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


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

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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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Nearly everyone has heard about Apple's victory over Samsung and the billion dollar verdict awarded by the jury. New accounts and headlines make it appear that this could be the patent - if not the intellectual property - case of the year setting significant precedent in technology and the intellectual property sectors. However, among patent attorneys, doubt exists as to the impact the verdict and decision will actually have in intellectual property and technology sectors. The panelists will discuss the case from diverse perspectives and provide insight into the future after Apple v. Samsung.

Every attorney has, at one point or another, dealt with incivility and other obnoxious conduct by fellow attorneys during the course of their careers. Despite decades of calling attention to the issue and hours spent telling us to "play well with others," the problem continues to persist. While elaborate interpersonal and negotiation strategies have been taught and employed as tools to deal with our difficult colleagues, this webcast presentation on November 15th focuses on simple, intuitive ways we can individually and collectively neutralize this kind of conduct by rendering it ineffective and removing the perceived competitive advantages of obnoxiousness.

The presentation was originally presented on May 31st at ISBA’s 5th Annual CLE Fest Classic in Chicago, Illinois. (Please Note: Attorneys cannot claim credit for attending/completing the same course twice within a 12-month period.) The program qualifies for 1.0 hour MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour Professional Responsibility MCLE credit.

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Join us in Chicago on November 7th for a discussion that explores the scope of the lawyer’s fiduciary and ethical boundaries when representing the fiduciary! Learn to manage fiduciary risk with this comprehensive discussion on the ethical challenges facing the lawyer and financial advisor who acts as fiduciary, as well as those who represent the fiduciary. Attorneys, financial advisors, and certified public accountants who attend this seminar will gain a better understanding of: the required duties of trustees, executors, and personal representatives;  how to appoint or remove a fiduciary from office; the fiduciary duties of the trustee; the red flags and ethical challenges that may arise when representing a fiduciary; and the scope of the lawyer’s fiduciary.

The program is presented by the ISBA Trusts & Estates Section and qualifies for 2.0 hours MCLE credit, including 1.25 hours Professional Responsibility MCLE credit (subject to approval).

Can’t attend the live program in Chicago? The join us on the web! This program will broadcast live via the Internet so that attorneys can attend remotely from the comfort of their home or office.

Click here to register for the CHICAGO program.

Click here to register for the LIVE WEBCAST.

Join your fellow antitrust practitioners in Chicago on November 2nd to view a real-time/live webcast of the Fourth Annual Great Lakes Antitrust Institute! The program uses remote access technology to stream live via the Internet from the Ohio State Bar Association to the ISBA Regional Office in Chicago!

The program is presented by the ISBA Antitrust and Unfair Competition Law Section and co-sponsored by the Ohio State Bar Association and the Indiana Continuing Legal Education Forum. It qualifies for 6.75 hours MCLE credit, including 1.0 hour PMCLE credit (subject to approval).

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This two-day program – which takes place in Champaign on November 1-2, 2012 – is designed as an update to the programs that were presented in 2006, 2008 and 2010 to help attorneys who represent children in Illinois courts fulfill the training requirements. Under Illinois Supreme Court Rule 906(c), attorneys should receive ten hours of education every two years in child development; roles of guardian ad litem and child representatives; ethics in child custody cases; relevant substantive state, federal, and case law in custody and visitation matters; and family dynamics, including substance abuse, domestic abuse, and mental health issues.