The Jaded Lawyer

Recent studies have confirmed that the overwhelming stress that is commonplace in our legal profession disproportionately results in attorneys suffering higher levels of depression, anxiety, addiction, and other serious issues at rates much higher than those seen in the general population. While changing the nature of the legal profession is likely to be a slow process, individuals have the capacity to make small changes that have been scientifically shown to mitigate the negative impact of stress, reducing the likelihood of burnout. Participants in this program will learn:

What Burnout is;
The signs and symptoms of Burnout;
What factors make lawyers particularly vulnerable to Burnout; and
Best practices for prevention of Burnout

A Free Tool for Any Case – Mediation at the Center for Conflict Resolution (CCR)

Did you know that parties involved in nearly any civil dispute can receive free mediation services from the Center for Conflict Resolution? CVLS frequently refers cases to CCR for mediation, and you can too! Come learn about how to utilize this amazing, free, local resource in your pro bono and private cases, what matters are appropriate for mediation, and what to expect from the process.

Adoption

There is no more rewarding and enjoyable of a case type to handle for an attorney than an adoption. But despite the often pleasant and cooperative proceedings, the adoption process can be paperwork intensive and complicated. Come hear from Phil Mohr, CVLS’ Deputy Director, and Tiffany Horstein, JEP Attorney, about the Ins and outs of an adoption matter. Bring your questions.

General Foreclosure Loss Mitigation Overview

Even though the foreclosure crisis is over, many loss mitigation programs remain. These options often offer better outcomes that traditional litigation. CVLS Staff Attorneys Matt Hulstein and Gabe Borges will give a brief overview of what options are available. Reinstatement, repayment, forbearance, modification, short sale, deed-in-lieu, and consent judgment alternatives will be reviewed for both conventional and reverse mortgage loans.

Post I-601A: Helping your Clients Navigate Consular Processing to Become Residents

After your client’s I-601A waiver is approved, there are still a number of steps, new agencies, and international travel before your client becomes a resident. This CLE will briefly address filing your client’s application for residency with the National Visa Center, how to get your clients scheduled for an interview abroad at a US consulate, with a particular focus on the US Consulate in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico, and how to bring your clients home. We will also briefly cover some potential inadmissibility issues clients can encounter at their medical exam or consular interview, which will help you better issue spot when screening clients for possible I-601A waivers.

Inventories and Accounts for Minors & Disabled Persons

In this seminar, Steve Raminiak comprehensively explains how to draft Inventories and Accounts (a/k/a Accountings) for Guardianship Estates in Cook County, Illinois. In doing so, Steve also provides guidance as to other filings which often accompany these items such as Budgets, Petitions for Disbursements, and pleadings that request Surety Bond modifications. Models will be provided in PDF and XLS formats. All materials and explanations will synthesize Illinois statutes, Cook County rules, and Steve’s experiences with Judges’ expectations.

Child Representative Training

Often in contested child custody cases in divorce or parentage court, the court or parties will seek the appointment of a child representative to assist in the custody determination. Learn the court process when a child representative is appointed and the role and duties of the child rep from our distinguished panel of presenters.

Administrative Review Actions

CVLS is hosting a comprehensive training on administrative review actions in circuit court, with a focus on housing voucher termination cases. Using Chicago Housing Authority cases as examples, our staff attorney will cover procedure, standards of review, framing arguments, effective brief writing, and motions for a TRO.

Complex Issues with U Visas

This CLE will focus on complex U Visas, including how to come up with qualifying crimes that are not necessarily on the I-918B, identifying when your client needs a waiver, and how to overcome your client’s inadmissibility issues.

Asylum: Particular Social Groups

The definition of a particular social group remains one of the most complicated topics in asylum law, particularly in light of recent case law and a federal circuit split. This CLE will begin with a brief overview of 7th Circuit case law, and it will include a discussion of gang-related asylum cases, gender-based asylum claims, and victims of domestic violence. It will also include guidance on how to formulate a particular social group in your asylum case.

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