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.
- Adult Gaurdianship
- Child Rep
- Child Support
- Court & Hearings
- Estate Planning
- Guardian ad Litem
- Mental Health
- Professional Responsibility
- Substance Abuse
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.
Conflicts: Not Just During a Family Thanksgiving
This month Mary will bring her practical knowledge to CVLS volunteers, focusing her discussion on conflicts of interest — a great bugaboo with which attorneys often grapple. She will provide an in-depth analysis of the relevant Illinois Rules of Professional Conduct, along with hypotheticals to enhance our understanding of those Rules.
Consular Processing Overview and Recent Developments
This presentation will provide a high-level overview of Consular Processing for new immigration practitioners, and will touch on recent trends and developments following the November 2016 election. Topics will include:
The role of the Department of State in the immigration process
Non-immigrant visa applications
Immigrant visa applications
Waivers and other considerations
Pitfalls and best practices
Consular Processing in the Trump Administration and emerging trends
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.
COVID-19 Mortgage Relief
In March, Congress passed the CARES Act, which gives critical mortgage relief to homeowners affected by COVID-19. Fannie Mae, Freddie Mac, the FHA, and the VA have rolled out new guidance as well. CVLS Staff Attorney Matt Hulstein will review these new mortgage options and address some legal issues that may arise.
Decedent’s Estate Training / PCAP
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..
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!
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.
General Foreclosure Defense
Foreclosure can be an intimidating area of law to practice. It is full of acronyms, arcane terms, and a plethora of loss mitigation programs and regulations. Staff Attorney Matthew Hulstein will cover the basics: the Illinois Mortgage Foreclosure Law (IMFL), loss mitigation concepts, servicing requirements, and how to assess and reach your client’s goals.