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Tort Law

Hon. Russell Hartigan (ret.), Hon. Clare E. McWilliams, and Hon. Thomas V. Lyons
Hon. Russell Hartigan (ret.), Hon. Clare E. McWilliams, and Hon. Thomas V. Lyons
ISBA hosted its CLE program, Anatomy of a Medical Negligence Trial, on Wedenesday, Nov. 1, at the Chicago Regional Office. This full-day seminar, moderated by Brian Murphy of Hofeld and Schaffner, offered the dual perspectives of plaintiff and defense attorneys for all stages of a medical negligence trial. ISBA President Hon. Russell Hartigan (ret.), Hon. Clare E. McWilliams of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago, and Hon. Thomas V. Lyons of the Circuit Court of Cook County in Chicago delivered the final presentation as a panel offering an in-depth look at the trial process through the lens of the judiciary. 


Join us for this full-day seminar in Chicago on November 1, 2017 that gives you the information you need to handle your next medical negligence trial from start to finish. Each segment is presented from the perspective of both a plaintiff and defense attorney (giving you a well-rounded look at each topic) and offers you plenty of interactive opportunities to have your questions answered. Health care attorneys, personal injury lawyers, wrongful death practitioners, workers’ compensation attorneys, and those involved in the medical negligence practice who attend this seminar will better understand: how to limit or prevent evidence from being presented by opposing counsel; the importance of choosing the right jurors for your case; how to use the opening statement to make an impression; how direct and cross examinations can both help and hurt your case; the important roles of experts and treating physicians in this type of trial; and the necessity of creating a compelling closing argument. The program closes with an in-depth look at the trial process through the lens of the judiciary.

The program is presented by the ISBA Tort Law Section. It qualifies for 7.0 hours MCLE credit, including 7.0 hours Professional, Civility, or Legal Ethics PMCLE credit (subject to approval).

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Do you have the skills you need to handle evidence issues in a litigation case? Don’t miss this half-day seminar in Chicago on May 25, 2017 that examines a myriad of litigation matters, including the latest developments from the appellate courts. Experienced trial attorneys involved primarily in litigation who attend this seminar will better understand: how to draft, present, and argue motions in limine; how to successfully object during a deposition, jury selection and/or opening statement; laying foundations for medical records/bills, tape recordings, photographs, and more; how to use and introduce medical literature and exclude evidence of informed consent as a defense; the standard objections that are frequently raised during trial; how to preserve the record for appeal, including voir dire examination of witnesses; how to handle lien issues; the controversy regarding applicability of Medicare Set-Asides; and the ethical issues to consider when submitting evidence.

The program is presented by the ISBA Tort Law Section and qualifies for 4.25 hours MCLE credit, including 0.50 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

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Discover what’s new in the tort law arena with this informative half-day seminar in Champaign on April 22, 2016! Tort law attorneys with intermediate practice experience who attend this seminar will better understand: the do’s and don’ts of medical expert testimony preparation; the current trends and issues with medical malpractice; the vocational expert’s role in determining key factors to your next case; how workers’ compensation issues intersect with Section 5 liens; the Illinois Lien Act and the Employee Retirement Income Security Act; how to make the most out of the mediation process; and the relationship between Medicare and tort law.

Attorney Shawn Kasserman discusses 4 things you must do when filing a complaint for personal injury or wrongful death.

Q.  I just received a settlement check in a personal injury matter. Can I go ahead and advance the client’s portion to her before the settlement check clears?

Don’t miss this nuts-and-bolts examination of the personal injury litigation process! This back-to-basics seminar covers all aspects of the personal injury litigation case – from pretrial to post-trial – and pays particular attention to updated and emerging issues.

Join us from the comfort of your home or office on June 13th for this two-hour live webcast that examines how Medicare impacts tort practitioners and those working toward the resolution of injury claims! Attorneys attending this seminar will better understand: the ins/outs and pitfalls involving the resolution of claims of Medicare eligible claimants; conditional payments, future medical allocations, and the need for a Medicare set-aside; the latest mandatory reporting requirements for lien resolution under the Medicare, Medicaid, and SCHIP Extension Act (MMSEA); how to effectively and efficiently communicate with the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services; how to protect your client and your client’s interests resolving cases for Medicare eligible – or soon to be Medicare eligible – individuals either for third party claims or worker’s compensation actions; and the important and necessary information to be included in any settlement/release documents.

The webcast is presented by the ISBA Tort Law Section and qualifies for 2.0 hours MCLE credit.

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