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Discover a new approach to addressing the ongoing problem of nutrient pollution in Illinois’ waterways with this online seminar! Don’t miss this comprehensive look at how a market-based approach to solving water quality problems may lead to cleaner water in a shorter timeframe and with less financial burden than traditional approaches. Environmental lawyers, administrative practitioners, and local government attorneys with all levels of practice experience who attend this online seminar on October 31, 2017 will better understand: what a market-based approach entails; how the trade of pollution reductions between different entities could be the answer to lowering nitrogen and phosphorus levels in our water; the potential challenges with this new approach (including local hot spots and market illiquidity); and how a properly designed market could address each of these challenges.

The program is presented by the ISBA Environmental Law Section and qualifies for 1.0 hour MCLE credit.

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Gain the momentum you need to propel your practice to prosperity with this informative full-day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on October 27, 2017! Learn how to run your practice with maximum profitability, hire and fire employees in your firm, maintain a virtual practice, and refer clients. In addition, attendees will gain a better understanding of: practicing on a budget for a financially-sound practice; how to build your firm with the best employees possible; the pros and cons of practicing virtually; the risks and benefits of accepting referral fees; how technology and ethics intersect; and much more!

The program is presented by the Illinois State Bar Association and qualifies for 6.75 hours MCLE credit, including 6.75 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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Are you thinking of expanding your practice to include helping your clients apply for and receive Medicaid benefits to help pay for the cost of long term care? Then you won’t want to miss this nuts-and-bolts seminar in Chicago on October 12, 2017 that teaches you everything you need to know about the Illinois Medicaid rules and procedures. Estate planning practitioners, family law attorneys, elder law lawyers, and new attorneys with basic to intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will learn: how to represent your clients when it’s time to apply for public benefits; how a homestead or family farm can affect Medicaid eligibility; the concepts and strategies you can use to legally and ethically protect assets while facilitating Medicaid eligibility; how to prepare and submit applications in Decatur and Chicago; how to appeal a denial of benefits; and much more.


This program is available at no cost for the first 26 registrants who agree to take a pro bono case in the next year. Thank you to our sponsors for making this opportunity possible! 

     ♦  Illinois Bar Foundation
     ♦  Public Interest Law Initiative (PILI)
     ♦  Law Crawford P.C.

Learn how to identify internal barriers (within yourself and your law firm) that hinder communication with non-English speaking clients and how to overcome these barriers with this short online seminar on October 11, 2017. Attorneys with all levels of practice experience who work with a diverse client base who attend this seminar will better understand: what the Administrative Office of the Illinois Courts is doing to help non-English speaking people gain better access to interpreters; the statewide Interpreter Registry; the pitfalls to avoid when working with interpreters; how and why you should take advantage of the pro bono opportunities in your community; and the resources available to attorneys willing to volunteer.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA Standing Committee on the Delivery of Legal Services. It qualifies for 1.50 hours MCLE credit, including 1.50 hours Professionalism, Civility or Legal Ethics Professional Responsibility MCLE (subject to approval).

By Michael G. Bergmann

Coordinated by the American Bar Association’s Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service, Pro Bono Week is intended to inspire greater pro bono participation by lawyers throughout the nation. This initiative provides an opportunity for legal organizations across the country to collaboratively commemorate the vitally important contributions of America’s lawyers, and to recruit and train the many additional volunteers required to meet the growing demand. The Standing Committee on Pro Bono and Public Service undertook this initiative to provide a format for showcasing the incredible difference that pro bono lawyers make to our nation, to our system of justice, to our communities and, most of all, to the clients they serve.

The ISBA commemorates this national celebration each year by encouraging its members to do pro bono and by recognizing those who meet the call. Two years ago, the ISBA launched its Pro Bono Partner initiative, through which members commit to: (1) seek out the local pro bono legal services being supplied to individuals or charitable, religious, or civic organizations in their community; (2) attend or support a recognition ceremony for those who participate in pro bono services in their community; (3) consider attending training provided to lawyers who provide pro bono services; and (4) commit to joining the efforts to increase access to the legal system.

The ISBA Delivery of Legal Services Committee organized two webinars in October geared towards those interested in helping low-income individuals with their legal needs. Tune in to “Working Effectively with Interpreters” on Wednesday, October 11 at 2:00 p.m., which is free for the first 26 registrants who agree to take a pro bono case in the next year. “Working with Low Income Clients” will be held on Wednesday, October 25 at noon, and is available at no cost for the first 30 registrants who agree to take a pro bono case in the next year.


Are you aware of the statutes and ordinances affecting the rights of both landlords and tenants? Do you know how Illinois’ Landlord and Tenant Act and local ordinances are enforced? Are you ready to handle your next eviction case? Join us on October 11, 2017 for this one-hour live webcast that offers a basic guide to landlord remedies and tenant rights. Real estate lawyers, general practitioners, and new attorneys who are likely to represent clients with landlord or tenant concerns – particularly those practicing in the Chicago area – who attend this online program will better understand: the statutory processes for eviction; the landlord’s Duty of Habitability; the tenant’s rights and recourse for unlawful eviction; and the tenant’s options when a lack of habitability exists. The program includes potential scenarios and the litigation claims/defenses each side has against the other.

The program is presented by the ISBA Real Estate Law Section and qualifies for 1.0 hour MCLE credit.

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Back by popular demand! Don’t miss this full-day seminar on October 9, 2017 in Chicago or Fairview Heights that arms you with the information you need to successfully handle your next workers’ compensation case! Labor and employment attorneys and workers’ compensation practitioners attending this seminar will better understand: how orthopedic physicians diagnose and treat workers’ compensation injuries; the recent rule changes at the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission; the ethical issues to avoid during your next workers’ compensation case; how to prepare and present your arbitration case; how to coordinate workers’ compensation benefits with the Public Employee Disability Act; and recent case law updates that may affect your client.


Presented by the ISBA Traffic Laws and Courts Section, attendees will have the option of two different programs on the same date and at the same location.

Friday, October 6, 2017
Holiday Inn and Suites – East Peoria

Beginner DUI and Traffic Law Updates – Fall 2017

8:55 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. (breakfast served prior)  |  6.75 MCLE hours

Attorneys with beginner-levels of practice experience will benefit from this comprehensive look at a number of key traffic law issues, including Illinois’ new case law and legislation that may affect your next client.

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ISBA hosted a two-day CLE program designed to help attorneys who represent children from September 7-8 at the Chicago Regional Office. Back by popular demand, the Guardian ad Litem, Child Representative, and Attorney for Minor Child Training covered the role, scope and limitations of representation; the conflicts that will limit the role of the appointment; child development issues, including mental health, milestones, attachment, and parental separation; and much more. The program wound down on Friday evening with a networking reception for attendees to network and mingle. 


Beginning with the N-Z reporting period ending June 30, 2019, Illinois attorneys must complete at least one our of diversity and inclusion CLE and one hour of mental health and substance abuse CLE during each two-year reporting period, or participate in a yearlong Lawyer-to-Lawyer Mentoring Program (S. Ct. Rule 795(d)).

The rule changes reflect an effort to address the impact of the legal profession's diversity challenges on the justice system. Additionally, the new rules seek to encourage lawyers to explore ways to increase their health and well-being because statistics show that judges and lawyers suffer from mental health and substance abuse issues at a significantly higher rate than does the general population.

ISBA has several courses to help you satisfy the requirements under the new MCLE rule change, including: