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Practitioners are not always well-versed with administrative hearing procedures and the rights their clients may have in cases before administrative agencies. Likewise, administrative law judges are not as conversant as they should be with the administrative framework they operate under. Get the best practice tips you need for the successful prosecution, defense, and decision-making processes in administrative law cases with this informative seminar in Chicago on June 6th. Administrative law judges and attorneys who practice before administrative law agencies will benefit from the relevant topics covered, including subpoena issues, the right to cross-examine witnesses, and procedural requirements. The program includes a mock hearing in which our administrative law judges play the roles of attorneys prosecuting and defending a case, while an administrative law judge presides at the hearing. Can’t attend the live, on-site program in Chicago? Then join us on the web! This program will be broadcast live via the Internet so that attorneys can attend remotely.

The program qualifies for 2.0 hours MCLE credit and is presented by the ISBA Administrative Law Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Government Lawyers Section, Young Lawyers Division, and the ISBA General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section.

Click here for more information and to register for the live program in CHICAGO.

The practice of law involving local government is diverse and, although one’s practice may be focused, a good local government lawyer needs to be well-versed in all aspects of local government representation. Get the information you need on economic development issues, mid-contract actions, and the role of social media with this informative half-day seminar in Chicago on May 24th! A discussion on the ethical issues concerning the secrets within the attorney-client relationship and a transparent government is also included. Attorneys engaged in representing or dealing with any form of municipal government will benefit from the information presented throughout this seminar.

The program is presented by the ISBA Local Government Law Section and qualifies for 4.0 hours MCLE credit, including 2.0 hours approved Professional Responsibility MCLE credit.

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Can’t attend on May 24th?Visit for access to the online recorded version of this program approximately 6 weeks after the program.

Antitrust laws apply to all businesses, regardless of size, public/private standing, or profit/non-profit status. The civil and criminal penalties for failure to comply with U.S. and State (including Illinois) antitrust laws can be quite severe, and any attorney advising businesses needs to be generally aware of the laws. Join us on May 23rd in Chicago or via live webcast for a program that enhances your knowledge of the antitrust laws and gives you the tools you need to insure compliance with those laws. Corporate attorneys, in-house counsel, commercial practitioners, and those practicing in the trade regulation arena will benefit from the following seminar information:

  • Understanding why the antitrust compliance program was established, as well as the program’s basic components and goals;
  • Learning how antitrust compliance issues have been affected by technology;
  • Properly administering the program;
  • Understanding how a successful antitrust compliance program factors into sentencing and leniency; and
  • Recognizing pitfalls and fulfilling requirements.

The program, which qualifies for 3.75 hours MCLE credit, is presented by the ISBA Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Corporate Law Department Section, ISBA Young Lawyers Division, and the Chicago Bar Association Antitrust Section.

Click here for more information and to register for the live, on-site seminar in CHICAGO.

Get the tools you need to effectively handle real estate tax protests and resolve bankruptcy issues in real estate transactions with this informative program in Lombard on May 11th! Topics include: understanding the real estate tax bill; learning to deal with the tax assessor; how to file a real estate tax appeal; bankruptcy filing requirements and procedures; executory real estate contracts; the Bankruptcy Code’s Automatic Stay; and recent case law in bankruptcy cases involving real estate.

The program is presented by the ISBA Real Estate Law Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Commercial Banking, Collections, and Bankruptcy Section. The program qualifies for 6.0 hours of MCLE credit.

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Can’t attend the live program in Lombard?Visit for access to the online recorded version of this program approximately 6 weeks after the program.

Join us in Chicago on May 9th for this enlightening, but sobering seminar on a topic that has only recently begun to receive the attention it deserves!

Recent studies show that nearly 1 in 5 inmates housed in our jails and prisons suffers from a serious mental illness, and representing them requires specialized skills and knowledge. Learn about the special issues involved in representing persons with mental illness in the criminal justice system, the rights of this population, and how to make the criminal justice system more responsive to their needs. Hear the philosophical and legal insights of our experienced lawyers and trained professionals as they discuss a myriad of relevant topics, including: advances in neuropsychology and the impact on culpability and sentencing; the attorneys’ role in the client’s mental health issues; the insanity defense and the guilty-but-mentally-ill disposition; a client’s fitness to stand trial and waive rights; and much more!

The program is sponsored by the ISBA Mental Health Section and co-sponsored by the ISBA Criminal Justice Section. It qualifies for 6.5 hours MCLE credit.

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Discover how you can address the issues most commonly faced in the criminal courts today!

Has the new Illinois Evidence Code changed today’s criminal practice? Join us in Springfield on May 4th for this seminar that discusses case law and legislation updates that Illinois attorneys need to know to be effective in the courtroom. Both new attorneys and experienced practitioners will benefit from the following program topics: Fourth and Fifth Amendment cases; pre-trial and trial issues involving the Sixth Amendment; the ethical challenges involving the use of social media (such as Facebook and Twitter); branding your practice and establishing a niche in the market; and recent amendments relating to the use of breath interlock devices and monitored device driving permits.

The program is presented by the ISBA Criminal Justice Section and qualifies for 5.5 MCLE credit hours, including 1.0 PMCLE credit (subject to approval).

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The Illinois Supreme Court has amended some of the rules regarding Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) for Illinois attorneys.

Among other things, the changes will provide greater flexibility to newly admitted attorneys who need to complete their initial MCLE requirements and make it more attractive for them to participate in an approved mentoring program as part of their initial MCLE requirements.

The Court also eliminated a $20 fee which attorneys had been required to pay to claim credit for participation in non-traditional activities to meet the MCLE requirements.

The amended rules do not change the basic MCLE requirement that attorneys, other than newly admitted lawyers, earn 30 hours of CLE activity during two-year reporting periods beginning in 2012, and 24 hours of certified credit through the 2011 reporting period.

Previously, newly-admitted attorneys were required to take a 15-hour Basic Skills Course. New attorneys admitted after October 1, 2011 are still required to take a total of 15 hours of credit for their initial MCLE requirements but the amended rules give these attorneys more options to fulfill these requirements.  New attorneys need to participate in six hours of professional responsibility credit either by attending a six-hour Basic Skills Course or by participating in a mentoring program pre-approved by the Commission on Professionalism. The additional nine MCLE hours can be according to the new lawyer's choosing and may include professional responsibility credits.

New attorneys have heard all about the 15 hour basic skills requirement, but Supreme Court rule changes announced this week allow more flexibility in meeting the requirement.

Up to now, new admittees were required to complete a 15 hour basic skills course within their first year of admission. Effective immediately, the Minimum Continuing Legal Education (MCLE) Board will accept a 15 hour combination of basic skills instruction (6 hours), mentoring through the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism (6 hours), plus traditional or non-traditional CLE credits to complete the balance.

ISBA is gearing up to help new admittees meet the requirements in the amended rule.

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The Illinois State Bar Association is again pleased to offer lawyers licensed in the State of Florida, the opportunity to fulfill their CLE requirements. Anyone wishing to listen to the CDs must schedule time with Joyce Williams at 2011 Survey of Florida Law Program
Congratulations to ISBA’s Federal Civil Practice Section Council for winning ISBA’s “Best Live CLE Program of the Year” Award for their January 21, 2011 seminar titled “A Federal Civil Practice Seminar – 2011,” which was held in Collinsville, Illinois. Programs presented between July 1, 2010 and May 1. 2011 were eligible for this award and based on: (1) the evaluation ratings by program attendees and (2) the speakers’ on-time submission of course materials. Council member Stan Wasser (left), of the Springfield law firm Feldman, Wasser, Draper and Cox, accepted the award on behalf of the Federal Civil Practice Section from ISBA President John G. Locallo.