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

CLE

Get the updates you need on statutory, regulatory, case law, and policies concerning Illinois state and local taxes! Tax attorneys, CPA’s practicing state tax, and attorneys with an interest in state and local tax practicing at law firms, industry, or governmental agencies – with intermediate practice experience – who attend this seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on January 27, 2017 will better understand: the legislative items affecting members of the Illinois Chamber of Commerce and the Taxpayers’ of Illinois; which legislative items will impact all Illinois residents; the recent policy changes at the Illinois Department of Revenue; the tax changes in Chicago and Cook County, including Chicago’s lease tax and amusement tax; the policy issues and court decisions regarding Illinois property tax; and much more!

Complimentary Program for ISBA Members in the first 5 years of practice!


New attorneys....did you know that your first year of membership with ISBA is free and automatic? Jump start your new Illinois legal career by attending this outstanding Basic Skills professional responsibility course in Chicago on January 20, 2017 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. Attire is business casual.

Learn how to write better non-disclosure agreements and safeguard your clients’ confidential information! Non-disclosure agreements are used in a wide variety of contexts, including corporate negotiations, intellectual property transactions, and the employment cases, to name a few. A strongly-drafted non-disclosure agreement can better position clients for protecting and enforcing their rights. Join us via the Internet on January 18, 2017 for a basic to intermediate look at: how to avoid the potential pitfalls that could erode the purpose of the non-disclosure agreement; the recent cases that provide best practice lessons for drafting these agreements; why non-disclosure agreements are needed; the decision to make the agreement unilateral or mutual; how to define confidential information; how to draft ownership and work product clauses; how to craft a legal remedy for a breach of agreement; and much more!’

Join us in Chicago on January 13, 2017 for a comprehensive look at how implicit racial bias impacts the criminal justice system, including through wrongful convictions based on false identification. Prosecutors, criminal defense attorneys, and others who attend this seminar will better understand: how implicit bias negatively impacts individuals caught in the criminal justice system; how the misidentification of criminal suspects is often a result of witness bias; the purpose behind the Conviction Integrity Unit of the Cook County State’s Attorney’s Office; why, as attorneys, it’s important to recognize bias within ourselves; the reasons behind false confessions and how the law can help prevent it from happening; the professional ethics issues that can arise during false confession cases; and much more!

Are you ready to advise your clients on the changes to student discipline in Illinois? Illinois schools were required to implement the new student discipline changes no later than September 15, 2016, and attorneys representing families, students, and/or school districts need to understand how these changes may affect their clients. Join us via the Internet on December 15, 2016 for an in-depth look at these changes, including: how a group of Chicago students urged state lawmakers to support Senate Bill 100; what students and families can expect from the new revisions; which protections will be provided by the new law; how school districts will adopted these changes; the limitations of student discipline policies; and the ethical considerations that attorneys need to be aware of.

In 1897, Scott Bibb, an African-American father of two school-age children, resisted the newly-imposed racial segregation in the Alton, Illinois schools. Join us in Chicago on December 9, 2016 for a look at the family’s persistent legal efforts over the next 11 years and a panel discussion regarding how the case might have unfolded under current laws and rules. The program includes a video replay of the DePaul University Theater School production chronicling the events surrounding this case.

Discovery is the most important part of the litigation process because it is used as evidence for or against your client. Learn how to get the written discovery that you need to win your next case with this two-hour online seminar on December 1, 2016. Topics include: how to get the discovery you need; knowing what interrogatories and document requests you must propound; knowing how to phrase your discovery request for the best results; the best way to get the compliance you need; knowing when to make (and when not to make) a motion to compel; and how to phrase your motion to compel.

Environmental Law for the General Practitioner: Fundamentals on Handling Hazardous Waste at Your Client's Business

Join us for Part Three of the Environmental Law for the General Practitioner Series, which will be of particular interest to attorneys representing companies disposing of waste.

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. | 1.0 hour MCLE credit

This lively program in Springfield on November 17, 2016 is comprised of scenarios, skits, and group discussions, allowing participants to gather information on how to recognize and resolve violations of the Open Meetings Act. The program demonstrates and discusses the requirements of the Open Meetings Act, as well as how to apply the Act to real world situations. Government attorneys, public officials, and private counsel who attend this seminar will better understand: how to prepare for a meeting; the importance of meeting locations; how to handle the virtual attendance of board members; the issues with meeting minutes and board member voting; public access issues, including virtual access; board member communication concerns, including texting between members; how to handle closed meetings; the limitations on public comments; and much more!

Back by popular demand! Lawsuits are often lost or won based on motion practice…so don’t miss this seminar November 11, 2016 that reviews motion practice from the initial filing of the lawsuit through post-trial motions. Attorneys involved in litigation and trial practice with intermediate to advanced levels of experience who attend this seminar will better understand: how to file a motion for change of venue and forum non conveniens; motions to dismiss and summary judgment motions; motions to obtain and preserve evidence, including electronic data; the strategic use of motions in limine before the trial; the requirements for requesting/defending temporary restraining orders and injunctive relief; the post-trial motions appellate issues that counsel wishes you knew; and the recent ethical issues that have confronted the legal profession. The program is available onsite in Chicago or via live webcast.