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
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 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.
Guardianship Planning for Immigrant Families
Recent changes to federal immigration policy have created an immediate need for pro bono services for Chicago’s undocumented immigrant population. In this training Rebekah Rashidfarokhi, Director of CVLS’ Guardian ad Litem Program for Minors will go over the options to help undocumented immigrants fearing deportation or detention create safety plans for their families using statutory short-term guardianships. Short-term guardianships do not require a court appearance, take effect upon the occurrence of a specified event such as deportation, and can be executed or revoked at any time.
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.
How to Represent a Detained Immigration Client in a Bond Hearing
Attorneys from the National Immigrant Justice Center will train interested attorneys to represent detained immigrants in bond hearings through a new partnership between CVLS, the National Immigrant Justice Center, and the Chicago Chapter of AILA. This is a short-term pro bono opportunity, as attorneys commit to a limited scope representation of the client for the purposes of the bond hearing only. All cases are heard in downtown Chicago. All cases are pre-screened and eligible for an immigration bond. Guidance and mentorship are available during the case. All are welcome—no prior immigration experience required.
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.
I-751 Immigration Petitions: Removing Conditions of Residence
This CLE will discuss the basics of conditional residence and I-751 petitions to remove conditions, covering both joint filings and waivers for death, divorce, domestic violence, and hardship. It will feature an in-depth discussion of the types of waivers, evidence needed for waivers, and the petition and process.