Thursday, May 12, 2011
8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.
Contracts Without Forms:
Many times attorneys and/or clients have existing contracts that
they want to be used as the basis for the one that you may be asked
to draft. But what if you don't? In this session we will discuss the
elements you should keep in mind and points to include when drafting
a contract. Cheryl Kettler, Adjunct Professor, Roosevelt University.
Defensibility through Early Case Assessment and Strategic Document Review:
Defensibility is based on a standard of reasonableness throughout
the electronic discovery process - especially with regard to search.
Defensibility is strengthened through the use of early case assessment
technology, which helps parties collaborate and reach early consensus
on search terms and methodologies. Defensibility can be strengthened
further by conducting a well-documented, consistent document review
that takes advantage of new technologies. As judicial standards continue
to rise, this session will focus on tactical tips and techniques to
improve the defensibility of your process through the use of early case
assessment and smart document review. Jennifer W. Freeman, Esq., Senior
Legal Consultant, Kroll Ontrack.
the New 2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land
The presentation will include discussion on basic concepts of land
surveying pertinent to ALTA surveys, how to choose a land surveyor,
what documentation must be provided to the land surveyor for an ALTA
survey, the basic parts of the ALTA survey, how the new 2011 standards
differ from the previous 2005 standards, and how to interpret the ALTA
plat of survey. Robert Schick, PLS, Land Survey Project Manager, Tecma
Dispute Resolution in Employment Cases: Arbitration and Mediation -
Join us as we dive into the world of alternative dispute resolution
as it pertains to the employment arena. This session is designed to
provide information on the various stages of arbitration and mediation,
explaining the differences between a commercial arbitration and an employment
arbitration. We will discuss why we mediate, explore the rules for arbitrations,
and learn how to write an arbitration clause. Aaron Maduff, Esq. and
Walker Lawrence, Esq., Maduff & Maduff, LLC.
Art of Winning: Effective Use of Visual Communication for Litigation:
The basic role of demonstrative evidence has always been to capitalize
on the added value of 'seeing' versus just 'listening' when conveying
critical testimony in a case to the triers of fact. In most complex
cases, where presenting technical, medical and/or financial facts in
an interesting and understandable way is at once a challenge and a mandate,
visualization is a proven tool for effective presentation. The key to
effective visualization is to recognize that data is not, in and of
itself, information; and information is not necessarily communication.
In this session, we will learn how to translate your case data and information
into compelling communication that can make the difference between winning
and losing. Denise M. Montiel, President, Creative Counsel.
- 11:30 a.m.
to Open a Business in the City of Chicago:
This workshop will explain the steps of opening a business in the
City of Chicago. You will learn about initial start up steps, business
licensing and how to obtain a business license. You will also learn
about the free programs and services offered by the City of Chicago
Department of Business Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP). Alfredo
Carnarena, Projects Administrator, City of Chicago, Dept. of Business
Affairs & Consumer Protection (BACP) Education and Outreach Division.
in 2011 and Beyond:
What's new in the e-discovery world? At first glance, it doesn't
seem like much has changed but there's more than meets the eye. From
the bench to law firms to corporations and even government agencies,
some important developments are taking place that could impact the work
you do. Attend this important session to learn: What judges are looking
for (or striking down); Why non-linear review is gaining in popularity
(and why not); How savvy corporations and their law firms are using
e-discovery strategically; and Where technology makes sense...and where
it gets in the way. Doug Kaminski, Senior Director of Sales, North Central
& Northwest, Clearwell Systems.
- Working with Transcripts and Annotation:
This intermediate level session is for the user who has some experience
working with Summation. In this session, we will navigate and organize
the transcript window, provide tips for searching your transcripts and
creating annotations. Lisa Rosen, President, Rosen Technology Resources.
Dispute Resolution in Employment Cases: Arbitration and Mediation -
In this session, we continue the discussion of alternative dispute
resolution as it pertains to the employment arena. We will discuss different
tactics used in mediation, and complications that may arise in mediations
that involve class actions. We will also offer practical guidance on
how to manage a multi-plaintiff mediation and how to write an alternative
dispute resolution plan into your employment contracts. Aaron Maduff,
Esq. and Walker Lawrence, Esq., Maduff & Maduff, LLC.
continually re-evaluate their research methodology and consider alternative
approaches as they find that various sources or research approaches
are helpful or fruitless. Even more important, you also need to learn
how to analyze a law-related problem by means of your research. This
session will help you continue to build your research skills. Nicholas
Kourvetaris, Esq., SmithAmundsen LLC.
- 2:45 p.m.
Filings in the 21st Century:
This seminar will review merger types and the evolution of merger activity
and give the "big picture" perspective. It will describe the
various types of mergers. It will cover practical tips for pre-transaction
planning. Consolidations, conversions and share exchanges will also
be discussed. Tamara Kling, Attorney, CT Corporation.
Amendments to Federal Rules and Recent Changes in Illinois Law:
Come and learn about recent amendments to the federal rules on expert
disclosures and discovery and how they may affect your pending lawsuits.
We will also discuss recent changes to the Illinois discovery rules
made to the Illinois Rules of Evidence, Illinois Code of Civil Procedure
and Illinois Supreme Court Rules. James L. Oakley, Attorney, Thompson
Media in the Workplace - No Expectation of Privacy?:
Rapidly growing, constantly changing, and providing everyone and
anyone the power to instantaneously broadcast information to the world,
social media is as risky as it is revolutionary. But as a powerful conduit
to new and emerging markets, social media is simply too valuable to
ignore. As its presence in litigation continues to grow - with many
courts addressing it for the first time - practitioners and companies
cannot afford to fall behind. Join us to explore how social networking
is beginning to be addressed in the civil arena and the workplace, which
gaining important lessons in analyzing these potential evidence gold
mines. Among the topics to be discussed are: Recent case law addressing
social media; Importance of effective social media management; and Preservation
and collection challenges. Neil Vachhani, Esq., Discovery Services Consultant,
UCC Article 9 Equivalents - What You Need to Know About Searching For
and Securing Assets Outside of the United States:
Knowing what types of laws similar to the Uniform Commercial Code
Article 9 exist in countries outside the United States and how to search
for secured assets as well as the processes to secure assets in those
countries is critical to protecting assets and interests in today's
global economy. Although the UCC Article 9 exists only in the United
States as a matter of law, many other jurisdictions outside the U.S.
have laws similar to UCC Article 9. Where to look, private versus public,
and common law versus civil law are all questions that warrant careful
consideration when transacting business abroad. It is also important
to understand international judgments and tax lien equivalents to ensure
proper search techniques and that searches comply with local privacy
laws. Karen Redman, Esq., Vice President & General Manager, NRAI
Corporate Services Int'l.
Writing: Invaluable Tips to Polish Your Skills:
Lawyers in practice are generally judged by their final written product
and paralegals are no different. Legal writing is an essential skill
and figuring out what you should mention, what your points are, and
then stating them clearly and concisely is a challenge. Join us for
an insightful session and continue your improvement. Nicholas Kourvetaris,
Esq., SmithAmundsen LLC.
- 4:30 p.m.
Notary Law Training - Understanding Changes to the Illinois Notary Public
This presentation will highlight the amendment to the Illinois
Notary Public Act with respect to residential real property in Cook
County, discuss new case law from Vancura v. Katris and refresh your
knowledge of notary procedure and best practices. Tisha Delgado, Paralegal,
Thompson Coburn, LLP.
Best to Prepare a Client for Mediation:
With the rising cost of litigation and uncertain jury results,
arbitration/mediation is becoming an attractive alternative where both
parties can obtain a favorable result. In this session we will address
the practical considerations of preparing a client for participating
for the first time in a mediation of a personal injury, property damage
or commercial dispute. Hon. Stephen Walter, ADR Systems.
Update for 2011:
The seminar will review income and transfer tax changes made by
the 2010 Tax Act and highlight the tax issues for 2010 decedents, including
the basis election rules. The seminar will also cover recent Illinois
income and estate tax changes. Rebecca Wallenfelsz, Attorney, Chapman
and Cutler LLP.
Changes Are Coming - Proposed Changes to Revised Article 9:
This session will cover the major proposed changes to Revised Article
9 and how they will impact your due diligence. Issues relating to searching
and filing, as well as current case law will be covered. Daniel W. Lias,
Esq., UCC Business Consultant, CT Corporation.
for Answers or Looking for Business: Internet Ethics:
This program will explore the ways that the information you look
for and the information you disseminate on the Internet can set ethical
traps for you (and you may not be the only ones caught in the trap).
Attendees will interact in order to parse everyday situations, learning
how to recognize and avoid potential hazards. George Kuhlman, Ethics
Counsel, American Bar Association.