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Continuing Legal Education
Attorney Education in Child Custody and Visitation Matters
Attorney Education in Child Custody and Visitation Matters

Presented by the ISBA Bench & Bar Section, ISBA Child Law Section, and ISBA Family Law Section

This two-day program is designed to help those attorneys who represent children. Under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 906(c)*, attorneys should receive ten hours of education every two years in child development; roles of guardians ad litem and child representatives; ethics in child custody cases; relevant substantive state, federal, and case law in custody and visitation matters; and family dynamics, including substance abuse, domestic abuse, and mental health issues. Topics for this seminar include: legislative and case law updates; statues and rules; issues in protecting children; child development and how the parents' behavior impacts the child; parental custody rights; scheduling parenting time; removing children from the home; mediation disputes;  jurisdiction issues; orders of protection; structuring visitations; settlement conferences; and evaluations. The roles of attorney, child representative and guardian ad litem are also discussed. The seminar includes presentations by members of the judiciary and experienced practitioners, along with two panel discussions and ample opportunity for discussion.


Program Coordinator:
Hon. Michael J. Chmiel
, Twenty-Second Judicial Circuit, Woodstock

Program Moderator:
Barry H. Greenburg, Attorney at Law, Chicago

Human Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Human Trafficking and the Commercial Sexual Exploitation of Children
Presented by Baker & McKenzie LLP and the Illinois State Bar Association
Co-sponsored by the Illinois Judicial Council, Illinois Association of Administrative Law Judges, National Association of Women Judges District 8, Human Trafficking Task Force of the American Bar Association, Black Women Lawyers’ Association of Greater Chicago, Inc., Chicago Bar Association Alliance for Women, Chinese American Bar Association of Greater Chicago, Cook County Bar Association, Hispanic Lawyers  Association of Illinois, National Bar Association Region VII, Puerto Rican Bar Association of Illinois, Women's Bar Association of Illinois, ISBA Administrative Law Section, ISBA Child Law Section, ISBA Human Rights Section, ISBA International & Immigration Law Section, ISBA Standing Committee on Government Lawyers, ISBA Standing Committee on Racial and Ethnic Minorities & the Law, ISBA Standing Committee on Women and the Law.
Americans tend to think of human trafficking as a problem in other countries - and not the  national and local dilemma that we currently face in the United States. Take advantage of this opportunity to educate yourself on human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children with this informative full-day presentation! Social workers, school counselors, licensed clinical psychologists, government lawyers, child law practitioners, criminal law attorneys, human rights advocates, international and immigration law attorneys, and lawyers who are interested in pro bono work on the issue of human trafficking who attend this seminar will better understand: 
  • The legal definitions of human trafficking and the commercial sexual exploitation of children; 
  • Risk factors and precursors associated with the commercial sexual exploitation of children; 
  • How to identify victims of human trafficking; 
  • How acts of violence, like trafficking and exploitation, thwart our efforts to end poverty;
  • The psychological aspects involved with these types of cases; 
  • The investigative process of a child sexual exploitation case; 
  • What Illinois is doing in terms of enforcement; 
  • The role of Illinois courts in these types of cases; and  
  • How to advocate on behalf of human trafficking victims.
Program Coordinators:
Yolaine M. Dauphin, Law Offices of Yolaine Dauphin, Chicago
Annemarie E. Kill, Avery Camerlingo & Kill LLC, Chicago
Program Moderators:
Carol A. Casey, Office of the Public Guardian, Chicago
Yolaine M. Dauphin, Law Offices of Yolaine Dauphin, Chicago
Solo Small Firm Tech and Practice Management 15 Hour Package
Solo Small Firm Tech and Practice Management 15 Hour Package

Participants will better understand how to start a law firm and operate it efficiently, profitably, and ethically.  Topics include the importance of technological competency and the ethical rules surrounding its use; ethical and effective marketing strategies including the use of social media; the need to protect a law firm from security threats; the advantages of a “paperless” office and how to achieve it; how to deal with difficult people including judges, other lawyers and clients; managing client expectations and client confidentiality; how to terminate a problem client; how to incorporate crisis planning and transition into a practice; how to manage the financial side of a law firm including trust accounts, office expenses, accounts receivable and accounts payable; issues surrounding hiring and firing; best practices for law practice management; how to lower stress and enjoy both professional and personal success; a review of grievances against other attorneys and how to avoid complaints; and more.  Discussion will also include a review of the applicable Illinois Supreme Court Rules of Professional Conduct. 


Please Note: This program qualifies for 15 hours of MCLE credit, which is based on total program runtime and not individual topic credit. The total runtime breakdown is as follows:

  • Ethics: Legal Competence Requires Tech Competence – 29 minutes
  • Technology and the Rules – 1 hour, 11 minutes
  • Crisis Planning and Transition: Maintaining Your Practice – 45 minutes
  • Using Technology and Social Media for Effective and Ethical Advertising – 48 minutes
  • Everything Financial: Managing Trust Accounts, Office Expenses, Accounts Receivable/Accounts Payable – 56 minutes
  • Security in Your Practice: Mobile Devices, Firewalls, using the Cloud – 1 hour
  • Client Development: Strategies to Get and Retain Clients – 45 minutes
  • Accounting: How to Start Your Firm and Maintain It – 59 minutes
  • Human Resources 101 for Your Law Firm – 41 minutes
  • Going Paperless in Your Practice – Tips and Tools – 43 minutes
  • Tips for the Busy Lawyer on Growing Your Practice – 1 hour, 1 minute
  • Social Media: Promoting and Protecting Your Practice – 43 minutes
  • Developing Your Practice for the Future – 1 hour, 4 minutes
  • Dealing with Difficult People – 1 hour, 1 minute
  • Law Practice Management: How to Be the Lawyer Your Mother Tells Everyone You Are – 58 minutes
  • Nine Ways to Practice Smarter, Not Harder – 1 hour, 4 minutes
  • Top Causes for Grievances against Lawyers and How to Avoid Making the Same Mistakes – 53 minutes