Illinois MCLE

CLE: Deal With the Bad Facts in Your Case!!

Every case has bad facts. But should you deal with it only after the opponent introduces it at trial – or is it better to “inoculate” the jury against the bad facts by first introducing it in a weakened form? While the conventional wisdom states that inoculating the jury at an early stage is the preferred approach, in the past 20 years…

CLE on Sweepstakes, Contests & Mobile Marketing Law

You might be a winner! No purchase necessary! Just send a self-addressed stamped envelope! Many will enter…. few will win. We all know the catch phrases because we’ve heard the sweepstakes and promotions commercials countless times on the T.V., radio and the Internet. You MIGHT Be a Winner!!! Companies love to blanket the airwaves with sweepstakes, games and promotions as part of…

New CLE On Social Media Spying & Tracking Spouses in Divorce Cases

You’re away on business and before you head off to bed you text your wife “good night honey, don’t let the bed bugs bite.” The next day your wife gets a call from Corky’s Pest Control offering their services to help with your bed bug problem. Yes, Big Brother is watching… and listening… and tracking. But it’s not just the government and…

New CLE on Franchise Law & the Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD)

Franchise law is a specialized area of law that is fairly regulated by both federal law and various state laws. Knowing the intricacies of how franchising and franchise law work can enhance your skill sets as a practitioner and help you better assist your business clients. Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) The Franchise Disclosure Document (FDD) must include 23 items and it includes…

IL CLE: Illinois MCLE FAQ

The Illinois MCLE deadline is rapidly approaching!  Is it your compliance year?  How many credit hours do you have to complete?  How do you report your credit? Top IL MCLE Questions What are the mandatory CLE requirements in Illinois? Illinois lawyers must complete at least thirty (30) IL CLE credit hours every two years Including six (6) mandatory credit hours of Professional…

New CLE: The Role of Trial Lawyers in Protecting the Public

When a company equips 11 million of its cars with software to cheat federal emissions tests and standards. When a former star athlete takes his own life at 43 due to a traumatic brain injury suffered while playing in the NFL. And when a terrorist group rams two planes filled with gas into the World Trade Center and into heart of New…

New CLE on How Firms Can Increase Gender Diversity

Virtually every large law firm and publicly held corporation claims it is committed to gender diversity. Yet, most gender diversity programs have accomplished very little in the way of significant change. 3 Steps to Increase Diversity in Law Firms Progress toward gender diversity depends on three key actions: (1) Specifying specific numerical goals (2) Providing meaningful financial incentives to achieve them (3)…

New CLE Course on Avoiding and Obtaining Discovery Sanctions When Dealing with ESI

You’re involved in international litigation representing a local company that sold high tech electronic equipment to an English firm. As soon as discovery starts, the English company claims that four key employees no longer work at the company and they can’t locate their smartphones, laptops and other company devices. With the help of your expert, you eventually realize that all four people…

New CLE on Property Damage & Homeowners Insurance

Many of us have achieved the one of the pinnacles of the American dream, owning our own home. However, even though it’s the most expensive purchase many of us will make, quite a few attorneys and clients fail to understand the basics of the document that protects their investment – their homeowners insurance policy. Floods, Wildfires and Hurricanes In 2017, from floods…