Get your trial team together. With the prospect of trials resuming as COVID restrictions ease, it is more critical than ever to coordinate your trial team to be organized and loaded for bear to take on the other side at trial. Topics covered in this program include:
Experienced practitioners in the data security and privacy space provide insight on how to respond when a client – or even your own firm – learns about an unauthorized party accessing sensitive information. Includes overview of the legal landscape, including state and federal data breach notification laws and important first steps when initiating an investigation, with advice on best practices and lessons learned from real-life incidents.
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.
Small business owners need to assess the viability of their business and, if unable to become profitable, consider closing the doors to avoid personal liability. We will review the bankruptcy and non-bankruptcy options available to small businesses to wind down their affairs, including the newly enacted Subchapter V Small Business Reorganization Act (SBRA). Congress created the SBRA to streamline the Chapter 11 process for small businesses.
A walk through of the current digital landscape; where you should be, what you should be doing and how it relates to building a professional brand as an attorney. The session covers your Google listing, website, social media, Google pay-per-clicks, ads, video marking, reputation management and more. The goal is to provide participants with a basic understanding of where to focus their efforts and what boxes they need to check to build their business.
Learn the basics of law firm management, including the use of bank accounts, IOLTA accounts, malpractice coverage, client selection, retainers, billing, cash flow, marketing a law business, and requirements for law practice operation.
Review the Paycheck Protection Program's loan forgiveness application, the CARES Act and other COVID-19-related legislation. Get up to speed on late-breaking rules, including tax strategies to consider and refund opportunities to apply for, and strategies on how to deal with the PPP.
Learn cyber hygiene and cyber threats lawyers face, both personally and professionally, and the ways to reduce the risks associated with these threats. The relationship between the legal practice and its technology usage will be reviewed, and practical steps provided to reduce the risks of breach, data loss, and system compromise. By attending the presentation, lawyers will be more informed of the relationship between the legal practice, its technology usage, associated cyber threats and risks of compromise, and the basic best practices to protect both their own and their clients’ information. Participants will learn the questions to ask their teams: (1) Do we have the right tools? (2) Do they work? and (3) Do we know for sure they work?
Understand the DCFS abuse and neglect investigation process as well as the appeal process thereafter. Learn how to guide your clients through this difficult and confusing process and make sure clients don’t make common mistakes which can have negative consequences on the outcome of their case. The speaker also focuses on the do’s and don’ts during a DCFS appeal and how to prepare for and execute a successful appeal hearing.
A Conversation of “DIIR” importance: Diversity, Inclusion, Implicit Bias and Racism and their Impact on our Legal Profession. The past 12 months have been marked by debate, protest and policymaking at nearly every level related to the issues of diversity, inclusion, implicit bias and racism (DIIR). The legal profession and the justice system are no exceptions, and it is critically important that attorneys discuss and understand these issues. In this session we discuss how these issues are being addressed in Illinois Courts.