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Presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on Corrections and Sentencing


Do you represent clients seeking post-appellate relief? Do your clients complain about a lack of relief after conviction? Are you looking for alternative outcomes in correctional relief of sentences? Then don’t miss this online seminar that explores post-conviction petitions, including executive clemency petitions and commutations of sentences. Learn what post-conviction petitions are, how they differ from appeals, how to file your petition, the statute of limitations for filing, and more!


Program Coordinator:
Michael J. Zopf
, Attorney at Law, Champaign


Program Moderator:
Jason D. Sweat, Chief Legal Counsel, Illinois Prisoner Review Board, Springfield

Program Information
Date Presented:
December 06, 2017 2:30 PM Central
2 hours
ISBA Member Price:
Non-Member Price:
Post-Conviction Petitions

Post-conviction petitions are used to challenge a sentence based on the fact that constitutional rights were violated during the trial process. This segment discusses post-conviction petitions – from what it is and how to file for it, to statute of limitations and who qualifies for this option.

Speaker Information
Michael J. Zopf  [ view bio ]
Executive Clemency Petitions and Commutations of Sentences

Few lawyers have ever appeared before the Illinois Prisoner Review Board, but knowing what to do and how to offer a positive presentation to the Board may be your client’s last hope for freedom. This segment explores commutations of sentences and executive clemency petitions.

Speaker Information
Jason D. Sweat  [ view bio ]
Panel Discussion on Post-Conviction Relief, Executive Clemency, Commutations, and other Post-Trial Remedies

Don’t miss this opportunity to learn what progress is being made in Illinois regarding post-conviction relief, as well as the likelihood that an individual approach will be successful.

Speaker Information
Jason D. Sweat  [ view bio ]
Michael J. Zopf  [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 2.00
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