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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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.

A Professional Lawyer Is a Healthy Lawyer

The legal profession is stressful. Recent studies of lawyers and law students show high numbers of mental health and substance use issues. To be an effective advocate, it is essential that lawyers are healthy. This seminar/CLE will explain why the legal profession needs to address these issues and practical tips for how lawyers can prioritize their well-being.

Adjustment of Status 101

This discussion will cover the basics of adjustment of status. What it is? Who is eligible? Who is grandfathered under INA 245(i)? Red flags to watch out for! This panel will primarily focus on adjustment of status as it relates to the family-based immigration context.

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.

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.

Allocation Judgments

Undoubtedly you will meet with a client, or uninformed attorney, who is unknowingly using antiquated terms. They may tell you they want sole custody, and that they want to limit or restrict the other parent’s visitation. With amendments to the Illinois Marriage and Dissolution of Marriage Act effective January 1, 2016, we said goodbye to sole custody, joint custody, and visitation and ushered in the era of allocation of significant decision making responsibilities, and allocation of parenting time.

Asylum Law Demystified

Alén Takhsh will provide an overview of U.S. asylum law, including the provisions under withholding of removal and and withholding/deferral of removal under the U.N. Convention Against Torture. The presentation should serve as an excellent review for experienced practitioners and an introduction for those who are new to the field.

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.

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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