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.
- Adult Gaurdianship
- Child Rep
- Court & Hearings
- Estate Planning
- Guardian ad Litem
- Mental Health
- Professional Responsibility
- Substance Abuse
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.
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.
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.
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.