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 Guardianship & GAL
- Child Rep
- Client Resources
- Court & Hearings
- Decedent Estates
- Estate Planning & Powers of Attorney
- Mental Health
- Minor Guardianship & GAL
- Professional Responsibility Credit
- Real Estate
- Substance Abuse
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!
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.
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.
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..
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!
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.
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.
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.
Human Trafficking and Children: What Lawyers Need to Know
The exploitation of children for commercial sex, labor, and/or services is unfortunately, not a new phenomenon. Under federal and state anti-human trafficking laws, however, new protections and resources exist for child trafficking survivors. This workshop will provide attorneys foundational knowledge of anti-trafficking legislation and policy, how to identify child trafficking, and an overview of current research, resources, and promising practices. The workshop will address both sex and labor trafficking, and benefits and resources available to both US citizens and non-US citizen children and take a look specifically at the issues of human trafficking and Native American Children.