Two Great ISBA Member Benefits Sponsored by
A Value of $1,344, Included with Membership

CLE

Join us in Chicago on February 1st to get the information you need to effectively counsel your clients on important sentencing issues in felony, misdemeanor, and traffic law cases!Attorneys attending this program will better understand the statutory and non-statutory factors in aggravation; the collateral consequences of guilty pleas, including immigration status, and the 6th amendment ineffective assistance of counsel issues identified in several recent U.S. Supreme Court Cases; the differing good-time credit of various offenses; recognizing the various fees and  fines that  impact the defendant at sentencing; how to search the Illinois Criminal Code to pull up specific statutes using the ICJIA database; issues in sex offender sentencing, including registration requirements and social limitations/restrictions on the sex offender; and the new Evidence Based Sentencing in DUI cases and the 2012 DE Evaluation format.

The program qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit and is presented by the ISBA Criminal Justice Section.

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Using environmental claims has become a mainstream marketing technique and, as such, attorneys in many practice areas must advise their clients on whether their marketing claims are in compliance or whether they constitute "Green Washing." Join us from the comfort of your home or office for this live webcast on Wednesday, January 30th and get the information you need to effectively navigate the Federal Trade Commission’s Green Guides. Consumer protection attorneys, environmental lawyers, and intellectual property practitioners with basic to intermediate practice experience will benefit from a comprehensive overview of the Federal Trade Commission's Green Guides; an in-depth discussion regarding the October 1, 2012 revisions to the Green Guides (which is the first major revision since 1998); and information about the recent enforcement actions brought by the FTC, as well as possible future enforcement in light of the revised Green Guides.

The program is presented by the ISBA Antitrust and Unfair Competition and co-sponsored by the ISBA Environmental Law Section. It qualifies for 2.0 hours MCLE credit.

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All eligible ISBA members can now earn 15 MCLE credit hours, including 6 PMCLE credit hours, per bar year via our online FastCLE "Free CLE Channel" at no additional cost.

Find out how to get started with our user guide at www.isba.org/freecle/faqs#guide

Are you a general practitioner or criminal law attorney with intermediate practice experience? Then you won’t want to miss this informative seminar in Bloomington on January 25, which offers an in-depth overview of Illinois sentencing – from preparing for the hearing and pleas of guilty, to mandatory sentences and additional financial assessments.


Free Online CLE…. It’s ISBA’s newest member benefit to help you practice more affordably and effectively.

All eligible ISBA members can now earn 15 MCLE credit hours, including 6 PMCLE credit hours, per bar year via our online FastCLE "Free CLE Channel" at no additional cost.

Choose from over 30 hours of programs available 24/7 on our online “Free CLE Channel” on FastCLE. Using a computer with internet access, you can access these programs whenever and wherever you’d like. (Live on-site programs are not included in Free CLE at this time.)

Programs available on the “Free CLE Channel” have been chosen by a panel of ISBA members and cover a wide range of topics, and program content will change periodically.

Our 6-hour accredited Basic Skills program is also available on the “Free CLE Channel” to help our new attorney members meet their newly admitted attorney MCLE requirements for free.

For more information – including Benefit Eligibility, Programs, & a User Guide on How To Get Started – visit our Free Online CLE FAQs page.

Visit our Member Benefits page to learn more about ISBA benefits.

Join us in Chicago on January 25th and learn how to effectively manage the succession planning transaction – from preparing the business for sale and identifying potential buyers to winding down the business and tying up any loose ends. Business advice attorneys, general practitioners, and trusts and estate lawyers with basic practice experience who attend this full-day seminar will learn how to help clients prepare employees for the transition; effectively manage the proceeds of sale; create (and complete) the pre-sale checklist; transition the family business to the next generation; draft the necessary documents for the sale/purchase of a business; recognize important intellectual property issues throughout the transaction process; address environmental issues and concerns with the business; close down a business – with or without a purchaser for the business; and deal with the ethical considerations that may arise throughout the succession planning process.

The program is presented by the ISBA Business Advice and Financial Planning Section and qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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Beginning January 1, all eligible ISBA members will be able to earn up to 15 hours of MCLE, including all 6 hours of PMCLE* online at no additional cost. The free CLE programs will be available online 24/7 on our "Free CLE Channel" on FastCLE. Live on-site programs are not included in Free CLE at this time. The free online CLE programs that will be available Jan. 1 are:

Post-conviction work is a unique area of the law that oftentimes poses interesting challenges for the attorney working in the particular practice. Because post-conviction law entails both trial and appellate skills, some lawyers are hesitant about working in this arena. This half-day seminar in Chicago on January 17th gives you the tools you need to take on this rewarding work with confidence and ease. Topics include: using the Illinois Post-Conviction Practice manual during your post-conviction case, conducting thorough post-conviction investigations, common claims in post-conviction law, and telling your client’s story during post-conviction. The program qualifies for 3.75 hours MCLE credit.

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ISBA President John E. Thies discusses a great new benefit coming for ISBA members - free CLE. He also urges members to make new skills a habit so that it becomes your "new normal" behavior. Find out more about the ISBA's new free CLE benefit at www.isba.org/freecle

It’s not too late to register!

Mediation is designed to resolve differences both in and out of the courts. It requires a very different mindset than courtroom litigation. Join us in Chicago on Jan. 7th for this week-long mediation training and learn how to resolve conflicts in a non-adversarial, non-confrontational manner, allowing peaceful resolutions between parties.

The program is taught by Richard Calkins and Fred Lane — two nationally recognized mediators, authors and educators. Until 20 years ago, both Mr. Calkins and Mr. Lane were well-known and highly regarded litigators. Since then, however, they have successfully mediated over 5,000 cases.

The program qualifies for 40.0 hours MCLE credit, including 40.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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