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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
 

Jump start your new Illinois legal career by attending this outstanding Basic Skills professional responsibility course that’s designed to equip you with the information you need as a new Illinois attorney, as well as help you begin to fulfill your Illinois Supreme Court Newly Admitted Attorney requirement (S. Ct. Rule 793)**. Our faculty of high-profile attorneys and judges offers insights, tips, and advice on the issues you face in your practice. The program closes with an in-depth look at the questions you need answered and issues you need help with as a new attorney.

 

Program Moderators:

Marron A. Mahoney, Attorney at Law, Chicago

George L. Schoenbeck, Sosin Arnold & Schoenbeck Ltd, Orland Park

Program Information
Program Date:
January 20, 2017
Perspectives from the Bench

Although judges may operate their courtrooms in diverse manners, there are some things they agree that new attorneys should know. Our esteemed panelists share tips on common mistakes to avoid, civility, brief-writing, persuasive arguments, career options, and more!
 

Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.75
Including Professional Responsibility: 0.75
Speaker Information
Hon. Pablo Eves  [ view bio ]
Hon. Susan F. Hutchinson  [ view bio ]
Moderator: Pam J. Kuzniar  [ view bio ]
Hon. Mark J. Lopez  [ view bio ]
Ethical Dilemmas & Common Mistakes to Avoid

This segment examines some of the common mistakes made by new attorneys and explores some of the best ways to deal with them once they've occurred. Using the framework of the Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, our panelists discuss common issues you may encounter with supervisory attorneys, opposing counsel and clients. The discussion covers the requirements for properly setting up a firm, including necessary paperwork, managing trust accounts, recent case law issues impacting law firms, facts about risk management and malpractice, and important issues to be aware of. The importance of being prepared and conducting your practice with honesty and integrity (as well as the potential consequences when you don't) are also examined.

Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 1.00
Including Professional Responsibility: 1.00
Speaker Information
Michael P. Downey  [ view bio ]
Michael J. Flaherty  [ view bio ]
Moderator: Mary K. Foster  [ view bio ]
The Multi-Generational Workplace

Prepare to handle the varied situations you may encounter in a workplace with multiple generations. Gain an understanding of diverse traditions, work habits, and approaches to professionalism and gain insight on how to react appropriately to challenging situations. 

Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.50
Including Professional Responsibility: 0.50
Speaker Information
Michelle A. Silverthorn  [ view bio ]
Negotiations

Learn the basics of advocacy for your client in the give-and-take work of negotiations with the effective methods shared by our experienced practitioner and negotiations expert.
 

Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.50
Including Professional Responsibility: 0.50
Speaker Information
Thomas C. Britton  [ view bio ]
Client Intake, Client Retainer Agreements, and Collecting From Clients

There are a number of things you’ll need to learn from your potential client before agreeing to take their case. This session discusses handling client intake, protecting yourself through retainer agreements, collecting payment, dealing with non-paying clients (that you need), and getting rid of bad clients. Case law updates regarding retainers are also provided.

Speaker Information
Scott Kummer  [ view bio ]
Distraction Management: Time and Technology Strategies for Success

Maximize your effectiveness by implementing time and stress management strategies into your practice. Learn tips on managing multiple interruptions, calendaring for success, juggling email overload, communicating with clients effectively, and more. Tips on handling the stresses of the profession are also shared.
 

Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.50
Including Professional Responsibility: 0.50
Speaker Information
Mark C. Metzger  [ view bio ]
Ethical and Practical Uses of Technology in Your Practice

Like any new business, law firms must be marketed for the best possible exposure to new and potential clients. This session explores the various options available to lawyers who are setting up their own firms and offers an in-depth examination of free vs. paid websites, effective social media tools, and how to ethically use the latest technology to help you in your new practice.
 

Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.50
Including Professional Responsibility: 0.50
Speaker Information
Sarah E. Toney  [ view bio ]
Professional Responsibility, Professionalism, and Technology Update

Equip yourself with the information you need to effectively and ethically incorporate technology into your practice. Technology provides great benefits for attorneys, including highly efficient workflow, unprecedented access to information and rapid, cost-effective communications. Most lawyers, however, do not consider the great risks that technology creates for the practicing attorney. This session identifies those risks and shows you how to address them before launching into the latest and greatest in technology.
 

Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.75
Including Professional Responsibility: 0.75
Speaker Information
James G. Grogan  [ view bio ]
Top 15 Tips for Satisfying Your Clients

Satisfying your clients is the key to keeping the clients you have and obtaining new ones along the way. This presentation explores the top 15 ways to make your clients happy – from returning phone calls and dealing with conflicts, to maintaining accurate records and training your staff.

Approved Credit for Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 0.50
Including Professional Responsibility: 0.50
Speaker Information
Paul A. Osborn  [ view bio ]
Individual topic purchase: Selected
Illinois State Bar Association
Total General MCLE Hours: 6.00
Including Professional Responsibility: 6.00
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