Understand practical skills that attorneys utilize every day, including effective legal writing in pleadings, presentation of motions, effective oral arguments, and the use of electronic court orders. Judge Chapman and Judge Skarin discuss organization and style in legal writing, key items to focus on when drafting for motion practice, and everyone’s favorite – motions to compel. They also discuss presentment of motions, and effective advocacy skills during oral argument.
As COVID-19 continues its deleterious effects on the economy, attorneys representing employees or employers need to understand employers’ obligations to their older employees when it comes to furloughs, layoffs, and severance packages that are compliant with the Older Workers Benefits Protections Act (OWBPA) and the Age Discrimination in Employment Act (ADEA), along with the EEOC’s recent guidance on federal anti-discrimination laws related to COVID-19.
There are nine Home and Community-Based Services Waivers (“HCBS”) in Illinois. This presentation provides information on each of the waiver programs, the services available through each program, how to access those services, the eligibility criteria for each program, and the potential planning opportunities for your clients.
Illinois is leading the way in the fight to protect the biometric information of its citizens with the state's historic passing of the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act (BIPA). Learn the basics about BIPA from both a Plaintiff and Defense perspective.
Understand a basic summary of worker compensation law, including a description of the Illinois Workers’ Compensation Commission, an outline of worker benefits under the Act, and an introduction to issues and practice before the Commission.
Understand the legal landscape regarding privacy and security in 2020. Learn exactly what “data privacy and security” mean. Do attorneys have special obligations? Get tips for best practices you should follow within your firm as well as personally.
What happens when a disgruntled beneficiary attacks the estate plan after the key witness, the deceased client, has left the scene? Learn to plan with the expectation that conflicts will occur, since the best defense is a good offense. by anticipating potential conflicts associated with: second marriages, assets passing unequally, potential undue influence, the heirs’ emotions, closing letters, and transitioning a business.
This valuable guide assists attorneys in choosing the most effective means for protecting a client’s marital, family, and business assets while navigating tricky areas such as offshore trusts to avoid improper transfers.
Whether at trial or in deposition, the “yes-no” question quite frequently constitutes a Scylla & Charybdis problem for the adverse witness: the “yes” constituting a damaging-to-witness admission, and the “no” creating a risk of the witness being impeached … maybe a BIG risk of a BIG impeachment. Thus, a willing-to-lie witness (and there are so many!!), perhaps coached by an unethical attorney (and there are so many!!), tries to avoid Scylla & Charybdis by claiming “I don’t remember X.” As experienced litigators well know, and newbie litigators will soon discover, these claims can be very tough to successfully attack. Learn the very best lines of attack against these lies.
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