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Back by popular demand! Enhance your professional excellence by attending this full-day seminar in Quincy on March 18, 2016 that gives you the opportunity to update your knowledge in a number of general practice areas! Attorneys with basic to intermediate levels of practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: how new technology can help you run your practice more efficiently; the recent cases and rulings of the Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission; the changes in family law that affect how divorces are handled in Illinois; how to avoid abusing social media in your practice; the common tax issues affecting farm corporations; the special issues and considerations that can arise when representing disabled or injured clients; the recent cases involving search and seizure at both the state and federal level; the recent changes to how attorneys represent banks and financial institutions; and how to incorporate civility into your practice.

The seminar is presented by the ISBA General Practice, Solo, and Small Firm Section and qualifies for 6.0 hours MCLE credit, including 2.25 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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Get the tips and advice you need to successfully conduct your next labor and employment trial with this full day seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on March 18, 2016! Attorneys with intermediate practice experience working in the areas of labor/employment, racial and ethnic minorities, disability law, women’s rights, civil practice, corporate law, administrative law, local government, and sexual orientation and gender identity who attend this seminar will leave with a better understanding of: how fine-tuning your voir dire skills can help you make an impression on jurors during your next trial; why you should strike or keep a juror during the voir dire process; why the opening statement is one of the most important steps throughout a trial; how to present your evidence during your direct examination – even when the subject matter is sensitive in nature; how to handle objections during cross-examination; what the judge is thinking and why they rule accordingly during arguments on objections; how to use the cross-examination process to your advantage during a trial; how to make an impression on the jury during your closing argument; why performance, showmanship, and the art of persuasion is so important during a trial; and much more! Each segment of the seminar is presented as a mock-trial demonstration followed by an explanation showing what was done right or wrong, as well as tips for how to enhance your trial skills.

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 Carbondale on March 14, 2016 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.

Get the best practice tips and practical tools you need to work smarter in today’s technologically-advanced world with this full-day seminar in Bloomington on Friday, March 11, 2016! Attendees will gain a better understanding of: how legal competence and technological competence go hand-in-hand; how to implement cost-effective and easy-to-use technology in your practice; how to find and keep valuable clients; which tools and technologies enable you to run your practice remotely; how technology can help you improve client and workplace communication; how to avoid communication overload in our digital world; the ethical pitfalls of everyday law office computing; and much more!

Attend this seminar in Chicago or via live webcast on February 17, 2016 for a better understanding of the current issues and challenges surrounding mental health law in Illinois! As an attorney working in the mental health law arena, you need to stay up to date on the legislative and procedural changes taking place throughout Illinois. Mental health lawyers, disability law practitioners, family law attorneys, and those working in the health care industry attending this seminar will better understand: the legislative changes affecting Illinois’ Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code; how the Mental Health Confidentiality Act is impacted by recent Illinois legislation; the recent Illinois Supreme Court and Appellate Court decisions regarding the Mental Health and Developmental Disabilities Code and the Illinois Mental Health Confidentiality Act; and the legal and ethical obligations attorneys have when facing a colleague with mental illness.

Don’t miss this comprehensive overview of Senate Bill 100 on February 11, 2016, which amends the Illinois School Code in a number of areas! Attorneys practicing in the education law arena need to be aware of the changes that go into effect on September 15, 2016 and how they will affect parents, school districts, and students. Join us for this half-day seminar that offers a better understanding of: how the new law will alter the way student discipline cases are handled; the goals of the new legislation; how school boards will adapt to the upcoming changes; how school boards and school administration will be affected by the changes; how the discipline of special education students will be handled; and the ethical issues that may arise due to the new laws.

Learn how to draft powers of attorney that meet your client’s goals and objectives with this online seminar on February 11, 2016! General practitioners, health care counsel, trust and estate attorneys, senior lawyers, and attorneys working in the mental health field or tax law arena need to know how to incorporate “statutory” and “non-statutory” powers of attorney for both property and health care to assist clients in minimizing the issues and problems of growing older. Attorneys with basic to intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will learn how to draft samples for the following types of clients: clients with minor children; adult families; dysfunctional families; clients with businesses; clients with tax problems; clients of modest to minimal wealth; and clients with diminishing capacity and driving skills. This seminar also debunks some of the myths surrounding Health Care and Property Powers of Attorney, and offers practical solutions to current problems frequently experienced by clients, attorneys, and service providers. The seminar closes with a 30-minute overview and demonstration of IllinoisBarDocs – ISBA’s new document assembly product. Learn how to use IllinoisBarDocs to quickly and accurately generate statutory powers of attorney for both healthcare and property.

In this world of ever-changing employment law, in house counsel has a responsibility to institute preventative measures for their company, but they’re either afraid of the cost or don’t know that they need it in the first place. Meanwhile, employment lawyers are missing out on business because they don’t realize the need or don’t know how to use alternative fee structures to make their services financially available to the very clients who need them. All too often, a small business will run into trouble and need legal counsel that ends up costing far more than it would have if only they’d invested in preventative representation from the start.

In 2014, President Obama announced that he was using his executive authority to make significant changes to the immigration system. Over the past 10 months, the Department of Homeland Security and Department of State have announced new regulations relevant to business immigration, the availability of visa numbers, the citizenship process, and other areas of U.S. immigration. Join us for a live webcast on January 22, 2016 that offers an in-depth look at the changes that have already taken place, as well as those that are coming soon. Topics include: work authorization requirements to certain H-4s; new policy guidance on the specialized knowledge worker visa (L-1B); changes to the Visa Bulletin that provide earlier filing dates for adjustment applications; credit card payments for citizenship applications; new parole admission category for entrepreneurs; new guidance on the availability of National Interest Waivers for entrepreneurs; and the publication of a new OPT regulation for F-1 STEM students. A discussion on the status of other significant programs involving executive action in the courts is also included, as well as a review of important U.S. Supreme Court and other federal decisions that will affect your practice.

Get the Illinois legislation updates you need to effectively advise your clients on important state tax issues with this three-hour seminar on January 29, 2016! Tax attorneys, CPA’s practicing state tax, and attorneys with clients that are subject to or exempt from Illinois state and local income, sales, or property tax – with intermediate practice experience – who attend this seminar will better understand: the sales, income and property tax issues still being considered by the State, Cook County, and the City of Chicago to address preexisting fiscal problems; the legislative items that state businesses support; the recent Illinois court decisions that address state and local tax issues; the property tax issues currently being considered by the Illinois General Assembly; and the income, franchise, and sales tax changes enacted during the 2015-2016 legislative session.

The program – which will be held at the ISBA Chicago Office and via Live Webcast – is presented by the ISBA State & Local Tax Section and qualifies for 3.0 hours MCLE credit.

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