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  • Starting Your Solo Practice: Understanding Business Development (12/10/2021)

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12-10-2021 at 10:30 AM (CST)

    This presentation will focus on how you can leverage existing clients, advertising, and yourself to generate leads and ultimately grow your revenue.

    Business development – some lawyers love it. Some lawyers hate it. But all law firm owners have to spend time doing it if they want to stay in business. This presentation will focus on how you can leverage existing clients, advertising, and yourself to generate leads and ultimately grow your revenue. Attendees will leave with concrete strategies they can implement immediately.

    Speakers:
    Daniel R. Hernandez, Principal and Managing Attorney at NextLevel Law, P.C.
    Paul J. Lytle, Principal at The Lytle Law Group, LLC

    Moderator: Jessica Bednarz, Associate Director of Innovation & the JEP


    To confirm you are ready to participate in an on demand webcast, please take the browser test here: http://eventcenter.commpartner...

    Live CBA Committee meetings and seminars will take place via Zoom webinar.  You will click on "view video" and be directly connected to the meeting/seminar on Zoom.  (You will not receive a Zoom link.)

    You MUST have Zoom Desktop Client on your Mac or PC to view a live program. If using a mobile device, you must have the Zoom App (available in the App Store or Google Play).

    System requirements for Mac & PC can be found here. System requirements for mobile devices can be here.  

    Please note that audience members do not need video or audio access.  Audience members are able to submit questions via the chat or Q & A features of Zoom. 

    Chat: Open in-meeting chat, allowing you to send chat messages to and send a message to the host, panelists, and attendees (if permitted). Question & Answer: Open the Q&A window, allowing you to ask questions to the host and panelists. They can either reply back to you via text in the Q&A window or answer your question live. 

  • Practice Basics: How to Use Social Media Evidence (12/06/2021)

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 12-06-2021 at 12:00 PM (CST)

    This presentation will discuss the value of social media evidence in various types of litigation, the discoverability of social media evidence in federal and Illinois state courts.

    The relative ubiquity of social media use makes it an important evidentiary tool.  This presentation will discuss the value of social media evidence in various types of litigation, the discoverability of social media evidence in federal and Illinois state courts, the admissibility of social media evidence in federal and Illinois state courts, and miscellaneous strategic and ethical concerns that practitioners should keep in mind when using social media evidence.

    Speaker:
    Jonathon Sommerfeld, Schain, Banks, Kenny & Schwartz, Ltd


    To confirm you are ready to participate in an on demand webcast, please take the browser test here: http://eventcenter.commpartner...

    Live CBA Committee meetings and seminars will take place via Zoom webinar.  You will click on "view video" and be directly connected to the meeting/seminar on Zoom.  (You will not receive a Zoom link.)

    You MUST have Zoom Desktop Client on your Mac or PC to view a live program. If using a mobile device, you must have the Zoom App (available in the App Store or Google Play).

    System requirements for Mac & PC can be found here. System requirements for mobile devices can be here.  

    Please note that audience members do not need video or audio access.  Audience members are able to submit questions via the chat or Q & A features of Zoom. 

    Chat: Open in-meeting chat, allowing you to send chat messages to and send a message to the host, panelists, and attendees (if permitted). Question & Answer: Open the Q&A window, allowing you to ask questions to the host and panelists. They can either reply back to you via text in the Q&A window or answer your question live. 

  • Starting Your Solo Practice: Trust Accounting and Credit Card Payments (11/30/2021)

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11-30-2021 at 10:30 AM (CST)

    The program will look at how to use basic accounting techniques to manage a client trust account and comply with the record-keeping requirements of Rule. 1.15. We’ll also examine the ethical considerations of accepting credit cards and other forms of electronic payments from clients.

    Managing client funds is a basic component of maintaining your solo practice. However, statistics show that year after year, mishandling a client’s money is among the most frequent sources of investigation and disciplinary action by the ARDC. For lawyers who want to stay out of trouble, the first line of defense is to understand the provisions of Illinois’ safekeeping of property rule (Rule 1.15) and the record-keeping required by the rule. This seminar will provide a detailed explanation of the key principles in the rule (including relevant past revisions) and the requirements regarding IOLTA and unidentified funds. The program will look at how to use basic accounting techniques to manage a client trust account and comply with the record-keeping requirements of Rule. 1.15. We’ll also examine the ethical considerations of accepting credit cards and other forms of electronic payments from clients. 

    Speaker: Mary F. Andreoni is Ethics Education Counsel for the Illinois Attorney Registration and Disciplinary Commission (ARDC) where she develops and implements the ARDC’s ethics education initiatives, including the ARDC Ethics Inquiry Program and the Illinois Professional Responsibility Institute, where she is also an instructor. She has authored several articles including the ARDC publication, Client Trust Account Handbook, and spoken at hundreds of programs on legal ethics. Prior to joining the Commission, Ms. Andreoni was law clerk to Illinois Appellate Court Justice Mel R. Jiganti and later practiced commercial litigation with the law firm of Peterson & Ross in Chicago. While in practice, she also served as a board member on the ARDC Inquiry and Hearing Boards. Active in the Chicago Bar Association (CBA), she has served on a number of committees, and is past chair of the CBA Professional Responsibility Committee (2014-2015). Ms. Andreoni received her J.D. from Loyola University School of Law in Chicago.

    To confirm you are ready to participate in an on demand webcast, please take the browser test here: http://eventcenter.commpartner...

    Live CBA Committee meetings and seminars will take place via Zoom webinar.  You will click on "view video" and be directly connected to the meeting/seminar on Zoom.  (You will not receive a Zoom link.)

    You MUST have Zoom Desktop Client on your Mac or PC to view a live program. If using a mobile device, you must have the Zoom App (available in the App Store or Google Play).

    System requirements for Mac & PC can be found here. System requirements for mobile devices can be here.  

    Please note that audience members do not need video or audio access.  Audience members are able to submit questions via the chat or Q & A features of Zoom. 

    Chat: Open in-meeting chat, allowing you to send chat messages to and send a message to the host, panelists, and attendees (if permitted). Question & Answer: Open the Q&A window, allowing you to ask questions to the host and panelists. They can either reply back to you via text in the Q&A window or answer your question live. 

  • Improved Negotiation, Mediation & Advocacy Skills (11/18/21)

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11-18-2021 at 9:00 AM (CST)

    Course starts November 18! Work at your own pace to complete an intensive workshop on negotiation and mediation skills. Complete by December 19, 2021 to earn certificate of completion.

    Advanced Workshop for Improved Negotiation and Mediation Skills:  Sophisticated Strategies for In-Person and Virtual Mediation (The workshop meets the education requirement to join the new CBA Mediation Service)

    Online workshop starts November 18, 2021. Participants must complete the full on demand Webcast by December 19, 2021 to earn a certificate of completion. Upon completion of full course participants will earn: 12.50 IL MCLE Credit, including 11.75 IL PR-MCLE and 0.75 Diversity/Inclusion Credit. Cost is $525 for Regular and CLE Advantage CBA Members / $625 for Non-Members. 

    The workshop will present cutting-edge strategies for successful negotiation and advocacy and will provide insight on how to mediate difficult disputes.  The presenters will discuss methods to resolve issues on their merits rather than through a haggling process.  They will highlight strategies to employ which will allow you to be fair while negotiating, but will prevent you from being taken advantage of because of your fairness. 

    A certificate of completion will be issued by The Chicago Bar Association which will  qualify participants to act as an arbitrator in the Circuit Court of Cook County Commercial  Section, Mandatory Arbitration Service. The program also satisfies the training requirement necessary to join the CBA Mediation Program.

    TOPICS

    - Common Elements of Successful Negotiation Strategy and the Use of Zoom
    - Mediator's Strategies for Success
    - How to be an Effective Mediator on Zoom
    - Mediation: Introduction, Successful Strategies and Virtual Mediation
    - Traits of a Successful Mediator
    - Mock Mediation
    - Managing the Mediation
    - Mediation and Dispute Resolution
    - Handling Difficult Situations in the In-Person and Virtual Mediation
    - Separating Yourself from an Average Mediator
    - Technical Specifics and the Advance Use of Zoom to Mediate
    - Mock Mediation and the Virtual Mediation
    - Facilitative vs. Evaluative Methods of Mediation
    - Arbitration
    - The Future of Mediation
    - Privacy and Cybersecurity Issues


    Faculty:
    Maryam Ahmad, Cook County Assistant State’s Attorney; CBA President
    Hon. Wayne R. Andersen (ret.), JAMS
    Laurel Bellows, The Bellows Law Group, P.C.
    Daniel A. Cotter, Howard & Howard
    Hon. Morton Denlow (ret.), JAMS
    Professor Katheryn M. Dutenhaver, DePaul College of Law
    J. Timothy Eaton, Taft Stettinius & Hollister LLP
    Professor William Elward, DePaul College of Law
    Jeremy J. Glenn, Cozen O’Connor
    Hon. William J. Haddad (ret.), ADR Systems
    Eli Hart, River CityMedia, Portland Oregon
    Hon. Thomas Hogan (ret.), TLH Consulting Corporation
    Hon. James F. Holderman (ret.), JAMS
    Pari Karim, Training Director, Center for Conflict Resolution
    Hon. Thomas R. Mulroy, Supervising Judge, Mandatory Arbitration Program, Circuit Court of Cook County
    Ashley Rafael, General Counsel, Midway Moving & Storage, Inc.
    Gerald Saltarelli, Saltarelli ADR, LLC
    John Sciaccotta, Aronberg Goldgehn
    Ajay Shah, CEO, Globetrotters Engineering Corporation
    Timothy Tomasik, Tomasik, Kotin & Kasserman
    Greta Weathersby, WEC Energy Group, Inc. 
    Alan Wernick, Aronberg Goldgehn

    Suggested Reading:  
    Getting to Yes, Roger Fischer, William Ury, Bruce Patton
    Negotiation, Richard Luecke, Harvard Business Essentials


    To confirm you are ready to participate in an on demand webcast, please take the browser test here: http://eventcenter.commpartner...

    Live CBA Committee meetings and seminars will take place via Zoom webinar.  You will click on "view video" and be directly connected to the meeting/seminar on Zoom.  (You will not receive a Zoom link.)

    You MUST have Zoom Desktop Client on your Mac or PC to view a live program. If using a mobile device, you must have the Zoom App (available in the App Store or Google Play).

    System requirements for Mac & PC can be found here. System requirements for mobile devices can be here.  

    Please note that audience members do not need video or audio access.  Audience members are able to submit questions via the chat or Q & A features of Zoom. 

    Chat: Open in-meeting chat, allowing you to send chat messages to and send a message to the host, panelists, and attendees (if permitted). Question & Answer: Open the Q&A window, allowing you to ask questions to the host and panelists. They can either reply back to you via text in the Q&A window or answer your question live. 

  • Commentary and Conversation Series: Hate and What You Can Do About It - Part 2 (11/17/2021)

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11-17-2021 at 3:30 PM (CST)

    This second session will focus on racially motivated hatred toward Asian, Black and Latinx communities, with leaders from area civil rights organizations. After a general overview of the current climate, lawyers who belong to the groups will lead break-outgroups delving into how lawyers can be allies in the struggle against hate in all its forms.

    The CBA’s DICE Committee seeks to go beyond just talking about hate to educating and equipping lawyers so they may individually address and challenge anti-minority attitudes and sentiments. The DICE Committee believes that preventing hate begins with awareness, acknowledgment, and, ultimately, self-reflection. This fall, DICE will present a two-part series focused on hate and hates crimes entitled, “Commentary and Conversation: Hate and What You Can Do About It.” This second session will focus on racially motivated hatred toward Asian, Black and Latinx communities, with leaders from area civil rights organizations. After a general overview of the current climate, lawyers who belong to the groups will lead break-outgroups delving into how lawyers can be allies in the struggle against hate in all its forms.

    Co-Sponsored: YLS Racial Justice Coalition and the CBA Record Editorial Board.

    SPEAKERS:

    INTRODUCTION: Nina Fain, Co-Chair of the CBA D.I.C.E Program  

    MODERATOR: Illinois Appellate Justice Michael B. Hyman 

    PANELISTS
    Karina Ayala-Bermejo, CEO, Instituto del Progreso Latino
    Grace Pai, Executive Director, Asian Americans Advancing Justice, Chicago 
    Sodiqa Williams, General Counsel and Vice President of External Affairs, Safer Foundation 

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    To confirm you are ready to participate in an on demand webcast, please take the browser test here: http://eventcenter.commpartner...

    Live CBA Committee meetings and seminars will take place via Zoom webinar.  You will click on "view video" and be directly connected to the meeting/seminar on Zoom.  (You will not receive a Zoom link.)

    You MUST have Zoom Desktop Client on your Mac or PC to view a live program. If using a mobile device, you must have the Zoom App (available in the App Store or Google Play).

    System requirements for Mac & PC can be found here. System requirements for mobile devices can be here.  

    Please note that audience members do not need video or audio access.  Audience members are able to submit questions via the chat or Q & A features of Zoom. 

    Chat: Open in-meeting chat, allowing you to send chat messages to and send a message to the host, panelists, and attendees (if permitted). Question & Answer: Open the Q&A window, allowing you to ask questions to the host and panelists. They can either reply back to you via text in the Q&A window or answer your question live. 

  • The Intersections of Family Law and Immigration Law (11/17/2021)

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11-17-2021 at 3:00 PM (CST)

    Join our experienced panel who will present on topics related to the intersection of family law and immigration law, including Form I-751 matters, removal of conditional status processes, VAWA Petitions, K-1/Fiancé visa processes, and Hague Convention matters.

    Join our experienced panel who will present on topics related to the intersection of family law and immigration law, including Form I-751 matters, removal of conditional status processes, VAWA Petitions, K-1/Fiancé visa processes, and Hague Convention matters.

    TOPCS AND SPEAKERS:
    Form I-751, Removal of Conditional Status Process 
    Noelia Rodriguez-Quiones, Barnes and Thornburg
    Holly McCurdy, Law Office of Nancy Vizer

    VAWA Petitions in Marriage Based LPR Applications
    Damian Crooks, Zuma Law, LLC
    Nebula Li, Supervisory Attorney, Indo-American Center

    K-1/Fiancé Visa Process
    Laura Vilim
    , Valdez & Vilim LLP

    Hague Convention Matters
    Anthony Joseph
    , Masters Law Group LLC
    Erin Masters Joseph, Masters Law Group LLC

    MODERATORS:
    Colleen M. Breems
    , Lavelle Law
    Erica Bernstein, Berger Schatz
    Anna Aguilar, The Law Office of Erin M. Wilson, LLC
    Chairs, YLS Family Law Committee

    Tristan Gunn, Tapia-Ruano & Gunn P.C; Chair, CBA Immigration Law Committee
    Victoria Carmona, Chicago-Kent College of Law; Vice-Chair, CBA Immigration Law Committee


    To confirm you are ready to participate in an on demand webcast, please take the browser test here: http://eventcenter.commpartner...

    Live CBA Committee meetings and seminars will take place via Zoom webinar.  You will click on "view video" and be directly connected to the meeting/seminar on Zoom.  (You will not receive a Zoom link.)

    You MUST have Zoom Desktop Client on your Mac or PC to view a live program. If using a mobile device, you must have the Zoom App (available in the App Store or Google Play).

    System requirements for Mac & PC can be found here. System requirements for mobile devices can be here.  

    Please note that audience members do not need video or audio access.  Audience members are able to submit questions via the chat or Q & A features of Zoom. 

    Chat: Open in-meeting chat, allowing you to send chat messages to and send a message to the host, panelists, and attendees (if permitted). Question & Answer: Open the Q&A window, allowing you to ask questions to the host and panelists. They can either reply back to you via text in the Q&A window or answer your question live. 

  • Law and Literature Committee (11/17/21)

    Includes a Live Web Event on 11-17-2021 at 12:15 PM (CST)

    Neil Steinberg will speak about his book, “Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery” and Retired Judge and LAP Board Member Sheila Murphy will discuss the Lawyers Assistance Program (LAP). (Live Webcast Only: IL Mental Health/Substance Abuse IL PR-MCLE Credit)

    TOPIC: Neil Steinberg will speak about his book, “Out of the Wreck I Rise: A Literary Companion to Recovery.” Co-authored with Sara Bader, the book is a resource that uses the power of literature, poetry, and creativity to illuminate what alcoholism and addiction are all about, while forging change, deepening understanding, and even saving lives. This literary companion offers valuable support and inspiration to anyone seeking to fight their addiction or to a struggling loved one.

    Following Mr. Steinberg’s presentation, Retired Judge and LAP Board Member Sheila Murphy will discuss the Lawyers Assistance Program, how to avoid a professional or personal shipwreck, and the vitally important services that LAP provides to judges, lawyers and law students.

    SPEAKERS/ORGANIZATION: Neil Steinberg, Author and Judge Sheila Murphy (Ret.)

    (Live Webcast Only: IL Mental Health/Substance Abuse IL PR-MCLE Credit)

    To confirm you are ready to participate in an on demand webcast, please take the browser test here: http://eventcenter.commpartner...

    Live CBA Committee meetings and seminars will take place via Zoom webinar.  You will click on "view video" and be directly connected to the meeting/seminar on Zoom.  (You will not receive a Zoom link.)

    You MUST have Zoom Desktop Client on your Mac or PC to view a live program. If using a mobile device, you must have the Zoom App (available in the App Store or Google Play).

    System requirements for Mac & PC can be found here. System requirements for mobile devices can be here.  

    Please note that audience members do not need video or audio access.  Audience members are able to submit questions via the chat or Q & A features of Zoom. 

    Chat: Open in-meeting chat, allowing you to send chat messages to and send a message to the host, panelists, and attendees (if permitted). Question & Answer: Open the Q&A window, allowing you to ask questions to the host and panelists. They can either reply back to you via text in the Q&A window or answer your question live. 

  • Practice Basics: Evidence - What Law School Didn't Teach You (11/15/2021)

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11-15-2021 at 12:00 PM (CST)

    This seminar will begin with a basic review of foundation for admission

    Join us for a more in-depth dive into evidence…what law school didn't teach you! We will begin with a basic review of foundation for admission. Then, each panelist will discuss common evidence hurdles in their practice area, along with emerging trends, hot topics and unanswered questions. Finally, panelists will present a series of hypotheticals and discuss whether the evidence presented in those scenarios is admissible or not. 

    Speakers:
    Jeffrey Moskowitz, J. Moskowitz Law Offices LLC
    Octavio Duran, Duran Law Offices
    Moderator: Nick Standiford, Schain, Banks, Kenny & Schwartz, Ltd.


    To confirm you are ready to participate in an on demand webcast, please take the browser test here: http://eventcenter.commpartner...

    Live CBA Committee meetings and seminars will take place via Zoom webinar.  You will click on "view video" and be directly connected to the meeting/seminar on Zoom.  (You will not receive a Zoom link.)

    You MUST have Zoom Desktop Client on your Mac or PC to view a live program. If using a mobile device, you must have the Zoom App (available in the App Store or Google Play).

    System requirements for Mac & PC can be found here. System requirements for mobile devices can be here.  

    Please note that audience members do not need video or audio access.  Audience members are able to submit questions via the chat or Q & A features of Zoom. 

    Chat: Open in-meeting chat, allowing you to send chat messages to and send a message to the host, panelists, and attendees (if permitted). Question & Answer: Open the Q&A window, allowing you to ask questions to the host and panelists. They can either reply back to you via text in the Q&A window or answer your question live. 

  • Starting Your Solo Practice: Money Matters (11/15/2021)

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11-15-2021 at 10:30 AM (CST)

    In this seminar, we’ll cover the following facets you need to be aware of in order to manage your firm’s finances:

    One of the areas in which new solo practitioners struggle most acutely is accounting. Lawyers try to be the bookkeeper for their practice and fail, simply because they don’t have the training required to excel in this department. In this seminar, we’ll cover the following facets you need to be aware of in order to manage your firm’s finances: 

    - Budgeting and forecasting
    - What firm KPIs you should start to build immediately upon forming your practice
    - Accounting software and how it intermingles with your other technology components (like document storage, practice management software, etc.)
    - Accounts receivable: beginning with your engagement letter, how to set and be upfront about your fees, and how to collect when the time comes
    - Who your key financial players are and how to work with them more efficientl

    You’ll leave with a greater awareness of how to manage your money effectively and responsibly. 

    Speaker: Chelsea Williams, Founder, Core Solutions Group, Inc. With over 10 years of experience, Chelsea not only has the knowledge to get your financial house in order, but the personality to make it enjoyable. She understands that law school didn't teach you about money and has built systems to get you from where you're at to where you want to be

    To confirm you are ready to participate in an on demand webcast, please take the browser test here: http://eventcenter.commpartner...

    Live CBA Committee meetings and seminars will take place via Zoom webinar.  You will click on "view video" and be directly connected to the meeting/seminar on Zoom.  (You will not receive a Zoom link.)

    You MUST have Zoom Desktop Client on your Mac or PC to view a live program. If using a mobile device, you must have the Zoom App (available in the App Store or Google Play).

    System requirements for Mac & PC can be found here. System requirements for mobile devices can be here.  

    Please note that audience members do not need video or audio access.  Audience members are able to submit questions via the chat or Q & A features of Zoom. 

    Chat: Open in-meeting chat, allowing you to send chat messages to and send a message to the host, panelists, and attendees (if permitted). Question & Answer: Open the Q&A window, allowing you to ask questions to the host and panelists. They can either reply back to you via text in the Q&A window or answer your question live. 

  • Promoting Community Engagement and Social Justice (11/09/2021)

    Includes Credits Includes a Live Web Event on 11-09-2021 at 3:30 PM (CST)

    The CBA’s DICE program will present Promoting Community Engagement and Social Justice, a Master Class with Dr. David Sanders, President of Malcolm X College of the City Colleges of Chicago. Dr. Sanders, ABD, D.Ed., will discuss with CBA members how a community college in the heart of one of the most diverse communities in Chicago.

    The CBA’s DICE program will present Promoting Community Engagement and Social Justice, a Master Class with Dr. David Sanders, President of Malcolm X College of the City Colleges of Chicago. Dr. Sanders, ABD, D.Ed., will discuss with CBA members how a community college in the heart of one of the most diverse communities in Chicago with Latinx, African American, and Asian residents, cultivates community engagement and social justice. Along with Kennedy King College, Malcolm X recently received a grant of millions of dollars from the Bezos Scott Foundation and other major philanthropic organizations to use in its mission. 

    CBA First Vice President Tim Tomasik will introduce the program. CBA members, including representatives of the YLS Racial Justice Coalition, along with individuals from Malcolm X’s surrounding community, will ask President Sanders to share his strategy on community engagement and how lawyers can support these efforts. 

    Dr. Sanders is a national leader in the community college area of higher education. His leadership has been a key alliance for the Drivers’ License Reinstatement  (DRE) Program that offers an opportunity for Chicagoans to reinstate their driver’s licenses. DRE events have been co-sponsored by the CBA and other community partners. 

    This program is sponsored by the CBA’s DICE Program and the YLS Racial Justice Coalition.

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    To confirm you are ready to participate in an on demand webcast, please take the browser test here: http://eventcenter.commpartner...

    Live CBA Committee meetings and seminars will take place via Zoom webinar.  You will click on "view video" and be directly connected to the meeting/seminar on Zoom.  (You will not receive a Zoom link.)

    You MUST have Zoom Desktop Client on your Mac or PC to view a live program. If using a mobile device, you must have the Zoom App (available in the App Store or Google Play).

    System requirements for Mac & PC can be found here. System requirements for mobile devices can be here.  

    Please note that audience members do not need video or audio access.  Audience members are able to submit questions via the chat or Q & A features of Zoom. 

    Chat: Open in-meeting chat, allowing you to send chat messages to and send a message to the host, panelists, and attendees (if permitted). Question & Answer: Open the Q&A window, allowing you to ask questions to the host and panelists. They can either reply back to you via text in the Q&A window or answer your question live.