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.
Contact your CVLS supervising attorney for the password to request CLE credit.
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
- Volunteer Resources
Special Needs Trust
The presentation will focus on special needs planning, including a basic overview of public benefits, eligibility for those benefits, and the creation of supplemental needs trusts and ABLE Accounts to facilitate benefits eligibility. The goal is to help attendees understand the two different types of supplemental needs trusts and when they are appropriate to be used. The presentation will also address the role of supplemental needs trust in divorce and the role of the probate court in approving and/or overseeing supplemental needs trusts for individuals subject to a guardianship.
Subsidized Housing Issues
Issues in Subsidized Housing. We will cover the three main types of HUD subsidies: Public Housing, Section 8 Voucher, and Section 8 Project-Based Programs. We will also briefly cover contesting a voucher termination through an administrative hearing/judicial review action.
The Jaded Lawyer
Recent studies have confirmed that the overwhelming stress that is commonplace in our legal profession disproportionately results in attorneys suffering higher levels of depression, anxiety, addiction, and other serious issues at rates much higher than those seen in the general population. While changing the nature of the legal profession is likely to be a slow process, individuals have the capacity to make small changes that have been scientifically shown to mitigate the negative impact of stress, reducing the likelihood of burnout. Participants in this program will learn:
What Burnout is;
The signs and symptoms of Burnout;
What factors make lawyers particularly vulnerable to Burnout; and
Best practices for prevention of Burnout
Transfer on Death Instruments
Experienced probate attorneys Shunte Goss and Marcie Hefler will be teaching us the ins and outs of Transfer on Death Instruments (TODIs). Learn tips for preparing and recording TODIs, pitfalls to avoid, and more!
Trauma Informed Care and Working with Survivors
This presentation will focus on a brief introduction to trauma, relational traumas, why trauma informed care is important, and what to consider when providing services to clients who have experienced trauma. This workshop will bring in evidence based suggestions and themes on providing trauma informed care.
Tricks of the Trade: Best Practices for Attorneys Representing Children
In this moderated panel discussion, a small group of professionals from the worlds of family law and mental health services (including court-ordered therapies) will discuss the process of becoming a Child Representative/Guardian Ad Litem.
What to Know About the Migrant Displacement
Chicago has recently seen buses of Central American migrants delivered to Union Station without notice or warning. These people had no idea they were coming here and no idea what they will do now. Other sanctuary cities are getting their own groups sent by Florida and Texas governors. However, beyond the obvious headlines, these migrants come with practical and legal issues and an obvious need for pro bono legal assistance. CVLS Immigration Attorney Massiel Tarango will introduce the issues and discuss some options for possible relief.
Who Cares for the Caregiver? A Crash Course on Powers of Attorney
A panel discussion on the basics of powers of attorney for healthcare and property and their role in the estate planning process.
Zoom in the Time of COVID-19
COVID-19 has forced many judges to start holding remote hearings over Zoom. In this seminar, Carol Casey will discuss how to prepare your clients for a Zoom hearing, and how to prepare yourself for a remote contested hearing. It isn’t likely that Zoom will be going anywhere soon, and these skills will be crucial for attorneys for the foreseeable future.