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
- Estate Planning
- Guardian ad Litem
- Mental Health
- Power of Attorney
- Professional Responsibility
- Substance Abuse
Reverse Mortgage Litigation
CVLS has seen a drastic increase in foreclosures concerning a reverse mortgage. We’ve seen cases involving mortgage scams, phony defaults, and a variety of servicing abuses. In this training, Staff Attorney Gabriel Borges and JMLS Law Professor Dennis Smith will review the basics of reverse mortgages, types of loan defaults, loss mitigation options, and potential claims and defenses.
For years, reverse mortgages were only considered as the loan of last resort. Today reverse mortgages are being considered to dramatically improve the success of retirement plans.
He will discuss using a reverse mortgage to:
Supplement Social Security
Create a Line of Credit
Refinance conventional mortgages with a HECM
How to use a HECM to purchase a home
He will also demonstrate the software used to determine loan amounts.
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status: Virtual Pro Bono Clinic
Special Immigrant Juvenile Status (SIJS) is a pathway to US citizenship for eligible immigrant children who have been abused, abandoned or neglected by one or both parents. SIJS cases involve two parts: (1) a state court custody or guardianship case that places the child in the legal care of a parent or guardian, followed by (2) an immigration application for SIJS. For these cases, CVLS and the NIJC seek volunteers willing to represent the parents or guardians in uncontested custody and guardianship cases in Cook, Lake, Kane and Will Counties. Once the state court “predicate order” is obtained, the NIJC will take over the case for the immigration application.
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
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.
U Visa and the Latest Trends
There is an annual 10,000 U Visa cap each fiscal year. There are currently over 150,604 U Visa applications pending. Once the U Visa application is approved the applicant is placed on a waiting list. What benefits can you receive while on the waiting list? How do you apply for employment authorization while you are on the waiting list? This seminar will answer these questions and more.
VAWA and Immigration: The Basics
Spouses, children and parents of United States legal permanent residents or citizens may be eligible to apply for lawful status in the United States if they have been the victims of abuse at the hands of their legal permanent resident or citizen spouse, parent or child. This presentation will explain eligibility requirements, bars to eligibility, how to build your case and the path to legal permanent residence in the United States.
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.