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
- Child Rep
- Child Support
- Court & Hearings
- Decedent's Estate
- Estate Planning
- Guardian ad Litem
- Mental Health
- Power of Attorney
- Professional Responsibility
- Special Needs Trust
- Substance Abuse
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.
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.
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..