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Streaming and Podcast programs are available in your online classroom for 30 days from your original order date. After viewing, follow the instructions to certify credit. The date you certify credit will be the date printed on your ISBA Certificate of Completion and will be the date recorded for earning the MCLE credit.

*Eligibility to earn MCLE credit for this program expires two years from the program date below; therefore, attorneys must view and certify credit within this two-year period. This expiration date is applicable for all formats.


Presented by the Illinois State Bar Association

Sponsored by ISBA Mutual Insurance Company

 

Every attorney has been there at one point or another: You start your day with the great intention of finishing up a specific task that’s already past deadline, only to enter the office and get pulled in 83 different directions all at once. The phone is ringing, your email is fast approaching the file size limit, your assistant tells you that your first client intake meeting of the day is going to be late, and you need to file some papers with the court within the next two hours. You spend the whole day running around like the Tasmanian Devil only to look back at the end of the day and realize that you never found the time to work on (let alone finish) that task that’s already past deadline. Sound familiar? Then don’t miss this full-day seminar that shows you how technology can enhance your management skills and help you run your office more efficiently and with greater profitability! As an attendee, you will learn how to:
 

  • Recognize the most common client-centered business problems that attorneys encounter and avoid mistakes that lead to unhappy clients;
  • Protect your digital files;
  • Cope with the stresses of the profession;
  • Find the latest gizmos and gadgets that are most useful to your law practice and your life;
  • Delegate tasks, manage your to-do list, avoid distractions, and keep your inbox under control – all with the help of modern technology;
  • Use social media responsibly to avoid ethical mishaps;
  • Market your services and your firm while staying within the boundaries of the Illinois Rules of Professional Responsibility; and
  • Much more!
     

The seminar also includes a table clinic session where you can get best practices tips and advice from your fellow practitioners on topics such as how to use the software you already have and the top ethical concerns for the solo and small firm practitioner.

Program Information
Program Date:
February 26, 2015
The Most Common Business Mistakes that Lawyers Make When Dealing With Clients and How to Avoid Them*

Learn how to avoid the mistakes that lead to angry clients who refuse to pay your fees, complain to the ARDC, and generally make your life miserable with this informative presentation! Topics include: identifying the most common client-centered business problems that lawyers encounter, strategies to effectively and ethically address problems before they affect your bottom line, and dealing with unhappy clients.

Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.50
Including Professional Responsibility: 0.50
Speaker Information
Timothy J. Storm   [ view bio ]
The Lawyers' Assistance Program: Practical Help for the Legal Community*

The Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP) is designed to assist Illinois attorneys, judges, law students, and their family members who are struggling with addiction, depression, or mental health issues. This presentation highlights available LAP resources and shares real life stories about how LAP can help you and your fellow practitioners cope with the stresses of the profession!

Speaker Information
Robin Belleau  [ view bio ]
The Perils of Social Media and the Limits on Attorney Marketing*

Advances in technology have brought great change to client development and attorney visibility.  Join us for an in-depth look at how to use social media responsibly, the ethical mishaps to avoid when using social media, the Illinois’ Rules of Professional Responsibility limits on attorney marketing, and the proposed changes to these rules that are currently under consideration.

Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.75
Including Professional Responsibility: 0.75
Speaker Information
James J. Grogan   [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 1.75
Including Professional Responsibility: 1.75
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