On Demand Seminar Archive

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  • Commentary and Conversation Series: Hate and What You Can Do About It - Part 1 (10/06/2021)

    Includes Credits

    This first session will focus on local anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-LGBTQ+ hatred 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 Diversity, Inclusion, Culture, Equity and Engagement Program (D.I.C.E.) 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. D.I.C.E. believes that preventing hate begins with awareness, acknowledgment, and, ultimately, self-reflection. 

    This fall, D.I.C.E. will present a two-part series focused on hate and hate crimes entitled, “Commentary and Conversation: Hate and What You Can Do About It.” This first session will focus on local anti-Jewish, anti-Muslim, and anti-LGBTQ+ hatred 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.

    Introduction: E. Lynn Grayson, Nijman Franzetti LLP and CBA 2021-22 President

    Moderator: Justice Michael B. Hyman, Illinois Appellate Court and CBA Record Editor-in-Chief

    PANELISTS: 

    David Goldenberg, Midwest Regional Director, Anti-Defamation League
    Brian C. Johnson, CEO, Equality Illinois
    Judge William J. Haddad (ret.), Founding President, Arab American Bar Association 

    This program is brought to you by the CBA's DICE Program in partnership with the CBA Record, and the Young Lawyers Section.

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    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. 

  • Offer in Compromise for Individuals: Best Practices and Practitioner Tips (10/20/2021)

    Includes Credits

    This seminar will provide the latest information on requesting an Offer In Compromise and an in-depth look at how to prepare forms 656 and 433AOIC and IRS criteria for accepting an offer.

    This seminar will provide the latest information on requesting an Offer In Compromise and an in-depth look at how to prepare forms 656 and 433AOIC. Topics will include best practices, IRS criteria for accepting an offer, and what practitioners need to know to best help their clients.

    SPEAKER:
    Theresa Speights, Manager of Resolutions, Community Tax LLC

    MODERATOR:
    Maureen Hawkins, Community Tax LLC; Chair, CBA Federal Taxation Committee

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    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. 

  • How To…Get Financial Clarity Without Getting Lost in the Books (10/19/2021)

    Includes Credits

    Understand who your key financial players are, how to get the most from the books, how to manage cash, and how to scale your firm while protecting profits.

    It's a deep dark secret most law firm owners hold close: they don't understand the books or how to manage cash. This course brings to light what most law firm owners struggle with and provides solutions. Your numbers tell a story and you're the author. Understand who your key financial players are, how to get the most from the books, how to manage cash, and how to scale your firm while protecting profits.

    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.

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    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 Personal and Professional Wellness (10/19/2021)

    Includes Credits

    This program will help you develop a toolbox of coping strategies to promote wellbeing and personal growth as you navigate a challenging career.

    Work stress seems to be inevitable in the practice of law. Terms like burnout, stress and anxiety are commonplace and often used interchangeably. But what do these terms really mean and what do we do when we experience them? Although some stress may be unavoidable, how can we learn to better manage it without risking personal and professional burnout? 

    This program will help you develop a toolbox of coping strategies to promote wellbeing and personal growth as you navigate a challenging career. We will focus on empowering you with the skills to recognize when you’re experiencing stress and burnout and then work to reduce them. The discussion will also explore the unique challenges of working remotely, as well as practical ways to redefine work/life balance during a time of frequent change and uncertainty. 
     
    SPEAKERS
    Samantha Huston, LCPC (she/her/hers) 
    Samantha Huston is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and member of the International OCD Foundation. She is the Director of OCD/ERP Services at AMK Counseling in Chicago, IL. Samantha is a goal oriented therapist committed to supporting her clients as they develop a life that has meaning and purpose and is driven by their values. Samantha takes a neuro-scientific and person centered approach working with those managing symptoms related to OCD, phobias, and other anxiety related issues. She also enjoys supporting people through life transitions, healing from trauma, and women’s health issues. Samantha specializes and offers trainings in Exposure and Response Prevention (ERP). 

    Emily Kidd, LCPC (she/her/hers) 
    Emily Kidd is a Licensed Clinical Professional Counselor (LCPC) and the Clinical Director at AMK Counseling in Chicago, IL.  Using a collaborative and client centered approach, Emily works with clients to develop the skills needed to navigate life’s experiences and lead more authentic and fulfilling lives. Her clinical experience and interests include working with clients who experience anxiety, depression, grief/loss, life transitions, identity development and relational concerns. Emily specializes in Acceptance and Commitment Therapy (ACT) and offers ACT-focused trainings and consultation to other clinical professionals. 

    MODERATOR
    Alexander Passo, Partner, Latimer, LaVey, Fyock

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    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. 

  • How To…Bill More, Work Less, and Retain Your Clients Using Technology (10/14/2021)

    Includes Credits

    This seminar will offer insight into some of the most common problems Jay McAllister (CEO of Paragon Tech) has uncovered while working as an IT consultant exclusively in the legal profession. He will offer examples of tech tools and methods that will allow you to eliminate the headaches and become more profitable.

    If you have ever thought to yourself, “There has to be a better way to do this,” but haven’t had the ability to explore that idea further due to the time restraints imposed on you by your firm, this presentation is for you. This will not be your typical technology presentation filled with nebulous tech jargon and abstract ideas that you are unsure how to apply to your day-to-day operations. This seminar will offer insight into some of the most common problems Jay McAllister (CEO of Paragon Tech) has uncovered while working as an IT consultant exclusively in the legal profession. He will offer examples of tech tools and methods that will allow you to eliminate the headaches and become more profitable.

    Here are the key takeaways:
    - How to bill more hours using automation tools
    - Scheduling meetings more efficiently
    - Using the cloud for collaboration
    - How to choose a practice management tool to simplify your operations
    - Simplifying and automating your collections process
    Note that we will not be covering what to do with all of your reclaimed time as a result of your newfound efficiency.

    Speaker: Jay McAllister, CEO of Paragon Tech Inc. Jay McAllister is an extremely passionate and highly motivated entrepreneur. He founded Paragon Tech with the guiding principle that simple technology when properly used can create a high-performance culture where its users operate beyond levels that were previously possible. With a mindset focused on business mastery, relationship building, and a thirst for knowledge, he facilitates high-quality connections every day to expose other driven professionals to each other.

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    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. 

  • IP Law Update: Legislation and Cases from the Past Year (10/13/2021)

    Includes Credits

    This seminar will provide helpful updates and insights into key patent, trademark, and copyright law and cases over the past year and implications that these may have on our clients and practice.

    Many attorneys feel distanced from legal developments over the past year. This seminar will provide helpful updates and insights into key Patent, Trademark, and Copyright law and cases over the past year and implications that these may have on our clients and practice. 

    Speakers/Topics:
    PATENT
    Reid Huefner, Partner, Irwin IP LLC

    TRADEMARK
    Kevin Thompson, Partner, Levin Ginsburg

    COPYRIGHT
    William T. McGrath, Member, Davis McGrath LLC

    Moderators:
    Brett Manchel, Amin Talati Wasserman LLP; Chair, CBA Intellectual Property Law Committee
    Manon Burns, Amin Talati Wasserman LLP; Vice-Chair, CBA Intellectual Property 

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    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. 

  • Preparing for Protest: The Role of Legal Observers in Preventing Police Misconduct & Protecting Free Speech (10/12/2021)

    Includes Credits

    This program will provide insight into The Legal Observer® program and how it provides a comprehensive system of legal support designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest possible consequences from the criminal justice system.

    Legal challenges are likely to arise during, and in the wake of political protests. The informed presence of an observer can serve as an important deterrent to police misconduct through presence and visibility, can guard against police abuses in the streets and can assist with civil and criminal actions afterwards. This program will provide insight into The Legal Observer® program and how it provides a comprehensive system of legal support designed to enable people to express their political views as fully as possible without unconstitutional disruption or interference by the police and with the fewest possible consequences from the criminal justice system. Participants who complete this program will be eligible to serve as Legal Observers® in the National Lawyers Guild Legal Observer® Program. This program is sponsored by the YLS Racial Justice Coalition.

    SPEAKERS:

    Jennifer Perimal recently graduated from law school at UIC, and is taking the February Illinois Bar exam. She joined the NLG on her first day of law school. Jennifer is a Legal Observer Coordinator, and a member of the Mass Defense Committee. She is also an abolitionist, passionate about criminal legal system reform, and has experience working on civil rights and housing discrimination matters.

    Jacq Spreadbury is a law student at UIC Law and the current Legal Observer Administrator.  She helps run Midwest Books to Prisoners, a not-for-profit that sends books to people incarcerated, free of charge, so they can have access to literature and educational materials.  She is interested in using her law degree to fight for prisoners' rights.  Prior to law school, she was a high school chemistry teacher in North Lawndale.  

    MODERATOR: Kenneth Matuszewski, Goldberg Segalla LLP

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    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 Personality Science of Lawyer Mistakes: Understanding and Overcoming our Counter-Productive Fear of Making Mistakes (10/07/2021)

    Includes Credits

    Recognize the reasons for our ingrained insecurity about erring and provide ways to disrupt our shared traits to enable better careers and more effective client service.

    Do you know about “the lawyer brain”?  Do you know that our mental make-up can make us less successful? The CBA’s featured career counselor Kathy Morris will introduce you to and interview special guest Dr. Larry Richard, a former practicing lawyer with a Ph.D. in psychology, to address how lawyers, law students, and legal workplace leaders can recognize the reasons for our ingrained insecurity about erring and provide ways to disrupt our shared traits to enable better careers and more effective client service. 

     Join in this one-hour Zoom session, bring your questions, and be enlightened about why our minds matter when it comes to making and dealing with mistakes.

     Faculty Bios:

    Dr. Larry Richards hails from Philadelphia. He is the founder and principal consultant of LawyerBrain LLC.  A graduate of Syracuse University and the University of Pennsylvania Law School, Larry was a trial attorney for ten years before earning a Ph.D. in Psychology from Temple University. First a partner with Altman Weil, then  head of the Leadership & OD Practice at Hildebrandt International, in 2011 he established LawyerBrain, www.lawyerbrain.com, to focus on improving lawyer performance through personality science on matters including resilience, change management, leadership, and talent issues.

    Kathy Morris is the featured legal career counselor for the CBA Career Advancement Program, www.chicagobar.org/CAP, for which she creates, moderates, and speaks at programs and provides the popular speed counseling sessions. She graduated from the University of Michigan and got her JD at Northeastern University School of Law in Boston.  After a decade practicing criminal law in Honolulu and Chicago, then heading career services and teaching at Northwestern Law School, in 1988 Kathy founded Under Advisement, Ltd., www.underadvisement.com, to advise on lawyer job search and career enhancement.  She was also an early entrant in the lawyer training field, serving as a founding Board Member of the Professional Development Consortium (PDC) and working in law firm C-Suites.

    Co-Sponsor:  Philadelphia Bar Association 


     

    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. 

  • COVID-19 Best Practices for Bar Associations: Contracts and Liabilities (10/01/2021)

    Includes Credits

    Issues that bar associations are encountering during, and as a result of, the global pandemic and particular challenges and considerations that they need to address as they think about resuming or modifying their pre-pandemic act.

    How can (or should) bar associations function during a pandemic? Sure, everyone’s transitioned to virtual meetings and webinars, but what about small in-person meetings? Or meetings convened outdoors? Is it okay if everyone’s vaccinated and wears a mask or presents a negative COVID test result? Can or should we limit events to fully vaccinated persons only? Can or should we have an in-person conference if we cap attendance, and everyone remains socially distant? How do we communicate and enforce health and safety guidelines for attendees? What kinds of guarantees can or need to be included in contracts with restaurants, hotels, or other venues? What if everyone signs some sort of waiver?

    News outlets have published numerous reports about business operations during (and in spite of) the pandemic. Legal and social media has addressed all manner of re-opening issues and practical considerations for law firms, corporate law departments, government offices, and law schools. But what about bar associations? To date, there has been little focus on how bar associations, from the largest national associations to the smallest local bars, can or should operate safely during an ongoing pandemic.

    While many bar association pre-pandemic activities and functions bear some similarities to those of employers, there are any number that do not. Certainly, some bar associations may also be employers, but other activities and functions place bar associations into a category of their own when it comes to navigating pandemic operations, while anticipating, preparing for, and avoiding potential liabilities. As bar associations tentatively contemplate a resumption of some pre-pandemic programming, is your bar association ready? What are the best practices that bar associations need to consider if they wish to return to some version of their pre-pandemic activities?

    Please join the Chicago Bar Association for a presentation by April Boyer and Erinn Rigney of K&L Gates on best practices for these and other issues that bar associations are encountering during, and as a result of, the global pandemic. April and Erinn been advising industry groups, bar associations and not-for-profits about the particular challenges and considerations that they need to address as they think about resuming or modifying their pre-pandemic activities. 

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    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. 

  • Developing Lawyer Professional Identity: Essence vs. Persona (10/01/2021)

    Includes Credits

    Our discussion will focus on the role of professional identity in creating a successful legal career, including the correlation between poorly developed professional identity and heightened burn out, unprofessionalism, and disciplinary issues in practice.

    It used to be that in the legal profession, experienced lawyers would hand down a “professional identity” to new lawyers. Typically, the protégé would develop a professional identity from their mentor through apprenticeship or clerkship. In today’s legal profession, most new lawyers lack opportunities for face time with seasoned attorneys and personal relationships with veteran lawyers who model professional identity and successful practice may be inaccessible or unfeasible. Nevertheless, professional identity remains paramount to lawyer success and well-being. 

    However, the process to develop one’s professional identity is more complex than it appears. Becoming a lawyer changes you and attempting to carve out a professional identity among the mix of personal values, lived experience, and professional “personas” can become daunting. 

    Our discussion will focus on the role of professional identity in creating a successful legal career, including the correlation between poorly developed professional identity and heightened burn out, unprofessionalism, and disciplinary issues in practice. The goal is to move away from the common, simplistic professional identity of most attorneys and develop a more holistic, positive identity which comprises all of the professional characteristics the lawyer currently embodies and wishes to embody in the future.

    Speaker: J. Ryann Peyton, Director, Colorado Attorney Mentoring Program (CAMP), Colorado Supreme Court

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    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. 

  • Everything You Need to Know about Service Animals and Emotional Support Animals (9/29/2021)

    Includes Credits

    This presentation will discuss all four sets of federal laws as well as the Illinois Assistance Animal Integrity Act and examine their implications. This program will be beneficial to any attorney having to deal with service animals and emotional support animals in their practice.

    The world of emotional support animals and service animals can get very complicated very quickly because so many different laws, guidance, and regulations are involved. For example, the four main sets of federal laws (title I of the ADA, titles II-III of the ADA, the Fair Housing Act, and the Air Carrier Access Act) all vary in their takeaways. This presentation will discuss all four sets of federal laws as well as the Illinois Assistance Animal Integrity Act and examine their implications. This program will be beneficial to any attorney having to deal with service animals and emotional support animals in their practice (including but not limited to those representing. employers, employees, nonfederal governmental entities, landlords, tenants, colleges and universities or their students, businesses, and air carriers), can all benefit from this presentation. There will be time for questions as well.


    Speaker: William D. Goren, Esq., of William D. Goren, J.D., LL.M. LLC in Decatur, GA, has been dealing with the ADA as an Attorney since 1990. His law and consulting practice, as well as his blog, Understanding the ADA, all focus on understanding the ADA so that the client understands what it means to comply with that law. In particular, he provides consulting, counseling, representation, and training services involving compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act, Rehabilitation Act of 1973, and related laws- such as the Air Carrier Access Act and the Fair Housing Act, among others. Mr. Goren also brings a deep, personal understanding of what it means to have a disability, equipping him with exceptional insight on how the ADA actually works. He is deaf with a congenital bilateral hearing loss of 65–90+ decibels, but functions entirely in the hearing world thanks to hearing aids and lip-reading. For reasons independent of his deafness, he also uses voice dictation technology to access his computer. He is also a frequent presenter, a trained mediator, a FINRA arbitrator (Chairperson eligible), and an arbitrator on the CPR employment panel. Finally, he is the author of Understanding the ADA, now in its 4th edition (ABA 2013), and numerous other articles on the rights of persons with disabilities.  Interesting fact: He trained his miniature poodle to be a hearing dog while he practices virtually.

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    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. 

  • Navigating Pandemic Complexities in Representing Domestic Violence Survivors: Pro Bono Best Practices (09/29/2021)

    Includes Credits

    This program will focus on navigating pandemic complexities in representing domestic violence survivors and provide best practices for pro bono representation.

    Join us for a program that will focus on navigating pandemic complexities in representing domestic violence survivors, provide best practices for working with survivors and offer local virtual pro bono opportunities. This program is hosted in partnership with the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois and the 7th Circuit Bar Association Pro Bono & Public Service Committee.

    Welcoming remarks by Chief Judge Rebecca R. Pallmeyer, U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Illinois

    Speakers include:  

    April Flores-Brayton, Director of Community Based and Suburban Safe House Services, WINGS Program, Inc.
    Stephanie Love-Patterson, Executive Director, Connections for Abused Women and their Children
    Danielle Parisi Ruffatto, Managing Director of Family Law and Protective Orders Division, Ascend Justice 
    Melissa O. Picciola, Director of Volunteer Services, Legal Aid 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. 

  • Understanding Financial Statements (9/28/2021)

    Includes Credits

    This program focuses on understanding financial statements, intermediate level financial analysis and essential concepts underlying the presentation of financial information to assess their reliability.

    An entity’s financial statements convey a great deal of significant information regarding its financial position and the results of its operations. The ability to understand financial statements is a critical skill for corporate, family, trial and other lawyers. It also is essential for lawyers reviewing financial statements to be able to "read between the lines.”  This session focuses on understanding financial statements, intermediate level financial analysis and essential concepts underlying the presentation of financial information to assess their reliability. At the end of the program, lawyers will be able to ask better questions regarding financial statements they need to review and analyze and/or recognize when the level of complexity is such that they need to hire an accountant to assist in the review and analysis.

    The program will be taught by two forensic accountants who are both Certified Fraud Examiners and Certified Public Accountants with advanced certifications in financial forensics. They use a case study that incorporates many of the investigative projects they have worked on over several years. The case study includes a full set of financial statements, including footnote disclosures.  (Participants attending the program will need to have a copy of the case study financial statements at the program to derive the maximum benefit from the program.)  

    The program provides special emphasis on "financial shenanigans" - ways in which Generally Accepted Accounting Principles ("GAAP") might be manipulated to create misstated financial statements - as well as practical suggestions on how to find misstatements in financial statements of both public companies and medium sized, family owned businesses.

    The program is ideal for corporate attorneys, trial lawyers, bankruptcy counsel, family law practitioners and general counsel.

    Speakers:
    Lee A. Gould, CPA/ABV, JD, CFE, CFF
    Michael D. Pakter, CPA, CFF, CGMA, CFE, CVA, MAFF, CA, CIRA, CDBV
    Managing Members, Gould & Pakter Associates, LLC


    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. 

  • Pronoun Use and Other Tips for Writing in a Diverse Legal Environment (9/23/2021)

    Includes Credits

    This innovative class will be offered as part of our continuing legal education series on legal writing. Will discuss effective legal writing with an eye on the importance of mastery of inclusive and gender-neutral writing.

    Today, our society has become more aware of the need to understand gender differences. Thanks to the community of LGBTQ+ activists, gender-neutral pronouns have cemented their position in daily life. For example, some social media platforms now allows its users to choose “custom” in the field for gender. Social media platforms use scores of options for this purpose. This innovative class will be offered as part of our continuing legal education series on legal writing. 

    As part of our DICE initiative, CBA Editorial Board Member and the CBA Record’s Senior Editor Anne Ellis will discuss effective legal writing with an eye on the importance of mastery of inclusive and gender-neutral writing. The class will be moderated by Illinois Appellate Justice Michael B. Hyman, Editor-in-Chief of the CBA Record. Attendees will learn about common errors and misuse of terms, grammatical issues, and organizational challenges that can impede communicating with the reader or be considered inappropriate or unprofessional. 

    This program is brought to you by the CBA's D.I.C.E Committee in partnership with the CBA Record, and the Young Lawyers Section.

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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. 

  • How to...Improve Your Employee Retention Rates (9/16/2021)

    Includes Credits

    In this program, we’ll examine where these opposing sets of expectations stand and offer some strategies to help employers find compromises so as to keep their employees happy (and employed). We will also look more broadly at other strategies to improve your retention rates, not necessarily limited to the topic of remote work.

    As the working world tries to adjust to the new reality of work ushered in by the COVID-19 pandemic, employers are struggling to balance their needs with the new expectations of their employees. Employees have largely embraced remote work, while employers want them back in the office. Employers that don’t offer flexibility in this regard might lose valuable employees. In this program, we’ll examine where these opposing sets of expectations stand and offer some strategies to help employers find compromises so as to keep their employees happy (and employed). We will also look more broadly at other strategies to improve your retention rates, not necessarily limited to the topic of remote work.

    Speaker: Anne Haag is a Practice Management Advisor at the Chicago Bar Association. Anne worked as a patent paralegal at a Chicago IP firm before arriving at the CBA in 2017 as the Law Practice Management and Technology department’s trainer/coordinator. She is also a certified crisis counselor and volunteers as a patient advocate in the ER.

    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.