Online CLE Seminars

Each of the following online seminars can be viewed at absolutely no charge. These seminars are intended for the use of CVLS volunteers who have agreed to provide pro bono services.

CVLS is an accredited provider of Illinois MCLE courses and all of the seminars listed here are approved for Illinois MCLE credit only. You may apply for CLE credit for viewing one of the following seminars in its entirety. This CLE credit can be applied to the minimum continuing legal education requirements for Illinois attorneys. To receive CLE credit for viewing a seminar, submit the request form on the individual seminar's page.

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  • Adoption
  • Adult Guardianship & GAL
  • Bankruptcy
  • Child Rep
  • Children
  • Client Resources
  • Court & Hearings
  • COVID
  • Decedent Estates
  • Estate Planning & Powers of Attorney
  • Eviction
  • Family
  • Foreclosure
  • Housing
  • Human Rights
  • Immigration
  • Litigation
  • Mediation
  • Mental Health
  • Minor Guardianship & GAL
  • Probate
  • Professional Responsibility Credit
  • Real Estate
  • Taxes
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A Guardian’s Duty to Pursue Benefits: Medicaid Planning in Guardianship

This presentation will discuss Medicaid benefits and eligibility requirements generally with a focus on various Medicaid planning tools available within the context of a guardianship.
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Administration of Small, Uncontested Decedent Estates

This seminar provides an overview for attorneys as to how to open, close, and assist in the administration of small, uncontested Decedent Estates in Cook County, Illinois. Updated for 2021, Steve will also explain how to approach the Probate Court both during the pandemic and after it passes.
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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.
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Adult Guardianship 101 – Representing a Petitioner

Lisa Murphy, Director of the CVLS Guardian ad Litem for Adults Program, will cover the steps involved in representing a petitioner in an adult guardianship case from start to finish. This CLE will also cover new training requirements for guardians in Cook County. This training is for licensed attorneys interested in representing clients in adult guardianship matters through CVLS. No prior experience is necessary.
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Advance Health Care Directives and Property Power of Attorney

Presenter Denise Kaplan will review the basics of Powers of Attorney for healthcare and property in Illinois. The seminar will cover the requirements for the Illinois Statutory Short Form Power of Attorney documents and step-by-step instructions for meeting with clients and drafting these documents.
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Advanced Adult GAL Training – Beyond the Basics

A panel of experienced GALs and Adult Guardianship judges will cover the skills required to be a successful GAL for advanced adult GAL cases and some of the potential issues that may arise. Panelists will cover tips and tools for acting as GAL in contested adult guardianship matters, settling cases, appearing at trial as a GAL in an adult guardianship matters, and more!
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An Overview of Mental Health Services for CVLS Clients

A presentation on available mental health services for CVLS clients. Detailed information will be discussed about the most commonly utilized services by referrals from CVLS and the Domestic Relations Court.
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Basics of Landlord-Tenant Law in Cook County

In our first training in this new series, experienced housing attorney and CVLS volunteer Wayne Shapiro and Staff Attorney Martin Cozzola will cover the rights and responsibilities of landlords and an overview of the eviction process, including recent permanent changes to Illinois Supreme Court Rule 139 and Chicago’s Fair Notice Ordinance.
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Best Practices Before the Immigration Court

Lisa Murphy, Director of the CVLS Guardian ad Litem for Adults Program, will cover the steps involved in representing a petitioner in an adult guardianship case from start to finish. This CLE will also cover new training requirements for guardians in Cook County. This training is for licensed attorneys interested in representing clients in adult guardianship matters through CVLS. No prior experience is necessary.
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Bond Hearings: Practical advice and Pointers

Learn how to represent detained immigrants in bond hearings, a short-term, low-commitment pro bono opportunity suitable for all attorneys. Clients represented at bond hearings have a better chance of release.
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Chapter 7 Bankruptcies

With COVID-19 and the economic downturn, many people will need to file for Bankruptcy. CVLS volunteers Sal Lopez and Justin Storer will review the basics of Chapter 7 Bankruptcies, including pre-filing considerations, alternatives, using Best Case, handling a trustee meeting, and more. When the training is over, you’ll be ready to take your first Chapter 7 case!
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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.
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Cook County Property Taxes

Cook County property taxes can be extremely complicated to figure out. From buying property, to appealing property taxes, to reviewing a mortgage servicer’s calculation in an escrow analysis, understanding the basics is essential. There is a wealth of free information readily available on various county websites. This CLE will focus on how to obtain that information and then how to make sense of it.
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Decedent’s Estate Training

Probate Court Assistance Project Training. This presentation on decedent's estates is intended for attorneys interested in volunteering in CVLS' Probate Court Assistance Project (PCAP) in which pro bono practitioners represent low income petitioners in decedent’s estate cases. PCAP’s champion, Rich Campbell is a partner at Mayer Brown and veteran Probate practitioner. His work with the PCAP program has garnered him CVLS’ coveted Court of Honor Award and the accolades of the Court. Because of his hard work and the success of PCAP we have more cases than expected and need more volunteers in this area..
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Estate Planning

This seminar is meant to provide a solid foundation in estate planning so that volunteers can properly advise clients and create an estate plan that best suits their needs. Explore topics to include the importance of a comprehensive intake and complete client information, wills, trusts, powers of attorney and other advanced directives, and more!
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Everything You Thought About Immigration Law Was Wrong

Assumptions, misconceptions, and myths abound in immigration law; from just “getting in line” for legal status to the U.S. government being able to immediately sending prospective immigrants back to their home countries. How we think immigration law should function is very different from the reality. Join us on January 22nd to separate fact from fiction and get answers to the questions you’ve always wanted to ask an immigration attorney.
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Foreclosure and Probate

The incapacity or death of a mortgage borrower creates mass confusion for everyone involved. The borrower’s family doesn’t know their options and cannot speak with the lender. The lender cannot identify who has authority on the account. And everyone’s lawyers are stuck in the middle. Matt Hulstein of CVLS will speak on probate/foreclosure crossover cases and help identify the best path forward for your clients.
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GAL Training for Adult Guardianship Cases

Lisa Murphy, CVLS Guardian ad Litem for Adults staff attorney, will cover the skills required to be a successful GAL for adult guardianship cases and the issues that may arise during adult guardianship cases. This training is for licensed attorneys interested in working as pro bono Guardians ad Litem for adults through CVLS. No prior experience is necessary.
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Inexpensive Ways to Preserve a Digital Footprint for Litigation

In this seminar, you will learn about the pervasiveness of data from sources such as smartphones, tablets, social media sites, and “Internet of Things” devices and how these sources are impacting the practice of law. You will also learn strategies on how to leverage collected data sets to connect digital breadcrumbs in a manner that drives the case narrative.
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Inventories and Accounts for Minors & Disabled Persons

Join seasoned Probate Litigator Steve Raminiak as he teaches laws, procedures and best practices relating to Guardianship Inventories and Accounts in Cook County.
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Medicaid Planning Basics

This presentation will cover the basics of Medicaid eligibility and also touch on some advanced Medicaid planning topics that CVLS volunteers may encounter.
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Navigating the Family Expedited Removal Management (FERM) Process

The Family Expedited Removal Management (FERM) process, aimed at addressing families entering the southwest border outside of lawful pathways, faces criticism for its humanitarian violations and limited time for legal representation. Lyneshka Cruz Laureano of Zuma Law, LLC, has managed to represent families in these proceedings before the Chicago Immigration Court and will offer insights on advocating for families in this complex immigration system.
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Nuts and Bolts of Decedent’s Estates

This “Nuts and Bolts of Decedent’s Estates” CLE will impart important information to the new probate practitioner, from the initial client interview, through court form preparation and appointment of representative, to the closing of a Probate Estate case. Time will be spent on determining the most efficient method of marshalling assets and alternatives to Probate cases, such as Deed in Lieu of Probate and Small Estate Affidavits.
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Resolving Eviction Cases through Mediation and Agreed Orders

The Supreme Court recently released a new suite of agreed eviction orders. The orders offer a variety of agreements, with the tenant staying, leave, and perhaps paying back rent. CVLS Staff Attorneys Matt Hulstein and Marty Cozzola will review this suite and share some good ideas for mediating and resolving eviction cases.
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Restorative Justice Community Courts

Restorative Justice is a crucial tool in criminal courts, and Margaret Kulujian and Mark Dobrzycki from the Avondale Restorative Justice Community Court will present a CLE to explain its purpose and advantages, highlighting its success with a recidivism rate of less than 13%.
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Special Immigrant Juvenile Status – How to Obtain a Predicate Order in State Court

Learn about how to obtain a predicate order in state court to provide an undocumented child with a path to citizenship in the United States. Volunteers represent a petitioner in an uncontested guardianship or custody case in Cook and collar counties. Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) was created by Congress to enable undocumented immigrant children who have suffered abuse, neglect, and/or abandonment to acquire lawful permanent residence in the United States when returning to their home country would not be in their best interests. SIJS cases are a great opportunity for volunteer attorneys who are interested in ensuring safety for immigrant children.
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Special Needs Trust

The presentation will focus on special needs planning, including a basic overview of public benefits, eligibility for those benefits, and the creation of supplemental needs trusts and ABLE Accounts to facilitate benefits eligibility. The goal is to help attendees understand the two different types of supplemental needs trusts and when they are appropriate to be used. The presentation will also address the role of supplemental needs trust in divorce and the role of the probate court in approving and/or overseeing supplemental needs trusts for individuals subject to a guardianship.
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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
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Transfer on Death Instruments

Experienced probate attorneys Shunte Goss and Marcie Hefler will be teaching us the ins and outs of Transfer on Death Instruments (TODIs). Learn tips for preparing and recording TODIs, pitfalls to avoid, and more!
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Trauma Informed Care and Working with Survivors

This presentation will focus on a brief introduction to trauma, relational traumas, why trauma informed care is important, and what to consider when providing services to clients who have experienced trauma. This workshop will bring in evidence based suggestions and themes on providing trauma informed care.
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Tricks of the Trade: Best Practices for Attorneys Representing Children

In this moderated panel discussion, a small group of professionals from the worlds of family law and mental health services (including court-ordered therapies) will discuss the process of becoming a Child Representative/Guardian Ad Litem.
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Two Birds, One Stone – Providing Pro Bono Assistance at the Illinois Human Rights Commission

Chief Administrative Law Judge Brian Weinthal leads a CLE seminar on practicing before the Illinois Human Rights Commission, addressing cases of discrimination, harassment, and retaliation. Volunteers interested in gaining experience with an expedited process are encouraged to attend, with CVLS offering to screen IHRC referrals for those keen on learning to practice before the Commission.
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What to Know About the Migrant Displacement

Chicago has recently seen buses of Central American migrants delivered to Union Station without notice or warning. These people had no idea they were coming here and no idea what they will do now. Other sanctuary cities are getting their own groups sent by Florida and Texas governors. However, beyond the obvious headlines, these migrants come with practical and legal issues and an obvious need for pro bono legal assistance. CVLS Immigration Attorney Massiel Tarango will introduce the issues and discuss some options for possible relief.
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Who Cares for the Caregiver? A Crash Course on Powers of Attorney

A panel discussion on the basics of powers of attorney for healthcare and property and their role in the estate planning process.
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Zoom in the Time of COVID-19

COVID-19 has forced many judges to start holding remote hearings over Zoom. In this seminar, Carol Casey will discuss how to prepare your clients for a Zoom hearing, and how to prepare yourself for a remote contested hearing. It isn’t likely that Zoom will be going anywhere soon, and these skills will be crucial for attorneys for the foreseeable future.
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