
  • ISBA: 1 hour Total General MCLE Hours, 1 hour Including Professional Responsibility

  • MORE INFOMORE INFO Google Apps (now the GSuite) Power Hour LIVE Webcast