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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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 Loss Mitigation Overview

Even though the foreclosure crisis is over, many loss mitigation programs remain. These options often offer better outcomes that traditional litigation. CVLS Staff Attorneys Matt Hulstein and Gabe Borges will give a brief overview of what options are available. Reinstatement, repayment, forbearance, modification, short sale, deed-in-lieu, and consent judgment alternatives will be reviewed for both conventional and reverse mortgage loans.

Help Dreamers Realize Their Dreams: The Nuts and Bolts of DACA

This seminar is for attorneys who are interested in gaining experience in immigration law, specifically in representing children and young adults through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.

How to Handle a Workers’ Compensation Case

When an employee is injured at work, Workers Compensation benefits are available to cover lost wages and medical costs related to the injury.

Join Howard Ankin, of Ankin Law Office, as he covers the whats, whens and whys of these interesting cases. This seminar is designed to help familiarize you with this aspect of the law, and to get you ready to succeed during your next Workers Compensation case.

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.

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.

Inventories and Accounts for Minors & Disabled Persons

In this seminar, Steve Raminiak comprehensively explains how to draft Inventories and Accounts (a/k/a Accountings) for Guardianship Estates in Cook County, Illinois. In doing so, Steve also provides guidance as to other filings which often accompany these items such as Budgets, Petitions for Disbursements, and pleadings that request Surety Bond modifications. Models will be provided in PDF and XLS formats. All materials and explanations will synthesize Illinois statutes, Cook County rules, and Steve’s experiences with Judges’ expectations.

Litigating Habeas Corpus Petitions for Immigrants in Detention

An overview of federal habeas corpus practice and procedure for challenging unlawful immigration detention in federal court, with a focus on practice within the Seventh Circuit.

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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