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2011 Spring Education Conference
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Seminar Registration Information
Thursday, May 12, 2011
8:30 - 9:45
10:15 - 11:30
1:30 - 2:45
3:15 - 4:30



Registration Information: You must register or or before April 15, 2011 to qualify for the Early-Bird rate. The Early-Bird registration rate is only available to Full Day and Half Day participants. Beginning April 16, 2011, regular rates apply. Registration fee includes attendance, handout materials, and breaks. Lunch is included for those registrants attending a full day of seminars.

Cancellations and Substitutions: A full refund is available upon receipt of written request received by May 6, 2011. Substitution of registrants is permitted.

Tax Deductions: An income tax deduction may be allowed for expenses of education undertaken to maintain and improve professional skills. See your tax advisor for more information.

CLE Info: This activity has been approved for Continuing Legal Education credit by the National Federation of Paralegal Associations.

Luncheon: Whether you are attending the Education Confererence or not, members and guests are welcome to participate in the Luncheon. The two hour luncheon will feature Lisa Rosen, President and founder of Rosen Technology Resources, an experienced legal software consultant who has been working in the litigation support industry for several years and has won multiple litigation support consulting and training awards. Lisa has worked with several of AMLAW's top 100 firms, as well as for in-house legal groups for many Fortune 500 Companies. Lisa will discuss how it has never been more important to be competent and comfortable with technology. Please join us as Lisa Rosen offers an enlightened look at the evolution of legal technology and the paralegals' role.

Important Additional Information:

  • Exhibitors and Sponsors will be provided with names/addresses/email addresses of all registrants.

  • We cannot always control the air temperature in the classrooms. Therefore, please come prepared by dressing in layers.

  • Proper dress is required by the Union League Club. Click here for dress code restrictions, parking and transportation information and directions to the Club. The IPA is a guest at the Union League Club and, therefore, can make no exceptions to the Union League Club's dress code.


Regular Registration Fees
through May 6, 2011
(beginning May 7, 2011,
late registration fees apply)
One day


Choice of:
Breast of Chicken with Grain and Rice Medley in Roasted Red Pepper Sauce


Vegetable Risotto (vegetarian option)

Seminar Descriptions

Thursday, May 12, 2011

8:30 a.m. - 9:45 a.m.

Drafting 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.

Strengthening 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.

Understanding the New 2011 Minimum Standard Detail Requirements for ALTA/ACSM Land Title Surveys:
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 Associates, Inc.

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment Cases: Arbitration and Mediation - Session One:
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.

The 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.

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10:15 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.

How 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.

E-Discovery 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.

Summation - 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.

Alternative Dispute Resolution in Employment Cases: Arbitration and Mediation - Session Two:
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.

Legal Research:
Successful researchers 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.

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1:30 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.

Merger 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.

2010 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 Coburn LLP.

Social 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, Kroll Ontrack.

International 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.

Legal 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.

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3:15 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.

Illinois Notary Law Training - Understanding Changes to the Illinois Notary Public Law:
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.

How 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.

Tax 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.

The 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.

Looking 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.

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